Articles by Mark Skaer

Contractors Practice What They Preach

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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