Ten Things HVAC Contractors Can Do Today to Get Started in the Smart Home Market

HVAC contractors and their employees visit dozens, maybe even hundreds or thousands of homes a week. They come into contact with countless doorbells, light switches, and home appliances. They’re trusted advisors to the customers in their care. So when the time comes for their customers to replace those doorbells with their smart home counterparts, shouldn’t HVAC contractors be the “smartest” choice for the job?

Here are 10 things HVAC contractors can do right away to make sure their companies are on track to start reaping the rewards of the burgeoning smart home business.

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ACHR News Reports: Smart HVAC Contractors Sell Intelligence

Service Nation shares thoughts, strategies for the burgeoning smart home market

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With an expected growth rate of 31 percent in 2018, the global smart home market will soon reach total sales of 643.9 million devices, per a recent study by market research company IDC. By 2022, the company estimates as many as 1.3 billion smart devices will have made their way into households. That factors out to one smart home device for every sixth person (babies and children included).

Still, nonconnected homes are projected to outnumber smart homes in 2021 by more than a 2-to-1 margin, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. In other words, the market is there for those who can get out and make the sales.

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Contractors Use Smart Sales for Smart Homes

HVAC contractors, manufacturers share how to close the deal.

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MAGIC TOUCH: Roy Thorn, service technician at Magic Touch Mechanical, installs a Nest smart thermostat at a customer’s home.

Buy a brand-new home, and chances are, the heating and air-conditioning system will come with a Wi-Fi thermostat.

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What Is Field Service Management Software?

If you work in a home-services industry — and especially if you manage a team of professionals who make house calls — there’s a good chance you’ve heard about field service management software. But exactly what does this term refer to, and is field service management software applicable in your specific line of work?

To help you gain a clearer understanding of what field service management software is and how your business might use it, here’s an overview of everything you need to know about this revolutionary way to streamline your workflow.

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The ROI of Quality Field Service Software

If you’ve been in the field service industry for a while, you know how important it is to use quality management software. A good tool allows you to coordinate many components of field operations from a single platform. For instance, the five most requested features of a field service management (FSM) solution include scheduling, work order management, job in progress tracking, job management, and service history tracking. Any decent field service tool at least manages those five things and does it will.

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5 Ways Technology is Changing the HVAC Industry

New technology, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, are changing the heating and air conditioning industry in every way. To keep up, HVAC professionals need to understand how customers are using this new technology to monitor their energy usage and plan equipment maintenance. Here are five technology trends that are impacting HVAC companies.

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Smart Indoor Comfort While Reducing Thermostat Compatibility Issues

Wouldn’t it be great to create a smart indoor comfort system that can offer customized energy-efficient performance, minimize compatibility issues with thermostats, and offer many more thermostat choices? Of course.

Enter ComfortBridge™ Technology

Factory-installed into select Goodman brand gas furnaces and air handlers, ComfortBridge™ technology moves the communications that is usually found in the thermostat, securely into the HVAC equipment. The algorithms gather HVAC system performance data and, if necessary, automatically make smart adjustments to help minimize the amount of energy used to cool or heat a home.

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