The No. 1 trait needed to complete the purchase of another business might just be patience. Here is an inside look at how HVAC owners have successfully approached the acquisition process — from the initial conversation to after the sale finally closes.
As contractors and leaders in our communities, we have important roles to fill. That’s because we can help to provide sustainable futures for the youth in our communities as well as our neighbors, children, and grandchildren.
Finding ways to ensure America’s next generation of workers develop interest in the skilled trades and want to make careers out of the work is in the best interest of all who are part of HVAC.
These VRF units feature DC, inverter-driven compressors for precise temperature control. They are available in up to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) of total piping length and include up to 36 indoor connections, which make them easy to install, network, and maintain.
Variable-speed technology has the obvious benefit of providing users with additional choices when it comes to running their HVAC equipment. Rather than one setting that runs at 100 percent all the time, variable-speed allows for layered, configurable settings.
Once known as the Senior Citizens Service Program, the Southeast Michigan Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America (SEMIACCA) event helps senior citizens in need during the harsh winter months.
Successful HVAC contracting companies operate like well-oiled machines. Employees enjoy coming to work and give their all while there. The owners of these companies excel at creating places of employment that exhibit an outstanding commitment to customers and staff. These leaders nurture jobs into careers, offering lifelong employment that extends well beyond just a paycheck.
Imagine a workplace environment where everyone absolutely loves coming to work every day? Such is the case at Classic Air’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a motivational work environment, positive reinforcement from superiors, and an overall feeling of family, employees come to work jobs, but end up developing careers.
Hunter’s founding of Hunter Heat & Air in 2006 was a classic HVAC industry start-up: himself, his brother-in-law, and one truck. Today, Hunter is the co-owner — along with his wife and vice president, Nicola — of a company with four locations, 32 employees, and annual sales of $5 million.
Steve Quinn, owner of JD Swallow Heating & Cooling in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has modest goals for the company over the next five years, but working to achieve those goals is what has helped him win the Best Contractor to Work for Award in the North Central region.
While contractors are struggling to deal with the dwindling supply and phasedown of R-22, it’s their customers who will ultimately bear the brunt of the cost.
Equipped with a plastic impeller, this high-voltage fan is powered by a built-in electronically commutated motor (ECM), which enables the fan to run efficiently. Designed for residential uses, the centrifugal fan is widely applied in HVAC, air movements, or home appliances.
While several organizations lobbied Congress for an extension, the U.S. House of Representatives failed, again, to extend the geothermal heat pump tax credits via a stopgap spending bill signed Dec. 9, 2016.
In addition to being an HVAC contractor in Houston and running a trade school, Cunnigham also finds the time to run his consulting business — Successtrack Network, where his efforts recently earned him the Consultant of the Year honor at the inaugural Service World Expo show in Las Vegas.
According to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), about 40 percent of organizations have a formal social media policy. The survey found that 69 percent of organizations engage in social media activities to reach external audiences, 31 percent of organizations track employee use of social media, and 43 percent block access to social media platforms on company-owned computers and handheld devices.
Dan Foley, President of Foley Mechanical, a Lorton, Virginia-based company, is a firm believer that the early bird gets the worm, especially in the mechanical contracting business. A 29-year veteran of the industry, Foley cut his teeth in HVAC at Arlington Heating, where he worked for 15 years prior to venturing out on his own.
Daikin Texas Technology Park (DTTP), Daikin North America LLC’s new $417 million, 4 million square-foot campus located just outside Northwest Houston, welcomed the first VRV® unit off the production line during a celebration led by CEO, Takeshi Ebisu.
While it appears regulations will be vetted more carefully under Trump’s administration, it appears contractors are divided on which regulation they would like to see eliminated first.
Trump has already gained national headlines for his work within the HVACR industry after he and Carrier Corp. signed an agreement that is intended to preserve several jobs in Indiana.
Angie Snow affirms that no matter what challenges arise, it’s important to remain flexible. This flexibility helped Western survive the Great Recession, which hit right after the Snows purchased the company.
The autobalancing technology in this system calculates the actual energy needs of single rooms and adapts the heat output of each loop by controlling the actuator’s on and off cycle.
Bob and Tim are on a service call on a really cold and blustery day. The temperature is 27°F, the wind is blowing, and it’s snowing and sleeting. When the customer called, she said that their home is getting cool inside, and their heat pump is running all the time with the temperature dropping inside the house. They arrived at the front door, talked to the homeowner, and decided to look around. They went to the closet where the indoor unit for the heat pump was located and determined that the heat pump itself was not running, only the fan and strip heat.
The owner of a 2,800-square foot home in New Milford, Pennsylvania was experiencing uneven heat throughout the residence, limited hot water, and high utility costs. The installation of a new hydronic heating system helped drive home significant energy savings and ensure that “no place like home” feeling.
Despite the availability of quality Wi-Fi enabled products from leading thermostat manufacturers, a mere 10 to 15 percent of residential and light commercial installations involve such models. The primary objection: a wholesale price point that is four to five times the cost of a traditional thermostat.
Do all of your service technicians provide service that is repeatable and consistent? Think about your service department for a moment. It is profitable? Staffed properly? Is it steady in workload? Are you growing? Is it a department you’re proud to run?
As one of the largest events in the HVACR industry, the AHR Expo will host close to 2,000 exhibitors and bring in crowds of more than 60,000 industry professionals.
With 86 papers, 248 presentations, and 331 speakers, the technical program at the ASHRAE 2017 Winter Conference is bound to have something for everyone.
A lot of the big issues that many anticipate Trump tackling at the beginning of his administration — immigration, Obamacare, etc. — don’t have a direct impact on the HVACR manufacturing community. However, Trump has expressed interest in looking at the regulatory structure, which certainly got the attention of AHRI.