Monthly Archives: November 2014

AHRI Releases September 2014 US Heating and Cooling Shipment Data

AHRIAHRI recently released the September 2014 data on U.S. shipments of heating and cooling equipment. For September 2014, gas warm air furnaces increased 16.6% over September 2013. Oil furnace shipments increased 3.3% for this time period. Y-T-D gas warm air furnaces are up 4.9%. Y-T-D shipments of oil warm air furnaces are up 5.9%. Air conditioning and heat pump shipments were also up for May at 29.7% combined. Y-T-D these units are up 8.2% driven by a 16.9% increase in heat pump shipments. Click here for the full report: AHRI Shipment Data.

Videos On Your Web Site

YouTube-Video-EditorTons of studies have been done on how to increase Web site hits and usage. Of all of this research, one clear message stands out. Use of videos on your Web site (and with your social media posts), increase the rate of interaction with your site (and social posts.) You don’t need a high end studio to produce great videos. From instructional to testimonial, videos are easier to create than you might think. A simple Webcam or even a quality cell phone camera can create videos to share with your clients. There are many online (free) tools to help with video editing. YouTube offers a simple tool called Video Editor. One of the benefits of this is you can edit and post all in one spot. Videos should show your personality while engaging your clients. Keep them short, 2 – 5 minutes, and informative. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun. Humor is one of the best ways to engage your audience. We use a great online tool called Powtoon to create presentations, training videos, informational videos and more. There is free version available and it is easy to learn. So don’t be afraid to spend a little time creating some short clips about your company or team members. Even the most basic videos can go a long way to increase your Web presence.

Belimo Takes the Guesswork Out of Economizers

zip-economizerThere is a great new product on the market from Belimo. The ZIP Economizer makes installing an economizer in a new or retrofit application very simple.

“ZIP” stands for “ZIP code” – 5 little numbers that the installer keys in to automatically set up the ZIP Economizer for maximum energy savings in a given climate zone. No consulting temperature curves, no cross-referencing with energy codes, no operation manuals and no erroneous factory default settings.

This new product features onboard setup and diagnostics, alarm notifications, an automotive quality LCD and more. It also offers expansion modules for more functionlities, such as two-speed fan and Demand Control Ventiliation. There is even a communications module that provides alarm output and firmware updates.

The ZIP from Belimo will save contractors time and money when installing new or retrofit economizers. For more information, click here Belimo ZIP Economizer