Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Ductless Marketers Touting U.S. Growth

April 25, 2011
At a time when unitary shipments have fallen, ductless systems have been experiencing impressive growth in the U.S. market in recent years, according to manufacturers interviewed by The NEWS. Ductless manufacturers say there are many reasons for this growth, but one of the main reasons is simply heightened awareness of the technology.
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Health Care Law Creates Problems for Businesses

April 25, 2011
In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. Now, the health care law is beginning to be implemented although it is facing challenges in the court and in Congress. The NEWS asked HVAC contractors if the law has started to affect their businesses, and how they anticipate it will affect the coverage and benefits they offer in the future.
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Overheard in D.C.

April 5, 2011
Last week I went to Washington D.C. for AHRI’s annual media roundtable and public policy symposium. I heard a few interesting political tidbits and some good quotes, and thought I’d share some of the more intriguing ones here.
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Appliance Standards Introduced in Senate

April 4, 2011
A bill in the Senate aims to update the efficiency standards of appliances and building systems, including furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners. Titled the “Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act of 2011,” it divides the nation into three regions with different efficiency standards for each. It also recommends more stringent building codes for new construction.
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Blasting From Compressor Past to Future

March 28, 2011
In the mid-1960s, The NEWS ran a seven-part series on trends in compressor design. The author accurately predicted the future shift that took place in compressor development. So it’s fitting to tune in again to hear what this compressor expert has to say about the history and future trends in compressor design.
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Compressors Strive for Greater Efficiency

March 28, 2011
As a host of pressures - from demanding consumers to stringent regulations to rising energy costs - continue to bear down on the industry, compressor manufacturers are reiterating that energy efficiency is the best response to these issues.
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Congress Seeks Forgiveness; Can't Pass Cure

March 21, 2011
You’ve all heard that it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. You’ve also heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, lately, Congress is proving to small businesses that both of these proverbs still ring true. In fact, you could say that in D.C. everyone asks for forgiveness but is clueless about cures.
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Embracing an Adapt or Die Approach

March 21, 2011
As a contractor, it can be tough to branch out from what you know and already do best. But that’s exactly what Rich Imfeld and his father, Dick, have had to do for their company, IC Refrigeration. In this recessionary environment, Rich said, “You either adapt or die.”
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Are You Prepared for Pain at the Pump?

March 9, 2011
We’ve had a snowy winter here in Michigan. We just got dumped with 8 inches recently, and we are always expecting more. But I haven’t minded at all because my new car has four-wheel drive.
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What Happened to Home Star?

February 28, 2011
Many contractors are asking what happened to Home Star, the proposed legislation that would have extended rebates to homeowners who invested in energy efficiency upgrades for their homes. While the bill was a hot topic for much of 2010, it ultimately failed to pass in the Senate, and has not been reintroduced in Congress so far in 2011.
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