Service Market

Winter Energy Prices to Rise

November 5, 2012
Most HVAC contractors selling, installing, and maintaining furnaces are hopeful that this winter will be a lot cooler than last year’s. However, as meteorologists forecast dipping seasonal temperatures, energy experts are projecting rising costs.


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Contractor Spreads Wings as Leader

November 5, 2012
Engineers design and contractors build. Fusing the best of both worlds is Jonathan F. Lazarus, founder, owner, and president of Eagle Air Conditioning Inc., a White Plains, N.Y.-based commercial HVAC contractor.


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Massachusetts Repeats as Top Energy-Efficient State

October 22, 2012
States continue to move strongly in 2012 to advance energy efficiency initiatives regardless of which political party is in control of state legislatures and governors’ offices, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on the release of its sixth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.


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Brothers Partner to Grow Businesses

October 15, 2012
Randy Novak, president-elect of SMACNA, has urged his fellow contractors to follow his example and become involved in the home performance contracting market. Novak often works with Home Star Iowa and the firm’s chief building analyst, Rob Novak — who just happens to be his brother.


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Lennox International Plans to Sell Service Experts

October 8, 2012
Lennox International Inc. announced plans to divest its Service Experts business, which consists of dealer-contractors providing heating and cooling equipment installation and service primarily to the residential market.


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Industry Responds to R-22 Smuggling Report

October 8, 2012
An article published in the Sept. 8 edition of the New York Times that discussed R-22 smuggling has prompted a response from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).


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True Success Is Defined Through Profitability

August 20, 2012
Most HVAC contractors get into the heating and cooling business because they are highly interested in the process, mechanically gifted, or feel it is a great way to make a buck. But, as many find out after opening their doors, it takes a lot more than technical skills and desire to run a successful business.


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Staying in Touch With Suppliers

August 13, 2012
It’s hot and getting hotter. The last thing contractors need during heated times is lack of communication with their suppliers, or even worse, a lack of repair or replacement parts. That’s why it is vital for contractors and suppliers to remain in touch, even if it means a 24/7 relationship.


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Learning From Sting Operation

August 13, 2012
The NBC “Today” show recently showed a “sting” operation on air conditioning contractors. Since the program was aired, HVAC chat rooms have been filled with conversations. What’s the buzz about?


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‘Today’ Show Investigation Questions Contractor Integrity

July 30, 2012
Are HVAC contractors trustworthy? A recent undercover investigation conducted by NBC News’ “Today” show suggests that residential HVACR technicians are after one thing: a homeowner’s money. But some industry individuals who helped participate in the investigation are skeptical about the results.


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