Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Heat Pumps Riding a Wave of Popularity

Shipments Grow by Double Digits, Trend Expected to Continue
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Manufacturers had a lot to like about last year. According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), shipments of equipment increased in just about every category in 2013. Especially notable were shipments of air-source heat pumps, which were up 16 percent over 2012.


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Heat Pumps Gaining Interest Nationwide

Contractors Boost Sales by Offering Energy-Efficient Options
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Sales of air-source heat pumps used to be concentrated primarily in the Southern U.S., but that is changing as consumers become more aware of their energy-saving capabilities. In fact, in many markets, it may be more cost-effective to use an air-source heat pump for the majority of a homeowner’s heating and cooling needs.


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Heat Pumps Designed to Save Energy

High-Efficiency Equipment in High Demand
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The energy-efficiency ratings of residential air-source heat pumps have risen dramatically over the last few years, with many manufacturers now offering equipment well exceeding the 20-SEER mark. There have been significant gains made in commercial heat pump efficiencies as well.


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What Happened to Sick Building Syndrome?

SBS Has Faded from Headlines, But Is It Still a Problem?
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SBS is far from being eradicated and is still a concern that many HVAC professionals grapple with every day.


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Contractors Capitalizing on Growing Modular Market

Prefabricated Products Improve Quality, Reduce Need for Skilled Labor
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Modular solutions help contractors and manufacturers address the lack of skilled labor in the HVAC industry,


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Expo Attendees Dig into Efficiency

Saving Energy is the Overriding Theme at 2014 ASHRAE Conference, AHR Expo
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The 2014 AHR Expo served as the HVACR industry’s “Sustainability Central” when it took place recently in New York City. 


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The Case of the Missing Service Calls

Contractors Aim to Solve the Prevailing Mechanical Maintenance Mystery
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One contractor noticed an alarming decline in service calls over the last four years, and he wondered if others were finding the same trend in their area. And the responses came pouring in.


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HVAC Manufacturers Expect Modest Gains in 2014

Most Expect Economy to Still Be a Concern This Year
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The latest report from Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) indicates that 2013 will likely end on a positive note.


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HVAC Contractors Hopeful Heading Into 2014

Although Economy is Improving, Hurdles Remain for Many During Recovery
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While contractors' outlooks can vary depending on a lot of factors, they generally have a positive outlook on 2014.


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Distributors Delight in HVAC Equipment Replacement Growth

Sluggish Recovery Still a Concern
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HARDI's latest report showed modest sales growth of 3.6 percent for November 2013, which is less than the 6 percent growth reported for November 2012. 


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