HVAC

HVAC Industry

HVAC Industry Solutions

Here at BigRentz, we know the HVAC industry is very busy. Because of steady industry growth and a shortage of labor, HVAC contractors are being forced to find new ways to become more efficient in order to stay on target with their project deadlines.

Outsourcing your equipment rentals to BigRentz could help you with this goal. Instead of calling around to multiple suppliers to check equipment availability, location, and pricing, you can place one order with us, and we’ll fulfill the backend. For example, if you next project involves installing air duct, then you can rent a forklift to move the duct and a scissor lift to install it. If you also need a manlift because the building has multiple floors, we have those available for rent, too. Placing one order for all your equipment rentals at once frees up your time to focus on your core business.

HVAC Industry
HVAC Industry

The State of the HVAC Industry

The HAC/plumbing industry posted significant growth in 2017 thanks to the strong local economy. The good news should continue locally in 2018. In a year where the global HVAC market is expected to grow, the U.S. market is expected to post the largest gains in 2018. This growth will come not just from new sales but also from a rising awareness of the importance of HVAC servicing and maintenance, including smart maintenance.

A growing eco-consciousness among consumers and the influence of technology are helping the modern HVAC industry evolve. Consumers still value comfort, but they don’t want it to hurt the planet or their pockets. They’re demanding more efficient heating, cooling, and refrigeration solutions and are increasingly open to renewable and alternative energies. These consumer demands are reflected in the new HVAC products hitting the market.

As with most industries, new technologies are impacting the way HVAC businesses operate. They’re increasingly collecting and analyzing real-time data to make more informed business decisions rather than relying on their instincts. This trend is impacting a range of factors, including dispatching, HVAC technician and installer compensation, and financial management. Cloud technologies are also helping HVAC businesses operate efficiently, especially when they’re on job sites.

HVAC businesses aren’t the only ones using technology. Their customers are also using online mediums to select and review HVAC systems. This trend means HVAC businesses must spend time connecting with consumers through social media, ensuring their web presence is mobile-ready, and building their online reputations.

Commonly Used Equipment in This Sector

HVAC technicians use a variety of different equipment to install, service, and repair heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration systems for their individual and business clients. These are just some of the pieces of equipment that HVAC companies regularly use:

  • Boom and scissor lifts: HVAC technicians may use lifts to move themselves, HVAC products, and equipment to high locations. Lifts are commonly used when installing, servicing, and repairing HVAC ducting and installing HVAC appliances in residential and commercial buildings, especially multi-story properties. Electric scissor lifts are especially popular for these jobs, and boom lifts are also used on many HVAC job sites.
  • Cranes: Some businesses prefer using cranes to lift HVAC products, rather than lifts. This is common for commercial projects, which require larger, heavier HVAC products lifted higher than small lifts can manage.
  • Basic hand tools: A variety of basic hand tools — including screwdrivers, pipe cutters, hammers, electrician’s pliers, and wrenches — help technicians install HVAC systems.
  • Infrared temperature sensors: These sensors can test an HVAC unit’s temperature without making contact, so they’re a handy tool for installation and maintenance work. They can also register a much wider range of temperatures than a standard thermometer, usually between -40˚ and 4500˚F.
  • Manifold refrigerant gauges: These tools display the pressure of liquids and gases and the vacuum pressure inside HVAC cooling systems. HVAC technicians use these gauges when they’re pressure testing or charging HVAC products.
  • Carbon monoxide testers: These testers check for dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere, which may be caused by a faulty furnace, boiler, water heater, etc. If the test is positive, HVAC technicians can uncover the source and fix the problem for consumers before they suffer any negative health effects.
  • Voltmeters: Voltmeters test the voltage of HVAC appliances after installation and during regular maintenance.
  • Combustion gas analyzers: These tools are used to test the combustion efficiency of gas-powered HVAC appliances, including residential and commercial boilers and burners, after installation or during routine servicing. They provide details about energy efficiency, temperature, draft, and pressure measurements. Basic units display details about oxygen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide levels. More advanced units also give details of nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
  • Acetylene torches: These torches serve as a portable heat source for brazing and soldering during HVAC appliance installation and repairs.

What Do HVAC Technicians Do?

Professionals working in the HVAC sector, known as HVAC technicians, are responsible for the installation, servicing, and repair of heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration systems in homes and commercial properties. They might specialize in installations, servicing, or repairs, or specialize in certain types of HVAC systems. The following are common duties for HVAC technicians:

  • Assessing customer requirements and suggest HVAC options to them that meet their needs. During this process, HVAC technicians explain the benefits of various HVAC systems and how they operate, so customers can make the most informed decision.
  • Installing HVAC systems. This might require the use of boom and scissor lifts to move HVAC equipment to required locations in multi-story buildings. Adding pumps and air ducts is another common part of this process.
  • Drawing up and selling HVAC maintenance contracts to their individual and business customers.
  • Performing routine maintenance on installed HVAC systems. Specialized tools are often required for testing.
  • Troubleshooting HVAC system problems and repairing or replacing components or entire HVAC systems as needed. This troubleshooting might occur when HVAC systems fail or stop working effectively, or during the maintenance process.

Most HVAC technicians have a set working schedule, although this may not involve the regular nine-to-five weekday hours of other businesses. It’s not uncommon for HVAC technicians to work evenings and on weekends. Many HVAC technicians make themselves available for emergency call-outs, as fixing an HVAC system could be a matter of life or death during periods of extreme heat or cold.

Many HVAC technicians work for themselves on a freelance basis. This gives them the greatest degree of flexibility. However, some technicians prefer the stability that working for an established HVAC company provides.

Conclusion

BigRentz prides itself on providing the latest, most well-maintained construction equipment for its HVAC partners across the United States whenever they need it. Browse our website to learn more about the construction equipment we provide and our weekly and monthly rates.

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