Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Why Bother with Home Performance Contracting?

HVAC Contractors, Consultants Share Insight into Whole-House Success
Deciding to learn the home performance market will require a commitment of your time, energy, and effort. So why bother? Well, if you listen to those who have made the leap and are at the forefront of home performance contracting (HPC), you just might be convinced that this is a trend you can’t risk ignoring.


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Do You Know When to Grow?

Best Practices for Hiring New Staff
One of the challenges faced by every contractor who has started a business is figuring out when it’s time to grow. According to industry experts and successful HVAC contractors, there are a few important indicators that company owners should consider when thinking about how to grow their workforce.


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HVAC Taps into Home Performance Contracting Trends

Training and Certification Are Key, Government Programs Are Mixed Bag
Home performance contracting is a trend that is building momentum across the country. While weatherization contractors and home energy auditors may be trying to capture the business available in this market, smart HVAC contractors are in an even better position to adopt and expand this niche.


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High-Tech Blower Door Roll-Outs Ease the Learning Curve

New Gauges, Wi-Fi Capabilities Improve Operation, Functionality
When HVAC contractors expand into home performance, they often experience a learning curve as they discover the new tools they need to add to their fleet. One tool considered a necessity is the blower door, and manufacturers have recently rolled out new technology designed to make this equipment easier to learn and operate.


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From One Generation to the Next

HVAC Contractors Weigh Pros and Cons of Family Business

While the working relationships that are formed are special, family members also face many challenges, from family arguments spreading to the office to disputes over succession. But many HVAC contractors have learned to successfully navigate these issues and are planning how the business will go forward with the next generation.


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Distributors Supply, Support Contractors

Dealers Focus on Easing the Supply Chain, Meeting Urgent Needs in the Field

During the busy season, contractors don’t have time for bottlenecks in the supply chain. And distributors are focused on providing what contractors need as the replacement market trends up and repair work remains constant.


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Serving Up a Smarter Fleet

Make HVAC Service Calls Profitable through Advanced Tracking Systems

If you are struggling to find ways to increase profits from service calls, experts in fleet management say that the advanced technology on the market today can help improve efficiency and reduce costs.


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Field Report: HVAC Contractors and the Supply Chain

Few Problems with Getting Equipment as More Customers Start to Replace

As HVAC contractors strive to meet customer demands, they have developed a variety of ways to manage their inventory. And those customer demands may be changing as some contractors have noticed a swing from “repair” to “replace” mode.


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Commercial Market Aspires to Improve Indoor Environment

Hospitals, Schools, Offices Guided by Health, Safety Needs

The trend to improve the indoor environment in commercial spaces is growing, according to experts in the field. Yet health and safety may not always be foremost in discussions between HVAC contractors and commercial clients. 


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Diagnosing and Solving IAQ Problems

Contractors Share How to Address the Indoor Environment

How do you know when you’re facing an IAQ issue? There are a few clues contractors can tap into based on their customers’ complaints.


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