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As 2014 comes to a close, OESP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of The Advantage a look at the most accessed articles from the year.



Survey: Many HVAC contractors unprepared for 2015 efficiency standards
Dayton Daily News
From Feb. 26: A majority of U.S. contractors are unprepared for upcoming regulatory changes in residential air-conditioning and heat pump systems, according to survey results released by Sidney-based Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. The survey found that 74 percent of contractors were unaware of the forthcoming 2015 regional standards for residential unitary air-conditioning and heat pump systems.
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How to beat low-bidders on residential HVAC replacement sales
Contracting Business
From Aug. 6: How many times have you heard a prospective customer say, "I've got three other bids on the exact same equipment you're quoting me on, and you're $2,000 higher than everyone else?" Are low-bidders muddying the waters in your residential HVAC replacement marketplace? Here's how to overcome their pricing and show customers you're worth the price.
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Radon: The silent killer in your home
USA Today
From April 30: Tobacco smoke in a home is easy to detect as it drifts through the air or leaves its odor in clothes or furniture. Its health toll is equally as obvious as the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Less obvious and almost as deadly is radon, an odorless gas that causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year. In the U.S., 1 in 15 homes have unsafe radon levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency website.
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For HVAC service technicians: 3-phase voltage measurement principles
Contracting Business
From July 30: This article takes a look at the steps required to measure three-phase voltage. If you have not been trained in electrical safety, do not attempt this testing until you have been properly trained and are aware of the safety requirements. Three-phase voltage readings are typically taken at the incoming line side (typically the top) of the disconnect switch or at the line terminal that feeds power to the unit's distribution block, contactor, relay or motor starter. This is usually the safest test location to test voltage.
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5 common HVAC contractor entrepreneurial mistakes
Contracting Business
From Sept. 3: 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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6 recruiting initiatives for the HVAC industry: A call for action
Contracting Business
From March 12: This is the worst U.S. job market in decades, yet every HVAC contractor has trouble finding technicians. What's going to happen when we get a real economic recovery? If we don't take action, the HVAC industry will be in real trouble. The great news is HVAC jobs are lucrative. Good performers can make a six figure income. HVAC jobs are secure. An air conditioning repair cannot be outsourced to India or China. Unfortunately, no one knows about us.
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New Hampshire lawmakers search for means of regulating prepaid heating oil contracts
Concord Monitor
From Jan. 22: In the aftermath of delivery issues from Fred Fuller Oil and Propane Co., the New Hampshire House will take up a bill this month that would regulate prepaid heating oil contracts. The issue has been the subject of several bills proposed at the State House in recent years. But lawmakers have been unable to find a solution that is feasible for both state regulators and oil companies.
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New standard for HVAC fans finalized by DOE
Appliance Magazine
From July 2: A new energy efficiency standard for furnace fans was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy. The standard is the latest of eight finalized standards and nine proposed standards issued since President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan was announced in 2013.
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Survey: HVAC contractors greet efficiency standards with mixed emotions
Contracting Business
From Oct. 29: While many HVAC contractors remain uninformed about changes in energy efficiency regulations coming in 2015, some are thinking ahead to how these changes will affect their businesses. A survey by Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., a business of Emerson, found that 40 percent of commercial contractors and 42 percent of residential contractors in the Northern U.S. foresee upsell opportunities. Some contractors surveyed were concerned that the new regulations would limit their ability to compete.
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HVAC Investigators releases 2014 Annual Claims Report
Claims Journal
From June 4: HVAC Investigators, a national provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning damage assessments to insurers, recently published its 2014 Annual Claims Report. Provided to insurance carriers across the country, this report provides data on HVAC trends that can help carriers make more informed decisions on their specialty HVAC and refrigeration claims.
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