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Allocations of R-22 Dramatically Reduced Over Next 5 Years
Air Conditioning Today, December 2014, Vol. 28, No. 12
On October 16, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the final rule that set the R-22 allocations (both new production and importation) for2015-2019. This is the last set of annual allocations until 2020; the final year when R-22 allocations will be reduced to zero, completing the phase out.
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Beginning on January 1, 2015, allocations are immediately reduced from 51 million pounds this year to 22 million pounds for next year. For the years following, allocations will be reduced to 18 million pounds for 2016; 13 million pounds for 2017; 9 million for 2018; and 4 million for 2019.
On or after January 1, 2020, no new or imported R-22 will be allowed in this country. For complete details, the HCFC Allocation Rule's full version can be viewed on the EPA's website:
4 Bryant Products Named in Consumers Digest®
Bryant eCommunications / Bryant.com | Thu 10/23/20
Bryant Heating & Cooling is pleased to announce that four Bryant products have been named a "Best Buy" by Consumers Digest®, supporting Bryant's commitment to investing in superior technology while maintaining affordability. The following products were recognized as a "Best Buy" for exceptional value:
• The Bryant® Preferred™ Series Plus 80X gas furnace
• The Bryant® Evolution 289B
• The Bryant® Evolution 286B
• The Bryant® Evolution Extreme Heat Pump
The Best Buy designation is awarded to fewer than three percent of competing models in any given product category and Bryant is proud to have three heat pumps recognized in this important consumer category. The article states that "No other midrange series can match this series' reliability and quiet operation".
Additionally, the Preferred Series Plus 80X gas furnace earned its distinction thanks to its performance and warranty. "The Preferred Series Plus 80X is a repeat Best Buy selection, because it still has the best combination of performance and warranty ....in this price range," the article states. Additionally, the magazine stated that "We like the fact that this series has the widest range of input among economy models that have a blower that uses an electronically commutated motor, which makes the blower quieter and more efficient when compared with models that use a standard blower motor."
The entire Bryant team and its professional network of dealers and distributors share in this accomplishment.
The Best Buy Seal and other licensed materials are registered certification marks and trademarks of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. For award information, visit ConsumersDigest.com.
Understanding the Price of Freon and Why It’s So High
By Brian Schutt | Homsense Air Conditioning
In advance of the summer, I feel compelled to forewarn our current and prospective customers about the continued skyrocketing costs of freon (R22) refrigerant as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates.
The Montreal Protocol which was adopted by the EPA has already phased out production of freon based air conditioning equipment in 2010, and is charged with fully phasing out new production of freon by 2020. Nevertheless, an estimated 70 million freon based systems are still in operation, some of which will require additional refrigerant to operate properly this summer.
If your system is one of the unlucky ones that requires additional refrigerant, strap in, because you’re about to feel the impact of an estimated 30% reduction in supply (down to a total of 39 million pounds) mandated by the EPA. To put it all in perspective, that’s down from 55 million pounds in 2012, 100 million in 2011, and all the way back to 1999 when around 300 million pounds were being produced. That production deficit, has meant an over 100% increase in cost for a jug of 30 pounds, the quantity most heating and cooling companies are purchasing from suppliers.
And, unfortunately, while basic economics escapes some decision makers at the highest levels, the reality is that as costs double, prices to consumers will likely double as a result. Informal surveys inside the industry put the average cost per pound of freon in 2012 at a range of $75 – $125. With that price doubling and many refrigerant leaks requiring as much as 3-4 pounds, you are getting into a price that should prompt you to consider replacement of your air conditioning system.
icomfort Wi-Fi™ Earns Lennox International Gold Recognition
By Angela D. Harris | July 22, 2013
Over three years of research and development went into the creation of Lennox Intl.’s icomfort Wi-Fi™ thermostat. It was chosen by contractor judges as the 2013 Dealer Design winner of the Residential Controls category. The thermostat is approximately 1 inch thick and features a bright, high-definition touchscreen that measures 7 inches. Customizable skins allow the icomfort Wi-Fi to fit in with any décor and the one-touch away mode helps users reduce energy and save money when no one is home.
“We used multiple different research methods to help us specify and design the icomfort Wi-Fi. Before any development started, multiple qualitative focus groups were held to assure the product would meet contractor and homeowner needs,” said Bobby DiFulgentiz, director of product management, controls, Lennox Intl. “What really helped set this product apart was the constant market research throughout the development of the product. We checked and rechecked our assumptions with contractor and consumer focus groups throughout the development of the icomfort Wi-Fi.”
According to Steve Gortz, sales manager at Desert Air Conditioning in Palm Springs, Calif., the research investment wasn’t a waste. “This product is easy to set up and the diagnostic feature is great,” he said. “I would recommend this product to any contractor, because I feel it is the best out there.”
The diagnostics Gortz mentioned is just one of the multiple features the thermostat offers. Installation is a quick process that takes only four wires. Once installed, the icomfort Wi-Fi thermostat features an automatic system setup that gathers component serial numbers, automatically setting up a system in a matter of seconds. The automatic self-testing feature is capable of checking each part of the system to make sure everything is running properly after setup. To help dealers offer more attentive and proactive service to their customers, the icomfort Wi-Fi’s advanced service-alert feature can automatically send service and maintenance reminders directly to dealers via email. The thermostat can also provide a service technician with a detailed diagnostic report to help diagnose any service issue. No manual testing or readings are required.
“The level of detail that icomfort Wi-Fi provides contractors helps them do their job more efficiently and effectively,” said DiFulgentiz. “Rather than just providing an alert that a system is not working, the icomfort Wi-Fi gives contractors detailed diagnostic information that includes the issue and what steps are necessary to fix it.”
In designing this thermostat and its automatic alerts, Lennox also considered the need for dealer support. To help with this, the company created a dealer portal that allows a Lennox dealer to monitor all of their connected icomfort Wi-Fi thermostats at one single location. The portal is accessible on Lennox’s Davenet dealer site.
“Davenet has been one of the best parts for contractors. This diagnostic and service alert information is available remotely on the icomfort dealer portal and sent directly to the contractor’s email address,” noted DiFulgentiz. “This is truly a game-changing feature for the contractor and has helped many of them increase their bottom line.”
The icomfort Wi-Fi also allows homeowners to be connected to their systems. They can check and adjust their temperature from anywhere via smartphone, tablet, or other Web-enabled device, using a proprietary icomfort dashboard Web portal, an Android app, or an iOS app. Once connected to a homeowner’s wireless network, the icomfort Wi-Fi will display real-time weather alerts and a five-day forecast, while also sending system alerts and reminders via email to both homeowners and dealers when service or maintenance is needed.
Bryant Wins Bronze Award in 2013 ACHR News Dealer Design Award Program
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:57 PM
Bryant was recently recognized by an independent panel of contractors for excellence in product design in the 10th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. The Bryant® Evolution® Extreme Heat Pump was named as the Bronze Award Winner in the HVAC Residential Equipment category. The ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries.
The Evolution Extreme is a breakthrough product providing up to 13 HSPF heating efficiency and up to 20.5 SEER cooling efficiency. When combined with an Evolution control and Evolution gas furnace or fan coil, the Bryant Evolution Extreme heat pump utilizes a variable-speed compressor to precisely match its operation to the heating and cooling needs of the home. The control monitors the inside and outside conditions and adjusts the speed and capacity of the heat pump and indoor fan motor up or down to match the desired comfort settings. This variable-speed technology makes the Evolution Extreme a highly efficient heat pump. It also gives homeowners the comfort of consistent indoor temperatures while reducing energy use and lowering utility bills.
"With ground-breaking heating efficiency, the Bryant Evolution Extreme heat pump can provide warm air to the house without the assistance of an auxiliary heat source, even when outdoor temperatures dip down to the teens," said Lisa Townley, brand manager, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems. "In addition, this heat pump delivers cooling that rivals many of the top air conditioners, providing consumers with a year-round comfort solution. It's an honor to be recognized with the Bronze Award for this year's 2013 ACHR News Dealer Design Award Program, our team has done a fantastic job in creating a product of this caliber."
News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, "These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions."
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