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Virtual Audits Become Reality

New Technology Collects Energy Data Remotely

To figure out which efficiency improvements make the most sense, owners usually turn to HVAC professionals to conduct comprehensive energy audits, which are used to thoroughly evaluate existing mechanical systems. While energy audits have traditionally occurred on-site, some firms are offering virtual energy audits.


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Overcoming High-performance Building Obstacles

Challenges, Opportunities Abound for Savvy HVAC Contractors

With today’s technology, it’s possible for a high-performance building to integrate and optimize all its major functions while also ensuring energy efficiency and comfort. Yet, while opportunities abound for HVAC contractors in this niche, many say there are still barriers restricting the growth of high-performance buildings.


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Optimizing Building Energy Use

System Integration, Advanced Diagnostics Boost High-performance Facilities

The goal of a high-performance building is to optimize its performance and energy use at all times, in all conditions. And, trends in smart controls and system integration are making this goal more achievable than ever before.


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Duct Dynasty: Verifying Proper Design through Performance Measurements

Tips to Ensure the Accuracy of Your HVAC Installations

A couple of months ago, I addressed the topic of how proper HVAC system design could not guarantee the installed performance of a system. Since that article, I have received a number of emails requesting I go into further detail about the measurements I mentioned and how to verify the installed performance of a system.


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My Two Cents: Basic HVAC Contracting Budget Accounting

Determining the Volume You Need to Cover Overhead and Turn

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to contemplate your budgets for 2015. I realize the training required to be an HVAC tech is different from being an accountant, and many contractors started their careers working with tools before becoming a contractor; however, some rudimentary knowledge of accounting is important.


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Don’t Overlook the Trees

Modern Approaches to Wood-fired Hydronic Heating

Long before Americans had access to natural gas, propane, fuel oil, or electricity, and long before there were automatically controlled central heating systems, wood was the most commonly used heating fuel.


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Preparing for a Future Without R-22

Production, Importation of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon to Cease in 2020

Proactive HVAC contractors have been working to educate their employees and clients on the inevitable phaseout. And, with the price of R-22 already starting to rise in many areas, educated contractors are finding it easier to convince customers to replace aging R-22 units with newer, more efficient models.


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