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How to Become an HVACR Expert

I was on the witness stand being questioned by a $260,000-per-year attorney. “Mr. Koop, how much do you think your time is worth?” I was an electrical, plumbing, and HVAC contractor so I replied, “My time is worth $125 per hour.” I happened to know this particular attorney was billing his client $125 per hour. I said, “Do you think that is too much to charge for expertise?”  I tried hard to keep a straight face as he hesitated. It was quite funny, but guess what? He didn’t try to contest my value. He agreed that expertise, at least his Continue Reading

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Thermostat Manufacturers Work to Keep User Data Safe

Cybersecurity is top of mind for makers of internet-connected HVAC thermostats and controls SMART DATA STORAGE: “For the Bosch CT100, all user data are stored on the unit itself and never transferred or sent out,” said Joey Sung, product manager of controls and connectivity, Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. “In addition to user data, all data connections are fully encrypted.” As more devices are connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT) each day, it comes as no surprise that data breaches are becoming an all-too-common occurrence. In fact, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that supports victims of Continue Reading

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Is Preventive Maintenance Truly Preventive?

The term draws ire from some, but the benefits of maintenance are highly regarded CHECK IT OUT: The popularity of preventive maintenance is growing throughout the HVAC industry, both residentially and commercially. COMMON GROUND: Contractors agree that maintenance is important to the longevity of a/c equipment, but the terminology best used to describe that maintenance isn’t quite as defined. BRING THE BENEFIT: According to Travis Smith, owner of Sky Heating & Air Conditioning in Portland, Oregon, one of the biggest benefits to preventive, routine, or planned maintenance is a lack of equipment breakdowns. Photo courtesy of MTA Capital Construction Mega Continue Reading

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