Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Keep Indoor Air Fresh While Saving Energy

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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Brady Energy Services Digs Into Geothermal

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

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

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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It's Official: The House Is a System

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

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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