The residential and commercial HVAC manufacturing industries have seen a number of changes in the past six years. Rising material costs and new federal regulations are driving the transition to more environmentally friendly refrigerants. This, coupled with more demanding mandates on energy efficiency, have impacted the cost of systems. Now, the industry is looking for better quality and cost solutions from new materials and more efficient designs, leading HVAC manufacturers to make the switch from copper to aluminum tubing. For many of these manufacturers, this change proved to be a challenge because copper had long been the standard material used in their systems.
Brazeway Inc., a national aluminum extrusion and fabrication specialist, helped make this transition easier for its manufacturing customers. “We’ve been developing this capability for 15 years, but have seen an incredibly rapid transformation in the past four years in particular,” CEO Stephanie Hickman Boyse says. “The transition from copper to aluminum is one of the most important developments in the HVAC industry in decades, and I think we’ve helped lead the charge when it comes to our customers’ ability to make that transition successfully.”