Articles by Herb Woerpel

Standards, Innovation Lead Rooftop Efficiency

June 11, 2012
Over the last few decades, rooftop units have moved ahead with numerous technological advances. Both light (3- to 25-ton units) and large commercial packaged rooftop systems (25 tons and up) have matured in style and substance, now offering cleaner air, lower operating costs, more efficient performance, and more.

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Product Snapshots: RTUs and AHUs

June 11, 2012
Boasting better efficiency, cleaner air, stronger structures, and more, the industry’s newest rooftop units (RTUs) and air handling units (AHUs) offer numerous benefits for both commercial and residential facilities.

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Fluke Shares Vision at Summit

June 11, 2012
The Fluke Corp. recently welcomed 80 individuals, including trade press editors from six countries, to its Everett, Wash., headquarters for its 2012 press summit. What did attendees see and learn during their visit?

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Rags-to-Riches Speaker Weldon Long Motivates HVAC Dealers

June 11, 2012
Weldon Long was once a poverty-stricken drug addict caged behind bars with no hope. Today, just seven years removed from his last prison term, Long, 48, is a successful HVAC contractor, motivational speaker, author, and sales trainer. He built his empire on personal responsibility and proven sales tactics.

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Consistent Actions Lead to Grand Results

June 5, 2012

At a recent industry event in Ohio, I heard how consistency changed the life of Weldon Long, former convict and now highly successful HVAC contractor and motivational speaker.

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New Residential Boiler Standards Effective Sept. 1

June 4, 2012
Starting Sept. 1, 2012, all residential boilers must be manufactured to meet new minimum federal efficiency standards. Residential gas hot water boilers must meet 82 percent AFUE; gas steam boilers, 80 percent; oil hot water boilers, 84 percent; and oil steam boilers, 82 percent.

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Online Instruction, Exams Define Future

May 28, 2012
A number of the industry’s certification and accrediting organizations are busy crafting training programs that will define the industry’s next generation. Many are quick to acknowledge that technology is, and will continue to be, the leading factor guiding present and future development.

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Today’s Lessons for Tomorrow’s Technicians

May 28, 2012
According to HVAC Excellence, 65.6 percent of service technicians in the HVACR industry will not be in the industry in eight years. The next generation is now in the classroom learning skills to match the demands of the market, and there is a growing sense of the need to recruit those who will serve as the technicians of the future.

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Lawsuit Challenges California Apprenticeship Standards

May 28, 2012
Should a state-endorsed apprenticeship council be allowed to limit the number of training programs, and their locations, within a certain state? Is this power unconstitutional? That question will soon come before a judge in the state of California.

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HVAC Accreditations, Certifications Provide Credibility, Status

May 28, 2012
Numerous associations, institutions, and organizations offer accreditation and certification across the many sectors of the HVACR industry. For technicians, certification classifies a worker as a top performer. The same holds true for accredited HVACR associations, schools, and training programs.

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Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

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