The Mid-20th Century Innovation That Revolutionized Residential Heating and Cooling

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The evolution of residential heating and cooling systems has come a long way from the days of simple radiators and gravity-based systems. A significant leap occurred in the mid-20th century with the introduction of forced air systems, a development that not only transformed the HVAC industry but also redefined home comfort. This innovation marked a new era for HVAC contractors, necessitating new skills and knowledge, and continues to impact the field to this day.

The Pre-Forced Air Era

Before the widespread adoption of forced air systems, homes were primarily heated using radiators or gravity-based heating systems. These methods relied on the natural movement of hot air rising and cool air sinking. While effective at providing heat, these systems lacked the capability to circulate air throughout the home efficiently and could not be integrated with cooling systems. Continue reading “The Mid-20th Century Innovation That Revolutionized Residential Heating and Cooling”

Embrace a Smarter Spring: Why Now is the Perfect Time for Thermostat Upgrades

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Spring is an excellent time to update your customers’ systems to smart thermostats. Prior to peak cooling season, you probably have more time to discuss the benefits of a smart home and to perform installations without the rush associated with extreme weather conditions.

Preventive Maintenance Between Seasons

As homeowners switch from heating to cooling, they may be more aware of their HVAC system’s performance and energy usage. This awareness creates an opportunity to suggest upgrades that can improve efficiency and comfort.  Spring maintenance calls provide the perfect opportunity to assess current thermostats and recommend smart upgrades. Since you are already servicing the system, it’s a convenient time to discuss the benefits of a smart thermostat.

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Understanding Shoulder Season: An HVAC Contractor’s Opportunity

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Springtime is often referred to as the “shoulder season” in the HVAC industry. This term signifies the period that comes after the intense cold of winter and just before the sweltering heat of summer. For HVAC contractors, shoulder season is an essential time of the year, marked by a shift in focus from the urgent demands of emergency callouts to preventative maintenance and system upgrades.

The Importance of Spring Maintenance

As the ice thaws and the flowers begin to bloom, homeowners too start thinking about spring cleaning and home maintenance. This season is an ideal time for contractors to encourage and schedule preventative maintenance for their clients. The advantages? Catching and addressing small issues during spring can forestall major, more expensive problems during the peak summer season when HVAC systems are running at full capacity. Continue reading “Understanding Shoulder Season: An HVAC Contractor’s Opportunity”

Are you a Smart Home Addict?

Hello, my name is Matt and I fear that I am an entry-level Smart Home Addict. I’m not full-blown mind you … more of recreational user that can see the eventual descent into hopeless addiction. Now, in full disclosure, none of the above is meant to make light of serious addictions or anyone who suffers from one. Rather, the point I am making is that smart home products start with just one often time and then can quickly lead to many. Now I am not what anyone would consider a “techie” person, despite being a millennial. I do not Facebook, Twitter, Tik-Tok, Instagram, or… Myspace. I know how to use computers and smartphones, but outside of using them professionally, I am not one to be found casually utilizing technology.

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Amana & Google Nest: Create A Hands-Free, Hassle-Free Home For Your Customers

Don’t miss out on this money-making opportunity. Contractors who bundle smart home products with Amana brand system purchases stand to make more per job.

The Amana brand has a rich history of creating hassle-free living environments for its customers. Whether it be creating appliances that changed the American household or creating modern, state-of-the-art HVAC systems that pair well with smart home products – the comfort of Amana customers always comes first.

That’s why Amana brand equipment makes a perfect match with Google Nest smart home products. Google Nest smart home products are designed to create a hands-free, helpful home for customers using voice-activated devices to control thermostats, appliances, security products, and lighting.

Contractors who bundle smart home products with Amana brand system purchases stand to make more per job. Demand for smart home options is growing, and customers are continually asking for smarter solutions to save on utility bills and make their busy lives a little easier to manage.

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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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