Articles by Angela D. Harris

Solar Improvements Expand Market

Manufacturers Apply Solar to HVAC Equipment in Multiple Ways
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As costs continue to decline, and the price of energy continues to rise, solar heating and cooling is slowly growing beyond niche market bounds. 


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Contractors and Consumers Capitalize on Renewable Incentives

Tax Breaks Make Renewable Energy More Affordable
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Funding for renewable incentives comes from a variety of sources including federal, state, and private funds. Although many of these incentives are directed at the end user — tax breaks, loans, and rebates can be used by contractors to open the door for new business in the HVAC marketplace.


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Putting Renewable Solutions to the Test

A Variety of Energy-Saving Options Are Available
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Besides traditional renewable products, there are a list of HVAC-specific items that could be considered as energy-saving options for the residential and commercial contractor looking to offer customers renewable solutions.


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HVAC Research Reveals Customer Spending Motivations

American Home Comfort Study Sheds Light on Consumer Trends
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What drives consumers to purchase HVAC equipment? That’s one of the questions that Decision Analyst Inc., an Arlington, Texas-based market research firm, sought to answer in its comprehensive American Home Comfort Study of 2012-2013. 


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Interface Puts Plug-and-Play Control on Top

Carrier® Infinity® Remote Access Touch Control Wins Gold
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Hailed for its improved contractor and homeowner interface, the Infinity® Remote Access Touch Control is considered the brains behind a Greenspeed™ intelligence system. 


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Condensate Monitoring Development Awarded

Safe-T-Switch SS610E Hailed as Gold Winner
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RectorSeal delivered the gold-winning product in the Testing and Monitoring Products category of the 2013 Dealer Design Awards. 


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System Hardware Connects Contractors, Customers, Equipment

icomfort Wi-Fi™ Earns Lennox International Gold Recognition
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Over three years of research and development went into the creation of Lennox Intl.’s icomfort Wi-Fi™ thermostat. 


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Energy Efficiency, Hassle-Free Service Wins

Gold for Daikin McQuay Rebel with Energy Recovery Wheel
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Jason Catoe was so impressed by the performance of the Daikin McQuay Rebel with Energy Recovery Wheel at his customers’ locations, that he had it installed at Pierce & Catoe Mechanical Contracting LLC’s new building location in Lexington, S.C.


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Invested Research, Design Yields New Tools

Gold goes to hilmor’s Electronic Gauge with Vacuum Sensor
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The features on this gauge kept piling up and the contractor judges of the 2013 Dealer Design Awards decided it deserved gold. 


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All-In-One System Improves Tech Safety

Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration’s Composite Mechanical Enclosure Snags Gold
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Chilling at the top of the Refrigeration and Ice Machines niche is Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration’s Composite Mechanical Enclosure. The unit is this year’s category winner in the 2013 Dealer Design Awards. 


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Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

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