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The Economizer, In A Nutshell

May 1, 2004
The function of the economizer is, as its name implies, to "economize" or save on cooling costs. Learn more about the operation of economizers and get maintenance tips here.
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Consumers Use Multiple Forms Of Media At Same Time

May 1, 2004
With most media users saying they often try to absorb two or more forms of media at once, a new study has implications for marketing and advertising as well as online content providers - Who is paying attention to what, and when?
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The Benefits And Limitations Of Corrosion Coupons

April 17, 2004
An estimated one sixth of all steel production worldwide is used to replace corroded metal - much of it at cooling and process water piping systems. This article details the benefits and drawbacks of using corrosion coupons.
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Getting The Most From The Yellow Pages

April 17, 2004
Just under 75 percent of contractors spend over half of their marketing budgets in the Yellow Pages. However, this spending results in just 13.4 percent of HVAC sales. Here are some tips to improve Yellow Pages advertising.
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Btu Buddy 13: A Lunch Seminar With Bob And Btu Buddy

April 17, 2004
In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob and Btu Buddy meet at the local diner for lunch and discuss electric heat and the components that operate it.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 2: Damaged Tools, And More

March 31, 2004
I lend out tools and materials and they come back damaged ... if they come back at all. Any suggestions on how to remedy this problem?
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Preseason Air Conditioning Service

March 31, 2004
With the heating season winding down and the cooling season soon upon us, it is time to reconsider what is involved in proper cooling system maintenance.
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Commissioning: Quality Assurance For The Bottom Line

March 31, 2004
Commissioning starts by preventing errors in the most critical, early stages: planning and design. After the ground is broken, the process checks for correct installation and start-up. Only the next two stages, functional and performance testing, check for incorrect operation.
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Stick To Your Resolutions With An Action Plan

March 30, 2004
What is the best way to set goals and achieve them? Starting with a behavior-based plan is key. Here are some suggestions for goal setting and planning.
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Profits And Protection: The Benefits Of Surge Protection

March 19, 2004
What is the homeowner's No. 1 complaint regarding his HVAC system? It's downtime. What is the No. 1 cause of downtime? Other than poor maintenance or old age of the equipment, the leading cause is power quality.
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