New Building Codes Could Mean HVAC Price Hikes

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -- It's always nice to have a cool breeze on a hot, sunny day in Alabama.

While we enjoy the benefits of our air conditioners, however, we hardly ever consider how they work.

At a public meeting of the Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors, industry professionals discussed the adoption of an updated international building code--requiring insulation on all new A/C units to be twice as thick.

"We watch for the consumer to make sure what he' paying for is what he's getting," explained Tony Kaschak, the board's Chairman.   "That's where our efforts are being [focused], to make sure the consumer is getting everything that he's paying for."

Contractors and HVAC experts say the move would do the opposite, saving little money while sending prices skyrocketing--anywhere from $500 to $1000 more than what consumers are paying now.

"When you're only talking [saving] ten dollars a year, it's not worth the extra money that you're having to pay," explained Terry Brooks, President of United Heating & Air.  "The expense of [the new insulation] is what's going to be a problem, and with the housing industry the way it is today, it's not a good time to increase prices on our material."

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke