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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A collection of honorees have been named in The NEWS’ 2012 ninth annual Dealer Design Awards program. Each gold, silver, and bronze winning product is featured in the pages of this issue and will be added to the pages of HVACR history as Dealer Design winners.
Small businesses come and go, that’s a given. All sectors of the business community, including the HVAC contracting trade, are affected. That creates a lot of turmoil — or opportunity — for small business owners who see a chance to grab a bigger share of the market as competitors fold their tents.