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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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Lanier Technical College Facilitates HVAC Apprenticeship Program

February 3, 2014

The coursework includes a construction core course that is compliant with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration-10 (OSHA-10) and six HVAC courses, including NCCER’s apprentice level one through four, Williams said. 


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Boilers, Water Heaters Efficiently Evolve

Manufacturers Aim For Higher Efficiencies, Smaller Footprints
January 27, 2014

When it comes to boilers and water heaters, manufacturers are sensing an ongoing trend — the move to higher-efficiency models.


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Legislative, Regulatory Issues Loom in 2014

Industry Waits on Regional Standards, R-22, and More
January 27, 2014

2014 could shape up to be an even busier year as a regional standards resolution inches closer, the delayed employer mandate for providing employee healthcare looms, and a variety of other issues come to a head in the next 12 months.


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Google to Buy Nest for $3.2 Billion

Nest to Retain Brand Identity, Leadership
January 27, 2014

On Jan. 13, Google Inc. announced it had entered into an agreement to buy smart thermostat manufacturer Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash. 


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Boilers, Water Heaters’ Efficiencies Rise

Manufacturers Aim for Efficiency, Ease of Use
January 27, 2014

Water heater and boiler manufacturers are diligently introducing high-efficiency systems into the marketplace with the goal of making life easier for both the contractor and the consumer. 


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Contractors Discuss Strategies to Sell Boilers

System Knowledge, Return on Investment Headline the Selling Process
January 27, 2014

These days, it’s not just going into a house and installing a cast-iron boiler. Today’s units offer consumers multiple choices regarding efficiency and performance. 


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Heat Transfer: Nature Versus Math

Formulas and Assumptions Don’t Always Predict what Happens
January 27, 2014

The following formula has been around the North American hydronics industry for a long time: Btuh = 500 x gpm x delta T. It can be used to estimate the rate of heat transfer into or out of a device that has a stream of water flowing through it at a known flow rate, and with a measured temperature change between the inlet and outlet of that water stream.


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Building a Better Website

Optimizing Website Development and SEO
January 27, 2014

Your website needs to work just as hard as you do, representing your company 24/7 online. You need to carefully plan and design your website to get maximum value out of it. Then you need to apply the best practices of search engine optimization (SEO) to make sure people find your site.


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App Zone: January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

As technology continues to advance, more and more industry mobile applications are becoming available for smartphones and tablets. Here are a few of the latest.


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