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Facts + Figures: Air-Source Heat Pump Shipments Up 10.7 Percent in November

February 10, 2014

Industry figures are estimates that are derived from the best available figures supplied by a sample of AHRI member companies.  


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Branding Lessons from Harley-Davidson’s Turnaround

Clyde Fessler Shares Tips for Rebuilding a Brand
February 10, 2014

Whether drawn from experience, knowledge, or the news, brands often leave impressions that are difficult to overcome. Some are positive, others negative, but either way there is something there with the ability to evoke a customer response.


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Contractors Find Data Solutions in the Cloud

Diskless Technology Gains Favor Amongst Contractors
February 3, 2014

Cloud computing involves being able to access services and store data over the Internet rather than relying on a local computing device (e.g., laptop, desktop, tablet) to run the software or store the data. 


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NATE Revises Certification Program

Organization Updates Certification, Recertification Requirements
February 3, 2014

NATE will now certify technicians in two years, a significant reduction from the previous five-year requirement. 


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Does Your Company Need a Social Media Policy?

Contractors Discuss How and Why Oversight Is Needed
February 3, 2014

Many contractors are crafting policies that spell out how and when social media can be utilized, both personally and on behalf of the company.


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The Complex World of Website Design

Many Factors Involved in Optimizing a Website
February 3, 2014

Customers want websites that are organized, informational, and easy to navigate, while contractors want websites that attract visitors and ultimately convert them into customers.


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The Professor: ‘Wye’ or ‘Star’ Configurations

A Look at Electrical Service Transformers
February 3, 2014

John Tomczyk discusses the Wye or Star configuration of the three-phase electrical service, which usually delivers four wires to the building.


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Ice Breaker: Evap. Pressure Regulators

A Look at Familiar Refrigerant Flow Control Device
February 3, 2014

Joe Marchese explains the refrigerant flow control device, which prevents the refrigerant pressure in an evaporator from operating below a minimum value, and discusses how to select the right one for the job. 


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Duct Dynasty: Why That Oversized System Works Great

Show Consumers Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better
February 3, 2014

How can the homeowner be comfortable with a piece of equipment that would condition twice the amount of house? The answer lies in the true performance of the HVAC system.


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More Refrigerants, More Ways to Use Them

Supermarket Sector Still Trying to Track Trends
February 3, 2014

For new installations, so-called natural refrigerants are Topic No. 1 as the sector wants to get an edge on any possible phase down in production of HFCs.


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