Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Industry Debates Labor Rules

September 19, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed to change the rules for union elections. The proposed rules, which have stirred up political controversy across the country, are being debated by the HVAC community.

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Controls Grow in Retrofit Market

September 19, 2011
With new construction still down, contractors who specialize in commercial controls can find more opportunities for their business by retrofitting existing buildings.

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Energy Star to Release Controls Spec

New Spec Replaces Discontinued Label for Programmable T-stats
September 19, 2011
Next year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release a new Energy Star specification for climate controls. This spec will replace the discontinued Energy Star spec for programmable thermostats.
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Industry Questions DOE’s Guidelines

September 12, 2011
The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the midst of creating guidelines that could become the standard to which contractors must be certified to do work involving federal funds. However, a coalition of industry organizations says the guidelines are flawed.

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Cashing in on the Coupon Craze

September 9, 2011
Have you heard about the extreme couponing craze? From the women I talk to at church to the bloggers I read online, it seems like everyone is going gaga for coupons these days.

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Presenting Part 2 of the Social Media Skills Awards

August 29, 2011
I’ve been virtually meeting more and more contractors who are pushing to the forefront of social media, so it’s time to hand out a few more paper plate awards.

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The World Series of the Crafts

August 25, 2011
Last week I got the chance to sneak out of the office for a few hours to visit and report on the 2011 UA Apprentice Competition. Held in Ann Arbor, Mich., it is an intense contest designed to test the skills of UA apprentices.
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Stamina Shines Through 50-Year Career

August 15, 2011
Samuel Guy Neese Jr. is 73 years old, and he has been in the HVAC trade for 51 years. He has seen ups and downs during his career, but through it all he continues to return to work every day with unheard-of stamina.
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The Right Approach for Selling Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

August 8, 2011
When it comes to humidity control products, how can contractors effectively convince consumers to purchase humidifiers and dehumidifiers? Everyone knows that these products aren’t necessities like furnaces and air conditioners.

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Trends Heighten Need for Humidity Control

August 8, 2011
There are currently several trends converging to make humidity control an increasingly important aspect of a contractor’s sales techniques/profitability.

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