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Uncertainty Looms for Contractors in 2013

Government Regulation, Economy Remain Top Concerns
December 10, 2012
The election has come and gone. And while HVACR contractors held on to hope that November’s ballots would provide a bit of clarity, looming legislative gridlock and unstable economic conditions continue to provide a much murkier forecast.


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Conference Teaches Demand Development

December 10, 2012
Is America approaching a fiscal cliff? That depends on who you talk to. Find out what Alan Beaulieu and other keynote speakers had to say at the 2012 HARDI Annual Conference.


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Daikin, Goodman Executives Discuss Acquisition

December 10, 2012
An acquisition that brings together two of the world’s strongest players in the global HVAC marketplace — exactly what does that mean? During the press conference held by Takeshi Ebisu, Daikin senior executive officer, and Dave Swift, Goodman Global Group Inc. president and CEO, the answer was simple. “In one word, complementary,” said Swift


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Facts + Figures: Shipments Down Except for Commercial Electric Water Heaters

December 10, 2012
Source: Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Industry figures are estimates that are derived from the best available figures supplied by a sample of AHRI member companies.


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Going from Push to Pull to Profits

December 10, 2012
In an earlier article, I shared that during a break at a seminar for business owners, I’d explained my “push > pull” theory to three traditional business owners. Read to find out what this theory is.


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Contractors Learn How to Build Value

December 10, 2012
Contractors from around the country converged on Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the Nexstar Network’s Super Meeting. The meeting was titled “Customers First” and included informative sessions and plenty of networking opportunities.


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Products with Intelligence

December 10, 2012
This roundup of products, components, and software covers both residential and commercial offerings that use new technology to add intelligence, improve performance, and achieve high levels of energy efficiency.


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Meeting the Demand for Energy Is Vital

December 10, 2012
“Energy is what keeps the United States, and the world, going,” said Colin Powell, retired four-star general, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and secretary of state for President George W. Bush. “And what I see is demand for energy is getting greater and greater and greater.”


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Forum Stresses Team Building, Profitability

December 10, 2012
For the fifth straight year, HVACR professionals met for Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) Service Managers Forum, focusing on streamlining the interaction between management, technician, and the customer.


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Contractor Showcases Intelligent Home

December 10, 2012
Hugh Joyce, owner of James River Air Conditioning in Richmond, Va., initially wanted to create a place to showcase some innovative and energy-efficient products. However, after a year of planning and construction he opened something much greater. What is it?


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Price Increases: Dec. 10, 2012

December 10, 2012
Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions raises prices.


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Distributors: Dec. 10, 2012

December 10, 2012
Tencarva Machinery ranked 48th in 2012 Grant Thornton North Carolina 100.


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Commercial Contractors: Dec. 10, 2012

December 10, 2012
Tozour Energy Systems’ Kevin Keenan named Young Energy Professional; Brady Energy Services’ Phil Kirk inducted into Catawba College business hall of fame.


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Residential Contractors: Dec. 10, 2012

December 10, 2012
Washington Energy Services signs franchise agreement; Jasper Contractors opens operation center in Philadelphia; Bill Howe Heating & Air Conditioning hires HVAC sales manager.


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Manufacturers: Dec. 10, 2012

December 10, 2012
U.S. Boiler Co. approves M&G DuraVent’s PolyPro single-wall, concentric, and flex; Dynamic Air Quality Solutions’ V8-SL Air Cleaning System receives award; EnTouch Controls announces partnership.


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ACCA Provides Hurricane Sandy Relief

December 10, 2012
Even before Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey this fall, a plan was in place to help contractors and their employees thanks to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).


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Project Files: Stadium Monitoring

December 10, 2012
For the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team, the objective was to install a reliable energy management system to ensure safe, reliable, and comfortable heating and cooling during games and other critical operations.


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Obituary: Alan O’Shea

December 10, 2012
Alan O’Shea, 61, of Kendall Park, N.J., passed away Sept. 28, 2012, at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.


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Obituary: William E. Roach Jr.

December 10, 2012
William E. Roach Jr. passed away Sept. 2, 2012. He joined Superior Equipment Sales Inc. in 1980 as sales and marketing manager and played an important role in Superior’s success.


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BPI Certification Interest Soars

December 10, 2012
Demand for Building Performance Institute’s (BPI) core certifications continues to grow. Within the past 18 months, BPI certifications have increased from 25,000 to 40,000.


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Geothermal Examined

December 10, 2012
Building owners, designers, and contractors considering a geothermal heat pump system may now determine the associated federal tax credits, using Carrier’s new white paper, “Geothermal Heat Pump Systems and Federal Tax Incentives.”


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Renewable Use on the Rise

December 10, 2012
According to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Americans used less energy in 2011 than in the previous year due mainly to a shift to higher-efficiency energy technologies in the transportation and residential sectors.


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Commercial Refrigeration Market Growing

December 10, 2012
The global commercial refrigeration equipment market accounted for $29.1 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $46.6 billion in 2018, according to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research.


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ESCO Unveils Training Course

December 10, 2012
The ESCO Institute unveiled its Residential Heat Load Analyst training and certification program. The program, developed in cooperation with the Green Mechanical Council, will help simplify the task of teaching residential heat load calculations.


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GLquote.com: Per Job General Liability Insurance

December 10, 2012
The per job general liability insurance is designed specifically towards insuring small- and medium-sized contractors in today’s economy. According to the company, it is designed to help small- and medium-sized contractors who are finding it more difficult to maintain annual general liability insurance.


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Temtrol: Tear-Down Air Handler

December 10, 2012
Reducing the need for costly demolition or helicopter expenses, the Rapid Knock-Down (RKD) air handler is designed to be delivered to the jobsite in sections matched to the building’s minimum opening, to allow for easier installation into tight or hard-to-reach spaces.


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Redi Controls Inc.: Centrifugal Chiller Purge Unit

December 10, 2012
The Redi-Purge noncondensable gravity flow purge 007 Series units are a virtual drop-in replacement for purge units that pull from and return to the condenser. The series includes models 007-11-C3 and 007-123-C3. According to the manufacturer, the refrigerant charge does not have to be pulled to install.


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Carrier Corp.: MERV 13 Air Purifier

December 10, 2012
Nearly one-half the width of existing air purifiers, the Performance™ Series air purifier provides cleaner, healthier indoor air, says the company. Based on the Infinity® air purifier platform with Captures & Kills™ technology, the air purifier has a narrow cabinet of 7¼ inches (18 cm) wide and an air filter 2½ inches (6.4 cm) wide.


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International Comfort Products: Single-Stage Gas Furnaces

December 10, 2012
Designed to offer easier installation and service and improved reliability, the line of Heil® 95.5 and 92.1 percent AFUE Performance Series gas furnaces feature a dual-vent design to allow one- or two-pipe installation. The single-stage furnaces feature multispeed, pre-lubricated permanent split capacitor (PSC) blower motors.


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Emerson Climate Technologies: Air Conditioner, Heat Pump Relay

December 10, 2012
The White-Rodgers SureSwitch™ relay, model number 49P11-843, replaces the function of a contactor and short-cycle timer with a sealed relay. It increases the reliability of air conditioning systems and heat pumps. Designed to fit in the space of a traditional mechanical contactor, the relay is a universal electronic upgrade.


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Camfil Farr: Universal Filter Frame

December 10, 2012
A universal filter frame for built-up bank HVAC systems, the FastFrame™ air filter holding frame uses exclusive new compression tab technology. This allows rapid filter change-out without clips and fasteners, or the common problem of finger cuts caused by the sharp edges on conventional framing systems.


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