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Btu Buddy 123: Devastated 20-Ton Condensing Unit - Part 2

June 24, 2013
Bob and Tim were driving to the job they left yesterday and talking over what needs to be done today, when Tim asked, “How are we going to move the condensing unit we disconnected to the new location so we can connect it to the system where we disconnected the defective condensing unit? You said you had a plan.”


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Steps in Optimizing a Building to Operate as a High Performance Building

Energy Efficiency Has Made Its Way to the Top of Many Organizations’ To-Do Lists
June 24, 2013
The energy efficiency of commercial buildings has improved over the last several decades, but the HVAC industry has only scratched the surface when it comes to squeezing the energy waste out of underperforming buildings.


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Top 10 Best Practices in Workers’ Comp

Managing the Different Aspects of Workers’ Comp
June 24, 2013
Dealing with injuries, managing workers’ compensation issues, and getting people back on the job can be complicated, expensive, and time-consuming. In order to manage the expenses, time, and effort involved with the different aspects of workers’ comp, here are 10 best practices.


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Job Seeker Questions That Are Better Left Unsaid

Survey Reveals the Most Unusual Questions from Job Applicants
June 24, 2013
It’s often said there are no bad questions, but an OfficeTeam survey suggests otherwise. Human resources managers were asked to recount the most unusual or surprising question they have heard a job seeker ask during an interview. Here are some of their responses.


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HVACR Tips: Ladder Safety

Set Your Ladder at the Proper Angle, Make Sure It Is Secure
June 10, 2013
Don‘t brush off ladder safety rules because you‘ve used ladders all your life. You may learn a thing or two.


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Palmer Helps Benchmark Improve Cash Flow

Field Service Management Solution Operates Via Internet or Smartphones
June 10, 2013
With years of experience working with small businesses and technology, Brent Clark Palmer has always looked for the best solution for whatever company he’s worked for. Joining up with Benchmark Air Conditioning Inc., Bakersfield, Calif., Palmer has helped the business grow in his time there.


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Website Management for HVACR Service Managers

Tips for Developing and Maintaining a Better Website
June 10, 2013
An HVACR service manager or service company owner in pursuit of excellence should be actively involved in the maintenance and almost-constant evolution of their website. Approaching it via a blend of the available options makes it manageable.


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New Energy Secretary Will Focus on Energy Efficiency

DOE Will Continue to Push for Efficiency Improvements
June 10, 2013
The case for energy efficiency in the United States is this — every year, much of the energy that the U.S. consumes is wasted. That’s why during his first public speech, the new Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, said he was making energy efficiency a focal point during his tenure.


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Btu Buddy 122: Devastated 20-Ton Condensing Unit - Part 1

May 20, 2013
Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call at a commercial building location. This is a large manufacturing plant that has a number of installations. They arrive and talk to the maintenance man and he tells them which unit it is and goes with them to the area that the unit serves. It is a large room served by a 20-ton split system.


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Chilled Beams: What They Are, Why You Should Use Them

May 20, 2013
A chilled beam is an air distribution device with an integral coil that may be installed within a space in order to provide sensible cooling and heating. There are two main types of chilled beams: active and passive.


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