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2013 February 11

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HVAC Owners Address Workplace Violence

When you think of workplace violence, do you think it’s something that only happens at other people’s companies? That’s a common reaction, but smart contractors know there are many levels of violence that can occur in the workplace, and they take precautions to ensure their employees are safe, whether in the office or in the field.


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Process Improvements Influence Bottom Line

Moving product from manufacturer to contractor simplifies the definition of wholesale distribution. What it doesn’t account for are the multiple processes that distributors employ to effectively accomplish product movement and customer satisfaction; all while endeavoring to make a profit.


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Lennox Opens 100th PartsPlus

Lennox Industries opened its 100th store and distribution center in Depew, N.Y.


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Energy Star for New Homes Flourishes

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed the rollout of version 3 of its Energy Star for New Homes program, and more HVAC contractors became involved in this process to certify efficient homes.


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Geothermal Keeps the Inn Quiet

With a nod to its surroundings, The Carneros Inn was conceptualized in 1998 to incorporate natural beauty while ensuring sustainability through a number of ecologically minded design and construction principles.


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MCAA Convention Heads to Texas

Hundreds of members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) will be remembering the Alamo while taking in five days of star-studded lectures and performances at this year’s MCAA National Convention, slated for March 17-21 in San Antonio.


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HVAC Excellence Conference Aims to Teach the Teachers

The “Education … The Key to a Sustainable Future” conference provides lectures, hands-on sessions, and nearly 80 industry exhibits for persons providing training in the HVACR and energy-auditing fields.


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Ice Breaker: Hand Tool Safety

Many careless injuries are the result of rushing to complete a task and not taking the necessary time to do it right.


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Considering Cascade, Transcritical, Transport, and Heat Pumps

CO2 as a refrigerant in cascade supermarket systems, transcritical applications, transport refrigeration, and heat pumps were among major developments in recent years. Here is a summary of those developments.


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The Professor: Compressor Overheating

Compressor overheating is often referred to as the HVACR industry’s most serious field problem.


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Manufacturers Keep Close Eye on Regulation

People tend to use words like “complex” and “intense” to describe government regulations that impact the HVAC industry. These days, “rapidly changing” could also be applied, as the industry quickly shifts its plans to accommodate the potential change to the DOE’s regional furnace standard.


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Contractors Weigh in on Potential Standards Change

The complex regulatory landscape that HVAC contractors must navigate is always shifting — and it received another jolt last month when news broke that the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) regional appliance standards for furnaces were potentially changing.


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Residential Contractor: Feb. 11, 2013

Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing recognized as Employer of the Year.


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Contractor Services: Feb. 11, 2013

Commercial Food Equipment Service Association will use FixxBook’s Private Network software.


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Organizations: Feb. 11, 2013

AHRI releases Geothermal Systems eBook; RSES announces new executive committee; CIPH will co-convene 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium.


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Distributors: Feb. 11, 2013

Wolseley Canada announced that Keith VanderVennet will return to Ferguson, Wolseley’s U.S. operation.


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Manufacturers: Feb. 11, 2013

Field Controls names Midwest regional sales manager; Regal Beloit names HVACR marketing specialist; Metal Coaters opens coil-coating facility; Hussman announces Southeast representative; Scotsman Industries, acquired by Ali Group, will remain U.S. based; Elgin Fastener Group names corporate controller, director of supply chain management, and technical sales representative; Bristol Compressors appoints vice president of finance and vice president of supply chain; ICOR International doubles number of system conversion labels supplied with NU-22B; Reversomatic Manufacturing announces opening of U.S. distribution facility and names vice president of U.S. sales.


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DOE Announces Committee Meeting

On Jan. 17, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the first meeting of the Appliance Standards and Rulemakings Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).


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Ask The Experts: Feb. 11, 2013

I know I need to get better this year at tracking my financials. I keep a monthly profit and loss statement, but I’m not an accountant, so I’m not always sure what I should do with it. Where do I start?


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Tecumseh Chairman Resigns

Tecumseh Products Co. announced that Kent Herrick has resigned from its board of directors and as its chairman, effective Jan. 17.


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RSES Releases Hydronics Manual

RSES announced the release of Hydronics, the newest title in the Preparing for the NATE Exam series.


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Automatic Filters Inc.: Automatic Backwash Filters

Exceptionally useful in the HVAC industry, especially in cooling tower applications, the TEKLEEN® line of ABW (automatic backwash) filters eliminate contamination, which can circulate through heat exchangers, chillers, and compressors, making the cooling system pump harder, thus lowering the efficiency of the system, said the company. 


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CQM Systems LLC: Condenser Tube Cleaning System

The Automatic Tube Cleaning System (ATCS) provides energy-saving, on-line condenser tube cleaning for water-cooled chiller applications. The system periodically injects sponge balls into the condenser water stream, and prevents condenser tubes from developing scale or microbial fouling deposits.


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CAS DataLoggers: Temp/RH/CO2 Data Logger

Self-contained, the RTR-756 Wireless CO2 + Temperature + Humidity Data Logger is a flexible, real-time monitoring solution for managing CO2 levels, temperature, and humidity in schools and office buildings. The data logger features flexible recording and battery operation. 


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Rheem Manufacturing Co.: Electric Commercial Water Heaters

The 175-gallon capacity model has been added to the Heavy Duty Electric line of commercial water heaters. According to the manufacturer, when an order is placed before noon, the manufacturer will either ship the 175-gallon model the same day or customers can pick it up the same day.


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ICM Controls Corp.: Fan Coil Thermostats

Designed for high-voltage fan coil and baseboard applications, the SimpleComfort® SC700 series of fan coil thermostats includes four UL-listed, nonprogrammable models. They support 24 or 115-277 vac, three-speed fan, four-pipe heat/cool applications with precise comfort controls accurate to ±1°F. 


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Onset Computer Corp.: Temperature-Humidity Monitoring Kit

With the HOBO wireless temp/rh monitoring kit, users can monitor critical temperature and humidity conditions, log data for trend analysis, and stay notified of alarm conditions via text or email. Features include centralized monitoring straight from the desktop. 


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Fieldpiece Instruments Inc.: Draft Simulator

Model DDSM1 draft simulator allows HVAC professionals to accurately test pressure switches and calibrate adjustable pressure switches to any furnace. This allows technicians to carry adjustable switches on their trucks, instead of switches for a variety of furnaces, said the company.


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Enertech Global LLC: Residential Outdoor Split Systems

The GeoComfort® Compass Series geothermal outdoor split system can be installed in new and existing homes. The space-saving footprint makes it an excellent choice for homes with minimal space for mechanical equipment, said the company. 


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