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U.S. Coast Guard Demonstrates Successful Fuel Cell

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

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

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

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

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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Pressurization Of Closed Hydronic Systems

Most modern hydronic heating and/or cooling systems are closed systems that must be maintained at some minimum pressure. This would seem to be a simple concept, but it is surprising how often a lack of attention to the basics can cause all kinds of problems.
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Using Equipment Leasing To Strategic Advantage

Most business executives are generally familiar with leasing. But executives facing lease vs. loan decisions may not fully know how the strategic use of equipment leasing can enhance financial performance and capital productivity.
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Btu Buddy 30: Repairing A Restricted Liquid Line

In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob goes on a no cooling call and finds a kink in the liquid line of the A/C system. Btu Buddy explains his choices for repairing the line.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 19: Bonus Program Rules, And More

We recently put in a bonus program to reward service techs and our sales are rising. But I'm concerned they may be out there recommending work that doesn't need to be done. Is there any way to keep them honest?
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Growing Your Business Through IAQ Particulate Profiling

Concern about indoor air quality (IAQ) is driving customers to have their IAQ situation assessed and, if necessary, repaired. IAQ has generated so much awareness that you may want to consider offering IAQ assessments to all of your customers as an extra service.
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2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson,an experienced trade school and community college instructor, discusses the HVAC industry and his column in The NEWS, ‘The Service Ticket.’ Listen now for a hint to the Not Enough Heat question from the Dec. 15 issue. Posted Jan. 30.

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Regional Standards

With regional standards for a/c equipment going into effect in 2015, how do you think it will impact the industry?
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2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

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