01 COMMERCIAL IAQ THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE SINCE 1926 DECEMBER 26, 2016 | $5.00 | ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM | HVAC in 2016: The Year in Review Contractors look back at 2016’s hits and misses BY JOANNA R. TURPIN THE NEWS STAFF T he year is drawing to a close, and contractors are working hard to log those last sales before the books are shut on 2016. It cer-tainly was an interesting year with record-high temperatures in the summer and an equally scorching presidential campaign that seemed to go on forever. While the former spurred sales of replacement equipment in many areas, some contend the latter was a drag on the economy as uncertainty may have led consumers to keep their wallets shut tight. What the Trump presidency portends for the future is anyone’s guess, but con-tractors have definite opinions about how their businesses fared in 2016 and what they’re concerned about in 2017. SALES AND SERVICE Brian J. Bovio, president and CEO of Bovio Heating Plumbing Cooling Insula-tion in Sicklerville, New Jersey, is looking forward to putting 2016 behind him. “We were projecting growth this year, and this winter was one of the worst in our 42 years in business. While the summer helped, it still was not what we would have hoped for given the extreme heat we experienced. I think the presidential election and other world events left consumers somewhat rattled and reluctant to make large invest-ments in their homes right now.” ■ See REVIEW | Page 13 There’s No Excuse for Poor IAQ Regular maintenance, fresh-air ventilation key to improving building health BY JOANNA R. TURPIN THE NEWS STAFF FYI HVAC BRIEFS RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTORS American Residential Services’ (ARS) Southern California region was recognized as the franchisee’s most improved region in 2016. Advanced Air and Heat (Edgewater, Flor-ida) acquired Palm Coast Heating & Air Conditioning (Palm Coast, Florida). Bloomfield Cooling, Heating, and Elec-tric Inc. (Little Falls, New Jersey) won the gold medal for Best HVAC Company in Suburban Essex magazine’s 2016 Best of Essex Readers’ Choice Awards. A ccording to the U.S. Envi-ronmental Protection Agency (EPA), the growing prolifera-tion of chemical pollutants in consumer and commercial products, the tendency toward tighter building enve-lopes and reduced ventilation to save energy, and pressures to defer mainte-nance and other building services to reduce costs have fostered IAQ problems in many buildings. As a result, more building occupants are complaining of odors, stale and stuffy air, and symptoms of illness or discomfort. But there is no reason why this should be happening, as numerous solutions are available to mitigate most IAQ problems. MANUFACTURERS DiversiTech Corp. (Atlanta) named David Oriatti vice president of HVAC sales. He will oversee all national sales manag-ers and 120 U.S.-based ORIATTI sales reps. Honeywell Intl. Inc. (Morris Plains, New Jersey) announced that more than 15,000 supermarkets now use its Gen-etron Performax LT refrigerant. Metcam (Alpharetta, Georgia) unveiled its business solutions division. continued on Page 5 DEFERRED MAINTENANCE Commercial IAQ problems often stem from poorly maintained HVAC systems, which can be ideal breeding grounds for microbial buildup in cooling coils, drain pans, and duct surfaces, said Dan Jones, president of UV Resources. “For this reason, when contractors are trying to iso-late an IAQ problem, they should always check a building’s central air conditioning system first — particularly in hospitals, which are seeing a rise in antibiotic-resis-■ See IAQ | Page 12 SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE: Regular, comprehensive cooling tower maintenance can save owners and operators time, money, and energy and enhance the equipment’s life expectancy. Cooling tower vacuums, such as the one shown here, help to dislodge and suck up mud and silt for easy disposal. Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com WATCH ON Is Now Featured On Our Home Page! Go to achrnews.com and view real-time tweets from The NEWS and other HVACR professionals. Post comments to Twitter and include @achrnews. Grab your popcorn and tune in for the latest on the HVACR industry, on The NEWS YouTube channel. See video coverage from events to contractor interviews and technical walkthroughs. Get connected at www.youtube.com/achrnews.