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Thermo-stats on the rise

Smart and connected thermostat sales are expected to grow significantly.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Look for prices to drop significantly in the high-end thermostat category. According to a report from the Freedonia Group, rapidly declining prices will be the most significant driver of unit sales of smart and connected thermostats.

The group says U.S. demand for smart and connected thermostats is forecast to increase 23% per year through 2022 to 14.5 million units. Ramped up efforts by utility companies, homebuilders, and HVAC contractors to promote these products based on their cost- and energy-saving benefits will also help sales.

The smart and connected thermostat market is expected to transition to become more replacement-oriented between 2022 and 2025, which will correspond with declining sales. By then, most households interested in these products will have purchased one.

The above findings were shared by the Cleveland-based Freedonia Group to help build awareness for its report: the recently published “Smart & Connected Thermostats in the U.S.”

The report also pointed to the leading industry players in the field: Honeywell, ecobee and Nest Labs (Google).

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B.WOODWARD says:
Aug-10-2018 07:50 am

While I believe the report is right about prices dropping on current product what will keep this category active is the fact thermostats will become much more than just HVAC controls. The future will see multi-functions for many areas of the home outside of the traditional air and temperature control. More disruption ahead.....

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Carolina bracket from Federal Brace

The 500-pound carrying capacity can hold a variety of materials.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Federal Brace is distributing a new size and finish of the Carolina commercial support: a bracket providing industrial level strength for a variety of commercial and residential projects.

The Carolina is versatile and can be integrated into home office workstations, heavy-duty storage shelves, as well as larger commercial projects such as schools, hotels, and banks.

Installed directly to the side of the wooden stud in the wall, the Carolina support made from strong, 11 gauge material promises strength while providing the increasingly popular “invisible” look. The 500-pound carrying capacity can hold a variety of natural stones and other materials, and the new white finish offers even more options to match hidden bracket project designs.

The Commercial Carolina bracket is engineered for heavy-duty lifting in a variety of different applications. For example, this support would be ideal for service window/reception counters, workstations, locker rooms, bars, and more. In addition, the Carolina can be installed in compliance with ADA standards to create accessible public restrooms, dining areas, gyms, and more.

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REPORT: Toward wildfire relief

A CNBC report examines how California is looking to the timber industry for possible help.

BY HBSDealer Staff

As California’s largest wildfire on record continues to burn,  the state forestry association wants to change rules and regulations to make it easier for private industry to thin forested land.

This CNBC report examines the state’s desperation for a plan to fight forest fires, and the realization that the timber industry can play a meaningful role.

Some of the stats presented in the article include the California Forestry Association’s estimate that tree density is higher than its ever been. 150 years ago in the Sierras, there were roughly 40 trees per acre. Now there are hundreds.

Also, the U.S. Forest Service estimates the number of dead trees in California is about 129 million. Wildfires feed on these dead trees.

The Mendocino Complex Fire – the largest fire in the state’s history – continues to burn in Northern California. More than 280,000 acres have been burned.

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