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Energy Star Recognizes Most Efficient Furnaces

Energy-Efficient Furnaces Benefit Both Homeowners and Contractors

Homeowners choosing to purchase these highly efficient furnaces will reap the benefits of lower energy bills, while contractors will appreciate the many features that make them easier to install and service. 


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Oil Furnaces Require Special Care

Regular Maintenance Can Maximize Efficiency and Increase Longevity

Many homeowners recently fired up their oil furnaces for the first time this season. If they’ve invested in proper service and maintenance, chances are high that their equipment will keep them comfortably warm all winter long. 


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Electronic Data Collection Vital in Hospitals

As Health Care Facilities Gather More Data, Additional Cooling Is Required

With the expansion of hospital data centers comes the need for more precise cooling equipment, which is designed to keep the data safe through critical temperature, humidity, and air quality control.


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The Health of the Regulatory Landscape

Contractors Find Challenges, Opportunities in New Rules and Regulations

Contractors who work in this market must be especially careful to keep up to date on changing requirements if they are to successfully navigate the complex system of regulatory compliance.


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ASHRAE Manual Focus: Hospital Design

Health Care Facility Designers will Benefit from ‘Good’ Practices Guide

ASHRAE's newly published manual is based on the guidelines in Standard 170 and provides design recommendations for health care facilities with an emphasis on proven, cost-effective solutions that result in reduced infections, lower maintenance, and higher reliability.


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Millennials Motivate Employers

HVAC Contractors Look for Ways to Accommodate New Generation of Workers
The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, numbers more than 80 million, and they are entering the workplace in greater numbers each year. For HVAC contractors, this trend is a mixed blessing. Younger workers are needed, but this generation comes with a unique set of challenges. 


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New Boilers Heat Up Market

Manufacturers Include Technologies that Increase Efficiency and Ease of Use
Technologies used in commercial hot water boilers are evolving rapidly, resulting in new equipment that is more efficient and easier to operate than ever before. Modulating burners, variable-speed drives, and advanced controls can now be found on many newer boilers.


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Perks of Home-Performance Partnerships

Counseling, Cooperation Promote Whole-House Contracting Success

As more and more contractors consider diving into home-performance contracting, many are seeking guidance from numerous organizations that have the experience necessary to help contractors start and/or grow their HPC businesses.


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Bells, Whistles for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Manufacturers Introduce Features to Improve Comfort, Efficiency, Serviceability

With just three years left to encourage homeowners to invest in geothermal advances, manufacturers are pulling out all the stops by introducing new features on their GHPs, such as variable-speed technology and sophisticated controls, which they say will provide homeowners with better comfort, as well as lower energy consumption and operating costs.


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Complex Equipment: The Choice of a New Generation

Gen Y Recognized as Connected, Demanding, and Thrifty

This group, also known as Generation Y, was born between 1980 and 2000 and has a strong reputation for being tech savvy, environmentally aware, and cost conscious.


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

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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