Here are heating and air conditioning stories from this month’s news we think you’ll find informative, interesting and helpful as you seek to make your home energy-efficient and comfortable.
December HVAC Stories
1. Prices are Rising on Many Popular HVAC Brands
UTC Climate, Control & Security is the parent company of popular HVAC brands like Carrier, Bryant and Payne. The company previously known as United Technologies announced price increases of up to 5 percent on residential HVAC and other equipment.
Others announcing increases include Ingersoll Rand brands Trane and American Standard, Johnson Controls brands York, Luxaire, Coleman and others, and Daikin Global, the parent company of Daikin, Goodman and Amana.
2. A Simpler Way to Monitor IAQ is On the Way
Indoor air pollution is a leading cause of sickness, and HVAC companies like Bryant are responding with home ventilation equipment that makes a huge difference. Now, a team of engineers at Michigan State University has developed AirSense, a new technology that warns homeowners about poor indoor air quality (IAQ). The Air Sense system monitors IAQ, analyzing data and sending a warning to your smartphone using the AirSense app. If you’ll be installing indoor air quality equipment, we can help you find a qualified contractor in your area with no cost or obligation.
3. DOE Mandate for Efficient Furnaces has been Modified
In March, 2015 the US Department of Energy announced a mandate for all gas furnaces to be at least 92% AFUE. This would have eliminated all non-condensing gas furnaces. However, a recent change to the mandate exempts furnaces with less than 55,000 BTU input.
4. Will Buying an Efficient Gas Furnace Save Money in the Long Run?
When discussing gas furnace efficiency, the payback period is the amount of time it will take to recoup the higher cost of an efficient furnace through lower energy bills. You might be surprised at how long the payback period is when going from an 80% AFUE furnace to a 95% furnace. This calculator asks for details about your current and future furnace efficiency, cost of the new furnace and more.
5. Home Energy Management System Components are Efficient and Smart
Smart home technology is making amazing strides to add convenience and energy efficiency to any house. Here is the most recent list of home energy management systems products, descriptions and how they’ll enhance your home.