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Chimney Fundamentals: The Science of Venting Flue Gases - Part 3

How to Keep Your Customers Safe as Well as Comfortable

Water is a byproduct of combustion. If the proper venting of flue gases is neglected — as is so often the case — water in the form of condensation triggers serious safety and comfort issues for our customers. As professionals, we must pay more attention to flue gas temperatures and the conditions of the flue during our service calls.


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Why Home Standby Generators Are Needed

An Automatic Backup Generator Is Reliable in the Face of Impossible-to-Predict Variable Weather Conditions

The home standby generator is designed to be reliable in the face of the impossible-to-predict variable weather conditions that often necessitate its use; yet, many homeowners do not utilize this appliance. These generators provide homeowners reliable backup power to keep them comfortable, safe, and secure during a power outage.


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A#1 Air Solves Air Conditioning Challenges for Gas Monkey Garage

Dallas HVAC, Electric, Plumbing, and Security Contractor Answers the Call

Gas Monkey Garage, owned and operated by Richard Rawlings and home to the Discovery Channel’s series Fast N Loud, has gone since conception without air conditioning. Rawlings contacted A#1 Air and requested air conditioning for Gas Monkey Garage, believing it to be a simple job. It turned out to be much more.


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Chimney Fundamentals: The Science of Venting Flue Gases - Part 2

How to Keep Your Customers Safe as Well as Comfortable

Gas appliances are divided into four venting categories based on vent operating pressure and whether they are condensing or non-condensing. Category I is negative pressure, non-condensing. Category II is negative pressure, condensing. Category III is positive pressure, non-condensing. Category IV is positive pressure, condensing.


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The HVAC Contractor’s Guide to Estimating Software

The Most Important Things to Consider to be Sure You’re Getting the Best Solution

One thing is certain in small- to mid-sized businesses today: the need for sales force automation is top of mind. Too many small- to mid-sized companies — HVAC contractors, specifically — are facing the challenge of implementing streamlined, sales-friendly software to aid customer relationships.


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Supercomputer That Uses Waste Heat to Warm Its Building Wins R&D 100 Award

HP Supercomputer at NREL Garners Top Honor

A supercomputer created by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that uses warm water to cool its servers, and then re-uses that water to heat its building, has been honored as one of the top technological innovations of the year by R&D Magazine.


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Energy Logging for HVAC: A Simpler Approach

New Solution Optimized for Logging in Commercial/Institutional Buildings and Industrial Plants

Over time, HVAC systems can become inefficient. Energy logging at the biggest loads can help identify wasted energy and potential savings. Most HVAC professionals understand that energy is wasted by inefficient systems or by operating non-critical loads at peak utility rate periods.


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