Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml en 11 Things 'UBER' Can Teach Air Conditioning Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/11-things-uber-can-teach-air-conditioning-contractors <div class="node-body gallery-body">Uber is the mobile phone based app that connects people who need to get somewhere with drivers of private vehicles. Uber has rocketed to success and holds lessons for residential HVAC contractors. Here are eleven.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/11-things-uber-can-teach-air-conditioning-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/11-things-uber-can-teach-air-conditioning-contractors#comments Residential HVAC Service Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000 27241 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>From the <a href="http://451heat.com/2011/12/12/exploring-twitter-an-uber-cool-app-and-other-facebook-messages/" target="_blank">451 Marketing Heat website</a> where cool apps are reviewed and discussed.</p> Trane Presents Energy Award to Hardin Medical Center http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/trane-presents-energy-award-hardin-medical-center <div class="field-byline"> News from Trane </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Energy savings at the Hardin Medical Center, Savannah, TN reached 25%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/trane-presents-energy-award-hardin-medical-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/trane-presents-energy-award-hardin-medical-center#comments Commercial HVAC Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:09:00 +0000 27231 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Refrigerant Revolution, Part II: R22 Buying Strategies http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-revolution-part-ii-r22-buying-strategies <div class="field-byline"> by Russell Pryor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Of all the refrigerants HVACR contractors purchase, R-22 probably comes with the most questions. Here are some answers about its pricing and coming availability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-revolution-part-ii-r22-buying-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-revolution-part-ii-r22-buying-strategies#comments Refrigeration Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:15:00 +0000 27221 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Refrigerant Revolution, Part I: Hydrocarbons Get Hot http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-revolution-part-i-hydrocarbons-get-hot <div class="field-byline"> by Jeff Staub </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The recent EPA proposal for new climate-friendly refrigerants, first and foremost, reinforces the importance of and need for a planned, orderly global phasedown of HFC refrigerants.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-revolution-part-i-hydrocarbons-get-hot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-revolution-part-i-hydrocarbons-get-hot#comments Refrigeration Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:36:00 +0000 27211 at http://contractingbusiness.com Eternal Hybrid Water Heater Featured on HGTV Program http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/eternal-hybrid-water-heater-featured-hgtv-program <div class="field-byline"> News from Friedrich </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Eternal hybrid water heater is providing endless hot water to a family that was featured on HGTV's "Property Brothers."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/eternal-hybrid-water-heater-featured-hgtv-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/eternal-hybrid-water-heater-featured-hgtv-program#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:39:00 +0000 27201 at http://contractingbusiness.com Building Your Solid Business Foundation http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/building-your-solid-business-foundation <div class="field-byline"> Andy Fracica </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A solid business foundation consists of a business plan, a financial plan, a strategy, and a marketing plan. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/building-your-solid-business-foundation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/building-your-solid-business-foundation#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:01:00 +0000 27191 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Without a firm foundation, the building will collapse. And so it is with an HVAC business. Plan ahead, know your strengths, correct your weaknesses.<br /> <em>Photo by Christopher Furlong, GettyImages.</em></p> Mid-year Review: Assessing Capabilities http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/mid-year-review-assessing-capabilities <div class="field-byline"> Mike Moore </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With the first half of the year over, it’s time to assess the capabilities of your organization. Here are the five traits you need to know. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/mid-year-review-assessing-capabilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/mid-year-review-assessing-capabilities#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:29:00 +0000 27181 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Mid-year success check: assess how your team has worked together in response to challenges. Photo by Trevor Williams. Taxi/Gettystock</p> Daikin Applied Expands Magnitude WMC Chiller Line http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/daikin-applied-expands-magnitude-wmc-chiller-line <div class="field-byline"> News from Daikin Applied </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Daikin Applied has expanded the Magnitude WMC chiller line to include four additional sizes: WMC125, 200, 225 and 275.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/daikin-applied-expands-magnitude-wmc-chiller-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/daikin-applied-expands-magnitude-wmc-chiller-line#comments Commercial HVAC Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:10:00 +0000 27171 at http://contractingbusiness.com Emerson to Ask EPA to Modify Latest Refrigerant Ruling http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-ask-epa-modify-latest-refrigerant-ruling <div class="field-byline"> News from Emerson </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Emerson Climate Technologies will ask EPA to modify latest surprising ruling that would ban additional popular refrigerants sooner than expected. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-ask-epa-modify-latest-refrigerant-ruling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-ask-epa-modify-latest-refrigerant-ruling#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:23:00 +0000 27161 at http://contractingbusiness.com Otto Greule, Jr. GettyImagesSport Residential HVAC Sales: Dealing With ‘One-Leggers’ http://contractingbusiness.com/tec-daddys-corner/residential-hvac-sales-dealing-one-leggers <div class="node-body article-body">In residential HVAC sales, the trick to overcoming objections is finding the true objection. Must the customer talk to someone else, or is it just a smoke-screen?</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/tec-daddys-corner/residential-hvac-sales-dealing-one-leggers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/tec-daddys-corner/residential-hvac-sales-dealing-one-leggers#comments Tec Daddy's Corner Residential HVAC Service Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:11:00 +0000 27041 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Sales situations in which only one-half of a couple is present are called &lsquo;one-leggers.&rsquo;</p> Incorporating Ice Machines Into Your Refrigeration Business http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/incorporating-ice-machines-your-refrigeration-business <div class="field-byline"> Mark Masterson </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If a customer asks you to install an ice machine, would you have to stall for time while you learned about the subject, or get the job done quickly? Ice machines can be a profitable niche in your service offerings.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/incorporating-ice-machines-your-refrigeration-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/incorporating-ice-machines-your-refrigeration-business#comments Refrigeration Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:54:00 +0000 27031 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>The Scotsman Prodigy ice machine.</p> United Association Holds Training/Apprenticeship Contest http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/united-association-holds-trainingapprenticeship-contest <div class="node-body article-body">Close to 2,000 dedicated United Association instructors gathered for a week in August at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/united-association-holds-trainingapprenticeship-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/united-association-holds-trainingapprenticeship-contest#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:00 +0000 27021 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Keith Avery of Hampden Engineering provides training during the UA event.</p> Invitation to Attend Comfortech 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/invitation-attend-comfortech-2014-0 <div class="node-body video-body">Join Kate Kelly, Community Leader of HVAC-Talk at Comfortech 2014, September 9-11 in Nashville.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/invitation-attend-comfortech-2014-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/invitation-attend-comfortech-2014-0#comments Comfortech Videos Residential HVAC Service Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000 26991 at http://contractingbusiness.com Nine Vital Practices For Running a Successful HVAC Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/nine-vital-practices-running-successful-hvac-contracting-business <div class="node-body article-body">At the risk of grave oversimplification, here are nine vital practices that will guide you as an HVAC contracting business owner toward generating a sustainable, successful contracting business.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/nine-vital-practices-running-successful-hvac-contracting-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/nine-vital-practices-running-successful-hvac-contracting-business#comments The Rant Residential HVAC Service Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:41:00 +0000 27001 at http://contractingbusiness.com <dl> <dt> Image photographed by <a data-close-and-redirect="true" data-search-link="Photographer" href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/2/image?artist=Emevil&amp;family=creative" id="photographer">Emevil</a> as part of the iStock Collection. Item Number <a href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/#179120261/s=DynamicRank/f=CPIHVX" target="_blank" title="ThinkStock Image, iStock Collection">179120261</a>.</dt> </dl> Mark Menzer to Direct Danfoss Public Affairs http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/mark-menzer-direct-danfoss-public-affairs <div class="field-byline"> News from Danfoss </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Mark Menzer will succeed Robert Wilkins as director of public affairs for Danfoss.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/mark-menzer-direct-danfoss-public-affairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/mark-menzer-direct-danfoss-public-affairs#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:04:00 +0000 26981 at http://contractingbusiness.com Samsung to Acquire Quietside http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/samsung-acquire-quietside <div class="field-byline"> News from Samsung </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Samsung Electronics America, Inc. will acquire Quietside Corporation, a leading distribution channel for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/samsung-acquire-quietside" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/samsung-acquire-quietside#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:31:00 +0000 26971 at http://contractingbusiness.com University of Northwestern Ohio Accredited by HVAC Excellence http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/university-northwestern-ohio-accredited-hvac-excellence <div class="field-byline"> News HVAC Excellence </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The HVACR industry is in need of new technicians to fill the positions becoming vacant by retiring technicians, or just to fill vacancies in companies looking for help. So these contracting firms often find they need to bring people onto their payrolls fast, but with assurance that they've got the skills they need to get started. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/university-northwestern-ohio-accredited-hvac-excellence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/university-northwestern-ohio-accredited-hvac-excellence#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:40:00 +0000 26961 at http://contractingbusiness.com Friedrich Donates 150 Air Conditioners to New York City Community Centers http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/friedrich-donates-150-air-conditioners-new-york-city-community-centers <div class="field-byline"> News from Friedrich </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sources from Friedrich announced on August 4th that the company will donate 150 air conditioners to the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/friedrich-donates-150-air-conditioners-new-york-city-community-centers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/friedrich-donates-150-air-conditioners-new-york-city-community-centers#comments Commercial HVAC Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:02:00 +0000 26951 at http://contractingbusiness.com 'Old' Ideas Ring True http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/old-ideas-ring-true <div class="node-body blog-body">Looking through some of the oldest editions of Contracting Business, I find that so many articles by great contractor writers still ring true with wisdom and good advice.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/minute-mciver">A Minute with McIver</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/old-ideas-ring-true" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/old-ideas-ring-true#comments Residential HVAC A Minute with McIver Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:31:00 +0000 26831 at http://contractingbusiness.com Is Real Efficiency from the HVAC Equipment or from the System? http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/real-efficiency-hvac-equipment-or-system <div class="node-body article-body">Ratings for HVAC equipment mean nothing unless the duct systems is performing well. Here is a look at how duct system upgrades are necessary to make equipment perform at promised energy efficiencies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/real-efficiency-hvac-equipment-or-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/real-efficiency-hvac-equipment-or-system#comments Rob "Doc" Falke Residential HVAC Service Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:42:00 +0000 26821 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Image is erroneously titled, &quot;AC Pipes.&quot;&nbsp; Photographer is <a data-close-and-redirect="true" data-search-link="Photographer" href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/2/image?artist=Roman+Milert&amp;family=creative" id="photographer">Roman Milert</a> and the photo is part of the Hemera Collection, ThinkStock images, item #101058978</p> Why Blog? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/why-blog <div class="field-byline"> by Andy Fracia </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A blog is a marketing tool you can use to create awareness, generate visibility and to create a dialog with your current and potential HVAC customers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/why-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/why-blog#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:33:00 +0000 26801 at http://contractingbusiness.com Comfortech Leadership Symposium: A Call for HVAC Industry Questions http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-leadership-symposium-call-hvac-industry-questions <div class="node-body article-body">The Comfortech 2014 Leadership Symposium is an opportunity for HVAC contractors to pose industry questions to the leadership of a number of key industry manufacturers. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-leadership-symposium-call-hvac-industry-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-leadership-symposium-call-hvac-industry-questions#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Service Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:59:00 +0000 26771 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Guitar close-up: Comfortech 2014 in Nashville, TN.</p> Photographer: Jupiterimages, "Creatas" Collection, iStock.com. Item # 86495038 Leading is TEACHING http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/leading-teaching <div class="field-byline"> by Mike Moore </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It's critical that leaders are able to teach in today’s environment, to enable a company to flourish and compete in today’s economy.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/leading-teaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/leading-teaching#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:49:00 +0000 26761 at http://contractingbusiness.com Tweet/Garot Names New Project Manager http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/tweetgarot-names-new-project-manager <div class="field-byline"> News from Tweet/Garot </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Tweet/Garot Mechanical's newest project manager has 14 years of experience in controls, and is a graduate of Ferris State University.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/tweetgarot-names-new-project-manager" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/tweetgarot-names-new-project-manager#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:20:00 +0000 26751 at http://contractingbusiness.com Danfoss Turbocor Included in GSA Chiller Study http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/danfoss-turbocor-included-gsa-chiller-study <div class="field-byline"> News from Danfoss </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Danfoss Turbocor technology was evaluated and rated favorably in a study by the U.S. General Services Administration's 'Green Proving Ground' program.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/danfoss-turbocor-included-gsa-chiller-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/danfoss-turbocor-included-gsa-chiller-study#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:50:00 +0000 26741 at http://contractingbusiness.com ContractingBusiness.com August 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/contracting-business/2014-08-12 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <h3> Now in Our 70th Year of Helping HVACR Managers Run Better Businesses</h3> <h3> August 2014<br /> <br /> In this Issue:</h3> <ul> <li> <h3> 5 Key Elements to Successful Building Commissioning</h3> </li> <li> <h3> What&#39;s Your Exit Strategy?</h3> </li> <li> <h3> Refrigeration: R-22 Replacements</h3> </li> </ul> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/commercial-hvac/five-key-elements-completing-and-delivering-building-expectations">Five Key Elements in Completing and Delivering a Building to Expectations</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0000 26621 at http://contractingbusiness.com When you 'Exit', What Becomes of Your Business? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/when-you-exit-what-becomes-your-business <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver, executive editor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What will become of your HVACR company when you decide to hang up the gauges? Have you prepared a wise exit strategy? Contractors on HVAC-Talk.com told us what they’ve done to prepare for the next chapter.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/when-you-exit-what-becomes-your-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/when-you-exit-what-becomes-your-business#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:48:00 +0000 26731 at http://contractingbusiness.com Sprouts Market Opens CO2-based Store in Georgia http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/sprouts-market-opens-co2-based-store-georgia <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Sprouts Farmers Market opened a store in July in Dunwoody, GA, with the first CO<sub>2</sub>-based, HFC-free supermarket refrigeration system in a warm weather market in North America.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/sprouts-market-opens-co2-based-store-georgia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/sprouts-market-opens-co2-based-store-georgia#comments Refrigeration Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:26:00 +0000 26721 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Pictured in the above photo at the Sprouts Dunwoody store are, from left, Steve Tibbetts and David Wood, T&amp;O Refrigeration; Bill Katz, Hillphoenix;&nbsp; Lane Tibbetts, T&amp;O Refrigeration; and Rusty Walker, Hillphoenix. Photo by Terry McIver.</p> Refrigeration Service Today: New Products August 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-new-products-august-2014 <div class="node-body article-body">This month we feature the DEWALT Pro Organizer for small parts and fasteners, and new, UL-approved, MOPD BJ and BX coils from Danfoss.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-new-products-august-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-new-products-august-2014#comments Refrigeration Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:09:00 +0000 26711 at http://contractingbusiness.com Service Clinic: Residential Boiler Service Tips http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-clinic-residential-boiler-service-tips-0 <div class="field-byline"> by Brian Stack </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As the cold weather approaches, it's time to tune up your and your team's skills on servicing boiler systems. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-clinic-residential-boiler-service-tips-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-clinic-residential-boiler-service-tips-0#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:54:00 +0000 26701 at http://contractingbusiness.com