Articles by Angela D. Harris

Building Efficiency Improves With Control

July 12, 2010
The NEWS’ seventh annual Dealer Design Awards’ Commercial Controls Including Building Automation category awarded three manufacturers for their work to help contractors and building owners install and run efficient systems.
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Components Make Life Easier

July 12, 2010
The NEWS’ seventh annual Dealer Design Awards’ Components and Accessories category entrants waged a fierce battle in a large field of competitors. The winning products found that making the technician’s job easier helped tipped the scales in their favor.
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Product Flexibility Proves Value to Market

July 12, 2010
Winners of the The NEWS’ seventh annual Dealer Design Awards in the HVAC Commercial Equipment category are WaterFurnace International, Lochinvar Corp., and Modine Manufacturing Co.
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Ventilation Lands Knockout Punch

July 12, 2010
Like a small but mighty country, The NEWS’ seventh annual Dealer Design Awards’ Ventilation Products category wasn’t the largest, but each competitor stepped into the ring and packed a large punch. See the winners here.
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Winner's Circle Crowded With Three-Way Tie

July 12, 2010
Lining up in a large field of competitors, the Dealer Design Awards’ HVAC High Efficiency Residential Equipment category contestants found themselves in a race for the winner’s circle. Citing new electronic and innovative features, contractor judges dissected this category yielding a gold, silver and three bronze winners.
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Digital Immigrants Can't Afford to Tinker

July 7, 2010
The digital revolution has come. It’s not coming. It won’t be here in a few years. It has arrived. This revelation, be it earth shattering or not, is a wake up call to every contractor who finally got his company’s finances on the computer last year.
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Tennessee Floods Teach Contractors Lessons

June 28, 2010
The only choice contractors have in natural disaster situations is to be prepared to continue in business once the storm or crisis has passed. Already learning some tough lessons in flooded Nashville, Tenn., Comfort Supply issued a warning to contractors who are working to replace flooded HVAC units for flood victims.
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Bridging the Gap: HVACR Should Use i3D Technology

June 21, 2010
When considering new technology for HVACR, cutting edge education tools should not be last on the list of things to invent. In the age of smart phones, Wii, and iPads, a classic textbook with a few extra diagrams isn’t going to be enough to interest the next generation in spending long hours to learn how to repair or replace HVACR units.
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Redbox Principles Help Contractors Cut Losses

June 14, 2010
Knowing when to let go can be a challenge. As I raced back to Kroger to beat Redbox rental’s 9 p.m. deadline on the fifth day, I thought to myself, it would have been cheaper to cut my losses and return it on the first day and rent the movie later when it was a better time.
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Is There a Tech Shortage?

May 31, 2010
Technicians coming out of school can’t find a job. Laid off technicians can’t find a job. Contractors struggling to hire can’t find HVACR technicians. These are three common scenarios currently occurring across the nation. Contradictory at best, the issues bring to light a question that has surfaced again in the HVACR industry, “Is there a technician shortage?”
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