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Do Energy-saving Products Actually Save Customers Energy?

HVAC Contractors Need to Educate Consumers
By Joanna R. Turpin
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All homeowners want to save money on their energy bills, which is why they are often intrigued by gadgets, additives, and one-off products that claim to offer significant methods to cutting energy usage. But HVAC professionals warn that, in many cases, these products do nothing more than separate homeowners from their hard-earned money. 


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Running a Profitable Service Department

Key Strategies to Improve Service Operation, Customer Satisfaction
By Kimberly Schwartz
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If looking at your service department’s reports fills you with despair, it’s time to reconsider how you’ve been running this side of the business. 


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Global A/C Market Starting to Warm Up

BSRIA World Air Conditioning Market Trends Reveal Increased Sales Worldwide
By Julian Milnes
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In 2013, the world air conditioning market was valued at $91.6 billion, having grown more than 6 percent compared with $86.8 billion in 2012 — evidence that the global a/c market is finally out of the woods. 


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Staying Stocked: Best Practices for Inventory Management

Contractors Work to Improve Ordering and Restocking Protocols
By Kimberly Schwartz
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There may be no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to managing inventory, but HVAC contractors consistently working to improve ordering and restocking protocols are generally rewarded with far fewer headaches during their busy seasons.


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Contractors Discover Profit Potential in Recovery Upsales

TRC Connects Recycling to Cashflow
By Ryan L. Kiscaden
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Believe it or not, that quick-silver gooey stuff you used to play with in grade school can actually make you money.


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8 Attributes to Seek in Business Software

Tips to Help You Locate the Platform that Makes the Most Sense for Your Business
By Adam Bluemner
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The right program must fit your particular business model, functional requirements, spending range, operating system considerations, integration needs in terms of the other programs it must communicate with, and many more personalized factors. Is there one program that fits all these possible combinations? Of course not!


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Pros and Cons of Using PVC Pipes on Projects

Contractors Should Consider Multiple Factors When Choosing Best Option
By Amanda Hill
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Before deciding which material works best for your building or installation project, consider how you want your system to perform, what expenses you are willing to pay on the front end, and the factors that could potentially limit upgrades down the line.


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Marketing Magic: Untold Profit in Customer Relationships

Contracting Newsletters Worth Their Weight in Gold
By Adams Hudson
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How costly is it to build and keep a relationship? More importantly, how costly is it not to build the relationship? You’re about to find out.


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Selectiveness Key to Success at Home Shows

Contractors Discuss How to Effectively Exhibit at Home Shows
By Nicole Krawcke
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 For some, it’s not so much about the quantity of shows participated in anymore, but more about the quality of the events.


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App Zone: Aug. 18, 2014

Mobile Applications for the HVACR Professional
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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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