Articles by Angela D. Harris

HVAC Business Moves Past Paper, Pens

January 28, 2008
In an age of quickly developing technology contractors attempt to carve out an electronic niche as they endeavor to keep with the times and satisfy the needs of the upcoming generations. To meet these needs, contractors are establishing some new business practices in the online arena.
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Regional Standards Inspire Attention From Associations

January 21, 2008
On the frontlines of the battle over regional efficiency standards were multiple HVACR industry trade associations. The benefits of belonging to a trade association, however, are not reserved to the legislative arena and governmental representation.
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New Owner Breathes Soul Into Well-Oiled Machine

January 21, 2008
Facing the challenges of an HVAC business head on with an open communication policy, a great care for people, and a long-term approach is why Vicken Aharonian of Combined Air Mechanical Services was selected as the winner of The NEWS’ 2007 Best Contractor to Work For contest in the Canada region.
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HVAC Industry Helps Shape Regional Standards Language

January 14, 2008
In late December, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. With his signature, the president gave the Department of Energy (DOE) the authority to establish regional standards for residential furnaces and central air conditioning equipment. And the HVAC industry had a hand in formulating the bill’s wording.
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The NEWS' Top Stories of 2007

December 24, 2007
Each year the HVAC industry proves to be diverse, resilient, and ever changing. The year 2007 was no different as multiple events spurred change and helped establish new trends.
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DOE Passes New Heating Standards

December 17, 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved new heating equipment standards for residential furnaces and boilers. The new standards increase the minimum natural gas furnace efficiency level to 80 percent as opposed to the current 78 percent AFUE.
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Distributors Stay Busy With Changing Trends

December 10, 2007
A distributor’s customer is the HVACR contractor. Everyday the distributor brings in new supplies and then sends them out the door via pick up or delivery. Their job, however, is more than just slinging parts.
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Manufacturers Meet the Needs of Customers

December 10, 2007
Manufacturers have many different customers. Some deal strictly with distributors while others deal with distributors, contractors, and even end users. The customer load brings trial and triumph to the daily choices made in the boardroom. Each choice, however, is aimed at one thing - customer satisfaction.
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Contractors Choose New Business Paths

December 10, 2007
Market shifts, technology, economic changes, legislation, and evolving customer service requirements are compelling the HVACR industry to face new challenges. Although multiple supply chain participants are affected by these evolutions and shifts, contractors find themselves on the front lines of change.
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Canadian HVAC Gets Down to Business

November 26, 2007
Under the umbrella of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), manufacturers, distributors, and contractors met to discuss business matters and enjoy the beauty of Victoria, British Columbia, during its 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM).
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