CONTRACTOR NEWS & INFORMATION
2015 ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
In 2015, new regional Energy Efficiency standards will be enforced for air conditioners and heat pumps installed on or after January 1, 2015. The new standard for air conditioners will be 14 SEER in the Southeast and Southwest Regions and 13 SEER in the North Region (see chart, below). The new national standard for heat pumps will be 14 SEER.
To determine whether equipment is compliant with regional standards, look at the installation address and use the chart above to see the minimum SEER requirements for that address. Regional standards are not based on the location of your business or the location where you purchased equipment..
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here for the most recent information from the Department of Energy on its energy efficiency standards.
Click here to verify the SEER rating of your equipment prior to purchase.
H.R. 2198 - Under current tax law, a building owner must treat the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment as a non residential real property and therefore its costs may only be recovered over 39 years. Because the expected lifespan of properly maintained HVACR equipment is only 15 to 20 years, commercial building owners have little or no incentive to upgrade to newer, more energy efficient HVACR equipment.
Representative Melissa Bean (D-IL) and Representative Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) have introduced H.R. 2198 to correct this disparity and reduce the holding period to a more realistic 20 years for high efficiency HVACR equipment.
Click here for more information on H.R. 2198.
Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 - The Home Star Act of 2010, a two-year federal program that would provide direct consumer incentives for residential efficiency retrofits, has been included in the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010 (S. 3663) currently pending in the Senate.
Click here for more information on the Home Star Bill, H.R. 5019.
LOCKING REFRIGERANT CAPS
Effective March 2009, the IMC and IRC have made changes that affect the installation of both residential and commercial a/c, heat pump, packaged and ductless outdoor units. Please see the information below for more detailed information on this code change and how it affects you. HVAC is now stocking Novent refrigerant caps to help you stay in compliance.
HVAC News Alert
Novent Refrigerant Caps Brochure
Novent Product Demonstration Video
More information can be found on their website, www.noventcaps.com.
R22 PHASEOUT INFORMATION
As many of you are well aware, R-22 is being completely phased out of HVAC equipment over the next several years. Beginning in 2010, there can be no production and no importing of R-22, except for use in equipment manufactured before 1/1/2010. This can cause some confusion as to how to service existing equipment and what type of new units contractors are able to install. We hope the fact sheets and links below will help to answer some of those questions.
Please note, HVAC Distributors is a ReKlaim Collection Center and offers R22 recycling at all of our locations. For more information, check with your sales representative or contact us.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY LINKS & DOCUMENTS
Technicians & Contractors Frequently Asked Question
Technician & Contractor Brochure
R22 Phaseout Key Facts
R22 Phaseout FAQs
www.phaseoutfacts.org – Another useful site with R22 Phaseout information. Site covers how to prepare your business for the phaseout, servicing and disposing of HCFC systems, retrofit blends, and educating your customers.
PA CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
3/23/09 - Attorney General announces that registration is now open for home improvement contractors; under new law, contractors must register by July 1. View Full Press Release Here
Home Improvement Protection Act FAQs
Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act – click here to read the full version
Reager & Adler, PC Presentation – Reager & Adler, PC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law have put together this informative presentation covering the registration, violations, unfair trade practices and penalties related with the new law.