Articles by John R. Hall

Going Green Wirelessly Leads to Increased Sales

January 19, 2009
There are many different products in the HVAC equipment world that cater to the green building tidal wave. Efficiency is a key green element that builders are using to market residential and commercial new construction. And what better way to promote efficiency than through the expanding world of wireless products?
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Taking Care of Business: Economy Bringing Out the $19 Guys?

January 12, 2009
It was bad enough fighting off these guys when the economy was good. Now that the economy has gone south in many parts of the country, the $19 clean and inspect guys may start coming out of the woodwork.
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Taking Care of Business: Talk About a Strange Dream

December 31, 2008
People dream about a lot of things and I am no exception. The topics range from the bizarre to the very real-like. Lately I have experienced a flurry of dreams and fortunately, most have been fairly normal. 
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ABCO Expo Goes Green

December 22, 2008
Over 4,000 HVACR contractors, owners, and industry-related individuals attended ABCO Refrigeration Supply’s 28th annual ABCO Expo in November at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, Queens. The expo focused on the migration towards environmentally conscious, energy-efficient products.
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Taking Care of Business: 12,000 AT&T Employees – Gone

December 22, 2008
The news today continues to get worse. More people are losing their jobs. And it affects our trade, too. Do you despair and long for the “good old days?” No, you have a business to run.
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Taking Care of Business: If You Can't Say Something Nice About Someone...

December 17, 2008
Part of a journalist’s dilemma, if you will, is knowing how to avoid crossing the line between responsible reporting and irresponsible reporting.
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Taking Care of Business: Social Networking and HVACR

December 15, 2008
The wildly popular “art” of social networking began with such industry staples as MySpace and FaceBook and have now spun off into many other forms of cyber interaction. “Share” is now becoming a real buzzword for people, groups, or businesses to send their own messages into cyberspace.
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Taking Care of Business: Can We Add Service Tech to Job List?

December 8, 2008
I just read an article from a writer who claims there are five recession-proof industries. I won’t argue with the choices, but it also got me thinking that trades like HVACR are always going to be in demand.
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Taking Care of Business: Time to Quit Playing the Blame Game

December 2, 2008
I was sitting in on a Webcast the other day and people watching were encouraged to maintain a dialogue during the Webcast by posting questions and comments to a moderated board.
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Weighing In on Replacement System Selling

December 1, 2008
In an earlier issue of The NEWS (July 21), Business Editor John R. Hall and Editor-in-Chief Mike Murphy squared off in a debate about how contractors should sell replacement HVAC systems. In a follow-up online survey, readers were encouraged to give their reasons for what customers look for in a replacement system.
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