As contractors, we are pretty far down in the food chain, but we are the ones that have the contact with the actual end user of HVAC products. Since we deal directly with the user, sometimes our point of view will differ from those higher up on the food chain. The higher-ups have adopted a very strong philosophy regarding the importance of being green.
Through the years our company has attempted to stay on top of the new technologies which have been developed. Some of these new items actually caught on and have become standards of the industry, while others are merely memories like dial telephones and Edsels.
We anticipated that during the first part of 2011, business would be slow. The new residential construction market is still down over 70 percent from its peak. With new reports that nearly 25 percent of the home mortgages are larger than the value of the home, it is likely that we are probably another year from a real turn around in that market.
now it’s 2011. How are you planning for this New Year? In some ways, it’s going
to be different than 2010. The tax credit has been cut one-third and doesn’t
sound near as inviting as the previous $1,500. And we can’t count on 100 degree
weather in July and August, although naturally that would be welcome.
I just received notice from another manufacturer that they will be offering the “dry charge” condensing units in the first quarter of 2011. They are the latest of many manufacturers who have decided to take advantage of what I can only say is a loophole in the federal regulations and the Montreal Protocol.
A hot topic around HVAC blogs has to do with the issue of “Rules for Cell Phone Use” and by extension, the use of regular land line phones as well. In the first place, isn’t it a shame that we need to have a set of rules for the use of cell phones? Whatever happened to common courtesy and etiquette?
There are several things to consider when making a determination as to services to add to your offerings. Does the new product/service fit within the culture of your company? What are the start-up cost risks in performing that new service? Are there any significant potential future risks or liabilities that you may be incurring?
I have always considered myself an optimistic, positive person. Therefore I was somewhat surprised to find myself halfway through a column which was very negative about the near future of our industry.
I have always considered myself an optimistic person. So I was surprised to find myself halfway through a column which was very negative about the near future of our industry. After giving it some thought and tearing up that copy, I still have serious concerns. However, I have decided to attack the problem in a different manner.
We here in the Midwest are just
finishing up one of the hottest summers we can remember. We actually finally had some 100°F days again. If
you are like many of us, you have reduced your staff in the last couple of
years to help you through the serious economic downturn.