4 Tips for Making Your Business More Energy Efficient

When you’re running a business, overhead costs can dip into profits. One way to cut down on your overhead costs is to make your office more energy efficient. Not only […]

Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credits Are Back!

The 30% federal tax credit for geothermal heat pumps in the residential sector and the 10% credit for qualifying commercial geothermal installations has been reinstated. They are also retroactive to cover […]

New Tax Law Allows Expensing of Commercial HVAC Installation in First Year

As of January 1st, 2018, changes in the new Federal Tax Code allow for the cost of any section 179 property as an expense which is not chargeable to capital […]

VRF Air Source Heat Pumps Set to Capitalize on Geothermal’s Loss

Heat Pump Sales Volume By Country By 2020 As we have written previously, the Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit for geothermal HVAC systems has sunset (as of 12/31/16). The 30% […]

Your Help Needed Now for Renewable Energy and Geothermal Tax Credit Extender

GEO has received information regarding the tax credits in regard to legislation. Please take action regarding this important industry legislation. NOW is the time to act to help extend the […]

Ecovent – High Tech Disruptor of HVAC Air Distribution

https://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/z4oslhxtbt?popover=true Just as Nest disrupted the thermostat industry with its Nest Learning Thermostat, there is a new tech start-up attempting to solve home comfort and air distribution balancing issues.   Ecovent […]

New 2016 Efficiency Standards Kick in for HVAC

Don’t buy that 13 SEER replacement unit you were thinking about. The 2015 New York State (and International) Energy Conservation Construction Code has 2016 efficiency standard increases built in. Minimum […]

NY State Geothermal Tax Credit & Sales Tax Exemption Bills on Gov Cuomo’s Desk

The following comes from Bill Nowak, Executive Director of NY-Geo, Please Act: Governor Cuomo has called the geothermal tax credit (S2905) and sales tax exemption (S4279) bills to his desk. He […]

VRF is Unique Solution for Historic Tribeca Landmark

                  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the eleven story building at 260 West Broadway was built by the New […]

VRF HVAC Market In NYC Poised for Significant Growth

The combination of new FEMA flood insurance requirements, aging chiller and cooling tower plants, fears of legionella contamination and illness, a surging real estate market and increased population density are […]

NY State Legislature Passes Geothermal Tax Credit

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed the Geothermal Tax Credit bill A2177A (A2177A-2015). This bill allows for a 25% state income tax credit up to a maximum […]

How Sandy and Flood-Resistant Codes Impact HVAC in NYC (and Beyond)

The reverberations from construction code revisions as a result of Hurricane Sandy are now being felt for HVAC installations in New York City. Have you tried to file for installation […]

Consumer Beware – Geothermal Hacks Abound

Unfortunately, as this News 12 expose’ reveals, not all geothermal HVAC installers are looking out for their customers’ best interests.  Geothermal HVAC Installer Scams Consumers We have received a spate […]

IRS Deals Major Blow to Geothermal Market

Here in the northeast, the recent price erosion of natural gas due to hydrofracturing has made it more difficult to sell geothermal by ROI payback analysis alone. It was still […]

Can the US Become Energy Independent?

Despite whatever your views may be on the various topics of fossil fuels, fracking and renewable energy, it is obvious that the major US push towards developing energy production in […]

Major Natural Gas Expansion Underway in New York Metro Region

There will be a significant increase in the volume of natural gas being brought to the New York Metro region as a result of multiple pipeline expansion projects from the […]

LG Brings New Indoor VRF Heat Pump to the US Market, Filling a Void for Urban HVAC Design

For some time now I have been advocating for an indoor single phase VRF (variable refrigerant flow) split system with a horizontal discharge condensing unit for window, through the wall […]

Conversion from Fuel Oil to Natural Gas Even Sweeter in 2013

In our annual review of home heating fuels on Long Island, nothing has changed except for the widened gap between fuel oil and Natural gas prices. Today, “Prices for crude […]

HVAC Design in the Wake of Certain Climate Change

Back in February we discussed Sensible Rebuilding and HVAC Installation with Future Flooding in Mind. According to this New York Times article, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a panel of renowned […]

Yes, It Is Summer in the City and It Is Hotter – The Heat Island Effect

Yes, it is hotter in the city, especially at night. Why is this? It’s called the Urban Heat Island Effect and it means that urban areas heat up at more […]

HVAC – The Path to Always Being Employed

Even during the depths of the recession, top HVAC technicians were in high demand. Between 2010 and 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 34% increase in HVAC […]

New York State Poised to Make Geothermal Heat Pumps Tax Exempt

Press release from the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization (LI-Geo.org): The New York State Senate and Assembly have proposed new legislation related to geothermal heating and cooling installations. On January […]

WiFi Enabled Thermostat Wars Disrupt Complacency

The patent battle that has unfolded between Honeywell and it’s upstart competitor, Nest, is well documented, but it has also forced Honeywell to inovate instead of resting upon its current […]

Sensible Rebuilding and HVAC Installation with Future Flooding in Mind

As most Long Island and New York homeowners are still waiting for insurance settlements to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy (see this Newsday article), it is imperative that planning for future […]

Sandy Revisited – Repair vs.Replacement of Flood Submerged HVAC Equipment

The NY State Department of State has issued the following: “Floodwaters are not just water; the water may also be contaminated with chemicals, sewage, oil and other debris. When the […]

Congress Reinstates 25C Federal Energy Tax Credit on Qualifying HVAC Equipment Retroactively

As you probably know, in a last minute compromise on New Years Day 2013, Congress passed an agreement that will put off mandated cuts in federal spending and reinstate dozens […]

Aftermath – HVAC Replacement Opportunities in the Wake of Sandy’s Destruction

Having seen a vast variety of flooded out and crushed heating and air conditioning equipment in the last few weeks, it seems self-serving to discuss the “silver lining” that being […]

Hurricane Sandy and Energy Lessons Learned

Here I sit in an office with no power, phones, Internet or ROOF for the past 5 days, banging away on an iPad through a slow cellular hotspot to extol […]

Tough Heating Season Forecast in the Northeast for Oil Consumers

With home heating oil prices currently at $4.25 per gallon here on Long Island and a much colder season forecast ahead, this Newsday article predicts a difficult winter for those […]

Oil to Gas Conversions – The Time is Now!

Natural gas prices have plummeted in the past 5 years and are now lower than they were 20 years ago. The chart shows the progression of natural gas prices over […]

The Election and the Fate of Renewable Energy Tax Credits.

A recent article in the New York Times echoed the death knell of the wind power industry as the result of both the new glut of shale gas and the […]

Last Chance to Buy an 80% Furnace! (and save)

With the Federal government enforcing new energy efficiency standards as of May 1st, 2013, this will be the last winter that consumers can buy a down and dirty 80% AFUE […]

HVAC and Global Social Conscience

In a recent New York Times article entitled “The Cost of Cool“, author Elisabeth Rosenthal noted the trade offs of the environmental cost of air conditioning versus the economic benefits […]

Nest Learning Thermostat Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

The Nest Learning Thermostat was featured this Sunday on CBS Sunday Morning in a piece by New York Times technology pundit, David Pogue. The report also featured other “smart thermostat” […]

NBC Today Show Magnifies the Importance of Checking a Contractor’s Resume’

[youtube=https://youtu.be/5xny9nvrO98]In our current economic climate, there is intensified concern by consumers that certain unscrupulous contractors may take advantage of them. This is especially true of HVAC contractors in the summer, […]

Variable Speed Compressors to Revolutionize Efficiency Standards

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8UWQwQVxBE]Almost every manufacturer of HVAC equipment is currently scrambling to bring to market variable speed units with either Copeland or Danfoss inverter driven compressors.  Variable speed geothermal heat pumps being […]

Making Economic Sense of Air Conditioning SEER Replacement Options

It will be close to 100 degrees in the New York area today. This is the type of weather that older HVAC systems fail in: right when you need them […]

Maryland is First State to Recognize Geothermal as Renewable Energy

The Maryland legislature has passed a bill accepting geothermal heat pumps as eligible for state provided Renewable Energy Tax Credits. This sounds like a no-brainer, since the federal government has […]

64 Year Old Life Magazine Article Touts Geothermal Heat Pump

When most people think of geothermal heat pumps, they think new technology. The positive connotation of new technology is advancement, but many link new technologies to risk and technical bugs. […]

VRF System Ratings and Qualifying for Demand Side Incentives

The American Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has finally developed a new certification program for variable refrigerant flow multi-zone split air conditioners and heat pumps. In years past, systems manufactured […]

Natural Gas Glut is Double Edged Sword

Natural gas prices have plummeted over the last two years due to the market glut as a result of the shale gas explosion created by hydrofracturing or “fracking”.  For energy […]

Finally, a Heat Pump for Low Ambient Temperatures

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfXVmksODTM]  A couple of the toughest things about living in the northeast is the vagaries of northern weather and the unavailability of natural gas for heating in many suburban and […]

Nest Releases First WiFi Software Update

One of the best things about a Nest Learning Thermostat is Nest’s ability to constantly work on software improvements and send (and receive) wifi updates whenever they are available. Our […]

Responsible Refrigerant Management in the Age of Uncertainty

No doubt if you are reading this, it is because you have been shocked by the recent spike in R-22 refrigerant prices due to the recent allocation squeeze by the […]

Price of R-22 Refrigerant Soars After EPA Reduces Allocations by 45%

When the 25C Tax Credits were in place in 2010 allowing a $1500 Federal Tax Credit (on top of utility rebates) to upgrade to a 16 SEER high efficiency system […]

Northeast US Feels the Economic Crush of Home Heating Oil

It seems my last blog post was timely indeed as the New York Times did a piece this weekend on the high and ever-increasing cost of home heating oil and […]

Fossil Fuels Comparison, Geothermal HVAC, ROI and Home Heating

When deciding upon a heating source for a new custom home or commercial building people often ask, “what is the best bang for my buck”?  This is obviously a loaded […]

Show Your “IQA” by Building an Energy Star Home

Builders, Developers and Real Estate professionals are competing for the chance to build new homes now more than ever. The smart ones are luring energy conscious home buyers with the […]

The Benefits of Combining VRF and Geothermal Technologies

Two of my favorite (and most efficient) technologies can actually be combined to form an uber-efficient HVAC system. Both Mitsubishi and Daikin have provided water-cooled condensing units as part of […]

Thermostat Replacement and Environmental Impact

With the advent of all of the buzz circulating around the new Nest and internet enabled thermostats, there is one big question that goes unanswered. What happens to all of […]

Nest Undressed

The folks at SparkFun did a teardown of what makes the Nest learning thermostat tick. As the author says, “It’s always fun to see the wizard behind the curtain”. Link […]

Would You Heat Your Home with a Data Furnace?

Imagine replacing your gas or oil fired furnace with a bank of internet servers courtesy of Google. Sounds pretty far fetched, don’t you think? Well that is what Microsoft and […]

Remote Comfort Convenience for the Masses

With the buzz created by the launch of the new Nest thermostat, it seems the ease and convenience of remotely addressing thermostat settings may be the new trend for the […]

NEST is Here – Say Goodbye to Programmable Thermostats

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QCJ1PnVlzIE] Tony Fadell and the tech team that brought you Apple’s iPhone has gone out on their own to tackle what they believe to be the largest energy wasting culprit […]

VR Technology Becomes Mainstream Solution in Urban Environments

Variable Refrigerant technologies have become a mainstream HVAC application in urban environments over the past decade. The flexibility of unit design and layout configurations has made this a market niche […]

Innovations to Reduce the Cost of the Closed Loop Ground Heat Exchanger

Although we advocate installing closed loop systems for the reasons stated in my previous post, this does make it difficult for us to be competitive with the majority of other […]

NPR on Closed Loop Geothermal Systems

Congress may be looking to de-fund public television and National Public Radio, but these are two media outlets that have always provided interesting insight into the world of green energy. […]

New York Times Touts Benefits of Geothermal

Most of the testimony we read regarding the benefits and costs of a geothermal heating and air conditioning system come from the mid-west. However, if you are a local Long […]

The Great Debate: Pressurized vs. Non-Pressurized Geothermal Ground Loops

When walking into another contractor’s installation, it never ceases to amaze me how differently installers approach things. This can be attributed to the lack of serious construction standards for ground […]

25C Tax Credits Reduced for 2011 in Revised Tax Cut Legislation

From the Air Conditioning Contractors of America: After hours of fitful debate, the House of Representatives passed the tax extender package last night by a vote of 277-148. President Obama […]

Going, Going, Gone?

The 25C energy efficiency tax credits that were initiated via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are due to expire on December 31st, 2010. Although Geothermal and Solar credits will […]

Ikea Leads the Way in Commercial Geothermal Installs

Its good to see a big box retailer that is actually committed to reducing its carbon footprint and leading by example. This Time magazine article discusses Ikea’s efforts to further […]

New Air to Water Heat Pump May Soon Replace Fossil Fuel Boilers

A product that has been available in the UK and Europe for several years is finally being introduced to the US market. The Daikin Altherma is an air-to-water heat pump […]

Why Federal Tax Credits Aren’t Enough

I have often said that the growth of energy efficient products is directly proportional to the Federal subsidies set aside specifically to target such. The Renewable Energy Act and the […]

New Closed Loop Heat Exchanger Could Lower Installed Costs

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUsapJ58bKU]If you’ve ever traveled through a Florida neighborhood you’ve probably seen those weird looking polyethylene manifold contraptions for solar pool heating assist.  A company called Maytal Tech is currently marketing […]

The Case for Closed-Loop Geothermal Heat Exchangers

Introduction When choosing the type of ground loop to provide heat transfer for your geothermal heat pump system, you are presented with two primary options, closed and open loops. An […]

Great video for the geothermal newbie

This video does an excellent job of explaining a closed loop geothermal system in layman’s terms.  [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1r7fXO0QII]

Geothermal Boiler on the Horizon

Now that the government has given Energy Star accreditation for water-to-water geothermal heat pumps, you can heat your home hydronically and get your 30% renewable energy tax credit.  This is […]

Federal 25C Energy Tax Credits Unraveled

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka “the Stimulus Bill”) has a number of provisions in it to induce consumers to take energy conservation measures by replacing or […]

Geothermal Landslide in Heating and Air Conditioning

In the past year, we have had an onslaught of inquiries about Geothermal (also known as Geo-Exchange) HVAC. With the availability of a 30% Federal Tax Rebate on top of  […]