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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 21: Business Fundamentals, And More

November 11, 2005
What are the business skills that an owner must master? I'm strong technically and I'm pretty good at selling stuff but my staff's performance is hit-and-miss in both these areas. What am I missing?
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Filters And Air Contamination In A Building

November 11, 2005
A properly functioning air filter system provides cleaner and safer air to building occupants. It also makes the HVAC system operate more efficiently and extends equipment life. This article provides details on air filter systems.
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Competing In Mature Industries

October 31, 2005
Mature industries are characterized by an excess supply of competition too willing to discount and eroding margins, profits, and returns. The best way to compete is to provide niche or customized solutions rather than compete on price.
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Servicing Gas Appliances – Part 1

October 28, 2005
This article is part one of a three-part series on inspecting and servicing gas appliances. This part covers infiltration air and the ventilation air test, equipment efficiency, venting, and the three-part testing procedure for checking a heat exchanger.
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Thermal Energy Storage: Looking Back 15 Years

October 28, 2005
Thermal energy storage is an energy conservation tool as well as an environmentally friendly and economically attractive alternative to new electric generation capacity. The installation highlighted in this article provides more information about its benefits.
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Btu Buddy 31: A Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air

October 14, 2005
In this edition of the Btu Buddy series, Bob goes on a call where the customer is complaining about their heat pump blowing cold air. Bob explains the differences between a heat pump and furnace, and makes a couple adjustments to the system.
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U.S. Coast Guard Demonstrates Successful Fuel Cell

October 14, 2005
Through the use of a fuel cell at Air Station Cape Cod, by utilizing the unit's recovered heat for domestic hot water use, the station gained a total net savings of almost $24,000 in operating expenses over the course of a year.
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Real Profits – Accountability

October 14, 2005
In sales, each cubicle is considered a separate profit center; likewise, each service truck should also be considered one. If you don't know how much each truck is generating, you have no control of your company and you're operating in the dark.
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Quick Facts: Migration And Pump Down Systems

September 30, 2005
This article discusses what migration is and how to prevent it, as well as what a pump down system is, when it should be used, and its advantage.
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Using Industry Software To Manage And Grow Your Business

September 30, 2005
Many contracting companies are turning to scheduling and dispatch software and wireless technology to help them make their businesses more profitable. Here's an example of how one contractor made the move.
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