About Ryan Hoger

Ryan R. Hoger, LEED AP, has been with Temperature Equipment Corp. since 1997. He was the 2007-08 president of the Illinois ASHRAE Chapter and is actively in involved in several ASHRAE, USGBC, and gas/electric utility committees. He has extensive experience with building automation systems (BAS), energy recovery ventilators (ERV), variable refrigerant flow (VRF), demand controlled ventilation (DCV), and other energy conserving HVAC systems. Ryan has written several HVAC articles for various publications and has a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois. He can be contacted at ryan.hoger@tecmungo.com.

Aeroseal Duct Sealing at Loyola Cudahy Library

Loyola Cudahy Library, Chicago, IL – Completed 2/2/16 

After a remodel of the Loyola Cudahy Library, the ductwork needed to be sealed in order to comply with code. To accomplish this, Aeroseal Solutions, Inc of McHenry, IL performed the Aeroseal duct sealing method in order to reduce the leakage.

Initial Leakage: 656 cfm

Final Leakage: 16.8 cfm  

RESULT: 97.4% Reduction in Leakage









 97.6% reduction in duct leakage                                        97.1% reduction in duct leakage







  96.9% reduction in duct leakage                                        98.4% reduction in duct leakage


Aeroseal Duct Sealing at Iconic Wrigley Building

Wrigley Building, Chicago, IL – Completed 11/28/15

During a remodel of the 9th Floor of the Wrigley Building, when walls                             were torn down and the duct was exposed, the General Contractor was made aware of air pouring out of the duct work as a result of gaps causing leakage. The Aeroseal duct sealing method was used to reduce that leakage.

Initial Leakage: 430.2 CFM

Final Leakage: 31.4 CFM

RESULT: 92.7% Reduction in Leakage

New Comfort/Legacy Series Wi-Fi Stats

The new Wi-Fi Thermostat offers convenience and affordability in one wall-mounted thermostat.  Designed to be compatible with a number of HVAC system types and brands making it easier for you to upgrade your customers to the convenience of remote access control. But this thermostat is about more than giving them remote access. It’s also about helping them save money on utility costs through programming design, smart recovery, and energy use reporting. They can see when they’re spending the most on utility costs and tailor their settings to reduce their energy use.  And, when they’re not home, this thermostat monitors their home’s energy use, comfort preferences, and the weather forecast to make intelligent decisions on efficiency and comfort for their return home. Continue reading

New A/C Rebates for Municipal Electric in Naperville, St. Charles, Winnetka, and others

The State of Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has given Nicor Gas a grant to mimic their ComEd combo rebate program with municipal electric utilities.  Only certain muni’s are being included in this test program including three in Chicagoland.  The rules, dollar amounts ($720 to 1,020), and tiers (14.5 and 16 SEER) are basically the same as the ComEd program, but Continue reading

Consumer Reports Ranks Venstar ColorTouch #1… Again!

For the second year in a row, Consumer Reports rated ColorTouch the #1 thermostat in their “Best of the Year” section.  Read more in their November 2013 issue, on newsstands now or subscribers can click here.

Also, Venstar’s quality and innovation continues to get noticed in the industry’s leading publications. Check out these articles about ColorTouch thermostats in “Contracting Business Magazine” and “BUILDER Magazine!”

Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Approved by Chicago’s City Council

Chicago’s City Council passed the energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance on Sept.11.  In adopting a new chapter of the Municipal Code we are launching a new chapter in Chicago’s path to being the most livable, competitive and sustainable city.  Information unlocks markets and this new legislation will bring cost savings, reduced environmental impact and new economic opportunity.  In the near term the City will Continue reading

Carrier Wins Gold in ACHR News Dealer Design Award Program

Carrier was recently recognized for excellence in product design in the 10th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 122 entries. The Carrier® Infinity® Remote Access Touch Control was the Gold Award Winner in the HVAC Residential Equipment category. The ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries. (read more)

Bryant Wins Bronze Award in ACHR News Dealer Design Award Program

Bryant was recently recognized by an independent panel of contractors for excellence in product design in the 10th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. The Bryant® Evolution® Extreme Heat Pump was named as the Bronze Award Winner in the HVAC Residential Equipment category. The Evolution Extreme is a breakthrough product providing up to 13 HSPF heating efficiency and up to 20.5 SEER cooling efficiency. (read more)

Two RGF Air Purification Products Earn Gold Awards from ACHR News

RGF products earned gold awards in two different categories in 2013 ACHR News Dealer Design Award Program.  The RGF PHI Cells used in the PTAC/ETAC Air Purification System and the High Wall Mini Split Purifier are designed to help eliminate sick-building-syndrome risks by reducing odors, air pollutants, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), smoke, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses.

Indoor Air Quality – RGF PTAC/ETAC Air Purification System (read more)

Ventilation – RGF High Wall Mini Split Purifier (read more)

TEC, Carrier, ASHRAE, and Others Join the Advanced RTU Campaign

Older, inefficient commercial rooftop unit (RTU) air conditioning systems are common and can waste from $1,000 to $3,700 per unit annually, depending on the building size and type.  By replacing or retrofitting them, you can save money, improve your energy efficiency, make your building more comfortable, and help the environment.  The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits. 

You can learn more at www.advancedrtu.org, including case studies, energy savings calculator, utility rebates, building awards, and more.

Infinity and Evolution Now Only Require 2 Wires for 2-stage Condensing Units

Evolution and Infinity 2-stage A/C now only require 2-wires

Running extra wires to a 2-stage condensing unit has long been a challenge in retro-fit situations.  If the wiring situation looks challenging, contractors might not even offer the homeowner the more comfortable multi-stage option.  Or worse, it is offered and sold, but then the install crew gets to work and hits some road blocks which make the labor more costly and hurts contractor profit.

Those days are pretty much behind us now.  TEC’s inventory of Bryant Evolution and Carrier Infinity communicating condensing units now includes 2-stage units that only Continue reading

Chicago Introduces Ordinance to Make Energy Use Benchmarking Mandatory

To further cement Chicago’s status as a center for sustainability and green jobs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today introduced an ordinance that would require the city’s largest buildings to benchmark their energy use and authorize the City to disclose the energy efficiency for these buildings publicly.  Below are the highlights as described by Benny Skelton of ASHRAE.  The Mayor’s press release can read at the link below. Continue reading

The Future of Commercial Building Efficiency

Check out this article in the ACHR News if you want a glimpse of the future of energy efficiency (see link below).  I will warn you that it is not sexy new HVAC products for you to sell.  It is all about the building functioning as a complete system.  It is written jointly by Dick Lord of Carrier (he is a Carrier Fellow with 40 years at Carrier engineering), Drake Erbe of Airxhange (he is the alpha dog there) and Robert Wilkins of Danfoss (former president of the company).  They are part of a new AHRI committee setup to focus on the energy efficiency of systems as a whole, not specific products. Continue reading

New ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Standard Increases Residential Ventilation Requirements

The latest version of ASHRAE Standard 62.2, which is published every three years and is the standard that forms the backbone of most ventilation codes, has some new significant changes.  The first of which is an increase to the minimum mechanical ventilation requirements for residential homes.  The second is a requirement for carbon monoxide detectors.  Click here to read about the updates or click here to download the latest version of the standard from the ASHRAE Bookstore.

Bonus Rebates for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas just announced a couple of bonus rebates for residential HVAC.  Neither have been posted to the gas utility websites yet, but both are retro-active to Feb.1 and expire May 31, 2013. 

  1. All boiler incentives will receive a $400 bonus.  This makes the total rebate $900 for a 90% AFUE and $1,000 for a 95%.
  2. If you bundle multiple rebate qualifying equipment in the same house, such as two furnaces or a furnace plus water heater, on the same application, you can get a Continue reading

Carrier Expands VRF Line with Heat Recovery Option

Carrier is expanding its Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) offering to now include heat recovery models under the name Toshiba Carrier SHRM-i. This new generation of VRF units delivers innovative technology that optimizes and balances each component in the system to enhance reliability and efficiency. TEC will now be able to offer two complete lines of VRF (Toshiba Carrier and Panasonic/SANYO) for our customers to choose from.  Toshiba Carrier SHRM-i VRF systems boast multiple inverter-driven compressors that are compatible with (read more)