2018 HVAC Regulations You Need to Know About

• • Cooling, HVAC, technology focus

An understanding of regulations is critical to success in the HVAC industry. It ranks up there with getting the ventilation right and ensuring your customers’ quiet enjoyment of their homes with high-quality diffusers. Two upcoming policies that will have a big impact on HVAC are the new refrigerant regulations and the new efficiency requirements that […]

What You Need to Know About Ductless Mini-Split Systems

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC

Summer is going to be hot, and your customers will be thinking about their cooling options. As their trusted HVAC professional, it’s your job to help them decide what’s best for their home.  You understand how to balance the requirements of your local climate with the needs of each customer’s home. You take care of […]

Three Ways to Keep Your HVAC Crew Happy in the Heat

• • HVAC, Installer Tips

The construction industry always heats up in the summer, and HVAC is no different. While you provide ventilation and cooling options to keep customers happy, remember your crew needs inspiration to stay productive throughout the summer! After all, the HVAC industry is going to get busier every year for some time to come. The US […]

Why Certification Matters When Balancing HVAC

• • HVAC, Installer Tips, vents

Energy efficiency and resident comfort are critical to the success of your HVAC business. Installing the right equipment, providing sufficient ventilation and protecting the building’s rainscreen are a good start, but you also need to balance the HVAC system. If you plan to grow your HVAC business, consider adding air balancing to your suite of […]

When HVAC Gets Noisy, You Need to Get Busy

• • HVAC, Installer Tips, technology focus

You do what you can to keep HVAC noise to a minimum with careful system design and installation that includes parts such as whisper-quiet diffusers. So, when you get a complaint about noisy HVAC, you can be sure that something is wrong with the system. It could be something as simple as a child’s toy […]

Big Data Yields Big Savings in HVAC

• • HVAC, technology focus

What if you could help your customers save 17% on their energy bill? According to Vladi Shunturov, president of Lucid, a software company specializing in Big Data, your customers’ building data can provide the opportunity to do just that. Today’s customer is concerned about energy savings, and you can give them all they need: vents […]

HVAC Zoning for the Smart Home

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Your customers want more control over their household temperature and their energy bill, and they want the highest quality HVAC system their money can buy. That means more than smart thermostats and top-grade heating and cooling units, ducts and vents. It means an HVAC design that makes sense for their needs. In many cases, they […]

3D Printing Brings a New Dimension of Innovation to HVAC

• • HVAC, technology focus

As an HVAC installer, you have to be a Jack (or Jill) -of-all-trades with a working understanding of many aspects of the construction industry. Will you soon have to add 3D printing to your list of skills? Unless you’re doing custom projects with massive budgets, you probably don’t have to worry. 3D printing technology is […]

Are Invisible HVAC Repairs Important?

• • HVAC, Installer Tips

With energy costs increasing, making sure HVAC systems work at peak performance is a must. All systems need ongoing care, even the top-of-the-line ones that come with high-quality fittings, vents, and accessories. Some HVAC problems are less obvious and often decrease efficiency and increase the wear on expensive parts. A standard maintenance checklist includes checking […]

Grow Your HVAC Business with Better Estimates

• • Construction methods, HVAC, Installer Tips

Do you want to improve your margins? According to an industry expert, the majority of HVAC professionals can increase profits by changing their approach to estimates. Getting the best value in equipment and vents is only the start of costing out a job. You also need to assign labor and overhead costs appropriately, know when […]

Top Trends for HVAC Industry in 2017

• • Construction methods, Cooling, HVAC, News

As the world’s attention turns to energy efficiency, HVAC installers who know their stuff will be in high demand. If you know what’s trending in equipment, you can help your customers score well with popular certification programs. This means you’ll be busy all year! Make sure you know what to look for in fittings to […]

Is Being an HVAC Control Freak a Good Thing?

• • HVAC, technology focus

Choosing an HVAC vendor is one of the most important decisions a building owner makes. For items such as vents and fittings the choice is simple; but when it comes to managing HVAC, a big factor in the selection process is whether that vendor offers a proprietary system or one with open controls. This may […]

Get Ready to Go With Variant Refrigerant Flow

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Your customers want to reduce their energy bills. For owners and operators of large residential and commercial buildings, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC could be the way to go. The benefits of VRF include energy efficiency, improved comfort and integration with smart technology, but it’s not ideal for every project. In contrast to air conditioning […]

HVAC Rates High in Green Building Standards

• • Construction methods, HVAC, technology focus

A green certification program called BREEAM was recently introduced in the U.S. If you’re a HVAC installer in North America, get to know the program, as chances are you’ll encounter a project seeking BREEAM certification. This building endorsement requires careful design of the HVAC system as well as the use of top grade equipment, from […]

How to protect your siding with rainscreen

• • Construction methods, HVAC, rainscreen

When your customers choose siding for their homes, they balance aesthetics, cost and maintenance with energy efficiency and ease of installation. From an HVAC point of view, your primary concern is how their decision impacts the heating and cooling properties of a building. A major factor in the siding impact is whether there is a […]

5 Things Installers Need to Know About Integration

• • HVAC, technology focus

Can you help your customers choose an HVAC system that integrates seamlessly and takes advantage of available energy efficiency and monitoring capabilities? Integration is a key trend in the HVAC industry. It refers to HVAC and other building systems like lighting and security that are part of a single automation system. Yes, we’re talking about […]

HVAC for Multiple Dwelling Units

• • Construction methods, Cooling, Heating, HVAC

When you’re consulting on a big project like installing HVAC in multiple dwelling units (MDU), you need to know all of the factors at play. The biggest consideration with MDU is whether to install a central system or to take a compartmentalized approach and install HVAC into individual units. If your customer is looking for […]

What you need to know about HVAC standards

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC

The first half of 2016 was the hottest six months on record since we began recording temperatures 137 years ago. With these record-breaking temperatures, it’s no surprise that building energy efficiency standards are being revised to mitigate global warming. Anyone installing HVAC needs to familiarize themselves with standards, and right now this is especially true […]

Venting Tips for Air Conditioner Installations

• • HVAC, vents

Given the never-ending heat and humidity of the summer across North America, cooling a home to a reasonable and safe temperature can be crucial to a person’s well being. Air conditioning is arguably the best solution. Selecting the right type of air conditioner system is important, as is venting it correctly.  This depends on a […]

Primex launches new product series of Surface Mount Wall Vents

• • building envelope, HVAC, Press Release, Product Announcement

August 10, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. Canada – Primex announces the much anticipated launch of a new product series of surface mount (SM) wall vents for use with single family homes, townhouses and three to four story multi-residential wood frame residential buildings. The SM wall vents are easy to install, made from high-grade materials, UV-protected and […]

Choosing a Furnace Filter: What MERV Means to You

• • health focus, Heating, HVAC

The air filter in a furnace is the best defense against damage to an HVAC system and poor indoor air quality in a home. The furnace filter traps particles such as dust, animal dander, pollen, mold spores and dust mites, preventing the buildup of these particles on the furnace’s fan and heat exchanger. Dust buildup […]

What the Internet of Things has to do with the HVAC Industry

• • HVAC, technology focus

HVAC contractors are hearing more and more about the IoT these days. Some installers in the construction industry are already at the forefront of using the technology associated with it. So, what is the IoT? Simply put, it means the Internet of Things and refers to the vast network of objects or “things” that are […]

New HVAC Products to See and Keynotes to Listen to at CMPX 2016

• • HVAC, News, Tradeshows

Each year the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exhibition, known as CMPX, is a showcase for the latest products and innovations in the HVACR industry. It’s jointly produced by the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), representing HVAC manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors, along with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), which […]

How to choose your ductwork

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC

There are several ways to heat, cool and ventilate a home but probably the most popular method in North America is forced air. A central furnace, air-conditioning unit or heat pump is connected to the rest of the building with a network of venting. Vents can be used for three main purposes, to supply conditioned […]

How to Choose the Right Wall Cap

• • building envelope, HVAC, product focus, rainscreen, vents

Venting through walls is often the easiest way to intake fresh air or exhaust fumes from a house. But making any hole in the exterior can compromise the integrity of the building envelope. To prevent the entry of water and stop air leaks, use a strong and watertight wall cap. Wall caps can be manufactured […]

HVAC Trends in 2016

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

An exciting year lies ahead for HVAC installers and the construction industry. Here’s a few business and climate control trends that may affect you in 2016. HVAC Companies Will Get Busier Stricter regulations for emissions and efficiency are becoming widespread across North America meaning new buildings are getting greener. The construction industry in the U.S. […]

Tips on Getting a House Ready for Winter

• • Heating, HVAC

With winter on the way and temperatures dipping, it’s time to think about winterizing homes for the cold. First thing to do is take a walk around the house and inspect any wall caps and vents for damage and make sure dampers are not jammed open, particularly the flapper type. Check for any damage to roof […]

When do Homes Need Heat Pumps?

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Houses built for mild climates often don’t need air conditioning units, despite some hot summer days that may benefit from them. For homes with forced air systems, furnaces often blast too much hot air, which is an inefficient heating method, especially in the spring and fall. A solution worth considering in this scenario is a […]

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What You Need to Know About Home Central Heating

• • Heating, HVAC, technology focus

From the original wood-burning fireplace to the most modern geothermal radiant system, home heating has come a long way over the centuries. Here we look at different options for central heating: systems where heat is distributed from a main location throughout a house. Forced air heating is the most common type in North America. It […]

Why cheap but noisy flapper vents will cost you more

• • HVAC, technology focus, vents

Great strides have been made in recent years in improving the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, but at a cost. Insulation has increased in walls and attics and has been added to crawlspaces. New fenestration standards, which minimize air leakage around windows and doors, have been introduced, although prices have increased due to manufacturing […]

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Housing outlooks positive for 2015 amidst suddenly falling interest rates

• • HVAC, News

Many Canadian home builders started 2015 with some apprehension over the impact higher interest rates might have on their businesses. A lot of economists were predicting the price of borrowing was going to rise in Canada, possibly as early as this spring. Here we are a few weeks later, and the Bank of Canada is […]

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HVAC Getting Smarter in 2015

• • Cooling, health focus, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Your phone is smart, but is your HVAC system also? In 2015, the number of people able to answer yes will grow significantly. “Smart” has become a driving force throughout the HVAC industry. Whether through the offering of increasingly interactive HVAC devices, or simply greater efficiency, HVAC is rapidly getting smarter. House apps Of course, […]

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Choosing the right vent cap for a soffit

• • Construction methods, HVAC, product focus

When choosing a spot to place an HVAC intake or exhaust vent, soffits can provide a convenient solution. The eaves of a roof can be used to help hide vent caps, and also play a vital role in proper attic ventilation. Still, it’s important for builders to carefully consider the purpose of a vent before […]

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Which plastic is right for vent covers?

• • Construction methods, Heating, HVAC, product focus

Plastic is one of the most versatile materials on earth. Think about all of the things we use every day that contain plastic: phones, cars, computers, televisions all contain some, but it’s used even more in our homes. We rely on it for everything from insulating the wires in our walls, water pipes, window frames, […]

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Heavy Duty Plastic roof vents ideal for harsh weather

• • Construction methods, Cooling, HVAC

A customer focus on energy efficiency is placing a premium on short, straight ductwork. Builders often find roof venting provides the most efficient path for exhaust from a home. Some builders are reluctant to cut holes in one of the most vital parts of the building envelope.  The incorrect vent, improperly installed will always be […]

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How to design efficient ductwork

• • Construction methods, Cooling, HVAC

Ductwork is a key component of any modern home.  Hidden in our floors and ceilings, nearly every house today is criss-crossed by a network of passages designed to move air from one spot to another.  Even homes without forced air heating or cooling will likely have a dryer vent and bathroom, kitchen, or even radon […]

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Why a HRV / ERV Ventilation System is a Smart Investment

• • HVAC, technology focus

Today’s modern homes are wonderfully well sealed. Building technologies have improved significantly to block outside air from coming in, and inside air from leaving. It’s all in the name of energy efficiency, but stale air trapped inside a home can now gather pollutants and make it uncomfortable to live in. It can even lead to allergies […]

Six Reasons Plastic is Perfect for HVAC Vents and Hoods

• • building envelope, HVAC, vents

When it comes to choosing HVAC intake/exhaust vents for your next construction project, you will likely be comparing the options in metal and plastic.  So, which material is the better choice?  In recent years, new plastic technologies have created some significant advantages.  Here are six of them:     Weather resistance and durability Outdoor vent covers […]

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Three tips to efficiently beat the summer heat in your next home

• • Cooling, HVAC

Three cooling tips for homebuilders It’s July, and after a long, cold winter across most of North America, scorching summer temperatures have returned.  While there is plenty for people to enjoy outside right now, many of us will undoubtedly be focusing on the indoor discomforts that come with the heat. “It’s too hot to sleep.” […]