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.


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.


2016 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

All HVAC Distributors branches will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, November 24.

The following HVAC Distributors branches will be open on a modified schedule Friday, November 25:

  • Syracuse, Warminster, and Youngwood branches open for pick-up orders 7 AM – 12 PM. Phone numbers and addresses are available here.
  • Web Order Entry orders will be processed for Monday delivery until 12 PM.

Allentown, Aston, Buffalo, Columbia, Chantilly, Harrisburg, Mount Joy, Pittsburgh, Pittston, Rochester, and State College branches will be closed on Friday. However, on call emergency ordering service is available for all branches by calling your local branch or 800.228.4822 and following the auto-attendant prompts.

Warranty, Marketing, Finance, Applications Support and Technical Service Departments will be closed and will respond to inquiries on Monday, November 30.

Delivery service will resume on Monday, November 30.

Thank you for being our customers and enjoy your holiday.

Ductless Days of Summer Checklist

As the season gets hectic, we want to make sure that you have everything you need to save time and increase customer satisfaction with your ductless jobs.

Below is a handy checklist of ductless accessories & add-ons available through HVAC Distributors. Contact your local branch or account manager for pricing and availability. Web Order Entry customers can see that information through the Web Order Portal.

Installation Accessories to Save You Time on the Job


Mighty Bracket™

Allows single person installation of indoor units. Works with all brands. Does not damage walls.



 Rectorseal WBB300

Simplifies mounting outdoor units. Level and install the cross beam, then attach the legs at the appropriate distance for your outdoor unit.

Fits all systems (up to 300 lbs). Anti-vibration pads ensure quiet operation & individual levelers eliminate the need for shims.

HVAC Distributors also provides ductless outdoor unit condenser pads for ground installation.


Flaretite Fittings

Flaretite helps you ensure that all refrigerant flare fittings have a perfect seal. Flaretite compensates for small flaws in flares that could cost you a lot of time on the job troubleshooting and fixing.

Simply clip Flaretite on new or damaged fittings to create a perfect leak-free seal.



Fortress™ Duct Fittings

The Fortress™ fitting system hides unsightly AC linesets.

  • Longer ducting length (8ft.) allows for fewer joints
  • 17 fittings assure a complete professional finish
  • Simple 3 step installation
HVAC Distributors also provides ductless-specific line sets.

IAQ Options to Protect Your Customers’ Investment


RGF Quad-MS™

Mounts to the top (exterior) of mini-split units.  Fits all units with hook-and-loop tabs.



Ultravation M-Series™

Mounts inside almost every brand of ductless unit to keep coil clean and improve system lifespan over non-treated units. Includes 3 year system warranty and Ultravation’s standard contractor benefits – including a visual lamp replacement cue.



Goodman Product Labels Help Contractors Meet DOE Requirements


Starting July 1, 2016, the Department of Energy may begin to seek penalties for violations of regional standards related to air conditioner installation.

As a contractor, it’s important to understand key aspects of the regulation to help you avoid penalties:

  1. Compliance is based on the address where the unit is installed. The type of equipment that you can install has nothing to do with where your business is located or where you purchased equipment. This is important for contractors with businesses on the border of compliance regions and/or contractors who may permit personal equipment installations by employees for friends/family.
  2. Goodman and Amana equipment FTC Energy Guide labels include guidance on where a product may be installed. If a product is restricted, the label will include a map of the United States and a statement “INSTALLATION PROHIBITED IN…”, followed by the geographic locations where the equipment cannot be installed.

HVAC Distributors has developed a Frequently Asked Questions guide related to regional standards regulation.

Goodman has a 30-minute webinar on regional standards, as well as other resources related to the regional standards changes, available at