Joanna R. Turpin

Joanna R. Turpin

Joanna Turpin is Contributing Editor. She can be contacted at 480-726-7121 or joannaturpin@achrnews.com.

ARTICLES

The Flat Rate Debate

Contractors Discuss Which Pricing Strategies Work for Them
July 7, 2014

There are pros and cons to both pricing strategies, which is why many contractors have determined a combination of the two makes the most sense.


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Mega Homes Require Thought, Planning

Large House Projects Present Challenges and Opportunities, Offer Grand Return on Investment
June 23, 2014

Working on these mega homes is a great opportunity for HVAC contractors, but there can also be many challenges in this line of work. 


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Many HVAC Options for High-End Projects

Customers Choose Top-of-the-Line Equipment to Meet Needs
June 23, 2014

Whether building a new house or retrofitting an existing one, homeowners have numerous options to choose from when it comes to HVAC equipment. 


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Going Deep On Energy Retrofits

Extensive Work Results in Significant Energy Savings
June 23, 2014

Savvy contractors working in this niche market focus not only on deep energy reductions, but on non-energy benefits, such as improved comfort, better IAQ, increased home values, and a more durable home. 


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Heat Pumps Riding a Wave of Popularity

Shipments Grow by Double Digits, Trend Expected to Continue
May 26, 2014

Manufacturers had a lot to like about last year. According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), shipments of equipment increased in just about every category in 2013. Especially notable were shipments of air-source heat pumps, which were up 16 percent over 2012.


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Heat Pumps Gaining Interest Nationwide

Contractors Boost Sales by Offering Energy-Efficient Options
May 26, 2014

Sales of air-source heat pumps used to be concentrated primarily in the Southern U.S., but that is changing as consumers become more aware of their energy-saving capabilities. In fact, in many markets, it may be more cost-effective to use an air-source heat pump for the majority of a homeowner’s heating and cooling needs.


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Heat Pumps Designed to Save Energy

High-Efficiency Equipment in High Demand
May 26, 2014

The energy-efficiency ratings of residential air-source heat pumps have risen dramatically over the last few years, with many manufacturers now offering equipment well exceeding the 20-SEER mark. There have been significant gains made in commercial heat pump efficiencies as well.


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What Happened to Sick Building Syndrome?

SBS Has Faded from Headlines, But Is It Still a Problem?
May 12, 2014

SBS is far from being eradicated and is still a concern that many HVAC professionals grapple with every day.


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Contractors Capitalizing on Growing Modular Market

Prefabricated Products Improve Quality, Reduce Need for Skilled Labor
May 5, 2014

Modular solutions help contractors and manufacturers address the lack of skilled labor in the HVAC industry,


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Expo Attendees Dig into Efficiency

Saving Energy is the Overriding Theme at 2014 ASHRAE Conference, AHR Expo
March 17, 2014

The 2014 AHR Expo served as the HVACR industry’s “Sustainability Central” when it took place recently in New York City. 


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2014 ACI Home Performance Conference

The 2014 ACI National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show was held in Detroit.

Podcasts

Jeff Hutchinson, Energy Solutions Manager for mechanical contractor Bruner Corp., talks about the ductless market and how it can be profitable for a commercial contractor.

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