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Editors Blog
The editors of The NEWS have something to say... and we want to hear back from you! Here's our take on the news of the day. What's yours?

Powell's Ponderings: More Hotlines Needed

Service Hotline has been one of the longest running components of The NEWS. The question-and-answer format has been popular. The problem is that the well has run dry - we need some new questions.
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Taking Care of Business: The 13-Month Warranty - Not ‘Nice'

Everybody in the world knows about 12-month guarantees because everybody in the world offers them. Be different from your competition by offering a 13-month warranty on products and services.
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Housing Mess = Pent-Up Demand For Your Services

Earlier this week the U.S. Commerce Department released October stats indicating that new home and apartment construction have dropped to an annual rate of 791,000 units, a 4.5% decrease from September.
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Skaer-Tactics: What's on Energy Efficiency Horizon?

President-elect Barrack Obama’s transition team has already started its work, and in Congress, new leadership will be elected soon. What can we expect from the new administration and a new Congress on an energy efficiency policy?
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Taking Care of Business: Defining Lack of Knowledge and Ignorance

In the case of HVACR as a career, I believe people are both uninformed and misinformed. We, as a trade, have to address both responses.
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Skaer-Tactics: Better to Learn and Share Than to Complain and Struggle

According to one association executive, the difference between a profitable contractor and a less-than-profitable one is that the former has a passion for both learning and sharing.
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Powell's Ponderings: Defining the ‘R'

Ever since I became the refrigeration editor of The NEWS, I’ve tried to figure out exactly what is “refrigeration.”
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Eat or Be Eaten

I love nature shows, especially those that demonstrate ferocity in the animal kingdom. Last night I caught a segment where an imposing monitor lizard went looking for lunch in a badger’s den, only to end up becoming lunch for the badger.
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Murphy's Law: Customer Can Say No More Ways Than One

What if a customer changed his mind and you had to return and install the old equipment and refund the price paid for a new system you had put in yesterday?
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Skaer-Tactics: Why Not Joe Comfort Specialist?

John McCain certainly put Joe the Plumber in the limelight. Too bad he didn’t single out an HVACR contractor during the debates. Then again, what would he have called him - or her? Joe HVACR?
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