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How you can verify the quality of your HVAC system installations?
Contracting Business
Each of us wants to deliver quality. Quality is a good thing, especially when it comes to the birth of an air conditioning and heating system. Our industry has finally embraced the idea that a system's birth is not the day the equipment rolls off the production line, but in its final installation. Let's take a look at some elements of a Quality Installation you can verify for your customers. You can prove you have delivered safety, comfort and efficiency in the air conditioning systems you install and service.
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HVAC/R contractors outlook holds steady
Appliance Magazine
The Contractor Comfort Index (CCI), measuring HVAC/R contractors' outlook on short-term growth in their industry, has held steady during the first quarter of 2014, according to industry association ACCA. The CCI stood at 73 in March 2014, from 72 in February and 69 in January. The March 2014 CCI of 73 was up 8 points from 65 in March 2013.
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F-gas set to change the face of cooling in Europe, the world
By Andrew Gaved
The Council of the European Union formally adopted the text of the revised F-Gas Regulation recently, and the regulations to move away from HFCs will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. We should not underestimate what a big deal this is for European refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, since HFCs form the overwhelming majority of the industry's current refrigerant armory. If anybody reading outside Europe thinks this will remain a regional decision only, think again. The political forces behind the regulation have made it no secret that they believe this should set an example for the rest of the world to follow.
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  3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator
Sid Harvey’s offers the newly redesigned 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator which also helps warm oil for consistent viscosity and burner performance. Flow-Control features a third float for better performance in high vacuum installations. TUV Tested and rated for use with 100% bio-diesel and ambient temperature up to 140F, the Flow-Control 3/K-2 carries a 5 year warranty and has a 20 year life expectancy. www.sidharvey.com
 


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Keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers
OESP
Denise Adams, wife of V.P. Ralph Adams, broke her leg due to a motorcycle accident. Denise is being operated on today but still plans to get on that motorcycle with Ralph! If you wish to send Denise a note, their address is 6423 Locust Lane, Sykesville, Md., 21784.

Linda Rupertus is the wife of Ed Rupertus, who was involved on the convention committee for many years. Linda is home recovering from a rather lengthy stay in the hospital. Anyone wishing to send a note to Linda can send it to their home at 44 Harvard Roadd, Audubon, N.J., 08106.

On behalf of the Association we wish both of these ladies a speedy recovery.

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And the winners are ...
OESP
Our 2014 Dave Nelsen Scholarships winners have been announced by our judges. With the next six issues of The Advantage, we will showcase one of our 2014 winners. We also wish to thank the co-sponsors of our scholarships. 2014 this includes Taco, Weil-McLain, Honeywell and two of our chapters — the Garden State Chapter and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Thanks to their support (they pay $2,500, and we match the awards) we are able to again award six scholarships worth $5,000 each.

How do we finance our scholarships? Mainly through our annual golf tournament. This year it will be held Sept. 21 at the Links of Gettysburg.

Our first winner is no stranger to OESP — Alrick Crowe won his sixth award. Even though Alrick is only 26, he has been in the HVAC industry for 10 years. He still helps neighbors and friends with their HVAC needs but his day job is a teacher at the High School for Energy Technology, in the Bronx, N.Y. Alrick built the HVAC program for the school. He will be graduating with honors from Iona College with an MBA in May.

Alrick expressed in his essay that he has firsthand experience working with parents who come in with concerns that their child is attending a "vocational" school, and insist that the school is not for their child because they have intentions of sending their child to college. With Alrick's history and our support, maybe these parents will wise up! The HVAC industry is an outstanding field for any young person to consider.

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2014 Roadshows
OESP
Our first Roadshow will be held May 12-13 at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and our second one will be held Sept. 21-23 in historic Gettysburg, Pa.
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Reducing HVAC energy consumption
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Energy costs have risen steadily over the last decade and are expected to continue to increase as worldwide demand grows. The cost of energy is an increasingly important issue, and it is especially true for businesses. Rapidly rising energy costs have forced companies to increase their investment in energy-efficient technologies in an effort to reduce energy usage.

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5 steps to prepare for the HVAC sales season
Contracting Business
The selling season is here — is your team ready? Take advantage of it, and your HVAC business could grow dramatically. Prepare your leaders with successful sales management training, and give your profits the opportunity to flourish. These five actions will help create more concrete customer relationships and thereby increase your profits.

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Women in HVAC? Why not?
Muncie Voice
The HVAC field is growing faster than the average career sector, reports the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks careers and job growth for the nation. The BLS reports the HVAC industry will grow by more than 20 percent by 2021. One reason is older heat and air conditioning units are rapidly being replaced by more energy-efficient units. One other stat: women make up just 4.8 percent of HVACR contractors.

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Group launches New Hampshire Wood Energy Council
Biomass Magazine
A group of public sector and private business have partnered up to launch the New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, a nonprofit partnership that the group said will promote heating commercial and institutional buildings in New Hampshire with wood. The council, being partially funded with a $250,000, three-year U.S. Forest Service grant, has a mission to provide advice, support and direct assistance to municipal, school and business building owners considering wood as an alternative to heating fuels like heating oil and propane.
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Mike Bohinc, CPA, tells how contractors should prepare for the next tax season
Contractor Magazine
VideoBriefIt's April 17, tax season is over and plenty of contractors were scolded by their accountants. So what should contractors do to prepare for next year? Mike Bohinc, CPA, KeepingScoreCPA.com and CFO of Norhio Plumbing Co., says that contractors need to keep in closer touch with their accountants. Mike recounts the case of a contractor that got a big tax shock because he neglected to keep his CPA in the loop.
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Building-integrated solar HVAC on the rise
Solar Novus Today
According to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a growing sector of the industry has reached a major milestone, with 5 million square feet of building-integrated solar air heating collectors now installed in North America. SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch says these systems represent 250 megawatts of thermal energy and displace nearly 100,000 tons of CO2 each year from the atmosphere.
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Indoor air quality sensors could be coming to your smartphone
Treehugger
Indoor air quality can be as much of a health concern as the air quality outdoors. Things like volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, mold and other compounds can cause things like headaches, fatigue, respiratory illnesses and worse. The EU has started to focus on how to combat indoor pollution and is funding a new nanotechnology project that would allow people to have real-time air quality information wherever they are.
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Best websites for HVAC contractor visibility
Contracting Business
A key step in finding new customers for your HVAC business is to improve your Internet presence on key websites that consumers consult when seeking a contractor. More and more people choose the contractors they would like to hire with a simple online search, and there are a vast number of websites that offer contractors listings. Many offer options to compare services and prices. With such great capabilities, these resources are gradually becoming the number one place where customers look for quality contracting service, including HVAC contractors.
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5 tips to improve your company's email marketing
The Business Journals
Small businesses spend more on email marketing than they do on print advertising, television ads, SEO or tradeshows, according to a survey released by Vocus/Edge Research in 2013. However, businesses must keep several factors in mind when using email marketing.
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