Articles by Herb Woerpel

Contractor Translates Golden Rule into Golden Treasure

November 12, 2012
The keys to success: loyalty, honesty, and an endearing spirit. Those are the attributes Jerry Hurwitz and his crew at J&J Air Conditioning have used to build a multimillion-dollar HVAC enterprise — one job at a time.


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Winter Energy Prices to Rise

November 5, 2012
Most HVAC contractors selling, installing, and maintaining furnaces are hopeful that this winter will be a lot cooler than last year’s. However, as meteorologists forecast dipping seasonal temperatures, energy experts are projecting rising costs.


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Senate Approves Portions of Energy Savings Bills

November 5, 2012
Energy-efficiency aficionados are heralding the Senate’s approval of a bill that includes measures they have been touting for years. On Sept. 22 — at 3 a.m. — the U.S. Senate unanimously approved H.R. 4850, the Enabling Energy Savings Innovations Act.


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What You Should Know About Humidity

November 5, 2012
When humidity and moisture are not effectively controlled, persistent dampness can lead to material damage, corrosion, structural decay, and microbial growth. HVAC contractors can play an integral part in slowing the development of such problems, but how?


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Riding the Trane to Homeownership

November 1, 2012

The musings of a happy first-time homeowner on his efficient furnace.


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Taco Defines Innovation Through New Training Facility

October 22, 2012
Taco Inc.’s new $22 million Innovation and Development Center is a testament not only to the growth and development of Taco’s nearly 500 employees, but also to the Cranston, R.I. community. 


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Hydronics Roundtable Explores Value of Water Systems

October 15, 2012
While seven of 10 American homes utilize forced air to heat and cool their homes, a rising portion of the industry believes radiant and hydronic heating and cooling provides a better path to prosperity. These self-proclaimed “wet heads” met in Providence, R.I., Sept. 11-12 for the inaugural Hydronics Roundtable.


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Romney Attacks Obama on Green-Energy Spending

October 4, 2012

To look at a topic near and dear to our hearts, let’s focus on what the candidates said about energy. The term was mentioned 18 times on Wednesday night. 


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Obama Sets National CHP Target

President’s Executive Order Establishes Goal of 40 GW of Combined Heat and Power Capacity by 2020
October 1, 2012
According to the DOE, more than two-thirds of the fuel used to generate power in the United States is lost as excess heat. On Aug. 30, President Obama signed the executive order “Accelerating Industrial Energy Efficiency,” promoting and facilitating a reduction of wasted thermal energy through an investment in combined heat and power (CHP).


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Industry Questions DOE’s Standard Work Specifications

October 1, 2012
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that its Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for Single Family Energy Upgrades are moving forward, to the dismay of some in the HVAC industry who did not approve of the process. The guidelines are designed to serve as a resource for those involved in residential energy-efficiency retrofits.


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