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Btu Buddy 134: An Unusual Service Call

May 19, 2014

Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call. The spring season was still cool at night and warm in the daytime. The customer told the dispatcher, “The unit started up at about 10:30 a.m. this morning and made a noise, but did not cool the house, even though it is still running.”


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Optimizing Hotel Efficiency and Comfort

System Provides Intelligent Energy Management
May 19, 2014

The challenge presented by Neema Hospitality, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was that the company wanted to maximize energy efficiency while maintaining guest comfort and loyalty, improve profitability without increasing room rates, and augment operational efficiency with remote monitoring capability.


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When Workers’ Comp, ADA, and FMLA Intersect, the Complexity Increases

Employers Should Brace for Three Times the Headache
May 19, 2014

Taken separately, workers’ compensation laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) represent complicated laws that are often difficult to figure out. When workers must be absent from the workplace under two or three of these laws, the situation becomes even more complex.


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European HFC Producers Support Global Phase-Down under Montreal Protocol

EFTC Calls for a Reduction in HFC Consumption
May 19, 2014

HFC producers’ body, the EFTC (European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee) has issued a position paper encouraging adoption of the proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol for a global HFC cap and phase-down.


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Wall-Hung Gas Boiler Helps Innkeeper Cut Utility Bills by 67 Percent

Heating and Domestic Hot Water System Provides Superior Energy Efficiency
May 19, 2014

Innkeeper Matt Mattingly of Gorham, Maine, is no longer among the many American home and business property owners who dread hefty winter utility bills and fuel cost increases. That all changed five years ago when he installed a Baxi wall-hung gas boiler.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: An A/C System That’s Not Keeping the House Comfortable

May 5, 2014

In this month’s troubleshooting situation, our customer’s description of the problem is “not cooling” and “blowing warm air,” and the equipment that is supposed to keep this residence comfortable is a split system that has been in service for 16 years.


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Hands-Free HVAC Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

System Approach Makes Troubleshooting Faster, Easier, and More Affordable
May 5, 2014

Among the more stressful challenges facing HVAC service providers is meeting customer demands for rapid diagnosis and repair of their systems. For many HVAC contractors the solution can be found in a compact electronic measurement system that can monitor and log the status of all HVAC functions.


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The Importance of Putting a ‘Smile’ in Your Voice

On the Telephone, Your Voice Accounts for 84 Percent of Your Effectiveness
May 5, 2014

Don’t assume your customers cannot see you when you talk to them on the telephone. Okay, they can’t physically see you, but they can see your attitude. They can see how important you think they are.


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Solar Water Heating Installed on 11-Story Affordable Housing Project

System Provides Renewable Heat for Hundreds of Low-Income Senior Residents in Southern California
May 5, 2014

Promise Energy celebrated the installation of the largest solar water heating system in the city of Norwalk at the grand opening of the Norwalk Tower, an 11-story 185-unit affordable housing retrofit project.


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Btu Buddy 133: Evaporator Coil Freezing, Low Ambient Problems

April 21, 2014

Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call, their first of the season, when Tim asked, “Wonder why we would have a no cooling call this time of year? It is only 75°F during the day and 40° at night.”


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