Industry News

Manufacturing Day 2017: Closing the Skills Gap

“Growing a talented workforce helps ensure manufacturing will continue to be the bedrock of our economy and competitiveness.” –Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers Imagine what a day without a computer or a cell phone or even a car would be like. No emails or Facebook to check. No way […]

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New Energy Star Program for HVAC Installation

Did you know that almost 50 percent of all HVAC systems are installed incorrectly? 1 This can prevent even high-efficiency equipment from operating correctly. It could lead to reduced energy savings and more discomfort for customers. To tackle this problem, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) created a new program for HVAC professionals called Energy Star […]

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EPA Adds 2 New Rules to Phase out HFCs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken steps to curb the emission of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). In September of 2016, the EPA finalized two rules to further phase out these greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. EPA SNAP Program The SNAP Program is part of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Specifically, the program aims […]

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EPA Section 608: Refrigerant Regulations

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice assessed a $500,000 civil penalty to Trader Joe’s grocery chain for failing to address excessive amounts of ozone depleted and greenhouse gas refrigerants leaking from its coolers. The business was also penalized for failing to maintain records, as required by the National Recycling and Emissions […]

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New Innovation in HVAC Duct Sealing

JW Marriott Hotel in Atlanta was plagued with high-energy bills and musty odors.  A consultant was hired and figured out that the hotel’s ducts were leaking. Unfortunately, a barrier of walls, wires, and pipes prevented HVAC techs from reaching the ducts until they could approach the problem with a relatively new technology: aerosol duct sealant. 1 […]

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R458A: A New R22 Replacement Refrigerant

Thanks to legislation and innovation, the HVAC industry continues to become greener. Another refrigerant is now being used to replace ozone damaging R22 refrigerant. In July 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorized the sale and import of the refrigerant R458A under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. It will act as a replacement […]

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2017 HVAC Trade Shows & Conferences

Attending a professional HVAC conference has plenty of advantages: you get the chance to meet industry leaders, further your HVAC knowledge, learn new industry trends and network with other professionals in your field. Here are some HVAC trade shows and conferences occurring in 2017.   1. The International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) […]

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OSHA Updates Confined Spaces Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) creates and enforces standards to ensure workers are safe on the job, and its rules affect everyone from retail workers to construction crews to HVAC professionals. 1 Recently, OSHA updated a rule designed to protect HVAC technicians who work in confined spaces. OSHA’s Role in the HVAC Industry […]

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New DOE Standards for Rooftop AC Units

Growing concern for the environment has changed standards for energy efficiency in both commercial and industrial buildings. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has taken major steps  to ensure that buildings across the country use efficient heating and cooling systems by introducing a new set of standards meant to reduce waste, pollution, and expenditures for utilities. The department’s […]

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New NATE Certificate: HVAC Support Technician

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) recently added some new tests to its already robust certification program. 1 One of them is an HVAC Support Technician certificate and is available to HVAC technicians who have been working in the field for 6 to 12 months. While NATE already offers a number of well known certification options with […]

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