After nearly 40 years in the HVAC industry, including three decades spent teaching, Cleveland native Gary Ranallo joked that he’s only just getting started. But Ranallo, who was selected as The NEWS’ 2016 Best Instructor winner, nearly missed his calling.
Jeff Adams, The NEWS’ 2016 Best Trainer winner and vice president of field services for Logan A/C & Heat Services in Dayton, Ohio, helped start the company's trianing program, which has grown so much that the company recently acquired a separate space to be devoted solely to technician training.
Contractors are challenged with presenting and selling the industry’s most efficient products to consumers. Manufacturers are largely responsible for improving efficiency within their product lines while at the same time ensuring their products are desirable, affordable, and ahead of all the other roadblocks the industry may throw their way.
A recent American Home Comfort study from Decision Analyst reinforces this revelation, reporting that, for the first time in years, homeowners are more trusting of the internet for HVAC information than they are their contractors. In today’s marketplace, customers are opting to educate themselves on HVAC products via the internet prior to a contractor’s arrival.
Energy Star certification is an important distinction HVAC manufacturers aim for their products to achieve. The designation recognizes highly efficient performance, and 2016’s list of the most efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps delivers a bevy of products from a wide range of manufacturers.
With more than 100 years of HVACR industry experience among them, the six instructors at Hennepin Technical College in Minneapolis proudly run one of the top HVACR programs in the country. Standing out among these industry veterans is Rhonda Wiggins, The NEWS’ 2016 Best Instructor runner-up.
Since claiming the title of Best Trainer runner-up last year, Michael Goater, Success4Others’ self-proclaimed “chief motivator” and once again this year’s Best Trainer runner-up, has upped the ante at his Scottsdale, Arizona-based professional HVAC training and coaching organization.
This workshop took the unique approach of gathering HVAC educators and presenters from all across the country and allowing them to share thoughts, opinions, ideas, and lessons to help shape the future of the industry.
The company currently has about eight distributor partners that act as satellite fulfillment centers. Once an order is placed via the company's website, a distributor is alerted, and they’re responsible for sending out the product with the boxes and labels provided by the company.
Consumers are still buying solar, geothermal, air-source heat pumps, and high-efficiency condensing gas boilers. The question is: Who’s going to sell it to them?
OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction final rule received negative feedback from the HVACR industry and was labeled as overreaching and burdensome to residential contractors when it was released last spring.
According to industry experts, it’s all too common for contractors to make the mistake of waiting until they’re desperate to sell before properly assessing their company’s value and working to make it attractive to potential buyers.
Together, along with members from the Bishop Gorman football team, The Sunny Plumber and Goettl Air Conditioning helped fix Siler’s plumbing problems, air conditioning, and things around his home.
Your sales team can quickly lose its creativity if you turn them into little robots who only track the numbers these CRM programs are looking for. If your real goal is to increase sales, there are better ways to manage your sales team.
International Exposition Co. today announced the winners of the 2017 AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) Innovation Awards. The annual awards competition honors the most inventive and original products, systems, and technologies showcased at each year’s AHR Expo.
Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring “state of the market” reports released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
The smart home market continues to expand, with 47 million connected smart home devices shipped globally in 2015. The market is projected to broaden substantially at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60 percent, reaching 477 million devices in 2020, according to IHS Markit.
Rheem and Fujitsu General Limited today announced a strategic collaboration that will expand the heating and cooling product portfolios of both companies. Rheem will begin offering ductless mini-split systems manufactured by Fujitsu. Fujitsu will introduce a portfolio of ducted HVAC products manufactured by Rheem.
Emerson has announced the opening of The Helix Innovation Center at Georgia Tech, a new collaboration and innovation space located in Technology Square, the university’s innovation hub. This new site expands Emerson’s global network of innovation facilities.
This heating showcase provides in-depth information on the features of each individual unit and also includes technical support information from the manufacturer. The manufacturers provided all of the data included in the product grid as well as in the photo feature; therefore, any questions should be directed to them via the contact information provided in the photo feature section.
Whatever their reasons may be for seeking out certification, NATE offers a bevy of programs and aims to help technicians across the country constantly improve themselves while also providing value to other segments of the industry.
While a proactive maintenance approach is almost universally accepted in HVAC contracting circles, others in the industry believe the word “preventive” actually does the industry a great disservice.
Angie’s List has announced the launch of its “Work with the Best” sweepstakes for current and newly registered service providers, providing the opportunity to win one of four monthly drawings for DeWalt tool kits and a grand prize of a 2017 work truck.
ACCA has published the results of its 2016 Contractor Compensation and Benefits Survey. The survey was conducted in June and contractors were asked to provide information for calendar year 2015.
Midea, a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and home appliances, announced it has strengthened its U.S. footprint by breaking ground on a $10 million R&D center in Louisville, Kentucky. The newly built Midea America Research Center (MARC) will provide technical expertise in developing products for the U.S. market.
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for cooperation in the ongoing development and improvement of the geothermal heating and cooling industry.
Family businesses have long been a mainstay of the industry, and multigenerational companies are proud of their HVACR heritages. And, in spite of the challenges, many contractors have successfully passed the torch to succeeding generations and are now planning for future transitions.
In my humble opinion, large volume, low curve promotes high standby efficiency and offers a sustainable future for your heating system. Sustainable systems promote long-term relationships with your customers along with great economics, too. That makes my business sustainable.
An analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the global energy-efficient building market from 2016 to 2020 is included in the latest report from Technavio. It reveals the top three emerging trends driving the market according to Technavio’s research analysts.
Jeff Hamstra decided it was time to start his own company after his employer at the time passed away and the leadership role had been passed to his employer’s son.