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Articles by James Siegel

Standards Can Keep HVAC Programs Alive

There has been a lot of talk about what makes an HVACR program successful and why others become sinking ships. Jim Bergmann, HVACR instructor at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, may have the answer.
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HVACR Classes Come To Oakland County

Although the new secondary HVACR program does not officially get under way until fall of 2003, students at the Oakland Technical Center – Southeast Campus are already getting an education in the fundamentals of heating and air conditioning.
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A Unique School Adopts A Unique System

The Norwich Free Academy is a progressive educational institution devoted to teaching students the essential high school curriculum, as well as lessons that will be beneficial in their careers. This one-of-a-kind school can even boast about the systems that heat and cool its facilities.
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Computer Rooms Are Turning Up The Heat

A new problem has surfaced with many computer rooms that is making compact ductless systems even more of a necessity. The primary reason some computer rooms are in need of special cooling is because of the amount of heat generated by new servers.
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Overcoming Common Ductless Challenges

Ductless mini-splits are one solution that the HVAC industry can offer to provide better heating and cooling control in various residential and commercial locations. But even ductless cooling systems can create installation problems for contractors and drawbacks for consumers.
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Contractors Celebrate Their Freedom

With the city of Boston as an appropriate backdrop, Contractors 2000 held its 22nd Super Meeting in order to celebrate freedom. The session underscored the freedoms and advantages that come with being an independent contractor.
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Zoning Is Not The Dinosaur It Used To Be

Zoning used to suffer from a bad reputation. Early systems were often difficult to install, required callbacks if installed incorrectly, and took up a lot of time for technicians. But things change, and vast improvements have been made.
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Aprilaire Tackles Zoning

Like many other manufacturers, Aprilaire is taking a proactive role in educating contractors about the benefits of installing a zoning system.
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Simple Rules For Selling Zoning

Arzel Zoning Technology is one of many manufacturers beating the drum for zoning. In fact, Arzel is part of the Zoning Marketing Alliance (ZMA), a group of companies whose goal is to reach contractors with the message that zoning can be profitable and beneficial to businesses.
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NADCA Updates Standard

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) was formed in 1989 with the mission of standardizing effective duct cleaning methods. Today, NADCA has expanded its mission and has developed a new standard, titled “Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration of HVAC Systems.”
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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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