Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Consumer Flu Awareness Drives IAQ Sales

December 28, 2009
Consumer interest in influenza may never have been higher than it is this year. It’s a good time for contractors to use their knowledge of IAQ equipment to help ease customer peace of mind, and protect them against flu and other types of respiratory illness.
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Commercial Efficiency Trends are Holistic

December 28, 2009
When it comes to efficiency, the savings can exceed the amount of effort it takes to make these changes. It stands to reason that an efficiency-improving system that addresses a commercial mechanical plant as a whole can save much more energy than modifications made to single components.
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Year in Review: Green Economy Offers 'New Deal' for Contractors

December 21, 2009
Discussions of the economic recovery often include talks of a so-called green economy. According to Wikipedia, this includes “green energy generation based on renewable energy to substitute for fossil fuels and energy conservation for efficient energy use.” Many see it as a kind of New Deal.
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Michigan Joins Nonsmoking States

December 21, 2009
There has been a long-running battle between pro-smoking and anti-smoking opponents. Much of the argument is based on whether ventilation and air-cleaning systems are able to remove enough tobacco smoke to create an environment that is clean enough to be safe.
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Training for Quality Installations

November 30, 2009
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Quality Installation & Maintenance Standards are gaining increasing acceptance, being adopted across the United States. While ACCA and ANSI wrote the standards, companies like are providing training on how to apply them.
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California Utility Breaks Ground With Quality Installations

November 30, 2009
Perhaps the greatest active proponent of Quality Installation (QI) guidelines has been Southern California Edison (SCE). The utility’s Energy Star® QI program helps make sure homeowners are getting the performance they expect, from a system that performs efficiently.
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Unified Contractors Learn Leadership Principles

November 9, 2009
What does it take to make a good leader? It can sometimes be hard to pin down; however, having good leaders is critical to a contractor’s success. The key components of leadership were spelled out at the Unified Group’s 2009 Service Management Forum.
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Bitzer Opens Plant in Syracuse, N.Y.

November 9, 2009
Bitzer is making news these days by opening a plant in Syracuse, N.Y. The compressor manufacturer, a subsidiary of Bitzer SE of Sindelfingen, Germany, has taken over part of a former General Motors Fischer Body plant, helping to meet their own needs while helping out the local workforce.
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Instructor of the Year: Larry Ball

November 9, 2009
We all know that the industry keeps talking about getting students interested in the industry at a younger age; Larry Ball, the HVAC instructor at Foothill High School, is doing it. By working in conjunction with the local college, he is able to not only bring students in younger, he is able to give them credits that apply at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN).
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HVAC's Role in Health Care Reform

November 2, 2009
It seems that change is coming to the health care system in one form or another. Helping them keep their expenses down will be more crucial than ever. There also is a great deal of awareness of infection control, another area where mechanical systems play key roles.
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