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ASHRAE to Address Industry’s Big Needs

Conference Will Focus on Big Projects, Big Results

The conference, along with the AHR Expo, are historically ASHRAE’s best-attended events, giving attendees from around the world the opportunity to discuss the latest topics in the building industry.

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Pairing Emerging Refrigerants with Appropriate Systems

Refrigerants, Design, and Commissioning Come into Consideration

Papers and presentations showcased at the most recent Food Marketing Institute Energy & Store Development Conference demonstrated the sector’s move away from high-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and toward more efficient equipment.

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The Professor: Bluetooth Remote System Monitoring

Handy Tool for Multitasking Techs

Bluetooth technology is a wireless standard that exchanges data wirelessly over short distances (100 meters) using radio wave frequency transmissions.

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Ice Breaker: The Necessity of Cleaning Ice Machines

Cleanliness Necessary for Safe, Efficient Operation

Regularly cleaning commercial ice machines is a necessary part of ensuring their continued and safe operation. 

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My Two Cents: The Evolution of Our Maintenance Agreement Program

Service Contracts Help Preserve a Company’s Future

If you follow these steps diligently and patiently, you will find the effort will bring returns many times over. Just remember, you are not trying to make a killing with your maintenance agreements, you are simply preserving your company’s future for many years ahead.

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Build Your Business: Email Marketing

More Tips to Get Your Message Comfortably in Customers’ Inboxes

In part one of this two-part series, I explained the importance of email marketing and what contractors and business owners in the heating and cooling industry need to do to effectively set up email accounts. Now that we have covered those points, let’s take a deeper dive into creating and launching a successful email marketing campaign.

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Manage Your Insurance Budget Wisely

Tips and Tricks for Maximizing Your Insurance Coverage

Designing proper coverage and having a complete awareness of the direct costs associated with each of these objectives can go a long way toward improving a company’s bottom line. 

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VRF Retrofit Provides Texas Bank with Protection, Performance

Iconic Building Boasts Efficient, Effective Results Following HVAC Upgrade

The design, installation, and rooftop aesthetics of a recent HVAC retrofit at the four-story Texas State Bank (TSB) in Texas promises to serve as a role model for future U.S. VRF projects.

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CT Tech Educates and Inspires Next-gen Techs

State-run Schools Prepare Students for Careers in the Trades

At the schools, students receive excellent training, and, upon graduation, each student receives a trade endorsement. This alone is noteworthy because graduates are then exempt from having to take the related instruction hours associated with an apprenticeship. 

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Strengthening the ‘V’ in HVAC

Ventilation Education Is an Important Aspect of the HVAC Trade

Gone are the days of just providing heating and cooling. In order to stay in the comfort business, we must learn ever-changing building materials, code changes, and code program standards that include the installation of ventilation in homes that used to breathe on their own.

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2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson,an experienced trade school and community college instructor, discusses the HVAC industry and his column in The NEWS, ‘The Service Ticket.’ Listen now for a hint to the Not Enough Heat question from the Dec. 15 issue. Posted Jan. 30.

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2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

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