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Mega Homes Require Thought, Planning

Large House Projects Present Challenges and Opportunities, Offer Grand Return on Investment
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Working on these mega homes is a great opportunity for HVAC contractors, but there can also be many challenges in this line of work. 


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Many HVAC Options for High-End Projects

Customers Choose Top-of-the-Line Equipment to Meet Needs
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Whether building a new house or retrofitting an existing one, homeowners have numerous options to choose from when it comes to HVAC equipment. 


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Blame the Kids: The Cause of Your Mechanical Malfunctions

Kids do the Darndest Things, Don’t They?
By Dan Holohan
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It took six firefighters to get the kid out of the duct, and Mama got older. Much older.


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Going Deep On Energy Retrofits

Extensive Work Results in Significant Energy Savings
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Savvy contractors working in this niche market focus not only on deep energy reductions, but on non-energy benefits, such as improved comfort, better IAQ, increased home values, and a more durable home. 


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Deciphering the Value of Qualified Salesmen

Salesmanship is Not an Inherited Trait; Training is Required
By Cherie Preville
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Continuing education for salespeople is important, just like it is for installers and service technicians. 


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HARDI Takes on Legislators in DC

Congressional Fly-In Attendees Discuss Issues, Lobby for Change on Capitol Hill
By Jen Anesi
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The Congressional Fly-In gives HARDI members a chance to speak directly to congressional representatives about the legislative and regulatory issues impacting their businesses.


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Financing Energy Efficiency

Overcoming Barriers to Enhanced Building Efficiency
By Robert Wilkins
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The energetic flow of financial resources to energy efficiency is vital to making efficiency work in the building marketplace. 


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Are Bearings Making You Spin?

An Inside Look at Installation, Application, and Lubrication Myths
By Ian A. Rubin
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The wheels of industry turn on bearings, so why do the wheels often vibrate, clatter, squeak, drag, and overheat? 


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Choose Your Advertising Metrics Wisely

Cost per Lead is Easy to Calculate, but Those Numbers May be Misleading
By Ben Landers
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Using data to make increasingly smarter marketing decisions goes beyond simply collecting a bunch of statistics and putting them into a pretty report. 


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Buying Your Competition is Not so Easy

Fair Market Value is Only 1 Part of the Equation
By Jim Hughes
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Once you’ve made the decision to buy a business, buy into a business, or sell your business, you need to prepare yourself. 


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