Articles by Cherie Preville

Tools and Instruments Help Techs Perform

Whether it’s getting the system ready to use for the very first time or figuring out what’s wrong before fixing it, these detectors, monitors, sensors, and tools make it possible to get the job done.


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Slashing Costs, Boosting Productivity Through GPS

From giving turn-by-turn directions for a technician to drive from one jobsite to the next, to figuring out who is closest to a particular jobsite with the right equipment to make a service call, a GPS can provide contracting companies with more information that they can utilize to run their operation more efficiently.


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If The Lions Can Do It, You Can Too

Can you believe it? Not only are the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs, which has happened a few times before, but the Detroit Lions, the LIONS of all teams, are playing unbelievably well.


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Tools Are Still a Part of Daily Life

Today, we have an incalculable number of tools to do at least as many different tasks. Examples include tools for preparing our food, to making wooden furniture, to installing and fixing HVACR systems. It is this last type of tool that we honor with the 2011 Dealer Design Awards in the Tools category.
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Gauging the Situation Is Products' Job

Products that test and monitor make working with and on units so much easier for contractors and technicians, including when it comes to troubleshooting. The winners of the Testing & Monitoring Products category of the 2011 Dealer Design Awards share these traits.
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IAQ Helps Contractors Be Financially Fit

IAQ can play an important part in people’s comfort and health. Making IAQ products easier to install and service helps contractors with their financial health. Winners of the 2011 Dealer Design Award in the Indoor Air Quality category get kudos for what they can do to help a contractor’s bottom line through ease of service and installation.
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Quenching the Thirst for Ease of Service

Besides performing their duties capably, another way refrigeration and ice machines can show how good they are is to be easy to install and service. As winners of the 2011 Dealer Design Award in the Refrigeration and Ice Machines category, the products described here have all displayed this characteristic.
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Controls Puts Contractors in Charge

The winners of the 2011 Dealer Design Awards in the Residential Control category have gone beyond making it possible for homeowners to control their indoor environment - they also put contractors more in control of scheduling their workforce because of the products’ ease in being installed and serviced.
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Getting Comfortable Is Part of the Plan

One thing that contractors can agree on is ease of installation and servicing makes their work life better and simpler. That’s something that the winners of the 2011 Dealer Design Awards in the Light Commercial category have in common.
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Residential Equipment Brings Glam to HVAC

In the case of the winners of the 2011 Dealer Design Awards in the category of Residential Equipment, the fame and recognition bestowed on these units is rightly earned, especially from contractors and technicians for the ease of installation and service the products provide.
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