The First Word en The Regulatory Frenzy Continues <div class="field-byline"> by Robert P. Mader </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Department of Energy is proposing, finalizing or issuing new rules for just about everything that HVACR contractors install and service.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The First Word Residential HVAC Gold Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:56:00 +0000 40381 at Comfortech Returns to Nashville: It’s Time to Get Your Country On! <div class="node-body article-body">Comfortech 2014 sets the standard for HVAC contractor networking, education, and technology. And it’s fun too. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Comfortech The First Word Residential HVAC Service Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:20:00 +0000 26601 at <p>Downtown Nashville cityscape in the morning. Photographer:<a data-close-and-redirect="true" data-search-link="Photographer" href=";family=creative" id="photographer"> AndreyKrav</a>, iStock Collection, Item #450171045</p> Are Smart Homes Ready for Prime Time in the HVAC Industry? <div class="node-body article-body">From a mechanical systems industry persepective, what role do Smart Homes play with regard to the products and services HVAC contractors sell?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The First Word Residential HVAC Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:11:00 +0000 25691 at Celebrating 70 Years of Service to the HVACR Industry <div class="node-body article-body">Happy Birthday! Seventy years is a long time. We've seen a lot of change and growth in our industry in ways no one could anticipate.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The First Word Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:39:00 +0000 25271 at <p>This montage represents many of the cover and name changes that <em><strong>Contracting</strong></em> has undergone since it began publishing in June 1944.</p> What Energy Revolution? <div class="node-body article-body">In the HVAC industry, the great hope for a quick and sweeping transition to renewable energy is wishful thinking.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The First Word Mon, 05 May 2014 15:24:00 +0000 24741 at <p>This photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows the large-scale solar power plant in Kyoto, Japan. Even as Japan begins cranking up its nuclear reactors again, Tokyo has launched a scheme it hopes will spark a green-energy revolution and put the country at the leading edge of renewables. New rules oblige utilities to buy all electricity produced from renewable sources, including solar, wind and geothermal power, at above-market rates for the next two decades, in a bid to stoke &#39;green&#39; power investment. P<strong>hoto Credit: </strong>KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GettyImages)</p> Quantum Changes Could Be on the HVAC Industry Horizon <div class="field-deck"> Computer technology is on the brink of a major change. We're talking about "Star Trek" meeting the 21st Century </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Can "Star Trek" advances in computer technology put the HVAC Industry on its head? You betcha. This could really change everything.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The First Word Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 24121 at <p class="article-excerpt" itemprop="alternativeHeadline">Quantum computing uses strange subatomic behavior to exponentially speed up processing. It could be a revolution, or it could be wishful thinking. I like to think of it as revolutionary. It could change everything.</p> Cyber Security and the HVACR Contracting Community <div class="node-body article-body">Hackers stole consumer data from a major retailer riding on the unwitting back of an HVACR contracting firm</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC The First Word Service Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:50:00 +0000 23481 at Does the Affordable Care Act Save HVAC Contractors Money? <div class="field-deck"> Many mechanical systems contractors could see their costs go up, not down </div> <div class="node-body article-body">HVACR contractors beware: Obamacare isn't as cost effective as you are being led to believe.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC The First Word Refrigeration Residential HVAC Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:38:00 +0000 22951 at <p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Health Care and HVAC Contractors commentary by Mike Weil">Where do you stand on Obamacare and it&#39;s impact on your business?</a> Please let us know if your health insurance costs have gone up, stayed the same, or gone down. Also, we&#39;re interested in the quality of that health care.</p> <p><strong>Please share your thoughts with me here, on <a href="" target="_blank" title="Contracting Facebook page">Facebook</a>, or <a href="" target="_blank" title="Contracting Twitter Page">Twitter</a>.</strong></p> In an Optimistic World, 2014 Should be a Good Year for the HVACR Industry <div class="node-body article-body">Mechanical systems equipment shipments continue to climb, putting happy faces on our friends in the HVACR manufacturing sector.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC The First Word Refrigeration Residential HVAC Silver Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:13:00 +0000 21941 at <p>The 2014 edition of the AHR Exposition wil be held at the Javob Javits Center in New York City from January 21-23. This graphic was used on the cover of the January 2014 issue of <em><strong>Contracting</strong></em> magazine.</p> Graphic purchased from Singing, Ringing, and Bringing in the HVAC Industry New Year <div class="node-body article-body">In the HVAC and refrigeration industries, 2013 was a VERY active year. Let's recap some of the highlights that impacted contractors, distributors, and manufacturers alike.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial HVAC The First Word Refrigeration Residential HVAC Silver Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:20:00 +0000 21331 at <p>Image from the <a href="" target="_blank">Coast Fans website</a>.</p>