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Zoned Comfort Control Has Come a Long Way

While the roots of residential zoned comfort control lie in the commercial market where necessity drove its invention, the controls have become exceedingly more feature-filled and functional, while at the same time, in many cases, easier than ever to apply. Modern zoned comfort control systems employ the latest in electronics technology and care as much for the contractor’s installation needs as the homeowner’s comfort and convenience.

Btu Buddy 11: Handling an Over-Fired Boiler

Bob has been notified by the dispatcher that the owner of a small office building has called and said his oil boiler needs a tuneup. It has not been serviced in about two years and a really cold spell is expected. Bob arrived at the building and inquired about the previous servicing of the boiler. The owner explained that various people have worked on it. The last few times it was worked on, his brother-in-law did the work. It is time to take a really close look at the boiler.

Nationwide Recruiting: Your Best Bet

Not all potential “superstar” recruits are in your own backyard. The best person for the open position you have may be in the next county, next state, or even 900 miles away. I’ve talked with hundreds of HVACR contractors who are unwilling to consider someone unless they’re local — right there in their own backyard. Sure, you may have to wait two to four weeks for someone to relocate, and it may cost you a little money to help that person move, but it can be well worth it.

A Review for Safety’s Sake

The following tips are inspired from a manuscript on safety. For some of you, it will be a review to refresh your memory about the importance of “safety first.” For those of you starting out as technicians, it could keep you from serious injury. The speed at which you sometimes feel you need to do a job may cause you to overlook your own safety. My motto is, “Take your time and do it right.”

Publication date: 10/20/2014

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