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Btu Buddy 137: Heat Pump Problem in the Summer

Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call; in fact, it sounded like a heating call. The customer has a bonus room on the third floor that used to be attic space. When Bob and Tim arrived, the customer told them, “The bonus room upstairs seems much too hot and the air coming out of the registers is hot to the touch.”


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Biomass Boilers Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative, Says GSA

Testing Shows High Boiler Efficiency and Favorable Payback under Many Conditions

Advances in pellet combustion and control automation have recently positioned wood-pellet-fired biomass boilers as economical alternatives to traditional boilers. Their targeted use promises distinct benefits to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


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A ‘Year of Action’ Leads to Years of Regulation

Another Executive Order Increases Compliance Headaches for Federal Contractors

In keeping with his promise of a “year of action” during this year’s State of the Union address, on July 31, President Obama signed an executive order — entitled Fair and Safe Workplaces — that vastly extends the federal government’s enforcement reach over private federal contractors’ employment policies.


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Global A/C Market Starting to Warm Up

BSRIA World Air Conditioning Market Trends Reveal Increased Sales Worldwide

In 2013, the world air conditioning market was valued at $91.6 billion, having grown more than 6 percent compared with $86.8 billion in 2012 — evidence that the global a/c market is finally out of the woods. 


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Ammonia Chiller Provides Tailor-Made Refrigeration Solution for Ice Rink

Chiller Features a Very Low Ammonia Charge

Live Active Leisure needed to replace its existing system due to the legally imposed phaseout of HCFCs in the United Kingdom. Johnson Controls proposed the installation of an air-cooled ammonia chiller complete with heat recovery and a very low ammonia charge due to the location being close to a pedestrians’ footpath.


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Schneider Electric Completes Energy Retrofits to City Facilities in Kirksville, Mo.

Upgrades to Aging Infrastructure to Provide More Than $340,000 in Annual Savings

Schneider Electric has announced the completion of a facility improvement project as part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the city of Kirksville, Missouri. With more than $4.7 million in renovations, the ESPC is estimated to provide the city more than $340,000 in annual savings over the length of the contract.


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10 Easy Maintenance Tips to Save Energy on Cooling Towers

A Well Maintained Unit Will Continue to Function at the Original Optimum Efficiency

Save up to 15 percent on electricity costs with these simple preventive maintenance tips for cooling tower. Routine maintenance also helps to conserve water and extend the operating life of cooling equipment.


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Are Your Customers Being Overbilled for Energy?

Look at the Energy Data and Help Them Save

In every industry, companies are looking for ways to save on energy costs. This article provides a quick guide that examines several low-cost ways you can find energy savings for any facility. Among the savings areas, we’ll take a look at heating, lighting, electric motors, power factor correction, and more.


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Top 3 Reasons Small Businesses Should Stop Paying Rent

By Purchasing a Building, Business Owners Can Be Paying Themselves

Small business owners who are tired of paying rent and have a lease renewal on the horizon, should know there’s an alternative to renting — building ownership via a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program called SBA-504.


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Swegon Claims European Compact AHU Leadership with Purchase of Belgian Specialist

Scandinavian HVAC Supplier Swegon Continues Its Acquisitions with the Purchase of Air Handling and Heat Recovery Specialist P. Lemmens

Acquisitive HVAC firm Swegon has added air handling unit specialist P. Lemmens’ to its portfolio. The firm’s largest product area is compact air handling units with built-in controls. The product range also includes fans, air curtains, and products for heat recovery.


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