Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml en A Plea for HVAC Industry Standards Written for Technicians http://contractingbusiness.com/service/plea-hvac-industry-standards-written-technicians <div class="field-byline"> By Rob &#039;Doc&#039; Falke </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Without the guys in the field, our industry would grind to an immediate halt.</p> <p>Yet the volumes of industry standards published to lead and guide our industry are written in language, concepts, and formulae that are completely foreign to this critical group of people. Let&rsquo;s take a look at this group&rsquo;s plea for practical how-to industry standards written and published for use by the guys in the field.&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/plea-hvac-industry-standards-written-technicians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/plea-hvac-industry-standards-written-technicians#comments Service Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:28:00 +0000 48111 at http://contractingbusiness.com Water-cooled Chiller, Variable Speed Compressors Bring 5-Star Comfort to Movie Theater http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/water-cooled-chiller-variable-speed-compressors-bring-5-star-comfort-movie-theater <div class="node-body article-body">The theater personnel worked with Los Angeles-based Air Treatment Corporation to install a Multistack MagLev™ water-cooled centrifugal chiller that uses Danfoss Turbocor oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing compressors. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/water-cooled-chiller-variable-speed-compressors-bring-5-star-comfort-movie-theater" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/water-cooled-chiller-variable-speed-compressors-bring-5-star-comfort-movie-theater#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:22:00 +0000 44521 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>The engineer suggested replacing the screw chillers with a standard, water-cooled centrifugal chiller and replacing the evaporative condensers with cooling towers. Ten- or 12-in. diameter piping and pumps would circulate condenser water from the basement to the rooftop.</p> Subcooling and Superheat: Superheroes of System Charging http://contractingbusiness.com/service/subcooling-and-superheat-superheroes-system-charging <div class="field-byline"> Skip Egner </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Here's a common scenario. You go on a service call, put your gauges on a condensing unit, and find that the suction pressure is low. What do you do? In</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/subcooling-and-superheat-superheroes-system-charging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/subcooling-and-superheat-superheroes-system-charging#comments Refrigeration Service Archive Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000 4058 at http://contractingbusiness.com The GPS Tracking Solution for Small Businesses http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/gps-tracking-solution-small-businesses <div class="field-byline"> Content Sponsored by GPS Insight </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><script type='text/javascript' id='vidyard_embed_code_HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1' src='//play.vidyard.com/HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1.js?v=3.1.1&type=lightbox'></script> <div class="outer_vidyard_wrapper"> <div class="vidyard_wrapper" onclick="fn_vidyard_HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1();"><img alt="GPS Insight Standard (Contractor Magazine)" src="//play.vidyard.com/HNbrVNm5HLmhpAvVSq4Vn1.jpg?" width="360" /> <div class="vidyard_play_button">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>If you are a small business looking for a simple, yet effective GPS tracking solution that will give you real-time fleet visibility an</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/gps-tracking-solution-small-businesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/gps-tracking-solution-small-businesses#comments Videos Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000 47771 at http://contractingbusiness.com DIY Misfits & Horrible Hackery http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/diy-misfits-horrible-hackery <div class="node-body gallery-body">Some funny. Some sad. All bad. A new collection from the HVAC-Talk.com 'Wall of Shame&#39; showing terrible work the good guys have to fix.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/diy-misfits-horrible-hackery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/diy-misfits-horrible-hackery#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:54:00 +0000 48091 at http://contractingbusiness.com Passive Zone Enclosure Simplifies, Hides Infrastructure Connections http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/passive-zone-enclosure-simplifies-hides-infrastructure-connections <div class="node-body article-body">The new Passive Ceiling Zone Enclosure from Siemon is ideal for connecting directly to LED lights, security cameras, wireless access points or building automation controllers.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/passive-zone-enclosure-simplifies-hides-infrastructure-connections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/passive-zone-enclosure-simplifies-hides-infrastructure-connections#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:54:00 +0000 48081 at http://contractingbusiness.com FIRST Robotics Teams Demonstrate Teamwork at Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/first-robotics-teams-demonstrate-teamwork-bosch-thermotechnology-corp <div class="field-byline"> News from Bosch </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Two teams from FIRST demonstrated their home-built robots for associates of Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation in Londonderry, New Hampshire.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/first-robotics-teams-demonstrate-teamwork-bosch-thermotechnology-corp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/first-robotics-teams-demonstrate-teamwork-bosch-thermotechnology-corp#comments Commercial HVAC Around the Web Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:58:00 +0000 48071 at http://contractingbusiness.com Don’t Get Lost in the IoT Landscape http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/don-t-get-lost-iot-landscape <div class="field-byline"> Rober P. Mader </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A core challenge when it comes to Smart Buildings and the Internet of Things is the diversity and complexity of issues, technologies, and strategies that must be addressed. This new event will help you advance into IoT.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/don-t-get-lost-iot-landscape" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/don-t-get-lost-iot-landscape#comments Commercial HVAC Controls Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:29:00 +0000 48061 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Try This 30-Day Technology Game Changer http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-try-30-day-technology-game-changer <div class="node-body article-body">Pick up your mobile device, locate your camera function, set it to video, press record. Using these very simple steps, you can immediately improve your company’s training, communication, alignment, and productivity.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-try-30-day-technology-game-changer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-try-30-day-technology-game-changer#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:16:00 +0000 48051 at http://contractingbusiness.com 8 Ways to Make Work Fun - Part 2 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/8-ways-make-work-fun-part-2 <div class="field-byline"> By Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This is the second of two articles that explain why it&#39;s important to have fun at work. </p></div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/8-ways-make-work-fun-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/8-ways-make-work-fun-part-2#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:15:00 +0000 48041 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC Excellence Accreditations Granted to Technical Colleges http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-excellence-accreditations-granted-technical-colleges <div class="node-body gallery-body">In order to pursue accreditation the staff at the school had to submit a self-study filled with narratives and examples of how they complied with each of the required standards. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-excellence-accreditations-granted-technical-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-excellence-accreditations-granted-technical-colleges#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:13:00 +0000 48031 at http://contractingbusiness.com Milwaukee Introduces Double-ended Power Bits http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/milwaukee-introduces-double-ended-power-bits <div class="field-byline"> News from Milwaukee Tool </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Double-Ended Power Bits enable the use of two unique tips from one bit for increased productivity.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/milwaukee-introduces-double-ended-power-bits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/milwaukee-introduces-double-ended-power-bits#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:18:00 +0000 48011 at http://contractingbusiness.com Call for Nominations: HVACR Women of the Year, Class of 2016 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-hvacr-women-year-class-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">HVACR Women of the Year nominators are requested to provide specific examples of the nominee’s outstanding achievements and record of leadership within the candidate’s HVACR CONTRACTING firm, and throughout the industry.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-hvacr-women-year-class-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-hvacr-women-year-class-2016#comments Commercial HVAC Awards Residential HVAC Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:46:00 +0000 47491 at http://contractingbusiness.com Study: Homeowners Prefer Internet as HVAC Information Source http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/study-homeowners-prefer-internet-hvac-information-source <div class="field-byline"> News from Decision Analyst </div> <div class="node-body article-body">More consumers in The American Home Comfort Study reported using the Internet to gather information about their new HVAC system purchase than reported getting that information from contractors.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/study-homeowners-prefer-internet-hvac-information-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/study-homeowners-prefer-internet-hvac-information-source#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:35:00 +0000 48001 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH EXHIBITOR NEWS: ServiceTitan to Present at HVAC Comfortech Show in Philadelphia http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-servicetitan-present-hvac-comfortech-show-philadelphia <div class="node-body article-body">Joseph Elias Phillips will address recruiting and retention challenges, and offer tools to help HVACR and plumbing industries hire the best technicians and keep them engaged and motivated. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-servicetitan-present-hvac-comfortech-show-philadelphia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-servicetitan-present-hvac-comfortech-show-philadelphia#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:42:00 +0000 47991 at http://contractingbusiness.com ‘Smart Glasses’ Help Firms See Their Way Past Labor Shortage http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/smart-glasses-help-firms-see-their-way-past-labor-shortage <div class="node-body article-body">Lee Company integrated smart glasses across its commercial and residential divisions. In about six months time, they've have seen tangible results in terms of increased productivity, workforce development and customer satisfaction. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/smart-glasses-help-firms-see-their-way-past-labor-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/smart-glasses-help-firms-see-their-way-past-labor-shortage#comments Commercial HVAC Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:00:00 +0000 47981 at http://contractingbusiness.com Six Components of a Successful HVAC Business Model http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/six-components-successful-hvac-business-model <div class="node-body article-body">A successful HVAC business depends on a strong business model. Mike Moore discusses the six important components to include in your HVAC business model.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/six-components-successful-hvac-business-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/six-components-successful-hvac-business-model#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:10:00 +0000 47971 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH 2016 SHOW GUIDE http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-2016-show-guide <div class="node-body article-body">Download our Comfortech Show Guide to see the workshops, seminars, keynote speakers and events surrounding the HVACR industry's first and reigning champion trade show.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-2016-show-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-2016-show-guide#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:08:00 +0000 47961 at http://contractingbusiness.com Product Gallery: Imaging Products http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/product-gallery-imaging-products <div class="node-body gallery-body">Offering thermal inspections can give HVAC contractors a competitive edge by allowing them to find problems sooner.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/product-gallery-imaging-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/product-gallery-imaging-products#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:04:00 +0000 47941 at http://contractingbusiness.com Tech Update August 2016: Air Distribution http://contractingbusiness.com/iaq-ventilation/tech-update-august-2016-air-distribution <div class="node-body gallery-body">Air distribution products by Ruskin, Honeywell, Performance Aire and EWC Controls.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/iaq-ventilation/tech-update-august-2016-air-distribution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/iaq-ventilation/tech-update-august-2016-air-distribution#comments IAQ & Ventilation Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:34:00 +0000 47931 at http://contractingbusiness.com Hydronic Air Handler Features Hydronic Heating Coil http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hydronic-air-handler-features-hydronic-heating-coil <div class="node-body article-body">The hydronic air handler is also compatible with Rheem air conditioners and heat pumps.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hydronic-air-handler-features-hydronic-heating-coil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hydronic-air-handler-features-hydronic-heating-coil#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:11:00 +0000 47911 at http://contractingbusiness.com Louver Approved for Use in Hurricane Zones http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/louver-approved-use-hurricane-zones <div class="field-byline"> News from Greenheck </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Greenheck’s new Model EVH-501D stationary vertical blade louver is Florida building code approved for use in the high-velocity hurricane zone and Miami-Dade county. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/louver-approved-use-hurricane-zones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/louver-approved-use-hurricane-zones#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:02:00 +0000 47901 at http://contractingbusiness.com Information for Techs, Updates for the Office http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/information-techs-updates-office <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Sage Service Operations provides field technicians with the critical information they need while office staff receive real-time updates from the field, resulting in higher quality work, improved efficiency, and maximum profitability of service operations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/information-techs-updates-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/information-techs-updates-office#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:35:00 +0000 47891 at http://contractingbusiness.com Vibration Isolation Curb Features Improved Weather Seal http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/vibration-isolation-curb-features-improved-weather-seal <div class="node-body article-body">Flexible 9-in. counter-flashing provides a weather seal while permitting easy access to the isolators.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/vibration-isolation-curb-features-improved-weather-seal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/vibration-isolation-curb-features-improved-weather-seal#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:28:00 +0000 47881 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC Industry at a Crossroads: Step Up or Be Stepped On! http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-industry-crossroads-step-or-be-stepped <div class="node-body article-body">We believed the industry would soon fix a large percentage of HVAC systems in customers' homes and buildings once the issue was recognized. Well, here we are, two decades later, and more than 90% of systems nationwide are still underperforming.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-industry-crossroads-step-or-be-stepped" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-industry-crossroads-step-or-be-stepped#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:22:00 +0000 47731 at http://contractingbusiness.com August 2016 ContractingBusiness.com http://contractingbusiness.com/contracting-business/2016-08-17 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <h3>In This Issue:<br /> <br /> Comfortech 2016 Show Guide<br /> Infrared Imaging: &#39;See&#39; Your Way to Better Service<br /> HVAC Hall of Fame: Garry Upton, Doctor of Data<br /> &nbsp;</h3> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/comfortech/comfortech-fresh-and-new-heres-why">Comfortech is Fresh and New — Here&#039;s Why</a> <a href="/residential-hvac/2016-hvac-hall-fame-garry-upton-doctor-data">2016 HVAC Hall of Fame — Garry Upton: Doctor of Data</a> <a href="/commercial-hvac/infrared-inspection-cameras-see-your-way-improved-hvac-service-new-business">Infrared Inspection Cameras: &#039;See&#039; Your Way to Improved HVAC Service, New Business</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000 47951 at http://contractingbusiness.com Product Engineering Helps Overcome Labor Shortage http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/product-engineering-helps-overcome-labor-shortage <div class="node-body article-body">CFI Mechanical managers realized the needed design assistance, for help in overcoming the labor shortage, as well as schedule and budget challenges.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/product-engineering-helps-overcome-labor-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/product-engineering-helps-overcome-labor-shortage#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:21:00 +0000 47871 at http://contractingbusiness.com DEWALT Shines New Light on Jobsites http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/dewalt-shines-new-light-jobsites <div class="field-byline"> News from DEWALT </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With a kickstand, belt clip, and magnets it can be propped up, hung from a tool belt, or stuck onto metal objects around the jobsite.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/dewalt-shines-new-light-jobsites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/dewalt-shines-new-light-jobsites#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:08:00 +0000 47861 at http://contractingbusiness.com Refrigerant Leak Detection: An Essential Service for Refrigeration Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-leak-detection-essential-service-refrigeration-contractors <div class="field-byline"> by John Wallace </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The true costs of refrigerant leaks are often underestimated, and contractors will benefit from better understanding this impact in order to position themselves as a valuable retail partner.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-leak-detection-essential-service-refrigeration-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-leak-detection-essential-service-refrigeration-contractors#comments Refrigeration Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:23:00 +0000 47851 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Preparing to Present http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-preparing-present <div class="node-body article-body">The most difficult part of becoming a top HVAC salesperson, and the most skipped part, is preparation.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-preparing-present" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-preparing-present#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:46:00 +0000 47831 at http://contractingbusiness.com