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Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Higher Performance Possible with Education

There are many obstacles contractors face when working on these types of projects, including everything from educating owners to following through on building operation.


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Manufacturers Keep Close Eye on Regulation

People tend to use words like “complex” and “intense” to describe government regulations that impact the HVAC industry. These days, “rapidly changing” could also be applied, as the industry quickly shifts its plans to accommodate the potential change to the DOE’s regional furnace standard.


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HVAC Owners Address Workplace Violence

When you think of workplace violence, do you think it’s something that only happens at other people’s companies? That’s a common reaction, but smart contractors know there are many levels of violence that can occur in the workplace, and they take precautions to ensure their employees are safe, whether in the office or in the field.


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Contractors Weigh in on Potential Standards Change

The complex regulatory landscape that HVAC contractors must navigate is always shifting — and it received another jolt last month when news broke that the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) regional appliance standards for furnaces were potentially changing.


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Energy Star for New Homes Flourishes

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed the rollout of version 3 of its Energy Star for New Homes program, and more HVAC contractors became involved in this process to certify efficient homes.


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Oh, Angie! Or, Why HVAC Contractors Should Blog

A recent article by the creator of Angie's List talked about the problem of temperature variance between a multistory home’s floors and suggested homeowners “add a second system.” Really, Angie? 


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Opening Eyes to Opportunity

I recently had the opportunity to talk to three different generations of a family-owned HVAC business. During my interviews, I got to talk to the second-, third-, and fourth-generation family members. During my conversation with the youngest member of the family, I was particularly struck by the comments he made.


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Educators Convene in Colorado

In mid-March, HVACR instructors from around the country gathered at the scenic Cheyenne Mountain Resort for the 17th annual HVACR & Mechanical Workshop for Education Professionals. What was so historic about this event? 


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The Far-Reaching Ripples of Your Vote

While it can be easy to get fixated on one issue during an election cycle, there will be many other effects of the ballots we submit in November. And many of these results will not be evident for years down the road.


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Torturing Tenants by Refusing to Fix HVAC?

Have you ever heard of a landlord refusing to fix the HVAC in a property as a way to torture his tenants into moving out?


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