New Rewards Added to HTP Contractor Rebate Program

HTP is offering American Express gift cards with the purchase of qualifying units between February 5 and March 31, 2018.

The Rebates

Model Reward
UFT boiler $150
UFTC/EFTC Combi $150
Elite Premier Boiler $150
Elite FT Boiler $150
Phoenix Water Heater $150
EverLast Light Duty Commercial (80, 100 or 115 gal) $75
Any 40 or 52 gallon residential water heater with a lifetime warranty $50

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Register online for the rebate, and HVAC Distributors will report your qualifying purchases to HTP on your behalf.  Upon approval, an American Express gift card (or multiple cards as needed) will be issued directly to the contractor for the total rebate amount.

Deadline for registration is March 31.

To find out more about our HTP hydronic product offerings, contact your account manager or your local branch. All in-stock products are also available to order through Web Order Entry.

 

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, 2017 through December 31, 2021.

Installation Year Tax Credit
2017 30%
2018 30%
2019 30%
2020 26%
2021 22%

Commercial Geothermal Tax Credit

The bill modifies language related to how commercial geothermal systems qualify for tax credits. Under the new bill, a commercial project becomes eligible for the tax credit in the year it commences, rather than the year the project’s system is placed into service.

For commercial geothermal systems, there is a 10% Federal Income Tax credit, which can be combined with solar and wind tax credits and energy-efficient building deductions.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you did geothermal installations in 2017, make sure those customers are aware that the credit has been reinstated. The IRS will post details here on how to claim this credit.
  • For commercial contractors, use this new rebate information to evaluate if geothermal may become a more viable solution for upcoming projects.
  • For residential contractors, make sure you’re leveraging the rebates in your marketing for geothermal. If you’re an HVAC Distributors customers and need help with your geothermal marketing, reach out to us.

HVAC Distributors is a ClimateMaster geothermal distributor for Pennsylvania and New York. Through HVAC Commercial Solutions, HVAC Distributors has access to ClimateMaster’s commercial line.

You can order qualifying product at any of our HVAC Distributors locationsby phone or through Web Order Entry.

2018 Spring EAP Rebates

Philadelphia Area Contractors, read on for current Homeowner Rebates from Electrical Association of Philadelphia (EAP). For assistance determining qualifying match-ups, use the AHRI site.

EAP rebates can be combined with PECO Smart Home Rebates, for combined rebates of up to $1,550 per qualifying unitary system, $1,350 for qualifying geothermal systems and a minimum of $220 for qualifying ductless heat pump systems.

EAP Rebates
Available February 14 – May 16, 2018
Contracts must be signed before April 25, 2018 & installed by May 16, 2018 to qualify.

Available through HVAC Distributors on:

Amana & Goodman Heat Pumps
Rebate Qualifying Product
$600 16.0 to 17.99 SEER, 8.5 HSPF, 12.5+ EER heat pump system
$700 18.0 to 19.99 SEER, 8.5 HSPF, 12.5+ EER heat pump system
$1,000 20.0 or higher SEER, 8.5 HSPF, 12.5+ EER heat pump system
Heat Pump rebates above increase by $100 when installed as a dual fuel heat pump (hybrid) that includes a 16+ SEER, 8.5 HSPF, 12.5+ EER heat pump
Amana & Goodman Air Conditioners
Rebate Qualifying Product
$500 16.0 to 17.99 SEER, 12.5+ EER central air conditioning system
$700 18.0 to 19.99 SEER, 12.5+ EER central air conditioning system
$1,000 20.0+ SEER, 12.5+ EER central air conditioning system
Daikin & LG Mini-Splits
Rebate Qualifying Product
$100 per Outdoor Unit Residential Single Zone High Efficiency Equipment – 20.0 SEER, 9.6 HSPF, 12.5+ EER heat pump system
$75 per Head Residential Multi Zone High Efficiency Equipment – 16.0 SEER, 9.0 HSPF, 12.0+ EER heat pump system
ClimateMaster Geothermal Systems
Rebate Qualifying Product
$800 18+ EER geothermal heat pump system

Requires:
Membership in the Electrical Association of Philadelphia & qualifying unit purchase from qualifying distributor (HVAC Distributors is a qualifying distributor)

Complete details of the EAP rebate program are available here.

You can order qualifying product at any of our HVAC Distributors locationsby phone or through Web Order Entry.

Flashshield Arc-Resistant CSST Available at HVAC Distributors

gastite flashshield

One of the biggest concerns with installing gas furnaces is ensuring that the gas connections are not a fire hazard.  Two common causes of potential fires are lightning strikes (common within the HVAC footprint in Maryland and Pennsylvania) and power surges.

HVAC Distributors stocks Flashshield™ because it offers the highest level of protection against both indirect lightning strikes and electrical system fault current arcs up to 600V. This means that when you use Flashshield, as a certified Gastite installer, you can be confident that you’re providing the highest level of safety for your customers.

How does it work?

Why Flashshield?

  • It saves time. It installs in about 1/3 the time of rigid pipe.
  • It reduces job cost. It reduces gas fittings required by about 75%.
  • It is the safest product you can provide your homeowners. It’s listed to ANSI LC1 and ICC-ES PMG LC 1027 standards, and its multi-layer insulation protects from corrosive elements that may also weaken pipes and cause fire hazards.

Flashshield is available at all HVAC branches and through Web Order Entry. As with most gas piping, it requires certification to purchase. If you need the certification, Gastite has an on-demand online certification course that you can take to be certified within 60 minutes. The certification is also an excellent refresher on general gas piping basics.

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 local area will also populate.

Region-specific rebates can be searched on the sites by selecting Rebate Center under the Resources menu on each site.

Rooftop Energy Efficiency Standards are Changing

At the beginning of this year, 3 to 5 ton 13 SEER Packaged Units were discontinued, per Department of Energy regulation.

Beginning January 1, 2018, the performance measurement metric for 6 – 25 ton packaged units is being changed from EER to IEER (Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio). This change is expected to improve the energy efficiency of rooftop equipment by about 10%. Required minimum IEER are noted in the table below.

Updated IEER Ratings for Equipment Manufactured On/After January 1, 2018

Unit Min IEER
Cooling Only 6-10 T 12.9
12.5-20 T 12.4
25T 11.6
Gas/ Electric 6-10 T 12.7
12.5-20 T 12.2
25T 11.4
Heat Pump 6-10 T 12.2 (3.3 COP)
12.5-20 T 11.6 (3.2 COP)
25T 10.6 (3.2 COP)

What does this mean for your customers? According to an article in ACHR News, “a typical building owner [would save] $4,200-$10,100 over the life of a single rooftop air conditioner. For larger commercial buildings, the savings are significant.”

What does this mean for you? As stock of older rooftops runs out, it will be replaced by units that meet the now higher efficiency requirements. To improve IEER, which is a weighted average of four load points, manufacturers adjust how the equipment performs at 75% load and 50% load. This can be done by increasing the physical size of the system or, as our manufacturer partners are doing, by changing compressors and drives to provide more variable performance.

You are still able to purchase and install rooftops that meet current EER/IEER standards. However, these models are not allowed to be manufactured after January 1, 2018, so when we sell out of existing inventory, it is gone for good.

If you are an HVAC Distributors/HVAC Commercial Solutions customer with a current committed project with an extended lead time, please reach out to your Account Manager about product availability.

If you are an HVAC Distributors/HVAC Commercial Solutions customer interested in learning more about how our manufacturer partners are improving the energy efficiency of their rooftop products, or in how best to explain these changes to your customers, reach out to your Account Manager.

 

Updates to Lochinvar After-Hours Tech Support

Lochinvar has announced new hours for its Technical Service Hotline:

After Hours Support: 5 PM EST – 8 PM EST (Monday – Friday)
Emergency Support: 9 AM EST – 5 PM EST (Saturday – Sunday)
Holiday Support: 9 AM EST – 5 PM EST (Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)
Hotline: 1.800.722.2101

This support is in addition to the support you receive as an HVAC Distributors customer.

HVAC Distributors’ Tech Service Department is available Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM EST by calling 1.800.228.4822 x 5.

Our Tech Service Department provides technical support on all of the products that we sell, which saves you time from calling individual manufacturer tech lines.

#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 Harvey.

Please note: HVAC Distributors has plenty of inventory to handle our customers’ needs, so you do not have to worry about how Hurricane Harvey will impact your business and use of Amana, Goodman and Daikin Ductless products.

Are Employees Safe?

From Goodman: Managers have been checking in, on a regular basis, with all employees located across Southeast Texas and Western Louisiana. Most employees are safe, but some are sheltered in their homes while rain and wind continues and roadways remain closed. That said, a small number of employees have experienced flooding or loss of property. We are working to help provide affected employees with support.

How is the distribution facility in Houston?

From Goodman: All Houston area facilities, including the Daikin Texas Technology Park, appear to have minimal impact from the flooding. The facilities are set to begin full scale operations as soon as employees have the ability to safety return to work.

Is Goodman doing anything to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey?

From Goodman: Details around product support for homeowners that have experienced flooding will begin in the coming days and week. We will make sure to support our neighbors and community as we collectively recover from the storm and its damage. #HoustonStrong