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The case for investing in the air we breathe

By Brian Fleck Here we are, 16 months after the world recognized that the SARS-CoV2 virus is a pandemic and we are still struggling to believe it and react. We are still hoping that vaccines will quickly eradicate this, and we will return to normal. There is a reluctance to admit that…

What to do with the business – Part II

Selling your company is one of the most important decisions you will make in your business life. In the May/June 2021 issue of Mechanical Business, I wrote about the things you can and should do to establish the highest value for your company, whether...

Digital marketing takes the wheel post COVID-19

By Doug MacMillan In the May/June 2021 marketing column five marketing and branding trends were identified that are expected to take root as we emerge from this pandemic. This is the first of a series, which will build out those five trends with more research and insight. Up first: your…

Add water treatment solutions to your offerings

By John Cardiff Municipalities treat water to meet government guidelines, which they should. Disinfection chemicals such as chlorine or chloramines are added to the water when it leaves the treatment plant to protect the water from harmful bacteria and viruses as it travels through the kilometers…

Subcooling low temperature refrigeration circuits

By Phil Boudreau Subcooling is simply the process of reducing the temperature of the refrigerant below its saturation temperature. Natural subcooling takes place as the cool ambient temperature or cool fluid temperature enters the condenser and removes additional heat from the already condensed…

De-escalating frustrated customers

Have you ever purchased an item from a store and discovered it was broken when you got it home? Or picked up your car after a service call, and discovered that the issue wasn’t fixed? Let...

Getting a grip on pipe joining

After years of soldering pipe with varying degrees of finesse and success, I wondered when a better pipe joining technology would appear, especially in service work...

Eric Cameron: The puzzle master

Fitting a mechanical room together is a bit like putting together a puzzle, says Eric Cameron. “You get a blueprint that has equipment on it, but there’s no drawing on how to run everything...

Targeting actual energy use – Part 1

By Rick Ellul Thermal energy meters (TEMs) are becoming more and more important in buildings, particularly in smart buildings. LEED, BOMA Best and other building energy efficiency programs, along with standards such as ASHRAE 90.1, have brought to light the importance of knowing how much energy…
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