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Btu Buddy 146: No Cooling Call on a Heat Pump

Bob and Tim were at a no cooling call, the first of the year. They turned the thermostat to cooling and put it on a low setting so the heat pump would come on and stay on. They went to the outdoor unit and felt the leaving air and the piping and Tim said, “The unit is running in the heating mode. I wonder what is going on?”

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Legionella, Your Customers, and ASHRAE 188P

Now is a good time for contractors — along with facility operators and engineering firms — to take a close look at ASHRAE’s pending Legionella standard. ASHRAE 188P, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems,” could become a standard as early as July if the latest comments do not warrant another public review.

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NLRB Weighs in on Employee Handbook Guidelines

Report Provides a Roadmap for Employers on What the NLRB Considers Lawful and Unlawful

When Wendy’s International LLC created its employee handbook, the company probably never imagined it would become the poster child for what not to do. Yet the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held up Wendy’s efforts as an example of illegal, overbroad rules and regulations in violation of federal labor laws.

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Using Low-Grade Waste Steam to Power Absorption Chillers

Compared to Mechanical Chillers, They Can Substantially Reduce Operating Costs

Absorption chillers use heat, instead of mechanical energy, to provide cooling. The mechanical vapor compressor is replaced by a thermal compressor that consists of an absorber, a generator, a pump, and a throttling device.

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Seven Steps to Innovation

Cracking the Code to Success

Everyone says they want innovation in their organization, but when an ambitious employee offers it, the idea is often shot down. Senior leaders often miss the value-creating potential of a new concept because they either don’t take the time to really listen and delve into it, or the innovating employee presents it in the wrong way.

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Report Highlights Potential for Refrigeration Remanufacturing

Better Environmental Option Than Either Sending Products to Landfill or Disassembling for Recycling

A United Kingdom report from an influential cross-party group of members of parliament (MPs) has highlighted the potential for remanufacturing as a way to reduce both costs and carbon, with refrigerated display cases selected as a key area for improvement.

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2015 ACCA Conference

Images from the 2015 ACCA Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Posted on April 8, 2015.


NEWSMakers: Clint Schreck

Clint Schreck, general manager, Columbus Worthington Air, Columbus, Ohio, discusses winning Angie’s List Super Service Award, how to handle online reviews, and much more.

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2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

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