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Ignoring Social Media Endangers Future Business

By Angela D. Harris
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Social media presents two primary choices: get involved or be left behind. Contractors have heatedly debated that statement, along with many other social media topics, for some time. More often than not, however, the argument circles back to social media relevance. With social media being so new, industry relevance is more a matter of opinion that could be argued from both sides.
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HVAC Contractors and the Recession Part One: Its Effect on Business

By John R. Hall
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The heating and cooling trade was not immune to the woes of the recent economic recession. The HVAC trade had to learn to deal with the reality of possible loss of profits from falling revenues, a shift in the market from replacement to repair, and an influx of new business owners bent on lowering prices and lowering credibility of the trade.
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Commercial Contractor Takes RTUs to Facebook

By John R. Hall
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Does it make a lot of sense for a commercial HVAC contractor, who specializes in rooftop unit service and replacement, to market his wares on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter? If you had suggested this to Jon Lazarus a few years ago, he might have wanted to find a straitjacket for you. But not now.
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Growth Via New Profit Centers

By Joanna R. Turpin
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The tough economy has led many contractors to hunker down, conserving resources and cutting expenses. Other contractors are taking the opposite approach, investing in their companies and expanding operations to include additional profit centers. While there are different ways an HVAC contractor can go, most look to plumbing or electrical as natural extensions.
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ACCA Names CroppMetcalfe and Air-Tro 2011 Contractors of the Year

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The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the nation’s largest association of indoor environmental systems professionals, announced the winners of the Residential and Commercial Contractor of the Year awards during the ACCA’s 43rd Annual Conference and Indoor Air Expo, held in San Antonio.
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Survey: Energy Savings Rank Higher Than Price

By Frank Landwehr
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In a survey of more than 1,500 homeowners conducted by Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. late last year, a high percentage of consumers showed continued interest in potential energy savings as a major purchase criterion when replacing an existing HVAC system.
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Contractors Get Hung Up on Rising Gas Prices

By Angela D. Harris
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Gas prices across the nation have been on a steep upward trend, and the end of price hikes is not yet in sight. From mid-February to the first week in March, national average gas prices rose $0.33. By the middle of March, AAA reported that the national average price for a gallon of regular gas was approximately $3.553 and diesel was $3.93.
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Embracing an Adapt or Die Approach

By Kimberly Schwartz
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As a contractor, it can be tough to branch out from what you know and already do best. But that’s exactly what Rich Imfeld and his father, Dick, have had to do for their company, IC Refrigeration. In this recessionary environment, Rich said, “You either adapt or die.”
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Distributors See Slow Growth Ahead

By Joanna R. Turpin
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Distributors who made it through 2009 can congratulate themselves on surviving one of the most difficult years that HVACR wholesale distribution has endured in a long time. And while business is not back to pre-recession levels, the outlook is definitely improving.
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Contractors Anticipate Modest Recovery

By Joanna R. Turpin
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The economic conditions of the last few years have been tough for HVAC contractors. While some economic indicators point to a modest recovery underway, contractors may need a little more convincing, as evidenced by the Contractor Comfort Index (CCI), which decreased in the months of December and January before rising a bit in February.
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