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WebHVAC February 2017 Monthly Top 5 HVAC Stories

If you enjoy HVAC news and related information, this top five HVAC stories for February should be of interest.

February 2017 HVAC News

1. Old Thermostats are Being Replaced by Advanced Models

A recent survey by Emerson, a leading HVAC equipment manufacturer, revealed that 40 percent of residential thermostats, also called controls, are more than five years old. The older generation of thermostats are being replaced by smart thermostats with Wi-Fi connectivity and home automation features. They offer convenience and can be programmed to use less energy when you’re away from home or sleeping. In addition to Emerson models like the Sensi Smart UP5000W, popular smart controls include:

  • Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation
  • Ecobee3, 2nd Generation
  • Honeywell Smart Thermostat

Most of the top HVAC brands such as Trane, Carrier, Lennox and Heil make Wi-Fi thermostats too.

2. HVAC Market Remains Strong Entering 2017 – And What it Will Mean for Homeowners

Shipment data from November, 2016, the most recent available, showed sales of HVAC equipment strong as the end of the year approached. The figures for December, 2017 are expected to be strong too, and the trend should continue into this year. What does this mean for you? Prices will likely trend upwards, though slightly, and there will be more demand for the services of your local HVAC contractors. If you’re planning to have a component or system replaced heading into warm weather, get on the schedule early. Always use a qualified contractor to get the best possible installation. The quality of the workmanship will affect the efficiency, performance and durability of the heating and cooling system.

3. Spring Forecasts are Popping Up Like Crocuses

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day which means six more weeks of winter. In Northern states like Minnesota and Maine, residents would be thrilled with “just” six more weeks of the cold and snow. However, we’ll leave the forecasting to the pros and not to a groundhog, aka woodchuck and whistelpig.

Here’s the early spring forecast video from Accuweather with temperature details and video from The Weather Channel.

4. How to Get your AC or Heat Pump Ready for Warm Weather

With spring getting nearer, it is time to maintain a heat pump that has been running all winter and to get a dormant central air conditioner ready to get back to work. Here are tips, tools needed and some how-to video from The Family Handyman.

5. Is a Heat Pump or Gas Furnace Better for your Home?

This is the time of year that old furnaces and heat pumps tend to give out due to heavy winter use. If you’re considering replacing your current heat source, this article spells out the differences in gas furnaces and heat pumps and differences that make one or the other a better choice based on climate.

Hang in there! Spring is coming, sooner or later. Check back in March for more top HVAC stories with information and money-saving tips.

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