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Awaiting the Natural Refrigerant Revolution

By Peter Powell
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Inroads regarding natural refrigerants have been reported — and will continue to be reported — in The NEWS. I recently returned from the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Conference in Colorado Springs where ‘natural’ was — naturally — the topic.


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Podcasts: April 15, 2013

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In this podcast, Joe Crisara, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical service contractor “sales coach” with contractorselling.com, shares HVAC-specific marketing and sales tips designed to help contractors succeed in today’s business environment. 


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Giving Credit Back to the Teachers

By Herb Woerpel
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We all have at least one teacher who influenced us. What about you? With your support, this instructor — who helped transform you into the HVACR workhorse you are today — can gain the recognition he or she deserves. The NEWS’ Best Instructor and Trainer contests, sponsored by hilmor, are now accepting nominations.


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Survey Says ...

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March Online Poll: With the R-22 phaseout ramping up, do you believe there will be an adequate supply this year for service requirements?


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HVAC Notes from the Road

By Kyle Gargaro
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While the summer is the busiest season for most of our contractor readers, for those of us covering the industry, the first three months of the year are the most jam-packed. Here are some interesting items I have picked up during my travels.


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Letters From Our Readers: April 1, 2013

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Prediction: Factories to focus on efficiency. Incentives furthered through licensing.


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Social Media & Technology – It’s Not Just for the Kids

By Jen Anesi
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Does your company have a Facebook page? Have you posted to your timeline in the past day or two? Do you Tweet regularly? Do you have a smartphone? A tablet? A laptop or a netbook?


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Letters From Our Readers: March 25, 2013

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These letters address state-by-state HVACR incentives, in response to the question, “Are there any incentives that are specific to your state that have proven beneficial in any way, and if so, how?”


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Where Are Your Customers?

By Kyle Gargaro
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I don’t believe the HVAC industry in which you work and the publishing business which The NEWS plays in have very much in common. There is one fairly significant similarity though: We both need to be where our customers/readers are at all times.


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Letters From Our Readers: March 18, 2013

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Bill tackles construction worker insurance.


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