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Leaky Ductwork Continues to Drain System Efficiency

Contractors, Manufacturers Share Tips and Tricks for Sealing Ductwork

As home-performance contracting continues to gain traction in the U.S., many HVAC professionals are taking a whole-house approach instead of simply fixing immediate HVAC problems.


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Finding Success in Duct Renovation

Thorough Testing, Customer Involvement Help Sell Duct System Repairs

Contractors adding duct renovation services to their repertoires can improve both the contractor’s bottom line as well as their reputation as a high-end HVAC contractor. 


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UV-C Shines a Light on System Health

Improved Technology, Dropping Prices Drive Adoption of UV-C Technology

Just as an infection can spread from one part of the body to another, so can contaminated air, which is why an increasing number of home and building owners are choosing to install UV products.


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DOE Denies Petition; AHRI Sues Over Rule

With Lawsuit, AHRI Hopes to Mend DOE’s ‘Broken Rulemaking Process’

The DOE, AHRI asserts, did not follow proper protocol when promulgating the WICF final rule and issued energy-conservation standards that many in the industry feel are unfair, not technologically feasible, and unnecessarily burdensome to HVACR manufacturers.


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ASHRAE Targets Legionnaires’ Disease

Standard Expected to Identify Risk Factors for Growth and Exposure

To help battle Legionellosis, which includes both Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac Fever, ASHRAE is currently developing Standard 188P: “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems.” The fourth public review draft of the standard is expected to be approved and made available for public comment soon.


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What Makes an Employee Indispensable?

By making a few changes, you can help ensure you have a job for many, many years to come.


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Home Automation Products Gaining HVAC Industry Traction

Ease of Use, Options Improving as Prices Start to Come Down

In only a few years, the number of connected “smart” products for the home has increased exponentially as homeowners have shown more and more interest in being able to monitor and control their homes from nearly anywhere.


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AHRI, Lennox Petition Court to Review DOE Walk-in Standard

Industry Leaders Challenge Efficiency Standards for Walk-in Coolers, Freezers

On Aug. 4, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and Lennox Intl. Inc. filed a petition asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to review the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule establishing energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF).


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Contractors in Charge of Surging Home Automation Market

Listening, Offering Options Help Contractors Close a Sale

The home automation market is growing globally at an incredible pace. The prevalence of these products can be seen with a quick trip to the hardware store, where anyone can find an array of Wi-Fi-capable home automation products, including thermostats, door locks, lights, video cameras, and more.


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HVAC Industry Cautious About Microsoft Partnership

Joint Project Supports Home Automation Software Startup Companies

In June, Microsoft Corp. and American Family Insurance announced the launch of a business accelerator for tech startup companies that are focused on home automation. The goal of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator is to provide mentorship, resources, and workspace to startups.


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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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