Heat Pump

Manufacturer of water heating and storage equipment announces $50,000 donation to extend its partnership with Pennsylvania agency committed to sustainable energy and skilled trades training Bradford White Corporation, an industry-leading manufacturer of water heaters, boilers and storage tanks, announced today a $50,000 grant through its Industry Forward® initiative to help Pennsylvania’s Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) launch a Read more

Manufacturer of water heating and storage equipment announces $50,000 donation to extend its partnership with Pennsylvania agency committed to sustainable energy and skilled trades training

Bradford White Corporation, an industry-leading manufacturer of water heaters, boilers and storage tanks, announced today a $50,000 grant through its Industry Forward® initiative to help Pennsylvania’s Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) launch a pilot internship program for youth and emerging workers from Philadelphia’s disadvantaged communities.

The grant will support a 60-hour internship program for up to 30 participants in ECA’s signature heat pump water heater installation and maintenance training course in 2024.

“Bradford White and ECA share a mission to showcase the rewarding career opportunities that are available in the skilled trades and to support the foundation of education and training necessary to maintain a thriving workforce,” said Rebecca Owens, senior manager of communications for Bradford White. “We’re proud to extend our partnership with ECA so they can continue to provide valuable learning opportunities for youth and adults throughout the Philadelphia area.”

Industry Forward® is Bradford White’s signature, developed to help advance workforce development and increase public awareness of career opportunities in the plumbing and HVAC industries.

ECA’s 200-hour heat pump training program consists of classroom instruction, lab exercises and career development. Interns supported by Bradford White’s Industry Forward® grant will supplement the training program with on-the-job installation experience supervised by a professional HVACR technician.

“Bradford White is providing critical support for our mission through their Industry Forward® program,” said Steve Luxton, executive director and CEO of ECA. “With their continuing partnership, our trainees will have more opportunities to develop the self-confidence and leadership skills that come from jobsite experience. Thanks to Bradford White, we’re able to provide innovative workforce development education for young people in Philadelphia while also ensuring our community has reliable energy services.”

Bradford White partners with nonprofit organizations and technical schools to educate individuals and families on the importance of the skilled trades and the role that industry professionals provide in the health, safety, sanitation, and infrastructure of their communities through strategic grant funding that supports workforce development training and education programs and industry career opportunities, events, and partnerships.

ECA leads the design and implementation of high-quality energy conservation initiatives to reduce household energy costs and stabilize low-income families in their homes and communities. ECA’s Heat Pump and Heat Pump Water Heater Training Lab, supported by Bradford White and other partners, prepares HVACR technicians from historically marginalized communities for sustainable careers, while facilitating the adoption of heat pumps and heat pump water heaters and advancing the clean energy transition.

For more information about Bradford White Corporation’s Industry Forward® initiative, visit https://www.bradfordwhitecorporation.com/giving/.

Industry leader provides hot water solutions to affordable housing community in historic South Carolina neighborhood A. O. Smith, a leader in water heating and water treatment, announces the donation of 26 heat pump water heaters to Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County in South Carolina. This donation will support the creation and growth of affordable Read more

Industry leader provides hot water solutions to affordable housing community in historic South Carolina neighborhood

A. O. Smith, a leader in water heating and water treatment, announces the donation of 26 heat pump water heaters to Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County in South Carolina. This donation will support the creation and growth of affordable housing by providing reliable access to hot water in the historic Nicholtown neighborhood.

Recent development in the area has led to a reduction in affordable housing. The city donated a five-acre plot of land to Habitat for Humanity Greenville County to build new housing options to preserve this historic community. Habitat Homeowners pay no more than 30% of their income at the time they buy their house. A. O. Smith’s heat pump water heater donation will help homeowners keep utility costs down throughout their homeownership.

“Because of generous donors like A. O. Smith, we will be able to ensure current and future generations of Nicholtown residents continue to have a home here,” said Nöel Brooks, director of development for Habitat for Humanity Greenville County. “A. O. Smith’s thoughtful donation of heat pump water heaters will have a tremendous impact on the long-term affordability of our homes by providing residents with utility cost savings.”

A.O. Smith chose to donate heat pump water heaters because of their cost savings and efficiency benefits. A. O. Smith heat pump water heaters can save a family of four an average of $300 per year on their electric bills — an enormous impact for regions like the southeast, where electric bills typically run high. Heat pump water heaters are 75% more efficient than traditional water heaters, using significantly less energy.

 “One of our core guiding principles at A. O. Smith is to serve our communities, and we are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to provide water heating solutions to the Greenville community,” said Bill Hosken, A. O. Smith national market development manager. “While heat pump water heaters aren’t necessarily new technology, they’ve become the most efficient solution on the market to meet and exceed homeowner’s water heating needs while keeping costs low.”

Construction in the community officially began earlier this year and the community’s first residents are expected to move into their new homes later this year. The entire community is estimated to take three years to complete, and by the end of construction, there will be more than 20 new homes for community members in need.

To learn more about A. O. Smith’s product offerings, visit www.hotwater.com.

A. O. Smith, a leader in water heating and treatment, announces March dates for its live virtual training classes. The A. O. Smith University schedule changes from month-to-month, offering sessions on a variety of topics, including residential, commercial, tankless and heat pump water heaters. March classes will include the following: March 3, 8:00 A.M. CST Read more

A. O. Smith, a leader in water heating and treatment, announces March dates for its live virtual training classes. The A. O. Smith University schedule changes from month-to-month, offering sessions on a variety of topics, including residential, commercial, tankless and heat pump water heaters.

March classes will include the following:

  • March 3, 8:00 A.M. CST Contractor Live Show Heat Pump
  • March 3, 10:00 A.M. CST Contractor Live Show Heat Pump
  • March 8, 8:00 A.M. CST Residential Training Heat Pump
  • March 9, 8:00 A.M. CST Commercial Training Commercial Electric
  • March 10, 8:00 A.M. CST Tankless Training Application, How it Works, Troubleshooting
  • March 17, 8:00 A.M. CST Contractor Live Show Light Duty Commercial Electric
  • March 17, 10:00A.M.CST Contractor Live Show Light Duty Commercial Electric
  • March 22, 8:00 A.M. CST Residential Training Residential Gas and Power Vent
  • March 23, 8:00 A.M. CST Commercial Training Commercial Gas
  • March 24, 8:00 A.M. CST Tankless Water Heating Training Multiple Heater Installations
  • March 31, 8:00 A.M. CST Contractor Live Show Medium Duty Commercial Electric
  • March 31, 10:00 A.M.CST Contractor Live Show Medium Duty Commercial Electric

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most classes have shifted to a virtual learning format. Thanks to the state-of-the-art broadcast studio located in Ashland City, instructors can provide real-time, full-scope demonstrations on a range of A. O. Smith products. Attendees continue to receive the benefit of hands-on training in this virtual environment.

“We’re kicking off our March class schedule with a focus on heat pump water heaters,” said Jason Leonard, A. O. Smith marketing technology and training manager. “With continually evolving government regulations and mandates around decarbonization and electrification, these units are becoming increasingly popular with our customers. At A. O. Smith, we strive to ensure that our contractors have the proper resources and training available to them so they’re comfortable addressing current needs in the field.”

A. O. Smith has two state-of-the-art training facilities, located in Ashland City and Johnson City, Tennessee, which held primarily virtual training sessions over the past two years with more than 130,000 combined participants. Both facilities are utilized to train technicians, contractors, and product representatives on a variety of products and topics.

Classes are taught on a two way meeting platform, and there is a 50-person cap placed on all sessions to ensure participants have a high level of engagement with instructors, as well as the opportunity to ask questions. This approach helps maintain A. O. Smith University’s focus on techniques and skills to help grow contractors’ careers.

To view the full class schedule, visit www.university.hotwater.com/virtual-campus.

Johnson Controls has released the newest addition to their premium line of residential systems, the YORK® Affinity™ Series YZT two-stage Heat Pump. The ENERGY STAR® rated heat pump delivers advanced efficiencies and smart home capabilities. The 19 SEER, 10.0 HSPF efficiency can save homeowner’s up to 47 percent on energy use. Even greater efficiency can Read more

Johnson Controls has released the newest addition to their premium line of residential systems, the YORK® Affinity™ Series YZT two-stage Heat Pump. The ENERGY STAR® rated heat pump delivers advanced efficiencies and smart home capabilities.

The 19 SEER, 10.0 HSPF efficiency can save homeowner’s up to 47 percent on energy use. Even greater efficiency can be achieved when installed with the Alexa® compatible, Wi-Fi®-enabled Affinity™ Hx3™ Touch-screen smart Thermostat. When connected, the combination offers top-of-the-line features for both homeowners and contractors.

Homeowners can now control and monitor their home comfort system by voice command using an Amazon Alexa® device or, remotely using the Hx® app. Contractors can expect easy setup and support thanks to near field communication, a set of short-range wireless technologies and a dedicated distributor app.

“With the addition of the YZT heat pump, we offer a truly comprehensive package of energy-efficient solutions to help contractors meet the needs of homeowners at any budget,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls.

Several additional innovations enhance the system’s performance:

  • QuietDrive™ incorporates a sound-reducing swept-wing fan blade, composite base pan and sound containment cloak to reduce typical outdoor operating sound levels.
  • ClimaTrak™—allows further fine-tuning of the blower for specific applications, whether to compensate for arid environments or maximize the use of additional air quality accessories including system-matched humidifiers, germ-killing UVC lights and high-efficiency MERV 16-rated filtration, for reduced dust and contaminants.
  • A two-stage compressor for quiet and efficient operation.
  • A compact footprint without sacrificing performance.
  • An automotive-grade powder coat finish rated at 1,000 hours of salt spray to ensure the unit can withstand harsh weather conditions.
  • Auto configuration and auto system updates via Wi-Fi® when installed as a communicating system.
  • YZT can be sold as a complete Affinity™ residential system or as a premium upgrade to an existing system.

Designed, engineered and assembled in the United States, system components are backed by the manufacturing expertise of Fortune 100 parent company Johnson Controls and an unmatched limited one-year labor warranty, lifetime compressor and 10-year parts limited warranties on registered products. Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) facilities aid in the systematic testing of components, including more than 20 years of accelerated operation testing for weather, humidity and temperatures as high as 125° F and as low as -10° F to ensure lasting performance and world-class quality.

In addition, units meet AHRI Standard 210/240 and 340/360 at AHRI conditions and meet relevant ASHRAE 90.1, ENERGY STAR® and EPAct2005 standards.

To learn more about YORK®, visit www.YORK.com. Also follow on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and @YORKHVAC on Twitter.