Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

The Case of the Missing Service Calls

Contractors Aim to Solve the Prevailing Mechanical Maintenance Mystery
March 10, 2014

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
February 24, 2014

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
February 24, 2014

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
February 24, 2014

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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Contractors Find Data Solutions in the Cloud

Diskless Technology Gains Favor Amongst Contractors
February 3, 2014

Cloud computing involves being able to access services and store data over the Internet rather than relying on a local computing device (e.g., laptop, desktop, tablet) to run the software or store the data. 


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Does Your Company Need a Social Media Policy?

Contractors Discuss How and Why Oversight Is Needed
February 3, 2014

Many contractors are crafting policies that spell out how and when social media can be utilized, both personally and on behalf of the company.


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The Complex World of Website Design

Many Factors Involved in Optimizing a Website
February 3, 2014

Customers want websites that are organized, informational, and easy to navigate, while contractors want websites that attract visitors and ultimately convert them into customers.


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ASHRAE is in a New York State of Mind

2014 Meeting to Focus on Tall Buildings
January 6, 2014

With almost 600 skyscrapers providing a dramatic backdrop, it seems appropriate that ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conference will focus on the design, development, and operation of tall buildings.


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The Science of HVAC Efficiency Ratings

Specific Formulas Clearly Define System Precision
December 30, 2013

With a veritable alphabet soup of acronyms now available to describe the energy efficiency of HVAC equipment, contractors have all the information necessary to educate their customers about how their systems will perform when installed correctly.


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Mobile Apps Streamline Sales Process

New Apps Make it Easier for Contractors to Close the Deal
December 30, 2013

There is no question that apps are changing the way the sales process works, for both comfort advisors and customers. 


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