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Website Management for HVACR Service Managers

Tips for Developing and Maintaining a Better Website
By Jim Johnson
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An HVACR service manager or service company owner in pursuit of excellence should be actively involved in the maintenance and almost-constant evolution of their website. Approaching it via a blend of the available options makes it manageable.


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New Energy Secretary Will Focus on Energy Efficiency

DOE Will Continue to Push for Efficiency Improvements
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The case for energy efficiency in the United States is this — every year, much of the energy that the U.S. consumes is wasted. That’s why during his first public speech, the new Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, said he was making energy efficiency a focal point during his tenure.


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Btu Buddy 122: Devastated 20-Ton Condensing Unit - Part 1

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Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call at a commercial building location. This is a large manufacturing plant that has a number of installations. They arrive and talk to the maintenance man and he tells them which unit it is and goes with them to the area that the unit serves. It is a large room served by a 20-ton split system.


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Chilled Beams: What They Are, Why You Should Use Them

By Thomas Gibson and Mindy Espinosa
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A chilled beam is an air distribution device with an integral coil that may be installed within a space in order to provide sensible cooling and heating. There are two main types of chilled beams: active and passive.


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Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Be Sure to Comply With All Applicable Federal and State Laws
By Richard D. Alaniz
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Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.


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NREL and Stanford Team up on Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Cells Could Power Portable Devices and Sensors
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It may be possible soon to power products with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Split System That’s Still Sitting Dead

By Jim Johnson
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In this month’s troubleshooting problem we have a homeowner who has attempted to repair his own equipment, and he has replaced two components. The original symptom of the split system sitting dead still exists.


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Service Manager Course Leads to New HVAC Service Shop

Rick Martinez Opened Home Environment Solutions LLC on March 1
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Husband and wife team Rick and Kelly Martinez had been kicking around the idea of opening their own HVAC service shop for a few years but could never gather enough information to feel comfortable making the leap. The International Training Institute’s (ITI) Service Manager Course, however, made the difference.


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The Big Three: Direct Mail Marketing Fundamentals to Get Results Fast

How to Get Ultimate Postcard Marketing Results for Your Small Business
By Joy Gendusa
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Marketing can be a complicated process, and postcard marketing is no different. It takes a lot of trial and error to get the hang of it. Luckily for you, I have 20 years of firsthand trial and error marketing experience. That means I can tell you the proven ways to get results, so you can avoid the pitfalls most marketers go through.


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George W. Bush Presidential Center Certified LEED Platinum

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The new George W. Bush Presidential Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, its highest level of certification. It is the first presidential library to earn LEED Platinum certification for new construction.


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