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Articles by John Conrad

I Think... There Must Be Something in the Air!

What is going on with the unitary air conditioning companies this year? Trane sells off the American Standard plumbing business and then is taken over by Ingersoll-Rand. Goodman is bought by another holding company.
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I Think... This Economic Situation Is Different

I have seen and experienced several business cycles in our industry in the last 30 years. None of them have been fun but this time something is different. The residential HVAC market has been sliding for several months, no thanks to the housing market downturn but the industry hasn’t hit the panic button.
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I Think...This Industry Attracts Good People

I was struck by something while attending another annual Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) meeting (I attended my first in 1983). There are a lot of great people in this industry! Not because of what they do but because of who they are.
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I Think...The NEWS Is a Voice of the Industry

I just saw a comment from a visitor to that accused our magazine of being “a shill for the manufacturers.” I think he was only partially correct. He should have said The NEWS is a “shill” for the industry and I would have been honored.
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I Think... I am seeing GREEN!

Everywhere I travel these days I see green. At the HARDI convention, there were seminars on the Energy Star “whole-house” program and a new LEEDS Certification program for residential new construction.
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I Think... Contractors are Computer Geeks!

Too many people think that contractors have not embraced the Internet. Let me beg to differ with you. The NEWS recently completed a research study on Internet usage and you might be shocked by the results.
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I Think... Al Gore Is Good for HVACR

With the current focus on climate change, enterprising manufacturers, or contractors, should be taking advantage of the current consumer “climate” by really getting behind R-410A refrigerants, or high SEER units, etc.
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Special Report: Green Building

In the second of a series of Special Reports, leaders of three commercial manufacturing companies met with John Conrad, publisher, and Mike Murphy, editor-in-chief of The NEWS to discuss green building.
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Special Report: Commercial Insights

"Climate control has become a highly skilled trade, but it remains hard for the industry to attract young people.” John Conover, president of Trane in the Americas, set the tone for this Special Report, as he captured what is often referred to as the No. 1 challenge the HVACR industry faces.
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Nordyne Distributors Turn Los Cabos Into ‘Brandville' for Meeting

Nordyne invited their Westinghouse, Tappan, and Frigidaire distributors ‘south of the border' to focus their attention on the value of brand marketing in the new 13 SEER world. In keeping with the theme of the meeting, the company changed the name of Los Cabos to "Brandville."
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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

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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Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

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