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News You Can Use from the 2012 AHR Expo

Published on: April 25, 2012

The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Exposition (AHR EXPO) that was held in Chicago in January of 2012 had the largest attendance of any AHR Expo to date. There were more than 55,000 people in attendance over the span of three days, and this is not including the thousands of exhibitors at the show. In the three months that have passed since that time, some very specific trends are emerging. It is clear that people are looking for new ways to make their air conditioning and heating system more energy efficient, affordable, convenient and better for the environment. In effect, both home and business owners are demanding an air conditioning and heating system that does more for less.

In response to the demand for a more affordable air conditioning and heating system, HVAC contractors nationwide are working hard to make the products they sell and service more energy efficient. Air conditioning and heating system companies are purchasing new units from manufacturers with higher energy efficiency ratings than past models. Additionally, they are working closer with home and business owners to encourage preventative maintenance. This is one way to gain energy efficiency from units that are already installed.

Some of the latest advances in the HVAC industry include ground source heating and cooling, radiant barrier attic insulation, a ductless split system air conditioning and heating system and much more. All of these new technologies provide the home or business owner with greater comfort, reduced operating costs and complete control over indoor comfort.

A third trend to emerge from the 2012 AHR Expo was that people are more concerned than ever before about their own effect on the environment. Alternative energy sources, such as solar and geothermal heating and cooling, are more accepted. HVAC companies would be wise to pay attention to this need.