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Taking Care of Business: There Is ALWAYS a Silver Lining

By John R. Hall
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Yeah, some people think there is no such thing as a silver lining. Where in the heck did that phrase come from anyway? Try John Milton’s work “Comus” in 1634. I keep a copy on my coffee table for reference purposes.
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Skaer-Tactics: Sign of the Times Is Material Price Volatility

By Mark Skaer
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Material shortages and price escalations plague the construction industry. And it is clear that the price volatility of construction material, such as steel, will be a continuing challenge.
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Murphy's Law: No-No Locations for Equipment

By Mike Murphy
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Alex Walter, a contractor in Aurora, Colo., has been bugging me for over a year to post his list of places that an HVAC system should never be installed. He has some good ideas that will make you think . . . but what would happen if all of the following locations were out of the picture for HVAC?
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Skaer-Tactics: NADCA Determined to Get Proof, Noticed

By Mark Skaer
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Through a two-year research project with the University of Colorado, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) is on the path to confirm and define the relationship between HVAC cleaning and energy savings.
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Taking Care of Business: Now Is not a Good Time for Utility Competition

By John R. Hall
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Michigan add-on/replacement (AOR) HVACR contractors, like many other contractors across North America, are getting socked from many sides during these trying economic times. Now along comes utility DTE Energy.
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Murphy's Law: Little Green Steps

By Mike Murphy
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Reading the PHCC spring newsletter I found some interesting information the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics had gathered: from 2004 to 2014, demand for HVACR mechanics and installers will blossom 27 percent.
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Skaer-Tactics: It's Here, $ad to $ay

By Mark Skaer
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OK, so we were a little off. Almost exactly a year ago (June 4, 2007, to be exact), The NEWS had this headline on page 1: “Gas Prices Predicted to Hit $4 per Gallon.”
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I Think... We Need to Sell Relief

By John Conrad
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The industry touts air filtering and purifying systems that get rid of a bunch of bad stuff. But I don’t think you can be successful focusing on the bad. What we are really selling in this industry is relief.
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Taking Care of Business: I'll Take One of Those $300 A/C T-Shirts

By John R. Hall
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The racecar drivers got it right. They know how to keep cool. Now if only we could convince our a/c customers that they need to stay cool all of the time, life would be good! Wouldn’t it?
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Murphy's Law: Trading Up

By Mike Murphy
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You can get a good cup of coffee a lot of places, but how many of you would prefer to go to Starbucks? People don't want just an iPod; they want the iPod Nano.
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