Articles by John R. Hall

Taking Care of Business: More Price Shoppers Than Ever Before

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I hate to admit it, but I am becoming a cheapskate. Becoming? I’ve actually had the cheapskate gene for a long time.
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Do Most Improperly Size a System?

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The topic of incorrectly sized systems is a passionate one for many HVACR contractors, especially NEWS’ consultants. It strikes a nerve because, according to the consultants, it is one of the leading reasons why the trade is criticized for lack of professionalism. Here’s what a few of the consultants had to say about the topic.
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Contractors Strive to Achieve Accreditation

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LEED Accredited Professional (AP) is a green certification that many contractors are working hard to achieve. The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA), a contractor organization, recently created GreenStar, an accreditation that is only available to MSCA STAR contractors.
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Taking Care of Business: When Do You Monitor Expenses?

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In case some of you are getting tired of seeing surveys and e-mails from me, your feedback has been giving me some great ideas on business topics - topics that many HVACR contractors can relate to. My latest foray into the survey and feedback world included an informal survey on how business owners watch their expenses and adjust pricing whenever possible.
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Taking Care of Business: Who Moved My QWERTY?

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Just when I thought I had mastered the art of change, something else has happened. Instead of moving my cheese, someone rearranged my keyboard.
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HVAC Trucks Grab Public Attention

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The NEWS wanted to know what HVACR contractors were doing to display their messages on service vans and how they felt about the power of graphics. In a recent online survey, 219 respondents answered questions about two different service vans, how they displayed graphical messages, and the importance of vehicle graphics.
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Tech and Boss Reflect Future HVAC Trend

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Ray Landry and Andy Rodenhiser exemplify a hopeful trend in the HVACR trade - that of a young and upcoming service tech who sees a great career and is encouraged to grow and learn by a nurturing employer.
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Oil Heat Contractors Lament Changes

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A luncheon meeting with three oil heat contractors produced some interesting commentary on the state of the oil heat trade in 2008. The main topic that weaved its way through the discussion was how technology has seemingly passed by the oil heat contracting trade and how the traditional role of the oil dealers has shifted.
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Contractors Debate Bioheat

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Bioheat was the topic of debate for a group of panelists at the National Association of Oil Heat Service Managers (NAOHSM) Meeting in Hartford recently. Two panelists, Andrew Kellar and George McQueeny, spoke about the pros while Matt Spink and Ralph Adams represented the cons.
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Solar Heating Gaining in Popularity Again

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Ellen Rohr put the audience in the mood to learn about solar heat and her husband, “Hot Rod” Rohr, filled in the blanks. The husband-wife team led a seminar on “Bringing Solar to Your Heating Mix” to an audience at the National Association of Oil Heat Service Managers (NAOHSM) Meeting in Hartford recently.
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