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Don’t Just Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk

Continuity Requires the Efforts of All
By Herb Woerpel
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I continue to hear, ‘To advance this trade, we all must work together.’ Is this an idea worth embracing? Are we just pacifying our peers with a dose of lip service?


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Podcasts: How the Affordable Care Act Impacts HVAC Contractors

Podcast Recorded on Dec. 6, 2013
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Charlie McCrudden, senior vice president of government relations, ACCA, discusses the Affordable Care Act and the impact it will have on HVACR contractors. 


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Diversifying Services Can Be Boon or Bust

By Matt Bishop
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You don’t want to marginalize anything you offer. We all know reputation is huge; so if you go into new services, you can’t do so haphazardly. It’s all or nothing. 


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Does your company hire NATE-certified technicians?


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Refrigerants by the Dozens

Growing List of HVACR Gases Will Eventually Sort Itself Out
By Peter Powell
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As HCFC-22 is phased out and alternative refrigerants enter the market, contractor attention and manufacturer intent will steer the market toward the best remaining refrigerant options. 


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Letters From Our Readers: Dec. 9, 2013

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Readers discuss working with other companies on projects in The NEWS' group, The NEWS Network, on LinkedIn.


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Are Maintenance Agreements an Antiquated Program?

By Kyle Gargaro
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Sometimes the phrase “thinking outside the box” can get thrown around faster than a crack pipe at the mayor of Toronto’s home. But, as an HVAC contractor, you need to make sure you are doing things for a reason and not just because that is the way you have always done them.


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Podcasts: Dec. 2, 2013

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Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America, discusses the creation of Uponor Innovations, the company’s newest launch.


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Hiring Women is a ‘Recipe for Failure’?

Gender Inequality Ignorance Summed Up in One Anonymous Letter
By Jen Anesi
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The women in my family have endured more than their fair share of discrimination because of their gender — something I had never experienced personally, until now.


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Podcasts: Nov. 25, 2013

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Clean-energy entrepreneur and founder of SunEdison, Jigar Shah, discusses his new book, “Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy,” and shares how contractors can cash in on the power of the sun. 


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