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Skaer-Tactics: Why Not Joe Comfort Specialist?

November 3, 2008
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Unless we have a repeat of the 2004 “hanging chads” fiasco, this week we find out who will be the 44th president of the United States. It will not be Joe the Plumber, but John McCain certainly put Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher in the limelight.

Too bad McCain didn’t single out an HVACR contractor during the debates. Then again, what would he have called him - or her? Joe HVACR?

Chances are, the general public would not have known what HVACR is or what it stands for.

And, herein lies a big issue with this industry.

Though you supply comfort for owners of homes and buildings all across the United States, people overall just do not identify with heating, ventilation, air conditioning, or refrigeration. Plumbing, yes. HVACR, no. Since it is always hidden, it is forgotten.

As stated before here, we have to increase awareness of this industry with the general public. It’s good to know that the powers-that-be are seriously considering opening up the final day of the 2009 Air-Conditioning, Heating Refrigerating Exposition to the general public. Though no decision has been finalized, I still believe it is a good idea.

Maybe “HVACR” is not the way to go. Why not make it known that we are in the “comfort control” business? That you, as an HVACR contractor, are a “comfort specialist”?

Call it marketing, but it may have a better reception with the common folk. And isn’t it exposure what this industry lacks?

It would have been phenomenal had McCain singled out Joe Comfort Specialist, wouldn’t it have?
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let's make up a word

November 3, 2008
I agree with this article. It's much easier to say, "I'm a plumber, and I plumb," than it is to say, "I'm an H-V-A-C tech, and I fix air conditioners, heaters & ventilation systems." So let's make up a word that means just that. How about, "I'm a bazler, and I bazle." Well, I admit I'm not very creative, so I'll need some help.

Let's make up a word?

November 3, 2008
Hey, Naomi. I like your idea. I am not so sure about 'bazler' or 'bazle,' though. But if those who text on their cellphones can have their own language...well, I still go for "comfort specialist." - Mark

How about.....

John Williams
November 9, 2008
Comfort Systems Investigator (CSI) ? I keep asking the boss for a jacket that has the letters CSI on the back along with the company name. So far he has not gone for it. Oh well, maybe someday? That was a good piece Mark and you are so correct. When we attend high schools to attempt to draw attention to our trade the majority of students have never heard of HVACR or really understand what it is we do. John



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