Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rss.xml en COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Weldon Long's Journey from Prison to Prosperity http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-weldon-longs-journey-prison-prosperity <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver, content director </div> <div class="node-body article-body">"The moment I slid out of my truck with the gun in my hand, I knew I was in way over my head. Not just a little over my head. So far over my head that my life would never be the same." And so begins Weldon Long's journey. Hear about it at Comfortech 2016. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-weldon-longs-journey-prison-prosperity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-weldon-longs-journey-prison-prosperity#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC HVACRDB Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:44:00 +0000 47321 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Taking Down HVAC Low Bidders http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-taking-down-hvac-low-bidders <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the toughest challenges in a replacement sales situation is overcoming a price difference of $2,000 or more on a replacement job in which the competition is supplying the customer with the exact same brand and model number.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-taking-down-hvac-low-bidders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-taking-down-hvac-low-bidders#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:03:00 +0000 47421 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH EXHIBITOR NEWS: Rheem Expands Its List of Top Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-rheem-expands-its-list-top-contractors <div class="field-byline"> News from Rheem </div> <div class="node-body article-body">These exceptional HVAC contracting businesses stand out against hundreds across the nation for excelling in sales, customer support and overall service to their local homeowners.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-rheem-expands-its-list-top-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-rheem-expands-its-list-top-contractors#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:59:00 +0000 47521 at http://contractingbusiness.com Call for Nominations: HVACR Women of the Year, Class of 2016 http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-hvacr-women-year-class-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">HVACR Women of the Year nominators are requested to provide specific examples of the nominee’s outstanding achievements and record of leadership within the candidate’s own HVACR firm, and throughout the industry.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-hvacr-women-year-class-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/call-nominations-hvacr-women-year-class-2016#comments Commercial HVAC Awards Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:46:00 +0000 47491 at http://contractingbusiness.com The Powerful Impact of Mentoring http://contractingbusiness.com/service/powerful-impact-mentoring <div class="field-byline"> By Rob &#039;Doc&#039; Falke </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>My typical work day includes heartfelt conversations with both successful and wanting-to-be-more-successful HVAC professionals. As I prepared to write this article over the last few weeks, I recognized the culture of constant mentoring was alive and well in each successful company I spoke with. Let&rsquo;s look at how mentoring can build stronger and more successful HVAC careers and companies.</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/powerful-impact-mentoring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/powerful-impact-mentoring#comments Service Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:51:00 +0000 47501 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH EXHIBITOR NEWS: Danfoss Selects Johnson Barrow as New Sales Rep http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/comfortech-exhibitor-news-danfoss-selects-johnson-barrow-new-sales-rep <div class="field-byline"> News from Danfoss </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Johnson Barrow will serve as Danfoss's newest sales representative organization for Danfoss&rsquo; line of AB-QM&trade; pressure independent control valves (PICVs) in Oregon and Washington.<br /> </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/comfortech-exhibitor-news-danfoss-selects-johnson-barrow-new-sales-rep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/comfortech-exhibitor-news-danfoss-selects-johnson-barrow-new-sales-rep#comments Commercial HVAC Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:33:00 +0000 47471 at http://contractingbusiness.com Surety Bond Basics for HVAC Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/surety-bond-basics-hvac-contractors <div class="field-byline"> by Lachezar Stamatov </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A violation of the bond agreement can lead to a claim against the HVAC contractor. HVAC contractors need to understand how surety bond claims work as even one claim can be costly to their business. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/surety-bond-basics-hvac-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/surety-bond-basics-hvac-contractors#comments Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:54:00 +0000 47461 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH EXHIBITOR NEWS: DiversiTech Acquires Alltemp Products Co. Ltd. http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-diversitech-acquires-alltemp-products-co-ltd <div class="field-byline"> News from DiversiTech </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Alltemp is a premium HVAC parts supplier serving Canadian wholesalers with a wide array of parts and supplies for HVAC equipment, electrical motors and pumps.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-diversitech-acquires-alltemp-products-co-ltd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-exhibitor-news-diversitech-acquires-alltemp-products-co-ltd#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:30:00 +0000 47451 at http://contractingbusiness.com New Hurricane-Rated Wall Bracket for Minisplit Condensers http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/new-hurricane-rated-wall-bracket-minisplit-condensers <div class="field-byline"> News from RectorSeal </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It's described as the industry&#39;s only universal DMSS wall mounting bracket tested/certified by a third-party structural engineering firm for compliancy with all North American hurricane-rating standards.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/new-hurricane-rated-wall-bracket-minisplit-condensers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/new-hurricane-rated-wall-bracket-minisplit-condensers#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:11:00 +0000 47441 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Don't Rely Solely on KPIs as a Financial Guide http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-dont-rely-solely-kpis-financial-guide <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you rely solely on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to chart the financial health of your HVAC or plumbing business, Ruth King says it time to change your way of thinking. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-dont-rely-solely-kpis-financial-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-dont-rely-solely-kpis-financial-guide#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000 47401 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Charlie Greer's 'Paper Towel Close' http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-charlie-greers-paper-towel-close <div class="node-body article-body">EFFECTIVE CLOSING should be part of your strategy to beat low-bidders. As part of his multi-step series in sales excellence, upcoming COMFORTECH 2016 presenter Charlie Greer shares one of his best, legitimate sales techniques. He says new technology, going paperless, and having neat paperwork are one thing; making residential HVAC sales is another. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-charlie-greers-paper-towel-close" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-charlie-greers-paper-towel-close#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:38:00 +0000 44951 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: What Has Your Website Done For You Lately? http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-what-has-your-website-done-you-lately <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Kids and puppy dogs are cute. But are they helping your website generate at least 50 qualified leads every month? That should be the goal. Come to Comfortech. HVAC contractor Tom Casey will show you how.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-what-has-your-website-done-you-lately" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/comfortech/comfortech-preview-what-has-your-website-done-you-lately#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:53:00 +0000 47391 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: How and Why to Benchmark the HVAC Systems You Service http://contractingbusiness.com/service/comfortech-preview-how-and-why-benchmark-hvac-systems-you-service <div class="field-byline"> By Rob &#039;Doc&#039; Falke </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Let's look at how you can apply the surveyor's principle of benchmarking to add a new level of diagnostics to the HVAC systems you sell and service. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/comfortech-preview-how-and-why-benchmark-hvac-systems-you-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/comfortech-preview-how-and-why-benchmark-hvac-systems-you-service#comments Comfortech Service Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:38:00 +0000 38261 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Secrets to Anger Aversion http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-secrets-anger-aversion <div class="node-body article-body">There is no place for anger in customer service. You can't take back angry words that were hurled like darts at your customer.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-secrets-anger-aversion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-secrets-anger-aversion#comments Commercial HVAC Comfortech Residential HVAC HVACRDB Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:27:00 +0000 45151 at http://contractingbusiness.com 18 Things to Like About HVAC http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/18-things-about-hvac <div class="field-byline"> By Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&rsquo;s hot everywhere.&nbsp; You&rsquo;re running around like crazy.&nbsp; You&rsquo;re making money, but it&rsquo;s hectic and the hours are long.&nbsp; Pause for a minute and count your blessings.&nbsp; Here are 18 things to like about HVAC.</p> <p><strong>1. You Get to Be a Hero</strong></p> <p>Few people are more welcome than a service tech on a no-cool call when it&rsquo;s 100 degrees outside or a no-heat call in freezing weather.&nbsp; Just seeing your truck pull up is a relief to the hot or cold homeowner.</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/18-things-about-hvac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/18-things-about-hvac#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:08:00 +0000 47311 at http://contractingbusiness.com Battery-powered Warm Clothing for Cold HVACR Service Calls http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/battery-powered-warm-clothing-cold-hvacr-service-calls <div class="node-body article-body">Advanced heating technology has been combined with proprietary materials to enhance performance, durability, and comfort.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/battery-powered-warm-clothing-cold-hvacr-service-calls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/battery-powered-warm-clothing-cold-hvacr-service-calls#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:15:00 +0000 47301 at http://contractingbusiness.com Are Your HVAC Technicians Selling or Reading? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/are-your-hvac-technicians-selling-or-reading <div class="field-byline"> by Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">You want your HVAC technicians to sell new products such as IAQ systems. But how are you training them? Simply reading from a brochure won't cut it.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/are-your-hvac-technicians-selling-or-reading" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/are-your-hvac-technicians-selling-or-reading#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:20:00 +0000 47291 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH PREVIEW: Social Media Matters http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-social-media-matters <div class="node-body article-body">Online reviews and testimonials are absolutely crucial to demonstrate that other people have made the decision to pick you, and that they're glad they did.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-social-media-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-preview-social-media-matters#comments Comfortech Residential HVAC Gold Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:18:00 +0000 42021 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Social pressure is a valuable lever to help buyers pick your products and services.</p> Thinkstock WHY COMFORTECH 2016? — HVAC Diversification is Needed More than Ever http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/why-comfortech-2016-hvac-diversification-needed-more-ever <div class="field-byline"> Bob Mader </div> <div class="node-body article-body">HVAC times are changing, rapidly. You either change with them or remain in the dark. Comfortech 2016 will feature many of the newest innovations and business management ideas you need to be more profitable. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/why-comfortech-2016-hvac-diversification-needed-more-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/why-comfortech-2016-hvac-diversification-needed-more-ever#comments Commercial HVAC Comfortech Residential HVAC HVACRDB Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:46:00 +0000 44981 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>We are excited to unveil a newly-redesigned Comfortech &ldquo;look&rdquo;. With it, we are launching into a new phase, bringing you a bigger and better event.</p> Where's the Money? http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/wheres-money-0 <div class="node-body article-body">You&#39;re cruising along, working hard, and the income statement shows you are making a profit. But cash flow is poor, and the company may even be having problems paying bills. This is particularly true when the company is in a growth mode.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/wheres-money-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/wheres-money-0#comments Residential HVAC Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:43:00 +0000 47251 at http://contractingbusiness.com COMFORTECH 2016 Offers HVACR Sessions to Inform, Inspire, IGNITE! http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-2016-offers-hvacr-sessions-inform-inspire-ignite <div class="field-byline"> Terry McIver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The excellence that is COMFORTECH continues in September 2016. We will provide inspiring business management information, and insight into the latest HVACR and plumbing industry trends that impact business owners and service professionals.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-2016-offers-hvacr-sessions-inform-inspire-ignite" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/comfortech-2016-offers-hvacr-sessions-inform-inspire-ignite#comments Commercial HVAC Comfortech Residential HVAC HVACRDB Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:21:00 +0000 46131 at http://contractingbusiness.com How HVAC Professionals Can Leverage Service and Maintenance Agreements in Their Business http://contractingbusiness.com/whitepapers/how-hvac-professionals-can-leverage-service-and-maintenance-agreements-their-business <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored by Lennox </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Service and maintenance agreements can be one of the most effective tools contractors can use to build a successful business</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/whitepapers/how-hvac-professionals-can-leverage-service-and-maintenance-agreements-their-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/whitepapers/how-hvac-professionals-can-leverage-service-and-maintenance-agreements-their-business#comments Whitepapers Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:35:00 +0000 47241 at http://contractingbusiness.com Historic Timeline of Plumbing http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/historic-timeline-plumbing <div class="node-body article-body">Plumbing has been around for centuries. Here are some of the great innovations from ages past.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/historic-timeline-plumbing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/historic-timeline-plumbing#comments Around the Web Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:07:00 +0000 46911 at http://contractingbusiness.com US Chiller Services and the BP Group Form New Joint Venture Company in New York http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/us-chiller-services-and-bp-group-form-new-joint-venture-company-new-york <div class="node-body article-body">US Chiller Services has entered into a joint venture agreement with New York-based HVAC specialist, The BP Group.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/us-chiller-services-and-bp-group-form-new-joint-venture-company-new-york" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/commercial-hvac/us-chiller-services-and-bp-group-form-new-joint-venture-company-new-york#comments Commercial HVAC Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:43:00 +0000 47191 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>York International YT centrifugal water cooled chiller.</p> Wikimedia Commons ACE Mentor Program Collaborates with STEM Premier to Connect Young Talent with Careers http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ace-mentor-program-collaborates-stem-premier-connect-young-talent-careers <div class="node-body article-body">The Architecture, Construction, Engineering Mentor Program of America is collaborating with STEM Premier, the first online platform solution that helps students design a career pathway, educators recruit top talent to their schools, and employers develop a stable, continuous talent pipeline. <p></p></div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ace-mentor-program-collaborates-stem-premier-connect-young-talent-careers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/around-web/ace-mentor-program-collaborates-stem-premier-connect-young-talent-careers#comments Around the Web Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:19:00 +0000 46881 at http://contractingbusiness.com Cloud-based Software from simPRO is Coming http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/cloud-based-software-simpro-coming <div class="node-body article-body">Australian job management software company simPRO Software has re-located senior management to new offices in Boulder, Colorado, ahead of a major push into the US market. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/cloud-based-software-simpro-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/cloud-based-software-simpro-coming#comments Around the Web Residential HVAC Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:11:00 +0000 46901 at http://contractingbusiness.com simPRO website HVAC 'Wall of Pride' — More Exceptional Work by Great, Everyday Contractors http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-wall-pride-more-exceptional-work-great-everyday-contractors <div class="node-body gallery-body">A new collection of fine HVAC installations from the HVAC-Talk Wall of Pride. </div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-wall-pride-more-exceptional-work-great-everyday-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/hvac-wall-pride-more-exceptional-work-great-everyday-contractors#comments Residential HVAC Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:46:00 +0000 47101 at http://contractingbusiness.com Nashua Test Your Tape IQ http://contractingbusiness.com/service/nashua-test-your-tape-iq <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored by Berry Plastics </div> <div class="node-body article-body">How much do you really know about duct tape? Take our quiz and find out!</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/service/nashua-test-your-tape-iq" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/service/nashua-test-your-tape-iq#comments Service Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:34:00 +0000 45251 at http://contractingbusiness.com ServiceTitan Partners with the Joseph Groh Foundation http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/servicetitan-partners-joseph-groh-foundation <div class="field-deck"> ServiceTitan donates $10,000 to assist the Groh Foundation in providing financial support to those within the construction and plumbing, HVAC, and electrical trades who are living with life-altering injuries or illness </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The nonprofit organization provides financial support to people associated with the construction and HVAC trades who are living with life-altering disabilities.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/servicetitan-partners-joseph-groh-foundation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/servicetitan-partners-joseph-groh-foundation#comments Residential HVAC Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:22:00 +0000 47081 at http://contractingbusiness.com How A.R.E. Builds a Truck Cap http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-are-builds-truck-cap <div class="node-body gallery-body">We visited the manufacturing facilities of A.R.E. Accessories, to see just what it takes to build a quality truck cap.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-are-builds-truck-cap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-are-builds-truck-cap#comments Commercial HVAC Residential HVAC Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:02:00 +0000 46741 at http://contractingbusiness.com