Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml en ContractingBusiness.com September 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/contracting-business/2014-09-12 <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> September 2014<br /> <br /> In this Issue:</h3> <ul> <li> <h3> &nbsp;New Vehicle Roundup</h3> </li> <li> <h3> &nbsp;Guide to High-Efficiency Gas Furnaces</h3> </li> <li> <h3> 2014 Woman of the Year: Kathie Todd</h3> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/residential-hvac/kathie-todd-2014-hvacr-woman-year">Kathie Todd: 2014 HVACR Woman of the Year</a> <a href="/residential-hvac/2014-2015-guide-high-efficiency-furnaces">2014-2015 Guide to High-Efficiency Furnaces</a> <a href="/galleries/taking-it-streets-our-2015-truck-review">Taking It to the Streets: Our 2015 Truck Review</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:00:00 +0000 27381 at http://contractingbusiness.com 2014-2015 Guide to High-Efficiency Furnaces http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/2014-2015-guide-high-efficiency-furnaces <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Our 31st Annual Guide to High-Efficiency Furnace Systems is presented as a sales tool. Manufacturers responded to our request for information, with information on some key features and benefits. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/2014-2015-guide-high-efficiency-furnaces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/2014-2015-guide-high-efficiency-furnaces#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:16:00 +0000 27601 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Our 2014-2015 furnace guide is presented as a sales tool.</p> HVAC Contractor's Truck Branding Includes NBA Sponsorship http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-contractors-truck-branding-includes-nba-sponsorship <div class="field-byline"> Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A San Antonio HVAC contractor has found value in displaying the firm’s support for the San Antonio Spurs on company vehicles. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-contractors-truck-branding-includes-nba-sponsorship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-contractors-truck-branding-includes-nba-sponsorship#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:24:00 +0000 27591 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>One of Champion AC&rsquo;s service vans, featuring the San Antonio Spurs mascot. As a sponsor of the Spurs, the company has its logo displayed inside the AT&amp;T Center during NBA season.</p> Products, Products, and More HVACR Products at Comfortech 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/products-products-and-more-hvacr-products-comfortech-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">A photo gallery of some of the products on display at Comfortech 2014</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/products-products-and-more-hvacr-products-comfortech-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/products-products-and-more-hvacr-products-comfortech-2014#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:26:00 +0000 27581 at http://contractingbusiness.com Comfortech 2014 Faces in the Crowd http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-2014-faces-crowd <div class="node-body gallery-body">Comfortech 2014 has had a great attendance. Here's a glimpse of some faces in the crowd.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-2014-faces-crowd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-2014-faces-crowd#comments Comfortech Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:57:00 +0000 27571 at http://contractingbusiness.com Solving Problems Effectively http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/solving-problems-effectively <div class="field-byline"> Andy Fracica </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the biggest challenges that business owners face is to be a problem-solver. If they are not, then they have to hire someone to solve problems for them. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/solving-problems-effectively" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/solving-problems-effectively#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:46:00 +0000 27561 at http://contractingbusiness.com Creating the Ideal HVAC Work Environment http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/creating-ideal-hvac-work-environment <div class="field-byline"> Mike Moore </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the most important purposes of leadership is creating and sustaining a proper environment for employees to not only to do their jobs, but also to flourish while performing their day-to-day functions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/creating-ideal-hvac-work-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/creating-ideal-hvac-work-environment#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:40:00 +0000 27551 at http://contractingbusiness.com How a Heat Pump Works http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-heat-pump-works <div class="node-body video-body">Lennox® heat pumps can also be combined with a gas furnace for ultimate comfort and energy savings</div> <div class="field-byline"> Brought to you by Lennox </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-heat-pump-works" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-heat-pump-works#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:23:00 +0000 27541 at http://contractingbusiness.com Lennox Variable-Speed Furnace Technology http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/lennox-variable-speed-furnace-technology <div class="node-body video-body">A Lennox variable speed furnace motor uses two-thirds less electricity than a standard single-speed motor.</div> <div class="field-byline"> Brought to you by Lennox </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/lennox-variable-speed-furnace-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/lennox-variable-speed-furnace-technology#comments Videos Residential HVAC Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:19:00 +0000 27531 at http://contractingbusiness.com iHarmony® Zoning System http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/iharmony-zoning-system <div class="node-body video-body">The Lennox® iHarmony® zoning system solves the problem of uneven or uncomfortable temperatures throughout your house, while helping you reduce energy costs</div> <div class="field-byline"> Brought to you by Lennox </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/iharmony-zoning-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/iharmony-zoning-system#comments Videos Residential HVAC Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:15:00 +0000 27521 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Quietest HVAC System: Ultimate Comfort System™ http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/quietest-hvac-system-ultimate-comfort-system <div class="node-body video-body">Engineers at the Lennox® testing facility share how they make the quietest system on the market by testing variable speed airflow</div> <div class="field-byline"> Brought to you by Lennox </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/quietest-hvac-system-ultimate-comfort-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/quietest-hvac-system-ultimate-comfort-system#comments Videos Residential HVAC Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:07:00 +0000 27511 at http://contractingbusiness.com This Famous Musician Has Customer Service Tips for HVAC Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/famous-musician-has-customer-service-tips-hvac-contractors <div class="node-body video-body">Robin Crow runs a recording studio and being a world-class musician has a lot in common with running a successful contracting firm. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/famous-musician-has-customer-service-tips-hvac-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/famous-musician-has-customer-service-tips-hvac-contractors#comments Comfortech Videos Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:37:00 +0000 27491 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Most Advanced Thermostat: iComfort Wi-Fi http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/most-advanced-thermostat-icomfort-wi-fi <div class="node-body video-body">Engineers at the Lennox® testing facility share how the iComfort Wi-Fi® thermostat is tested to meet homeowners' standards</div> <div class="field-byline"> Brought to you by Lennox </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/most-advanced-thermostat-icomfort-wi-fi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/most-advanced-thermostat-icomfort-wi-fi#comments Videos Residential HVAC Residential Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:35:00 +0000 27501 at http://contractingbusiness.com Innovation at Work: Comfortech Product Showcase Award Winners http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/innovation-work-comfortech-product-showcase-award-winners <div class="node-body article-body">The 2014 Comfortech Product Showcase Award winners talk with our Kate Kelly and give details about their new offerings. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/innovation-work-comfortech-product-showcase-award-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/innovation-work-comfortech-product-showcase-award-winners#comments Comfortech Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:24:00 +0000 27481 at http://contractingbusiness.com Product Showcase Award/Products for September 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/product-showcase-awardproducts-september-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Compiled and edited by Connie Conklin </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Check out this month's selection of products including a mobile device for construction sites, water-cooled chillers, and high-performance louvers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/product-showcase-awardproducts-september-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/product-showcase-awardproducts-september-2014#comments Commercial HVAC Galleries Videos IAQ & Ventilation Residential HVAC Service Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:48:00 +0000 27471 at http://contractingbusiness.com Hyperlapse Video: Tour the Comfortech Show Floor http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/hyperlapse-video-tour-comfortech-show-floor <div class="field-byline"> Contracting Business Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Comfortech 2014 came to Nashville for its 19th year. Strap yourself in as we take you on a Hyperlapse Video tour of the show floor which features the top manufacturers and solutions providers in the Mechanical Systems industry.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="335" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kDkhZfxqVb8" width="595"></iframe></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/hyperlapse-video-tour-comfortech-show-floor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/hyperlapse-video-tour-comfortech-show-floor#comments Comfortech Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:18:00 +0000 27461 at http://contractingbusiness.com This Famous Musician Has Customer Service Tips for HVAC Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/node/27451 <div class="field-byline"> Contracting Business Staff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Running a recording studio and being a world-class musician has a lot in common with running a successful contracting firm. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/node/27451" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/node/27451#comments Comfortech Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:31:00 +0000 27451 at http://contractingbusiness.com Tech Update, September 2014: Commercial & Residential Trucks and Accessories http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-september-2014-commercial-residential-trucks-and-accessories <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Terry McIver, executive editor </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">You can't do your job efficiently without the correct tools, and that goes for transportation as well. Get up to speed with this sampling of commercial & residential trucks and accessories from leading manufacturers!</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-september-2014-commercial-residential-trucks-and-accessories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/tech-update-september-2014-commercial-residential-trucks-and-accessories#comments Galleries Service Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:19:00 +0000 27441 at http://contractingbusiness.com Comfortech 2014 is On! http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-2014 <div class="field-byline"> Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sept. 9 was the first of three days of learning more about improved profitability, improved management, and a higher level of service. The HVACR industry idea machine known as Comfortech is now in session in Nashville, TN.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-2014#comments Refrigeration Residential HVAC Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:19:00 +0000 27431 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Joe Levi Music provided great sets of music during the Emerson Welcome Reception.</p> Terry McIver Refrigeration Service Today: New Products for Sept. 2014 http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-new-products-sept-2014 <div class="node-body article-body">DEWALT's Multi-level Workshop enables technicians to wheel tools close to the system under service, with all tools in four storage levels. Alfa Laval's ACH line of high-pressure brazed heat exchangers are single refrigerant circuit units for chillers in the 3-23 TR range and heat pumps in the 1-11 TR range.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-new-products-sept-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigeration-service-today-new-products-sept-2014#comments Refrigeration Residential HVAC Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:42:00 +0000 27421 at http://contractingbusiness.com Taking It to the Streets: Our 2015 Truck Review http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/taking-it-streets-our-2015-truck-review <div class="field-byline"> Compiled by Mike Weil </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">In our second annual truck review, we share with you the latest improvements from the leading truck manufacturers. It’s time to consider the vehicles you’ll need to update your fleet and take advantage of the latest truck designs to help grow your bottom line.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/taking-it-streets-our-2015-truck-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/taking-it-streets-our-2015-truck-review#comments Galleries Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:55:00 +0000 27411 at http://contractingbusiness.com Disruptive Technologies: Coming Soon to the HVAC Industry? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/disruptive-technologies-coming-soon-hvac-industry <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Creative destruction is a hallmark of capitalism. New, better, faster, cheaper technologies and methods eat old, inferior, slower, more expensive technologies and methods. In our industry, as the pace of technology accelerates, HVAC becomes more overdue for creative destruction.<br /> One example of this is something called &ldquo;sharing technologies.&rdquo;<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/disruptive-technologies-coming-soon-hvac-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/disruptive-technologies-coming-soon-hvac-industry#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:10:00 +0000 27401 at http://contractingbusiness.com Kathie Todd: 2014 HVACR Woman of the Year http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/kathie-todd-2014-hvacr-woman-year <div class="field-byline"> Elaine Yetzer Simon </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Kathie Todd has helped grow a company from nothing to $7 million in annual sales. She believes in paying attention to financials, seeking advice, and learning. She’s the ContractingBusiness.com 2014 Woman of the Year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/kathie-todd-2014-hvacr-woman-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/kathie-todd-2014-hvacr-woman-year#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:28:00 +0000 27391 at http://contractingbusiness.com Refrigerant Leaks Costly to Costco http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-leaks-costly-costco <div class="field-byline"> News from EPA </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Costco Wholesale Corporation, the nation’s second largest retailer, reached a settlement with the US Envirionmental Protection Agency over leak detection and repair violations. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-leaks-costly-costco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/refrigerant-leaks-costly-costco#comments Refrigeration Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:16:00 +0000 27361 at http://contractingbusiness.com Uponor's New Stainless-steel Manifold for Radiant Heating & Cooling Applications http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/uponors-new-stainless-steel-manifold-radiant-heating-cooling-applications <div class="node-body article-body">The new stainless steel manifold from Uponor features integrated flow meters for easy system balancing as well as full-port ball valves with temperature gauges and balancing and isolation valves for complete loop isolation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/uponors-new-stainless-steel-manifold-radiant-heating-cooling-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/uponors-new-stainless-steel-manifold-radiant-heating-cooling-applications#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:44:00 +0000 27341 at http://contractingbusiness.com Southland Industries Establishes National Service Division http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/southland-industries-establishes-national-service-division <div class="field-byline"> News from Southland Industries </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Southland Industries is uniting its service and building automation controls departments into a single division, to be known as Southland Service. Led by Executive Vice President Joe Cvetas, Southland Service will work to amplify the company’s service and building automation offerings. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/southland-industries-establishes-national-service-division" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/southland-industries-establishes-national-service-division#comments Commercial HVAC Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:27:00 +0000 27331 at http://contractingbusiness.com Comfort Supply Opens Commercial HVAC Department http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/comfort-supply-opens-commercial-hvac-department <div class="field-byline"> News from Comfort Supply </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Comfort Supply, a leading Nashville, TN-based wholesaler of Ruud HVAC products, has created a new department dedicated to the commercial HVAC market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/comfort-supply-opens-commercial-hvac-department" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/comfort-supply-opens-commercial-hvac-department#comments Commercial HVAC Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:40:00 +0000 27321 at http://contractingbusiness.com Source 1 to Open New Chicago Area HVAC Supply Center http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/source-1-open-new-chicago-area-hvac-supply-center <div class="field-byline"> News from Source 1 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Vernon Hills Source 1™ HVAC Supply Center is the third store of its kind in the Chicago area and the first of three new stores scheduled to open this fall.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/source-1-open-new-chicago-area-hvac-supply-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/source-1-open-new-chicago-area-hvac-supply-center#comments Refrigeration Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:53:00 +0000 27311 at http://contractingbusiness.com As One Door Closes, Another One Opens http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/one-door-closes-another-one-opens <div class="node-body article-body">Contracting Business.com's First Word: This isn’t ‘farewell.’ This is, ‘until we meet again.’</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/first-word/one-door-closes-another-one-opens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/one-door-closes-another-one-opens#comments The First Word Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:25:00 +0000 27301 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>When one door closes, another one opens.</p> New Commercial HVAC Static Pressure Test Methods http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/new-commercial-hvac-static-pressure-test-methods <div class="node-body article-body">Static pressure measurement on commercial HVAC systems can vary significantly from one type of equipment to another. To remain savvy here's a look at the latest commercial air pressure testing techniques.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/new-commercial-hvac-static-pressure-test-methods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rob-doc-falke/new-commercial-hvac-static-pressure-test-methods#comments Commercial HVAC Rob "Doc" Falke Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:38:00 +0000 27291 at http://contractingbusiness.com Courtesy of the National Comfort Institute