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Designing Efficient Boiler Systems

Heat Load, Operating Temp, Piping Are Top Concerns

According to the experts, the most common mistake made by designers and installers is failing to calculate the correct heat load. 


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Radiant Market Focuses on Cost, Efficiency

New Products Aim to Speed Installation, Expand Options

As radiant's benefits are becoming more widely recognized, manufacturers are rolling out new products designed to lower labor costs and make radiant more affordable and accessible.


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Contractors Share Passion for Hydronic Systems

Experts in Hot Water and Steam Radiate Love for the Trade

It takes a special set of skills and passion for a contractor to become an expert in hydronic systems, and once these guys get started talking about their work, it’s hard to get them to stop.


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What’s New in HPC Credentials?

BPI, RESNET, ACCA Share Insight into Latest Home-Performance Contracting Programs

Here is a look at what’s new and coming soon in the world of home-performance credentials.


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Tools, Products Make HPC Jobs Easier

High-Tech Tools and Products Target Whole-House Improvement

The information included in this article focuses on the trends behind some of the innovative products now available in the home-performance field.


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Husband-Wife Team Collaborate on Design

Couple Specializes in Design of High-performance Residential Systems

Clients who choose LG Squared to design their homes benefit from the duo’s integrated approach: As Jodi Laumer-Giddens creates the home’s architectural plans, her husband models it for efficiency.


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Racing the Clock: Contractors and the Appointment Window

Communication Key to Being on Time, Building Trust

Being punctual is about more than just minimizing your customers’ wait times — smart contractors recognize they are building trust with clients when their technicians arrive on time. 


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Cool Summer Weather Impacting Supply Chain

Cool Weather Eases Strain in Some Regions, Replacement Is a Mixed Bag

Many contractors are reporting issues with parts and equipment availability in their local regions this summer, attributing cooler seasonal temperatures and unpredictable consumer behavior as the likely causes.


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Running a Profitable Service Department

Key Strategies to Improve Service Operation, Customer Satisfaction

If looking at your service department’s reports fills you with despair, it’s time to reconsider how you’ve been running this side of the business. 


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Staying Stocked: Best Practices for Inventory Management

Contractors Work to Improve Ordering and Restocking Protocols

There may be no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to managing inventory, but HVAC contractors consistently working to improve ordering and restocking protocols are generally rewarded with far fewer headaches during their busy seasons.


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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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