Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Heat Pumps Appearing in Cold Climates

Heat Pumps Use Less Energy, Provide Constant Heat in Home
May 27, 2013

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
May 27, 2013

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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Commercial Market Embraces Energy Efficiency

New HVAC Products are More Energy Efficient than Ever Before
May 6, 2013

With building owners and managers looking to wring savings from every square foot of space, manufacturers have introduced a wide array of advanced energy-efficient technologies that are designed to lower utility bills without compromising comfort.


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Home Performance Contracting: A Growing Opportunity

April 15, 2013

Many believe home performance contracting (HPC) is on deck as the next big thing for HVACR contractors. And, while customers may not yet be aware of the term, once they understand that the practice may grant better comfort and safety, in addition to cost savings, many are quick to embrace the idea.


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Manufacturers Predict Slow Growth in 2013

March 18, 2013

Shipments of HVAC equipment increased marginally in 2012, reported the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). 


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Contractors Optimistic About Year Ahead

March 18, 2013

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is forecasting that single-family starts will grow 22 percent in 2013 and that single-family construction will grow another 30 percent in 2014.


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Distributors Take Wait-And-See Approach

March 18, 2013

Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) recently announced that while HVACR average distributor sales declined 1.8 percent in December 2012, they increased 5.6 percent for the year. 


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Contractors Address Hurricane Damage

March 4, 2013

Many businesses in the area were severely damaged, but that didn’t stop contractors from immediately heading back out into the field to help customers in need.


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Contractors Embrace Social Media

February 4, 2013

Everywhere we turn, businesses are urging us to visit their Facebook pages, read their blogs, or follow them on Twitter. HVAC contractors are following that trend, having been thoroughly schooled by keynote speakers at just about every industry event on the importance of embracing social media or being left in the dust.


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Making a Decision on Mobile Devices

February 4, 2013

Consider the number of tablets that are now available from Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, and Google. Add in the vast array of smartphones, netbooks, and laptops that are continually being introduced, and it’s no wonder that contractors may have a hard time deciding which mobile device(s) to choose for their field personnel.


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Jeff Hutchinson, Energy Solutions Manager for mechanical contractor Bruner Corp., talks about the ductless market and how it can be profitable for a commercial contractor.

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