Articles by Angela D. Harris

Manufacturer Offerings Take Commercial Control by Storm

July 14, 2008
Larger facilities require greater measures to control the intricacies of their HVAC systems. The new technologies of these facilities have brought commercial contractors greater challenges and the winners of The NEWS’ Dealer Design Awards’ Commercial Controls category have provided superior solutions.
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Solutions Promote Clean, Comfortable Air

July 14, 2008
With the growing desire for healthy homes and expanding awareness of sick building syndrome, residential and commercial contractors are seeking new solutions to offer customers. The NEWS’ Dealer Design Awards’ Indoor Air Quality category awarded manufacturers endeavoring to assist contractors in their quest.
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International Ingenuity Takes Gold Award

July 14, 2008
The variety of installation scenarios that contractors face requires manufacturers to continually produce new products to meet each creative application’s ventilation needs. It is this creativity and ingenuity that The NEWS awarded in the Ventilation Products category of the fifth annual Dealer Design Awards.
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Tools Enhance Tech Safety and Accuracy

July 14, 2008
Tools of the HVAC trade help technicians and installers perform at increased efficiency and accuracy levels. Some tools even provide the ability to accomplish a task that couldn’t be done otherwise. The winners of The NEWS’ Dealer Design Awards’ Tools category represent equipment from both sides of the toolbox.
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Residential Zoning Makes Temperatures Just Right

July 14, 2008
This year’s winners in the residential controls (including zoning) category of The NEWS’ fifth annual Dealer Design Awards are providing contractors with new ideas to make every zone in the house accurately controlled and comfortable.
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Technology Puts Together Rooftop Innovations

June 16, 2008
As contractors endeavor to implement new and alternative rooftop technologies, questions often arise as to what the best choice is for each customer. What many of them have found, however, is that no one solution can be effective for every customer.
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Fatalities Increase From Jobsite Falls

June 16, 2008
There is more to consider than refrigerants, ducting, and utility hookups when installing rooftop equipment. Safety procedures should also be a concern as rooftop installers confront falling risks, large heavy equipment, and the operation of ladders, lifts, and cranes.
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Refrigerants, Replacements Top on Lists

June 16, 2008
Rooftop units and their components present interesting challenges to the commercial contractors who install and maintain these systems. After talking to some contractors, The NEWS found that new refrigerants and the replacement market are two concerns populating a commercial contractor’s weekly checklist.
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Refrigerant Deadline Pushes the HVACR Industry to Prepare

May 12, 2008
As 13 SEER came down the pike in 2006, contractors and distributors, operating on scattered timetables, took multiple approaches to preparing for the new industry requirements. Faced with yet another transitional challenge, the industry is making new efforts to prepare for 2010, the next step in R-22 phaseout.
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Survey Reveals Preferences

May 5, 2008
Every consumer has their price and value limit. According to an industry survey, 52 percent would replace their system when repairs reach $1,500; 78 percent would replace when repairs reach $3,000; and 88 percent would replace when repairs reach $5,000. Information about such consumer preferences from a recent survey will be helpful to contractors looking for a competitive edge.
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