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Improving Economy Needs Skilled Workers

March 26, 2012
Contractors across the nation are finding that although the HVAC industry has experienced change in the recent economic crisis, its need for skilled labor and certified technicians has not been completely abated by the influx of displaced workers from the economic downturn. Other trade industries have noticed this problem, too.


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Warm Winter Impacts Contractors Nationwide

March 19, 2012
While spring officially starts tomorrow, several HVAC contractors are still waiting for winter to arrive. The national average temperature across the 48 contiguous states in January was 36.3 — 5.5 degrees above the 1901-2000 average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center.


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Contractors Ready to Conquer Challenges

March 12, 2012
The economy has been tough for many HVAC contractors over the last few years, and the signals are mixed as to whether things will get better in 2012. On the positive side, construction employment rose in 28 states and the District of Columbia between December 2010 and December 2011. On the other hand, only 302,000 new homes were sold in 2011, which is 6.2 percent below the 2010 figure.


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Knaack LLC: Commercial Van, Minivan Ladder Racks

March 5, 2012
Improvements to the design of the roof-mounted ladder rack equipment used on commercial vans and minivans have been made. The design modifications pertain to the Weather Guard® Quick Clamp ladder rack and the Nissan NV ladder rack units.


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Larson Electronics LLC: Telescoping Light Tower

February 27, 2012
The Magnalight LM-16 telescoping light tower is capable of lifting lighting and electrical equipment to heights of 9 to 16 feet. Designed to safely and quickly elevate cameras, lights, speakers, and other similar equipment, the light tower can be easily deployed by a single person and mounted to a variety of platforms.


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EPA Proposes Faster R-22 Phaseout

February 6, 2012
How much HCFC-22 will be available to contractors in 2012 is an unanswered question as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a faster phaseout of HCFCs. The EPA began the year by issuing a proposal called Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import, and Export.


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MCAA Convention Goes to Florida

February 6, 2012
Members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in March to not only enjoy some fun in the sun, but more importantly learn how to improve their businesses and navigate the challenges for the coming year.


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Ice Breaker: Tips for Avoiding Callbacks

February 6, 2012
Contractors do not like to hear the word “callback.” They cost money and degrade a customer’s respect for and opinion of the service contractor. So how can a technician reduce the number of times he must revisit a repair? 


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Contractors Talk Technology Trends

January 30, 2012
Technology can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, trying to keep up with changing technology can be a never-ending battle that consumes your time and budget. On the other hand, not bothering to keep up with technology can hurt a business. So what do HVAC contractors see as tech trends in the next year?


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Contractors Find Success with Energy Audits

Overcoming Energy Service Hurdles Helps Expand Profits
January 30, 2012
Are energy audits worth it? That is a question that both HVAC contractors and consumers are beginning to ask themselves more often. The increasing costs of energy and the energy-saving message of federal and local governments are trickling into boardrooms and dining rooms across the nation.


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