A group of guest speakers sat down as a panel for an informal chat with attendees of the National Association of Oil Heat Service Managers (NAOHSM) Meeting in Hartford recently. The topics of discussion included condensing boilers, cost-savings measures, the need for oil heat technicians, and the value of trade associations.
Ultimately, I believe it is the responsibility of all of us to educate and warn the public about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - through constant bombardment of information as well as new warning devices from manufacturers.
While it is true that good businesspeople - the haves - should not give away their secrets of success to competitors in the same market, it is not true that these wise people should keep their wisdom from spreading to their peers in the same industry.
You’ve probably seen people wearing wristbands with the initials W.W.J.D. imprinted on them. The letters stand for “What Would Jesus Do.” In the HVACR trade, if wristbands like this were available back in the turn of the century, a lot of people may have been wearing W.W.W.D. bracelets - “What Would Willis [Carrier] Do.”
Yeah, some people think there is no such thing as a silver lining. Where in the heck did that phrase come from anyway? Try John Milton’s work “Comus” in 1634. I keep a copy on my coffee table for reference purposes.
Since so many HVAC contractors are into IAQ testing and selling-installing add-on products to ensure healthier IAQ, are there any contractors who have become certified and licensed radon remediation specialists? Is this an area that could become a new profit center for HVAC contractors or something best left alone?
Michigan add-on/replacement (AOR) HVACR contractors, like many other contractors across North America, are getting socked from many sides during these trying economic times. Now along comes utility DTE Energy.
Bob Wilkos said he has probably sold every leading brand of HVACR equipment except one during his career in the trade. But he has always made it a point to sell his company as the brand and not the product he sells.
Carolyn Christensen of Ductz of Greater Atlanta recently spoke to members of the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia Inc. (CAAG). Christensen gave some examples of where mold can be found in ductwork and how trained technicians can thoroughly clean and disinfect ductwork during routine service calls.
International Comfort Products (ICP) brought its Victory Tour road show to Grand Rapids. A good turnout of Comfortmaker® dealers from the area known as furniture city listened to ICP spokespeople talk about its new AdvantageSM system, a Web-based tool that enables contractors to create custom marketing pieces.