Articles by Angela D. Harris

Finalized Acquisition Expected to Change Market

September 13, 2010
Direct Energy has completed its acquisition of Clockwork Home Services Inc. Following approval by Clockwork’s shareholders and U.S. regulatory approval, the combined Direct Energy Services and Clockwork Inc.® business is now considered to be North America’s largest provider of heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical services.
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Can You Handle Your Own HVAC Business?

September 13, 2010
Economic hard times have changed the overall landscape of business in America. With companies learning to operate leaner, leaving many workers without a place to go, there is a growing trend of displaced workers starting their own businesses. Knowing this, The NEWS began asking contractors what it took to start, maintain, and grow a successful HVACR business.
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Confessions of a Former High School Teacher

August 30, 2010
I confess … before working for The NEWS I would never have suggested that someone enter the trades as a profession. My job as a former high school teacher was to prepare a white collar workforce and trade schools and community colleges weren’t where we were aiming students. In retrospect, I was ignorant.
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Geeks vs. Dinosaurs: Balancing Technology and Common Sense

August 9, 2010
After conducting an informal technology usage survey a few weeks ago, it was interesting to find that the HVAC industry appears to be rather divided between geeks and dinosaurs. Balancing these technology extremes begs the question, “What do you get when you cross a geek with a dinosaur?” Answer: Common sense.
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Maintenance Anthem to Replace the Ding

August 6, 2010
Ding. Shut the car door. Ding. Fill the gas tank. These reminders are welcomed annoyances. They remind drivers of the standard maintenance tasks that will keep the vehicle running optimally.
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Is There Room for the One-Man Shop?

July 26, 2010
From hero to hack, the HVACR industry and its customers hold varying opinions about the one-man shop. Some find these business entities to be trustworthy necessities while others consider them as black marks on the trade’s reputation. Find the balance in between and the industry just may have found where the one-man shop fits.
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Will Machines Influence Comfort Priorities?

July 19, 2010
The modern U.S. electrical grid is one of the largest machines in the world and it’s learning to talk. As it learns to talk, it teaches other physical entities to communicate and together they intend to preach the gospel of efficiency to all, no matter the cost.
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DDA Microsite: A Product Junkie Must See

July 12, 2010
The Dealer Design Award winners have been announced, but the fun is not over quite yet. It’s time for you to vote for your favorite product. We have pitted the winning products against each other in a bracket style competition that allows you to decide who will be the Readers’ Choice champion.
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Miscellaneous Category Items Round Out Efficiency Offerings

July 12, 2010
In the Dealer Design Awards’ Miscellaneous category, Build Right Products LLC’s FilterLock received gold, Honeywell International Inc.’s YP900A Delphi Combustion Efficiency Panel took silver, and Rheem’s HP Series Hybrid Water Heater received a bronze.
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Service and Software Products Fuel Business

July 12, 2010
The NEWS’ seventh annual Dealer Design Awards’ Contractor Services and Software category winners have added new fuel to the digital business fire. No longer content with triplicate receipts and large filing cabinets, these products help contractors conduct business more simply and efficiently.
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