IAQ & Ventilation
Jul 15, 2016
Nashua Test Your Tape IQ
How much do you really know about duct tape? Take our quiz and find out!
Mar 24, 2017
At WD-40, Grease is the Word
These Specialist Greases are interchangeable with each other, meaning they won’t cause cross-contamination issues that compromise performance and effectiveness
Mar 17, 2017
Where Can I Get Replacement HVAC Coils?
Many end-users think they must use the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) as the source for the correct heating and air conditioning replacement coils. While this may have been true in the early years of coil production, it is no longer the case today.
Mar 17, 2017
How to Use an Air Balance Hood
Air balancing used to be a term reserved for the testing and adjusting of commercial HVAC systems. Today, in the residential and light commercial HVAC industry, the term air balancing is more accurately applied to HVAC System Diagnostics, Field Measured-Performance Verification, or Installed Efficiency Documentation.
Mar 17, 2017
Write Your Company Code of Ethics or Conduct
Judging from the response of my last HotMail article, interest is high with better companies looking to create their own Code of Ethics or Conduct. Let’s look at some steps you could follow to create a code for your company. I’m convinced the value of this work will pay big dividends in influencing the proper conduct of everyone in your company. What is a Code of Ethics?
Mar 3, 2017
HVAC Ethics and Customer Relations
I called a plumbing service company recently to investigate a leak in our shower above the kitchen. The experience left me feeling the need to take a look at HVAC industry ethics, and how to avoid leaving our customers feeling like I did.
Feb 17, 2017
HVAC Testing – When is a System Stabilized?
When measuring and diagnosing the operation and performance of an HVAC system, the timing and measurement are critical. Ideally, the system should be calling for full heating or cooling, and fan speed so it can reach a stable operating condition. Let’s take a closer look at what constitutes stable operating conditions so your test data allows you to accurately diagnose the performance and operation of your systems. Why is Stability So Important?
Jan 20, 2017
What It Takes To Learn a New Diagnostic Skill
YouTube and Google are valuable tools everyone uses to get the information we need right now. However, when it comes to developing new skills you can apply in your profession, there is no replacement for applying yourself to some good old-fashioned study and practice. Let’s take a look at what it takes to add a new diagnostic skill to your long list of talents.
Jan 6, 2017
Fan Tables Reveal Airflow Secrets
If I could make a wish, it would be to stand beside every new HVAC tech as they began work on their first system. I would have the fan table taped to the front of the unit and teach the most important task in troubleshooting - to measure the system’s total external static pressure and plot fan airflow.
Dec 21, 2016
Consider Writing Your Company History
A carefully crafted history helps to attract customers and inspires a sense of dedication in your managers and employees. Let’s take a look at the benefits of writing your company history and consider a few steps to help get you started.
Dec 7, 2016
Questions to Ask BEFORE Adding HVAC Services
The sweetest natural tendency in life is to grow. However, the seed must be planted at the right time and under the right conditions. So, before taking a leap of faith by adding a new service to your HVAC business, it may be wise to consider a few valuable questions.
Dec 5, 2016
Bosch Releases New Oscillating Multi-tools
The power tool market’s search for professional oscillating multi-tools that deliver on the promise of maximum power transmission and quick accessory changeout is realized in the Bosch® Starlock™ family of oscillating multi-tools and accessories. To meet user demand for more aggressive accessories and a larger contact surface for faster work, Bosch has engineered a reimagined interface system paired with corresponding oscillating multi-tool power.
Dec 5, 2016
5 Ways to Become a Vital Organization
To be successful in today’s competitive business environment, an HVAC business must be a vital place in which to work, shop, and invest.
Nov 30, 2016
The New Frontier in HVAC System Design
Today, service companies give away their designs, and mechanical engineering firms are trapped in the treadmill of slapping out gigabytes of production PDF plans. Let’s take a look at what premium services are now being offered to build new value into the HVAC system design and the project oversight segment of our industry.
Nov 16, 2016
Master Airflow Principles While Leaf Blowing
We live back in the woods on a half-acre with fifteen 100-foot tall oak trees. For years I’ve imagined sharing leaf blowing airflow lessons with my fellow airheads. Let’s take a look at the mad airflow skills you can master while blowing leaves. Fascinating Statistics “If you don’t measure, you’re just guessing.” So before you get to work, you’ve gotta know the numbers. Here is the leaf-blowing scenario at our home.
Nov 2, 2016
Service Tech and Installer Field Etiquette
Like it or not, etiquette regulates most of the advancement in your career. To a degree, etiquette also controls the quality of your relationships with coworkers and customers. Let's take a look at the fundamentals of HVAC field etiquette most of us forget to consider. A Little History
Oct 19, 2016
An Update on Service Benchmarking
Responses from an article on benchmarking that ran in Hotmail nearly a year ago continue to appear in my inbox. This new field evaluation and test method is being included in progressive service and maintenance agreements throughout the industry. It is proving as beneficial to customers as it is for service companies. Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned about the practice of benchmarking this past year and where it may be headed in the future. Benchmarking Overview
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