You’ve got an exceptional applicant for an opening in the field service department. The person has good mechanical aptitude and good social skills. But there’s a problem. A check of the applicant’s driving record turns up an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. What do you do?
During the discussion in the forum “Methods for Estimating Maintenance Costs” at the 2002 ASHRAE Winter Meeting, it was noted that no original maintenance cost data have been surveyed since about 30 years ago.
“Should a sustainable building last forever?” was one question asked at the session, “What is Sustainability and How Can It Be Achieved?” The forum was part of the 2002 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Meeting here.
Before you even worry about what to say when they tell you your price is too high, do you have a way to present the price to the customer — a way that is almost guaranteed to ensure survival on the call? That would be important, wouldn’t it?
When The News asked for additional comments at the end of the article “Aluminum Vs. Copper: The Great Condensing Coil Debate” (Feb. 18, The News), the floodgates opened. Out rushed Trane and American Standard dealer-contractors.
The test instruments on display at the 2002 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) were all about updating and improving old models to make them lighter, more versatile, and more technologically impressive.
Just when you thought it was safe to count on the Department of Energy (DOE) to finally institute its long awaited new federal standard for central air conditioners and heat pumps — most likely, 12 SEER — California now weighs in with a proposed higher state standard of 13 SEER. Plus, to make the issue even more jumbled, the U.S. Senate is now debating its energy bill, which includes proposed language that would legislate 13 SEER nationally.