Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Hydronic/Geothermal Systems: A Comfortable Combination

By Joanna R. Turpin
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The No. 1 reason why customers choose to install a hydronic/geothermal system is comfort, according to Bill Landis, sales manager, J.K. Mechanical Inc., Willow Street, Pa. And the No. 2 reason? That would be comfort as well, he joked.
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Radiant Retrofits Can Be a (Fun) Challenge

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“I defy anyone to show me a building that can’t be retrofitted with hydronic radiant heat,” declared Dave Yates, president, F.W. Behler, York, Pa. “I can come up with a solution for any structure. I can’t think of any situation that would prevent us from being able to install radiant heat.”
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Proposed Climate Bill Rolls Out Carbon Cap

By Angela D. Harris and Joanna R. Turpin
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Congress is back in session and the HVACR industry is waiting to see what the Senate has to say about the Waxman-Markey bill, H.R. 2454 - the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). The bill, which already passed in the House, contains sweeping environmental reform that will change the way this industry and America does business.
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Alternatives for Commercial Refrigeration

By Joanna R. Turpin
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Much of the focus lately has been about how the phaseout of HCFCs will affect a/c equipment; however, commercial refrigeration will also be significantly affected by the phaseout. Consider all the supermarket food cases, walk-in refrigerators/coolers/freezers, ice cream machines, etc., that currently utilize R-22, and you’ll get an idea of the magnitude of that market.
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Opportunities Abound for Retrofits

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A huge portion of the commercial refrigeration market is still utilizing R-22 equipment. In fact, Grady McAdams of Heatcraft Refrigeration Products noted that research and analysis of the 1997 to 2007 installed base showed the retrofit market for HCFC condensing units for commercial refrigeration applications could be as high as 2.5 million units.
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Chillers and the Phaseout: What Contractors Should Expect

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When CFCs were phased out, commercial building owners and managers had to decide whether to keep existing chillers that used refrigerant such as R-11 or invest in equipment containing HCFCs such as R-22. Now that HCFCs are being phased out, owners and managers are faced with the same decision: keep current equipment or move to chillers using HFC refrigerants.
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What To Do With Nutty Customers

By Joanna R. Turpin
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Unfortunately, some customers can be a pain in the neck to deal with, becoming a serious drain on resources and a potential liability for word-of-mouth referrals. At what point do you let these never-satisfied customers go?
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Trade Groups Promote R-410A Training

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When changes occur in the HVACR industry, contractors routinely look to their trade associations for information. That has been the case with the impending phaseout of R-22 and the adoption of R-410A. Contractors have asked their associations for training on how to use the new refrigerant, as well as updates on government regulations.
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Training Track: R-410A

By Joanna R. Turpin
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Many manufacturers have had R-410A equipment available for years, and they’ve also offered training opportunities. In just a few short months, equipment containing R-22 will no longer be produced, and manufacturers want industry personnel to know that they are still providing training opportunities on R-410A.
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Boiler Technology Breakthroughs

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The winds of change are blowing across the U.S., and nowhere is that more evident than in the commercial boiler market. Manufacturers have spent considerable time researching and developing new technologies in order to be able to offer cutting edge commercial boilers that feature high-efficiency performance, increased fuel savings, superior control, and low emissions.
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