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In this issue...
  • Kit to help HVAC contractors bring energy management to small buildings
  • Building commissioning challenges, solutions: Sustainability, energy efficiency
  • 5 common HVAC contractor enterpreneurial mistakes
  • For those of you on the 'island'
  • Dan Holohan's Dead Men Steam Seminar: Sept. 23
  • While in Gettysburg
  • How the Internet of Things is affecting the HVAC industry
  • Accurate HVAC comparisons require time and effort
  • Booming skilled trades are ready for more women
  • US Congressman urges Obama to block Venezuela's Citgo sale
  • Putting a value on values
  • These tips will help your small business grow — and survive
  • 11 things Uber can teach air conditioning contractors

  • Kit to help HVAC contractors bring energy management to small buildings
    ACHR News
    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a package of simple analytical steps — and a strategy — designed to bring better energy management and efficiency improvements to small buildings by way of the service providers who are already taking care of these buildings: HVAC contractors.
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    Building commissioning challenges, solutions: Sustainability, energy efficiency
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    Commissioning, recommissioning or retro-commissioning, can be a challenge — and the more complex a facility is, the more boxes an engineer has to check to get the job done right. Renewable energy systems, photovoltaics and other sustainable systems must now be commissioned.
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    5 common HVAC contractor enterpreneurial mistakes
    Contracting Business
    You own a business because you like being the boss. You have the drive and desire to succeed. You are a person of action and like getting things done. You own the business because, as Frank Sinatra once sang, you like doing things your way. And the very characteristics that make you a successful entrepreneur may be what make you a bad manager.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Bugs in my Fuel!
    Biobor JF Biocide fuel oil treatment now available in a single-use size. The new 4 oz. serves as a shock treatment for a 275 gal. tanks while the 16 oz. treats up to 1,280 gal. Biobor is a proven remedy for tanks contaminated with Hydrocarbon Utilizing Microorganisms. Available at all Sid Harvey’s www.sidharvey.com.
     


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    For those of you on the 'island'
    Air Conditioning Contractors of America
    Steve Coscia will be presenting a speech in Westbury, New York, for an ACCA group, and he's invited you to join them. To learn more about this timely seminar, click the "Read More" link.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
     
    NEW RAUBOARD™ RADIANT HEATING SYSTEMS

    RAUBOARD low-profile heat transfer panels are used in floors, walls and ceilings to efficiently and evenly distribute heat from REHAU RAUPEX® (PEXa) pipe into the room. Panels are installed between the subfloor and the finished floor or between the joists and the wall/ceiling coverings. After screwing the panels to the subfloor or wall/ceiling joists, the 10.1 mm RAUPEX (PEXa) pipe snaps into the groove for convenient installation.
     


    Dan Holohan's Dead Men Steam Seminar: Sept. 23
    OESP
    Here is your chance to hear Dan Holohan as he presents his famous seminar, Dead Men Steam. It will be held on Sept. 23, immediately following the Roadshow in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    This all-technical seminar will make you familiar with the many types of old steam heating systems and what goes wrong with them. Dan's easy-to-follow explanations will have you seeing inside these old systems. You'll be a much better troubleshooter after this one. If you have to deal with America's older steam systems, you're going to love this course.

    We will learn: steam heating loads, boiler ratings, the value of pipe insulation, steam radiation of all kinds, getting the water back into the boiler, proper near-boiler piping, all sorts of system piping, steam traps, curing water hammer once and for all, the importance of water quality, balancing systems with properly sized air vents and pressure settings.

    The cost to attend is $99 and includes a "nice spread" thanks to Peerless Boilers. All proceeds go to the Dan Holohan Scholarship fund. This scholarship will be used to aid HVAC instructors with their professional growth and/or their classrooms.

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    While in Gettysburg
    OESP
    Come early and spend the day with OESP. Tuesday, our Roadshow is packed with opportunities — visiting vendors, classes and certifications. Click the "Read More" link for a complete schedule of events and to register.
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    How the Internet of Things is affecting the HVAC industry
    H&V News
    Concirrus looked at how consumers can control the heating in their own homes and how the Internet of Things is transforming the business models within the HVAC industry. They are transforming how their energy is consumed and as a result changing the cost of their bills. Consumers have more control. What will be interesting to watch is how the energy companies embrace this change and begin to interact with their consumers.

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    A note from Oil Heat Cares
    Fuel Oil News
    The directors of Oil Heat Cares thank you! We appreciate the support of our regular corporate sponsors of this event. Some of you have been supporting OHC since its inception. We have decided that because of the generosity of so many of you, we can afford to forego seeking corporate sponsors for 2014. Instead, we are going to ask each of you reading this to consider making a donation to OHC or sponsoring a participant or, better yet, participating.

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    9 vital practices for running a successful HVAC contracting business
    Contracting Business
    There is a lot involved with running an HVAC contracting company. At the risk of grave oversimplification, here are nine vital practices that will guide you as a business owner toward generating a sustainable, successful contracting business.

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    Accurate HVAC comparisons require time and effort
    Intelligent Utility
    Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However — even among HVAC industry engineers — accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
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    Booming skilled trades are ready for more women
    Women's eNews
    Traditionally, skilled trade occupations like plumbers, electricians and mechanics have been dominated by men. Sexism has unfortunately played a significant part in that, as women were generally supposed to be unable to do these jobs due to either a lack of interest or lack of overall strength and prowess that would be required in that field. But things may be brightening in the skilled trades, which actually offer great career opportunities for women. Demand is strong now and qualified women are increasingly sought after in this sector.
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    Putting a value on values
    By Michael J. Berens
    We live in a time of eroding trust. Public confidence in leaders, both political and business, as well as major institutions is hitting bottom. At times it seems our best course of action is to follow the advice from "The X-Files" and Detective Fox Mulder: "Trust no one." Of course, as individuals and organizations we cannot function without trust. It is the glue that holds relationships together. That's why in times like these it is crucial that you are vigilant in preserving and protecting your organization's integrity.
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    These tips will help your small business grow — and survive
    Channle Partners Telecom
    Want to increase the size of your business? Most entrepreneurs at startups do. But where do you start? SurePayroll recently released a list of seven ways to scale a small business.
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    11 things Uber can teach air conditioning contractors
    Contracting Business
    Uber is a venture-funded startup and transportation network company based in San Francisco, that makes mobile apps that connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services. The company arranges pickups in dozens of cities around the world. Cars are reserved by sending a text message or by using a mobile app — the latter can also be used by customers to track their reserved car's location. Uber has rocketed to success and holds some very cool lessons for HVAC contractors.
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