Articles by Mike Murphy

A Lot To Be Thankful For - Much To Be Done

The HVAC industry has been good to a lot of people, and many have contributed immensely in their efforts to pave the way for future generations. Maybe it's their way of paying back, or maybe their way of being thankful for what they have received.
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I II III II II Inventory: A Barcode Puzzle

A common thread I picked up while listening, eavesdropping, and nosing around at three recent annual meetings was on the subject of barcodes used for inventory control. Or, better said, not used for inventory control.
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AHR Expo - Mexico Eyes Growth

The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) Expo - Mexico boasted of the largest event in its seven-year history, as the attendee count hit 6,061. For only the second time, the country's largest HVACR exhibition was hosted by Mexico City.
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Smart HVAC Moving Mainstream

You have probably heard of smart technologies before. The word on the street is that "smart" is coming to a world near you. This time, however, the sleepy HVAC industry is ahead of the curve.
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Instructor Encourages Professionalism

Dennis Soukup began his career with an HVAC education, and now he is giving back in kind. He earned honorable mention status in the Best Instructor competition sponsored by The NEWS and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute.
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Johnstone Supply Celebrates in Style

Janet Tipton (left), a Johnstone Supply corporate employee, talks with Gary Daniels, president/CEO of the Portland, Oregon-based cooperative, on the trade show floor. Daniels walked the floor and visited with
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ARI, Mexico Sign Agreement for Standards

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and Mexico's electrical standards development agency, the Associación de Normalización y Certificación (ANCE), agreed to work together on the development of HVACR industry standards, signing a memorandum of understanding.
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Winning the Thermostat Wars

My Sept. 25 missive ("Losing the Thermostat Wars") was met with a barrage of comments. What was notable about these comments? For one, nobody was mad at me. However, during the process I learned some serious things about exceptions for programmable thermostats from these people.
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Workforce: A Numbers Game

If the readership of The NEWS can be used as an indicator for the industry, then the average age of people in HVAC is going up, which means fewer young people are joining the industry.
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Losing the Thermostat Wars

I discreetly cheer for whichever team is behind while watching football games on television. Truth be told, I nearly always root for an underdog. So it is that I stand and cheer for the unappreciated thermostat on the wall.
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