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Background Checks: Legal, Moral?

Contractors Discuss If, Why They Examine a Prospect’s History Before Hiring

Many contracting companies consider background checks a requirement as their employees spend a significant amount of time in customers’ homes, but conducting those blanket background checks could land employers in legal hot water.

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Retrofitting PSC Motors with ECMs

Replacing PSC Motors with ECMs Can Boost Bottom Line, Improve Customer Comfort

While not all contractors consistently offer ECMs, those who do often report increased profits as well as improved customer comfort and satisfaction.

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Manufacturers Strive to Meet Standards

Furnace Fan, Electric Motor Standards Drive Competition While Presenting Challenges

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued more than a dozen final rules that directly or indirectly impact the HVACR industry. Two, in particular, directly regulate minimum efficiency requirements for HVAC motors.

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Duct Dynasty: Duct Design and Proper Airflow

Coil Pressure Drop, Fan Capacity Important Factors to Consider

Taking a few minutes to investigate your component selection on the airside can help point out if that default duct design has the potential to work or if it is doomed from the start.

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Financing Is Holding Back the ‘Energy Revolution’

The Payoff is There, States Former President Bill Clinton

Renewable energy and energy efficiency could bring about an “energy revolution,” said former President Bill Clinton in his keynote speech at the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress.

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Nexstar Highlights Contractor Marketing at Super Meeting

Super Meeting Draws Nearly 500 Contractors to Phoenix

The business networking organization’s most recent meeting drew a record 467 plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical contractors to Phoenix in September.

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My Two Cents: Work Less, Make More

Measure Success on Profit Rather than Amount of Work

If we have this flexibility, then we are not forced, nor tempted, to take those jobs that are out of our sweet spot and which invariably cost us money. 

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Furnace Standard Fans the Flames

DOE Rule Regulates Components for the First Time

Manufacturers will initially bear the brunt of this change, as they will need to redesign their furnace lines in order to comply with the new standard, which takes effect in 2019. 

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Power Shift in Congress to Impact HVAC

Gridlock May Continue, Despite Republican Control of 114th Congress

While some industry leaders think the power shift may help loosen the gridlock that has plagued the 113th Congress, others are less optimistic.

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Condensing Furnaces Require Special Care

Sophisticated Systems Require More Comprehensive, Consistent Maintenance

There is no question there are some chilly months ahead, and homeowners will expect their expensive condensing furnaces to operate without fail, even on the coldest days. 

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Kari Arfstrom, executive director of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, talks about the upcoming HVACR & Mechanical Conference. Posted on Jan. 23.

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