The beginning of each new year inspires us all to be retrospective – we look back in review and then cast our eyes forward to what the year may bring. When we, as a heating and air conditioning company serving Flower Mound, Corinth and the surrounding areas, look back at 2016 we can’t help but feel that the impacts of this year will reach into 2017 and beyond. Some highlights:
Carrier to Stay in the USA
President-elect Trump made many headlines this year, but one in particular stood out for the HVAC industry: In a reversal of their early 2016 announcement to move several hundred Indianapolis-based manufacturing jobs to Mexico, Carrier revealed that they had brokered an agreement with Mr. Trump’s incoming administration to keep over 1,000 of the jobs in Indiana. While any far-reaching effects of this action have yet to be seen, the action taken has been an encouragement to the market overall.
I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS – Will know soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2016
EPA R-22 Stepdown, Phase I
2016 saw the continuation of the EPA’s step-down of R-22 production and the uptick of R-410a system replacements. This planned cessation of production and usage of the refrigerant will continue well beyond 2017, with a planned end date and complete ban effective in 2030. In recent history, this step-down has meant that system repairs and parts replacements have been more prevalent. What complicates the issue is that the alternative refrigerant, R-410A is not a drop-in refrigerant. It operates at a different pressure level than R-22, so you cannot simply make a refrigerant switch in your existing system – the equipment just isn’t designed to operate at that level of pressure. In a few short years, there will be no replacement parts produced for R-22 based systems, as all new equipment is being developed for R-410A. Over time, standard fixes – like replacing a condenser or compressor – will no longer be available. Full equipment replacements will become the norm.
The Kigali Agreement
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Kigali, Rwanda in October this year to reach a global agreement to greatly reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) chemical coolants with a long-term goal of significantly slowing the rise in atmospheric temperatures. HFCs are known to be a type of greenhouse gas that has high global warming potential with over 1,000 times the heat-trapping potency of carbon dioxide. The agreement, which includes specific timelines for the reduction of HFC use and manufacturing, still faces ratification by the United States – a process which is likely to take place in the next two years. The benefit to such an agreement, in addition to staving off climbing global temperatures, is that it is a long-term view with specific goals that allows the industry to plan appropriately and us to advise our Southern Comfort Mechanical customers to be informed heating and air conditioning consumers. As this new regulation takes a more definitive shape, we’ll be sure to share that information.
The Proliferation of Smart Controls
The latest must-have gadgets for your Corinth area home and day to day life come as part of the explosive growth in the smart controls market. While smart controls have existed for a few years now, the technological advances and adoption of these devices has reached an all-time high and there is every indication that this technology’s maximum potential has yet to be realized. Southern Comfort Mechanical already offers the latest in smart controls for your Corinth heating and air conditioning systems and we look forward to watching that technology evolve to better meet your needs.
As always, we look to provide our customers with the latest industry knowledge and expertise to keep them well-informed about the factors that impact the quality and comfort of their home environment. We look forward to being your go-to HVAC partner in 2017 and beyond. It is our great honor to be your trusted heating and air conditioning company serving Flower Mound and the surrounding areas. We thank you for making 2016 a year to remember.