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2013 January 21

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Contractors Discuss Introductory Tools

So, you’ve been thinking about starting your own HVACR contracting business. Or, perhaps you vowed HVACR success as a New Year’s resolution. But where do you begin? The NEWS recently connected with a handful of HVACR professionals and asked them: “If you were just breaking into the industry, which tools would be most important to success, and why?”


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Fluke Tools Help Starz Shine in Denver

For HVAC technician and chief engineer Bob Axelson and the maintenance team at Starz Entertainment LLC, the show must go on. Axelson and his team live that mantra every day as they watch over Denver-area data storage and production facilities vital to ensure that 17 Starz Entertainment premium channels are available.


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Contractors Invent Copper Theft Deterrent

In some cases, the proper HVACR tool simply doesn’t exist. In those instances, some entrepreneurial contractors take it upon themselves to craft their own solutions. Thus was the case with Mitch Livingston, his nephew Corey Livingston, and their ACAL-SHARK copper alarm.


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Manufacturers: Jan. 21, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating opens southwest business unit; Venstar forms distribution partnership with Truca Cargo; Multistack acquires rights to produce, support, and sell Dais Analytic’s energy recovery ventilator; Sanuvox Technologies recognizes Johnstone Supply; Lennox Industries opens 100th PartsPlus store; M&G DuraVent announces acquisition.


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Organizations: Jan. 21, 2013

Center for Resource Solutions names board member; Air Diffusion Council introduces Proper Flexible Duct Installation Practices online training program; ACCA names three vice presidents; IFMA moves to new Houston office; MCAA to host its MCAA 2013 event March 17-21.


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Distributor Makes Wish Come True

When Make-A-Wish®, the nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, offered to grant Diego a wish, it came as no surprise to his parents that the wish involved dinosaurs.


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Arzel Zoning Hosts Relief Fundraiser

Arzel Zoning hosted a month-long fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Arzel contributed a dollar on behalf of every new follower obtained on its Twitter account. The campaign ran throughout the month of November.


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Rheem Supports Sandy Relief Efforts

The company has created a special financing option for homeowners impacted by the storm; developed a donation effort with its distributor partners in the region; and is leading an online fundraising initiative benefiting the American Red Cross relief efforts.


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Aireco Teams with Homes for Our Troops

Aireco Supply Inc. donated a complete Frigidaire high-efficiency, Energy Star-rated HVAC system accompanied by an Arzel Zoning System to help in the construction of a specially adapted home for Staff Sgt. Kelly Keck in Havre de Grace, Md.


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Joseph Groh Foundation Helps Paralyzed Man

Damien Winiarski has been employed in the plumbing industry since August 2005. He started off as a plumber’s assistant and worked for plumbing contractors on the Northwest side of Chicago. On July 28, 2012, Winiarski was involved in a motor vehicle accident, which left him paralyzed at the T 12 level.


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Knaack Donates to Great American Heroes

Knaack LLC has helped to support the good works of the Salina Rescue Mission in Salina, Kan., which was profiled on country music star Trace Adkins’ show that seeks out and lends a hand to the regular, small-town men and women he calls Great American Heroes.


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AHRI Awards Scholarships

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) held its annual meeting Nov. 11-13, during which the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation awarded scholarships to four students studying at San Joaquin Valley College.


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Webinar Helps Improve Sales, Service

The NEWS and ContractorSelling.com will be hosting a webinar, the “HVAC Sales Objection Super Bowl,” that is designed to help your business. The three-part series, running three consecutive Thursdays starting Jan. 31, will feature sales expert Rick Picard.


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Survey Examines Clean Energy

Many Americans believe clean-energy development and addressing climate change should be priorities for President Obama and Congress, according to a survey conducted by researchers from Yale University and George Mason University.


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ASHRAE Seeking Input

ASHRAE is seeking input on revisions to data centers in the 90.1 Energy Standard Scope. Addendum cs to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 is open for advisory public review now through Feb. 3.


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LG Partners with EPA

LG Electronics USA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to collaborate on several initiatives, including product stewardship, environmentally preferred purchasing, green infrastructure, green transportation, and environmental education initiatives.


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Architectural Billings Increase

Billings at architecture firms across the country continue to increase. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported its November Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score was 53.2, up from the mark of 52.8 in October. 


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IAPMO Seeks Volunteers

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is seeking volunteers to join two technical committees working toward development of the 2015 editions of the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code (USPSHTC) and Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code (USEHC).


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Welch Named to Caucus

U.S. Representative Peter Welch, D-Vt., will be the co-leader of the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus. Formed in 2008, the Caucus heightens awareness among federal policymakers about the major impacts that buildings have on the health, safety, and welfare of the general public,. 


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Certification Terms Updated

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) have updated prerequisite high school diploma/GED requirements for its Retrofit Installer/Technician and Crew Leader certifications within the Home Energy Professional Certification program. 


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Design Polymerics: LEED Solvent-Based Duct Sealer

The DP 1090 solvent-based duct sealer is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- (LEED) qualified as a low-emitting sealant with volatile organic compounds less than 50 grams/liter. The sealant skins in less than a minute to help installers avoid the clean-up commonly associated with solvent-based duct sealers.


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Anvil® International: HVAC Hook-Up Kits

The Gruvlok® KNX Series hydronic hook-up kits integrate the typical 54 components required to connect piping to hydronic heating or chiller system equipment into a pre-engineered, pre-assembled, and pre-tested kit of only four components, saving up to 80 percent on labor compared to traditional connection methods.


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Emerson Climate Technologies: Thermal Expansion Valves

The NXT Series R-410A thermal expansion valves are balanced ported valves designed for high-efficiency R-410A air conditioning and heat pump applications. The valves operate over a wide range of conditions and applications, while offering excellent performance, reliability, and unparalleled valve life, says the company. 


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NIBCO: Balancing Valves and Control Kits

The Coil-Connect™ manual and automatic balancing valves, combination ball valves, unions, and valve kits, including balancing valves, combination ball valves, and unions are provided with integral union connections and multiple tapped ports. Strainers and drain valves are also standard. 


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Honeywell: Hydronic Circulating Pump

Available in three sizes, with three speed settings per pump, the AquaPUMP™ hydronic circulating pump has a twist-to-fit flange which rotates 90 degrees to fit every application, the company said. The built-in hardened ceramic internal shaft and bearings offer high-corrosion resistance and longer performance.


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Greenheck Fan Corp.: Tornado Dampers

Heavy-duty, double-flanged, channel frame-style backdraft tornado dampers are designed to protect against tornados and rapid pressure changes. Installed in ductwork or wall mounted near the exterior of a building, the tornado dampers allow for air movement (intake or exhaust) during normal weather conditions. 


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E Instruments International LLC: Combustion Gas Analyzer

Now available with Bluetooth wireless communication, the portable BTU4400-NOx flue gas analyzer is designed for emissions monitoring, maintenance, and tuning of combustion processes. Its rugged design and “true NOx” capability makes the 4400 an ideal industrial analyzer for boiler, engine, furnace, and other combustion applications.


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Thrush Co. Inc.: Air and Dirt Separator

The Aar-O-Vent® air and dirt separator was found, according to third-party testing at an independent laboratory, to consistently remove greater than 99.7 percent of the dissolved-oxygen content in a closed-piping system and can remove up to 99 percent of the dirt particles in the 17-65 micron size range.


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