Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Innovations Improve Installations

New Products, Techniques Available For Geothermal Installations

Each geothermal installation involves digging up a yard, laying hundreds of feet of pipe, and generally disrupting the lives of homeowners, but thanks to the innovative thinking of manufacturers and contractors, there are now new products and techniques that can enhance the installation experience for the homeowner, as well as the contractor.


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Utilities Encourage Geothermal Investment

Utilities Reduce Installation Costs to Encourage Use of GHPs

Most utilities promote conservation by offering rebates for the installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and solar energy systems, but several are starting to think outside the box.


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Generating Interest in High-End Solutions

HVAC Contractors See Surge in Standby Generator Sales

With installed costs starting at around $7,000, these are luxury items that not every homeowner can afford; however, contractors are reporting a surge in sales that they expect to continue for the foreseeable future.


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Building a Dream HVAC System

When Money is No Object, High-End HVAC Equipment Fits the Bill

Customers looking to invest in more expensive heating and cooling systems have numerous options from which to choose, and most will result in better comfort and efficiency. But for that rare homeowner for whom money is no object, contractors may want to suggest manufacturer-recommended “dream” systems, all of which offer exceptional comfort, whisper-quiet operation, and super high efficiency.


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Showcase Home Features High-End HVAC

Efficiency Achieved Using an Air-to-Water Heat Pump, Radiant Heat, and Ductless Cooling

While all the homes in Meadow Ranch are extremely energy efficient, one stands out, as it not only achieved LEED Platinum certification, but it served as a test home for a new air-to-water heat pump. 


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ACI Conference Makes its Mark

Conference Draws Home-Performance and Weatherization Professionals

Throngs of attendees took part in numerous educational and networking events that were designed to promote awareness of issues related to creating healthy, comfortable, sustainable homes.


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Employment Background Checks Drawing Government Scrutiny

Contractors May Face Legal Hurdles When Using Background Checks During Hiring Process

This latest guidance from EEOC concerning background checks stems from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But there is absolutely no reference made to criminal history, so how can EEOC threaten action based on Title VII?


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Optimizing Heat Pump Performance

Proper Maintenance Critical for Maintaining Heat Pump Efficiency

Regular maintenance is even more crucial for newer heat pumps, whose efficiency decreases greatly if not properly maintained.


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Heat Pumps Appearing in Cold Climates

Heat Pumps Use Less Energy, Provide Constant Heat in Home

Most heat pumps in colder climates still require some sort of backup heat — often an oil- or gas-fired furnace — but they are an excellent option that can provide customers with a more energy-efficient year-round solution.


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Heat Pumps Used in Super-Efficient Home

Home Built to be as Energy- and Water-Efficient as Possible

With projected total annual energy gain (with solar) of $123, the home falls safely into the zero net-energy usage category.


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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