Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Geothermal Rejuvenates Calif. Contractor

August 21, 2003
After 21 years in the industry, Glenn Bland was in the doldrums. So he shook things up and took an International Ground-Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) geothermal class. “That has brought everything back to life as far as I’m concerned,” he says.
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Troubleshooting Geothermal Systems

August 21, 2003
Even the best laid plans sometimes go awry. A geothermal system may not work as originally intended. What do you do if that happens? Fortunately, troubleshooting these systems is straightforward, as is the regular maintenance required.
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Rooftop Units Designed To Help Improve IAQ

June 18, 2003
Rooftop unit manufacturers are responding to the need to control humidity by outfitting their units with a dehumidification component. How each unit removes moisture varies from company to company, but they have a universal goal: to improve the comfort of building occupants by controlling humidity.
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Room Enough For Four Up On The Roof

June 18, 2003
When the Doral Costa Office Building was being designed, it didn't really start as a blank slate. That's because the developer knew he didn't want any mechanical equipment inside the building. After looking at the options, it seemed rooftop units would be the best choice.
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Renovated Office Space Requires Rooftops

June 18, 2003
The Christian Street Court buildings have stunning architectural elements. Preserving their architectural and historical integrity required skill and ingenuity on the part of the HVAC contractor. The contractor looked at various types of systems, including a chilled-water system, before deciding on rooftop units.
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California Company Is Workers’ Champion

March 5, 2003
It may have been dark and dreary outside, but the atmosphere inside Service Champions' offices was so warm and inviting that it was immediately apparent why the company was The News’ “Best Contractor to Work For” in the West/Pacific region.
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Armstrong Pumps Issues A Challenge To Build Great Buildings

March 3, 2003
At a reception for its dealers at the 2003 AHR Expo, Armstrong asked, “Do you make buildings, or do you make great buildings?”
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New Plant Churns Out Healthy Solutions

February 21, 2003
In 1992, Advanced Distributor Products (ADP) began manufacturing coils in a section of the Heatcraft OEM coil facility. In 1996, the company moved into a new 325,000-square-foot facility, followed by a 54,000-square-foot addition. One of its coils is the brand-new Healthy Solutions Premium Evaporator Coil.
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Improving Coil Performance In The Field

February 21, 2003
Is there something else contractors should do besides clean the coils to improve their performance? Are there other steps that can be taken? We’re glad you asked, because several experts offered their opinions concerning what contractors can do to optimize coil performance.
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Mismatched Coils Can Really Mess Things Up

February 20, 2003
Manufacturers purposely design condenser and evaporator coils to work together in order to provide the best possible cooling for an application. So why would anyone consider replacing one coil and not the other? Why would anyone be tempted to oversize or undersize one component when the other isn’t designed for that capacity?
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