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
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
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!”
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 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 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)
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)
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.
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
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
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
Each June 1 in the state of Illinois, the major gas and electric utilities launch new rebate programs for energy efficiency in both residential and commercial buildings. We encourage you to read the linked summary sheets (just click on utility title) as well as all of the new rebate applications forms. Major HVAC related changed include: Continue reading
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.
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on April 5 that it will not enforce the non-weatherized gas furnace standards set to take effect on May 1, as long as the APGA-DOE settlement is pending in court. The guidance states that DOE’s enforcement will Continue reading
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Storage tanks are often used when the total loop volume of the distribution network is less than the minimum requirements of the chiller manufacturer. Storage tanks increase the effective volume of the system. When the cooling systems piping capacity is … Continue reading
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Xcelon’s efficiency employs Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) to control fan speed performance for part load conditions. It also incorporates the use of ultra-high efficiency condensing hydronic boilers as the foundation of what is the most energy efficient rooftop make-up air … Continue reading
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.
- All boiler incentives will receive a $400 bonus. This makes the total rebate $900 for a 90% AFUE and $1,000 for a 95%.
- 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 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)
From mobile apps to energy saving chillers and everything in between (RTUs, VRF, geothermal, etc.), Carrier, the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, will be showcasing its new 2013 products and programs beginning today at the 65th International Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Exposition (AHR) Expo in Dallas. Among the featured products and programs are… read more