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.

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 the web.” It comes up as a top search result for ” reviews” searches related to HVAC products.

The names of the brands have been erased from the detail to help illustrate a couple of points.

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Consumer Reviews from FurnaceCompare.com, retrieved October 26, 2016
  1. All of the brands have more negative reviews than positive ones.
  2. Because of how FurnaceCompare.com uses customer reviews to rank products, a product with fewer reviews will rank more favorably than a similar product with more reviews. If products don’t have a similar number of reviews, the popularity rating is meaningless.closeup
    For example, the #33 and the #22 product have the same 3/5 rating. A greater percentage of customers have reviewed and recommend the #33 product. These are all indicators that the #33 product is probably more popular than the #22.

In a brand comparison article, Brands vs. Brands, author Kelly Burgess makes some key points about what makes a “best” HVAC system:

  1. “Because every house and every installation is unique, there really is no uniform way to compare how well central air conditioners perform in the home. Even user reviews are of limited help as poor performance could be due to poor installation rather than any fault in the equipment.”
  2. Many of the high-rated brands are selective about who is able to install their products, and have policies to ensure the installing technicians are well-trained.

We noted in a previous article that mistakes by installing technicians can drastically reduce the energy efficiency of equipment. As an HVAC professional, how many installation mistakes can you identify in negative reviews of your primary brand?

More importantly, what are you doing to make sure your homeowners have a quality installation, and therefore a quality brand, experience?

You can’t change the reviews (incidentally, a few articles cite that 5% of negative reviews online are written by people who haven’t purchased the product they’re reviewing).

You can control your customer experience to minimize installation errors that may result in a negative review.

When you are a Partner for Success with HVAC Distributors, we help you ensure that your team provides your homeowners with a quality installation experience. We have dedicated training professionals who teach technical classes on the products that we support. Check out the current training that we have available on our training page.

Each of our branch locations is a certified testing facility for NATE & EPA testing.

If you are an HVAC customer, you can request customized training on that page if you have a specific topic that you’d like us to cover with your team.

We also have a business development program that can help you ensure that your front line staff are presenting themselves – and your company – in a professional, knowledgeable manner. Ask your Account Manager for more details.

Summary of Federal and State Tax Credits/Rebates for Hydronics

For the most up-to-date detail of federal, state and local tax credits, visit dsireusa.org.

Federal Hydronics Tax Credits & Qualifying HVAC Distributors Equipment

Maximum Available
Tax Credit
Product Type

Efficiency Requirements

$150 Natural Gas, Propane or Oil Boilers 95% AFUE Rating
$300 Water Heaters (non-solar) Electric:
Energy Factor ≥ 2.0Gas, Oil, Propane:
Energy Factor ≥ .82 or
Thermal Efficiency ≥ 90%

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Gas Works currently has a Residential & Small Business Equipment Rebate program where homeowners can get a $1,500 rebate on the first installed unit and $800 rebate on any additional units installed on the project (using this Homeowner Rebate Form) when the product(s) installed are natural gas boilers with an AFUE of 94% or more.

95%+ AFUE Boilers In-Stock At HVAC Distributors

Water Heaters (Non-Solar) In-Stock At HVAC Distributors that Qualify for the Federal Program

Questions about which product is best to offer your homeowners? Contact your account manager or your local branch. You can also get your customer-specific pricing and product availability immediately by logging in to Web Order Entry (registration and HVAC Distributors customer account required).

Federal Tax Credit Exclusions for 2016
  • The maximum amount an eligible homeowner may receive in federal tax credits for purchasing and installing qualifying products is now 10% of the cost of the improvement, including installation costs, up to $500 (there are per-item limits).
  • The $500 tax credit amount is reduced by the total amount of residential energy property credits a homeowner has claimed for purchases between 2006 and 2016.
  • For full details of exclusions, click here for our March Product & Service News 

HVAC Distributors Now Offers New Lochinvar KHN Floor-Standing Fire Tube Boiler

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New KHN boiler with fire tube heat exchanger.

Lochinvar’s Knight boiler line now includes a floor-standing fire tube boiler option.

This new model is currently offered as an additional mod-con option in the Knight line. The KHN uses a fire tube heat exchanger instead of the condensing stainless steel heat exchanger in the KBN models.

The KHN has:

  • Direct vent capabilities to 100 feet
  • ENERGY STAR rating
  • 10:1 turndown ratio
  • CON·X·US® compatible for off-site troubleshooting
  • Exclusive Lochinvar SMART SYSTEM™ controls (DHW night set back, separately adjustable SH/DHW switching times and more)
  • Ability to set up to 3 set point temperatures with outdoor reset for each temperature loop
  • 12 year limited  product warranty
  • 5 year limited parts & labor warranty

HVAC Distributors has the new floor-standing KHN models in stock (85,000 BTU – 285,000 BTU sizes):

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH AFUE Flue Size Weight
452323 KHN085-M9 85 95% 2” 165 lb
452324 KHN110-M9 110 95% 3” 170 lb
452325 KHN155-M9 155 95% 3” 175 lb
452326 KHN199-M9 199 95% 3” 195 lb
452327 KHN285-M9 285 95% 4” 205 lb

Ask about the Lochinvar KHN at your local branch, or order through Web Order Entry using the HVAC No. listed above.

PROMOTION ALERT: When you buy Lochinvar Knight equipment from HVAC Distributors between August 15 and October 15, 2016, you can receive a free Lochinvar work shirt or Bison Cooler. See Promo Details here: www.hvacdist.com/knightboiler.asp

Rinnai On-Demand Water Heaters Now Vent with PVC

HVAC Distributors stocks Rinnai’s Ultra Series models, which can be vented with either PVC or CPVC. Previously, Rinnai product could only be vented with polypropylene piping.

Additionally, Rinnai has expanded its Ultra Series line with lower BTU options for single family and smaller multi-family units using natural gas or propane heating. HVAC Distributors has the 160 MBH (RUCS75i) in stock.

RUR Models Provide Installation Flexibility
You can install the Ultra Series RUR models with any plumbing system – even if the homeowner doesn’t have dedicated recirculation return lines, which saves your team time and materials on installation.

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These models have a dedicated recirculation pump, internal bypass line and thermal bypass valve to adapt the on-demand water heater to the existing plumbing system. If a homeowner already has a dedicated recirculation return line, the Ultra’s time-and temperature-based Comfort and Economy modes can be programmed to provide the homeowner with customized comfort and energy-savings control over the unit.

Compact & Meets DOE Energy Efficiency Requirements
Rinnai’s on demand water heaters are compact and meet current DOE energy efficiency requirements, making them an attractive option where space is limited for water heater installation.

The Ultra Series features Rinnai’s highest hot water capacity per BTU, providing the ability to support multiple, simultaneous hot water demands and more venting solutions on the same unit:

  • RUR98 model has a 13:1 turndown ratio
  • RUC98 model has a 13:1 turndown ratio
  • RUCS75 model has a 16:1 turndown ratio

HVAC Distributors also continues to carry the Luxury series, which is polypropylene-vented.

Rinnai tankless products are in-stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry (use the “HVAC No.”, below, to quickly order what you need).

Ultra Series (RUR Models: Do not require dedicated recirculation return line)

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
445801 RUR98i-NG 199 MBH NG 95% 73 lb
445802 RUR98i-LP 199 MBH LP 95% 73 lb

Ultra Series (RUC Models: Require dedicated recirculation return line)

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
445720 RUC98i-NG 199 MBH NG 95% 62 lb
445798 RUC98i-LP 199 MBH LP 95% 62 lb

Ultra Series (RUC Models, Smaller Capacity: Require dedicated recirculation return line)

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
452516 RUCS75i-NG 160 MBH NG 93% 57 lb
452517 RUCS75i-LP 160 MBH LP 93% 57 lb

Luxury Series

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
410336 RL94i-NG 199 MH NG 82% 46 lb
410336 RL94i -LP 199 MBH LP 82% 46 lb
398501 RL75i-NG 180 MBH NG 82% 46 lb
398502 RL75i-LP 180 MBH LP 82% 46 lb

If you have questions about the Rinnai line, contact your Account Manager. If you are a contractor in our service area (NY, PA, MD, DE, WV, VA) and would like to purchase Rinnai from HVAC Distributors, call your closest branch to find out more about this product!