Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml en Emerson Survey: HVAC Contractors Greet Efficiency Standards with Mixed Emotions http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-survey-hvac-contractors-greet-efficiency-standards-mixed-emotions <div class="field-byline"> news from Emerson </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While many HVAC contractors remain uninformed about changes in energy efficiency regulations coming in 2015, some are thinking ahead to how these changes will affect their businesses.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-survey-hvac-contractors-greet-efficiency-standards-mixed-emotions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-survey-hvac-contractors-greet-efficiency-standards-mixed-emotions#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:00 +0000 28381 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Photo: Thinkstock</p> Steps to Effective HVAC Advertising http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/steps-effective-hvac-advertising <div class="field-byline"> by Andy Fracica </div> <div class="field-deck"> Steps to Effective HVAC Advertising </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Spend for advertising where you're going to get the highest return on investment to maximize the effectiveness of your advertising dollars.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/steps-effective-hvac-advertising" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/steps-effective-hvac-advertising#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:39:00 +0000 28371 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Photo by Thinkstock.</p> Bring Commercial HVAC Service Out of the Dark http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/bring-commercial-hvac-service-out-dark <div class="field-byline"> by Earl King </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Differentiating your commercial HVAC service programs is the only way to combat low-bid selling.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/bring-commercial-hvac-service-out-dark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/bring-commercial-hvac-service-out-dark#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:18:00 +0000 28361 at http://contractingbusiness.com B-B-B-Budget? Must We? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/b-b-b-budget-must-we <div class="field-byline"> by Mike Moore </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It's budgeting time. But before you put pen to paper, it’s important to understand the value of a properly constructed and prepared budget for the upcoming fiscal year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/b-b-b-budget-must-we" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/b-b-b-budget-must-we#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:26:00 +0000 28311 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Photo by Thinkstock. 509277821</p> Thank You, Mr. Hobaica! http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/thank-you-mr-hobaica <div class="node-body blog-body">Paul S. Hobaica, founder of Hobaica Services, passed away on October 4. I was fortunate to have met Mr. H in 2011, during a Contractor of the Year visit to the Phoenix office. </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/thank-you-mr-hobaica" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/thank-you-mr-hobaica#comments Residential A Minute with McIver Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:16:00 +0000 28301 at http://contractingbusiness.com Emerson Digs In, Breaks Ground on HVACR Innovation Center http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/emerson-digs-breaks-ground-hvacr-innovation-center <div class="field-byline"> news from Emerson </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Emerson Climate Technologies broke ground on October 20 for its $35 million innovation center on the University of Dayton campus.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/emerson-digs-breaks-ground-hvacr-innovation-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/emerson-digs-breaks-ground-hvacr-innovation-center#comments Refrigeration Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:19:00 +0000 28271 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Emerson and University of Dayton officials, along with Dayton community leaders break ground on the Emerson Innovation Center, now called The Helix.</p> What Comes to Mind When You Hear RIDGID? http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/what-comes-mind-when-you-hear-ridgid <div class="node-body video-body"><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/924pJtCYpVY?list=PLXxmHAjtgj9DikWAFqRgDQUd9xboLvPU1" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Fun discussions with loyal RIDGID tool users at the 2014 Pumper &amp; Cleaner Environmental Expo -- &quot;What comes to mind when you hear RIDGID?&quot;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/what-comes-mind-when-you-hear-ridgid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/videos/what-comes-mind-when-you-hear-ridgid#comments Videos Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:49:00 +0000 28251 at http://contractingbusiness.com Oct. 21: Emerson to Host Webinar on Walk-in Cooler Regulation http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/oct-21-emerson-host-webinar-walk-cooler-regulation <div class="node-body article-body">A new, "Making Sense" webinar from Emerson — "Staying Ahead of the DOE 2017 Walk-in Cooler and Freezer Energy Efficiency Ratings" —will be held on October 21, 2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/oct-21-emerson-host-webinar-walk-cooler-regulation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/oct-21-emerson-host-webinar-walk-cooler-regulation#comments Refrigeration Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:00 +0000 28241 at http://contractingbusiness.com POV: Tecumseh on the HVACR Refrigerant Transition http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/pov-tecumseh-hvacr-refrigerant-transition <div class="node-body article-body">As one of the HVACR industry's leading manufacturers, sources from Tecumseh provide the company stance on the ongoing industry shift in refrigerant preferences, and which gasses it prefers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/pov-tecumseh-hvacr-refrigerant-transition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/pov-tecumseh-hvacr-refrigerant-transition#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:01:00 +0000 28231 at http://contractingbusiness.com SolarUS, DuPont Tate & Lyle Develop Solar Heat Transfer Fluid http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/solarus-dupont-tate-lyle-develop-solar-heat-transfer-fluid <div class="field-byline"> News from Dupont Tate &amp; Lyle </div> <div class="node-body article-body">So-Blu heat transfer fluid will offer solar thermal system owners freeze, corrosion and extreme heat protection, for increased system and equipment efficiency and lifespan. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/solarus-dupont-tate-lyle-develop-solar-heat-transfer-fluid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/solarus-dupont-tate-lyle-develop-solar-heat-transfer-fluid#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:12:00 +0000 28221 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC Game Changer: Calculating System BTUs http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-game-changer-calculating-system-btus <div class="node-body article-body">The amount of BTUs a system delivers into a building can be effectively calculated when system temperatures and airflows have been measured. Here's a look at the basic steps of HVAC System BTU Measurement. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-game-changer-calculating-system-btus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-game-changer-calculating-system-btus#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:32:00 +0000 28201 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC New Product Update http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-new-product-update <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Some interesting new products have crossed our monitors recently. From residential to light commercial HVAC, these products can fill a need for you and your customers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-new-product-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-new-product-update#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:49:00 +0000 28191 at http://contractingbusiness.com Paul S. Hobaica, Who Brought Air Conditioning to the Valley of the Sun, Dies at 93 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/paul-s-hobaica-who-brought-air-conditioning-valley-sun-dies-93 <div class="node-body article-body">Paul S. Hobaica, founder of Hobacia Services, Phoenix, AZ died on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the age of 93.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/paul-s-hobaica-who-brought-air-conditioning-valley-sun-dies-93" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/paul-s-hobaica-who-brought-air-conditioning-valley-sun-dies-93#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:09:00 +0000 28171 at http://contractingbusiness.com 27 Books Every Contractor Should Read http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/27-books-every-contractor-should-read <div class="field-byline"> by Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Here are 27 essential books that should be in every contractor’s library.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/27-books-every-contractor-should-read" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/27-books-every-contractor-should-read#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:56:00 +0000 28161 at http://contractingbusiness.com Marketing for HVAC Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/marketing-hvac-contractors <div class="field-byline"> by Andy Fracica </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Marketing is a system that interacts with all areas of your business, and you must integrate these areas to be effective.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/marketing-hvac-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/marketing-hvac-contractors#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:35:00 +0000 28151 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Having the answers to key marketing-related questions will help you cut through the marketing maze, for greater results.</p> iStock HVAC Innovation in Today's Environment http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-innovation-todays-environment <div class="field-byline"> by Mike Moore </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Innovation, or the act or process of introducing new ideas, is critical in today’s business environment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-innovation-todays-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-innovation-todays-environment#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:12:00 +0000 28121 at http://contractingbusiness.com Rafal Olechowski MovinCool Climate Pro 18: Heating & Cooling Combined http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/movincool-climate-pro-18-heating-cooling-combined <div class="field-byline"> News from MovinCool </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The new MovinCool Climate Pro 18 portable heat pump is smaller and lighter than other comparable units, yet offers significantly higher performance. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/movincool-climate-pro-18-heating-cooling-combined" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/movincool-climate-pro-18-heating-cooling-combined#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:25:00 +0000 28111 at http://contractingbusiness.com Tech Update, October 2014: Commercial Controls and Residential Geothermal Systems http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-october-2014-commercial-controls-and-residential-geothermal-systems <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Check out the latest innovations in Commercial Controls and Residential Geothermal Systems.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-october-2014-commercial-controls-and-residential-geothermal-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-october-2014-commercial-controls-and-residential-geothermal-systems#comments Galleries Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:56:00 +0000 28101 at http://contractingbusiness.com Product Showcase Award/Products for October 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/product-showcase-awardproducts-october-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Check out this month&#39;s selection of products which includes a whole house IAQ system, wind-driven hurricane louvers, and much more!</p> <p>Our product showcase award winner this month is VLE Enterprises with their point based incentive program.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/product-showcase-awardproducts-october-2014#comments Galleries Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:18:00 +0000 28091 at http://contractingbusiness.com Design/Build Excellence http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/designbuild-excellence <div class="node-body blog-body">The two winning projects we’ve chosen for 2014 Design/Build Awards are prime examples of what the commercial HVAC industry is all about.</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/designbuild-excellence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/designbuild-excellence#comments Commercial HVAC A Minute with McIver Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:12:00 +0000 28071 at http://contractingbusiness.com ContractingBusiness.com October 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/contracting-business/2014-10-06 <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> October 2014<br /> <br /> In this Issue:</h3> <ul> <li> <h3> &nbsp;Design/Build Awards: Unique is the Word</h3> </li> <li> <h3> &nbsp;Airflow: the Breath of Life in HVAC</h3> </li> <li> <h3> &nbsp;BACnet/LonWorks Project Profiles</h3> </li> </ul> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/commercial-hvac/2014-designbuild-awards-caring-includes-comfort">2014 Design/Build Awards: Caring Includes Comfort</a> <a href="/commercial-hvac/2014-designbuild-awards-pre-fab-winner">2014 Design/Build Awards: Pre-fab a Winner!</a> <a href="/service/4-ways-measure-airflow">4 Ways to Measure Airflow</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 04:00:00 +0000 28031 at http://contractingbusiness.com 2014 Design/Build Awards: Unique Projects Need Design/Build http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/2014-designbuild-awards-unique-projects-need-designbuild <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Have you, as a mechanical HVAC contractor, ever taken a moment to consider the importance of what you do? You can do so with pride, because the value of indoor comfort can never be underestimated. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/2014-designbuild-awards-unique-projects-need-designbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/2014-designbuild-awards-unique-projects-need-designbuild#comments Commercial HVAC Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:59:00 +0000 28041 at http://contractingbusiness.com Refrigeration Service Today: Remote Monitors http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-remote-monitors <div class="field-byline"> compiled by CB </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Remote monitoring for refrigeration systems is the next best thing to being in the store or warehouse. Here's a quick look at four vendors —three of which may be new for some readers — with monitoring solutions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-remote-monitors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-remote-monitors#comments Refrigeration Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:11:00 +0000 28021 at http://contractingbusiness.com 4 Ways to Measure Airflow http://contractingbusiness.com/service/4-ways-measure-airflow <div class="field-byline"> By Rob &#039;Doc&#039; Falke </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div style="clear:both;"> While industry standards specifying ventilation rates are coming out of the woodwork, a practical standard describing how to measure ventilation airflows that can be applied in the field is hard to find.&nbsp; Let&rsquo;s take a look how you can determine residential and commercial exhaust fan airflow in the field.</div> <p><strong>Fans at Either End of the Duct</strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/4-ways-measure-airflow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/4-ways-measure-airflow#comments Service Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:20:00 +0000 28011 at http://contractingbusiness.com Service Clinic: Effective Refrigerant Recovery Techniques http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-clinic-effective-refrigerant-recovery-techniques <div class="node-body article-body">Understanding the different refrigerant recovery methods will help you perform this important task as efficiently as possible. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-clinic-effective-refrigerant-recovery-techniques" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-clinic-effective-refrigerant-recovery-techniques#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:49:00 +0000 28001 at http://contractingbusiness.com Full Circle http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/full-circle <div class="field-byline"> Bob Mader </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I’m really coming full circle in taking over the top editorial job at Contracting Business.com and it shows how small the world is. I got my first job out of college working at what was then called Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Business, and my first boss was the legendary Jeff Forker.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/full-circle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/full-circle#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:25:00 +0000 27991 at http://contractingbusiness.com When Disaster Strikes, Will You be Ready? http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/when-disaster-strikes-will-you-be-ready <div class="field-byline"> Michael Rosone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Contracting firms charged with keeping customers’ equipment up and running must also be prepared to assist clients during times of natural disasters.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/when-disaster-strikes-will-you-be-ready" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/when-disaster-strikes-will-you-be-ready#comments Commercial HVAC Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:52:00 +0000 27981 at http://contractingbusiness.com Bad Guys Steal, ‘Good Guys’ Replace Church AC Equipment http://contractingbusiness.com/service/bad-guys-steal-good-guys-replace-church-ac-equipment <div class="field-byline"> By Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The copper tubing from five air conditioning units at St. Catherine of Siena was stolen on August 1, leaving the school with no air conditioning, with the first day of school less than two weeks away.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/bad-guys-steal-good-guys-replace-church-ac-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/bad-guys-steal-good-guys-replace-church-ac-equipment#comments Service Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:52:00 +0000 27971 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Pictured at the St. Catherine school replacement project are, from right to left, Norman Ballesteros, installer for Goettl: Fermin Nevarez, installer for Goettl; Randy Pullen, member of&nbsp; the Goettl board of directors; Greg Akers, service manager, Goettl and Rob Rogers, principal of St. Catherine of Siena.</p> Service Experts Acquires A-Plus AC of Maryland http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-experts-acquires-plus-ac-maryland <div class="field-byline"> By Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Service Experts currently offers service in the Richmond (Eveready Service Experts) and Salem, Virginia markets and in Gaithersburg, MD (Parker-Pearce Service Experts), but there is no overlap with the A-Plus service area, which includes Montgomery, Prince George&rsquo;s and Charles counties in Maryland, as well as Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun counties in Virginia.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-experts-acquires-plus-ac-maryland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/service-experts-acquires-plus-ac-maryland#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:47:00 +0000 27961 at http://contractingbusiness.com BAS Firms Bring Long-awaited Improvements to Two Florida Hospitals http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/bas-firms-bring-long-awaited-improvements-two-florida-hospitals <div class="field-byline"> By Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Villages Regional Hospital (TVRH) located in central Florida in The Villages, one of the largest retirement developments in the US, serves patients in Lake, Sumter and Marion Counties and is a longstanding MC2 customer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/bas-firms-bring-long-awaited-improvements-two-florida-hospitals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/bas-firms-bring-long-awaited-improvements-two-florida-hospitals#comments Commercial HVAC Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:16:00 +0000 27951 at http://contractingbusiness.com