We keep our eyes open for HVAC news you can use to save money, lower energy bills and make your home more comfortable. Here are is the top HVAC news for February 2016.
1. Your Energy Company Might Have Rebates for You
Many local utility companies offer significant rebates for customers who install energy-efficient equipment or materials. For example, DTE, serving the Detroit area, has a long list of rebates including:
- Programmable thermostat: $10-$20
- Wi-Fi enabled thermostat: $50
- Central AC: $150-$400 based on unit efficiency
- Home energy audit to make your home more energy-efficient: $75
- Attic/ceiling insulation: $125
- Doors: $40 each
- Windows: $15 each
Check out what your utility company is offering by entering your zip code at DsireUSA.org!
2. Trane is Nation’s Most Trusted HVAC Brand
Trane certainly has one of the better service records in the industry. The study done by Lifestory Research gathered information from more than 10,000 consumers to put its Top 16 list together. Check out the list and how the research was conducted.
Here are a couple of notes to keep in mind:
- Trane and American Standard offer almost identical product lines, and both are Ingersoll-Rand brands
- Carrier and Bryant are both United Technology brands and have nearly identical product lines
- Whirlpool is no longer making HVAC equipment, and the equipment was never a great seller, so this ranking must be based on the popularity of Whirlpool appliances
- Rheem and Ruud offer identical lines of HVAC equipment (See Rheem and Ruud heat pumps, for example) as both are Paloma brands
- York, Luxaire and Coleman are nearly identical brands from Johnson Controls
- Heil, Comfortmaker, Arcoaire, Day & Night and Tempstar are nearly identical brands from United Technology, though different from Carrier and Bryant
3. Top Brands Assist Habitat for Humanity
Most top industry brands give back to their communities. Two brands helping Habitat for Humanity recently have been Daikin Global (parent company of Daikin, Goodman and Amana) and Carrier.
4. Major Lender and a Top HVAC Manufacturer Team Up for Loans
TURNS Financing Services and Nortek Global have partnered to create subprime financing options for new HVAC systems, installation and repairs. Nortek Global is the parent company of Maytag, Broan, Westinghouse, Frigidaire, Tappan and NuTone.
5. Johnson Controls Among Manufacturers Seeking Low-GWP Refrigerants
Johnson Controls is the parent company of York, Luxaire and Coleman HVAC brands. It recently joined a White House Roundtable discussion on reducing greenhouse gases and has pledged $50 million to developing refrigerants that have less negative impact on global warming.
Today’s leading low-GWP refrigerant is R410A. It’s being used by every major brand, though some have specific names for it. Be sure you hire a qualified contractor for your installation and that the contractor uses R-410A.