Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml en 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 So True http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/old-ideas-ring-so-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-so-true" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/old-ideas-ring-so-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 Venstar Makes Baker Exclusive Florida Distributor http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/venstar-makes-baker-exclusive-florida-distributor <div class="node-body article-body">Venstar, a leading thermostat and energy management systems supplier, has signed an exclusive agreement with Baker Distributing Company of Jacksonville, FL, for the distribution of Venstar HVAC control products throughout Florida.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/venstar-makes-baker-exclusive-florida-distributor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/venstar-makes-baker-exclusive-florida-distributor#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:47:00 +0000 26691 at http://contractingbusiness.com Emerson to Build Innovation Center at U of Dayton http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-build-innovation-center-u-dayton <div class="field-byline"> News from Emerson </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Emerson Climate Technologies is moving forward with plans to develop a new $35 million innovation center on the University of Dayton campus.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-build-innovation-center-u-dayton" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/emerson-build-innovation-center-u-dayton#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:22:00 +0000 26681 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Artist rendering of the Emerson Innovation Center, scheduled to be ready by the end of 2015.</p> AHRI, Other Groups Attend Education Summit http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/ahri-other-groups-attend-education-summit <div class="field-byline"> News from AHRI </div> <div class="node-body article-body">AHRI was one of more than 125 education, government, and business leaders from across the U.S. who attended the event at Gateway Technical College.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/ahri-other-groups-attend-education-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/ahri-other-groups-attend-education-summit#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:10:00 +0000 26671 at http://contractingbusiness.com National Comfort Institute Rollout Follows HVAC Comfortech Show http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/national-comfort-institute-rollout-follows-hvac-comfortech-show <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="https://www.nationalcomfortinstitute.com/" target="_blank" title="National Comfort Institute"><strong>National Comfort Institute</strong></a>&rsquo;s &ldquo;NCI Meets&rdquo; sessions begin with a welcome reception on Thursday evening,<br /> September 11, after the last Comfortech 2014 Session.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/national-comfort-institute-rollout-follows-hvac-comfortech-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/national-comfort-institute-rollout-follows-hvac-comfortech-show#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:53:00 +0000 26661 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC Franchising: Sluggish in 2014; 2015-'19 Looks Better http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-franchising-sluggish-2014-2015-19-looks-better <div class="field-byline"> News from IBISWorld </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A report on HVAC franchise opportunities, now available from IBISWorld forecasts continued lethargy in the growth of HVAC service franchises through the remainder of 2014. The report includes background information on how the overall U.S. economic slowdown has affected the HVAC industry.<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-franchising-sluggish-2014-2015-19-looks-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-franchising-sluggish-2014-2015-19-looks-better#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:45:00 +0000 26651 at http://contractingbusiness.com EPA, FBI Target R-22 Containing Propane in U.S. Market http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/epa-fbi-target-r-22-containing-propane-us-market <div class="field-byline"> News from EPA </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning in July regarding the sale of R-22 refrigerant with propane in the U.S. market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/epa-fbi-target-r-22-containing-propane-us-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/epa-fbi-target-r-22-containing-propane-us-market#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:07:00 +0000 26641 at http://contractingbusiness.com Tech Update August 2014: Motors & Drives http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-august-2014-motors-drives <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Motors or drive systems are the heart of the HVAC system, as they provide and regulate the electric current necessary for operation. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-august-2014-motors-drives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-august-2014-motors-drives#comments Galleries Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:14:00 +0000 26631 at http://contractingbusiness.com Five Key Elements in Completing and Delivering a Building to Expectations http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/five-key-elements-completing-and-delivering-building-expectations <div class="field-byline"> by Michael Della Barba </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This article describes the completion stages of a 420,000 sq. ft. laboratory building, focusing on five key elements of building construction completion: installation, start-up, control, balance, and performance verification.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/five-key-elements-completing-and-delivering-building-expectations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/five-key-elements-completing-and-delivering-building-expectations#comments Commercial HVAC Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:43:00 +0000 26281 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Advancing 80s: HVACR Advertising in the Great Decade of Reagan http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/advancing-80s-hvacr-advertising-great-decade-reagan <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">The HVACR industry was, as our editors described it in January, 1980, "facing perhaps the most challenging and potentially the most rewarding period in its history."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/advancing-80s-hvacr-advertising-great-decade-reagan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/advancing-80s-hvacr-advertising-great-decade-reagan#comments Galleries Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:15:00 +0000 26611 at http://contractingbusiness.com Comfortech Returns to Nashville: It’s Time to Get Your Country On! http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-returns-nashville-it-s-time-get-your-country <div class="node-body article-body">Comfortech 2014 sets the standard for HVAC contractor networking, education, and technology. And it’s fun too. </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/comfortech/comfortech-returns-nashville-it-s-time-get-your-country" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-returns-nashville-it-s-time-get-your-country#comments Comfortech The First Word Residential HVAC Service Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:20:00 +0000 26601 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Downtown Nashville cityscape in the morning. Photographer:<a data-close-and-redirect="true" data-search-link="Photographer" href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/2/image?artist=AndreyKrav&amp;family=creative" id="photographer"> AndreyKrav</a>, iStock Collection, Item #450171045</p> CEC Report Details Barriers to Geothermal in California http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/cec-report-details-barriers-geothermal-california <div class="field-byline"> News from Geothermal Exchange Organization </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new report by the California Energy Commission (CEC) describes the main impediments to the development of geothermal heat pump (GHP) technology in California.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/cec-report-details-barriers-geothermal-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/cec-report-details-barriers-geothermal-california#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:42:00 +0000 26551 at http://contractingbusiness.com HVAC Service: Quick Building Pressure Diagnostics http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/hvac-service-quick-building-pressure-diagnostics <div class="node-body article-body">Most buildings unintentionally operate under some level of positive or negative pressure. These pressures are usually caused by a defective duct system. Could a 5-minute building pressure test be the answer to your residential HVAC customers' comfort problems? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/hvac-service-quick-building-pressure-diagnostics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/hvac-service-quick-building-pressure-diagnostics#comments Rob "Doc" Falke Residential HVAC Service Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:19:00 +0000 26511 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>A view of homes on July 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by <a href="http://www.dataquick.com/" target="_blank" title="DataQuick website">DataQuick</a>, the median price of new or existing single-family homes and condos reached $1 million. (<strong>Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</strong>)</p>