Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) recently announced that while HVACR average distributor sales declined 1.8 percent in December 2012, they increased 5.6 percent for the year.
Everywhere we turn, businesses are urging us to visit their Facebook pages, read their blogs, or follow them on Twitter. HVAC contractors are following that trend, having been thoroughly schooled by keynote speakers at just about every industry event on the importance of embracing social media or being left in the dust.
Consider the number of tablets that are now available from Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, and Google. Add in the vast array of smartphones, netbooks, and laptops that are continually being introduced, and it’s no wonder that contractors may have a hard time deciding which mobile device(s) to choose for their field personnel.
The ability of consumers to obtain credit is an important driver of the U.S. economy, as it stimulates growth by allowing consumers to purchase items they may not be able to pay for with cash. Obtaining credit is especially important for those who need to purchase big-ticket items, such as heating and cooling systems.
The number of apps available for mobile devices has increased exponentially over the last few years. Consider that the first apps came out in 2008, and today there are almost 2 million apps available across all platforms. The HVACR industry has been quick to jump on the app bandwagon as well.
Some contractors claim they have been converting oil equipment to natural gas at a record pace. But that doesn’t mean oil furnaces will fade from the marketplace, as there are many areas that have limited access to natural gas. In addition, it can be expensive to convert, and new oil furnaces can provide better comfort and higher efficiencies.