Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Geo Standards and Training Available

New Personnel Standards and Commercial Training Courses Seek to Bridge Knowledge Gap
March 24, 2014

Efforts are underway to increase awareness and training to promote familiarity with geothermal systems.


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Contractors Looking to Hire in 2014

Business Growth Leads to Need for More Workers
February 24, 2014

Contractors' workloads are increasing, and they need to hire more employees to be able to meet the needs of their customers.


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Regional Standards Uncertainty Continues

Contractors Urged to Prepare for 2015 A/C Standards
February 10, 2014

As the regional standards ruling remains entangled in litigation, it is becoming more difficult for the HVAC industry to determine how to move ahead.


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Residential Regulations to Watch in 2014

DOE and EPA Expected to Continue High Level of Activity
February 10, 2014

According to AHRI, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued 86 rules regulating the HVAC industry in the past 13 years. And that’s just the DOE. 


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Contractors Endure Regulatory Burden

Changing Regulations, Health Care Act Top List of Worries
February 10, 2014

While the economy appears to be picking up for much of the country, some HVAC business owners are concerned that ever-increasing government regulation is threatening the market. 


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Defender Direct Expands into HVAC Market

Home Security Company Acquires Five HVAC Firms
December 23, 2013

The company has acquired five HVAC businesses in the Midwest and is now working to integrate them into its corporate culture.


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NEWS Panel Highlights Smartest Products

Contractor Board Shares Insight into the Most Intelligent Products They Install
December 16, 2013

We asked the contractors on our editorial advisory board to share which products they believe truly deserve to be called smart — and why.


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Bringing Work Home:

Contractors Sample Smart Products On Their Own

Hands-on Approach Allows Contractors to Practice What They Preach
December 16, 2013

Instead of just reading the literature or talking to their distributor about the product, some contractors are literally bringing their work home with them by installing these products inside their own residences.


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Smart HVAC Products Getting Even Smarter

Consumer Expectations Set Trends for More Data, Connected Solutions
December 16, 2013

As technology is becoming increasingly accessible and interconnected, consumer demand is fueling the rise of intelligent products in the HVAC marketplace.


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Green on the Upswing for HVAC Markets

Commercial and Residential Markets Trend Greener Post-Recession
November 18, 2013

The pressure is on to go green. As the construction market recaptures its warmth, the move toward greener building is heating up along with it.


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Mini Split Installation

Twin Cities contractor Aabott Ferraro helped retrofit an older St. Paul home.

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NEWSMakers: Doug Dougherty

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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R-22 PHASEOUT POLL

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