Articles by Angela D. Harris

Easing Technicians' Ups and Downs

Add climbing up and down ladders, stairs, and scaffolds to an already strenuous schedule and oppressive heat, and contractors could find themselves short a technician. John Topper, a 22-year veteran of the HVAC industry, considered each of these burdens when he designed The Liftworx Systems™.
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ARI Reports Shipments Up in April

According to the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), April’s combined air conditioning and air-source heat pump shipments were up 7 percent over last year, totaling 559,774. The year-to-date shipment totals, down 24 percent from 2006, are approximately 2 million units.
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Economics Challenge Contractors

Contractors rode much the same roller coaster that manufacturers and distributors did in 2006. The ever-changing HVAC industry and the multiple factors that affect it brought instability to the arena as contractors adapted to the challenges. The HVAC contractor market primarily mirrored 2006’s construction market. Residential HVAC experienced an expected cooling-off period, but commercial HVAC continued its three-year climb.
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Manufacturers Reminisce 2006's Challenges

The gauntlet was thrown down and the challenge was met as HVAC manufacturers took on their biggest test of 2006: Mandated 13 SEER implementation. Although prepared for an intense journey, situations arose throughout 2006 that left this facet of the HVAC industry digging deep to find the solutions.
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Contractor's Safety Stance Benefits Technicians

Staying safe requires vigilance and the proper tools. Carelessness can be overridden with appropriate training and proper management; however, it also takes the correct tools to reduce the risk of worker injury. The Mack Rack and Kart System is a rack and a cart combined, designed to ease the lifting and transporting of large, heavy objects.
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