Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

AHRI Launches VRF Certification

October 24, 2011
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recently announced its new certification program for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) equipment. “It’s the first certification program for this type of equipment in the world,” said Bill Tritsis, AHRI vice president, certification.


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Contractor Rebrands for Success

October 24, 2011
When the economy crashed in 2008, many business owners nearing the end of their careers were probably relieved to retire and escape before it got worse. But Ray Grimm, 67, decided not to ride off into the sunset — instead, he chose to retain his leadership role and rebrand his Illinois business.


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Warning: Brain May Explode

October 18, 2011

I just got back from the annual MSCA conference, which provided an overwhelming amount of ideas and info.


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Industry Awaits Regional Standards Ruling

October 17, 2011
Regional standards for HVAC equipment have been a hot topic of discussion in the industry, and the proposed rule for the standards could be finalized next week. Currently, the Department of Energy (DOE) is making the rule available for public comment until today, Oct. 17.


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Market Continues to Challenge Distributors

October 17, 2011
It’s a tough crowd of consumers out there. According to distributors, consumer behavior is leading to a drop-off in the replacement market, as well as a drop-off in the high-end market. Yet despite these worrisome trends, distributors are still seeing areas of growth and employing smart tactics to keep their businesses in good shape.


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HARDI Leadership Looks Ahead

October 17, 2011
The annual conference of the Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for a change in the organization’s leadership.


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Join the Online Convo

October 17, 2011
I am the first to admit I am not a techie, and I am certainly not an early adopter of new technology. But since my slow start, I have become a complete convert to the world of social media.


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Contractor Does It Right for 75 Years

October 10, 2011
“You don’t stay in this business for 75 years if you don’t do it right,” said Wayne E. Lanhardt, president and majority owner of the McCrea family of companies. “We call it ‘the McCrea way’ — do it the right way the first time.” Lanhardt’s claim that his family’s business is doing it the right way is borne out by the numbers. Revenues for 2010 were around $30 million.


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October 3, 2011

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Thermostats Connect Consumers to the Future

September 19, 2011
As the popularity of smart phones and tablets continues to grow, consumers are becoming accustomed to multiple features and instant connectivity. And so they are starting to demand more from the other devices in their homes, including the thermostat.


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