Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Circulators, Control Panels, and Pumps

February 16, 2009
Hydronic systems can require a number of different parts, and many of these items were displayed at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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Feeling Radiant at the AHR Expo

February 16, 2009
On a cold winter’s day, few things are as comforting as radiant heat. At the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), manufacturers highlighted their new products that are guaranteed to keep building occupants warm and toasty.
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Evaporative Cooling Wows the Crowds

February 16, 2009
Cooling towers always make for an imposing display, as they are so much larger than most other pieces of HVAC equipment. That was the case at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), where impressive exhibits of cooling towers, and other types of evaporative technologies, were showcased.
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Manufacturers Tout Energy Efficiency

February 16, 2009
There’s no doubt there were fewer new products on display in the unitary sector at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). That could be due to the fact that most manufacturers just recently rolled out their new products in response to the 13 SEER mandate.
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To Repair or Replace: That Is the Key Question

February 2, 2009
Given the current economy, many consumers may not have the money to replace broken air conditioners and heat pumps with new units and will instead be looking for repair options. This may cause a shift in the way contractors do business. If there’s no money to replace the unit, then repairing it is the next best alternative.
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Contractor Has the Magic Touch

January 26, 2009
As a self-described “troubled youth” in New York, Rich Morgan never dreamed that 20 years later, he would own a thriving HVAC contracting company whose staff would nominate him for The NEWS’ Best Contractor To Work For contest. Employees at Magic Touch Mechanical couldn’t say enough good things about him.
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Manufacturers Capture Innovation Awards

January 12, 2009
Nine companies have been named as the winners of the seventh annual International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) Innovation Awards. All nine companies will be recognized at the awards ceremony at McCormick Place on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. in the New Product Technology Theater A (located in the South Hall).
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Soft Economy, Energy Prices Spur Interest in Technologies

December 8, 2008
“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” That quote from media mogul Rupert Murdoch effectively describes what’s happening in the world of HVAC. Manufacturers are developing alternative technologies to offer better energy efficiency. Contractors, too, must move quickly to adopt such technologies.
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Trend Home Benefits From High-End

November 17, 2008
In the year 2020, more homes will probably be built with sustainable technologies. Completed in August 2008, the Wisconsin Trend Home was built to these 2020 “specs,” and features many different energy-efficient technologies that are readily available in the marketplace.
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Upselling Furnaces in a Down Economy

November 17, 2008
Times are tough out there right now. Consumers have less disposable income available - thanks to decreasing home values and increasing credit card balances - and creditors are less likely to extend any more credit until the economy turns around. This can make it very difficult for HVAC contractors to sell basic furnaces, let alone the more expensive, high-efficiency units.
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