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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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Pacifying our Employees on Payroll

Perhaps We Should Consider Disciplining Employees like Children
By Herb Woerpel
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Many of you reading this are not only supervisors, but also parents. And, boasting a staff of working professionals, you’d never treat your personnel like children, would you? 


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Letters From Our Readers: Nov. 18, 2013

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Readers share their thoughts on retrofitting HCFC HVAC systems to HFC refrigerants, technician attitudes over the years, and improving fleet gas mileage.


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Which HVAC Segment Are You Passionate About?

By Kyle Gargaro
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There is a big upside to passion — it is contagious. How much better is a work environment where the leader truly believes in the product? 


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Podcasts: Nov. 11, 2013

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Jenny Levy, director of corporate social responsibility at Hypertherm, discusses the manufacturer’s continued support of the community and environment, and provides tips on how contractors can do the same. 


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Contractors Crucial in Supermarket Perceptions

HVAC Contractors Essential in Supermarkets’ Freshness
By Peter Powell
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To me, cleanliness is extremely important, especially as to what the meat preparation area looks like after it is closed for the evening. I would hope all customers put high priority on store cleanliness and store owners do the same.


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Podcasts: Nov. 4, 2013

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In this podcast, Kurt Wessling, director of sales at Jackson Systems, discusses how the company’s new barometric zone damper (BZD) eliminates the need for a bypass damper in residential zoning systems, and more.


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