Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Solar + High-End Equipment = Opportunity

June 21, 2010
Offering solar energy systems to customers is a natural progression for HVAC contractors, said Greg Gill, president and CEO, Action Air Conditioning, Heating, and Solar, San Marcos, Calif. “Unlike a solar-only contractor who sells equipment based on existing demand, we’re able to take the whole-house approach.”
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Honing In on Hybrid Systems

June 21, 2010
Roger Findley has offered hybrid heating and cooling systems - a fossil fuel furnace combined with an electric heat pump - for years, even though natural gas prices in his area have remained relatively inexpensive. As oil and propane prices have crept up over time, though, he’s found that more customers are interested in hybrid systems.
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Zenergy House: Green Renovation Portrait

June 21, 2010
Designing green features into a new structure is a far easier process than renovating an existing home with green elements. But this was the challenge that was undertaken by Residential Energy Assessment Services Inc. (REAS), Los Angeles, which recently unveiled its green residential remodel project located in Studio City, Calif.
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Home Health and Comfort: Not Your Father's Filters

May 31, 2010
Air filters have come a long way over the years. Not that long ago, homeowners had few options when it came to selecting mechanical air filters. Now there are a wide variety of filters available that are better able to capture airborne particles such as dust, pollen, dust mite allergens, some molds, and animal dander.
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Home Health and Comfort: Healthy Homes Require Humidity Control

May 31, 2010
Controlling humidity in a home is a fine balance: Too much humidity can result in mold growth and a sticky feeling for occupants, while not enough humidity can result in residents experiencing dry noses, throats, lips, and skin. Finding the right level of humidity control can be tricky, but an array of dehumidifier and humidifier options can make that task easier.
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Home Health and Comfort: Keeping Customers Healthy and Safe

May 31, 2010
Improper IAQ can seriously affect homeowners’ comfort and health. While increased comfort in a home is obviously a desirable goal, improving health and safety through the elimination of indoor pollutants is an even more important issue that contractors need to discuss with homeowners.
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CEOs See Better Days Ahead

May 10, 2010
The CEO Forum at the recent ACCA Convention drew a large crowd of contractors, most of whom were eager to hear what OEMs thought about the state of the industry. NEWS editor-in-chief Mike Murphy asked the senior executives of Carrier, Emerson, Goodman, Lennox, Mitsubishi, and WaterFurnace tough questions submitted by contractors around the country.
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Market Warms to Chilled Beams

May 3, 2010
For many years, chilled beam systems have provided space conditioning to buildings throughout Europe and Australia, but the technology has been slow to catch on in the United States. Given the move to everything green that may soon change as chilled beams have many compelling benefits, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Home Health + Comfort: Contractors Should Know About Standard 62.2

March 22, 2010
The widespread acceptance of Standard 62.2 means that all HVAC contractors need to become familiar with its guidelines. That is especially the case for those looking to tap into the lucrative green market, as most building programs touting energy efficiency require mechanical ventilation based on the standard.
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Home Health + Comfort: A Breath Of Fresh Air (Can Be Profitable)

March 22, 2010
Proper ventilation is necessary to ensure that pollutants in a home do not accumulate to levels that can cause health and comfort problems for occupants. One of the best ways to lower the concentration of indoor air pollutants is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming into the home through mechanical ventilation.
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