Nest Thermostat Earns ENERGY STAR Designation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated Nest’s learning thermostat an ENERGY STAR product, making it the first thermostat to receive the acknowledgement since regulators stripped it from all programmable thermostats years ago.

The Nest thermostat, which learns customer preferences and schedules over time, helps consumers save energy.

hero-71cfc039b4“You can’t force people to program their thermostats to save energy. But the whole equation changes if thermostats can learn to do it themselves,” Nest Director of Energy Business Ben Bixby wrote last month on the company’s blog.

According to the Bixby, independent studies prove the Nest device saves 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills, which could equate to savings of almost $150 annually.

Help your customers get a Nest for less, by finding eligible rebates and rewards from energy partners in their area.

Nest thermostats are in stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.

 

ComfortNet CTK04 Now Includes Voice Control

Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to connect their lives and homes.

Goodman has recognized this trend and has updated the ComfortNet CTK04 to include voice controls. When you install a CTK04 and connect it to the Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway, your homeowner can use many of today’s popular home electronic assistants to control their Goodman or Amana brand  ComfortNet system.

Some of the home electronic assistants  and apps that are compatible with the new CTK04 include:

  • 518738-google-home-vs-amazon-echoAmazon Echo is a wireless speaker that uses Alexa Voice Assistant to control devices in your home.
  • Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.
  • The Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app allows you to control the CTK04 directly through your smartphone and/or tablet.

This new voice control options is another way the ComfortNet CTK04 control separates itself from the competition by integrating with some of the biggest smart home companies today and making a great product even better for your valued customers.

ComfortNet CTK04 thermostats, Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway and Google Home devices are in stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.

 

HVAC Distributors Now Stocking Zoomlock™ Braze-Free Fittings

Connecting copper tubes just got a whole lot easier and more efficient with the
ZoomLock™ line of braze-free refrigerant line fittings
from Parker. Specially designed to work without brazing, these one-piece fittings are reliably secure, leak-proof, and more repeatable than brazed connections.  Best of all, they can be connected by one person, saving you time and money.

See Zoomlock in Action!

ZoomLock™ Benefits

  • Less equipment needed. No tanks, no torches, no solder to run out of, no open-flame safety equipment – just the battery-powered compression tool.
  • No brazing means no fire hazard.
  • No brazing means no hot work permits required, no extra fire watcher labor cost.
  • No solder-related quality issues.
  • Easier to install in tight spaces.
  • No need to nitrogen-purge.
  • Makes for a much faster installation. The bigger the job, the more the labor savings.19f9cefdfb07230a68581d617885a3af_XL.jpg

HVAC will be stocking a full line of fittings and tools, including couplings (regular, slip), elbows, tees, reducers, caps, flare fittings, and compression tools and jaws.

ZoomLock™ fittings can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Questions about ZoomLock? Click here for FAQ on the kits, the longevity of the parts and more. Or, ask your Account Manager for a product demonstration.

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.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaakdaaaajguwztaynzjjlwu3zjetndlmnc04ytrjlwy4nzrlztdmm2m1ygThe NATE Board of Trustees named David McIlwaine, HVAC Distributors president, CEO and founder as the 2016-2017 Chairman of the Board. McIlwaine earned an MBA from Drexel University and served on several community and industry boards and committees, including Assets Lancaster, Associated Builders and Contractors, HARDI, and the Boy Scouts of America. He has been honored with various awards including the Small Business Person of the Year by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award.

Wade Mayfield, President of Thermal Services, Inc. of Omaha, NE will now assume the role of Immediate Past Chairman, after serving for two consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board.

nate-logo-largeSee the complete board listing here.

NATE recently recognized HVAC Distributors as the Top Mid-Atlantic Region Certifier in 2016 at the HARDI Annual Conference in Colorado Springs.

Source: http://news.natex.org/nate-news/nate-honors-hardi-members-at-2016-annual-conference/

Maryland Tax Free Weekend – Feb 18 – 20

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Maryland is holding a Tax Free Weekend for EnergySTAR® HVAC products from February 18 – February 20, 2017.

Qualifying products include:

  • Boilers
  • Condensers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Furnaces
  • Heat Pumps
  • Programmable Thermostats

To participate in the tax holiday, you must buy and pick-up qualifying product between February 18 and February 20. Program is valid on in-stock product only.

To help you put together your shopping list, here are HVAC Distributors’ in-stock products that qualify for the Tax Holiday:

  1. Boilers
  2. Condensers
  3. Dehumdifiers
    • ThermaStor Santa Fe Series free-standing dehumidifier – 70 – 110 pints per day
    • ThermaStor Ultra-Aire duct-installed dehumidifier – 98 – 205 pints per day
  4. Furnaces
    • Amana 90%+ Furnaces
    • Goodman 90%+ Furnaces
    • Spirit Oil Furnaces
  5. Heat Pumps
  6. Thermostats
    • Honeywell Programmable
    • Aprilaire Programmable
    • NEST Programmable

Maryland Tax Holiday purchases will be honored at our Columbia, MD branch location: 9520 Gerwig Lane, Columbia, MD or for Maryland customers placing & picking up qualifying orders through Web Order Entry.

Please note: HVAC Distributors is a wholesale HVAC company and only sells HVAC equipment to licensed contractors.

Smart Thermostat Rebates for PPL & UGI

PPL currently offers a $100 rebate for contractor-installed NEST version 2.0 or 3.0 thermostats (compared to a self-installed rebate of $50).

Click here for the PPL rebate form.

UGI currently offers a $50 rebate for  programmable thermostats installed on a job. To qualify for the rebate, the thermostat must cost more than $50 (homeowner cost).

Click here for the UGI rebate form.

HVAC Distributors has NEST Thermostat, Protect,  Indoor Camera and Outdoor camera in stock.

We also offer Honeywell’s T-series programmable thermostats, which were developed based on contractor feedback.

You can order NEST and Honeywell products at your local branch, through web order entry or by calling us at 800.228.4822.

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 summaries for other changes to Section 608  are available through the EPA’s web site.

While the current changes do not require re-certification, if you do require Section 608 Certification, HVAC Distributors offers EPA Certification testing at all of our locations.