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Fairfield Representative Knows About Hot Air

Brenda Kupchick likes to have a several irons in the fire. Which is how she ended up in Hartford representing the 132nd District in Fairfield and Southport. She currently serves on the Education, Banking and Housing Committees, and has introduced legislation requiring that schools develop a curriculum on humane animal treatment. But the main reason she's in Hartford is because she owns a heating and cooling company.

Brenda and her husband Peter own Kupchick Heating and Cooling. "Everyone in Fairfield knows us,” she says. As a small business owner, Brenda and Peter felt that the politicians in Hartford weren’t listening to their needs. She did some research. “Very few of the legislators own a business,” she says. According to Brenda, the majority of state representatives are lawyers, insurance agents or people from the non-profit sector. “ Less than two percent of the whole legislature is a business owner,” she says. Brenda decided to run for office and was elected in 2010. She says she's hoping to make a difference.

Brenda is no stranger to politics . She’s held several prominent positions in Fairfield. She was on the Board of Education for six years, was a member of the Representative Town Meeting , as well as Chairman of Public Health and Safety. She works alongside  her husband in their business.

In the last few years, the Kupchicks have seen a big jump in interest in high efficiency heating and cooling systems. People are looking to save money. “Indoor air quality has also become more important for people,” says Brenda. This is especially true in new homes, which are sealed tight by high efficiency windows and foam insulation. The Kupchicks recommend installing fresh air ventilators, which bring fresh air in from outdoors, and electronic air filters, which are more efficient at removing dust particles than standard air filters. “People are also installing humidifiers,” she says. These upgrades can be a big help to people with allergies, Brenda says.

People are also calling about tankless hot water systems, which bypass the need for a water tank, furnace and large fuel tank. Water is heated only when a hot water faucet is turned on or the thermostat temperature raised. “We’ve had a lot of inquiries about these just in the last few weeks,” says Brenda.

If you’d like to talk to Brenda Kupchick about politics, or even about saving money on your heating bills, you can reach her at (203) 259-9787.

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