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Easing Chiller Install and Service

Manufacturers Design Chillers with Contractor in Mind
By Kimberly Schwartz
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While it may never be possible for an HVAC contractor to chill out on the job, installing and servicing chillers continues to be easier and easier, as, according to several manufacturers, today’s chillers are being designed with the contractor in mind.


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HVAC Contractors Crack Down on Distracted Driving

Hands-free, Zero-tolerance Policies Becoming Popular for Employers
By Kimberly Schwartz
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HVACR contractors send their employees out on the road every day, and they know it’s all too easy for anyone to become distracted at the wheel.


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Report: Global HVAC Sector to Reach $95 Billion in 2018

Increasing Construction Activities Driving Industry Growth
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Industry revenue for the global HVAC industry is forecast to reach an estimated $95 billion in 2018, according to “Global HVAC Equipment Industry 2013-2018: Trend, Profit, and Forecast Analysis,” a market research report released by Lucintel. 


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Contractor Tips for Chiller Maintenance

Maintenance Contracts Help Prevent Chiller Failure
By Kimberly Schwartz
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When it comes to large equipment that powers HVAC systems, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely rings true. And nowhere is an ounce of prevention more beneficial than with chiller maintenance.


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Future-Proofing Hydronic Systems

Low Water Temperatures are the Key
By John Siegenthaler, PE
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A tradeoff has always existed between the water temperature at which hydronic heat emitters are sized and their cost. The higher the supply water temperature assumed by the designer, the smaller the required heat emitters and the lower their installed cost. 


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Centrifugal Chiller Course Highly Regarded by Commercial Contractors

Course Offers In-depth Look at Chillers and Includes Troubleshooting Techniques
By Herb Woerpel
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For more than two decades, Entech Sales & Service in Dallas has offered HVACR professionals an in-depth look at centrifugal chillers, examining assembly, theory, microprocessors, and teardown training through a series of educational sessions heralded as some of the best nationwide.


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Chiller Group Helps Contractors Navigate Field

Chiller Systems Group Meets Annually to Train and Learn
By Kyle Gargaro
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Chillers are complex pieces of equipment and a lot of training and education is needed to keep contractors on the top of their games when dealing with this equipment. 


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Healthy Chillers Make a Happy Hospital

Chiller Optimization Saves Hospital $250,000 Per Year
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The chillers at Broward Health Medical Center were not achieving the kW per ton for which they were rated — a serious problem that they had not been aware of before, and which had probably cost them over $1 million in excess energy use since installation. 


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MCAA Convention Inspires Growth

More than 2,000 Attend Contractor Event
By Mike Murphy
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The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) marked a theme of “Unconventional Thinking” for business growth in the 124th anniversary year of the organization. 


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Cerus Industrial Inc.: VFD Energy Management Bypass

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The P-Series line of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) has been enhanced with an Energy Management Bypass (EMB) option. 


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