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Infographic: 8 tips for venting tankless water heaters

Don't let misconceptions about venting keep you from recommending a tankless water heater. Share this infographic with colleagues, clients, and your on-site team to make the most of this high-efficiency technology.

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Hybrid heating creates cozy, cost-saving synergy

Hybrid heating systems, which combine a heat pump with a propane or natural gas furnace, can be a savvy solution in cold or mixed climates. When the thermometer drops, a hybrid unit will automatically switch over to the high-efficiency propane furnace, which improves energy efficiency and comfort.

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Five products to keep you warm and safe on the jobsite

Builder highlights five new products that can upgrade the jobsite experience. From foot warmers to lifelines, these products will keep your crews productive and comfy.

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When to repair, when to replace

ACHR News asked a number of HVAC contractors how they know when it’s time to replace an old HVAC unit. The scenario, as well as the unit’s age, condition, and replacement cost, all play a role in the answer.

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Five profitable tips for tankless water heater gas lines

While gas tankless units only need to run when hot water is needed, their gas usage must ramp up quickly when they’re meeting high demands for hot water. That means it’s vital for builders and installers to be aware of the proper procedures for installing the gas lines that supply the tankless unit.

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How would you build your own home?

Builder Stephen Yates approaches every project as if he were building his own home. That philosophy is the reason he builds most of his homes with propane. While some gas appliances may have a slightly higher initial cost than the electric alternatives, his customers say they prefer the upgrade.

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Standby generators can be a differentiator in new construction

Builder profiles Generac, a standby generator manufacturer that is making inroads in the builder community. The article includes a slideshow with a virtual tour of Generac’s Wisconsin factory.

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Homeowners can expect a less costly heating season

The New York Times examines a recent report from the Energy Department predicting lower overall heating costs this winter. Many will spend less, primarily because of warmer temperatures, the report says.

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Shrimp, propane, and an idea that just might work

Tony Curtis decided to become a shrimp farmer the moment he tasted his first fresh shrimp. But cost-effectively outfitting a building to create the warm aquatic conditions needed to raise shrimp required smart decision-making on energy and building systems.

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Propane boilers fuel LEED Gold high school

HPAC Engineering highlights Ridgeview High School in Redmond, Oregon, which achieved LEED Gold certification in part by optimizing its mechanical-system energy performance. Condensing boilers are expected to save 20 to 25 percent of energy costs compared with a standard code-compliant system.

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