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CO2 Refrigerant Growth Continues Globally

Number of CO2 Applications Growing in Domestic Settings, Too
By Peter Powell
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CO2 as a refrigerant has been a part of the refrigeration landscape for close to a decade and continues to gain more and more attention in the states in refrigeration applications. Most recently, CO2 was showcased as a hot topic at the Food Marketing Institute Expo in Chicago.


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My Two Cents: I Fought the Law and the Law Won

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them and Lead Them
By Butch Welsch
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As we all know, today’s HVAC equipment is not our forefather’s HVAC equipment, and the need to have trained and tested workers is more important than it has ever been.


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HVAC: Let’s Make a Deal

Acquisitions Growing More Attractive as HVAC Market Swings Upward
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With strengthening economic conditions, access to inexpensive financing, and the leading players’ never-ending desire to grow, it is no surprise to anyone serving the HVAC industry that big-ticket acquisitions continue to hit the newswire with regular frequency. 


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Touting the Benefits of Residential Geothermal HVAC Systems

Industry Groups Educate Homeowners About GHPs
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Optimism remains high that the federal government will extend existing tax credits beyond 2016, and local utilities and state governments will start (or continue) offering incentives to encourage homeowners to invest in GHPs.


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More HVAC Contractors Creating Mobile Apps

Price, Return on Investment Make Mobile Applications Advantageous to Contractors
By Matt Bishop
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As contractors begin the process of a cost analysis, many are finding that mobile apps can be introduced without a significant investment.


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Perfecting Residential Geothermal HVAC Design, Installation

Better Training Leads to Fewer Problems when Installing Geothermal
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Fortunately, more information is now available to help contractors avoid making costly mistakes when designing or installing GHP systems.


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A Look at Today’s Geothermal Heat Pumps

New Residential Geothermal Products Feature Higher Efficiencies, Renewable Qualities
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Geothermal heat pumps are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available because they use the earth’s natural heat to provide heating, cooling, and, often, water heating. 


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CHP Gaining Widespread Interest

Reduced Costs, Accurate Metering, and Freedom from the Grid are Key
By Jack Sine
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As long as accurate measurements are included, CHP adds up to a win-win for most everyone involved.


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Expansion Tank Pressurization

Improper Air-side Pressurization ‘Wastes’ some of the Internal Volume
By John Siegenthaler, PE
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Having the proper air-side pre-pressurization prevents system water from entering the expansion tank, until the water begins expanding due to heating. 


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App Zone: July 28, 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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