Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Keep Indoor Air Fresh While Saving Energy

January 24, 2011
With increasing numbers of customers making green and energy-efficient decisions, it’s becoming even more important for HVAC contractors to pay attention to their customers’ air quality. “Adequate fresh air should be an equal priority to energy savings,” said Allen Rathey, president of the Healthy House Institute (HHI).
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Quest for the Oldest NEWS Continues

January 17, 2011
A while back we requested that you search the stacks of old NEWS issues in your offices and elsewhere, so we could find the oldest issue among our readers. We’ve heard from some folks with pretty old issues of The Electric Refrigeration News (our magazine’s first title).
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Efficiency Credits Reduced to $500 in 2011

January 10, 2011
The HVAC industry got a Christmas gift from the federal government in late 2010, when those energy efficiency tax credits were approved for one more year - although at the lower level of $500. Contractors have been using the credits to help give replacements and upgrades a quicker payback.
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Brady Energy Services Digs Into Geothermal

January 10, 2011
Aaron Rittenhouse is the senior solutions account executive with Brady Energy Services, a company that provides energy systems and building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina. The commercial-industrial-institutional contractor is preparing to become more deeply entrenched in the geothermal market.
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Contractor Drills Down Into Social Media

December 27, 2010
Michael Montano, president of 1800Anytyme Plumbing, Heating, A/C and Electrical, noted, “The Internet has turned the direction of our marketing efforts upside down.” Recently the company pursued social networking and online reputation management, and it now gets more than 60 percent of its business from the web.
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Service Software Leads Trends

December 27, 2010
Are they programs or are they apps? To be on the safe side, let’s just call them tools. How have they been developing to meet specific needs within this industry? According to Brad Mathews, vice president of marketing, Dexter + Chaney, “The trend is that software development has truly focused on the service process.”
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Web-Based Program Offers Contractors Customization and Standardization

December 27, 2010
Christine Crane of Enterprise Selling Solutions Inc. recently introduced us to ACquotePro, a real-time, web-based selling tool that is said to allow contractors to quickly create customized proposals for every job, no matter the size. Contractors input their costs, desired profits, and financing needs, and the program figures out the rest.
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It's Official: The House Is a System

December 27, 2010
For years, ASHRAE officials have been pointing out that the commercial and residential efficiency standards (90.1 and 90.2) should be considered a bare minimum of efficiency, and that they could in fact be made a great deal more efficient. A new code has upped the ante of building efficiency levels, and the message for contractors is to look at the building as a system.
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Schwartz Sets High Goals for NATE

December 20, 2010
Around mid 2010, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) named veteran association executive Peter Schwartz as its new president and CEO. His primary goal, he said, is “to elevate the value quotient of NATE certification, at all levels of the industry, as a requisite rather than an option.”
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Get Both Feet in the Decisionmaker's Door

December 13, 2010
Commercial building owners and operators know their energy costs are high. HVAC-mechanical contractors know they can do things to help, but there is a disconnect between their offices, and it’s nothing more than a language barrier.
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