Articles by Mike Murphy

Stepping Up Your Inside Game

September 17, 2007
As the summer selling season wanes and the ebb of a new fall season is only days away, there may be a few lessons to be learned from air conditioning and heat pump shipment trends.
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Pricing and the Bid Day Blues

September 3, 2007
The common practice of trying to get a bargain at any price causes me to wonder: In our world of auctions and reverse auctions, just how cheap is too cheap? Within the HVAC business, perhaps the most notorious of offenders in the buy-it-cheap world is a common weekly event otherwise known as commercial bid day.
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Special Report: Green Building

August 6, 2007
In the second of a series of Special Reports, leaders of three commercial manufacturing companies met with John Conrad, publisher, and Mike Murphy, editor-in-chief of The NEWS to discuss green building.
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Efficiency Gaining Ground, Again

July 23, 2007
Just when some may have been thinking that discussions of unitary equipment efficiencies were going to be relegated to the back burner for a while, the heat gets turned up.
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SEER Ratings Challenged

July 23, 2007
This article explores the nature of the efficiency tests required by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and raises issues (not unlike those being raised by the DOE itself) about the validity and long-term future of these test procedures.
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Different Products, Different Places

July 16, 2007
Confusion reigns supreme, at least in the world between my own floppy ears. Perhaps you look at things differently, but I see a tremendous amount of the color gray in between the ebony and ivory.
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Regulations: Next Big Hurdle

July 9, 2007
“Be careful what you wish for,” said Tom Huntington, general manager of York, a Johnson Controls company, during a recent conversation about government regulations. Huntington is a pretty astute observer of what is developing not only on Capitol Hill, but around the nation.
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I Have a Dream

July 2, 2007
During this week of our nation’s Independence Day celebration (and the proverbial hottest day of the year, which is good for business) - a little dreaming of what this industry could be.
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Special Report: Commercial Insights

June 18, 2007
"Climate control has become a highly skilled trade, but it remains hard for the industry to attract young people.” John Conover, president of Trane in the Americas, set the tone for this Special Report, as he captured what is often referred to as the No. 1 challenge the HVACR industry faces.
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Happy Hot Days of Summer

June 18, 2007
The HVAC faithful aren’t really a negative lot of people, wishing severe weather on all of Earth’s inhabitants; but it is true that the worst weather can bring out the best in us.
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