Dominick Guarino

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

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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.
How To Truly Deliver The "Green"
Unless we have a means to verify actual performance of the systems we sell, design, install and service, we’ll continue to miss the mark in terms of potential energy savings, peak load and carbon emissions reductions.
Self-Branding Can Enhance Differentiation
Much has been written on self-branding. A number of HVAC contractors have successfully taken the route of private labeling their equipment and accessories. Others haven't been so fortunate. So what do successful contractors have in common, and why have others failed?
Your Image, Your Brand
This past October, the National Comfort Institute Annual Business Leadership conference theme was, “Through Your Customers' Eyes, Your Image, Your Brand.”
A Time to Build
Well, it's official. Sometime between August 13th and September 16th, 2009, the recession was declared officially over by U.S. and world leading economists.
A Second Chance for California, Part 2
Ed. note: In May of this year, Dominick Guarino participated in an HVAC Energy Efficiency Roundtable in San Francisco, CA. The Roundtable was held to
A Second Chance for California
In early May, I had the privilege of being invited to participate in a 70-person HVAC Energy Efficiency Roundtable that met for two days in San Francisco.
Make the Most of the New Tax Credits
Educate your customer to understand the value of reinvesting the tax credit into 'fixing' their system to obtain delivered performance that exceeds 90%.
Last Word: Don't Cut Too Close To The Bone
Whether perceived or real, this recession is real enough in the eyes of the consumer thanks to our 24/7 national news. It's my belief that things are
Last Word: Are You Working On Your Business-Really?
You’ve probably heard the old clich, that to grow, a company owner must work “on” his or her business, not “in” it. This is very true at so many levels. Not only is it nearly imposible to grow your company as long as you’re working “in” it, but because you’re the one controlling everything, you’re often the biggest bottleneck.
The Last Word: It's CO Season Are You Ready?
As the leaves change colors and crisp fall nights descend upon us, the spectre of carbon monoxide (CO) hangs over homes all across the country. The familiar smell of dust burning off heat exchangers is a grim reminder that we’ll soon see more news stories about families severely injured or killed by this silent killer.
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