If you look at the heading of this column (above), you’ll see that it is titled “The Air Side,” because that’s my area of expertise. However, since none of the traditional, large U.S. air-side HVAC equipment manufacturers were represented at this year’s AHR Expo in Orlando, FL, it was largely a hydronics show.
It was an unusual exhibition that certainly reflected a down economy. And for the first hour after they opened the doors, I wondered if it was going to be a total flop, because there were so few people walking the aisles. But I guess this was due to the early morning rain, or perhaps most were sleeping in after a long night of seeing Orlando’s many attractions. Because by noon everything became very crowded, staying that way throughout the next two days. And although we locals considered the weather quite chilly (highs in the low 60s), it was sunny most of the time and few heavy jackets were seen in the coatroom.
In next month’s column I’ll get back to discussing some of the non-hydronic products that I found new and interesting. However, the lack of participation by domestic equipment manufacturers left quite a void when it comes to understanding the latest air-side technology. Many of us would like to see their return and active participation, just to know what’s going on.