Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

An International Trade-off in Comfort

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For Thanksgiving last month, I decided to forego the usual turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie for sushi and other Japanese delicacies. Instead of sitting at home with the family, I spent the holiday visiting friends who are living in Nagoya for a year.
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Top Newsmakers of 2010

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In 2010, as the country continued to weather the fallout from the recession, leaders in HVAC were hard at work to support and sustain the industry. This year’s top newsmakers have tirelessly promoted HVAC from their respective positions. And their efforts have paid off in increased recognition of the industry. These efforts are certainly worthy of this year-end spotlight.
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Persistence Results in New Standards

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John Sedine, president of Engineered Heating and Cooling (Walker, Mich.) and chairman of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), exemplifies how to persist and persevere. One of the most exciting efforts Sedine has presided over is the development of the Quality Assured (QA) Contractor Recognition program.
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States Ranked for Energy-Efficiency Efforts

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In mid-October, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its fourth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a report that ranks each state’s efforts in energy efficiency. According to the 2010 scorecard, California remained on top for the fourth year in a row, while states in the Southwest made the most improvement.
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Matching the 'Stat to the Customer

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Like everything else these days, programmable thermostats are becoming more high-tech, and there are more and more varieties and models available. Yet one of the most common problems facing the industry is that people aren’t using the advanced features of the newer programmable thermostats.
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PA Contractor Jumps Into Geothermal

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Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling may seem small, but its 34 employees have a razor-sharp focus on their customers. Since its founding in 1976 in Lansdale, Pa., the contractor has continued to expand its services, most recently with a bold venture into the geothermal market.
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Hurry Up and Die This Year

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Everyone’s heard the old saying that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. But now the big uncertainty is what kind of taxes you could end up paying after you die. That’s because the estate tax was repealed for 2010 but is slated to come back in a big way in 2011.
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Let the Legislative Guessing Games Begin

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If you’ve been living under a rock to avoid the hopeful candidates who were flooding your mailbox and answering machine with political ads, it’s now safe to come out. Take a deep breath and let it out - the midterm elections are over.
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Gratitude for High School Teachers

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I just finished reporting on the winners of this year’s Best Instructor contest, so I’ve recently been reminded about the power and influence of good teachers. For the second year in a row, our overall winner was a high school teacher. So I planned a trip to visit Jeff Sweda, check out his school, and meet his students.
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Driving Demand for Energy Upgrades

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A new study published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory makes recommendations for how to motivate homeowners to invest in energy-efficiency improvements. The report was created as a guide for government and nonprofit agencies. But the report’s findings are also applicable to HVAC contractors.
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