One week ago, glitz and glamour reigned supreme as Hollywood rolled out the red carpet once again for the Academy Awards. The HVAC industry has its own glamorous event coming our way this summer - the Dealer Design Awards.
A new comfort Superhero joined with some recognized superstars in the glitz and glamour of the 2nd Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems National Dealer Meeting. With perhaps the biggest marketing splash seen in years, Bryant announced the creation of Bryantman.
Last year a 26-member committee, spear-headed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), worked together on a "draft specification that defines quality contractors (QC) and quality installations (QI) for the residential and commercial sectors."
ACES A/C Supply Inc. and ACES A/C Supply North held a combined dealer meeting recently at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The meeting was billed as the 2006 American Standard Product and Marketing Debut. More than 500 dealers were in attendance.
It's difficult to determine what constitutes green HVAC building practices. Some contractors attest that they aren't against green, they just don't know exactly what it is, and what's more, they don't know how to make any money from the concept.
After a three-year hiatus, the 2006 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) came back to Chicago. As is common to the Windy City venue, the 1985 Chicago Bears, NFL Super Bowl champions, were called up for duty at various receptions. The show was one of the biggest in the history of the event.
The International Builders' Show regularly boasts of attendance figures that make it one of the largest expositions in the United States. In that count this year were a high number of HVAC-related businesses. Why so many HVAC companies? As the famous bank robber Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed banks, "That's where the money is."
It's obvious that home automation is now ubiquitous. But, do we really want to have all those gadgets intertwined in a computerized home reminiscent of "The Jetsons," a 1960s-era Saturday morning cartoon series?