Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml 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 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/contracting-business-and-contractor-partner-electric-gas-industries-association-egi <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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/contracting-business-and-contractor-partner-electric-gas-industries-association-egi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/contracting-business-and-contractor-partner-electric-gas-industries-association-egi#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:49:00 +0000 51401 at http://contractingbusiness.com Have You Seen the New Refrigerant Guide from National Refrigerants? http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/have-you-seen-new-refrigerant-guide-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/have-you-seen-new-refrigerant-guide-national-refrigerants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/have-you-seen-new-refrigerant-guide-national-refrigerants#comments Commercial HVAC Refrigeration Residential HVAC Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:00 +0000 51391 at http://contractingbusiness.com Dan Foley's Three Rules for Success http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/dan-foleys-three-rules-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/dan-foleys-three-rules-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/dan-foleys-three-rules-success#comments Commercial HVAC AHR Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:46:00 +0000 51371 at http://contractingbusiness.com CABA Research Helps Define IoT as a Conceptual Framework http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/caba-research-helps-define-iot-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/caba-research-helps-define-iot-conceptual-framework" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/caba-research-helps-define-iot-conceptual-framework#comments Commercial HVAC Controls Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:35:00 +0000 51361 at http://contractingbusiness.com Carrier Collaborates with AT&T on Digital Service Offering for Commercial HVAC http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/carrier-collaborates-att-digital-service-offering-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/carrier-collaborates-att-digital-service-offering-commercial-hvac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/carrier-collaborates-att-digital-service-offering-commercial-hvac#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:12:00 +0000 51351 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC Testing – When is a System Stabilized? http://contractingbusiness.com/service/hvac-testing-when-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/hvac-testing-when-system-stabilized" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/hvac-testing-when-system-stabilized#comments Service Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:10:00 +0000 51341 at http://contractingbusiness.com Daikin Applied Advocates Air Intelligence with New Name for Intelligent Solutions Portfolio http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/daikin-applied-advocates-air-intelligence-new-name-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/daikin-applied-advocates-air-intelligence-new-name-intelligent-solutions-portfolio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/daikin-applied-advocates-air-intelligence-new-name-intelligent-solutions-portfolio#comments Commercial HVAC Controls Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:17:00 +0000 51321 at http://contractingbusiness.com Vent Pipe Handles High Exhaust Temps http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/vent-pipe-handles-high-exhaust-temps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/vent-pipe-handles-high-exhaust-temps#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:48:00 +0000 51311 at http://contractingbusiness.com EnOcean Alliance, IBM to Standardize Intelligent Building Solutions for Internet of Things http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/enocean-alliance-ibm-standardize-intelligent-building-solutions-internet-things <div class="node-body article-body">IBM is now supporting the EnOcean Alliance as a Promoter Member. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/enocean-alliance-ibm-standardize-intelligent-building-solutions-internet-things" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/enocean-alliance-ibm-standardize-intelligent-building-solutions-internet-things#comments Commercial HVAC Controls Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:08:00 +0000 51301 at http://contractingbusiness.com Your HVAC Organization: A 'Group' or a 'Team'? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/your-hvac-organization-group-or-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/your-hvac-organization-group-or-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/your-hvac-organization-group-or-team#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:13:00 +0000 51291 at http://contractingbusiness.com Call for Nominations: Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-residential-hvac-contractor-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-residential-hvac-contractor-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-residential-hvac-contractor-year#comments Awards Residential Residential HVAC Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:14:00 +0000 8851 at http://contractingbusiness.com <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 http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/danfosss-turbocor-vtt-compressor-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/danfosss-turbocor-vtt-compressor-edison-awards-finalist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/danfosss-turbocor-vtt-compressor-edison-awards-finalist#comments Commercial HVAC Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:05:00 +0000 51281 at http://contractingbusiness.com L&T Technology Services and Dell EMC Release Modular Smart Building Solutions http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/lt-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/lt-technology-services-and-dell-emc-release-modular-smart-building-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/lt-technology-services-and-dell-emc-release-modular-smart-building-solutions#comments Commercial HVAC AHR Controls Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:24:00 +0000 51271 at http://contractingbusiness.com They’re Coming For Your Customers http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/they-re-coming-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/they-re-coming-your-customers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/they-re-coming-your-customers#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:18:00 +0000 51261 at http://contractingbusiness.com This Week's Best HVAC Installations http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/weeks-best-hvac-installations <div class="node-body gallery-body">The latest and greatest HVAC installations by contractors posting to the HVAC-Talk.com 'Wall of Pride.'</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/weeks-best-hvac-installations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/weeks-best-hvac-installations#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:29:00 +0000 51251 at http://contractingbusiness.com Video: AHR – Most Exciting Initiative for 2017? http://contractingbusiness.com/ahr/video-ahr-most-exciting-initiative-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/ahr/video-ahr-most-exciting-initiative-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/ahr/video-ahr-most-exciting-initiative-2017#comments AHR Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:16:00 +0000 50981 at http://contractingbusiness.com Ruskin's Glasch and Smardo Appointed to AMCA Positions http://contractingbusiness.com/iaq-ventilation/ruskins-glasch-and-smardo-appointed-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/iaq-ventilation/ruskins-glasch-and-smardo-appointed-amca-positions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/iaq-ventilation/ruskins-glasch-and-smardo-appointed-amca-positions#comments IAQ & Ventilation Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:19:00 +0000 51241 at http://contractingbusiness.com Heatcraft Begins Contractor Certification Program http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/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="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/heatcraft-begins-contractor-certification-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/heatcraft-begins-contractor-certification-program#comments Refrigeration Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:02:00 +0000 51231 at http://contractingbusiness.com VIDEO: Vertiv™ Introduces Autotuning Control for Enhanced Cooling Efficiency and Protection http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/video-vertiv-introduces-autotuning-control-enhanced-cooling-efficiency-and-protectio <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="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/video-vertiv-introduces-autotuning-control-enhanced-cooling-efficiency-and-protectio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/video-vertiv-introduces-autotuning-control-enhanced-cooling-efficiency-and-protectio#comments Commercial HVAC Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:11:00 +0000 51211 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>With iCOM Autotuning, self-optimizing algorithms replace system fluctuations with steady, high-efficiency performance.</p> Vertiv Oil Pressure Problems in Refrigeration Systems http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/oil-pressure-problems-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/oil-pressure-problems-refrigeration-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/oil-pressure-problems-refrigeration-systems#comments Refrigeration Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000 51201 at http://contractingbusiness.com Tech Update: Compressors http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/tech-update-compressors <div class="node-body gallery-body">See these new compressor offerings from Danfoss, Emerson and LG.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/tech-update-compressors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/tech-update-compressors#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC HVACRDB Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:02:00 +0000 51191 at http://contractingbusiness.com It's All In Your Head http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/its-all-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/its-all-your-head" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/its-all-your-head#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:32:00 +0000 51181 at http://contractingbusiness.com Trump Didn't Take Long http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/trump-didnt-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/trump-didnt-take-long" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/trump-didnt-take-long#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:14:00 +0000 51171 at http://contractingbusiness.com <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 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/ecm-motors-good-bad-and-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/ecm-motors-good-bad-and-ugly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/ecm-motors-good-bad-and-ugly#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:03:00 +0000 51161 at http://contractingbusiness.com Refrigeration: Meeting Labor Challenge a Tough Job http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-meeting-labor-challenge-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-meeting-labor-challenge-tough-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-meeting-labor-challenge-tough-job#comments Refrigeration Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:32:00 +0000 51151 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Each year, the ContractingBusiness.com &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 ContractingBusiness.com http://contractingbusiness.com/contracting-business/2017-02-08 <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 http://contractingbusiness.com Bad Brazing & More: A 'Wall of Shame' Update http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/bad-brazing-more-wall-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="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/bad-brazing-more-wall-shame-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/bad-brazing-more-wall-shame-update#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:15:00 +0000 51141 at http://contractingbusiness.com Steve Coscia Says: Soft Skills Training Works http://contractingbusiness.com/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="http://contractingbusiness.com/site-files/contractingbusiness.com/files/uploads/2017/02/SteveCosciaandStudent.jpg?1486486623" /> </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="http://contractingbusiness.com/steve-coscia-says-soft-skills-training-works" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:24:00 +0000 51131 at http://contractingbusiness.com Contractor Leadership LIVE http://contractingbusiness.com/industry-events/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="http://contractingbusiness.com/industry-events/contractor-leadership-live" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/industry-events/contractor-leadership-live#comments Industry Events Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:49:00 +0000 50891 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVACR INDUSTRY EVENTS UPDATE http://contractingbusiness.com/industry-events/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="http://contractingbusiness.com/industry-events/hvacr-industry-events-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/industry-events/hvacr-industry-events-update#comments Commercial HVAC Industry Events News Residential HVAC Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:14:00 +0000 51121 at http://contractingbusiness.com Terry McIver