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Contractors Deliberate Health Care Decisions

Government Mandates Offer Restrictions, Options

While it faces challenges in the Supreme Court and threats of repeal from newly elected Republican congressional leaders, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely here to stay. In 2015, it’s probably best for contractors to proceed assuming health care reform will be a part of business for the foreseeable future.


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As One Door Closes, Another Opens

Component Regulations Are Unnecessary and Unneeded

Life sure is strange. I find myself appearing in the pages of this fine publication after more than 30 years of working for a competitive magazine. And, yet, it’s like a homecoming of sorts.


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Call-answering Services Still Relevant

When They Have a Problem, Customers Want to Talk to a Live Person

Thanks to modern communication technologies, such as cell phones, voicemail, and email, to name a few, switchboard operators including telephone answering services are going the way of the dinosaur — extinct. However, answering service companies can still provide invaluable opportunities for HVAC contractors. 


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Marketing Magic: Confessions of a Post-holiday-crazed Marketer

Now’s the Time to Plan an Effective Marketing Plan

The No. 1 marketing question we get is, “What do I do next?” The second is, “When do I do it?” After that, you ask us, “How much to spend” and “In what media” and then a whole bunch of stuff we have to charge you for, but, essentially, all the answers are contained under a single umbrella called planning.


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Three Ways You’ve Been Scammed by Accountants

Keep an Eye on Your Bank Statements at All Times

Many owners jump at the first opportunity to hire a bookkeeper and start delegating all accounting tasks to someone else. It might be tempting to simply pass it over; wash your hands; and never look back. However, if you choose this path, you might as well literally give them your wallet and the keys to your home, too.


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The Imprint of the 2012 Residential Boiler Standards

Automatic Temperature Adjusting Mechanism Among the Biggest Adjustments

The standards, which were set by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) in 2007 and implemented Sept. 1, 2012, required residential gas hot water boilers to meet a minimum AFUE of 82 percent; gas steam boilers, 80 percent; oil hot water boilers, 84 percent; and oil steam boilers, 82 percent.


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Radiant Cooling Demonstrates High Efficiency, Greater Comfort

Radiant Gains Popularity in US as Benefits, Comfort Become Known

Immensely popular in Europe, radiant cooling is steadily gaining popularity in the U.S. because of its potential to reduce energy consumption. About half of net-zero energy buildings use radiant cooling to help them achieve the balance between energy consumption and renewable energy creation.


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