The HVAC industry is amid a boom of growth, as according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand will increase by 30 percent between 2010 and 2020.
Think about all those commercials you see on television about financial planning and preparing for your future retirement. Invest now and live happy later. They make it sound so simple. Obviously the more you save and put into retirement plans, the better off you will be once you reach that golden age.
When you think of any type of HVAC field service call that requires a technician to come to a job site, one thing always remains constant; the technician must drive to the site.
Many janitorial services are making the switch to some form of facility management software and ditching the pen and paper. Makes sense, considering one of their many jobs is to empty trash bins and recycling boxes, so any place they can reduce paper is a bonus.
Where are your technicians? It’s a question many in the HVAC field service industry are asking, especially when customers are calling and about the status of their work order. It can be a difficult conversation to have with a customer, especially if you haven’t equipped a GPS device to your technician.
There are two main streams of revenue for HVAC companies. Either they are installing large units on malls, hospitals or office buildings, or they are maintaining those units through preventative maintenance contracts and service level agreements.
Buying a field service software isn’t as simple as walking into your nearest Best Buy, grabbing it off the shelf and installing it on your computer. It’s a complex decision that requires demonstration of the product, implementation of the software and a full understanding of the benefits of what you’re purchasing.
The HVAC service industry is more competitive than ever, as higher expectations from customers are creating an industry that has shifted from a cost-centric and reactive approach to a value-centric and proactive approach.
The weather is changing and air conditioners are going to be turned off soon to be replaced by furnaces. And to ensure a furnace is running at peak efficiency, a visit by an HVAC technician for a regular maintenance schedule is needed.
If you’re going to implement field service software, getting one that is already integrated with your ERP and CRM systems is the optimal option. Harmony between two sets of software will not only increase the communication lines between the two programs but also save you valuable time on having to re-enter data that has already been put into one system. Think of it just like you would any part of your business. Your service department needs to be working with your accounting department for invoicing and billing, your inventory warehouses for stock levels, and sales for new products or services. If the lines of communication in person-to-person conversations are broken, it can cost your business dearly. It’s the same with your field service and accounting software.