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Slashing Costs, Boosting Productivity Through GPS

From giving turn-by-turn directions for a technician to drive from one jobsite to the next, to figuring out who is closest to a particular jobsite with the right equipment to make a service call, a GPS can provide contracting companies with more information that they can utilize to run their operation more efficiently.


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Best Buy Tests Home Energy Market

Contractors Face Competition, Future Business Models
Best Buy entered the home energy management market in three of its stores this month. The trial provides customers with access to smart thermostats and solar elements as well as a plethora of controls and efficient lighting solutions.


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Retrofitting R-22 Systems

As the HVACR industry continues to move away from HCFC-22 due to regulatory pressures, one of the new retrofit options for such systems is HFC-427A.


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Provide Service, Then Charge for It

Anytime a group of contractors get together, have you noticed that it only takes a few minutes for the conversation to get around to how low-price competitors are making it difficult to do business in their market?


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Market Continues to Challenge Distributors

It’s a tough crowd of consumers out there. According to distributors, consumer behavior is leading to a drop-off in the replacement market, as well as a drop-off in the high-end market. Yet despite these worrisome trends, distributors are still seeing areas of growth and employing smart tactics to keep their businesses in good shape.


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The Moisture Epidemic

“An epidemic of moisture-related problems are causing more system failures today than ever before in the history of air conditioning and refrigeration,” said Paul Appler, a technical speaker at the state of Alabama’s mandated Continuing Education Program for HVACR Contractors.


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Ice Breaker: Suction Lines

Properly sizing and installing the suction line of a refrigeration system is very important to its overall operation. What happens when they aren’t installed properly and how can you avoid this? 


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Contractors Defy Hiring Trends

Most small business owners around the country do not plan to hire due to the uncertain economic outlook. Parts of the HVAC industry seem to be trending in the opposite direction, however, as many contractors say they are planning to hire over the next 12 months.


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HVAC and the Recession: Its Effect on Business

The “great recession” has come and gone. But has it left a hangover? Of course. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. The economic downturn has given business owners the unique opportunity of turning the mirror on themselves.


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85 Years of Leadership: Meet The NEWS’ Oldest Subscriber

Congratulations to Lou Bindner, founder and chairman of Climate Engineering Inc., Denver! Bindner won The NEWS’ contest to locate our oldest current, long-term subscriber.


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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