Kimberly Schwartz

Kimberly Schwartz

Kimberly Schwartz is Contributing Editor. She can be contacted at 248-703-3278 or kimberlyschwartz@achrnews.com.

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Capitalizing on a Surging IAQ Market

Stick to Proven Sales Techniques, Offer Options
July 14, 2014

If HVAC contractors start by viewing IAQ sales as different from other sales, they just might be setting themselves up for failure. 


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‘It’s Too Noisy:’ Addressing Acoustics

Good Design Prevents Noise Complaints
July 14, 2014

While there are a variety of HVAC system issues that can negatively affect building acoustics, experts say that minimizing noise and vibration is easiest to achieve when starting with a good design.


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Monitoring IAQ Dangers

Tighter Buildings Pose Risks; Market Poised for Growth
July 14, 2014

Unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other toxic gases can threaten the health and safety of occupants inside buildings and homes. 


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Contractors Boast the Benefits of Adding Insulation Services

Best Practices for Bringing Insulation In-House
May 19, 2014

HVAC contractors specializing in home performance have found great growth opportunities through their added insulation services.


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Opportunities in Chiller Optimization

Improving Chiller System Efficiency Benefits Contractors and Customers Alike
May 12, 2014

Enterprising companies and contractors are striving to lessen the burden of this expense by optimizing chiller systems to achieve greater efficiency.


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Chillers Striving for Greater Efficiency

Contractors Urged to Stay Up to Date as Products and Projects Evolve
May 12, 2014

Manufacturers are on a quest to create more efficient equipment than ever before, and they're urging contractors to stay up to date on the latest technology.


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GSA Studies Maglev Chiller Efficiency

Federal Program Recommends Variable-Speed Maglev Technology for Chiller Replacement
May 12, 2014

Because the recommendation is only for end-of-life replacement, the hope is that implementing this technology will result in a gradual greening of chillers across GSA’s facilities. 


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Post-Recession Guide to Getting Paid on Time

Prompt Payment, Credit Card Options Help Assure Business Success
April 7, 2014

It’s become more vital than ever for contractors to set up and enforce good policies to ensure they receive payment for the work they do.


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Commercial Geothermal Market Rising to the Surface

Outlook Bright for School, Hospitality, Government Geothermal Sectors
March 24, 2014

While there are still barriers to the growth of geothermal, including high first cost and logistical challenges, experts believe these can be overcome through advancing technology and educational efforts.


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Geothermal Lobbies to Join Renewable Ranks

Geothermal Industry Reps Continue to Fight for Renewable Label, Seek Extended Tax Credits
March 24, 2014

The Geothermal Exchange Organization is continuing to concentrate its lobbying efforts on including geothermal in federal and state definitions of renewable energy.


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Doug Dougherty, president and CEO of the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) joins the program to discuss the latest happenings with GEO, including the drive to get included in state and federal definitions of renewable energy, plus the future of geothermal.  Posted on July 25.

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