So you’re on a service call; you’ve completed the inspection, gone out to your truck, decided what needs to be done on this call, and written up your “Paper Towel Close” (as described last month, “Presenting The Price When Running Service Calls,” March 18, page 14). Carry in all the necessary tools, parts, mats, etc., before quoting the price and getting permission to proceed.
In many motels, you will see that the primary method of heating and cooling is the packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC). But the PTAC is not the only choice for lodging establishments.
For the Campus Inn Motor Lodge in Beaver Dam, ductless is the new method for climate control. But the Campus Inn did not switch from PTAC to ductless. The Inn went from one central hvac system to ductless heating and cooling.
Plenty of R&D went into the creation of the new residential products from Trane Residential Systems. The company’s senior management team was more than happy to elaborate on the creation of its XLi air conditioners and heat pumps, plus its “new-and-improved” two-stage gas furnaces and air handlers, at a Media Day event in Tyler, TX, recently.
A new proposed sound standard for classrooms, specifying a maximum background noise of 35 dBA, which the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) says is “equivalent to a soft whisper at five feet,” was brought before the International Building Code (IBC) General Committee on April 12 for possible inclusion in building codes. The measure, which was not approved, would have been quite costly, according to hvacr and building industry representatives.
The News’ Cooling Showcase coverage focuses this week on systems under 5 tons. In addition to the residential/light commercial cooling showcase chart provided on our home page, The News is highlighting the industry’s latest residential and light commercial cooling products in this feature.
At the Earth Technologies Forum here, the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy announced the release of a new Arthur D. Little report providing a comparative analysis of HFCs. The report states that HFCs have become the “preferred replacements” for hvacr and other applications because of their safety characteristics and the potential to provide substantial cost savings.
Members of Contractors 2000 (C2000) swarmed into Tempe, AZ, in late March to not only enjoy the 90-degree temperatures, but also to attend the group’s Super Meeting XXI. The meeting this year was all about how to manage people, and just about every session reflected that topic.