Articles by Mark Skaer

The Industry 10 Years From Now

Who knows what the HVAC environment will be like for contractors 10 years from now? It’s a good question, but one that the New Horizons Foundation (NHF) believes it has a handle on. In its study, “The HVAC and Sheet Metal Industry Futures Study: Industry Trends and Drivers Shaping Alternative Futures,” NHF paints a different picture for contractors than the market of today.
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Skaer Tactics: Get Familiar With the Acronym: BIM

Among the predictions in a New Horizons Foundation (NHF) study, one area I believe it is right on target is its stance on Building Information Modeling (BIM). According to the study, by 2018 BIM will have become standard operating procedure on virtually all mid-size to large projects, plus will invade the residential sector. Believe it.
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Duct Tape Improvements Help HVAC Contractors

To borrow the slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes, duct tape has come a long way, baby. Perhaps best known by those outside the HVACR industry as the versatile stalwart of any handyman’s tool kit, duct tape has evolved to meet the demands. Updated codes and improved standards have helped push for tape improvements.
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Skaer Tactics: Lead the Business and the Successor

When it comes to leading a football team, the head coach needs to be on the sidelines. The same can be said of an owner of a contracting business. He - or she - needs to lead the company. Not from afar, either. He needs to be on the front line, if need be, supplying the encouragement, needed guidance, and/or answering all questions from employees.
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Striving for Super Efficiency

Long ago, the industry determined that the combination of copper tubing and aluminum fins provided the most efficient transfer of thermal heat in condenser coils. Manufacturers of residential units are not necessarily on that same page - or that line of thinking - today. Most manufacturers, if not all, are revising, have revised, or continue to revise outdoor coil construction to increase efficiency.
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