Ron's Ramblings http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/3181/feed en How Many Lives Did You Save? Tell Us Your Tales of The Great Freeze of 2014! http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/how-many-lives-did-you-save-tell-us-your-tales-great-freeze-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body">The Great Freeze of 2014 was a shining moment for the HVAC industry. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/how-many-lives-did-you-save-tell-us-your-tales-great-freeze-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/how-many-lives-did-you-save-tell-us-your-tales-great-freeze-2014#comments Archive Ron&#039;s Ramblings Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:34:00 +0000 22061 at http://contractingbusiness.com Wasn’t Obama Supposed to Have Tanked the Economy by Now? http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/wasn-t-obama-supposed-have-tanked-economy-now <div class="node-body blog-body">Wasn't scary socialist Barack Obama supposed to be the business-unfriendly president who would destroy the U.S. economy? Well, we're a year into his second term, and the economy is still standing. In fact, construction and the stock market are happily humming along. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/wasn-t-obama-supposed-have-tanked-economy-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/wasn-t-obama-supposed-have-tanked-economy-now#comments Ron&#039;s Ramblings Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:18:00 +0000 20931 at http://contractingbusiness.com Make it a Movember to Remember by Supporting Men’s Health http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/make-it-movember-remember-supporting-men-s-health <div class="node-body blog-body">Have you noticed any new mustaches sprouting around town? They could be for a good reason and a good cause, part of men's health month in "Movember." </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/make-it-movember-remember-supporting-men-s-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/make-it-movember-remember-supporting-men-s-health#comments Archive Ron&#039;s Ramblings Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:14:00 +0000 20641 at http://contractingbusiness.com Warn Homeowners About Remote Car Starters and Carbon Monoxide http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/warn-homeowners-about-remote-car-starters-and-carbon-monoxide <div class="node-body blog-body">The cold-weather duo of remote car starters and running furnaces can be a hazardous combination. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/warn-homeowners-about-remote-car-starters-and-carbon-monoxide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/warn-homeowners-about-remote-car-starters-and-carbon-monoxide#comments Archive Ron&#039;s Ramblings Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:12:00 +0000 20331 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Best Way to Rip-Off Your Customers http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/best-way-rip-your-customers <div class="node-body blog-body">Are you dismayed when you encounter customers who are sure you're trying to "rip them off" by selling your products and services? They're unaware that the real rip-off would be for you to do the bare minimum</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/best-way-rip-your-customers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/best-way-rip-your-customers#comments Residential HVAC Ron&#039;s Ramblings Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:39:00 +0000 19731 at http://contractingbusiness.com Looking for Opportunities in a Smoke-filled Room http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/looking-opportunities-smoke-filled-room <div class="node-body blog-body">A smoky restaurant dining room provides opportunity and inspiration.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/looking-opportunities-smoke-filled-room" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/looking-opportunities-smoke-filled-room#comments Commercial HVAC Service Ron&#039;s Ramblings Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:34:00 +0000 17621 at http://contractingbusiness.com My Neighbors: A Tough Sell http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/my-neighbors-tough-sell <div class="node-body blog-body">My neighbors could benefit from a new HVAC system. Could you sell it to them?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/my-neighbors-tough-sell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/my-neighbors-tough-sell#comments Residential HVAC Ron&#039;s Ramblings Tue, 21 May 2013 17:36:00 +0000 15271 at http://contractingbusiness.com Would You Want Your Child To Be An HVAC Contractor? http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/would-you-want-your-child-be-hvac-contractor <div class="node-body blog-body">Do you love it or bear it? Would you recommend the HVAC contracting life to your son or daughter? Why or why not?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/would-you-want-your-child-be-hvac-contractor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/would-you-want-your-child-be-hvac-contractor#comments Archive Ron&#039;s Ramblings Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:09:00 +0000 14571 at http://contractingbusiness.com Insights From a Management Company VP Reveal What Commercial Customers Want http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/insights-management-company-vp-reveal-what-commercial-customers-want <div class="node-body blog-body">What do commercial HVAC contractors' customers want? We asked the executive vice president of a large real estate management firm to find out.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/insights-management-company-vp-reveal-what-commercial-customers-want" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/insights-management-company-vp-reveal-what-commercial-customers-want#comments Ron&#039;s Ramblings Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:21:00 +0000 13712 at http://contractingbusiness.com Paying Technicians On Commission: Fightin’ Words? http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/paying-technicians-commission-fightin-words <div class="node-body blog-body">Two articles regarding paying commissions to HVAC service technicians have sparked a debate about how that might affect their behavior when dealing with customers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/paying-technicians-commission-fightin-words" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/paying-technicians-commission-fightin-words#comments Residential HVAC Service Archive Residential Ron&#039;s Ramblings Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:49:00 +0000 13031 at http://contractingbusiness.com Alarmist Furnace Article Begs a Response http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/alarmist-furnace-article-begs-response <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> The Cleveland <em>Plain Dealer</em> recently ran an article about &ldquo;new&rdquo; high-efficiency furnaces. It contained some decent information, given that many &mdash; if not most &mdash; homeowners have only the vaguest idea about how their furnace works. But it also begged a response.</p> <p> Here is the article:</p> <p> <a href="https://bitly.com/"><strong>http://</strong>bit.ly/UZmz4I </a></p> <p> And here is the letter I wrote to Mr. Neff:</p> <p> Yes, here comes the big bad government with their damn standards that are going to COST YOU MONEY!</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/alarmist-furnace-article-begs-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/alarmist-furnace-article-begs-response#comments Residential HVAC Ron&#039;s Ramblings Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:17:00 +0000 12221 at http://contractingbusiness.com Of Climate Change and Service Agreements http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/climate-change-and-service-agreements <div class="node-body blog-body">Why do you sell service and maintenance agreements to your customers? Because they make sense. Spending a little bit of money now to take care of the little things in a heating or air conditioning unit can head off the need to spend big money later in ...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/climate-change-and-service-agreements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/climate-change-and-service-agreements#comments 99999: Untagged Ron&#039;s Ramblings Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:55:08 +0000 11450 at http://contractingbusiness.com A Comfortable Few Days in a World of Challenges http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/comfortable-few-days-world-challenges <div class="node-body blog-body">Two things will remain with me the longest from Mechanical Systems Week 2012. The first is comfort. There was a lot of talk (spoiler alert) of returning the show to its Comfortech name in 2013. I think that’s a good move; it’s a very strong brand ...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/comfortable-few-days-world-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/comfortable-few-days-world-challenges#comments 99999: Untagged Ron&#039;s Ramblings Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:26:45 +0000 11448 at http://contractingbusiness.com Why the Rush to "Green Eggs and Ham" Obamacare? http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/why-rush-green-eggs-and-ham-obamacare <div class="node-body blog-body">“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I am.” Most people probably remember the story “Green Eggs and Ham,” Dr. Seuss' children's book/cautionary tale about pre-judging something that has never been tried. Many people are not ...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/why-rush-green-eggs-and-ham-obamacare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/why-rush-green-eggs-and-ham-obamacare#comments 99999: Untagged Ron&#039;s Ramblings Sat, 07 Jul 2012 00:28:30 +0000 3183 at http://contractingbusiness.com A Red Flag For The Green Movement? http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/red-flag-green-movement <div class="node-body blog-body">I'm proud of the role the HVAC industry plays in the green movement. Actions such as improving the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings and creating and using safe refrigerants are not only good for the planet, they're also good for our industry. ...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/rons-ramblings">Ron&#039;s Ramblings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/red-flag-green-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/red-flag-green-movement#comments 99999: Untagged Ron&#039;s Ramblings Thu, 10 May 2012 17:30:50 +0000 3182 at http://contractingbusiness.com