Articles by John Conrad

Look Who’s on TV…Again

It’s July and it’s hot. That means it’s time for another TV investigative report on those dirty rotten HVAC contractors. This time it was NBC’s turn to catch contractors in the act at a home in New Jersey and a group of six service technicians didn’t disappoint the camera crew or the reporter.

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The Latest TV Sting Really Stings

The Today Show on NBC decided the summer heat wave was a great excuse to pull out the old trusty expose of shoddy and dishonest a/c repairmen. The good news is that they asked ACCA and AHRI to participate. If you have the stomach for the bad news, you can click here to read more and find a video link. 

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How to Become an Energy Auditor in 5 Days

If contractors sit back and refuse to get involved in home performance, they may find themselves taking orders from an energy "expert" who's had five days of training.
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Portable Cooling as a Permanent Solution

When you hear the term “portable cooling,” do you associate it with an emergency, quick-fix, rental, or temporary solution that will only last for a few weeks?

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Let's Promote HVACR Jobs

A new group has been formed to convince the rising generation that working in the HVAC industry is cool -- and I hope they succeed.

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Regulators Shift into Overdrive in D.C.

Since January 2011, there has been a subtle shift in Washington, D.C., that has had a big impact on the HVAC industry. The slowdown in legislation has led to increased activity elsewhere. Since the 2010 elections, there has been a flurry of activity at federal departments, agencies, boards, and commissions.

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Contractors Achieve Success with Zoning

According to contractors who have had success with zoning, it’s generally not a good idea to make a hard sell for zoning or talk about the technical aspects of the installation with potential customers. What do they spend their time talking about instead?  

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Examining the New Manual Zr

Manual Zr is the new ANSI-recognized standard for residential zoning. Its development was spearheaded by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). As the newest manual in the ACCA library, it is the result of combined efforts of original equipment manufacturers, zoning equipment producers, and HVAC contractors.

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Radio Program Success Comes From Commitment

Have you considered hosting a weekly radio show in your market? According to four contractors who have successfully hit the airwaves, your business will gain awareness in the market and will result in increased revenues. But what is the cost?

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Energy-Saving Bills Introduced in Congress

Two pieces of legislation were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in March with the words “energy savings” in their titles. If Congress chooses to pass these bills, they will ultimately have an impact on how HVAC contractors conduct their businesses.

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