Coils + Condensing Units: Page 18. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 June 10, 2013 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Warm Weather Indicates Strong HVAC Cooling Season By Angela D. Harris Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Residential Contractors • Bill Smith Plumbing & Heating (Englewood, Colo.) won the Life-time Business Achievement award from the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce. • Fresh Air Concepts (Linthicum, Md.) received Carrier Corp.’s (Farmington, Conn.) President’s award for the seventh straight year. T he cooling season has begun and con-tractors across the nation are gearing up for what meteorologists predict is going to be a hot summer. Tempera-ture gains will depend widely on the region of the country a contractor does business in, but according to sources like The Weather Chan-nel and The Farmers’ Almanac, there should be plenty of a/c demand to go around. Commercial Contractors • Par Mechanical Inc.’s (Montrose, Colo.) Pete Cassidy was named Lochinvar LLC’s (Lebanon, Tenn.) VIP Installation Showcase winner for April. • TDIndustries (Dallas) appointed Michael J. Kotubey as Dallas pres-Kotubey ident. • Custom Air Products & Services Inc. (Houston) received the Silver award at the Houston Business Roundtable’s (Houston) 26 th annual Safety Excellence awards banquet in Galveston, Texas. Continued on page 4 Heat Check Take it from Travis Smith, owner of Sky Heating and Air Conditioning in Portland, Ore., who described his spring as much warmer than normal and is looking forward to the coming summer months. “When you add a recovering economy to a warmer than normal spring, it is really boosting add-on sales and repairs,” he said. “Our warm spring is bringing a lot more a/c buyers to the market that would normally just wait out the two weeks of heat here. These same buyers are now looking at four to six weeks of heat and deciding that this is the year to buy an air condi-• See WEATHER | page 22 Meteorologists are predicting a hot summer and some extreme weather, including flooding. Ontario Mandates ECMs in Furnaces — Is US Next? By Jen Anesi Of The NEWS Staff recent change to the Ontario Building Code will require all furnaces installed in new-con-struction homes to be equipped with an electronically commutated motor (ECM). According to the code, the change will apply “to construction for which a permit has been applied for after Dec. 31, 2014.” The changeover to the more efficient motors is designed to save electricity, and A when paired with Canada’s three-year-old 90 percent AFUE minimum standard for gas furnaces, the energy savings could be signifi-cant for the province. But some worry the Ontario Building Code has gone too far and that the legislation may strip consumers of their options while decreasing profit margins for the contractors installing the equipment. And in the U.S., where residential gas fur-nace minimum-efficiency standards have been highly debated and litigated, some are wonder-ing if a similar change may be on the horizon. Canadian Codes In Canada, provinces “have the ultimate authority” over their building codes, said Warren Heeley, president of the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Insti-tute of Canada (HRAI). There is a model national building code that is automatically adopted by the territories, Heeley added, and provinces can choose to adopt the national code as-is or make additions or alterations. “Some of the bigger provinces, like Ontario, add in their own unique requirements. Be-cause it’s the largest province, it has significant enforcement,” Heeley explained. “It’s a pretty strong regulation.” But regulating the equipment within a new home is relatively new in Canada. “There used to be a separation between energy efficiency and the building code,” Heeley said. “The rule makers typically stayed away from products and concentrated on the building itself.” About a decade ago, Canadian legislators began to focus their attention on the efficiency of equipment within new construction homes. Regulations followed shortly thereafter. • See ECM MANDATE | page 27 Get on Your iPad Now! Download The NEWS HD at iTunes App Store Quarterly iPad Issues with Exclusive Interactive Content! RIGHT NOW A contractor is completing a 25-minute job in 1 minute. Take the 1 minute challenge.