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Filters And Air Contamination In A Building

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 20: Hiring The Right Managers, And More

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My partner and I thought if we grew our company big enough that we could hire some managers and things wouldn't be so hard, but we're still working 60 to 80 hours a week. Did we hire the wrong managers?
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