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Lennox Price Increase Announcement

Lennox Industries will be increasing prices between 5 – 8 percent on residential and commercial equipment, accessories, and parts, effective June 18, 2018. The increase is due to inflationary pressures.

Source : achrnews. com

UTC Climate, Controls & Security Announces Price Increase

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which manufactures products under the Carrier, Bryant, Payne and ICP brand names, announced a price increase of up to 6 percent on residential and commercial heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment. It will be implemented effective 07/01/2018.

Source : achrnews. com

The rebate debate

This industry has long had a love/hate relationship with government rebate programs. When rebates are in place, contractors are busy and everyone's making money. But if there are no rebates, then people tend to hold off upgrading their HVAC systems until the next rebate program comes along. And there will always be another one, or so it seems, and that skews business for the industry.

In 2006 the Conservative government under Stephen Harper shut down the EnerGuide for Homes rebate program. Well, it was a Liberal program after all. But it didn't take long for the Conservatives to launch their own program – the Eco-Energy Retrofit Homes program. It ran for about five years until 2012 when the federal government suddenly, without notice, shut that down, leaving wholesalers and contractors alike up the creek with equipment they couldn't sell and contracts they couldn't fulfil.

If you read the last issue of Plumbing and HVAC, you know that the Ontario geothermal industry is optimistic in part because the Ontario government has announced significant rebates for the installation of heat pumps financed by the province's "carbon market" – 4.3 cents on every litre of gasoline, cap and trade auctions, etc.

But this could all change overnight. There is a provincial election June 7. The Conservatives are way ahead in the polls and have promised to do away with carbon taxes – so no more money for rebates. I suspect a lot of wholesalers and contractors are not investing too heavily until they see what happens with the election. Likely, it's going to be boom to bust again.

The other issue with rebates is the money attracts all kinds of sketchy people and companies into the industry. With the federal programs, we saw companies suddenly spring up, calling themselves things like 'EnerGuide Contracting' and 'Eco-Energy Contracting'. I would like to see their trade licenses.

Interestingly, with the Ontario heat pump program, the government is having the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) qualify the contractors. That should go a long way towards keeping the fly-by-nighters out.

At the end of the day, rebates give certain sectors of the industry a temporary boost while hurting other areas. There’s a lot of cash out there right now for heat pumps and not much for high efficiency natural gas or oil – and that's a shame.

This article originally featured on plumbingandhvac. ca

OGF Air Source Heat Pump Eligibility Requirements

GreenON Rebates for Air Source Heat Pumps(ASHP)  will not apply to homes where a natural gas fired appliance (stand alone or in combination) remains a component of the heating system OR was the existing heating source of the home. Those who remove a natural gas heating appliance (furnace) and replace it with an air handler/electric furnace ASHP combination will not qualify.  

For further clarity, homes where an air source heat pump is installed in combination with fuel sources other than natural gas (for example: oil or propane)  will qualify for air source heat pump rebates.

Homes heated electrically will continue to be offered incentives through the Save On Energy Heating and Cooling Incentive program.

Ontario Bill 59 Consumer Protection Act Update

Rules for businesses entering into contracts at a consumer’s home

What businesses that market products and services door-to-door or in a consumer’s home need to know about the Consumer Protection Act, what’s changing on March 1, 2018, and how it applies to their business.

Changes to home service contracts

As of March 1, 2018, certain products and services can no longer be offered or sold at a consumer’s home unless the consumer initiated the transaction (for example, the consumer called or emailed your business and asked you to come to their home). There are some exceptions if you already have a contract in place with the consumer.

The restricted products and services are:

  • furnaces
  • air conditioners
  • air cleaners
  • air purifiers
  • water heaters
  • water treatment devices
  • water purifiers
  • water filters
  • water softeners
  • duct cleaning services
  • any good or service that performs one or more of the functions listed above (for example, an HVAC system)

New 10-day cooling-off period

As of March 1, 2018, if the consumer invites you to their home and signs a contract for a restricted product or service, the consumer will have a 10-day cooling-off period during which they can cancel the contract without reason or penalty.

The cooling-off period begins on the date the consumer receives a written copy of the agreement.

for more information click on the following link.

Sample form:

Bill59 Ontario Consumer Protection Act

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