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Research Reveals the End is Near for New Refrigerants

Experts Report: Refrigerants Have Reached the Limits of Chemistry
By Peter Powell
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There may be no more “nexts" — moving forward, what you see is what you get.


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Letters From Our Readers: Sept. 1, 2014

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A reader discusses how to deal with employees when they make mistakes.


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Create an App to Separate Your Business

When You Mention You Have an App, Customers Will See Your Company as Both Bigger and Tech-Savvy
By Kyle Gargaro
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Most HVAC contractors I talk to lament the fact that it is difficult to stand out from the rest of the crowd. An option gaining momentum from forward-thinking contractors is to create a mobile app.


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Podcasts: Aug. 25, 2014

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Dave Knight and a crew of Thornton and Grooms techs visited The NEWS’ managing editor Herb Woerpel’s home to install a new Wi-Fi thermostat. During the installation, he stopped to talk about how technicians can help homeowners select the best thermostat for their heating and cooling needs.


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Will HVAC Embrace Online Selling?

By Kyle Gargaro
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Everyone from Amazon to Stamps.com is cashing in on the paradigm shift. Is the HVAC industry missing the boat? 


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Podcasts: Aug. 18, 2014

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Frank Landwehr, vice president of marketing and product planning for Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.’s air conditioning business, talks about a survey of 300 residential HVAC contractors addressing how prepared the HVAC industry is for the regional standards change.


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The Refrigerant Shuffle

More Options Trying to Find a Place
By Peter Powell
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High-global warming potential (GWP) gases, including a number of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), have come under attack from environmentalists for being part of the climate change issue.


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Survey: Should EPA Halt Production of R-22 in 2015?

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Some in the industry are calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt production of R-22 as of 2015. What do you think?


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Are You Adequately Honoring Your Company’s All-time Greats?

Recognition, Rewards Go a Long Way in Honoring Employee Performance
By Herb Woerpel
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Without a doubt, your employees are your greatest asset. With that in mind, are you giving them the recognition they deserve?


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Letters From Our Readers: Aug. 4, 2014

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A reader discusses politics and calls for a return to the nation's founding principles and foundational documents.


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Rajan Rajendran, newly appointed director of the Emerson Innovation Center, talks about the new $35 million facility and how it will function on the University of Dayton campus. Posted on Aug. 29.

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