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Forced Air Zoning: Friend Or Foe?

February 5, 2005
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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Help Customers Reduce Heating Bills This Winter

January 21, 2005
There are three overlooked sources of heat loss in the home - the folding attic stair, the fireplace, and the clothes dryer. Here are some tips and techniques to quickly and inexpensively seal and insulate these areas.
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Operations & Maintenance Focus Lowers Cost, Increases Efficiency

January 9, 2005
There are numerous measures that may improve fuel-use efficiency and reduce energy consumption - and the accompanying cost. The office of Federal Energy Management Programs offers the tips here for federal facilities, but they are also applicable to commercial facilities as well.
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Protecting Small Hydronic Systems In The Winter

December 23, 2004
In the fall and winter, Bell & Gossett gets many questions about protecting small residential hydronic heating systems. They cluster around two topics: (1) Adding antifreeze to provide corrosion and freeze protection and (2) Laying up the system before an extended winter vacation.
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Be The Contractor Of Choice: Provide A Quality Installation

December 11, 2004
A quality installation is an investment that can enhance your customer's comfort while saving them money over the life of their system. The federal government's Energy Star program provides the recommendations here to show that you are a quality contractor.
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Maximizing Chiller Efficiency

November 24, 2004
Chillers are the single largest energy-using component in most facilities and can typically consume over 50 percent of the electrical usage. This article details steps that can be taken to help maximize chiller efficiency.
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Alternatives For Dehumidification In Commercial Buildings

November 14, 2004
Controlling humidity in commercial buildings used to be a difficult undertaking. The advent in recent years of alternative dehumidification technologies has made the dehumidification process far more energy efficient and affordable.
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Energy Efficiency Pays

October 31, 2004
Most energy-efficient homes have dozens of little improvements that individually add little to construction costs, yet together yield big savings.
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Benefits Of Ultrasonic Testing In Determining Pipe Corrosion

October 14, 2004
While improvements in instrumentation have moved ultrasonic testing technology into more areas, its benefits to facility managers, plant engineers, and technicians as a diagnostic and predictive tool are still widely unknown and underutilized.
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Ammonia: It Smells Like A Safety Challenge

October 1, 2004
For nearly two centuries ammonia has been used as a refrigerant. Its drawback is that in quantities much larger than a "sniff" it is poisonous. With proper precautions, however, the benefits of ammonia are compelling.
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