Daikin Announces Updated Consumer Website

Daikin has announced the launch of the newly updated daikincomfort.com website. The new website offers a complete visual refresh from the previous version and provides a simplified layout with content organized for the consumer experience.

The updated daikincomfort.com will initially focus solely on the consumer and include residential products only. Professional content and commercial product information remains at daikinac.com at this time.*  The updated website includes a new responsive design that is optimized for all internet browsers. Consumers can easily navigate from the Homepage (shown below) to all areas of the website, with prominent placement for Product Registration and Warranty Lookup.

*The content of daikinac.com will be enhanced and integrated into a new professional section of daikincomfort.com, with an anticipated launch later this year.

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New & Improved Features:

  • A newly integrated Product Selector page provides users with minimal HVAC knowledge to identify product features and  select the best match for their needs.
  • The Find a Dealer locator is prominently displayed at the top of each page so the consumer can find a nearby dealer when they are ready to purchase a new system.
  • Future content improvements will include recommended maintenance and basic troubleshooting tips and more about Daikin’s commitment to customer service.

The full Press Release is located at www.daikincomfort.com/press-releases.

Daikin ductless products are available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Amana® Products Now Have Premium Product Packaging

To better differentiate its Amana brand, Goodman Manufacturing has introduced premium product packaging on all Amana-brand high efficiency equipment:
condensing units, heat pumps, furnaces, and air handlers. The packaging enhancements are designed to better protect products in transit and provide homeowners with a premium experience upon delivery of their new unit.

New packaging includes a larger skid, full unit coverage, and a tighter fitting lid.

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Premium Packaging (left) vs. Standard Packaging (right)
  • Larger skid provides margin on each side
    of the unit to help reduce bump damage
  • Sleeve provides full unit coverage and protection
  • Tighter fitting lid to prevent slippage and provide enhanced protection

 

The new premium packaging also clearly shows the American Pride logo  (below) for homeowners to see.

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Goodman Manufacturing, in conjunction with The ACHR News, conducted a survey of contractors that showed, when asked, 75% of homeowners prefer a product made or assembled in the United States.

HVAC Distributors Amana dealers will start to see delivery of units with the new packaging, effective immediately.

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.