Service Market

Industry Optimistic for New Year

December 5, 2011
Manufacturers appear to be very optimistic about the economic outlook for the HVACR industry. According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 AHR Expo exhibitors, nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of the total respondents expect a better year (59 percent) or a much better year (13 percent) in 2012 compared to 2011.


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Poll: Contractors Cut Non-Billable Items First

December 5, 2011
During good economic times, it isn’t unusual to see a lot of time and money spent on meetings, training, employee benefits, and marketing. But when business is slow and things have to be trimmed back or eliminated, it is usually these same items that disappear from the operating budget.


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Your Employees Can Make Decisions Too

November 28, 2011
One thing that is true about virtually all HVAC contractors — we all think we know what to do and how to do everything that needs to be done in our business better than anyone else.


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Executive Summit Fosters Relationships

November 21, 2011
MechanicalXchange is an exclusive, invitation-only executive summit co-sponsored by The NEWS. The 2011 event was attended by more than 100 hand-selected people representing 23 mechanical contracting firms and 24 vendors. The purpose of the event is to bring buyers and sellers together.


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Work Vehicles Help Contractors Move Business Forward

November 7, 2011
As an industry, whether an HVACR contracting firm is doing service and maintenance or installations, employees need to go to the jobsite to perform their work. Because installers and service technicians have to be on the road for their job, some going to several jobsites in a day, they need vehicles to drive.


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Expanding the Technician Toolbox

November 7, 2011
Technicians use a variety of tools in their jobs, from the ones they hold in their hands to fabricate or install or service equipment, to the ones they use to move from one location to the next. This product roundup includes GPS, hand tools, instruments, and vehicles that technicians use to perform their jobs daily.


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Tools and Instruments Help Techs Perform

November 7, 2011
Whether it’s getting the system ready to use for the very first time or figuring out what’s wrong before fixing it, these detectors, monitors, sensors, and tools make it possible to get the job done.


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Slashing Costs, Boosting Productivity Through GPS

November 7, 2011
From giving turn-by-turn directions for a technician to drive from one jobsite to the next, to figuring out who is closest to a particular jobsite with the right equipment to make a service call, a GPS can provide contracting companies with more information that they can utilize to run their operation more efficiently.


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Best Buy Tests Home Energy Market

Contractors Face Competition, Future Business Models
October 31, 2011
Best Buy entered the home energy management market in three of its stores this month. The trial provides customers with access to smart thermostats and solar elements as well as a plethora of controls and efficient lighting solutions.


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Retrofitting R-22 Systems

October 31, 2011
As the HVACR industry continues to move away from HCFC-22 due to regulatory pressures, one of the new retrofit options for such systems is HFC-427A.


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