When our new county manager first took office, he had to take over a long-standing battle between the local residents and HVAC businesses.
The locals have been accusing the businesses of introducing new HVAC products for sale that have better seer ratings but selling them at double the price of the current HVAC technology.
It didn’t seem a serious issue at first but when more and more heating and cooling equipment broke down, HVAC maintenance demands went up with most technicians recommending a replacement of old systems with new ones, to drive sales up. Before the county head could bring the matter to an amicable end, most residents started shopping for HVAC products for sale such as an air purifier, outside the county. This idea was welcomed by most suppliers who offered subsidized transport and HVAC installation rates for any supplies coming in. However, this changed weeks later after the county officials issued a gazetted memo encouraging the businesses to sell, repair, and maintain all central air conditioning at subsidized rates offered by the county office. At first, the move was shunned by the traders claiming their products would drop and they would lose the gains made through their air conditioner service plans but they soon found a common ground. With that directive, most residents who expected to upgrade their systems were able to get a quality air conditioner for their homes and offices and business was back to usual. I haven’t been through so much drama that directly affected many people but the nature of the standoff made me want to learn more about HVAC and its impact on homesteads and business.