Now developers can use ColorTouch’s built-in API (in firmware updates 3.08 and newer) to create applications that will allow the thermostat to be controlled by third-party applications, including home automation companies....More
The security of building-automation systems is a hot topic in our industry. Security professionals are analyzing and discussing the pitfalls presented by “hackers.” Here are six steps to help you foil them....More
The Web Comfort wirelessly communicating thermostat system has expanded to control occupancy sensors, lighting, fans and plug loads. The system can also be used with a meter to monitor and track energy use for a specific area, load type or building. The new Web Comfort Manager comes out-of-the-box with the software necessary to control all major areas of energy consumption in a building. This plug-and-play system is easy-to-install and communicates wirelessly via a secure mesh network....More
Davis Energy Group, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Synapse Electronique have joined the ClimateTalk Alliance, a non-profit organization building a universal language for innovative, cost-effective solutions that optimize performance, efficiency and home comfort....More
Troubleshooting residential pneumatic zoning systems is usually a simple matter of using the process of elimination. As with most things we encounter in our work, problems with pneumatic zoning systems can be electrical or mechanical, or can be related to the air pressure and vacuum that is used to open and close the system’s dampers....More
Engineered Controls Inc. has continued to expand their Honeywell business by targeting expansion opportunities and building on their customer relationships and knowledge of building integration....More
Back in 1995, when I wrote the article "Building Controls: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," for Contracting Business Magazine, I made some predictions. One of those predictions was that the Nintendo generation would slowly assume a role in the end user's HVAC chair....More
Toshiba Corporation and United Technologies Corporation today announced plans to establish India, North America and Europe to support global innovation for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning engineering centers in (HVAC) products....More
J.R. Jones, the President and CEO of Rheem released a statement today regarding the untimely passing of Joe Fristik.
"I am heartbroken to announce Joe Fristik, Corporate Vice President, Marketing and National Accounts, passed away this morning in Atlanta, GA."...More
Sometimes the great outdoors gets into an HVAC system! Other times, good contractors find total hack jobs. Our updated "Wall of Shame" gallery shows what the good HVAC guys find on the job, sometimes in new homes!
Growing a business from the ground-up can be tough. We can’t all be lucky enough to win the lottery (like some HVAC companies have), but with the proper steps and work ethic, we don’t need to strike it rich. A business can be grown organically and see a fantastic level of success.