Dominick Guarino

Chief Executive Officer,
National Comfort Institute

Dominick Guarino is CEO of National Comfort Institute (NCI), (, the nation’s premier Performance-Based training,
certification, and membership organization, focused on helping contractors grow and become more profitable. His email is For more info on performance-based contracting, go to or call NCI at 800/633-7058.

Home Performance Belongs to the HVAC Industry 1
Most HVAC contractors have the inherent skills and tools to make homes work properly, and in harmony woth the HVAC system. Is there any value to thrid parties verifying your work, especially when righ now, they know very olittle about mechanical systems?
Is the HVAC System of the Future Here Today?
If you could build the ultimate HVAC system, what would it look like? With the technology available today, the residential and commercial system design possibilities are simply amazing. Columnist Dominick Guarino "imagineers" a futuristic HVAC system built with today's technology.
Twelve Resolutions For A Banner 2013
Here are a dozen resolutions you can make to boost your business and your profits in 2013.
Last Word: Thoughts on the Business Climate Conundrum
Last month I met up with Editorial Director Mike Weil during HVAC Comfortech 2012 at Mechanical Systems Week in Chicago, where we discussed the industry, the current business climate,
2 More Challenges & Opportunities For 2012
December's Last Word focused on "Four Challenges and Opportunities for 2012". Here are two more key challenges and opportunities to think about
Four Unique Challenges and Opportunities for 2012
As you wrap up 2011 and look towards 2012, it's appropriate to pause and think about not only what challenges lie ahead, but also the opportunities these challenges can bring.
Implementation: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Let's first take a look at some of the traits of unsuccessful implementers, then the successful ones.
Can Quality Maintenance Work in the Real World?
There's no doubt that Quality Maintenance (QM) standards are good for our industry, but many contractors attempting to comply have more questions than answers when it comes to delivering on them.
Home Performance: Time to Step Up!
Ladies and gentlemen: it's time to step up. This message is especially targeted to the need for our industry to take the lead with regards to whole house and HVAC system performance — before someone else does. Who is that someone else? The home improvement and the traditional energy auditing and home weatherization industry are going after the HVAC slice of the pie in a big way.
Social Media: Why Should I Care?
The tools and venues of electronic communications are evolving. What you see today may be completely different in just two years. This is a new chapter in society, and you can choose to be an active participant, or you can stick your head in the sand and hope everything gets back to "normal.”."
Carbon Monoxide: A Step Backwards
Recently proposed federal legislation (HR 1796) will require that carbon monoxide (CO) alarms be U.L. 2034 listed to be sold in the U.S. California just recently passed a similar law. These well-intentioned legislators don’t realize they are inadvertently attempting to close the door on the only devices that truly protect people of all ages and health conditions: low-level CO monitors.
A Bold New Era For Our Industry - Finally!
We are witnessing the dawn of a new era for HVAC contractors. There are a number of forces at work that are transforming our industry. This change is the shift towards making homes and HVAC systems work they way they're supposed to — often for the first time
The House as a System
To really serve your customer’s comfort needs, you may want to look for new partners who can complement your skills.
The House As A System, Part II
In 1994, one of my editorials as chief editor of Contracting Business magazine entitled, The House As A System, was also one of the first articles written in an HVAC industry magazine that identified the connection between the entire HVAC system and a home's envelope. At the time, research and the practice of "Building Science" were just in their infancy, but many people began recognizing the importance of interactions between the envelope and the HVAC system.
Homestar: There’s Still Time To Improve It
There's a good chance you’ve heard about Homestar, the $6 billion Federal energy efficiency program created by the proposed legislation, H.R. 5019, and S.3177 Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010.

May 12, 2015

How to GET and KEEP More of the Business You Want

It costs $1 to keep a customer, $7 to get a new one. Attend this webinar and learn how you can you keep more of the business you have, improve close ratios and manage your business more effectively and efficiently....More
Jun 2, 2015

Speeding up HVAC Field Processes

This webinar will cover how to overcome the pain points associated with HVAC and Plumbing paper form processes, and detail the benefits of switching to mobile forms for field data collection....More


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