Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Efficient

Correctly sizing, selecting, and installing equipment is critical to proper performance

When high-end equipment does not live up to consumer expectations, the culprit is almost always improper installation. The bottom line: Properly sizing, selecting, and installing HVAC equipment is critical to ensuring energy efficiency and comfort.


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OEMs are In Control

Smart options are available for high-end equipment

OEMs are offering their own smart energy management systems that they say satisfy this demand by offering the ultimate in convenience, comfort, and energy savings.


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High-end Systems in Luxury Homes

Owners expect comfort, aesthetics, and extreme efficiency from equipment

A fair number of consumers do not mind spending more for a system that provides premium comfort, higher efficiency, and is aesthetically pleasing — especially if it’s going to be installed in a high-end home.


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Defining Indoor Air Quality

IAQ means different things to different people, organizations

Most of the time, it will be possible to come up with a solution to an IAQ problem, and contractors should take that opportunity to educate consumers on the health and comfort benefits of IAQ products.


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Will Uber Model Threaten HVAC?

On-demand Labor Sites Offer Cheap, Quick Work but are Often Ill-equipped

This on-demand model has spread quickly into others markets, as well, and apps are now available that connect consumers with local freelance labor that can provide everything from same-day grocery delivery to dog walking to handyman services. 


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Striking the Right Balance

Climate, Temperature Key Aspects to Setting a Proper Heat Pump Balance Point

Backup heat can be expensive to use, which is why it’s important to find the right temperature — the balance point — at which compressor operation stops and supplemental heat is activated. 


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The Emergence of Zero Net Energy

Creative Thinking Needed for the Trend to Be Sustainable

A growing number of building owners are looking to design buildings that produce as much energy as they consume each year. These so-called zero-net-energy (ZNE) buildings may sound like a pipe dream, but they’ve already become a reality in many parts of the U.S. and around the world.


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