With 30% Tax Credits, Geothermal Is Catching On...

Green Facts About Geothermal Heat Pumps
   There are ~85,000 geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) installed annually across the United States, at an average 3 tons capacity each, for a total of 255,000 tons of new GHP capacity every year.

  Average efficiency of new GHP systems is 400%  (COP4).  75% of GHP thermal production is renewable energy from the Earth.

Trane Products Featured In Solar Decathalon

Ingersoll Rand's Commitment to Energy Efficiency Shines at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Purdue University's INhome model is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's international competition in Washington, D.C.

INDIANAPOLIS, Sep 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ingersoll-Rand, a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, this week proudly supports Purdue University's home design entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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Heat and Cool Your Home With Dirt!

Do your homework.  This article may change your life and save you a bunch of money.  Go to http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/418961 .

Help! My Condenser Is Underwater!

The following is a reprint of an article from the ACHR News.  Homeowners and technicians should be aware of the steps to take to save submerged condensers.  An important first step would be to cut power at the breaker before water reaches higher than 4" on the cabinet...it will save you thousands.

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Btu Buddy 89: Condenser Under Water

By Bill Johnson
August 23, 2010

Bob is a service technician who is well trained and nationally certified. However, he sometimes suffers from the same confusion that all technicians occasionally do - the facts that he gathers may or may not point to the obvious cause of the problem or the best solution. But Bob has something that no one else has. He recalls his long-time HVACR mentor and imagines him accompanying him as “Btu Buddy,” someone who reminds him to take time to stop and think before rushing to judgment, helping keep him on the right track, even with facts that are confusing.

The dispatcher called Bob and sent him to a job that really sounded like a problem. There had been a hard rain and a customer had a condensing unit that had been under water that morning due to high water from a creek behind his house. The condenser was at the lower end of the car port. The house did not get any water inside it. The water had never been this high at this house, and the owners had lived there for 51 years. The owners were on a fixed income and wanted to get the repair at the best possible price.