Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Post-Recession Guide to Getting Paid on Time

Prompt Payment, Credit Card Options Help Assure Business Success

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

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

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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Geo Standards and Training Available

New Personnel Standards and Commercial Training Courses Seek to Bridge Knowledge Gap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Cynthia Hutson, chairperson of ACCA of Central Ohio, talks about the organization’s Heat the Town events, the importance of carbon monoxide checks, and what is coming up for ACCA. Posted on Nov. 21.

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