Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Contractor Tips for Chiller Maintenance

Maintenance Contracts Help Prevent Chiller Failure
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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