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Taking Care of Business: Hot Attics Equal More Sales

July 7, 2008
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If what I heard from HVAC contractors is true, then sending techs and installers into hot attics makes a lot of good business sense, in spite of the inherent health problems associated with hot attics. Before you jump on me for sounding a little harsh, let me explain.

I put out a post at the Service Roundtable recently to find out if contractors took precautions when sending their people into hot summertime attics or if they simply used discretion in accepting jobs that involved working in hot attics.

The responses I got were predictable: working in hot attics is part of the job. And if contractors didn’t want to take on that work, especially if the units being serviced or replaced were in uncomfortable and cramped quarters, there would be plenty of contractors who would line up for the work.

It makes sense to me.

As long as HVAC contractors ensure the safety of their workers by providing lots of liquids, cool-down vests, possibly fans and coolers, and limiting time spent in attics to short intervals or during cooler morning/evening hours, I say go for it.

Nowadays, it is hard to imagine turning down work because the working conditions are challenging. Heck, this is the HVAC business, where there are very few ideal working conditions. It’s part of the job. If you don’t think so, I’ve got some cheese for your whine - and a list of contractors who would be happy to service your customers.

By the way, how do you keep your techs and installers cool?
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hot attic work-

mike price
July 7, 2008
first off there is also the danger of falling or kneeling on a nail or electocution...adequate ligthing is needed and that makes it even hotter...dirt mice poop...fiberglas insulation...pathogens and allergens all around...if it's a retrofit...better add some more money into the bid

Quicker Installs in Hot Attics

James Karnes
July 14, 2008
To make the install faster, try using Dura-Tite Plastic Take-Offs. You can add the flex duct prior to getting into the attic, and the Zip-Clip feature allows install of the collar in less than 10 seconds. The 2-sided gasket takes the place of mastic at the trunkline. This allows for a tight seal, and very quick install times for attic and crawlspace work.

hot attic work and bidding on it

dave gibson
July 14, 2008
Like most of you out there, years ago we considered hot attics as part of our everyday job. With time, experience, and age we have all become wiser by realizing that we need to take better care of ourselves and our techs that do this kind of work. I personally know 3 people whom have all died in attic related accidents within the past ten years. So therefore I try to always practice safe work habbits while doing attic work. One huge problem with this is, YES there are many contractors waiting in line behind you to do the work. PLUS, here in Texas we have many companie using cheap & illegal labor. So when you bid jobs accordingly these guys are ALWAYS waiting to stab you in the back by "low-balling" a bid with their cheap & illegal labor.

hot attic work

John L. Lloyd
July 15, 2008
Yes, attic work is very uncomfortable. Yes, there are always going to be those that underbid you. Yes, our work is very much weather-driven. Yes, you need to take reasonable steps to protect your employees. Having said all that, if we were to pick and choose our work based on 'comfortable working conditions' then chances are we would all be looking for a different career. No differently than working in a tight crawlspace, there are safety issues to be aware of when working in a hot attic. Like anything else, prudence and common sense should apply, and most of the customers we have are more than willing to work with us and our employees to make sure they don't suffer injury. Altering the working hours to get into the attic during cooler, early morning hours, or acknowledging that the work will stretch over a longer period of time due to the breaks required. If there is a good working relationship there, not only are these not a problem, but you also won't get blindsided by the 'cheaper' low-balling labor.

attic work

bud ward
July 18, 2008
here in desert south west extreme ambient condtions exist. attic work can be dangerous as hell, though fans lighting+ gallons of water would be nice, lets be realistic + say costs are extensive. no contractor on a daily basis would do this , it would drive down profits! be damed the guy in the attic, as someone had prior mentioned it is part of the job right? as someone who has in the pastwho has been in attics here in phx. let me say no amount of money is worth it you could overheat fast+ die in the attic for what a blower motor? with max time 20 minutes you need to get out + hydrate that job will not be cost effective i say let illeagls take it is not worth the risk your kids + wife are waiting for you to get home, rather than a call from the morgue for what a blower motot !!!

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