As an HVAC technician or an HVAC business owner, you need to have certain tools at your disposal. Some of these tools will be literal tools in an HVAC toolkit, and others may come in the form of digital apps. HVAC, like many other fields, uses technology to keep ahead of the game and HVAC techs often need at least basic computer skills. Between the Apple Store and Google Play, you could spend countless hours searching for the best apps to promote and streamline your HVAC business. However, some apps are more helpful than others. If you want to take advantage of some of the top HVAC apps, try some of the options below.
1. HVAC Showroom
HVAC Showroom, available by OpActive, is your go-to app for providing education to consumers. This app includes information about the most-common consumer questions, how different systems function and why some systems may require more or less energy to operate. By using multi-media animation and visual effects to emphasize these different features, HVAC Showroom allows your consumers to take an active role in the selection of an HVAC system.
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2. EzyZone: System Design App
Although no longer available on Google Play, EzyZone: System Design App may be downloaded from AppsZone at no charge. This app helps you build a virtual HVAC system and access the resulting workload, energy requirements and amount of needed materials. With the swipe of a finger, you can predict costs of total labor by inputting an estimated hourly wage and cost per part.
3. HVAC Professional
Available on iTunes, HVAC Professional is your ultimate resource for accessing 200 HVAC formulas and 18 different HVAC charts to help when selecting and installing an HVAC system. The app lets you select a primary section of work (e.g. air change, ductwork or energy) to find the information you need. The program also includes conversion calculations and area formulas. In addition, you have the option of marking favorite formulas or accessing recently used formulas. This comprehensive app may be especially helpful for those who only recently completed HVAC training and are just entering the industry.
4. HVAC Marketing Toolbox
The HVAC industry faces some pretty unique marketing challenges. Marketing efforts, for example, may change depending on season or geographical location. HVAC Marketing Toolbox, available on Google Play, allows you to create a Marketing Calendar, specific to different geographic locations. You may also create unique QR codes, those square black-and-white barcodes, to drive potential consumers to your business on any form of printed media.
5. PayPal Here
A modern business nowadays must have the ability to accept credit and debit cards for payments. PayPal Here allows you to process credit and debit card payments from nearly any Apple, Android or Windows device. PayPal Here may be purchased directly through PayPal Here or a local retailer. Upon activation, you will receive a $15.00 credit to your PayPal account. Fees per transaction range from 2.7% (if card is swiped) to 3.5% plus $0.15 (if card number is scanned or entered manually). If you combine the rapid payment with a PayPal Business Debit Card, you can earn 1% cash back on signed purchases.
As an aspiring HVAC professional attending refrigeration school, you may plan to run your own business one day, or you may end up choosing to work as an independent contractor. Every business owner or contractor has to think about ways to improve his or her business, and by taking advantage of these five apps, you may find it easier to keep yourself ahead of the game.