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Contractors Capitalizing on Growing Modular Market

Prefabricated Products Improve Quality, Reduce Need for Skilled Labor
May 5, 2014

Modular solutions help contractors and manufacturers address the lack of skilled labor in the HVAC industry,


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Court Accepts Regional Efficiency Standards Settlement

Regional Standards Lawsuit Officially Ends with Court’s Approval
May 5, 2014

The court’s order ends the lawsuit and represents a great victory for the industry organizations that were involved in developing the final settlement agreement. 


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The Professor: Troubleshooting Using Compressor Discharge Temp

Checking Over an Often Overlooked Aspect of Servicing
May 5, 2014

The compressor’s discharge line temperature is important because it is an indication of the amount of heat absorbed in the evaporator and suction line and any heat of compression generated by the compression process.


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Ice Breaker: Brazing and Soldering Procedures Need Care

Tips for Working Safely with Torches
May 5, 2014

Refrigeration technicians need to use extreme care when working with torches during the brazing and soldering process. The flames of a torch can easily reach 3,000°F. At this temperature, serious damage can be the result of misuse and carelessness.


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Johnson Controls Acquires Air Distribution Technologies

Company Looks to Expand in Building Space in $1.6 Billion Deal
May 5, 2014

Within the Johnson Controls portfolio, ADTI will be aligned under the building efficiency platform, where it will operate with its own brands, distribution channels, and employees. 


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Efficiency, Cost Concerns Drive Refrigeration Innovations

Technical Papers Examine New Ways to Work with Familiar Refrigerant
May 5, 2014

When hundreds of ammonia refrigeration engineers, manufacturers, contractors, and end users gather in one place, technical talk is sure to follow. Such was the case at the most recent International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration Conference in Nashville, Tenn.


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Newly Designed Ductless Products

A Contracting Quick-Reference Guide to Ductless Equipment
April 28, 2014

This quick reference includes equipment and component photos along with product descriptions and specifications. 


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Obama’s Overtime Order Draws Skepticism

HVACR Associations, Contractors Question Government-Ordered Overtime Pay Expansion
April 28, 2014

The motion has left many employers across the labor spectrum, including HVACR contractors, on high alert.


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Ductless Advancements Spur Interest

Contractors, Consumers More Apt to Consider Mini-Split Solutions
April 28, 2014

What began in the U.S. as a niche technology is seemingly setting its sights on mainstream application. 


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Furnace Change Out Just the First Step

Consider All Home-Performance Aspects While in a Home
April 28, 2014

In an emergency situation, clients usually agree to address their emergency need and worry about tightening the building envelope later. However, when time allows, good practice these days should go much deeper. 


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