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E360 Breakfast: Regulatory and Contractor Panel Discussion

Ed_McKiernan Ed McKiernan | President, Cold Chain, Electronics & Solutions

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Before the doors open at the AHR Expo on January 15, join us at 8:30 a.m. for our E360 Breakfast. There you’ll get a firsthand regulatory update and gain insights during the contractor panel discussion as your peers share how they’re navigating in today’s ever-changing industry.

Because the regulatory world is dynamic, it can sometimes be challenging to stay current on the latest information. Jennifer Butsch, Emerson’s regulatory affairs manager, will highlight some of the latest regulations to help ensure you’re up to speed.

Then you’ll have the opportunity to gain perspective from the contractor panel discussion, which will be moderated by Talbot Gee, CEO of HARDI. We’ll explore how others are handling today’s challenging issues, evaluate new ideas and emerging technologies, and conclude with a Q&A session where you can pose some of your most pressing questions.

Afterward, you’ll be ready to hit the AHR Expo floor. We hope your first stop is the Emerson booth (#B2219), where you can take a close look at some of our exciting technologies:

  • Copeland Scroll™ Fractional Horsepower, Low-temperature Compressor — the AHR Innovation Award winner uses new liquid-injection and cooling discharge technologies to reduce compressor stress, meet federal regulatory requirements, and help achieve energy and sustainability goals without sacrificing productivity or efficiency
  • Emerson’s Supervisory Controls — an AHR Building Automation Award finalist, this total-facility platform helps retailers large and small monitor, optimize and control their refrigeration systems, HVAC, lighting and more
  • Copeland Outdoor Refrigeration Unit (X-Line) — see how leading retailers are saving space, improving efficiencies and reducing noise, rather than using self-contained or rack refrigeration systems
  • ProAct™ Software and Services — combine smart mobile alert software with ProAct service experts for continuous monitoring, full-time support and consulting
  • Copeland Scroll K5 Compressors — learn more about this family of digital and analog compressors that apply liquid and vapor injection for superior efficiency
  • Connect+ Software — see the unveiling of our newest software suite designed to utilize IoT to provide advanced operational efficiencies across a multi-site retail network

Register now to reserve your seat at this informative, idea-filled E360 Breakfast — a great way to start your day at AHR!


National HVAC Tech Day

RajanRajendran2 Rajan Rajendran | V.P., System Innovation Center and Sustainability

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Summertime has arrived, bringing with it warmer temperatures and sunshine. The kids are home from school. Vacations are in the works. Everyone seems to be in a better mood — until your air conditioning unit fails, causing both temperatures and tensions to rise in the house.

Situations like this happen to everyone at some point in their lives and help to remind us that our homes, businesses, etc. aren’t cooled by some form of magic; they’re cooled by a piece of machinery that needs to be installed and, in cases like this, fixed by an HVAC technician.


It’s easy to take things like air conditioning for granted. But it only takes one incident, like the one mentioned above, to bring us back down to Earth and help us appreciate not only the advancement of cooling technology but the HVAC technicians who help keep the AC running when we need it the most.

It’s crucial on this National HVAC Tech Day that we appreciate everything that HVAC technicians do to make our lives a little more comfortable. It is also an opportunity to address the elephant in the room regarding an alarming national trend: the industry’s HVACR technician shortage.

This problem is particularly concerning in the field of commercial refrigeration, where an aging workforce with tribal knowledge of more complex refrigeration systems threatens to leave a vacuum of qualified service technicians. It is estimated that by 2022, the U.S. will need 115,000 HVACR technicians to fill industry jobs[1].

One solution that we’ve discussed at length is encouraging our nation’s youth to take advantage of apprenticeship programs. These programs are typically funded by outside resources, eliminating student loans. In addition, due to the shortage, students are essentially guaranteed employment and a fast track to leadership upon finishing their apprenticeship program.

Conversely, for those students taking the traditional college education route, there are more than 44 million student loan borrowers, with each accumulating an average debt of $37,1721 — with no guarantee of a job or steady salary upon graduation.

The technician shortage reminds us on National HVAC Tech Day how important this vocation is. Take the time to thank a technician for their hard work and dedication in a rather underappreciated industry. It’s also a good day to raise awareness among younger students seeking an alternative to a four-year degree who desire job security and the ability to make a difference in people’s lives.


Technically Energy Management

In conjunction with a major travel center, we presented an educational session at the 2015 NACS Show, focused on energy management best practices for convenience stores. If you missed it, don’t worry. We’ve compiled the highlights below:

From traditional to advanced energy management

We’ve all visited a convenience store in the middle of the afternoon with its external canopy lights on, or walked into a store that is uncomfortably warm or too cold. Lighting and temperature control through scheduling is a basic energy management system function. More advanced systems today incorporate refrigeration equipment and remote monitoring, and the latest, complete systems offer control and monitoring of foodservice, fuel and other critical equipment.

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With an advanced system, a typical convenience store might see $4,000 in annual energy savings and $6,000 in annual operational savings, resulting in a possible payback period of less than 24 months — and it can be faster, depending on store size and functions.

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Getting Comfortable with Designer Air

Four Things You Need to Know About Modulation Technologies

Getting Comfortable with Designer Air, a brand new webinar series on how modulation technologies are enabling enhanced comfort and improved efficiency in homes and businesses around the U.S.  This webinar series is designed specifically for air conditioning contractors and facility managers to become more informed on the latest information about compressor modulation and the role it plays in enabling ‘Designer Air’.

Designer Air

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U.S. HVAC Industry – 2013 Review and 2014 Outlook

2013_2014As we kick off 2014, it is important to look at the past year in review, as well as consider the economic outlook as it applies to the U.S. HVAC industry.  The unitary market segment did very well in 2013, led by strength in new construction, replacement/add-on, and unitary system exports.  Overall, unitary shipments were up 9 percent and production was up 8 percent.

Historically, there are a variety of key economic indicators which affect the HVAC industry, including housing starts, real GDP (gross domestic product), residential fixed investment, prime interest rates and the unemployment rate.  With the exception of the prime rate and GDP, all of the indicators trended favorably in 2013 and many economists are expecting these trends to continue into 2014.  The economy is expected to see a moderate GDP increase which will help the HVACR industry to continue its recovery, with moderate growth in the unitary segment.  New residential, multi-family investments and residential housing will remain relatively strong but will probably moderate its growth from 2013 due to rising mortgage interest rates and home prices.  Overall, the commercial segments will continue to see slow growth due to economic factors and uncertainty related to potential government actions which might affect commercial investment decisions.

For more information about the economic and other factors that drive U.S. air conditioning sales growth, please go to Emerson’s AC & Heating Connect Help Site.  In this article we get into the details about the effects of weather and pent up demand on our forecasts for 2014.

Sarah Jordan
Forecast Manager, Air Conditioning
Emerson Climate Technologies

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