How the HVAC Industry Might be Affected by the New U.S. Tariffs

How the HVAC Industry Might be Affected by the New U.S. TariffsMost of the news analysts who’ve covered the tariffs on steel and aluminum believe that the HVAC industry changes as a result won’t be beneficial for the industry or its customers. Few believe that the tariffs will help any sector of the economy and the setbacks in the HVAC industry will be serious.

HVAC systems use a considerable amount of steel and the ductwork uses aluminum as a reflective material. With tariffs raising the price of the raw materials, the cost increases will be passed onto consumers who are likely to:

Delay the purchase of new equipment.

Until sticker shock goes away, homeowners are likely to put off replacing their older systems with new ones. They’ll make repairs or limp along with an aging system rather than replace it. Ultimately, this increases the demand for electricity and natural gas, which increases the pressure on the environment.

Shift business to less reputable contractors.

When a system replacement is inevitable, consumers will try to save money wherever they can. Some will use unlicensed HVAC contractors to install the equipment, which puts them at risk on several levels.

They will likely lose the system warranty, which could ultimately cost them a good deal, or make them financially responsible for any accidents that occur on their property. The installations won’t be as exacting, which will reduce the energy efficiency of the equipment.

Send HVAC manufacturing oversees.

Industry pundits speculate that the most serious of the HVAC industry changes would occur if the manufacturers go oversees to make new HVAC systems. Not only does this shrink the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., it weakens the domestic economy.

Manufacturing is important to the national economy because it serves as a springboard for more high paying jobs related to the field.

If your HVAC system is on its last legs and you’re concerned about these HVAC industry changes, give the experts at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating a call.. We provide HVAC services for homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River Counties. We can help you assess your situation and explore your best options.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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