Contracting Business en Contracting Business and CONTRACTOR Partner with the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) to Deliver Educational Programming, a New National Conference and Business Resources Dedicated to the Success of Contractors <div class="node-body article-body">This groundbreaking partnership will provide a fresh approach to the way ongoing education is being provided. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential HVAC Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:49:00 +0000 51401 at Have You Seen the New Refrigerant Guide from National Refrigerants? <div class="node-body article-body">Published in 2016, the National Refrigerants Reference Guide contains a wealth of knowledge and good practice guidance. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Refrigeration Residential HVAC Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:00 +0000 51391 at Dan Foley's Three Rules for Success <div class="node-body article-body">In this master class in survival, Dan Foley affirms the importance of disciplined work, great employees (and how to find more), and constant learning. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC AHR Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:46:00 +0000 51371 at CABA Research Helps Define IoT as a Conceptual Framework <div class="node-body article-body">The CABA report finds that IoT is not a specific device or technology, but is a conceptual framework, driven by the idea of embedding connectivity and intelligence in a wide range of devices. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Controls Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:35:00 +0000 51361 at Carrier Collaborates with AT&T on Digital Service Offering for Commercial HVAC <div class="node-body article-body">At the heart of the program is Internet of Things (IoT) Technology that offers near real-time data about the condition of HVAC equipment.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:12:00 +0000 51351 at HVAC Testing – When is a System Stabilized? <div class="field-byline"> By Rob &#039;Doc&#039; Falke </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When measuring and diagnosing the operation and performance of an HVAC system, the timing and measurement are critical. Ideally, the system should be calling for full heating or cooling, and fan speed so it can reach a stable operating condition. Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at what constitutes stable operating conditions so your test data allows you to accurately diagnose the performance and operation of your systems.</p> <p><strong>Why is Stability So Important?</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Service Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:10:00 +0000 51341 at Daikin Applied Advocates Air Intelligence with New Name for Intelligent Solutions Portfolio <div class="field-byline"> News from Daikin Applied </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Intelligent Solutions™ is the new business name replacing Systems and Controls within the Daikin Applied portfolio. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Controls Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:17:00 +0000 51321 at Vent Pipe Handles High Exhaust Temps <div class="node-body article-body">Sources say PolyPro is superior in performance and easier to install than PVC and CPVC pipe.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential HVAC Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:48:00 +0000 51311 at EnOcean Alliance, IBM to Standardize Intelligent Building Solutions for Internet of Things <div class="node-body article-body">IBM is now supporting the EnOcean Alliance as a Promoter Member. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Controls Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:08:00 +0000 51301 at Your HVAC Organization: A 'Group' or a 'Team'? <div class="node-body article-body">HVAC Learning Solutions' Director of Training Mike Moore breaks down the characteristics of groups, teams, and high-performance teams so that you can evaluate your organization effectively.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential HVAC Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:13:00 +0000 51291 at Call for Nominations: Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver </div> <div class="field-deck"> Nominate a colleague or nominate your own company. We seek companies that represent the HVAC industry's best. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This award goes to an independently owned and operated residential heating and air conditioning contractor who personifies excellence in business management, service, installation, training, and industry involvement.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Awards Residential Residential HVAC Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:14:00 +0000 8851 at <p>Our 2016 winner was Tom Krygheld and the team at Illiana Heating &amp; Air Conditioning.</p> Danfoss's Turbocor VTT Compressor an Edison Awards Finalist <div class="field-byline"> News from Danfoss </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Danfoss Turbocor VTT (Variable Twin Turbo) compressors are oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing centrifugal compressors ideal for commercial air-conditioning or process cooling chillers reaching up to 1,000 tons or more. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:05:00 +0000 51281 at L&T Technology Services and Dell EMC Release Modular Smart Building Solutions <div class="field-byline"> News from L&amp;T Technology Services </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The collaborative relationship between L&T Technology Services and Dell EMC will enable holistic, integrated Smart Building initiatives.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC AHR Controls Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:24:00 +0000 51271 at They’re Coming For Your Customers <div class="field-byline"> By Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Remember the simple days when marketing was nothing more than a yellow pages ad and your only competition was other contractors? Those days are gone. Today, marketing is complex and a lot of businesses are coming for your customers. Here&rsquo;s how to fight back.</p> <p>The big boxes are after your customers. Utilities are after your customers (though they are sneaky about it). The Internet referral sites are targeting your customers. New Internet selling schemes are coming after your customers, including schemes created by fellow contractors. So much for fellowship.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential HVAC Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:18:00 +0000 51261 at This Week's Best HVAC Installations <div class="node-body gallery-body">The latest and greatest HVAC installations by contractors posting to the 'Wall of Pride.'</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential HVAC Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:29:00 +0000 51251 at Video: AHR – Most Exciting Initiative for 2017? <div class="node-body video-body">Live from AHR 2017, watch industry leaders talk about exciting industry initiatives for this coming year.</div> <div class="field-byline"> Complied by Ashley M. Doles </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AHR Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:16:00 +0000 50981 at Ruskin's Glasch and Smardo Appointed to AMCA Positions <div class="field-byline"> News from Ruskin </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As a board member, Glasch will help guide AMCA in all matters pertaining to growth of the organization and air movement and control technology, especially fans, dampers and louvers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IAQ & Ventilation Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:19:00 +0000 51241 at Heatcraft Begins Contractor Certification Program <div class="field-byline"> News from Heatcraft </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Initial training will cover proprietary control systems, and help customers meet pending regulations.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Refrigeration Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:02:00 +0000 51231 at VIDEO: Vertiv™ Introduces Autotuning Control for Enhanced Cooling Efficiency and Protection <div class="field-byline"> News from Vertiv </div> <div class="node-body article-body">iCOM™ Autotuning is an adaptive intelligence and machine learning software system that improves cooling system reliability, increases efficiency and significantly extends system life.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:11:00 +0000 51211 at <p>With iCOM Autotuning, self-optimizing algorithms replace system fluctuations with steady, high-efficiency performance.</p> Vertiv Oil Pressure Problems in Refrigeration Systems <div class="field-byline"> by Steve Maxon </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Most compressors that have positive oil pumps also have a control which senses oil pressure and acts as a safety device whenever the oil pressure falls below a certain threshold level. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Refrigeration Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000 51201 at Tech Update: Compressors <div class="node-body gallery-body">See these new compressor offerings from Danfoss, Emerson and LG.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC HVACRDB Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:02:00 +0000 51191 at It's All In Your Head <div class="node-body article-body">If you must believe what some say — that HVACR has "slow seasons" — try to make it work to your advantage, with "slow season" sales.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:32:00 +0000 51181 at Trump Didn't Take Long <div class="field-byline"> Bob Mader </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Donald Trump had barely warmed up his chair in the Oval Office before he halted several pending regulations that the HVACR industry opposed.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:14:00 +0000 51171 at <p>&quot;It is entirely possible that this administration will choose to merely leave current efficiency levels in place for some products,&quot; said Steve Yurek, AHRI president and CEO.&nbsp; <em>Photo by Terry McIver</em></p> ECM Motors: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly <div class="node-body article-body">There are some serious downsides associated with improper application of these motors in new and existing HVAC systems. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:03:00 +0000 51161 at Refrigeration: Meeting Labor Challenge a Tough Job <div class="field-byline"> Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The manner is which refrigeration contractors and supermarket professionals address labor issues directly affects their ability to provide quality service to their respective customer groups.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Refrigeration Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:32:00 +0000 51151 at <p>Each year, the &ldquo;Refrigeration Roundtable&rdquo; brings commercial refrigeration contractors and supermarket executives together for a focused discussion of topics related to supermarket refrigeration.<br /> <em>Photos by Terry McIver</em></p> February 2017 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <h3>IN THIS ISSUE:</h3> <h3>&nbsp; Refrigeration Roundtable: Labor Issue a Work in Progress<br /> &nbsp; Solving Oil Pressure Problems in Refrigeration Systems<br /> &nbsp; Learning Requires Willpower<br /> &nbsp; Blogging Is Easy</h3> <h3><br /> &nbsp;</h3> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/residential-hvac/blogging-can-be-easy">Blogging Can be Easy</a> <a href="/refrigeration/refrigeration-meeting-labor-challenge-tough-job">Refrigeration: Meeting Labor Challenge a Tough Job</a> <a href="/service/what-it-takes-learn-new-diagnostic-skill">What It Takes To Learn a New Diagnostic Skill</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0000 51061 at Bad Brazing & More: A 'Wall of Shame' Update <div class="node-body gallery-body">Terrible brazing. Dangerous wiring. Illogical constructions. It's another installament of the "Wall of Shame." It's what the good guys have to make right.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:15:00 +0000 51141 at Steve Coscia Says: Soft Skills Training Works <div class="field-content-source"> <span>Content Source:&nbsp;</span> <a href="/contracting-business">Contracting Business</a> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="" /> </div> </fieldset> <div class="node-body curated_topic-body">HVACR industry consultant Steve Coscia is a strong promoter of 'soft skills' training. During a recent presentation, he learned how one trade school student benefited from soft skills training. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:24:00 +0000 51131 at Contractor Leadership LIVE <div class="node-body article-body">Contractor Leadership LIVE gathers key industry leaders and top trainers to shape the future of the HVAC industry. In one expansive gathering place, contractors will hear from industry experts about the economic outlook and challenges for HVAC, explore solutions with the best thought leadership and top contractors in the industry, and learn best practices from the premier trainers renowned for helping contracting business owners pave their way to success. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry Events Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:49:00 +0000 50891 at HVACR INDUSTRY EVENTS UPDATE <div class="node-body article-body">A listing of major HVACR industry events in February, March and April.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC Industry Events News Residential HVAC Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:14:00 +0000 51121 at Terry McIver