Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Smartphone Powers Contractor's Company

February 7, 2011
An Android phone, Gmail, and 500-plus followers on Twitter. That doesn’t sound like the typical description of an HVAC contractor, but it sums up Rob Benefiel in a nutshell. In an earlier era, Benefiel, owner of Certified Comfort Heating and Cooling, would not have been able to start and run his business the way he does today.
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HVAC Takes a Shine to the iPad

February 7, 2011
It may be hard to believe, but Apple launched its iPad less than a year ago. Since then, its popularity has soared. As the iPad has taken the world by storm, it has also made its way into the HVAC industry. Read this article to learn how a contractor and a distributor are pioneering the use of the iPad as a key tool in their businesses.
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Contractor Retains Lifetime Employees

January 31, 2011
At Cool Check Air Conditioning Ltd., The NEWS' Best Contractor to Work For in Canada, there’s a definite feeling of family. With a total of 15 employees, this Toronto-area commercial contractor is able to nurture both its employees and its customers.
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Can HVAC Win on Capitol Hill?

January 24, 2011
It’s a new year, and there’s a crowd of newly sworn-in representatives and senators working on Capitol Hill. What Congress does this year will probably have an impact on HVAC businesses, so the industry will keep close tabs on the legislators. A focus on the national deficit and how to cut spending is expected to factor into many legislative actions this year.
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Bring on the Tug o' War

January 24, 2011
These days, the political pundits are all saying that the new scene in Washington, D.C., will be a constant tug o’ war. Everyone anticipates a battle between the newly elected, Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate and Obama administration.
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Looking Forward to AHR Expo

January 20, 2011
Has anyone else had a shock after looking at a calendar recently? Yes, it is actually 2011. And yes, we are already halfway through January. That means that we’re only two weeks away from AHR Expo, and I’m starting to get excited.
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Contractor Meets President Obama

January 17, 2011
This summer Brian Bovio got an invitation he couldn’t turn down - a chance to meet the president of the United States and talk business with him over lunch. Bovio is the operations manager of his third-generation family business, Bovio Advanced Comfort & Energy
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An International Trade-off in Comfort

December 23, 2010
For Thanksgiving last month, I decided to forego the usual turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie for sushi and other Japanese delicacies. Instead of sitting at home with the family, I spent the holiday visiting friends who are living in Nagoya for a year.
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Top Newsmakers of 2010

December 20, 2010
In 2010, as the country continued to weather the fallout from the recession, leaders in HVAC were hard at work to support and sustain the industry. This year’s top newsmakers have tirelessly promoted HVAC from their respective positions. And their efforts have paid off in increased recognition of the industry. These efforts are certainly worthy of this year-end spotlight.
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Persistence Results in New Standards

December 20, 2010
John Sedine, president of Engineered Heating and Cooling (Walker, Mich.) and chairman of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), exemplifies how to persist and persevere. One of the most exciting efforts Sedine has presided over is the development of the Quality Assured (QA) Contractor Recognition program.
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