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Morgan M Audetat commented on Christopher Morin's blog post HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?
"They can't. It is up to us to educate the consumer and downplay warranties while putting the emphasis on good installation and regular maintenance.  Most major failures are result of pour application, installation and total lack of…"
Aug 11, 2015
Chris Heenan commented on Christopher Morin's blog post HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?
"This is very similar to a race to the bottom in pricing. I noticed the big warranty push most during the 2008 Great Recession but the practice lingers and very true it is tough on all involved. Bad moments for an honest technician dealing with a…"
Aug 10, 2015
Morgan M Audetat commented on Christopher Morin's blog post HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?
"More still. It is marketing overruling common sense and contractors going along for the ride.  The best consumer protection is an educated consumer. I stopped selling "warranty" a couple of decades ago.  Regardless of what it…"
Aug 10, 2015
Hans Joachim Preiss commented on Christopher Morin's blog post HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?
"You're touching a sore spot with this topic, Christopher. I think you're right on with your story. Consumer protection should put an end to manufacturers' warranty policies that aren't worth the paper they are printed on."
Aug 6, 2015
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HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?

During the sales process, it is inevitable warranty periods will be raised.  I remember raving about how the latest and greatest HVAC product led the industry with the longest warranty period.  Very often this only lasted a short period of time as other Manufacturer’s would continue to match warranties with their line.  Things often got out of hand as warranties have reached ‘limited lifetime’ on parts like compressors or heat exchangers.  So, who wins when things reach the extreme?…See More
Aug 5, 2015
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HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?

During the sales process, it is inevitable warranty periods will be raised.  I remember raving about how the latest and greatest HVAC product led the industry with the longest warranty period.  Very often this only lasted a short period of time as other Manufacturer’s would continue to match warranties with their line.  Things often got out of hand as warranties have reached ‘limited lifetime’ on parts like compressors or heat exchangers.  So, who wins when things reach the extreme?…See More
Aug 3, 2015
Daina Martin commented on Christopher Morin's blog post The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations
"Excellent work I was not known to many of the thing but now Its clear enough to me. Thanks"
Feb 17, 2015
Don Fitchett commented on Christopher Morin's blog post The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations
"Chris, you will be happy/unhappy to know the same initial cost/quality cutting mentality existing in industrial control equipment too. There is a PLC controller inside almost every machine, every industry including transportation and…"
Feb 17, 2015
Bradford E. White commented on Christopher Morin's blog post The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations
"Excellent article. We have in our engineering practice a section on protection of electronic devices. While public bid laws rather constrain us, we are partial to Price-Wheeler "Brick Wall" surge suppressors. Very robust and simple units…"
Feb 17, 2015
Curt Kinder commented on Christopher Morin's blog post The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations
"And this is EXACTLY why we offer complimentary labor to replace factory warranted parts on SEER 16+systems we install and semi-annually maintain... BUT only if the client also chooses to have installed whole house surge protection whose status…"
Feb 17, 2015
Christopher Morin's blog post was featured

The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations

     Imagine this: you go out to your local entertainment big-box store and purchase the top of the line “HUMONGOUS” television.  When you get home, you don’t think anything about it and just go ahead plugging it directly into the wall socket, right?  What’s that you say, ludicrous?  Of course, we would only plug that piece of beautiful technology into a UL rated surge protector!     So, I gave it away in the first paragraph: a UL rated surge protector.  But, don’t you want to know why?  Or…See More
Feb 12, 2015
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The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations

     Imagine this: you go out to your local entertainment big-box store and purchase the top of the line “HUMONGOUS” television.  When you get home, you don’t think anything about it and just go ahead plugging it directly into the wall socket, right?  What’s that you say, ludicrous?  Of course, we would only plug that piece of beautiful technology into a UL rated surge protector!     So, I gave it away in the first paragraph: a UL rated surge protector.  But, don’t you want to know why?  Or…See More
Feb 12, 2015
Christopher Morin's blog post was featured

How Low Should I Operate my Heat Pump?

UPDATED: Break Even COP’s for MAHow do you know if you should install a ductless mini-split, or upgrade your air-conditioner to a heat-pump and create a dual-source application during replacement this Winter?  I have been asked this countless times over the past week!  I personally always prefer the option of multiple fuel sources, particularly since energy prices have been all over the place during the last decade.  Fortunately, using averaged energy prices, there is some simple math to figure…See More
Jan 21, 2015
Bob Blanchette commented on Christopher Morin's blog post How Low Should I Operate my Heat Pump?
"Peak energy use is a summer issue. TOU rates apply. Located in OKC. That's why I mentioned local rates structures vary A LOT."
Jan 21, 2015
Christopher Morin commented on Christopher Morin's blog post How Low Should I Operate my Heat Pump?
"Great points Bob!  Can I ask where you are located?  Here in MA, our utility providers have a tiered structure to charge more when using more...I guess it depends on when, or even if, you have a peak demand problem in your locale.…"
Jan 21, 2015
Bob Blanchette commented on Christopher Morin's blog post How Low Should I Operate my Heat Pump?
"Don't forget to account for meter/delivery charges when comparing the costs of various fuels. Some charges change with use, others are "fixed". Some utilities tier their rates. Our utilities have a "negative tier" where they…"
Jan 16, 2015

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Christopher Morin is currently the HVAC Technical Field Representative for Conservation Services Group (CSG) and the Cool Smart Program. An ACCA approved Residential System Design Instructor, Christopher instructs participating contractors and technicians on proper system design, quality installation verification (QIV), Energy Star Quality Installation (ESQI), and duct testing – both in the classroom and in the field. Christopher holds a B.S. in Business Management from University of Phoenix, MA Master Sheet Metal License, BPI Building Analyst, as well as NATE Certifications in Installation and Service for Heat Pumps, Air-Conditioning, and Gas Furnaces.

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HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 10:26am 4 Comments

During the sales process, it is inevitable warranty periods will be raised.  I remember raving about how the latest and greatest HVAC product led the industry with the longest warranty period.  Very often this only lasted a short period of time as other Manufacturer’s would continue to match warranties with their line.  Things often got out of hand as warranties have reached ‘limited lifetime’ on parts like compressors or heat…

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The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

     Imagine this: you go out to your local entertainment big-box store and purchase the top of the line “HUMONGOUS” television.  When you get home, you don’t think anything about it and just go ahead plugging it directly into the wall socket, right?  What’s that you say, ludicrous?  Of course, we would only plug that piece of beautiful technology into a UL rated surge protector!

     So, I gave it away in the first paragraph: a UL rated surge protector.  But, don’t…

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How Low Should I Operate my Heat Pump?

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 11:30am 3 Comments

UPDATED: Break Even COP’s for MA

How do you know if you should install a ductless mini-split, or upgrade your air-conditioner to a heat-pump and create a dual-source application during replacement this Winter?  I have been asked this countless times over the past week!  I personally always prefer the option of multiple fuel sources, particularly since energy prices have been all over the place during the last decade.  Fortunately, using averaged…

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Should this Duct Layout be Banned?

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 6:24pm 3 Comments

When is it ok to put your ducts into an attic, tight up against the Roof Deck?  With more conventional building techniques, I would have to argue: NEVER!  I do not care how the homeonwer pleads to keep their storage space, you cannot count on delivering cool air to the conditioned space with said branch duct.  Even if you did figure out a way to secure the duct to the peak without crushing the inside diameter, the CFM is not the problem.  The real issue becomes the dry bulb temperature of…

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