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What the Election Results Mean for the HVACR Industry

By Robert Wilkins
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The economy, the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and energy independence are just a few of the issues facing the winners of the 2012 election. But, as one of Washington’s leading pundits recently stated, “This isn’t the first critical election where the stakes are high, and it won’t be the last.”


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Letters From Our Readers: Nov. 26, 2012

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These remarks are on the ability of customers to get financing for HVAC systems.


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Play to Win: Business is a Lot Like Baseball

By Herb Woerpel
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During a recent conference, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a session led by Frank Besednjak, a trainer, teacher, coach, and consultant with decades of HVAC industry experience. Besednjak shared the thought-provoking claim that business is a lot like baseball.


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Letters From Our Readers: Nov. 19, 2012

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These comments are concerning Joanna Turpin’s article “Regulations Burden Contractors,” Oct. 15, 2012, on the costs to small businesses to comply with government regulations.


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Survey Says ...

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October Online Poll: Do you believe the Department of Energy’s regional standards for residential HVAC equipment will be enforceable?


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Winding Down a Complicated Year in Refrigerants

By Peter Powell
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It has been an interesting — and complicated — year when it comes to refrigerants. The year began with cutbacks in HCFC production. We had expected there to be about 90 million pounds of virgin R-22 in 2012, down a bit from 2011. But the EPA proposed at the most 80 million pounds and at the least 55 million.


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Letters From Our Readers: Nov. 5, 2012

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These comments are concerning Joanna Turpin’s article “Regulations Burden Contractors,” Oct. 15, 2012, on the costs to small businesses to comply with government regulations.


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Taking Knowledge Home From Industry Events

By Kyle Gargaro
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September and October are always busy traveling months for those of us in the HVAC trade press. It makes sense as most associations hold their meetings during these months to get the highest attendance since this is typically one of HVAC’s shoulder seasons.


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Letters From Our Readers: Oct. 29, 2012

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This letter is in response to Pat Rucker’s letter in the Sept. 3, 2012 issue concerning the NBC air conditioning contractor sting.


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Get Out and Vote

By Butch Welsch
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I heard a very discouraging report the other day. It said that in this particular community, less than one-half of the eligible voters had registered to vote. The day I heard the report was the last chance for potential voters to register for the upcoming election. And this is in a presidential election year.


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