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2018 EPA Refrigerant Regulations HVAC Techs Need to Know

Even with all the good that refrigerants do for the world, some types actually have not so good effects on the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tasked with preventing or limiting the bad they can do, such as contributing to global warming, as mandated under the Clean Air Act. EPA Section 608 of […]

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What the Federal Court Ruling Against the EPA HFC Phase-out Means for the HVAC industry

Under the Obama administration, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) because they contribute to global warming by trapping heat in the atmosphere. For this reason, the previous government compelled HVAC businesses to collaborate to reduce the use of HFCs. Two HFC manufacturers, however, sued the EPA on two grounds: The […]

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Green Trends for 2018 in the HVAC Industry

Comfort is costly. HVAC equipment can account for 40 percent of the electricity a building consumes in order to stay cool and warm. And electricity costs a lot of money to keep running. Since the ‘70s and ‘80s, the HVAC industry has been working to reduce the amount of energy the equipment uses, making it […]

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New DOE Efficiency Standards for Water Pumps

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently enacted new efficiency standards for the types of water pumps used to circulate cold and hot water in commercial HVAC systems. 1 But you’ve only started working toward your mechanical maintenance degree, so why should you care? The truth is, anyone who wants to work in mechanical maintenance needs […]

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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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