The First Word http://contractingbusiness.com/taxonomy/term/23461/more en 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> 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> Are Smart Homes Ready for Prime Time in the HVAC Industry? http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/are-smart-homes-ready-prime-time-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> <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/are-smart-homes-ready-prime-time-hvac-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/are-smart-homes-ready-prime-time-hvac-industry#comments The First Word Residential HVAC Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:11:00 +0000 25691 at http://contractingbusiness.com Celebrating 70 Years of Service to the HVACR Industry http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/celebrating-70-years-service-hvacr-industry <div class="node-body article-body">Happy Birthday ContractingBusiness.com! 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> <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/celebrating-70-years-service-hvacr-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/celebrating-70-years-service-hvacr-industry#comments The First Word Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:39:00 +0000 25271 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>This montage represents many of the cover and name changes that <em><strong>Contracting Business.com</strong></em> has undergone since it began publishing in June 1944.</p> What Energy Revolution? http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/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> <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/what-energy-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/what-energy-revolution#comments The First Word Mon, 05 May 2014 15:24:00 +0000 24741 at http://contractingbusiness.com <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 http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/quantum-changes-could-be-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> <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/quantum-changes-could-be-hvac-industry-horizon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/quantum-changes-could-be-hvac-industry-horizon#comments The First Word Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 24121 at http://contractingbusiness.com <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 http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/cyber-security-and-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> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/cyber-security-and-hvacr-contracting-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/cyber-security-and-hvacr-contracting-community#comments Commercial HVAC The First Word Service Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:50:00 +0000 23481 at http://contractingbusiness.com Does the Affordable Care Act Save HVAC Contractors Money? http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/does-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> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/does-affordable-care-act-save-hvac-contractors-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/does-affordable-care-act-save-hvac-contractors-money#comments Commercial HVAC The First Word Refrigeration Residential HVAC Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:38:00 +0000 22951 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/health-care-hvac-contractors" 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="http://bit.ly/CB_Facebook" target="_blank" title="Contracting Business.com Facebook page">Facebook</a>, or <a href="http://bit.ly/Twit_CB" target="_blank" title="Contracting Business.com Twitter Page">Twitter</a>.</strong></p> In an Optimistic World, 2014 Should be a Good Year for the HVACR Industry http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/optimistic-world-2014-should-be-good-year-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> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/optimistic-world-2014-should-be-good-year-hvacr-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/optimistic-world-2014-should-be-good-year-hvacr-industry#comments Commercial HVAC The First Word Refrigeration Residential HVAC Silver Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:13:00 +0000 21941 at http://contractingbusiness.com <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 Business.com</strong></em> magazine.</p> Graphic purchased from iStockphoto.com Singing, Ringing, and Bringing in the HVAC Industry New Year http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/singing-ringing-and-bringing-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> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/singing-ringing-and-bringing-hvac-industry-new-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/first-word/singing-ringing-and-bringing-hvac-industry-new-year#comments Commercial HVAC The First Word Refrigeration Residential HVAC Silver Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:20:00 +0000 21331 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Image from the <a href="http://www.coastalfans.com/year-in-review/" target="_blank">Coast Fans website</a>.</p>