Effective communication is key to the success of any business, and HVAC business owners and employees are no exception. Instant and efficient communication creates better job outcomes and allows team members to promptly respond to on-the-job emergencies. One of the best tools for improving on-the-job communication is two-way radios. Two-way radios allow for instant and clear communication that ensures you and your team are able to work with each other, even when you are not in close proximity. Here are a few ways two-way radios can benefit your HVAC company.
They create instant, hands-free communication
Two-way radios provide a multitude of benefits for HVAC contractors. They are easy to use, last a long time, require no fees, and allow instant push-to-talk communication with your team.
Two-way radios are very helpful for HVAC workers working large jobs in commercial complexes or on large construction sites. When working on a large job site, it is important to have constant communication. A building might require the installation of multiple HVAC units in different places and your team needs to inform each other about any successes or issues that come up during a job.
Two-way radios are also a safety benefit to HVAC installers. Two-way radios do not require the constant use of your hands like cell phones do. You quickly radio your team for an update and get back to your work. You are always focused on the job. Job sites can be dangerous and you want your focus to be on the job as opposed to dialing a phone and waiting for a response.
Radios are also extremely durable tools that are perfect for workers working on tough jobs. Two-way radios are built with military specifications and built strong so they won’t break.
Standard two-way radios also do not require a fee or monthly payments to use them which helps contractors avoid the cost of an expensive business phone plan.
Recommended two-way radios for HVAC workers
The best type of two-way radio for HVAC installers is your standard UHF radio. A majority of workers use UHF radios because they operate at a higher frequency making them better for communicating in large localized areas. An HVAC employee would also need a more durable radio. A durable radio meets IP54/55 and military specifications 810 C, D, E, and F. These specifications make the two-way radio resistant against shock, rain, humidity, salt, fog, vibrations, sand, dust, and temperature.
I would recommend digital UHF radios over analog radios. Digital radios will give you better audio quality and better reception.
HVAC workers should also use a shoulder microphone. This puts the microphone at the top of your shoulder, meaning you don’t have to reach down to start push-to-talk.
Two-way radios will be most beneficial for HVAC installers that work on large job sites. However, residential HVAC installers will benefit from implementing two-way radios. A push-to-talk cellular radio might be the best option for smaller companies. These services allow you to instantly communicate with your team, share locations, send videos, and centralize a lot of work communication.
This is a good middle-ground for business owners who may want to speak with their employees but not have all their time spent on the phone. This hybrid approach can benefit some HVAC employees but this service is subscription-based and comes with monthly fees.
Two-way radios can be a boon to any HVAC company looking to improve its communication processes. They are a simple and reliable tool for your HVAC team to go into a job better prepared and ready to collaborate.