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WebHVAC August 2016 Monthly Top 5 HVAC Stories

Each month, we bring you links to stories you will find helpful, interesting or money-saving. Sometimes, they are all of the above. Here are 5 HVAC stories for August we think will benefit you.

1. Tips for Staying Cool in August Heat

These are the “dog days” of summer, and while we’re on the subject, you might be interested in the origin of the phrase. It dates back to the Greek poets who fashioned lore about the constellation Sirius, later referred to by the Romans and moderns as Canis Major, or “greater dog.” Sirius/Canis Major appears in the morning sky in late July or early August, hence, the Dog Days.

From Homer’s, “Iliad,”:

Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion's Dog they call it, brightest
Of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat
And fevers to suffering humanity

Now, back to our subject. Here are more than 20 simple tips for staying cool in these hottest days of the year.

2. Residential VRF Refrigeration Offers Outstanding Efficiency

The demand for energy efficiency drives innovation and adoption in the HVAC industry, and that’s why Variable Refrigeration Flow systems are growing in popularity globally. These are ductless systems similar to mini-split systems featuring one or more outside condensing units and multiple indoor units serving rooms or zones. Learn facts about VRF here along with issues to consider.

3. Here’s a Sneak Peek at the 2016 Fall/Autumn Forecast

The La Niña weather event has taken hold, and it is giving forecasters a good indication of what weather patterns will be across the US for the next three months or more. Check out the details from NOAA along with an older post from Accuweather.

4. Solar Photovoltaic Energy Continues to Grow

The strong push by both government and the solar industry has led to consistent growth in photovoltaic technology. One report states that “small and large scale solar to reach global grid parity by 2020” which means that your home and its HVAC system might be powered by the sun earlier than you thought.

5. Tips for Lowering Energy Use in Summer’s Hottest Weather

We began this month’s Top 5 with tips for keeping you cool. Let’s end with tips for reducing energy use and cutting costs when temperatures peak.

If your AC could use a tune up for greater efficiency and durability, be sure to contact a licensed, experienced and qualified contractor for the work to ensure it is done right the first time.


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