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Gas Furnace Maintenance

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This article provides recommended gas furnace maintenance procedures. The performance and operation of the furnace should be checked every year. This ensures the furnace owner of receiving the best possible performance and comfort from the equipment.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 13: Installer Rewards, And More

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I have to nag and plead with my installers to do what they're being paid to do. They rarely finish their jobs on time, they use more materials than they're supposed to, and then they generate callbacks. Got any suggestions?
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Multi-Building Internet Demand-Response System Tested

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Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) have completed the first successful test of automated demand response in five large buildings.
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Hudson Technologies Becomes Energy Star Partner

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Hudson Technologies announced that it has become an Energy Star® Service and Product Provider Partner. Hudson will now begin offering its Performance Optimization services, designed to improve the operating efficiency of refrigeration systems, under the Energy Star banner to industrial and commercial companies.
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Btu Buddy 23: Handling A Frozen Outdoor Coil On A Heat Pump

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In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob finds a frozen outdoor coil on a heat pump that will not defrost. Btu Buddy helps in determining the problem.
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Certification Guide Provides Solid Reference

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HVACR service technicians, and aspiring technicians, now have a comprehensive guidebook to assist them in gaining various certifications: the HVAC Technician Certification Exam Guide.
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How To Avoid Bad Marketing Advice

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Lots of "experts" are ready and willing to tell you what you should be doing to promote your business and increase sales. But some of them are flat-out wrong. How can you sift the good from the bad? Here are some basic principles.
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Forced Air Zoning: Friend Or Foe?

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Do you truly understand the advantages that zoning offers not only to customers, but also contractors? This article details the basic concept and benefits of zoning.
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Water Quality Guidelines For Evaporative Cooling Products

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A proper water treatment program, administered under the supervision of a competent water treatment specialist, is an essential part of routine maintenance to ensure the safe operation and longevity of evaporative cooling equipment. Here are some treatment tips.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 12: Making Money, And More

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I sometimes get the techs to do more than the job they were called to do. I sometimes get the daily sales numbers posted. I sometimes hold the weekly sales meeting. I sometimes do sales training. And I sometimes make money.
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