HVAC Distributors Participating in SMECO Rebate Program

Southern Maryland Electric Company Rebate Program

HVAC Distributors is participating in the SMECO residential rebate program, which currently runs through the end of 2018.

Rebates are available on heat pumps, condensers, ductless units and ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostats.

HVAC Distributors carries Amana, Goodman, Daikin, Honeywell and Nest products that qualify for the rebates.

The SMECO residential service area is all of Charles and St. Mary’s counties, all but the northern tip of Calvert County, and all but the southern portion of Prince George’s County.

To receive rebate reimbursement, contractors must pass the rebate along to the homeowner and document the rebate on the invoice as SMECO Residential HVAC Rebate. For further details about participating in this program through HVAC Distributors, please contact your account manager.

Rebate amounts and qualifying equipment:

Equipment Type

Efficiency Level
(AHRI Rated, as applicable)
HVAC Distributors
SMECO Rebate
Air Source Heat Pump
(Tier 1)
≥ 16 SEER, ≥ 13 EER, ≥ 9 HSPF $400
Air Source Heat Pump
(Tier 2)
≥ 18 SEER, ≥ 13 EER, ≥ 9.5 HSPF $650
Central AC (Tier 1) ≥ 16 SEER and ≥ 13 EER $300
Central AC (Tier 2) ≥ 18 SEER and ≥ 13 EER $500
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump (Single Zone) ≥ 18 SEER, ≥ 12.5 EER,
≥ 9.0 HSPF
$250
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump (Multi-Zone) ≥ 15.5 SEER, ≥ 12.5 EER,
≥ 8.6 HSPF
$400
Smart Thermostat Qualifying ENERGY STAR®
Certified Models
$100

California Proposition 65 Warning Labels Now on Residential Equipment

Effective August 30, 2018, California’s Proposition 65 has been updated. As part of the code update, manufacturers have new notification requirements for consumers in California.

While HVAC Distributors does not do business in California, several of our manufacturer partners have chosen to put new hazardous material warning labels on all of their equipment. These manufacturers include Goodman Manufacturing (Amana and Goodman brands) and ClimateMaster.

If you see new warning labels on equipment, understand that nothing has changed with the equipment itself. Manufacturers are simply following California regulation to inform consumers of potential risks associated with products (like refrigerant) that are listed as hazardous in Proposition 65.

If homeowners express concern about the labels, you can explain that the only difference between equipment that you are replacing and the new equipment is this Proposition 65 notification requirement. The hazardous components of the system, like refrigerant and mechanical fluids used to keep the machine running properly, are not components that the homeowner would interact with on a day-to-day basis based on the normal running of the machine.

Extra Rewards for Lochinvar Continues through September 30, 2018

VIP Contractors – Don’t Miss this Opportunity!viplogo

When you register the following KNIGHT® Heating Boiler models, you’ll receive $125 – that’s 5x the usual reward!
This offer is valid June 1 through September 30, 2018.

KNIGHT® Models eligible for $125 are:

WHB Models WHN Models KHN Models KHB Models
WHB055 WHN056 KHN055 KHB055
WHB085 WHN086* KHN085* KHB085
WHB110 WHN111* KHN110* KHB110
WHB155 WHN156* KHN155* KHB155
WHB199 WHN200* KHN199* KHB199
WHB285 WHN286* KHN285* KHB285
WHB399 WHN400*
* In stock now at HVAC Distributors!

All other VIP Program eligible products will remain at their standard reward amount.

$25 $15 $10
KBN080, 105, 150, 210, 285
KBN081, 106, 151, 211, 286
All Noble All Squire
WBN050, 080, 105, 150, 210
WBN051, 081, 106, 151, 211
All Solution
WHN055, 085, 110, 155, 199, 285, 399

Participants must be an approved Lochinvar VIP Contractor to participate. All official rules apply.

Not a VIP yet? Visit www.lochinvarvip.com to register.

Meet the Rinnai Sensei – Next Friday, July 20

Rinnai is holding online orientations to its new Sensei line. The Sensei has flexible installation options, service improvements over prior models and more. It is also the only tankless product with Amazon Alexa integration.

Choose from one of the two 1-hour webinar times:

Webinars will include:

  • Comprehensive overview of SENSEI™ Tankless Water Heaters
  • Features & Benefits
  • Try Rinnai Tour
  • $100 Rebate Offer on Your First SENSEI™ Installation

 

ComfortBridge: Amana & Goodman’s New Communicating Interface for Equipment

Goodman Manufacturing has announced the next phase of its communicating equipment interface: ComfortBridge™. This technology will replace the current ComfortNet™ communicating thermostat.

What is ComfortBridge?
ComfortBridge is a board-based communication platform (versus the thermostat-based ComfortNet technology). It uses Bluetooth® technology to commission, configure and diagnose equipment. This frees you, as the contractor, to use the thermostat control of your choice with the equipment without sacrificing the communicating benefits of the system.

ComfortBridge is managed through either an on-board LED screen or through your smart phone using the Cool Cloud HVAC app (Android download | Apple download).

What units are affected?
All communicating system furnaces and air handlers will be upgraded to ComfortBridge-enabled boards. Starting July 2018, you may receive an updated communicating furnace with your order of the following models: AMVC96, ACVC96, GMVC96, GCVC96.

Because this is a revision to an existing model, not a new product, HVAC Distributors will make best efforts to sell through existing inventory (ComfortNet-communicating product) before selling the new inventory. This will give you time to download the app and learn more about the ComfortBridge technology.

What does this mean for you?

  • Thermostat Flexibility. You are no longer tied to the CTK04 to make the most of the equipment’s communicating features. You can use your choice of thermostats, including any brands your company may have standardized on.
  • Application Flexibility. ComfortBridge opens possibilities for 2-stage, modulating and inverter applications, hydronic connectivity, external dehumidification connectivity and ventilation connectivity that were not available with the CTK04 configuration.

But Wait, There’s More…

To get ready for this change, we encourage you to:

  1. Download the Cool Cloud HVAC app (Android download | Apple download) to your smart phone. Have all of your installing and servicing technicians do the same.
  2. Watch our tutorial from Eric Kravitz, HVAC Distributors’ Technical Support & Training Supervisor, on how the new boards work and how to make the most of your installation.
  3. If you are an HVAC Distributors customer and have questions when you get the new furnaces, reach out to our Tech Services team at 800.228.4822 x5. This service is available for HVAC Distributors customers only.