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Consumer Search Behavior Shows Mobile Is Growing

Mobile Climbs as Consumers Continue to Adopt Online Purchasing Habits
March 10, 2014

DAC Group and Kantar have released the results of their latest consumer search behavior survey. Results in the categories of general consumer search behavior, mobile, and social search show steady trending in digital adoption.


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European Spotlight

India Blocks HFC Phasedown, Spain Approves F-Gas Tax

India Is Concerned About Economics, Spain Will Not Tax First Refrigerant Charge in New Equipment
March 10, 2014

India has continued to block the move for a global HFC phasedown at a meeting of Montreal Protocol nations due to concerns over cost and availability of technology. Spain has approved the introduction of a tax on f-gases that will see refrigerants being taxed at up to €20 per tonne of CO2 equivalent by 2016.


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European Spotlight

R-22 Phase Out — HCFC’s Final Orders

Now Is the Time to Act and Replace R-22
March 3, 2014

Europe is now only a year away from a total ban on R-22 and other hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). And Peter Dinnage warns, the HVAC industry has to act fast to get the message across to customers.


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Btu Buddy 131: Oil Burner Service Call

February 17, 2014

Bob and Tim were on their way to an oil heat service call. It is cold and the owner has no heat. Tim read the service ticket for today and said, “The owner says that the burner won’t burn and makes a sputtering sound for a few minutes and shuts off.”


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Wireless Instruments Increase Accuracy, Streamline Service

Do It Better and Shorten Time on the Job
February 17, 2014

Successful contractors are always looking for ways to be more efficient and do a better job. Using wireless instruments to take all measurements simultaneously can make the job easier and better, resulting in quicker, more accurate diagnoses and a system that’s optimized for peak performance. 


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Best Practices in Hiring: Reducing Turnover and Limiting Liability

By Putting a Little Effort into Finding Quality Employees, Employers Can Reduce Turnover
February 17, 2014

Finding good employees is a key step in retaining employees and thus reducing turnover. There are a number of steps employers can take to help improve their hiring procedures.


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Pepco Awarded Performance Contract from U.S. Army

Contract Has an Initial Design and Construction Value of Approximately $8 Million
February 17, 2014

Pepco Energy Services Inc. has been awarded a task order to implement a comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass.


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Furnace Ignitor Problem

February 3, 2014

One of the most common furnace problems that I see is when the furnace hot surface ignitor will not glow. The furnace may have a bad ignitor, loose wire connections, open limit switch, open rollout switch, open pressure switch, or bad control board. This is what you might see in the furnace sequence of operation.


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Six Tips to Avoid Inventory Nightmares

Make Sure Your Inventory Matches Your Needs
February 3, 2014

Wake up in a cold sweat at the thought of inefficient inventory counting? Does the thought of lost source code scare you? The art of logistics is challenging, but when mistakes are made, don’t let the scare be something that was preventable. The boogey-man has nothing on these inventory nightmares.


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Employers Share Most Memorable Interview Blunders

Nearly Half of Employers Know if a Candidate is a Good Fit Within the First Five Minutes
February 3, 2014

When it comes to a job interview, the first few minutes may be the most crucial. A new survey from CareerBuilder finds that nearly half (49 percent) of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or bad fit for the position, and 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes.


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