Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Making the Case for Healthier Homes

Identifying Sources and Solutions for Indoor Pollution

When people step inside their homes, they tend to feel safe and protected from the outdoor world — and completely unaware of the many sources of pollution affecting their indoor environments.


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Easing Chiller Install and Service

Manufacturers Design Chillers with Contractor in Mind

While it may never be possible for an HVAC contractor to chill out on the job, installing and servicing chillers continues to be easier and easier, as, according to several manufacturers, today’s chillers are being designed with the contractor in mind.


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HVAC Contractors Crack Down on Distracted Driving

Hands-free, Zero-tolerance Policies Becoming Popular for Employers

HVACR contractors send their employees out on the road every day, and they know it’s all too easy for anyone to become distracted at the wheel.


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Contractor Tips for Chiller Maintenance

Maintenance Contracts Help Prevent Chiller Failure

When it comes to large equipment that powers HVAC systems, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely rings true. And nowhere is an ounce of prevention more beneficial than with chiller maintenance.


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Small Businesses Face New Taxes

The only things certain in life are death and taxes — and this year, it’s also certain that small business owners are going to bear the brunt of even more taxes. 


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Breaking Barriers to High Performance

These days, essentially everybody wants their building to be more efficient. But there are still barriers to achieving high efficiency and constructing a high-performance building.


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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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Kari Arfstrom, executive director of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, talks about the upcoming HVACR & Mechanical Conference. Posted on Jan. 23.

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