Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Radiation Puts HEPA Filters on the Frontline

In one sense, it’s almost comforting to think of radiation as an IAQ problem - a very big one - but whose first line of defense could be a HEPA filter. In another sense, it’s disconcerting to think of its likelihood due to the number of existing nuclear plants. The earthquake-tsunami events in Japan have drawn attention to defense against radiation.
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On Shortages, Rationing, and Such

One of the things people on the home front remember about WWII was the rationing of materials and food, which were diverted to the war effort. In short, consumer goods took a back seat to military production. It had its effect on the fledgling refrigeration industry. Read the rest and find out how to win a prize.

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Is Collective Bargaining at Risk?

The resolution of the standoff in a Wisconsin state-employee union contract “negotiation” has all union locals and contractors paying close attention throughout the country. All have been wondering what the ramifications will be for them. We asked a sheet metal union executive and a unionized HVAC contractor a few questions to compare their points of view.
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IAQ and Energy Efficiency Are Linked

For some time, energy efficiency and IAQ were thought to be mutually exclusive HVAC goals. They actually can have negative or positive effects on each other that can be mitigated by contractors in a number of ways: coil care, duct repair, and the judicious use of specific equipment among them. A recent trend has been linking the impacts IAQ and efficiency can have on each other.
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In Search of Long-Term Relationships

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers! This is a suitable time to think about relationships of all sorts, business as well as personal. The ones that work have a lot in common - like trust and honesty. As we at The NEWS continue the celebration of our 85th anniversary, we want to find the long-term relationships among our subscribers.
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Employee Needs Comes First

This year, we are happy to name a well-deserved repeat winner in the Northeast region. Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning first won The NEWS’ Best Contractor to Work For contest in 2003. The essentials haven’t changed: It’s still a family business for more than one family.
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John Lanier of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) stops by the NEWS’ booth at the AHR Expo to discuss NATE’s presence at the show, what’s coming up in 2015, and much more. Posted on Feb. 20.

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