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Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $65,000 to Aspiring HVACR Technicians

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. 

2019 HVAC Contractor Confidence Spreads

Across the nation, many contractors have prepared for the new year with plans of growth, improvement, and a bevy of changes to increase their businesses. Although they may be prepared, unknown factors exist, and contractors have questions as to what the year might hold.

Infographic: HVAC Satellite Office

Each service vehicle is a technician’s roaming office. It can be a source of added expense and risk, or it can be managed with resourse like GPS and data-based solutions for the safest and most profitable use. Here’s a bird’s-eye view of what one fleet management software company sees in its customers.

Green Energy Policies Often End Up Hurting the Poor

California has now signaled that it, too, intends to follow Germany down the renewable energy path. In September, the governor signed a bill requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by renewable energy sources such as solar or wind by 2045. This is an expensive proposition and will significantly boost California’s already high residential electricity costs, which are currently about $.20/kWh.

Btu Buddy 190: So Long to the Industry

The first memory I have in the industry was working for my stepfather, a great man. I started at the bottom of his company and went down from there.

The Weidt Group: Modeling Tool

It allows users to see validated results for hundreds of proven energy efficiency options in real time that, in turn, assist customers in making quicker, more informed decisions to construct and maintain higher-performing buildings.

Regional Medical Center Saves Half a Million Dollars in Energy Costs

ARRMC, a 378-bed referral and trauma center in Medford, Oregon, surpassed its energy savings goals by working with Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The hospital updated its aging heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system  and added backup to reduce chiller kilowatt use by 150 percent.

FYI: Jan. 21, 2019

For your information news briefs from a wide variety of categories within the HVAC industry. Price increases, mergers and acquisitions, award winners, and more are highlighted here each week.

Five Steps to Improve Chiller Performance Through Maintenance

For many, being proactive with chiller maintenance in the early winter has led to better results in the spring, when it’s time to start the systems up again. Performing chiller maintenance as early in the winter as possible gives facility managers the benefit of finding major damage with plenty of time to fix the problems before the chiller needs to be back in operation.

Letters From Our Readers: Jan. 21, 2019

The following remarks were made regarding the article “Let’s Just HVAC and Netflix,” written by Kyle Gargaro, editorial director for The NEWS, published Dec. 24, 2018.

Flir Systems Inc.: Receptacle Tester

It can quickly identify wiring issues and confirm correct wiring. Users can plug it into three-wire receptacles in 110- to 125-V AC circuits, GFCI outlets, and standard outlets wired in parallel.

Ruskin: Blade Dampers

The TED50V features Ruskiprene™ blade and jamb seal material. The TED50VXT is designed to protect against extreme cold temperature conditions by using mechanically fastened extruded silicone on the blade seals and ribbed-extruded silicone on the jamb seals.

Customer Service in a Flash

Potential customers have many choices in today’s crowded marketplaces. As home service companies struggle to differentiate themselves from their competitors, they can’t neglect the growing consumer desire for convenience above all else.