Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml en They Want to Give You Leads – Should You Take them? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/they-want-give-you-leads-should-you-take-them <div class="field-byline"> By Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>They are Marketers</strong></p> <p>All of these companies targeting your customers share a few common traits.&nbsp; First, they are good at marketing.&nbsp; They are better at it than most contractors (though not all contractors).&nbsp; If you are among the former, they will be happy to feed you leads for a percent of the sale.</p> <p><strong>They Suck Out Your Profitability</strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/they-want-give-you-leads-should-you-take-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/they-want-give-you-leads-should-you-take-them#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:23:00 +0000 29311 at http://contractingbusiness.com 'Most Dangerous Furnace' and Other TURKEYS: Contracting Business 'Wall of Shame' Photo Gallery http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/most-dangerous-furnace-and-other-turkeys-contracting-business-wall-shame-photo-gallery <div class="field-byline"> compiled by the Contracting Business.com staff </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Updated for the week of Nov. 23, 2014, the "Wall of Shame" gallery shows what the good HVAC guys have to fix. Don't do this.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/most-dangerous-furnace-and-other-turkeys-contracting-business-wall-shame-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/most-dangerous-furnace-and-other-turkeys-contracting-business-wall-shame-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:24:00 +0000 22041 at http://contractingbusiness.com 6 Positive Indicators that HVAC Service is About to Heat-Up http://contractingbusiness.com/service/6-positive-indicators-hvac-service-about-heat <div class="field-byline"> by Joanna Rotter </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">It’s a good time to be in HVAC. Take advantage of industry growth by using tools and following trends that lead to success.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/6-positive-indicators-hvac-service-about-heat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/6-positive-indicators-hvac-service-about-heat#comments Service Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000 29301 at http://contractingbusiness.com The 'Advertising Season' & HVAC http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/advertising-season-hvac <div class="field-byline"> by Andy Fracica </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you want aggressive growth, you invest a significantly larger portion of your profits to marketing and advertising. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/advertising-season-hvac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/advertising-season-hvac#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:25:00 +0000 29271 at http://contractingbusiness.com Using technology to manage your fleet http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/using-technology-manage-your-fleet <div class="node-body article-body">As technology becomes more accessible for small businesses, fleet management will become much easier. The days of keeping track of everything through pen and paper are almost over. But for many, new technology just leads to confusion.</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/hvacrdb/using-technology-manage-your-fleet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/using-technology-manage-your-fleet#comments HVACRDB Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:19:00 +0000 29261 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>GPS is an extremely helpful tool when used in concert with fleet management software.</p> Thinkstock Is Customer Service on Your HVAC Agenda? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/customer-service-your-hvac-agenda <div class="field-byline"> Michel Hales &amp; Bradley Butler </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A major element in customers service is follow-up, which leads to closer relationships, which lead to more business.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/customer-service-your-hvac-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/customer-service-your-hvac-agenda#comments Residential HVAC Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:50:00 +0000 29241 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Photo by Thinkstock</p> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2015 RESIDENTIAL HVAC CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-2015-residential-hvac-contractor-year <div class="field-deck"> Nominate a colleague or nominate your own company. We seek companies that represent the HVAC industry's best. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">ContractingBusiness.com is accepting nominations for its 2015 HVAC Residential Contractor of the Year Award. This award is given to a residential contractor who represent the best the residential HVAC industry has to offer. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-2015-residential-hvac-contractor-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-2015-residential-hvac-contractor-year#comments Residential HVAC Residential Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:14:00 +0000 8851 at http://contractingbusiness.com Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Opens New Training Center in Missouri http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/sporlan-division-parker-hannifin-opens-new-training-center-missouri <div class="node-body article-body">Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, a manufacturer of HVAC/R components, is pleased to announce the grand opening of their new state of the art refrigeration system training center.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/sporlan-division-parker-hannifin-opens-new-training-center-missouri" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/hvacrdb/sporlan-division-parker-hannifin-opens-new-training-center-missouri#comments HVACRDB Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:03:00 +0000 29231 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Ribbon cutting ceremony for new state of the art refrigeration system training center.</p> Attend HVAC Excellence Conference, Get a Free Recovery Unit http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/attend-hvac-excellence-conference-get-free-recovery-unit <div class="field-byline"> News from HVAC Excellence </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Trainers who attend the 2015 HVAC Excellence Conference will receive a free Appion G5 Twin refrigerant recovery unit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/attend-hvac-excellence-conference-get-free-recovery-unit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/attend-hvac-excellence-conference-get-free-recovery-unit#comments Refrigeration Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:53:00 +0000 29221 at http://contractingbusiness.com Ice Cream Refrigeration a Sweet Topic at ASHRAE Winter Conference http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/ice-cream-refrigeration-sweet-topic-ashrae-winter-conference <div class="field-byline"> News from ASHRAE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Doug Reindl and Dan Dettmers’ workshop, “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Refrigeration Basics of Ice Cream,” is part of the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/ice-cream-refrigeration-sweet-topic-ashrae-winter-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/refrigeration/ice-cream-refrigeration-sweet-topic-ashrae-winter-conference#comments Refrigeration Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:33:00 +0000 29211 at http://contractingbusiness.com Emerson Climate Technologies Announces New VP of System Innovation Center and Sustainability http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/emerson-climate-technologies-announces-new-vp-system-innovation-center-and-sustainab <div class="field-deck"> Rajan Rajendran to lead new HVACR Innovation Center </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, has announced the promotion of Rajan Rajendran to Vice President of System Innovation Center and Sustainability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/emerson-climate-technologies-announces-new-vp-system-innovation-center-and-sustainab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/emerson-climate-technologies-announces-new-vp-system-innovation-center-and-sustainab#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:32:00 +0000 29201 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, has announced the promotion of Rajan Rajendran to Vice President of System Innovation Center and Sustainability</p> Emerson Five Easy Ways Contractors Can Work With Millennials http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/five-easy-ways-contractors-can-work-millennials <div class="node-body gallery-body">The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that by 2030, Millennials will be 75 percent of the workforce. With an aging contractor workforce, businesses will need to appeal to and hire this generation of workers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/five-easy-ways-contractors-can-work-millennials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/five-easy-ways-contractors-can-work-millennials#comments Commercial HVAC Galleries Residential HVAC Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:32:00 +0000 29181 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Appealing to this younger generation of employees will be necessary in the near future, if it isn&rsquo;t already.</p> TODAY: R22 Webinar by Meier Supply & DuPont http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/today-r22-webinar-meier-supply-dupont <div class="node-body article-body">Are you in the dark about what will happen with R22 refrigerant? Today's webinar by Meier Supply and DuPont will provide phaseout facts HVACR contractors need to know.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/today-r22-webinar-meier-supply-dupont" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/today-r22-webinar-meier-supply-dupont#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:51:00 +0000 29171 at http://contractingbusiness.com New Products for Week of Nov. 23 http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/new-products-week-nov-23 <div class="field-byline"> complied by Ashley M. Doles </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>This week's roundup of exciting new products for HVACR contractors from Trane, Allied Commercial, Dewalt, CleanAlert, Coleman, Makita, and Swanson Tool. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/new-products-week-nov-23" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/new-products-week-nov-23#comments Galleries Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:22:00 +0000 29161 at http://contractingbusiness.com How to Calculate Water System BTU Measurements http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-calculate-water-system-btu-measurements <div class="node-body article-body">In some regions, homes and buildings are heated with water. This article will be a brief introduction to water system BTU measurement. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-calculate-water-system-btu-measurements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-calculate-water-system-btu-measurements#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:24:00 +0000 29151 at http://contractingbusiness.com New Standards for Green Buildings Released http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/new-standards-green-buildings-released <div class="node-body article-body">This week, ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society released new standards, which they hope will reduce the environmental and energy impact of buildings.</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/commercial-hvac/new-standards-green-buildings-released" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/new-standards-green-buildings-released#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:24:00 +0000 29141 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society released new standards, which they hope will reduce the environmental and energy impact of buildings.</p> Greensleeves GEO Wants Geothermal Declared a Carbon Offset http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/geo-wants-geothermal-declared-carbon-offset <div class="field-byline"> News from GEO </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Geothermal Exchange Organization has urged the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize geothermal systems as carbon reduction offsets.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/geo-wants-geothermal-declared-carbon-offset" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/geo-wants-geothermal-declared-carbon-offset#comments Commercial HVAC Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:54:00 +0000 29131 at http://contractingbusiness.com 5 Big Installation Mistakes That Can Hurt HVAC Energy Efficiency http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/5-big-installation-mistakes-can-hurt-hvac-energy-efficiency <div class="node-body gallery-body">A recent study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found that even if a customer purchases the best, most energy-efficient air conditioners, heat pumps and other tools, it may go to waste if the equipment is not properly installed.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/5-big-installation-mistakes-can-hurt-hvac-energy-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/5-big-installation-mistakes-can-hurt-hvac-energy-efficiency#comments Galleries Residential HVAC Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:22:00 +0000 29121 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>The efficiency of an HVAC system depends largely on installation.</p> HVAC Business for Sale http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-business-sale <div class="field-byline"> by Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To receive a premium when he sells his business, the owner must begin working on his exit strategy years before he will need it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-business-sale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-business-sale#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:47:00 +0000 29111 at http://contractingbusiness.com The 'R' Word is the Talk of the HVACR Industry http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/r-word-talk-hvacr-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">EPA rulings related to refrigerants are causing ripple effects around the HVACR world. At no other time in the industry’s history has there been so much activity, concern and chatter related the phaseout of some of HVACR contractors’ favorite gasses.</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/r-word-talk-hvacr-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/blog/r-word-talk-hvacr-industry#comments Refrigeration A Minute with McIver Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:17:00 +0000 29101 at http://contractingbusiness.com Waste Not, Want Not: McKinstry Recycles Water to Heat Amazon's Seattle Campus http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/waste-not-want-not-mckinstry-recycles-water-heat-amazons-seattle-campus <div class="node-body article-body">McKinstry, one of the biggest mechanical contractors in the U.S., is working with Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world</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/commercial-hvac/waste-not-want-not-mckinstry-recycles-water-heat-amazons-seattle-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/waste-not-want-not-mckinstry-recycles-water-heat-amazons-seattle-campus#comments Commercial HVAC Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:53:00 +0000 29091 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>McKinstry will heat Amazon&#39;s new Seattle campus with waste heat.</p> McKinstry What Can Small Businesses and Contractors Expect from Newly-elected Officials? http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/what-can-small-businesses-and-contractors-expect-newly-elected-officials <div class="node-body article-body">The mid-term elections are over and many believe small businesses could see some great changes in their favor by way of the newly elected officials. </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/commercial-hvac/what-can-small-businesses-and-contractors-expect-newly-elected-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/what-can-small-businesses-and-contractors-expect-newly-elected-officials#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Service Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:25:00 +0000 29071 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Newely elected Congressional officials may improve tax laws for small businesses.</p> Mark Wilson/Getty/November 4, 2014 2014: Your HVAC Business in Review http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/2014-your-hvac-business-review <div class="field-byline"> Mike Moore </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Before you say goodbye to 2014, it’s important to take a brief examination of the business and its overall success for 2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/2014-your-hvac-business-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/2014-your-hvac-business-review#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:03:00 +0000 29031 at http://contractingbusiness.com WaterFurnace Donates Golf Proceeds to USO of Indiana http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/waterfurnace-donates-golf-proceeds-uso-indiana <div class="node-body article-body">WaterFurnace International, Inc., recently donated $35,000 to the United Service Organization (USO) of Indiana.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/waterfurnace-donates-golf-proceeds-uso-indiana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/waterfurnace-donates-golf-proceeds-uso-indiana#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:55:00 +0000 29011 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Tom Huntington, right, WaterFurnace president and CEO, presented a check to the USO of Indiana during an Oct. 23 news conference at the company&rsquo;s corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne, IN. With him, from left are, Col. Patrick Renwick, Wing Commander, 122nd ANG; James Pridgen, President &amp; CEO, USO of Indiana; Carl Huber, vice president, corporate quality, WaterFurnace International.</p> Andy Fracica Counts 'em Down http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/andy-fracica-counts-em-down <div class="node-body article-body">Andy Fracica lists each of the 100 articles he's written for the HVAC-Talk newsletter. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/andy-fracica-counts-em-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/andy-fracica-counts-em-down#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:33:00 +0000 29001 at http://contractingbusiness.com New Products for Week of Nov. 17 http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/new-products-week-nov-17 <div class="field-byline"> compiled by Ashley M. Doles </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Another week, another round of interesting new products for HVACR contractors. Have a look and please visit the websites found with each product description.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://contractingbusiness.com/galleries/new-products-week-nov-17#comments Galleries Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:43:00 +0000 28991 at http://contractingbusiness.com Counterpoint: ACCA Standard More than a 'Checklist' http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/counterpoint-acca-standard-more-checklist <div class="field-byline"> Luis Romeo Escobar </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The manager of standards and codes for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America responds to an article by Rob Falke of the National Comfort Institute on how to define a "quality installation."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/counterpoint-acca-standard-more-checklist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/counterpoint-acca-standard-more-checklist#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:18:00 +0000 28981 at http://contractingbusiness.com SMACNA recognizes Air Systems with 1st place safety award http://contractingbusiness.com/service/smacna-recognizes-air-systems-1st-place-safety-award <div class="node-body article-body">Air Systems, Inc. was recently recognized with a 1st Place 2014 Safety Excellence Award for “lowest injury and illness rate in the over 500,000 man-hour category” during 2013 from the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA).</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/smacna-recognizes-air-systems-1st-place-safety-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/smacna-recognizes-air-systems-1st-place-safety-award#comments Service Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:47:00 +0000 28961 at http://contractingbusiness.com Nonresidential construction employment falls, other construction jobs on the rise http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/nonresidential-construction-employment-falls-other-construction-jobs-rise <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. lost 1,900 nonresidential construction jobs in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/nonresidential-construction-employment-falls-other-construction-jobs-rise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/nonresidential-construction-employment-falls-other-construction-jobs-rise#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:05:00 +0000 28951 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Construction employment growth for October 2014.</p> ABC Calculated Risks and Training Can Help Contracting Businesses http://contractingbusiness.com/service/calculated-risks-and-training-can-help-contracting-businesses <div class="node-body article-body">Truth or dare? Chad Storlie had a bit of both for contracting business owners on Contract Magazine’s website. Storlie believes there is virtue in applying military tactics for calculating risks to small businesses.</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/service/calculated-risks-and-training-can-help-contracting-businesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/calculated-risks-and-training-can-help-contracting-businesses#comments Service Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:10:00 +0000 28941 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Chad Storlie believes there is virtue in applying military tactics for calculating risks to small businesses.</p> Chad Storlie <p>Chad Storlie believes there is virtue in applying military tactics for calculating risks to small businesses.</p> Chad Storlie