Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Smart Controls Improve Comfort While Saving Homeowners Money

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Central heating and cooling systems have been around for a long time, yet over the decades not much has changed in the way homeowners interact with their HVAC equipment. That is slowly changing as equipment manufacturers continue to introduce smarter, more sophisticated controls.
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Homeowners Can Log On to Thermostats

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Commercial building owners and property managers have been able to remotely access their facilities over the Internet for many years. Now that same kind of remote control technology is coming to the residential market, as manufacturers are beginning to offer thermostats that can be accessed via the Internet.
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Prime Time to Educate Consumers About the Benefits of R-410A

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Customer awareness of the industry transition to R-410A still seems to be on the low side, so contractors need to be prepared to spend time educating consumers about the new refrigerant. One estimate is that only 30 to 40 percent of the public knows about the phaseout of R-22.
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Manufacturers Provide Support for R-410A Education Effort

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Every day, dealers must discuss the phaseout of R-22 with customers. This can be a confusing topic for customers to comprehend, which is why manufacturers have provided dealers with all kinds of educational materials to help explain the phaseout of R-22 and the benefits of moving to R-410A.
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Technicians Receive Top(p) Training

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Topp provides portable air conditioning and heating solutions from offices around the country. So it was a challenge in training the company’s many technicians in the use of R-410A. In 2008, the decision was made to bring all company technicians to the Philadelphia-area office for one- or two-day training sessions.
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Tax Credit Boosts Premium Furnace Sales

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Not that long ago the good-better-best gas furnace options that were presented to homeowners often consisted of 90 percent, 92 percent, and 95 percent AFUE equipment, respectively. That’s all changed thanks to the federal tax credit that went into effect earlier this year.
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Canada Mandates Condensing Furnaces

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The day Jan. 1, 2010 will bring many changes to the HVAC industry. As of that date, R-22 will no longer be available in new cooling systems manufactured in the United States or Canada, and our neighbors to the north will have a new national minimum energy performance standard for gas furnaces - a minimum fuel efficiency level of 90 percent AFUE.
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Furnaces Take a Turn for the Green

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Only 100 years ago, 90 percent of Americans burned wood to heat their homes. As fossil fuel use rose, the percentage of Americans using wood for fuel dropped, falling to as low as 1 percent by 1970, according to the DOE. Now that the green movement is taking hold, interest in biomass heating is resurfacing as a renewable energy alternative.
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Remotely Concerned About R-410A

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HVACR contractors and technicians are busy people who often find it difficult to attend training courses held during their hectic workdays. Though it’s important to make time for ongoing training during regular circumstances, it becomes even more crucial when a major change occurs in the industry - such as the current transition from R-22 to R-410A.
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Energy Savings Prompt Boiler Retrofit

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It’s not every day that a contractor has the pleasure of replacing equipment he installed more than 30 years ago. But that is all in a day’s work for Angelo Sardinha. He recently replaced the five 300,000 Btu cast iron atmospheric boilers he installed years ago at the Truesdale Clinic.
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