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Ductwork Products Advance Installation

Advancements in Ductwork, Sheet Metal Fabrication Benefit Installers

With model building codes mandating tighter and tighter ductwork, and with homeowners and building owners desiring increasingly higher efficiencies from their ducted systems, many new products have hit the market to help builders and installers efficiently and effectively meet those requirements. 


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Boiler Sector Embraces Modulation and Wireless Connectivity

Manufacturers Designing more Internet-enabled, Highly Efficient Units

Not only are modulating gas condensing boilers more efficient, but they’re easier to operate, as many come designed with Internet connectivity and controls. In turn, contractors are enjoying the simplified installation procedures and maintenance routines such new-age boilers provide.


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Virtual Audits Become Reality

New Technology Collects Energy Data Remotely

To figure out which efficiency improvements make the most sense, owners usually turn to HVAC professionals to conduct comprehensive energy audits, which are used to thoroughly evaluate existing mechanical systems. While energy audits have traditionally occurred on-site, some firms are offering virtual energy audits.


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Overcoming High-performance Building Obstacles

Challenges, Opportunities Abound for Savvy HVAC Contractors

With today’s technology, it’s possible for a high-performance building to integrate and optimize all its major functions while also ensuring energy efficiency and comfort. Yet, while opportunities abound for HVAC contractors in this niche, many say there are still barriers restricting the growth of high-performance buildings.


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Optimizing Building Energy Use

System Integration, Advanced Diagnostics Boost High-performance Facilities

The goal of a high-performance building is to optimize its performance and energy use at all times, in all conditions. And, trends in smart controls and system integration are making this goal more achievable than ever before.


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Duct Dynasty: Verifying Proper Design through Performance Measurements

Tips to Ensure the Accuracy of Your HVAC Installations

A couple of months ago, I addressed the topic of how proper HVAC system design could not guarantee the installed performance of a system. Since that article, I have received a number of emails requesting I go into further detail about the measurements I mentioned and how to verify the installed performance of a system.


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My Two Cents: Basic HVAC Contracting Budget Accounting

Determining the Volume You Need to Cover Overhead and Turn

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to contemplate your budgets for 2015. I realize the training required to be an HVAC tech is different from being an accountant, and many contractors started their careers working with tools before becoming a contractor; however, some rudimentary knowledge of accounting is important.


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