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HVAC To Home Performance Heating Contractors: the Business Case

SLIDES HERE: Mike Rogers HVAC to HomePerformance

RECORDED VERSION HERE

60+ minutes Instructor: Mike Rogers

HVAC To Home Performance

Are you running a residential HVAC business and looking for new ways to expand your business and increase revenue?

Are you interested in learning more about “Home Performance” to understand how your HVAC customers—and your business—would benefit from a more comprehensive approach to heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning?

This session will provide HVAC contractors an overview of the enormous opportunity the exists in incorporating home performance into an HVAC company, and share key concepts to help you evaluate if home performance is the right next step to grow your business.

Intended Participants: HVAC business owners, managers, and key personnel

Agenda:
Home Performance Overview
The Market Opportunity for Home Performance
Margins, Costs, and Profitability—The Numbers
Is this right for me?

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY

Presenter Mike Rogers is a nationally recognized expert in home performance contracting. Previously, he was Senior Vice President at GreenHomes America. a leading home performance contractor and franchisor, and led development of the GreenHomes business. He has extensive experience in home performance contracting, from individual homes to the state and federal level. For 15 years he has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and meetings in the energy-efficiency, green building, and indoor air quality industries.  Mike had an 11-year affiliation with the U.S. EPA as an employee and consultant, where he was a lead developer and primary supporter of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program.

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The Business of Home Performance Contracting

I just sat thru a webinar sponsored by The ACHR News (magazine) and BPI that gave a pretty good high level overview of why HVAC contractors should consider getting into home performance contracting.

The slides from it are here: The Business of HPC.

The actual broadcast will be available in a few days at this LINK look under the 9-19-12 webinar listing:
Crushing Your Competition As A Whole House Home Performance Contractor

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Measuring Air Flow

Jim Bergmann’s passion for correctly measuring air flow is evident in this piece!

Measuring Air Flow Tips and Techniques

Technicians and manufactures have long struggled with issues of airflow and airflow measurement.  Due to the time-intensive nature of many measurement procedures and the limited tool selection of the technician, it has been common to use gross airflow estimation methods that are uncorrected.  The temperature rise method, total external static method, pressure drop across filters or coils all examples of gross airflow estimation methods and many times are adequate for the equipment commissioning procedure, however if the desire is to evaluate equipment performance, a more accurate method is required.

The most common and easiest way to measure or with some methods estimate and set airflow is to use one of the following methods:

  1. Rotating     Vane Anemometer (Measurement, mid airflow range)
  2. Pressure     drop across the dry evaporator coil (estimate)
  3. Total     external static pressure method (estimate)
  4. Pitot     tube and digital manometer (Measurement, full range airflow measurement,     however low range requires special instrumentation.)
  5. Velocity     Stick (Hot Wire Anemometer) (Measurement, very low to mid airflow)
  6. The     temperature rise method (Sensible heat formula) (estimate)
  7. RPM     and manufacturers fan curve (Belt or VF Drive) (close estimate based     from fan curve, however limited by accuracy of static pressure measurement)
  8. Wilson     Grid (TruFlow® Grid) (estimated pressure drop measurement method)

The airflow must first be set according to the equipment design not to the air delivered at the registers. While the design of the duct system is imperative for proper air distribution to the conditioned space, air measurements are only to be measured at the appliance for the equipment commissioning procedure. Due to leakage inherent with all ducting systems, airflow cannot be measured at the registers to verify correct airflow across an evaporator coil or heat exchanger. The problem is not with the operation of the equipment if the system will not heat or cool the home after the airflow is properly set at the appliance and the equipment operation is verified to be correct.  The ducting system should then be evaluated for excessive leakage, proper sizing and proper design. A review of the heat load calculation may be required to verify the equipment selection was correct if the system still will not perform properly. Read More about measuring by specific method…

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FREE National Listing for Energy Auditors

Hard to beat this!

A new website, www.EnergyAudits.com, launched at the Affordable Comfort Conference in Kansas City provides a searchable (by state and zip code) national database of certified (BPI or RESNET) Energy Auditors, Energy Raters and Home Performance Contractors.

Presently EnergyAudits.com is encouraging certified professionals to be listed free of charge.  Once the database has representation in all 50 states, they will begin a national marketing campaign to drive traffic to the site and inquiries to you! (Up to 46 states at last check!)

The website connects homeowners, realtors and builders to the community of certified home performance professionals; provides content for homeowners – i.e. what is a diagnostic home energy audit, info on tax incentives, an energy efficiency products store, energy saving tips etc.

A Basic Listing  (company name, address, contact and phone) is FREE to certified professionals listed in the Energy Auditor/Energy Rater database and/or the Home Performance Contractor database .

A Professional Listing is $250 per year and includes the above basic info along with hyper-links to the your website and email address, a customizable company bio/sales message space, color certification logos of BPI and/or RESNET displayed next to the listing. Professional listings will also have leads forwarded to them via email. The annual is fixed, no matter how many leads you receive during the year.

Both Basic and Professional listings will be awarded up to a 5 star rating based on client feedback forms with the comments viewable to prospective clients. This rating system will maintain the quality and integrity of the home performance industry as it grows rapidly over the next few years.

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