Air Source: An HVAC Efficiency Blog

Connected Thermostats - Market Update

Feb 15 2018Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

If you are looking to sharpen your competitive edge in 2018, there’s no better technology to brush up on than connected thermostats. Berg Insight, a market research firm, identified a 64% growth in connected thermostats in 2017, and expects a 50% annual growth through 2021. And while…

Will the New Tax Law Affect the HVAC Business?

Jan 16 2018Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, signed into law on December 22, 2017, made several changes for small business owners and possible deductions. While most of the changes may not directly address the HVAC business or energy efficiency in general, one provision relating to asset expensing raised commercial business deductions for HVAC systems up to $1,000,000. Lowell Ungar at American Council for…

Start the New Year Off Right

Jan 16 2018Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

This year, remind customers the high cost of doing nothing. By helping a customer with HVAC upgrades and identifying utility incentives, you'll move from a service provider to a trusted partner. Everyone wins.

 Here are a few HVAC sales tips to keep in mind: 

1.     Ensure success-…

Optimize Energy Use this Holiday Season

Dec 14 2017Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology


Are you working with a commercial building that has regular schedules set well in advance? Does the facility have a consistent load throughout the work week? A connected thermostat can help control temperatures and significantly reduce energy usage in commercial buildings. 

Connected Thermostat…

Ductless Heat Pumps

Nov 13 2017Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

As Fall weather bears down on the Northwest, not is a great time to invest in ductless technology. 
Ductless Heat Pumps allow the user to control each heating and cooling zone independently, achieving about 25% greater efficiency than central air systems. Unlike standard electric heaters, which create their own heat, ductless systems pull existing heat from the surrounding air and use…

VRF Systems at AESP

Oct 11 2017Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

On August 31st, Ian Metzger from Lockheed Martin Energy presented research findings on behalf of BPA and Air Northwest at the Association of Energy Services Professionals summer conference in Toronto, Canada. The presentation discussed findings from the Air Northwest Industry Input Report: Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems for Commercial Buildings, and was grouped in a session titled Tech Talks:…

It's getting cold in here...and that might be a good thing!

Sep 01 2017Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

How much do you know about chilled beam HVAC systems? If you have some knowledge, you probably have heard the following benefits: ceiling plenum height, low sound, high comfort, no maintenance in the occupied space and outstanding energy performance.

If you have not, you should know…

Saving Energy Using Electronically Commutated Motors to Run Indoor and Outdoor HVAC Blower Fans

Aug 09 2017Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

Electric motors account for almost one third of commercial electrical energy consumption.  HVAC and refrigeration equipment are the largest users of motor-driven energy consumption in the commercial sector.

The ASHRAE 90.1 2013 standard requires that fan motors greater than…

Dedicated Outside Air Systems and HRVs

Jul 17 2017Business DevelopmentNewsTechnology

Within their emerging technologies research program, BPA staff is studying alternatives to existing roof top units for commercial end-users.   They are testing a systems approach to separating ventilation control from building heating and cooling. The approach includes an efficient Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system and a hydronic or variable refrigerant flow (VRF) for building heating and cooling. …

Rent tools from the SBC Tool Library

Jul 17 2017NewsTechnology

Air Northwest sponsored a workshop in Seattle last month at the Smart Buildings Center (SBC), which is a project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC). Conducted in collaboration with Rick Cummings with Gensco, Sal D'Auria with Ventacity, and Duane Lewellen with NEEC, the workshop offered training to HVAC contractors and local utilities on VRF and HRV basics, the benefits of Dedicated…