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Home Automation

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What Are the Benefits of Home Automation?

As the technology becomes more widespread and affordable, home automation is an increasingly popular way to manage your home’s many appliances and devices. From the convenience of your smartphone, you can control your lighting setup, thermostat, security system, and more.

Once considered a luxury, home automation is more accessible now than ever before. Here, we’ll describe the benefits of using smart technology in your home and how it can be tailored to your needs.

Energy efficiency and savings

Smart home technology increases your home’s energy efficiency by giving you the ability to monitor your systems and appliances at all times. You can easily power devices on and off when you’re not at home and set timers for specific appliances. Lights can be configured to automatically turn on when you walk into the room. A smart thermostat can be programmed with your schedule so that you can turn up the heat or AC at specific times. Most automation systems also provide data on your energy usage as well as energy reports and tips, so you can achieve greater control and efficiency over time.

Since home automation allows you to use power only when needed, you can save considerably on your utility costs. Smart thermostats have been shown to save up to 20% on utility bills every year. Additionally, automatic lighting and wall outlets can help cut your energy bill dramatically.

Security and safety

Home automation systems protect your home with smart sensors, cameras, and locks. Motion, window, and door sensors can detect unauthorized access or broken glass, activate an alarm, and send you an alert through your phone. Doorbell cameras let you view who’s at your door in real-time and record video on your smart device. Smart door locks let you control your locks with the tap of a finger.

In addition to standard security systems, automation can keep your home safe from the elements, like freezing temperatures or harmful gas. You can install water and freeze detectors to catch problems early with your water heater, condensate pump, or drains. If you’re out of town, an automated water shut-off valve can detect leaks and turn off your water. Smart CO2 and smoke detectors sound an alarm if they detect carbon monoxide or smoke in your home.

Convenience and ease

By setting up a smart home system, you can manage your home from the convenience of your mobile device. Smart home technology is typically controlled by an app. With a quick download and a few taps, you can adjust your home’s systems exactly to your liking. These apps are created with user experience at the forefront. Changing settings, viewing your energy data, and powering devices on and off is simple and painless.

Comfort and peace of mind

With smart home automation, you can gain peace of mind. In addition to the financial savings, you’ll save time, energy, and worry – no more running back home to make sure the lights are off and the door is locked. Instead, you can quickly check your devices and turn them on and off from your phone.

Smart home technology also increases your home’s overall comfort level. On a wintery day, you can set your thermostat to turn up the heat on your way home from work. Humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilators, and media filters can all be set to your specific preferences, and lighting can automatically change to different modes or scenes depending on the time of day.

Let Hauck Bros help with your home automation

With so many benefits and an increasingly affordable price point, more homeowners are choosing automation to manage their homes. At Hauck Bros., we can help you determine which smart devices will best suit your needs and provide maintenance services to keep your equipment performing at maximum efficiency. Devices can even be set up to send us an alert when your system is experiencing a problem, so we can fix the issue as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about how Hauck Bros. can help turn your house into a smart home.

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IAQ – Winter Weather

By Indoor Air Quality

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality in Winter?

The winter season usually means spending lots more time indoors, but if your indoor air quality is poor, you could potentially be damaging your health. Pollutants, chemicals, dry winter air, and more can all contribute to poor indoor air quality and lead to illness.

Luckily, there are actions you can take to solve these problems and protect your family’s health. Read on to learn more about some of the factors that can negatively impact your indoor air quality and how to fix them.

Dry winter air

Contrary to popular belief, dry air in the winter is caused by cold outdoor air, not the warm air pumped into your house via your furnace. Even with excellent insulation, cold, dry air in below freezing temperatures can enter your home and cause problems. Not only does dry air lead to cracked, dry skin, but a dry nose and throat can increase the likelihood of catching viruses like influenza.

To combat dry air indoors, a humidifier is key. Small units are available to humidify single rooms, if you’re only needing added moisture in a small space. Whole house humidifiers, on the other hand, can help you control the humidity of your entire house to ensure that your family stays healthy, while making sure the moisture level doesn’t get high enough to cause mold.

Insulation

Modern or newly renovated homes can be nearly air-tight due to improved insultation. While insulation is great for reducing drafts and lowering your heating bill, it can also lower your air quality. With no way to escape, contaminants like bacteria, viruses, mold, and dust mites build up within your home, which can cause illness and respiratory symptoms.

Opening a window can help with air circulation, but it’s not ideal during winter. Instead, ventilation units like heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERC) can be installed to resolve the issues caused by insulation. HRVs transfer heat from stale, indoor air into cool, fresh air, while ERVs replace both moisture and heat with fresh air.

Pets

For pet owners, it wouldn’t be winter without your dog or cat snuggling at your feet. But pet dander and shedding can reduce air quality levels, especially in the winter months, when pets are indoors longer. Fur and dander buildup can cause itchiness, runny noses, and watery eyes, even if you’re not typically allergic to pets.

Fortunately, it’s easy to keep fur and dander problems at bay by grooming and brushing your pets on a regular basis. Cleaning your house frequently, especially vacuuming, is also important. However, if you’re still noticing a problem, air purification devices like ionizers or ultraviolet (UV) lights can also help filter out pet dander.

Dirt, dust, and other pollutants

Household air pollution is more common than you may think and can consist of a variety of factors. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including pollutants from paints, cleaners, and other household chemicals can build up in your home without proper ventilation. Dust and dirt particles can clog up your air filters, and smoke or particulate matter from your fireplace or wood stove can be harmful if they’re suspended in your household air.

To reduce the negative effects of these pollutants, make sure you’re changing your air filter every 30-60 days. You can also clean your vents with a damp cloth to get rid of dirt and debris. To avoid VOC buildup, ensure that your house is well ventilated when undertaking any renovation or remodeling projects.

The best way to improve your winter air quality

If you want to improve the indoor air quality of your home, enlisting a professional HVAC technician to help is the optimal way to do so. In the fall, schedule your HVAC maintenance to verify that your heating and ventilation systems are working properly. An HVAC technician can also assist you with determining whether an air purification or cleaning system could be beneficial to your home.

At Hauck Bros. Inc. Heating & Cooling, we offer exceptional HVAC maintenance services, and can help you with choosing an air purifier or filtration system that will work for you. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help keep your indoor air clean and healthy for the winter.

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Water Heaters

By Water Heaters

According to the Department of Energy, Water heaters are the second highest source of energy use in the home and account for about 18% of your home’s energy. The average home uses an average of 64 gallons of water per day. This amounts to $400-$600 that each household spends on water heating. The average water heater can last 10-15 years. With preventative maintenance, small problems that could lead to failures might get discovered hopefully preventing complete unit failure. If you are in need of replacement it might benefit you to know all your options available to you for replacement. Call Hauck Bros., Inc. today to schedule your water heater maintenance.

How It Works

A Hauck Bros Inc., we offer hot water tanks preventive maintenance. Depending on the model and fuel we check and clean the burner and pilot. We check the pressure relief valve to ensure proper operation. The gas pressure, heating elements, and anode rod are all checked to ensure proper operation and efficiency.  We also do a visual inspection for water leaks, rust, and any other problems that might cause you water heater to fail. Storage tank water heater maintenance is included in our Platinum Home Comfort Protection Plan. Learn more about how water heaters work here.

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How to get your House and HVAC System Ready for Winter

By Heating, Uncategorized

Here in Ohio, winter can be harsh. We can get extreme cold and extreme winds as we have seen in the past. We put this winter weatherization list together to help you ensure your heating costs stay as low as possible and help avoid costly repairs.

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Protect Your HVAC system

  1. Change the Filter, depending on your system the filter may need to be changed monthly, bi-monthly or twice a year, check with us to determine how often is optimal for your HVAC system
  2. Turn the humidifier on and replace the pad making sure the humidity level is set correct on your humidistat or thermostat.
  3. Make sure the drains are not backed up while testing your system to ensure excess moisture leaves the house.
  4. Adjust the thermostat to heat and set to your comfort level, remember to set the heat set point lower while you are away from the house or at nighttime.
  5. Make sure your smart thermostat is programmed to make you comfortable and lower the heat settings when you are in bed or away. We offer smart Wi-Fi thermostats where you can check the HVAC system while you are away.
  6. Turn your furnace on to ensure it is operating, listen for any noises that do not sound ordinary, popping sounds and loud squealing noises should be looked at.
  7. Ensure the area around the furnace and your ductwork is clear of debris to ensure proper airflow, make sure no flammable products are kept near the furnace to ensure your household safety.
  8. If you have an air conditioning only outdoor unit, cover the unit to protect from ice, snow, and debris, we offer covers specially made for Bryant and Carrier.
  9. Check exhaust for furnace for any blockages, if in a chimney, ensure no corrosion
  10. If you have an Oil furnace, remove carbon soot and other debris, check the flue pipe, replace the oil filter, change the air filter, clean air vents, and have the burner adjusted if needed by a professional.

Protect your House

  1. Ensure gutters are clear of any debris to make sure ice doesn’t form
  2. Outdoor faucets should be shut off and drained of any water, make sure to put hoses away.
  3. Look for and fix drafts in your doors and windows to keep cold weather on the outside of the house.
  4. Check your sump pump and if you have a backup battery, ensure it is charged.
  5. Ensure your water heater is operating correctly and not making any popping noises to avoid
  6. Ensure the lawn mower is clean and empty of gasoline, make sure the snow blower is well maintained and ready to go.
  7. Make sure you have ice melt, preferably animal friendly, to help keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice.
  8. Ensure your Carbon Monoxide detector is under 7 years old and check the batteries
  9. Make sure ceiling fans switch direction clockwise, which creates an updraft to help you stay comfortable.

Signs your furnace may need immediate service.

  • No Heat, ensure thermostat has power and if no power or no heat, call service to diagnose issue.
  • Energy Bills rise month after month, make sure the filter is new and if still no improvement, call service to make sure your heating system is running as efficiently as possible
  • Bad smell coming from registers, if you smell rotten eggs or unburnt gas make sure to call service immediately.
  • Carbon Monoxide detector goes off, open the windows, call the fire department, once cleared have service come repair the issue.
  • Furnace makes a loud banging noise, if any loud banging noises or other noises are coming from the furnace that seem odd, call our service to figure out the appropriate repair.
  • Raising the temperature on the thermostat and it doesn’t heat up, it could be the thermostat or the furnace, call service to determine the best recourse for repair.
  • Your pilot light is orange or yellow, when operating correctly the pilot light should be blue, if you see orange or yellow, call service for a tune up.
  • The furnace is older than 15 years, most furnaces last 10-20 years, if it is older than 15 years old, schedule service for preventative maintenance to ensure it’s reliability this winter.
  • The furnace seems to turn off and on a lot, this may depend on the furnace as newer modulating models are designed to run at all times but if your furnace seems to turn on and off a lot call service to determine the reason.
  • Cold rooms or areas, if you notice rooms or areas not getting up to temperature like they did in the past, call service to determine if any repairs are needed to correct the airflow.

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State of HVAC

By Uncategorized

It’s safe to say that our industry, HVAC, has been in a state of change over the past few years. There is a lot going on in our industry that we have never seen before, as contractors. The purpose of this article is to let you in and see how these changes have affected HVAC contractors and our clients.

Help Wanted

There are two certainties in the HVAC industry when it comes to the workforce. The average age of employees is increasing and hiring new recruits is getting tougher. At Hauck Bros., Inc. we strive to be a leader in our community and offer our employees careers, not jobs. We provide sustained training, career advancement, benefits, competitive wages, and strive to make working conditions better. We embrace technology and energy efficient initiatives.

We take these measures to ensure our employees are professionals and can meet the needs of our clients and deliver an experience that our competitors cannot in a time when supplies are at an all time low and demand is at a all time high.

Equipment and Material Shortages

There have been a lot of reasons why raw materials are in short supply such as ships waiting in California, worker shortages in factories oversees and at home, COVID, truck staffing shortages, fuel costs, higher demand due to warmer weather, and a lot more reasons we won’t go into. The result is that equipment has been hard to make for most manufactures’ recently. Wait times to get equipment and materials in some cases have been over 4 months.

COVID and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

One of the reasons demand from consumers has increased vastly over the past two years is COVID-19. With more people than ever working from home there has been in increase in the use of HVAC systems throughout the day. HVAC systems have been identified as a solution to help stop the spread of COVID in households, multi family homes, office, and other applications. MERV 13 and above filters, Ionization products, Ultraviolet Lights, and other products have been tested and shown to be extremely efficient at eliminating COVID.

Price Increases

As mentioned in this article, labor shortages, material shortages and price increases, higher consumer demand, and other factors have caused the price offered to our consumers to increase. We strive to offer competitive prices as the price of goods increases.

Industry Standards

Now more than ever, it is important that consumers get the most for their money so that they get the best HVAC system for each unique consumer situation.  We want to make sure every current issue is addressed and that future potential issues be avoided. Staying up to date on trainings and certifications is imperative to ensuring our clients get the best customer experience as possible.  Our employees through manufacturers, school, in house workshops, and online programs do trainings year round. Our employees are certified by the EPA, NATE, OSHA, and the ACCA to ensure you, our consumers, are being taken care of by not just another amateur, but by a true HVAC professional.

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Packaged Rooftop Units

By Air Conditioning, Commercial, Heating

How It Works

For Commercial applications, Packaged Rooftop Units are installed on the roof of the building or they can be installed on a slab at ground level. Unlike a split system where there is an outside and indoor part to the HVAC system, Packaged Rooftop Units have all the components built into the unit. They are made to withstand the Miami Valley typical weather of rain, sun, frost, wind, heat, and other conditions. They provide commercial buildings space saving options since the unit doesn’t need an indoor unit. Depending on the older unit a curb adapter may be needed for the new unit to install correctly.
Air enters the unit via the air hood on the side, it passes through dampers on the inside that regulates the airflow, and than the air goes through the systems air filtration. Next, the air is either heated or cooled (depending on the system configuration and the current operating mode) and circulates through the ductwork inside the building.
Hauck Bros., Inc. helps Miami Valley business heat and cool their buildings safely and efficiently. Our team installs, repairs, and maintains Packaged Rooftop Units throughout the area. We are well versed in county and city permits, regulations, codes, and requirements. Learn more about packaged rooftop units.

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Ductless

By Commercial, Duct Free Systems, Indoor Air Quality, Residential

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How It Works

For most applications, exactly the same as a traditional system! Cooling coils carrying refrigerant help to remove heat and humidity from your home’s air, and your unit’s blower fan helps disperse the cold air. The hot air is released to the outside from the condenser. The compressor helps move the refrigerant through the coils and the condenser to cool the air for the blower to send into your home! Another fan sends the hot air through the condenser, while a filter removes things like dust and dander from the air. Finally, the thermostat regulates the amount of cold air that is being distributed to your home. Learn more about how duct free systems work here

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Working from home? Indoor Air Quality products and an upgraded HVAC system may be for you!

By Indoor Air Quality

It has been quite the year so far. According to census.gov, more than 33% of Americans are working from home more frequently. While working from home, people are discovering the benefits of a upgraded HVAC system and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products. Variable speed HVAC systems are more energy efficient, quieter, and move air at slower speeds to properly treat air through filtration, humidification, and purification.

Variable speed Bryant Evolution HVAC systems are designed to operate in two ways. The Evolution Extreme air conditioner and heat pumps models are designed to operate in stages that change to the demands of the household. They have 60 stages that the Connex Thermostat controls by changing stages to the temperature setting of the thermostat. Since HVAC systems are designed for the hottest day of the year and the coldest day of the year, it is rare for variable staged units to run in maximum capacity except for those extreme days. This allows the units to be quieter and more energy efficient.

During the fall, winter, and early spring when the furnace or air handler with electric heat are running pairing the system with a whole house humidifier will keep the humidity in the household at a comfortable level and avoid chapped lips, irritated eyes, dryness in the throat, allergies, frequent coughs, bloody noses, sinus headaches, protect wood furniture and wood floors, and help the house stay warmer without adjusting the thermostat. Adding a humidifier to a variable speed HVAC system provides the added benefit of near perfect control of adding humidity to the airflow as it goes between its 60 stages.

Adding a media filter to your HVAC system allows for the filter to last longer that the standard filter. Adding a media filter to a variable speed HVAC system allows for the air to constantly be filtered, provided higher air quality than if it was attached to a standard single stage HVAC system. A single stage HVAC system only provides 100% operation as it runs. This means it turns on and off more frequently to maintain the temperature set at the thermostat. In a variable stage HVAC system the stage only goes up as needed, this provides constant airflow throw the filter which allows the filter to be used constantly, improving air quality. One warning though, most HVAC systems with a media filter are designed to operate with a MERV 8 filter, changing to a higher MERV rating can create more static pressure which decreases airflow and potentially damaging the system. If using a high MERV filter, check with our HVAC experts to ensure your system is designed for it.

Air purification can be accomplished in several ways, all of them are designed to capture, neutralize, eliminate, and remove contaminates in the air. Viruses, bacteria, mold spores, dust, pet dander, smells, smoke, pollen, allergens, and other airborne particles can be removed from the air during air purification. Again, with variable speed HVAC equipment, the air is constantly moving and adding an air purification device allows for better treatment of the air as it goes through the ductwork. We offer Ionization products, ultraviolet (UV) lights, and electrostatic air purifiers. Talk to our HVAC expert to learn which one is best for your HVAC system.

Helpful Hauck Facts (5)

1. In 2019, 95 percent of new single-family homes started had a central AC system

2. Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

3. Before refrigeration air conditioning was invented, cooling was done by saving big blocks of ice. When cooling machines started to get used, they rated their capacity by the equivalent amount of ice melted in a day, which is where the term “ton” came from sizing air conditioning.

4. The “lifespan” of a central air conditioner is about 15 to 20 years.

5. An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.

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IAQ – Air Filtration for your home or business, part 2

By Indoor Air Quality

Another purpose of the air filter is to keep the indoor coil, furnace/air handler, and ductwork as clean as possible.  The filter is applied to the return air before that air goes into the furnace/air handler. This stops all the contaminants that the filter removes from entering your HVAC system.  The better the filter, the cleaner the indoor coil and furnace/air handler is, that ensures your HVAC system is running as cost effectively as possible and can save up to 30% in utility costs.  The better the filter MERV, the more it keeps the indoor coil, furnace/air handler, and ductwork free from debris.

COVID-19 and other viruses.  At the time of this post, COVID-19 has not been tested with any filters.  Most viruses measure below .03 micron. This means that even the HEPA filter isn’t guaranteed to block them from the airstream.  That doesn’t mean a filter doesn’t catch some viruses, they are just not rated to do so.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is about 0.125 micron.  In fact, in a study done by NASA, HEPA filters are extremely good at remove of smaller than .3 micron.

According to the EPA, the best solution that is cost effective and works with almost any HVAC system and ductwork system is a combination of air purification and air filtration.  Adding an ionizer or a ultraviolet light to a filtration system of MERV 8 or above will treat almost all the air effectively.  Ionizers and UV lights are very effective at treating viruses, mold, bacteria, and other contaminants to affect the air quality in a given residential or commercial building. Another consideration is the HVAC equipment, having a multiple stage furnace means that it can operate in a lower fan speed or stage.  Slowing down the circulation improves the overall air quality when combined with a great Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) system by treating the air at all times.

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Now Hiring

Now hiring – service technician

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Locally Owned for 99 years Hauck Bros., Inc. Heating and Cooling has built its business by offering superior HVAC service, maintenance, and products. We do this with a team of highly trained and conscientious employees that are loyal to our valued customer base and are proud of the company’s rich history in this area.

Pay $19-$28 per hour

Hourly rate depends on skill set, Residential HVAC experience, Commercial HVAC experience and types of HVAC units experienced in servicing. We offer a generous salary package, and top of the line benefits package.

Offering up to $4,000 Hiring Bonus for your HVAC service field experience!

Hauck Bros., Inc. is a family-owned and operated full service commercial and residential HVAC maintenance company that has been servicing the Ohio Miami Valley area for over 99 years.

Immediate hire, steady year-round work available. The job includes excellent compensation package, up-to-date, well-stocked service truck, gas card, health insurance, 401K and many other benefits. Top Technician can earn over $80,000/year with salary, incentives and overtime.

We are a “Drug-Free” workplace.

Work Start and End Time: 7:30am – 5:30pm, Monday to Friday; additional hours necessary, until job is completed. Some evenings and weekends on occasion. Overtime required when needed.

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Company Phone, Company Tablet, Company Vehicle, Company Gas Card, 401k with Company Match, Tool Purchase Program, Company Bonuses, Company Discounts, and Referral Program

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Install and service compressors, condensers, evaporators, motors, expansion and discharge valves, motors, temperature and humidity controls, fans, control panels, switches, fuses, filters, gauges, ducts, piping, tubing, and related components; residential, light commercial, and commercial service
  • Test and repair units by operating the systems; identifying malfunctions; repairing or replacing, parts, and components
  • Troubleshoot breakdowns; perform preventive maintenance
  • Available to work nights or weekends, on a rotating basis, to service emergency needs of our customers
  • Participate in company provided training opportunities on latest industry technologies
  • Excellent customer service skills with the desire to exceed customer expectations
  • Maintain safe and healthy work environment by following standards and procedures and complying with regulations

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3 Years of Experience as a HVAC Service Technician
  • Universal Refrigeration License
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license with clean, insurable driving record
  • Must be able to pass drug test(s) as required by company
  • Well groomed, neat appearance
  • Lift up to 50 pounds; be able to push, pull, carry or maneuver heavier items (with additional manpower or appropriate devices); carry ladders; work from heights, work in small crawl spaces
  • Must be able to troubleshoot & service units, including controls
  • Gas, Heat Pump, Propane HVAC experience
  • Be familiar with a wide range of HVAC equipment and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Experience making repair and replace decisions.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the desire to exceed customer expectations
  • Maintain safe and healthy work environment by following standards and procedures and complying with regulations
  • Demonstrate willingness to accept responsibility and leadership roles.
  • Operate scissors and genie lifts in safe manner.
  • Read and understand basic electrical schematic diagrams.
  • Knowledge of air balancing principles and techniques.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5+ years as a HVAC Service Technician
  • Ability to read and interpret wiring diagrams and blueprints.
  • Experience working on Chillers and/or 25-ton + Commercial HVAC equipment.
  • Experience working on Boilers (hot water & steam)
  • Experience working on Geothermal and Oil HVAC Units
  • Knowledge of control systems (DDC, Prolon, Honeywell, etc.)
  • NATE certification

 

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