Most every service company has had prospective customers call in to schedule an appointment with a dispatcher, only to cancel that same appointment at a later time. It could be because of a number of factors: They found a competitor with lower prices, someone who could come out sooner, and the list goes on. However, not every service contractor measures their cancellation rates.
Demand for hydronic comfort solutions is heating up. According to a report by Technavio, the global market is expected to increase by more than 7 percent from 2018 to 2022, driven by a desire for more energy-efficient and energy-neutral technologies to improve the indoor climate. With more homeowners and building owners looking to advance the technologies in their structures to make them smarter, more efficient, or just more comfortable, it’s in a contractor’s best interest to become proficient in radiant heating and cooling systems to further expand their market — or, to dominate a niche market.
As HVAC products and home appliances get “smarter,” so too is the boiler — although perhaps with less flash and bang than the smart thermostat, smart doorbell, smartphone, or the new smart furniture that’s hitting the market. (Smart sofa, anyone? It’s a thing.)
From keeping up-to-date with technology to simply finding folks to lay the pipework, hydronics contractors face a unique subset of challenges within the HVAC industry. Learning to navigate the hurdles make the race to the bottom line smoother and much more profitable. The NEWS spoke with some industry experts to identify the top five challenges contractors face and the steps they should take to make sure nothing stands in their way when it comes to optimizing their workflow rate.
Jim Patterson’s business is, in his own words, “super small, super specialized.” “The interest for me is radiant, air quality … things that are little more technical, that you don’t see a lot of,” he said.
Ventilation systems designed for office buildings may recirculate most of the air and only supply a small percentage of fresh air, but architectural and building codes require that laboratory rooms and vivaria use only fresh outside air for ventilation. This design difference explains why laboratories require so much more energy to operate.
Johnson Controls Inc. conducts an annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey to track current and planned investments, key drivers, and organizational barriers to improving energy efficiency in facilities.* This year marks the 12th edition of the survey, with over 1,900 respondents represented from 20 countries, including 100 leaders from the U.S.
Several exciting and new items are planned for Pantheon 2019, including a focus on training and transformation. The event will take the entirety of the Pasadena Convention Center and will feature a full tradeshow floor.
Victory Energy President and CEO John Viskup has been elected to the chairman of the board by the board of directors at the organization's 2019 Annual Meeting at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
The MoU is aimed at “furthering a more effective and beneficial exchange of knowledge and ideas in the HVACR industry.” In practical terms it will provide the members of AIRAH and IOR access to each other’s considerable banks of technical resources, foster global collaboration on research projects, and provide shared training opportunities.
The HVAC industry, and in particular the replacement sector, is attractive to private equity investors because of its exposure to a large base of installed equipment that requires regular service and, ultimately, replacement. The critical nature of HVAC equipment for ensuring comfort means that customers tend to place the most emphasis on service responsiveness and equipment quality, in addition to price and other considerations.
This product line now includes three new refrigeration leak sealants: AC Leak Freeze nano UV, AC Leak Freeze nano Mini-Split UV, and AC Leak Freeze nano Mini-Split. Using a patent-pending, quick-installing applicator, all three contain the same AC Leak Freeze formula and its nano particle sealing technology for nano-sized leaks, such as those caused by formicary corrosion.
This product comes equipped with Home Away & Aware, smart scheduling, and personalized settings. By accessing the Lux mobile app, users can find information about money savings, air quality, wellness, and sleep quality.
Designed for conference rooms, hotels, public restrooms, or any commercial spaces that require continuous ventilation, these ceiling- or in-line-mount exhaust fans feature a low-profile grille and an integral backdraft damper.