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Fire, Smoke and Radiation Damper Installation Guide for HVAC

Since SMACNA published the first edition of the “Fire, Smoke and Radiation Damper Installation for HVAC Systems” many changes have occurred in concepts of fire protection. Emphasis on use of duct systems in engineered smoke control modes as outlined in ASHRAE and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publications is now a key consideration for HVAC system engineers. Such concepts depart from the traditional practice of automatic shutdown of duct systems and create new perspectives on… Read More
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Safety Corner

By Greg Wharton As the economy improves, odd as it may sound, many of the most experienced construction professionals are taking on more responsibilities in addition to their normal duties. This may mean daily body movements that they are not used to, increasing their risk of injury. This aspect of a job should not be overlooked. SMACNA members should be aware of these ergonomic issues, and the need to consider these risks in their supervisory… Read More
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Don’t Let Inverter Flexibility Price You Out of a Job!

Contributed by Gerry Wagner My “Mini Split Design & Installation” curriculum has a section dedicated to properly sizing an inverter mini split. I stress that the days of walking into a room and making a statement such as, “this room is 3 tons all day long” need to be gone…GONE! Those guesses…and lets be honest, that’s what they were…are not how someone who is a “professional” should conduct themselves. Some might think that those… Read More
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Venstar’s Explorer Mini Thermostat Named One of “The Best Smart Home Products of 2018” by Electronic House Magazine

Venstar®, a leading thermostat and energy management systems (EMS) manufacturer, today announced that its Explorer® Mini residential programmable Wi-Fi® thermostat has been named one of “The Best Smart Home Products of 2018” by Electronic House Magazine. The most affordable programmable Wi-Fi thermostat on the market, Venstar’s Explorer Mini is available throughout North America from Venstar’s exclusive network of Wholesale HVAC Distributors. “We are very honored to win an Electronic House ‘Best Smart Home Products’ award… Read More
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AHR EXPO Education Schedule Just Released

Never stop learning. The HVACR Industry is changing fast. Everything you need to know to keep pace will be waiting for you at the 2019 AHR Expo in Atlanta. The AHR Expo education program schedule is live and available online now. Choose from more than 100 sessions including: Introduction to Building Automation Systems by Scott Cochrane; Boiling Down to the Best Boiler Solution by Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr; Psychrometrics Without Tears by Eugene Silberstein; How… Read More
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R.E. Michel in Somerset, Kentucky, Recognizes Leon Witham

Leon Witham receiving his award from Regional Manager, Terry Stephens. The R.E. Michel Company would like to recognize Leon Witham for his 5 years of service. Leon was the first team member hired in the Somerset KY location, his dedication and customer first attitude has been key to the R.E. Michel Company’s success. Leon takes pride in knowing that the customers can count on him to deliver what they need, when they need it. Although… Read More
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