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Controls System Gets Thumbs Up From Contractors

By Joanna R. Turpin
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Ddc is worth re-evaluating when contractors are calling the “ComfortID” system a “pleasure to install,” “a true delight,” and “a walk in the park.”
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Honorable Mention: Steven J. Flaherty, hvacr instructor from Triangle Tech in Pittsburgh, PA

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Twenty years of dedication to both the industry and his students, is evident through donations he's rallied for, field trips he's planned and his efforts in starting a Student Chapter of Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) at his school.
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Runner-Up: Scott Gallus, hvacr instructor at Prosser Career Academy, Chicago, IL

By Peter Powell
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Gallus mixes textbook study and hands-on training with 8th and 9th graders so they will opt to enter the hvacr program at Prosser. Then he works with 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to provide them enough training so they can continue in a post-secondary school, join a contracting or wholesaler company, or apprenticeship program of a union.
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Don’t be fooled; Process cooling is far different from comfort cooling

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So you’re a commercial contractor who’s thinking about extending your scope into industrial and process markets? Here’s some information to chew on.
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Elementary school chills out with new, energy-efficient system

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Washington Elementary School used a pair of air-cooled reciprocating compressor chillers that were installed when the building was completed 20 years ago.
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Contractor Success Group founders develop new venture for plumbers

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Two entrepreneurs who organized the hvac-based Contractor Success Group (CSG) into a multimillion-dollar enterprise apparently want to do the same thing in the plumbing industry.
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Get more information on your dirty socks

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The April 5 News article, “A cure for the dreaded ‘Dirty Sock Syndrome’?,” has generated a large response from readers seeking more information. This “FAQ” should help.
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Dealer says proper ductwork installation key to efficiency

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Efficiency means more to Mike Stevenson, general manager of MJB Heating & Air Conditioning, than the rating on the equipment.
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Rifled tube: An effective answer in many applications

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Rifled tube, micro-finned tube, inner-grooved tube — it’s called by many different names, but means the same thing: copper tubing with small ridges formed on the inside.
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Coil corrosion by erosion: Don’t let it wear you down

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Here are some design and operating guidelines to help prevent erosion corrosion in water and steam coils.
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