*Installer started fire

A man installing a HVAC system in the Breakwater Apartments in New Albany started the fire that destroyed the building. In a report released Thursday by the New Albany Fire Department, officials say they concluded the fire started in Apartment 217 in the ceiling area above the mechanical room on Feb. 24 between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Joe Miller …

*NEST EARN’S A STAR

  Today, the Nest Learning Thermostat received an ENERGY STAR® from the EPA. In fact, it is the first thermostat in America with an ENERGY STAR. After rigorous testing, the EPA has confirmed what we’ve been saying all along: the Nest Thermostat saves energy. In 2009, the EPA took away the ENERGY STAR from all programmable thermostats. You can only …

*Hvac worker falls off roof

Remember to always be safe !   A hvac worker died Tuesday afternoon after falling 30 to 35 feet off the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley. The hvac worker is identified the victim as John B. Folkes, 54, of Canton. Police said they received a 911 call at 12:22 p.m. reporting a man had fallen off the roof of the building. …

*ARE YOU SELLING WIFI STATS?

  I have talked to quite a few folks in the HVAC trade in regards to their feelings about smart thermostats in the last few weeks. I’ll be upfront and acknowledge that I, being in the commercial/industrial side of the world, have never installed one or even seen one in operation. My job title is boiler service technician, and most …

*THE BRIEF HISTORY OF HVAC

Inventors who came before Willis Haviland Carrier tinkered with cooling machines. But it was Carrier’s creation that launched the modern idea of air conditioning. To mark the 110th anniversary of his invention, we look back at the long story of a/c. 1758 All liquid evaporation has a cooling effect. Benjamin “I invented everything” Franklin and Cambridge University professor John Hadley …