Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Tools, Products Make HPC Jobs Easier

High-Tech Tools and Products Target Whole-House Improvement

The information included in this article focuses on the trends behind some of the innovative products now available in the home-performance field.


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Husband-Wife Team Collaborate on Design

Couple Specializes in Design of High-performance Residential Systems

Clients who choose LG Squared to design their homes benefit from the duo’s integrated approach: As Jodi Laumer-Giddens creates the home’s architectural plans, her husband models it for efficiency.


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Racing the Clock: Contractors and the Appointment Window

Communication Key to Being on Time, Building Trust

Being punctual is about more than just minimizing your customers’ wait times — smart contractors recognize they are building trust with clients when their technicians arrive on time. 


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Cool Summer Weather Impacting Supply Chain

Cool Weather Eases Strain in Some Regions, Replacement Is a Mixed Bag

Many contractors are reporting issues with parts and equipment availability in their local regions this summer, attributing cooler seasonal temperatures and unpredictable consumer behavior as the likely causes.


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Running a Profitable Service Department

Key Strategies to Improve Service Operation, Customer Satisfaction

If looking at your service department’s reports fills you with despair, it’s time to reconsider how you’ve been running this side of the business. 


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Staying Stocked: Best Practices for Inventory Management

Contractors Work to Improve Ordering and Restocking Protocols

There may be no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to managing inventory, but HVAC contractors consistently working to improve ordering and restocking protocols are generally rewarded with far fewer headaches during their busy seasons.


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Capitalizing on a Surging IAQ Market

Stick to Proven Sales Techniques, Offer Options

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

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

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

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


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NEWSMakers: Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson,an experienced trade school and community college instructor, discusses the HVAC industry and his column in The NEWS, ‘The Service Ticket.’ Listen now for a hint to the Not Enough Heat question from the Dec. 15 issue. Posted Jan. 30.

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