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Department of Energy’s Furnace Regulations Go Into Effect July 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule regarding residential furnace fan energy ratings (FER) in July 2014. Major manufacturers (any manufacturer with sales of $8+ million) are required to have FER-compliant furnaces in production by July 3, 2019.... Read More

Thermo Pride Oil Furnaces Now Available at HVAC Distributors

HVAC Distributors now carries Thermo Pride's complete line of Oil Furnace products. Thermo Pride made a recent move to a distribution sales model for these furnaces, and HVAC Distributors was selected as a distributor partner in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware,... Read More

Amana® Recognized as 2019 Best Overall Air Conditioner by TopTenReviews™

Amana®-brand air conditioners have been recognized as the Best Overall for 2019 by TopTenReviews following air conditioning reviews conducted in March 2019. The review site rated a variety of air conditioner brands on the following: Average SEER rating (seasonal energy... Read More

California Proposition 65 Warning Labels Now on Residential Equipment

Effective August 30, 2018, California's Proposition 65 has been updated. As part of the code update, manufacturers have new notification requirements for consumers in California. While HVAC Distributors does not do business in California, several of our manufacturer partners have... Read More

ClimateMaster Manufacturer’s Certification for Geothermal Tax Credit

If you sold ClimateMaster for a residential installation (including installations done in 2017), your homeowner may look to claim the re-instated geothermal tax credit. As part of the claim process, homeowners will need ClimateMaster's Manufacturer's Certification of Geothermal Heat Pump Property... Read More

Geothermal Tax Credit Reinstated – Retroactive to 2017

As part of the tax bill passed on Friday, February 9, Congress reinstated the federal geothermal tax credits for residential and commercial use. Residential Geothermal Tax Credit The residential credit (detailed below) applies to residential systems installed from January 1,... Read More

Changes for 2018 – Convenient Rebates, Rooftop Standards

Convenient Rebates Goodman Manufacturing announced updates to its homeowner-oriented web sites, www.goodmanmfg.com and www.amana-hac.com. The sites now integrates rebates available based on a homeowner's location into its web site layout. As customers (or you) search for products, rebates available in the... Read More

Updates to EPA Section 608 – Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018 new regulations impacting the way refrigerants are handled and sold go into effect. Additional regulatory changes will go into effect on January 1, 2019. (more…) Read More

#HoustonStrong

As a distributor for Amana, Goodman and Daikin Ductless brands -- manufactured out of Houston, Texas -- we wanted to share an update from Goodman Manufacturing about how Goodman employees and the Goodman facilities are following the impact of Hurricane... Read More

Daikin Unveils Texas Technology Park

The new Daikin Texas Technology Park is one of the most technologically advanced HVAC manufacturing facilities in North America.  Covering an area of approximately  4.1 million square feet on 500 acres of land, it is the third largest factory in the... Read More

NATE Board of Trustees names David McIlwaine 2016-2017 Chairman of the Board

The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Board of Trustees has announced its roster for 2016-2017, including a new chairman and new and replacement members elected to serve for the new term. The NATE Board of Trustees named David McIlwaine, HVAC... Read More

Updates to EPA Section 608 and Section 609

If you have an active EPA Section 608 Certification, you need to be aware of how Section 608 and Section 609 are changing in 2017 through 2019.   The EPA has provided a simple .pdf of changes that relate to HVAC technicians. Additional... Read More

Who Determines the Best HVAC Brands?

Would you believe that it's the installing contractor? Below are reviews of major heat pump brands, pulled from FurnaceCompare.com, a site that describes itself as "the only comprehensive, unbiased source for air conditioner, boiler, furnace and heat pump data on... Read More

Are Your Techs Costing Your Customers Money?

Did you know that improper installation of equipment can decrease the efficiency of HVAC equipment by more than 30%? According to a 2014 study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), duct leakage can cause a 30% energy penalty.... Read More

Last Call for 13 SEER Package Rooftop Units

Due to DOE Federal regulatory requirements, manufacturers must end production  of 13 SEER packaged rooftop products by December 31, 2016. This change affects both Fraser-Johnston and Daikin rooftop units sold through HVAC Distributors & HVAC Commercial Solutions. In preparation, manufacturers are... Read More

DOE Finalizes Regional Standards Enforcement

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication of its finalized enforcement plan for the Regional Standard on central & single packaged air conditioners. At this time, there are no published enforcement standards for heat pumps. Once the final... Read More

Goodman Product Labels Help Contractors Meet DOE Requirements

Starting July 1, 2016, the Department of Energy may begin to seek penalties for violations of regional standards related to air conditioner installation. As a contractor, it's important to understand key aspects of the regulation to help you avoid penalties:... Read More

Daikin’s New ComfortPlex Texas Facility Closer to Completion

Daikin's new $417 million ComfortPlex facility is nearing completion. Daikin anticipates that it will be fully operational by March 1. The new, state-of-the-art business campus will manufacture Amana, Goodman and Daikin residential unitary equipment, Daikin commercial equipment and Daikin ductless equipment.... Read More