Articles by Mike Murphy

Murphy's Law: Unemployment Silver Lining

February 16, 2009
Yes, we all have heard that times are tough. For anyone who has lost a job, or who has had to lay people off, I know how you feel. Been there, done both.
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Murphy's Law: World's Funniest HVAC Video

February 9, 2009
There is a lot of misinformation floating around about the R-22 transition. Go to to watch a funny video. It may not be ready for prime time TV on “The World’s Funniest Videos” but what you hear might shock you.
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Johnson Controls Inc. Prepares for Market Shift

February 9, 2009
Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) is aligning its organization to focus on offering the full range of building efficiency capabilities to its customers. With that, Allen Martin, Tom Huntington, and Rod Rushing are assuming new roles within Johnson Controls. In interviews with The NEWS, each talked about changes in the marketplace and goals for the future of the company.
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Murphy's Law: Stimulus Packages

February 2, 2009
A proposal is drifting through Washington, D.C., that would increase the amount of tax credits for high-efficiency appliances, i.e., air conditioners and furnaces, from $500 to $1,500.
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Murphy's Law: HVAC and EPA at Odds

January 26, 2009
Up until recently, everyone thought the R-22 to R-410A transition generally meant that newly manufactured units would cease using HCFCs at the end of this year and that a gradual phaseout would continue through the year 2030. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have other ideas.
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Murphy's Law: Expo Time Again

January 26, 2009
I love going to Chicago for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). Lots of new product, but the weather is always gorgeous this time of year, even though it can be a bit balmy by Lake Michigan.
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HVAC and EPA at Odds

January 22, 2009
It sure seems like Dec. 31, 2009 is a long way off, especially with the ink just drying on recent New Year’s resolutions. Still, it will be here rather quickly, and with it the beginning of the somewhat ballyhooed change from HCFC to HFC refrigerants.
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Murphy's Law: Heat Pumps Still Cranking Along

January 13, 2009
I just looked at the November 2008 shipment report for the industry - not too exciting. But, I noticed that year-to-date heat pumps shipments were only down 0.8 percent compared with a year ago.
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Murphy's Law: Gosh Darn It

January 12, 2009
Former “Saturday Night Live” satirist and comedian, Al Franken, appears to have the U.S. Senate seat wrapped up in Minnesota. Maybe. His opponent is still fighting the results of the extremely narrow margin of victory.
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Murphy's Law: A New Year's Forecast

December 22, 2008
Occasionally, I have been known to be wrong. That has never stopped me from throwing around a few opinions, four-letter words, warnings, and prognostications. Before I launch the 2009 forecast, it is only fair to check in on a few of my past projections to find out how credible of a source I really might be.
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