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Fifteen Essentials of a Residential HVAC Tune-Up

April 8, 2013
It’s well recognized that your car or truck needs regular maintenance. HVAC contractors and technicians likewise emphasize to their residential customers that their HVAC system needs a regular tune-up to keep the unit up and running and provide optimum performance. Here are 15 essentials of a residential HVAC tune-up.


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Polypropylene Pipe Helps Ease Elementary School’s Transition to Geothermal

School District Leverages Grant Money to Upgrade Heating System
April 8, 2013
The Park Orchard Elementary retrofit included replacing classroom heating systems. The Kent School District was awarded a $1 million-plus grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for project design enhancements including the installation of a ground-source heat pump system.


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Five Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level

April 8, 2013
Almost on a daily basis, news reports detail the marketplace factors that can affect businesses large and small. No matter what potentially game-changing information is coming out of Washington, D.C., though, there are winning strategies that not only endure but should be part of every workplace’s culture.


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GSA Completes Restoration of Hipolito Federal Building

April 8, 2013
The General Services Administration (GSA) has completed the restoration of the Hipolito Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio. The renovated building is expected to achieve a 38.8 percent reduction in energy usage, which will result in energy cost savings of approximately $87,515 per year.


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Btu Buddy 120: Heat Pump No Heat Call - Part 1

March 18, 2013
Bob and Tim were on their way to a service contract routine procedure when the dispatcher called and asked them to go to a residence that had no heat and had a very sick family member. They needed heat as quickly as possible.


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How to Bid and Win Air Sealing Jobs

March 18, 2013
For HVAC contractors looking to increase sales, weatherization services like air sealing can be a natural extension of their businesses, offering many professionals a way to boost profits and reduce outsourcing. Bidding an air sealing job, however, can be an intimidating process. Here are a few easy steps to simplify the bidding process.


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Impact of Decision Holding President Obama’s NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional

March 18, 2013
On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) ruled that President Obama had unconstitutionally appointed three board members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Thus, the NLRB has lacked its required quorum of three members for the past year, calling all of its decisions into question.


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Melink Supplies Solar for Cedarville University

March 18, 2013
Cedarville University will soon be receiving clean, renewable energy from the sun via a 2,154 kilowatt solar array on the southwest edge of campus. Power is expected to begin flowing in April. 


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Modular A/C Unit That’s Not Cooling

March 4, 2013
In this month’s troubleshooting situation, we’re taking you to a school, but not to the equipment room of the main building. Instead, it’s a modular classroom (similar to a double-wide manufactured home) that is brand new, and employs a heating/cooling unit that mounts on one end of the building. 


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Mohegan Sun Improves IAQ While Saving Energy

March 4, 2013
One aspect of Mohegan Sun’s green initiatives is to improve energy efficiency. The challenge is to find ways to maximize efficiency without sacrificing indoor environmental quality. One way that Mohegan Sun achieves this balance is by implementing a ventilation solution known as demand controlled ventilation or DCV.


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