Duct Systems Best Practices: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 October 20, 2014 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Heating Prices Set to Increase This Winter EIA Anticipates Increases in Natural Gas, Propane, and Electricity Heating Costs By Nick Kostora Of The NEWS Staff W hile rising energy prices and cooler temperatures prompt Americans to reach for their overcoats and pocketbooks this winter, these conditions often spark smiles upon HVAC contractors’ faces as they prepare their crews for what appears to be a busy heating season. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), households heating with natural gas are expected to rise per-cent this season, increasing average residential energy costs by compared to last winter. By region, the EIA predicts households heating with propane in the Midwest will spend an average of , or percent, more this winter than last winter; residences in the Northeast are expected to spend an average of , or percent, more. Similarly, house-holds heating primarily with electricity can anticipate an , or percent, increase on their bills this winter. Some reprieve should come for those pri-marily using heating oil. The EIA expects those households to spend an average of , or percent, less this winter, reflecting a percent decrease in prices and a percent increase in consumption. • See WINTER | page 10 Home Heating Bills Insulators cut sheet metal for placement around large pipes at a project in southeastern Colorado. While rising energy prices and cooler temperatures are often viewed as burdensome, many HVAC contractors consider these conditions a boon for business. (Photo courtesy of PEO ACWA, http://bit.ly/peo_acwa) Leaky Ductwork Continues to Drain System Efficiency A By Jen Anesi Of The NEWS Staff s homeowners become increas-ingly aware of their energy usage and indoor environments, and as home-performance contracting continues to gain traction in the U.S., many HVAC professionals are taking a whole-house approach instead of simply fixing immediate HVAC problems. Contractors are utilizing service and maintenance calls to inspect, test, and ques-tion the building’s envelope with an empha-sis on the entire home’s efficiency, comfort, and IAQ. And, amid the complicated airflow calculations and other tests, many are find-ing that leaky ductwork continues to be the biggest drain on system efficiency. Why Seal? Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the Build-ing Technologies Office in the U.S. Depart-ment of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, reports that -percent of the air traveling through duct-work leaks. To tackle this issue, Gary Poe, owner of Poe Air in Fort Worth, Texas, said his team performs a basic duct inspection on every maintenance visit and asks questions con-• See SEALING | page 12 The The Emerson Emerson logo logo is a trademark is a trademark and and a service a service mark mark of Emerson of Emerson Electric Electric Co. Co. ©2014 ©2014 Emerson Emerson Electric Electric Company Company BTU BUDDY 50 REAL LIFE SERVICE CALL SCENARIOS Written by Bill Johnson Originally posted online on the Extra Edition page of The NEWS’ Website. PERCENT PERCENT of of CONTRACTORS USE SMART PHONES as workday, as part part of of their their workday, giving giving them them access access to to information information they they can can use use to service systems more effectively. to service systems more effectively. Download our new Download ™ our new Copeland Mobile app app Copeland ™ Mobile BUY IT TODAY! Go online to www.achrnews.com/products and click on HVAC.