Articles by Peter Powell

Consumer Media Spreading the Word on Industry Concerns

TV Station Airs Story on R-22 Phaseout
August 19, 2013
We should always be happy when the media outside our industry draws attention to the challenges faced by HVACR contractors.


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HVACR Prospects Match Wits at SkillsUSA Competition

Secondary and Post-Secondary HVACR Students Put their Skills to the Test
August 19, 2013

The 51 participants — 50 male and one female — advanced to the national competition by successfully competing in regional and state SkillsUSA events.


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Refrigerants Gain Job Site Attention

Operations Produce Efficiency Data
August 5, 2013

So what can you do with natural refrigerants and where can you do it? That formed the basis of case studies presented at the second Atmosphere America Natural Refrigerants Conference in Washington, D.C.


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Obama’s Climate Action Plan Targets HFC Reduction

International and Domestic Initiatives Push Phase Down, Reduced Use
July 29, 2013

President Barack Obama’s recently announced Climate Action Plan specifically references the future of the familiar HFC refrigerants all HVACR contractors work with on a daily basis.


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Figuring Out a Phase Down

Feds Trying To Get Global Consensus on HFC Reduction
July 29, 2013

At the second Atmosphere America Natural Refrigerants conference, attendees got a report on the most recent — at the time — U.S. government proposal for a worldwide agreement on what to do with HFCs.


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Papers Ponder Ammonia, Heat Transfer

Ongoing Developments Regarding Natural Refrigerants and Continued Commitment to Refrigeration Basics
July 15, 2013

Making ammonia work in traditional HFC territory, trying transcritical CO2 systems in ice rinks, and examining ways to apply refrigeration principles to heat transfer rates were just three topics of 13 papers (five in Spanish) presented at the most recent Industrial Refrigeration Conference and Expo.


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Brewing Up New Tools

Milwaukee Tool Introduces Multiple HVACR-Related Products
July 15, 2013

The media event drew trade press from the U.S. and Canada, representing all six disciplines the company serves: plumbing, electrical, HVACR, building, remodeling, and maintenance.


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Magnetic Cooling Offers Alternative Cooling Process

Research Yields a Substitute to the Compression and Expansion Cycles
July 15, 2013
New research being done at the University of Cambridge in England is focusing on what is called “magnetic cooling,” based on the straining of materials. The results have been published in the journal Nature Materials and quoted at the www.basqueresearch.com website.


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Giving a Clear-Cut Sign

What Do Your Signs Say About You to Customers?
July 15, 2013
I draw your attention to the photo of a truck shown here for a couple of reasons. First, to ask readers if their company’s vehicles clearly spell out the services provided by the business. Because, frankly, “HVACR” doesn’t mean a whole lot to a lot of people.


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Refrigeration Innovations Earn Applause

Freezers, Cooler Components Earn Top Awards at National Restaurant Association Show
July 8, 2013

It certainly appears that impartial judges have taken a liking to the practical HVACR components frequently added on to freezers and coolers, which help the units run efficiently and accurately.


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