Apps & Software

Sept. 5, 2014: DesignBuilder Eases Whole Building Energy Simulation

Package for Engineers Assists with Integration of Mechanical Systems in Sustainable Building Designs
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DesignBuilder Software has released version 4 of its whole building energy simulation program, DesignBuilder. The company said this new version adds a substantial set of new features and improvements oriented to the different but overlapping needs of engineers and architects.


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Racing the Clock: Contractors and the Appointment Window

Communication Key to Being on Time, Building Trust
By Kimberly Schwartz
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Being punctual is about more than just minimizing your customers’ wait times — smart contractors recognize they are building trust with clients when their technicians arrive on time. 


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Aug. 25, 2014: Samsung to Acquire Smart Home Company, SmartThings

SmartThings Allows Homeowners to Monitor, Control, and Automate Their Homes from Wherever They Are Through a Single App
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SmartThings, a leading open platform for the smart home. Samsung said that, with its resources, SmartThings will be able to expand its platform and support even more devices.


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HVAC Industry Cautious About Microsoft Partnership

Joint Project Supports Home Automation Software Startup Companies
By Jen Anesi
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In June, Microsoft Corp. and American Family Insurance announced the launch of a business accelerator for tech startup companies that are focused on home automation. The goal of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator is to provide mentorship, resources, and workspace to startups.


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Aug. 22, 2014: HVACR Professionals Can Now Access Emerson Product Database via Mobile App

Resource for Copeland Compressor Specifications Available as a Free App
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Emerson Climate Technologies announced that on-the-go HVACR professionals now have access to its Online Product Information (OPI) database for Copeland™ compressors from a mobile app.


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Aug. 18, 2014: QR Code Tracking Software Introduced for HVAC, Other Service Companies

Enables Service Businesses to Better Manage Their Business
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Westrom Software has announced the launch of new QR code equipment tracking software for service businesses, including HVAC, that is QuickBooks compatible, easy to install, and simple to use, said the company.


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8 Attributes to Seek in Business Software

Tips to Help You Locate the Platform that Makes the Most Sense for Your Business
By Adam Bluemner
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The right program must fit your particular business model, functional requirements, spending range, operating system considerations, integration needs in terms of the other programs it must communicate with, and many more personalized factors. Is there one program that fits all these possible combinations? Of course not!


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App Zone: Aug. 18, 2014

Mobile Applications for the HVACR Professional
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As technology continues to advance, more and more industry mobile applications are becoming available for smartphones and tablets. Here are a few of the latest. 


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Training Track: Aug. 18, 2014

Accounting, Office Management & Quickbooks Training
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This new workshop combines two of Business Development Resources’ (BDR) most popular courses, Accounting and QuickBooks, into one three-day session.


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Aug. 13, 2014: Home Automation App Offers Support for Nest Thermostat

Enables Users to Quickly Set Up Automated Actions for the Home
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Revolv Inc., a home automation app developed to unify control of smart home devices from a single app, has announced its new support for Android and official integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat™. In addition, the company released an updated version of its iOS app.


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Jeremy Begley, home-performance specialist and Web and social media manager with National Heating and Air Conditioning Co. in Cincinnati discusses how and why you should add home-performance philosophies to your contracting repertoire. Posted on Sept. 12.

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