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  1. 6 Positive Indicators that HVAC Service is About to Heat-Up

    by Joanna Rotter
    It’s a good time to be in HVAC. Take advantage of industry growth by using tools and following trends that lead to success.

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    The 'Advertising Season' & HVAC

    by Andy Fracica
    If you want aggressive growth, you invest a significantly larger portion of your profits to marketing and advertising.

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  3. Using technology to manage your fleet

    As technology becomes more accessible for small businesses, fleet management will become much easier. The days of keeping track of everything through pen and paper are almost over. But for many, new...
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    New Products for Week of Nov. 23

    complied by Ashley M. Doles
    This week's roundup of exciting new products for HVACR contractors from Trane, Allied Commercial, Dewalt, CleanAlert, Coleman, Makita, and Swanson Tool.


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  5. Is Customer Service on Your HVAC Agenda?

    Michel Hales & Bradley Butler
    A major element in customers service is follow-up, which leads to closer relationships, which lead to more business.

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  6. Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Opens New Training Center in Missouri

    Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, a manufacturer of HVAC/R components, is pleased to announce the grand opening of their new state of the art refrigeration system training center.
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  7. Attend HVAC Excellence Conference, Get a Free Recovery Unit

    News from HVAC Excellence
    Trainers who attend the 2015 HVAC Excellence Conference will receive a free Appion G5 Twin refrigerant recovery unit.

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  8. Ice Cream Refrigeration a Sweet Topic at ASHRAE Winter Conference

    News from ASHRAE
    Doug Reindl and Dan Dettmers’ workshop, “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Refrigeration Basics of Ice Cream,” is part of the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter...
  9. Five Easy Ways Contractors Can Work With Millennials

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that by 2030, Millennials will be 75 percent of the workforce. With an aging contractor workforce, businesses will need to appeal to and hire this...
  10. Emerson Climate Technologies Announces New VP of System Innovation Center and Sustain

    Rajan Rajendran to lead new HVACR Innovation Center
    Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, has announced the promotion of Rajan Rajendran to Vice President of System...
  11. TODAY: R22 Webinar by Meier Supply & DuPont

    Are you in the dark about what will happen with R22 refrigerant? Today's webinar by Meier Supply and DuPont will provide phaseout facts HVACR contractors need to know.

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  12. How to Calculate Water System BTU Measurements

    In some regions, homes and buildings are heated with water. This article will be a brief introduction to water system BTU measurement.

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  13. New Standards for Green Buildings Released

    This week, ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society released new standards, which they hope will reduce the environmental and energy impact of buildings.
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  14. GEO Wants Geothermal Declared a Carbon Offset

    News from GEO
    The Geothermal Exchange Organization has urged the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize geothermal systems as carbon reduction offsets.

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  15. 5 Big Installation Mistakes That Can Hurt HVAC Energy Efficiency

    A recent study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found that even if a customer purchases the best, most energy-efficient air conditioners, heat pumps and other tools, it may go...
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    New Products for Week of Nov. 17

    compiled by Ashley M. Doles
    Another week, another round of interesting new products for HVACR contractors. Have a look and please visit the websites found with each product description.
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    HVAC Business for Sale

    by Matt Michel
    To receive a premium when he sells his business, the owner must begin working on his exit strategy years before he will need it.

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  18. The 'R' Word is the Talk of the HVACR Industry

    Refrigerants are the talk of the HVACR industry. At no other time in the industry’s history has there been so much activity, concern and chatter related the phaseout of some of HVACR contractors’...
  19. Waste Not, Want Not: McKinstry Recycles Water to Heat Amazon's Seattle Campus

    McKinstry, one of the biggest mechanical contractors in the U.S., is working with Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world
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  20. What can small businesses and contractors expect from newly elected officials?

    The mid-term elections are over and many believe small businesses could see some great changes in their favor by way of the newly elected officials.
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    2014: Your HVAC Business in Review

    Mike Moore
    Before you say goodbye to 2014, it’s important to take a brief examination of the business and its overall success for 2014.

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  22. WaterFurnace Donates Golf Proceeds to USO of Indiana

    WaterFurnace International, Inc., recently donated $35,000 to the United Service Organization (USO) of Indiana.

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    Andy Fracica Counts 'em Down

    Andy Fracica lists each of the 100 articles he's written for the HVAC-Talk newsletter.

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  24. Counterpoint: ACCA Standard More than a 'Checklist'

    Luis Romeo Escobar
    The manager of standards and codes for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America responds to an article by Rob Falke of the National Comfort Institute on how to define a...
  25. SMACNA recognizes Air Systems with 1st place safety award

    Air Systems, Inc. was recently recognized with a 1st Place 2014 Safety Excellence Award for “lowest injury and illness rate in the over 500,000 man-hour category” during 2013 from the Sheet Metal...
  26. Nonresidential construction employment falls, other construction jobs on the rise

    The U.S. lost 1,900 nonresidential construction jobs in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  27. Troops to Trades Looks to Help Contractors Recruit Veterans

    Veterans Day is coming up quickly and one organization wants to help contracting businesses find some fantastic veteran employees.
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  28. Calculated Risks and Training Can Help Contracting Businesses

    Truth or dare? Chad Storlie had a bit of both for contracting business owners on Contract Magazine’s website. Storlie believes there is virtue in applying military tactics for calculating risks to...
  29. Kenny Chapman Wants to Bring Better Training to Contracting

    In the contracting business, you can’t fall behind. Competition is stiff and other businesses are working hard. Kenny Chapman, founder of the Blue Collar Success Group, wants to help your business...
  30. Retrofits, Refrigerants, Energy Efficiency and More Explored at CSG Conference

    News from CSG
    Most presentations were related to retrofits and upgrades of central chiller plants, for greater reliability and energy efficiency.

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  31. Murphy Company Awarded for Energy Initiatives

    News from Murphy Company
    The St. Louis mechanical contracting firm has been awarded for a second time, for its outstanding corporate citizenship by energy partner Xcel Energy.

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  32. Making a Huge Impact on Contracting Business at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference

    The 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference, taking place January 24 to 28 in Chicago's Palmber Hilton House, is bound to feature a lot of great information this year.
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    Difficult Refrigerant Decisions

    by Bob Mader, editorial director
    Changing refrigerants will require an enormous amount of work over the next decade.

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  34. TECH UPDATE for November 2014: Valves

    compiled by Terry McIver
    Pressure control, electronic expansion, flow limiting, regulator, zone, ball, and butterfly valves.

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    New HVAC Products for November 2014

    compiled by Terry McIver
    This month we feature products from WaterFurnace, Yellow Jacket, Tjernlund, Trane, Coolfront, EInstruments, Navien, Sporlan, Greenheck and FloodBuzz.

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  36. ContractingBusiness.com November 2014

    Now in Our 70th Year of Helping HVACR Managers Run Better Businesses November 2014

    In this Issue:

    Comfortech 2014: Where 'Music City' Became 'HVAC City'
    Open the Door to New...
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    The Power of Saying 'Thanks'

    by Charlie 'Tec Daddy' Greer
    One of the keys to building long-term, positive, and successful relationships of making sure others feel important a appreciated. In business, “Thank...
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    The New HVAC Technician 'Wish List'

    by Joe Brown
    Do we begin to hire and train salespeople to be technicians? While it may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, it can be done.

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  39. Hudson Technologies Announces Acquisition of Polar Technologies Reclamation Business

    Hudson Technologies Inc. announced that they have acquired the reclamation business and assets of Polar Technologies, a full service refrigeration reclaimer.

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    COMFORTECH 2014 IN PHOTOS

    by Terry McIver, executive editor
    Comfortech is a four-day photo-op. Here are some of the major happenings from the 2014 version of the show "where the HVACR industry meets."

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  41. HVACR Manufacturers: 'On the Record' at Comfortech Executive Forum

    compiled by Terry McIver, executive editor
    During our 2014 Executive Leadership Forum, HVAC contractors heard from the manufacturers. Five executives came to the stage to comment on industry...
  42. Grundfos Finding the Sustainability Sweet Spot in Contracting

    With new energy and environmental efficiency regulations forthcoming, readers of Contracting Business may be interested in what Jørgen Bjelskou, Grundfos’ global public affairs director, said about...
  43. ONE MORE LOOK at Comfortech 2014: 'Music City' Becomes 'HVAC City'

    by Terry McIver, ContractingBusiness.com & Candace Roulo, Contractor magazine.
    Nashville proved once again to be a great host city for the 19th installment of "Comfortech," the event “where...
  44. New Elected Officials May Bring Fresh Look at Energy Issues

    The world of politics was flipped on its ear this week, as Republicans increased their lead in the House of Representatives and took control of the Senate on election day.
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  45. 'Mysteries' of the HVAC Industry & Nation

    by Matt Michel
    Why people repeat poor behavior and expect different results? This isn’t the business equivalent of learning how to ride a bike, but running into a brick wall. It’s going to...
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    Consistency: Boring, but Necessary

    Consistency builds winning teams. This is true in sports, and in your HVACR training and marketing programs.

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    Fall 2014 eCards

    Welcome to the Spring 2014 issue of ContractingBusiness.com Action Cards Online. Please take a few minutes to look over the new product and technology information that follows. Handy links are...
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    NCI 'Teamwork' Webinar Set for Nov. 11

    News from NCI
    Building a cohesive team demands real leadership and that requires courage and insight.

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  49. Daikin, Nest Labs to Collaborate on Product Integration

    News from Daikin
    Daikin North America LLC says it is working with Nest Labs, Inc. to build integrations for its full range of Daikin brand residential products.

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    Defining a 'Quality' HVAC Installation

    by Rob 'Doc' Falke
    Sufficient data is now being gathered documenting that the typical code-compliant system only delivers about 63% of the equipment-rated heating or cooling capacity into the...
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