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Clearing the air on ozone

December 13, 2018 by Aaron Engel

Twenty years ago, consumers knew very little about indoor air quality (IAQ) and its effects on their health in the home. Subsequent media attention and contractor awareness, saw a flurry of manufacturers offering IAQ air treatment equipment for homeowners wishing

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Whole house ducted HVAC: The end is near?

December 12, 2018 by Ian McTeer

Automotive analogies can be useful in explaining otherwise obscure HVAC concepts because many consumers of heating and air conditioning systems also have cars and understand the joys and sorrows associated with four-wheeled ownership. For example, suppose some car enthusiast purchased

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PROTECTING INDOOR AIR: Maintenance essential during wildfire season

December 11, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

British Columbia is cooling off in the wake of its most devastating wildfire season to date. Scorching more than 13,000 square kilometres of the province, the wildfires prompted a nearly month-long State of Emergency in the summer of 2018. Smoke

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United Technologies to spin off Carrier in company split

December 10, 2018

United Technologies Corp. on November 26 announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition and plans to separate into three independent companies. Otis, a manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is to become the second independent business after UTC’s

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Nortek earns U.S. patent for hot gas reheat method

December 3, 2018

Nortek Global HVAC has been granted a U.S. patent for a method of controlling and stabilizing hot gas reheat circuits in air conditioning systems. Four of the company’s employees are listed as inventors: James Downie, controls department manager; Richard Reed,

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Union Gas presents $20K incentive to City of Guelph, ON for use of HVAC system

November 29, 2018

 The City of Guelph, ON has received a $20,572 utility incentive from Union Gas Ltd. for specifying the use of energy recovery HVAC dehumidification equipment in the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Manufactured by Seresco Dehumidifiers, the NP-50 Protocol HVAC dehumidifier

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Retrofitting Robson Central

November 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A Vancouver heritage building is overhauled with efficient heating and cooling systems and new technology

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HRAI reports NRCan has published federal energy efficiency regulations

November 14, 2018

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute recently reported that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has published Amendment 14 regulations in the Canada Gazette Part II. HVAC/R products covered in this amendment include the following: Walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers Commercial

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Radon, Canadianized

November 6, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

As uranium begins its cyclical decay chain in Canadian soil, homes on the surface act like a suction cup and draw in its deadly by-product: radon. Odourless, colourless and tasteless, radon gas is just one domino in a radioactive cascade

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The Master Group kicks off construction of Vaughan, ON distribution centre

October 22, 2018

The Master Group recently held a ground breaking ceremony with employees and senior management to officially launch the start of construction on its new distribution centre in Vaughan, ON. At 193,500 square feet, the building will bring together all the

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ASHRAE announces call for papers for student competition

October 18, 2018

ASHRAE student members have until November 30, 2018 to enter the 2019 HVAC/R Student Paper Competition. The competition is open to those pursuing a bachelor (BS) or master’s (MS) degree. The winning entry will represent ASHRAE at the 2019 HVAC

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Watsco acquires Ontario-based tech company, releases smart HVAC sensor

October 15, 2018

Watsco, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Kitchener, ON-based technology company Alert Labs Inc. The companies also released Sentree, a jointly-developed IoT smart sensor. The technology attaches to an existing HVAC system and remotely measures, collects and analyzes performance analytics

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Tips for attending the 2019 AHR Expo

October 12, 2018

The AHR Expo hosts thousands of HVAC/R professionals and more than 2,100 exhibiting companies each year. The 2019 show will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001, from January 14-16. The exposition will spread across two halls at

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Companies awarded for innovative HVAC/R products

October 9, 2018

The 2019 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners have been selected ahead of the show, to be held from January 14 to 16, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Presented annually, the awards recognize innovative HVAC/R products,

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Noble celebrates 25th anniversary at packed trade show

October 5, 2018

It was a full house as more than 1000 attendees made the trek to the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge, ON for Noble’s 25th anniversary trade show. The event, held September 27, 2018, featured more than 75 vendor exhibits, five

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CIPHEX West speaker lineup tackles forefront industry topics

October 3, 2018

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating Exposition (CIPHEX) West will return to Calgary, AB, on November 7 and 8, 2018. The trade show features more than 250 global exhibitors. It will focus on plumbing, hydronics, HVAC/R and water treatment.

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Wolseley Canada opens new branch in Ottawa, ON

October 1, 2018

Wolseley Canada has extended its operations in Ottawa, ON with a new facility. The 11,000 square foot branch is located at 1050 Baxter Road, Units 7A/8A, and includes both plumbing and HVAC/R inventory. The expansion is part of the company’s

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hilmor invites entries for its Retool Your Future scholarship contest

September 28, 2018

hilmor has kicked off its sixth annual Retool Your Future contest for HVAC/R technicians. The company will grant five winners a $5,000 scholarship, a starter kit of hilmor-branded tools valued at $900 and a trip to AHR Expo, to be

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Daikin launches smart HVAC unit in Las Vegas

September 26, 2018

A new smart HVAC system from Daikin North America LLC aims to “revolutionize the future of condensing units.” The company unveiled Daikin Fit September 25, 2018 to employees, distribution management, Daikin Comfort Pro contractors and news media in Las Vegas,

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Nova Scotia Education Department partners with Skills Canada for 2019 competition

September 20, 2018

Nova Scotia has partnered with Skills Canada to encourage students to attend the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), to be held in at the Halifax Exhibition Centre from May 27 to 30. The province’s Department of Education and Early

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Edmonton hotel fails health inspection after pigeons contaminate HVAC units

September 19, 2018

A hotel in downtown Edmonton is dealing with unwanted guests of a different species. The Hyatt Place Hotel at 9576 Jasper Avenue West failed an Environmental Public Health inspection in August–just two years after opening–when inspectors found pigeon feces and

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HGTV star Bryan Baeumler backs app that connects homeowners with contractors

September 13, 2018

HeyBryan, an app for Android and iPhone that connects home service providers to homeowners, has partnered with HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler. Set to launch in fall 2018, the app enables users to find vetted, qualified home service providers for general handyman

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Testo offers video borescope with combustion analyzer purchase as part of fall promotion

September 11, 2018

As part of its fall promotional campaign, Testo, Inc. is offering customers the opportunity to receive a free video borescope with the purchase of a 320 or 330 series combustion analyzer. The offer is valid for purchases from September 1,

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North American business training company reaches 20-year milestone

September 5, 2018

Business Development Resources (BDR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The company is a provider of business coaching and training services for HVAC and plumbing contractors, distributors and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. BDR hosts more than 200 business training

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The Challenge of Category IV Gas-Fired Appliance Venting

August 24, 2018 by Ian McTeer

Which 90 per cent AFUE furnace brand got into Canadian basements first? Perhaps it was Clare Brothers HEG series MegaSave furnace or maybe the Lennox G14 Pulse shared the limelight with Clare for first high efficiency gas furnace on the

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An abridged review of noise sources and methods to control sound transmission

August 24, 2018 by Robert Bean

Sound complaints are the number one indoor environmental quality problem in buildings today, surpassing thermal comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ) and lighting quality in the hierarchy of occupant discomfort. Objections can be anything from chatter in offices, to the neighbour’s

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DiversiTech completes acquisition of Hilmor

August 23, 2018

DiversiTech Corp. has completed its acquisition of HVAC/R tools supplier hilmor nearly two years after the brand, along with Irwin and Lennox, was purchased by Stanley Black & Decker for $1.95 billion. The acquisition is one of 10 undertaken by

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Sons of Napoleon founders take the reins as co-CEOs

August 20, 2018

Christopher and Stephen Schroeter will take over the family business at Napoleon as co-CEOs. The newly-appointed duo are the sons of Napoleon co-founders Wolfgang Schroeter, CEO, and Ingrid Schroeter, CFO. Christopher and Stephen have worked at the company for 18

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Deadline approaches for ASHRAE 2019 conference, technical papers

August 16, 2018

ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2019 annual conference Abstract submissions are due August 21, 2018. If accepted, final papers will be due November 30, 2018. Technical papers – 30-pages maximum, to be published in ASHRAE Transactions

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Honeywell Home spinoff company, Resideo, to be operational by end of 2018

August 9, 2018

Honeywell has announced that Resideo will be the name of its new company, created through a spin-off of its Home and ADI Global Distribution businesses. The spin-off is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Products from