St. Louis, February 24, 2014 – As manufacturers like Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. help prepare the industry with new products to support upcoming regulatory changes, there is evidence that many contractors are not prepared to address these changes with their customers. A survey by Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) found that 74 percent of contractors are unaware of the upcoming 2015 regional standards for residential unitary air conditioning and heat pump systems. Nearly 80 percent of contractors were unaware of 2015 part-load efficiency requirements for light commercial split, package and rooftop systems, and 84 percent are unaware of the 2015 chiller standards. Unlike the 2005 regulation changes, the 2015 changes will affect both residential and commercial efficiency standards.
The survey of 472 contractors, conducted via email by Emerson Climate Technologies in late 2013, found the majority of contractors were either unaware of the standards or had little idea how the standards would affect their businesses. Only 12 percent had started training their technicians or thinking about an inventory plan.
“This isn’t the first time the industry has gone through a SEER change or updates to residential and commercial efficiency standards, and Emerson Climate Technologies is ready with technology to meet and exceed minimum efficiency requirements. We want to help the industry get prepared for these changes, and we will be providing additional information on our new website, AC & Heating Connect,” said Frank Landwehr, vice president Air Conditioning Marketing, Emerson Climate Technologies. “We will continue to support the industry’s readiness with educational materials, technology updates and insights from additional surveys.”
Emerson’s survey also found that for the residential changes, 18 percent of contractors had read about the transition and 16 percent had talked about the regulations with an OEM or distributor. Only three percent had started developing a marketing plan for the new standards.
On the commercial side, Emerson’s survey found only eight percent of contractors have trained their service teams on the new rooftop or chiller standards. Very few, only three percent, had talked to an OEM about the changes. Four percent have started to develop a marketing plan to address these regulatory changes with their customers.
“Contractors cannot afford to be unprepared for these regulatory updates. They need to be researching the changes that are coming to their region, talking to OEMs, wholesalers and manufacturers, and identifying opportunities for their businesses,” Landwehr said. “Now is the time for contractors to be actively seeking information from trustworthy sources.”
For more information on how contractors can sell high efficiency systems and resources for homeowners, visit www.ac-heatingconnect.com
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For more information, visit EmersonClimate.com