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March 2019 Top 5 HVAC Stories

This is our monthly feature that focuses on HVAC and related stories of interest to our readers.

March 2019 Top HVAC Stories

As we often do, we’ll bring the latest 3-month weather outlook for the US. Then, we’ll move to stories with additional and up-to-date information.

March 2019 El Niño Making Itself Felt

According to the NOAA, “Our much-delayed weak El Niño continued into March, and forecasters give it an 80% chance to continue through the spring, with a 60% chance of continuation through the summer.h

Alaska and Florida are going to have temperature and rain significantly above average. The rest of the country will experience more normal temps and precipitation.

Common Air Conditioner Problems

Spring brings warmer weather and switching the thermostat to “Cool.” Sometimes, the AC doesn’t come on at all – or comes on and makes noise or emits unexpected odors.

Here's out Guide to Common AC Problems and Solutions.

It includes how to identify some of these problems and resolve them, when possible.

Hiring a Competent Heat Pump Installer is Crucial

NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a government agency, so has NO dog in this fight.

NIST makes the point that poor installation can destroy AC and heat pump efficiency and lead to the need for costly repairs.

See what NIST has to say here.

Solar Panels and HVAC

The cost of solar is coming down, as explained in this Guide. It starts at less than $2.25 per kW. That’s about $13,500 for a 6,000 kW system. A 30% federal tax credit is still in effect for solar.

Many homeowners are using solar to fuel all their electricity needs; others are using it for HVAC and a few other purposes. This video discusses off-the-grid AC using solar for a tiny house application, but the principles apply to any dwelling.

Are You Buying in 2019?

The HVAC industry experienced strong sales in 2018 and expects them to be robust at least through the middle of 2019.

This could mean higher costs.

Here’s a more thorough analysis.

https://hvactoday.com/2019-hvac-market-forecast/

Our recommendation is to buy during a slow time in the business. That varies throughout the year by region.

Also, get multiple estimates from competing contractors. Choose the estimate with a balance between fair cost and experienced installers.

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