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Control sequences for HVAC systems
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
The sequence of operation is one of the most important design aspects of any HVAC system. Without a proper sequence, the system is left to operate wildly — or not at all. When approached methodically, the process can be broken into smaller segments. We'll look at the steps required to create a successful sequence of operation using a single-zone variable air volume (VAV) air handling unit serving a convention space. These same steps can be applied to any piece of equipment.
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10 reasons why HVACR technicians need mobile field service applications
Contracting Business
As evidenced by Sage's software surveys, companies investing in mobile technology for their remote workers are receiving excellent results. Mobile field service apps are becoming the most powerful tools in the service technician's toolbelt, helping them boost their productivity, improve service delivery and increase customer satisfaction, among other benefits.
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How Europe's energy policy may nix Keystone XL pipeline
International Business Times
The European Union's proposed fuel-quality directive, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, could hurt prospects for the proposed Keystone XL project, which aims to link Canadian tar sands and refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, an official said. The directive discourages use of high-emission fuels. It defines such fuels as those that require extra energy to convert into petroleum products like gasoline, diesel and heating oil.
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Have you visited www.thinkOESP?
If not, why not? You will be welcomed by a new visually appealing and easy to navigate site. We've shared with you that behind the website is new association software that gives you control of your record. We have about 95 percent of the records now activated. When a record is activated the system sends you an email with instructions to click on the link and set your own password. This is good for only 24 hours. But it is easy for us to just send that again — just ask. Once that is done, you can manage your own profile. Add a favorite photo, add a nickname and more.

So as to avoid this email going into spam, add the software's domain name to accept emails from us. The domain/IP to be white listed in your e-mail system are: and

The new software will allow us to offer certain benefits to just our members. For example, next week we will be working on a "member's bulletin board." The idea was borrowed from an email received from a fellow member. He had sent out a request to his members asking if they had any excess storage racks for trucks. How many of you have excess materials that you’d like to get rid of? The bulletin will allow you to post something like this. Or maybe one of your employees is moving to another state. They might share this request for employment. Or maybe you are stumped about a product you just installed and need some help. The board is intended to be a useful tool to only members and their employees.

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News from the field
At this time of Thanksgiving, it is nice to share positive stories and here is one that is perfect for the season.

Plumbing & HVAC Instructor, Stephen Nugent, from R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, in Rochester, N.H., shared a nice story. .

He was speaking with regional sales and service rep from Beckett, Frank Fitzpatrick the fact that he needed materials to support his training for the NORA Silver Certificate oil burner course that he conducts at the school. He hinted that he could use new oil burners, controls and anything else they could donate. Within a week he received over a dozen of their Genysis primary controls, contractor modules, four new oil burners and a couple of boxes of spare parts.

Steve along with his students would like to thank Frank and RW Beckett for their generous contribution. The donations are essential to keeping their program current.


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Carlin 48245 Now with Smart Ignition

Extend the life of ignitors with Carlin’s new 48245 primary control with Smart Ignition. The 48245 runs in Intermittent Duty (or “constant” duty) when needed to prevent loss of flame. Smart Ignition switches to Interrupted Duty when it can to dramatically extend the life of the ignitor or transformer. The Model 48245 is the smart replacement for 3-wire controls.
Sid Harvey's Pump Testing Manifold

Sid Harvey’s Pump Testing Manifold checks pressure and vacuum quickly and accurately on all fuel units up to 300 psi. It features liquid filled gauges, flexible lines, and smooth operating valves. The vacuum side has flare fittings for both 3/8” and ½” lines while the pressure side features color coded lines and fittings for all fuel units including Riello.
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Eternal hybrid water heaters receives AHRI and NATE recognition
Contractor Magazine
Eternal hybrid water heaters received recognition from AHRI and NATE for the performance of its products and the quality of its training program. Eternal hybrid water heaters provide endless and consistent hot water to multiple applications simultaneously.
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A hot new idea in heating your home — wood pellets
Concord Monitor
The United States remains behind Europe in grasping and accepting the benefits of wood pellets as a central source of heat. In New Hampshire, though, the concept seems to be getting through quicker than in other areas of the country. The primary reason is fossil fuel prices in the U.S. have been artificially low compared to the rest of the globe for a very long time, so we haven't had to worry about consumption of fossil fuels so much. But we're recognizing the value of renewable fuels.
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Get your HVACR field technicians on board with new technology
Contracting Business
New technology is typically introduced to solve a problem. It is important to make sure the entire team understands both the problem and how this new technology will work to solve it. Often times, managers want to immediately start implementing the new technology, but a phased rollout may be the best approach. It doesn't have to be a long, drawn-out pilot process, but there are benefits to letting a few team members — or even just your champion — begin using the technology before introducing it to the rest of the team.
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Customer satisfaction: Actions speak louder than words
Business 2 Community
The actions your company takes to resolve issues are much more important than the words you say. Ideally, solving a customer's problem is a three-step activity. First, you tell them what you're going to do. Second, you do it. Third, you follow up to ensure they are satisfied. It's really that simple if processes and procedures don't get in the way. And that's the main problem.
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How much fuel does home heating use?
The Energy Collective
Do you know how much energy a home uses for heating? Most people have a rough idea of what they spend, but few understand how much energy they use. Although heating system efficiency also plays a role in these differences, the main drivers are climate, quality of insulation and house size. Heating oil is used by about 6 percent of U.S. homes, most commonly in the Northeast.

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Energy efficiency still not sexy
New research from Shelton Group reveals that 26 percent of Americans say they prioritize energy-efficient home improvement over aesthetics but actual projects say something different. Projects planned for the near future indicate more kitchen and bath remodels than than for energy efficiency improvements like adding insulation or replacing HVAC units, according to the research.

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Are smart HVAC vents the next big thing in energy management?
CE Pro
When it comes to energy management, smart thermostats are good for controlling temperature in one or two zones of the house, but how do you manage energy in each individual room without expensive motorized dampers? EcoNet Controls , a division of ICI Controls Inc., has introduced the Z-Wave-controllable Z-Vent (EV100) HVAC registers that enable users to remotely control the amount of air that gets vented into any room of the house.

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Steps to improve indoor air quality
Yuma News
Dust, pollen and smoke from cooking or tobacco use can leave indoor air far more polluted than the air outside but it doesn't have to be that way. Homeowners can take a number of steps to improve air quality and create a healthier living environment.
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How to reinstate a noncompliant business before the end of the year
Small Business Trends
It happens. At times, hardworking and well-intentioned small business owners fail to meet their legal obligations with the state, and their businesses fall into "bad standing." No matter how you got yourself into a non-compliant status, it is possible to get back into good standing and reinstate a noncompliant business. Fortunately, in many cases, it's not as difficult a road as you might think.
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