More than 150 HVACR professionals explored the topic of building performance, the transition to home performance contracting, and more at Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) inaugural Building Performance Forum, Oct. 9-10, in Austin, Texas.
According to a recent AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70 percent of the respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15 percent of the manufacturers expect a “much better year.”
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.
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.
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.
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.