Articles by Angela D. Harris

Software Promotes HVAC Industry Relevance

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“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less,” said Gen. Eric Shinseki, the former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. Today’s HVAC contractors are finding themselves facing the questions of relevancy and effectiveness.
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Tracking Job Details Increases Profitability

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Measuring true profit and loss often proves challenging. The diverse factors and pieces of information from the back office and the field office create a large and diverse pool of facts. These facts can be an overwhelming source of unusable information or an orderly report that helps drive profitability. It all depends on how the information is filtered.
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Software Adds Sizzle to the Sale

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As times change, contractors have begun to implement a new piece of hardware that has helped revolutionize the way business is done - a computer. This hardware, however, is useless without the software applications designed to meet the specific needs of the HVAC industry.
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Manufacturers Show off New Rooftops

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Rooftop manufacturers brought big changes to rooftop units this year at the 2008 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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Software Products Bring New Technology

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Hardware without software is useless, and this year’s software offerings at the 2008 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) concentrated on accuracy and versatility.
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Tool Market Touts Improved Efficiency

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Tools are a necessity in the HVAC industry, and the tool manufacturers at the 2008 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) showcased new tools that were “better, smaller, brighter, lighter, safer, and easier.”
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Humidity, Dry Air Solutions Make a Splash

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Whether the air is too dry or too moist, humidification and dehumidification manufacturers at the 2008 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) had the product solution. Tucked within the many aisles at the expo were systems as diverse as the exhibitors.
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Online Proposal Technology Sparks Debate

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The NEWS recently came across a contractor implementing a newer approach to online sales. After asking multiple contractors for their opinion, we discovered a debate looming on the HVAC industry’s sales technology horizon.
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HVAC Business Moves Past Paper, Pens

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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

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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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