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EPA Offers Tips on Proper Use of Programmable Thermostats

June 23, 2008
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched an effort to help Americans save on their summer cooling bills with advice on how to properly program their thermostat. HVAC contractors can pass along these tips to customers to help them stay cool while keeping more cash in their pockets.
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Air Filtration and Energy Efficiency

June 9, 2008
The energy used by HVAC systems is based on the resistance of the air passing through the filter; the lower the filter’s resistance, the lower the energy consumption will be. However, even though one speaks of filters, it is really the filter media that has the biggest effect on minimizing energy consumption.
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Extending a Motor's Operating Life

May 19, 2008
The operating environment, conditions of use (or misuse), and quality of preventive maintenance determine how quickly motor parts degrade. The best safeguard against thermal damage is avoiding conditions that contribute to overheating. Bearing failures account for nearly one-half of all motor failures.
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Aluminum Evaporators for Ammonia

May 5, 2008
Air-cooling evaporators used in ammonia systems have traditionally been made using galvanized (zinc-coated) carbon steel. There are other metals that are compatible with ammonia, including stainless steel and aluminum. Aluminum, in fact, can provide several benefits.
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The Impact of Air Duct Leakage

April 21, 2008
Air duct leakage should be a concern to both the designer and the building owner because of its potential impact on initial construction costs, energy usage, and system performance. No matter the size, the total benefit of the duct system is based and measured on the peak fan efficiency for that system.
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The Brazing Process - Six Basic Steps

April 7, 2008
The six basic steps of brazing are highlighted: good fit and proper clearance; cleaning the metals; fluxing the parts; assemble for brazing; brazing the assembly; and cleaning the brazed joint.
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Minimize Boiler Short Cycling Losses

March 24, 2008
Boiler “short cycling” occurs when an oversized boiler quickly satisfies process or space heating demands, and then shuts down until heat is again required. This article points out the inefficiency of short cycling and provides suggested actions to maximize boiler efficiency.
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Maintaining Control Systems and Identifying Problems

March 10, 2008
Remember that automatic control systems are automatic in operation, but not self-repairing. Unless a building has a service contract with a reputable controls contractor to inspect and calibrate the HVAC control system every six months, it is very likely that the HVAC system is not providing maximum comfort.
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To Wire or Not: The Imperatives of a Wireless Infrastructure

February 18, 2008
In a workspace world driven by demands for anytime, anywhere information, wireless technologies are becoming dominant. A flexible wireless infrastructure that supports IT networks, security applications, HVAC, and more is emerging as a surefire way to increase the value of commercial office space.
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How to Avoid a Data Disaster

February 4, 2008
While hackers and viruses often garner the most attention in the realm of computer threats, many contractors overlook the ways that physical damage can adversely impact their business. Computer hardware failure, power surges, and/or damage from flood or fire could destroy years of work orders, accounting records, and more.
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