Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

New Portable A/C Units Provide Solutions

With all the late-spring heat scorching the country, air conditioning systems are being asked to perform up to their full capacity in many areas. When they can’t keep up, for whatever reason - breakdown, replacement, or simple undersizing - portable cooling systems can literally get clients out of a tight spot.
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Max Tech Scope Needs to be Broad

Has Max Tech entered your world? According to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) report, it is achieved when existing products and appliances are replaced as needed with those that offer the greatest efficiency gains - products that are at the peak of technological efficiency at the time.
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ACCA Zoning Standard

Zoning systems can be beneficial to both homeowners and the HVAC contractors who install them. However, their complexity can sometimes lead to confusion, and perhaps avoidance among contractors. A new standard developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America aims to help with zoning design to improve the installation and operation of zoned systems.
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Historical Changes in HVACR

What were the most significant changes you have seen in the HVACR industry? We’re going to be exploring this in more detail in our upcoming 85th anniversary special issues - which is why we want to know: What were the biggest technological or market changes, in your opinion?
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Copper Group Explores Formicary Corrosion and Odor

It is the time of year when, in many parts of the country, cooling system problems involving coils tend to become more pronounced. Foul odors are especially problematic, but still more insidious are coil failures caused by formicary corrosion. The NEWS interviewed members of the Copper Development Association (CDA) for their takes on how these problems are being addressed.
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NEWSMakers: Clint Schreck

Clint Schreck, general manager, Columbus Worthington Air, Columbus, Ohio, discusses winning Angie’s List Super Service Award, how to handle online reviews, and much more.

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