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America’s Great Outdoors now a federal priority

In A/C news on April 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

The Obama administration’s latest cause: People should get outdoors more. The April 16 Presidential memorandum “America’s Great Outdoors” notes that

“Families are spending less time together enjoying their natural surroundings . . . and we are losing our connection to the parks, wild places, and open spaces we grew up with and cherish. Children, especially, are spending less time outside running and playing, fishing and hunting, and connecting to the outdoors just down the street or outside of town.”

Chapter 3 of Losing Our Cool makes that same point.

President Obama proposes to improve and promote parks and other outdoor areas in order to attract people out of the indoor world. I wish him luck, but he has some stiff competition. A huge share of the economy is focused on making the indoor world more attractive. It won’t be easy to tip the balance back.


A hot summer and hot A/C sales in the forecast

In A/C news on April 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

The cool summer of 2009 will soon be no more than a dim memory. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Service says the July-September period will see higher than normal temperatures along the East Coast, through the Southeast, and across the entire West from the Rockies to the Pacific.

July-Sep 2010 temps

NCPC forecast for July-Sept. 2010

That has HVAC manufacturers and installers smiling, rubbing their hands, and looking forward to a big leap out of recession.

Indeed, a rise in factory orders across the US economy in February was led by HVAC and the electricity sector that feeds it:  “Machinery orders jumped 5.1 percent, driven by higher demand for heating and air conditioning equipment and turbines and other power generation gear.”