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Articles by Angela D. Harris

Contractors Discuss Customer Attitudes

Renewable Energy Study Shows Consumers Are Ready for Renewable
The nation is ready for renewable energy products. It just might not know it yet. Not all contractors are experiencing this majority interest. In fact, some have found that for different reasons, some of their customers are not interested at all. How can they overcome customer objections? 


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Tax Credits Provide Renewable Opportunities

Not all energy-efficient HVAC equipment qualifies for tax credits, but there are four renewable energy product categories that do — geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines, solar energy systems, and fuel cells. Though some seem beyond HVAC, they each have the potential to bring new revenue streams to contractors.


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DOE Budgets for Improving HVAC Technology

Each year the DOE petitions Congress with a “Congressional Budget Request” to continue financing the projects that show promise and are deemed worth pursuing. What has the DOE been up to in the name of renewable energy and HVAC technology?


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Can You Work Around the Competition?

Instead of attempting to solve the problem that is your competition, what if there was a way for you to completely remove the competition from the equation?


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The Lost Art of HVACR Branding

It’s likely that you have a solid advertising campaign, but the question is, “What’s its focus?” Is it focused on branding or is it focused on products and service? What’s the difference? The difference is in memory retention.


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Conference Speaker Cuts Through Google Overload

Sam Richter to Show Attendees How to Access, Use Information
“How do you use the web? Better yet, how do you use the web to find information that you never thought possible; and how do you use that information to build deeper relationships with your clients?” These are just a few of the questions that Sam Richter will likely address at the upcoming HARDI annual convention.


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Olympic Village A/C Can’t Keep Up…Really?

It may be the summer Olympics, but what’s really got the world’s top athletes sweating 24/7?


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Think Whole-Home Maintenance

Manufacturers release suggested maintenance lists for vehicles, why not have one for homes? Maybe there is one out there and I missed it. 


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MSCA Provides Hands-On Workshop and Online Tools

Armed with laptops and data, a group of mechanical contractors spent two days learning how to leverage green for their mechanical contracting firms.


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Watch for Falling A/C Units and Other Cautionary Tales

Residents in a New York City neighborhood are up in arms over the improper installation of window units in high-rise apartments. How do they know they are improperly installed? It’s an assumption being made by those who see them fall just in time to get out of the way.


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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DOE has denied AHRI’s petition for reconsideration of walk-in standards. Is it getting harder to reach consensus on efficiency standards?
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