Articles by Mark Skaer

Contractors Practice What They Preach

Providing sustainable HVACR services and equipment is not just for customers and clients. Following sustainable practices needs to be engrained in employees, one’s HVACR contracting business, and in one’s own backyard, too.
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Several New Geothermal Heat Pumps Introduced

Homeowners and commercial building owners across North America are searching for better ways to get more out of their energy dollar. Many have found that the geothermal heat pump can help. There were a few new geothermal heat pumps introduced at the 2009 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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Skaer-Tactics: In Praise of Geothermal Heat Pumps

More times than not this scenario occurs while attempting to relax on a plane. There’s always an inquisitive person sitting to the left (or right) who, after some small talk, wants to know what I do for a living.

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New Tools, Gadgets, Tapes Make Debut

Manufacturers introduced plenty of new tools, tapes, and gadgets at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). Lenox, for one, used the show to introduce seven new products.
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Test Instruments and Sensors Keep Advancing

Test instruments, meters, sensors, and monitors continue to gain sophistication. It’s the way diagnostic tools are headed, based upon what manufacturers brought and introduced at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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New Ventilation Products Aired Out at 2009 Expo

In the world of ventilation, you have power ventilators, blowers, dampers, fans, and air-handling units. Manufacturers of these products brought their newest wares for display at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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Duct and Related Products Abound at Expo

There were more than a few duct and duct-related products introduced at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), including insulation, liner, ductwork, wrap, silencer, protective film, smoke detectors, registers, and more.
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Skaer-Tactics: Yes, Chocolate Furnaces Exist

If you want to send a memorable gift for your special customers on Valentine’s Day, The NEWS was recently given an idea.
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Skaer Tactics: Best Advice: Think, Stay, Be Positive

As we all know, the final three months of last year sent the economy into its worst downhill slide in a quarter-century. But, I’m not here to repeat all the bad news from the dark side. Instead, I’m here to look at the positives. In my estimation, it’s the best solution for contractor owners everywhere.
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Skaer-Tactics: For Those Who Can, Teach HVACR?

Everyone in the industry is greatly aware of the technician shortage. However, few realize there is also a shortage of persons to teach HVACR classes at our nation’s schools.
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Jason Vogelbaugh of Alpha Controls drops in to the NEWSMakers podcast to discuss his role with the company, the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, and current energy-efficiency projects being worked on. Posted on Sept. 26.

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