• Residential Heating Showcase 2018: New Residential Heating Equipment for the Most Discerning Homeowners Numerous options available to keep warm this winter

    Nov 07, 2018

    Numerous options available to keep warm this winter

    Every year, The NEWS introduces the latest heating equipment that is available for the upcoming winter season. The intent is to help contractors prepare for this busy period by doing the research that will help them to distinguish between brands.

    Like last year, this year’s Heating Showcase is split into two parts — residential and commercial. The residential/light commercial information is published in this issue, and the commercial products will be featured in the Oct. 1 issue. Included in the coverage is feature-specific information about each individual product that was submitted by the manufacturers.


    The showcase features the product grid, starting on page 8, which includes technical facts, such as unit tonnage, refrigerant type, efficiency rating, and cooling capacity. The accompanying photo feature provides more in-depth information on the features of each individual unit and includes technical support information from the manufacturer. The manufacturers provided all the data included in both the product grid and the photo feature. Therefore, any questions should be directed to them via the contact information provided.

    Highlighted products include:(American Standard, Trane, and Mitsubishi)

    For a complete copy of the Heating Showcase as published in achr’s The NEWS, click here.

    Source: posted September 10, 2018

  • OWN THE HOME with Smart Home Products and Services

    Oct 15, 2018

    Consumers nowadays can't turn on the TV without seeing commercials for smart home products like Google Home or Amazon Echo. In turn, these trending voice-controlled digital assistants have helped raise consumer awareness of other home automation products, such as smart, connected thermostats. In fact, the global smart home automation market is expected to reach $130 billion by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research Inc.
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    With the growing interest in smart home products, if HVAC contractors want to cash in on new opportunities, they'll have to compete with security contractors, cable providers, utilities, and even big box stores. However, many industry experts say this market presents countless opportunities for HVAC contractors, who are better positioned than most simply because they are already in the home and have the consumers' trust.

    "If you own the wall [thermostat], you have to offer a whole home solution due to the connectivity of today's market," said Matt Marsiglio, operations manager, Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical, Warren, Michigan. "If you had a name on the thermostat, you now need to be connected to the whole home."

    Flame Heating began offering smart home products nearly two years ago. The company carries the full line of Nest products, as they are one of the most recognized brand names, Marsiglio noted. "With our manufacturer-specific items - Bryant Connex - it allows us to better serve our customers by allowing us to be notified of faults in the system," he said. "The customer, of course, has to allow us this access."

    Columbus, Ohio-based Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning's smart home offerings include not only Wi­Fi connected thermostats, but indoor/ outdoor cameras, indoor lighting, door locks, water shutoff valves, and more. Scott Merritt, owner of the company, said he decided to start offering these products to customers in part to meet consumer demand. "Owning the home is important because if we don't get in there and provide the needs and wants, other companies will," he said. "Security companies have no business putting in thermostats, yet they do it all the time." As an added bonus, adding these products and services has benefited the company overall, Merritt said.

    "First of all, you're tapping into the inner curious child that everyone has inside them," he said. "Being curious, just pushing buttons while seeing things turn on and off is always cool, mostly when it's not something you're used to happening with, such as water shutoff valves, door locks, etc. Secondly, it offers the homeowners more options to accomplish things at home even when they are not, such as letting a technician in with the door lock and watching him/ her with a camera."

    Frederick Air Inc., located in Frederick, Maryland, offers Carrier Cor as its central hub/home security based solution in addition to installation services of customer­supplied products from various other manufacturers. "We are always looking to be on the cutting edge of our industry," said Dave Schmidt, operations manager, Frederick Air. "We began offering smart home products as early as 2015. Our customers depend on us offering them the right solution to their home comfort needs. That requires Frederick Air knowing what technology exists, what has been proven to work, and where it can be leveraged to give them a better solution." Schmidt said offering smart home products and services helps to reaffirm the company's expertise and relevancy within its market.

    "We want to create every possible opportunity to interact with new and old customers," he said. "Our industry has had a very hands-off relationship with customers in the past. We see them when there are issues or for routine maintenance. Smart homes/IoT gives us additional ways to access revenue opportunities in our customer base. We want to generate as many calls, emails, or texts from our customers as possible," Schmidt continued. "We love fielding questions about all sorts of products and home issues. Even if we don't sell the product or provide the exact service they need, we serve as a clearinghouse for all their home needs. This continues to build trust in our brand, and makes it even more likely they will choose Frederick Air for the products and services we do offer."

    Mike Ritter Jr., owner of Great Lakes Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc., South Bend, Indiana, just started offering smart home products this spring. The company currently offers Nest and Honeywell devices. Ritter said he began looking into these products after Service Nation Alliance announced it would be assisting their interested members with a training class during Service World Expo last fall. "After looking into it and doing the research, it made sense to offer this to our current customers," he said. "We have been steadily growing for the last seven years, and we were seeking other HVAC companies in our area to purchase in order to continue our growth and market dominance. After seeing what we can offer our current customers with connected homes, it made better sense to invest in this endeavor, which will increase our growth long term without increasing ancillary expenses that adding more customers through the purchase of another company would."

    Ritter said that while it's still too early to say what all the benefits or setbacks might be, his company has seen a few already. "It seems most people are interested in digital things and the new tech that comes out even if they are not tech savvy," he explained. "Our team found a new spark of excitement in what we do, and they are taking even greater pride in their jobs of being the cutting-edge experts in our area. The increased marketing in this area has given our existing customers and new customers an even greater sense of trust that they are getting the best when they call us, even for the 'simple' HVAC repairs that are not associated with a connected home. After all, if we are experts in connected home high-tech stuff, we must be the experts at the easy, currently normal, systems repairs and replacements."

    Owning the home is important for HVAC contractors because it allows them to stay relevant in their space, Ritter noted. "Any seasoned CSR will tell you the majority of troubleshooting calls are for a 'broken thermostat,' and as contractors, we know that is not generally the case,'' he said. "That was yesterday, and pretty soon, I can see the majority of troubleshooting calls becoming an issue of their connected home. We need to be on top of that and remain the go-to people that customers contact for repairs. If we don't own the home, we won't own the thermostat, which means we won't own much, if anything. It will push us to the back of the customer's mind. We need to remain at the forefront of the customer's mind, or at least at the forefront of their digital mind, be it Siri, Alexa, Cortana, or the like."

    By Krawcke, Nicole (2018, June 11) Own the home with smart products and services. Retrieved from

  • A more energy efficient hot water system

    May 09, 2018

    Who really wants to think about a hot water heater?! It’s best out of sight and out of mind. That is, until the hot water runs out.

    When it’s time to replace a water heater, consider a product that is environmentally friendly and offers lower energy costs. An indirect water heater is one of the most energy-efficient, low-cost water heaters on the market.


    Gas fired water heaters consume a lot more energy than most people think. In fact, they use more energy than most other household appliances combined! When comparing a gas fired water heater to an indirect water heater, the choice is clear: the indirect water heater is efficiently the better choice.     

    - Indirect water heaters reach 96% efficient. The average gas water heater is about 60 - 70% efficient.

    - An indirect water heater is well insulated and loses very little heat during long periods. A gas water heater is always losing energy.

    - Most indirect water heaters have a lifetime warranty. The typical life of a gas-fired water heater is 12 years.

    Triangle Tube leads the way in manufacturing heating and hot water products at the lowest environmental footprint possible. The newest product does even more, allowing system operations at lower temperatures and exchanging more energy (BTU’s) per square foot.

    The Ginius changes everything with the new Picanto heat exchanger technology. This product delivers unmatched performance that competes with any product in the market. The donut-shaped heat exchanger transfers heat on the inside as well as the outside of the patented double walled stainless shell of the inner tank. The distribution and flow of the water are optimized by a new and specific design that forces the water to follow the channels created within the inner tank structure to create a highly efficient exchange of heat.

    To further enhance the system’s efficiency, the Ginius tank is insulated with two inches of CFC/HCFC-free foam, bringing standby loss to less than one degree Fahrenheit per hour. It generates the same amount of water, or more, as a typical tank, but more energy efficient. A few other unique features include

    • Patented Design - Unique in the world
    • A new innovation in Excellence in Hot Water
    • 2,4 ft² heat exchanger > up to 150 000 BTU

    • Full stainless steel solution Heat exchanger and outside tank
    • Corrosion resistant
    • Combination of high-quality welding processes: Laser welding and resistance welding ( 
      (outer tank full stainless steel)

    • Approved for 80psi boiler pressure
    • Each heat exchanger is factory tested at 190psi
    • Max operating pressure 45psi > 80psi) PROOF of high durability > Durability test 75000 
      cycles from zero to 190psi.

    • Highest BTU transfer by ft²
    • Allows to reduce boiler temperature
    • Energy Saving (up to 30% more BTU transfer by ft²)

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    The heat exchanger and the outer tank is constructed entirely of passivated stainless steel to ensure long service life and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The end result, energy efficiency and plenty of hot water for you and your family. 

    "The Ginius was exclusively developed and created by ACV Triangle Tube. ACV continuously invests in innovative product development. Being a leader in the heating and hot water industry forces us to keep pushing the boundaries of innovation. We believe that by offering our customers amazing products with higher efficiencies and enhanced technology, we are empowering them to achieve excellence in the communities they serve.

    Since 1946, Triangle Tube has been an innovator and industry leader in the manufacture and supply of quality stainless steel Hot Water Heating Equipment. ACV has recognized the importance of the availability of hot water in everyday life since the early 1920s. ACV Triangle Tubes serve all hot water-related demands in the residential and commercial sectors with sheer excellence. Triangle Tube, excellence in heating and hot water systems."

  • Cleanliness Protection for the Drain Pan

    Feb 12, 2018
    ADP Indoor Cooling Products

    Protection ADP manufactures the only indoor cooling equipment featuring Microban® antimicrobial product protection. Microban protection is a unique feature that inhibits the growth of mold and mildew on the drain pan within your evaporator coil. Why does it matter? Just like air filters provide protection against dust, pollen and allergens in your home, Microban technology provides added protection against the build-up of mold and mildew within your system. ADP is a system upgrade to help you breathe easy.

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    This information is the most current and accurate information available and is subject to change without notice. ADP makes no warranty or guarantee of any kind, express or implied, regarding the information set forth herein, including without limitation any warranty regarding its currency, accuracy or completeness or any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
  • Is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) more important in the winter?

    Nov 08, 2017
    Homes are designed to keep heat inside during the winter. In addition, most people make an extra effort to seal out the cold by adding extra insulation and filling any cracks that may cause drafts. By doing this, they are also sealing out fresh air. This lack of fresh air increases the concentration of both allergens and pollutants in the home and lowers the indoor air quality. According to the EPA, poor winter indoor air quality can contribute to respiratory conditions such as asthma.

    There are many common indoor allergens and pollutants. Some of the most common include:

    • Mold and mildew can grow and multiply when windows are closed. Steam from kitchens and bathrooms can build up and give mold and mildew a place to multiply.When this occurs, they produce airborne spores that can be inhaled.
    • Dust mites thrive during the winter as they feed mainly on dead skin cells. With Since people indoors more, this provides them a greater supply of “food.” The common household dust mite produces a powerful enzyme that can irritate and break down living cells.
    • Various VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are produced by many common household cleaning products and building materials. Through a process called “out-gassing” these common products release chemicals, such as methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, and formaldehyde, into the home.Many of these chemicals have been linked to respiratory diseases or cancer.
    • Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide can be given off by gas-fired appliances such as stoves and dryers. Carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly gas that interferes with the body’s ability to distribute oxygen.



    Poor indoor air quality can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and other allergic symptoms. According to the EPA, more serious conditions like asthma can be aggravated and worsened.

    To improve indoor air quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends three key strategies: source control, ventilation, and air cleaners or purifiers.

    • Source control: This involves removing likely sources of pollution or reducing their emission. This could include asbestos or old appliances that leak gas (stoves or clothes dryers). This can be the least costly way to correct poor air quality.
    • Ventilation: At its most simple, this can be accomplished by opening a window or door. Doing this adds fresh air from outside and removes the polluted air inside. The potential for extreme cold during midwestern winters makes this cost prohibitive and simply not practical. The use of ERVs or HRVs is the best way to provide fresh air during the winter by using the warm indoor air that is being exhausted to heat the fresh outdoor air. This is especially effective for lowering VOCs and other gaseous pollutants.
    • Air cleaner and purifiers by Trane, American Standard, Honeywell, Aprilaire, RGF, GPS, and Air Scrubber do not remove gas or other airborne chemicals but they do capture particulate matter. Ask a professional to help choose the device that has the capacity to do the best job in your home.


    In general, to maintain healthy indoor air, especially during the winter:

    • Keep dust down—dust and vacuum regularly to reduce airborne pollutants like mold, pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
    • Replace furnace filters regularly—the furnace filter is a first-stop for many airborne irritants.
    • Purchase a carbon monoxide detection device—this is important to ensure you are alerted to the presence of this colorless, odorless and very lethal gas.
    • Use non-toxic cleaning products—this will minimize chemical fumes.
    • Clean mold-prone areas in the home—the combination of extra moisture and low ventilation can encourage the growth of mold.
    • Install air purifiers—they filter contaminants from the air.

    Indoor air quality is important year-round but definitely needs extra attention in the cold weather. Contact your local HVAC contractor to assist in maximizing IAQ.