Moving Forward with A2L refrigerants
This article about A2L refrigerants was written by Don Gillis with Chemours. Thanks, Don! HVACR service technicians find themselves at the forefront of the refrigerant transition in AC and commercial refrigeration. As hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with high-global warming potential (GWP) are being phased down, mildly flammable A2L refrigerants have been identified as potential lower-GWP alternatives.  […]
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Tips for Managing Millennials and Zoomers
Many of the “old-timers” in our trade are baby boomers; they were likely born after World War II ended and before the mid-1960s. These people grew up in a different time than today’s millennials (Gen Y) and zoomers (Gen Z). As those old-timers continue to retire, our trade needs to start attracting, recruiting, and managing […]
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Coil Cleaners: A Guide to Which Cleaners to Use in Various Applications
Spring and fall are the seasons where all service technicians get turned into janitors. Some techs see this as a chore and don’t particularly enjoy the routines of checklist maintenance. However, it is important to remember that the “shoulder seasons” provide an opportunity for us to perform vital maintenance on systems in order to keep […]
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Use Static Pressure Responsibly
The topic of static pressure comes up frequently in HVAC, and it’s sometimes presented as a test that can be all-knowing and insightful about what is happening with regard to airflow in a system. To use static pressure responsibly, we need to understand what it really is and what it means for an HVAC system. […]
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What Tradespeople Can Learn from Underdogs
WARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS FULL OF CHEESY SPORTS REFERNCES – I UNDERSTAND IF YOU PASS ON THIS ONE, BUT PLEASE REFRAIN FROM SENDING THE REPLY EMAIL ABOUT WHY SPORTS OR STUPID OR WHY YOU DON'T WATCH THE NFL ANYMORE…. I GET IT… IT'S ALL GOOD  I really like an underdog story. I live for stories […]
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Priorities of an Ideal HVAC System Design
There is so much to consider on any sort of design project, and HVAC system design is no exception. Unfortunately, the priorities of engineers, builders, customers, and HVAC contractors don’t always align when it comes to designing and installing the “ideal” HVAC system. On the one hand, the customers may prioritize aesthetics; they don’t want […]
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4 Training Tips for your HVAC Company
Training is important for businesses of all industries, but it’s especially vital to the success of your HVAC business.  When new people join your team, you need to be able to teach them the basics of your team’s operations, such as how to report time and log their travel expenses. Then, they must get up […]
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Tightening Electrical Threaded Terminal Connections
Did you know that electrical terminals have a torque value? Yeah, I didn’t either for a long time. “Tight” worked well enough, but I’ve seen a few connections overheat after a while, and now I wonder… Did you know that tightening electrical screw terminals to their torque specs is part of the NFPA 70/National Electrical […]
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What the Heck is a Friction Rate?
Friction rate is a value located on a ductulator. We use it during the design phase of a duct system to predict the operating static pressure of a duct system. The challenge with friction rate is that it is often misapplied by folks using a rule of thumb (ROT). In order to apply friction rate properly, […]
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