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December 2017 Top Five HVAC Stories

Happy Holidays to all WebHVAC readers! We trust you enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday season with family and friends.

Top HVAC Stories for December 2017

Now, onto the top five weather and industry news stories that affect you.

Your 3-Month Weather Outlook

The ongoing La Niña will continue to produce abundant wintry weather including above-average snowfall in the northern half of the country, great for the ski and tourism industry and for those who enjoy downhill, cross-country and snowmobiling. The southern half of the country gets off easier and might experience an early spring, but is that all good? Find out more from this Weather Network report.

Is a Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump Right for You?

Traditional air source heat pumps (ASHP) become ineffective/inefficient as temperatures drop into and below the 30sF. Cold climate heat pumps, or ccASHP have been in the works for a few years, but are getting much more attention as the efficiency benefits of heat pumps vs. gas furnaces get more attention. They’re ideal for New England, the Upper Midwest, the Northern Rocky region and colder parts of Alaska, but at prices from $6,000 to $8,000 above standard systems, the payback period from 40% lower heating bills could be a decade or more.

Goodman Continues Flood Relief Program

Goodman Manufacturing, part of Daikin Global, announced the extension through February of Operation Returning Comfort. The program gives discounts to Goodman dealers who are then expected to pass along the savings to homeowners. Accountability will be achieved through calls to homeowners to ensure they received program pricing. Learn more from Goodman here.

HVAC Industry Applauds Tax Bill Passage

Industry groups think the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill is good for small business. See why the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) approve of Congress’ action.

Is your HVAC Contractor Insured?

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics charted a rise of 27% in injuries to specialty trade contractors including s HVAC technicians from 2014-2015. The rise was the steepest across all industries. While HVAC companies improve safety training, you should beware of the steps you can take to limit the danger and protect yourself. First, make sure the area around your HVAC components is free of obstruction and is well lit. Secondly, only hire an HVAC contractor for the work if the contractor shows you a current liability insurance policy. Don’t hesitate to call the insurer to make sure the policy is still in effect. When an HVAC employee is injured and the company isn’t insured, they often go after the homeowner for damages.

We hope your New Years is fantastic, and we look forward to providing you with top HVAC stories throughout 2018.

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