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For HVAC systems, efficiency measurements are the 'delta' difference
Contracting Business
When measuring the performance of an HVAC system, the term "delta" is often used to express the difference between two measurements. Let's take a look at the family of HVAC industry "deltas" that we include in our day-to-day HVAC slang terms: Delta T, Delta P, Delta V, Delta H and Delta C.
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If apprenticeship is the solution, why all the resistance?
Contractor Magazine
Employers complain about the skills gap they see in prospective employees and apprenticeship programs could prepare future employees to fill open jobs. Nevertheless, enrollment in programs that combined on-the-job hands-on work with classroom training has fallen by 40 percent in the U.S. between 2003 and 2013. Why the resistance?
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Don't underestimate the impact of the transition away from HFCs
By Andrew Gaved
The phasedown of HFCs — mandated in Europe by the F-gas regulation — will require a fundamental change in culture for the cooling industry. It is the biggest change in a generation for sure, but perhaps the biggest change the industry has ever seen. Readers who don't supply the European market may be reassuring themselves that this is only a problem for Europe, but it is essential to realize that the direction of travel in North America now is inexorably headed toward an HFC phasedown. Consider the evidence of what's ahead in the next few years for Europe.
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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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2nd Roadshow coming to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
OESP
We will host our second Roadshow Sept. 21-23, at the Wyndam Hotel, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Based upon surveys conducted, we're keeping Monday the same as it was at our first Roadshow, and Tuesday we'll have the display area open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. We encourage and invite everyone to join us to participate in ongoing education and to visit outdoor and indoor displays. Some of the classes will be timed just right for the start of the winter season. Tuesday, will be complimentary for everyone.

Stay tuned for our updated list of classes. We have some very interesting sessions being planned as well as a host of classes that were presented at our first Roadshow.

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Multiple OESP chapters work together to achieve more
Plumbing & Mechanical
Oil Heat Cares is a not-for-profit foundation helping people and organizations in need replace their oil-heating appliances. OESP chapters, members and other oil-heat partners recognize and request help for those within their neighborhoods who may have no heat or have other oil-heating issues that require replacement of their heating equipment.

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HVAC Contractor Comfort Index hits highest level
Appliance Magazine
U.S. HVAC contractors' optimism about short-term growth continued to rise in May 2014, as measured by the Contractor Comfort Index (CCI) from industry association ACCA. The May 2014 CCI stood at 86, which is the highest reading for the index since ACCA started tracking it in February 2010.

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8 ways to fail at being a manager
By Christina Nava
For leaders, it's understandable that as the going gets rough, tensions rise up. It can be a stressful job running a company and being in charge of a good majority, if not all, of its employees. It's important to keep in mind that how you react to situations should be at a professional level. Here are eight unprofessional behaviors that need to be avoided when you're put in a leadership position.

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Thermostat veteran Honeywell takes on Google and Apple
VentureBeat
It was only a matter of time before veterans of the home temperature-regulating industry took bold steps to compete with Nest, the current darling of the "connected home" scene. The company recently unveiled the "Lyric," its new take on home temperature management. The new thermostat is the first product in an upcoming family of home-related devices Honeywell plans to offer.
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Field notes on commercial VRF
Contracting Business
Variable refrigerant flow heating and air conditioning technology has found a secure footing as a comfort option for a variety of commercial HVAC applications. Here are two case studies of successful VRF installations and comments from contractors posting to HVAC-Talk.com.
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How do you stack up when it comes to indoor air quality?
Triple Pundit
When most people think of sustainability, they think of things like renewable power, energy and water conservation, or recycling. But sustainability is all about recognizing the interconnectedness of things. That means taking care of the things that take care of us: like our air. And though we often think of the environment as what's outdoors, there is also an environment indoors, and we need to take care of that, too.
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Buildings can save more than 50 percent of energy use
OilPrice.com
A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory team found commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls. The team built the results with a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country. The real world study demonstrated higher energy savings than the team had predicted in earlier computer simulations.
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Exotic, highly-efficient solar cells may soon get cheaper
MIT Technology Review
The world's most efficient solar cells are twice as efficient as the ones people put on their roofs, but hardly anyone uses them because the semiconductor materials they're made of are so expensive. That could be about to change.
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