Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Indoor Air Expo Gains a Partner

February 14, 2011
Contractors have looked forward to attending the Indoor Air Expo, a collaboration between the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), for several years. This year, a new partner has been added - the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA).
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ACCA President/CEO Sees Stellar Year

February 14, 2011
The last few years have been challenging for HVACR contractors, the poor economy has resulted in financial stress, and recent federal legislation has caused concern. Even with these recent difficulties, there are numerous reasons to be hopeful, said Paul Stalknecht, president and CEO, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
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Dazed and Confused Over Medical Marijuana Use

February 7, 2011
It is no surprise that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is not a fan of medical marijuana, which has been legalized in 15 states and the District of Columbia. According to the DEA, the campaign to allow marijuana to be used as medicine is a maneuver in a strategy to legalize all drugs. But thousands can now use marijuana legally in order to treat various maladies.
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Ten Receive Innovation Awards

January 17, 2011
The 10 winners of the 2011 AHR Expo Innovation Awards represent some of the most innovative new products in the HVACR industry, according to the judges, members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), who evaluated submissions based on innovation, application, value to the user, and market impact.
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Plethora of Intelligent Products for HVAC

December 13, 2010
Manufacturers have been on a roll lately, introducing numerous smart, sophisticated products that are aimed at improving control, comfort, and convenience in homes and businesses. Contractors may be wise to learn more about these intelligent solutions - a few of which are detailed in this article.
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Firm Designs Office of the Future

December 13, 2010
Glumac considers itself to be a forward-thinking mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering firm that is a leader in sustainable design. As such, when the time came to move its office to a downtown high-rise, it was decided that Glumac would use its new space as a showroom of sorts that would highlight intelligent, innovative MEP technologies.
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Smart Customers Can Google Energy Use

December 13, 2010
While most homeowners have an idea of how much they pay for utilities each month, few are aware of just how much electricity they use on a daily or weekly basis. Nor do they know which appliances contribute the most to their electricity bill. Homeowners seeking to fill in this knowledge gap can now turn to home energy monitors.
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Selling High-Efficient Private Label Furnace

November 15, 2010
When homeowners think about purchasing a high-efficiency furnace with all the bells and whistles, does a particular brand name come to mind, or do they first think of their contractor? Some contractors are betting on the latter, which is why they have opted to offer high-end equipment under their own private label.
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Delivering on the Promise of High Efficiency

November 15, 2010
Homeowners purchasing 95 percent-plus AFUE furnaces usually expect to see a fairly large reduction in their utility bills, as well as a greater level of comfort in their homes. Unfortunately, these customers will not obtain the benefits they paid for if their furnaces have not been installed properly.
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Condensing Furnace Sales Rise

November 15, 2010
There is no question that the federal tax credits have helped boost the sales of condensing furnaces (equipment over 90 percent AFUE) over the last two years. However, even before the tax credits came into play, sales of condensing furnaces were increasing, and manufacturers expect sales to stay strong even when (if) the tax credits expire at the end of this year.
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