Check out this month’s HVAC stories offering tips, information and news you can use. Here is important September 2016 HVAC news.
September top HVAC Tips and News
1. Tips for Getting your Heating System Ready for Cold Weather
This is a good month to prepare your heat pump, furnace, boiler and/or air handler for the heating season. Some of these tips from Energy Star you can do yourself; full maintenance service can be provided by your local HVAC qualified contractor.
2. Tips for Saving Money in Cold Weather
Now that you’ve planned proper maintenance for your system, here are cold-weather tips for programming your thermostat, reducing heating season allergies and saving energy and cost throughout when heating your home.
3. Considering a Hybrid Heat System for Lowest Energy Costs
A hybrid system, often called a dual fuel system, includes both a heat pump and a furnace. A 15 SEER heat pump uses less energy than an 80% efficient furnace; an 18 SEER heat pump is more efficient than a 95% furnace. Therefore, it makes sense to use a heat pump when temperatures allow – they’re effective in temperatures down into the 30s F.
If your winters get colder, then having a gas (natural gas or propane) furnace to handle heating duties in freezing temperatures is more efficient than outfitting the heat pump system with electric heaters.
Here is an overview of a hybrid system from Bob Vila’s site. If you want to check out a few systems, we’ve reviewed dozens here like this Amana packaged unit and the hybrid split systems mentioned in this list of the 2016 best heat pumps.
4. HVAC Careers Offer Good Pay and Growing Opportunity
If you or someone you know are interested in becoming an HVAC technician, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics offers some encouraging statistics about HVAC careers. Among them, the median income for HVAC pros is $45,000, and the Job Outlook is for 14 percent growth in the next decade, a growth rate “much faster than average” for all careers. Education required for an entry-level position is post-high school certification, usually in a program lasting less than one year.
The new HVAC jobs are expected to be spread pretty evenly across the country. If you want to see the world, the growth rate worldwide for HVAC is expected to be strong as well because of the modernization and growing HVACR use occurring in many areas.
5. Fall New Equipment Spotlight
Every season brings new heating and cooling equipment to the market. We try to showcase a few new products that will make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. WebHVAC has no relationship to any manufacturer. These are our unbiased picks for equipment worth knowing about.
Johnson Controls Metasys Commercial Automation System for HVAC and More
If you have a large, multi-zone building in which you want to maximize comfort and efficiency, this system is one to take a look at.
Carrier Performance Multi-zone 38GCM ductless heat pump
If you’re considering going ductless and have had success with Carrier products in the past, this unit is worth considering. Oddly though, Carrier lists the efficiency as 16 SEER and 8.2 HSPF which we think is low (i.e., Carrier got it wrong on its site).
An industry news source lists the efficiency as a much-higher 23.8 SEER and 10.5 HSPF. We’ve made inquiries to find out who is right.
Lennox EL296V Elite Series Gas Furnace
We’ve long been impressed with Lennox’s commitment to high efficiency in response to consumer demand. This is a 96 percent efficient furnace that offers good comfort too with two-stage heating and a variable-speed fan. These features produce lower heating bills, more balanced heating and quieter operation.
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