Northeast HVAC News Guest Column
8 HVAC Apps You Need for
By Arzel® Zoning Technology, Inc
Last year, we wrote a post on top
apps for your HVAC business. Since then, iTunes and Google Play
have exploded with new apps for the HVAC industry.
This time around, we expanded our list of apps to showcase those
which help boost productivity, serve as a technician resource
tool along with those which educate consumers and those looking
for a career in HVAC.
HVAC Showroom for iPads is designed to inform and educate
today’s consumers about the features and benefits of different
HVAC technologies and products for residential homes. It does
this by using multi-media animations and visuals to demonstrate
how different technologies and products actually work. The app
also compares the operating costs across different fuel types
for your customer.
This iPad app includes all 200 formulas of the HVAC Formulator
and adds 18 charts, as well as the complete International
Mechanical Code. It includes charts covering everything from
Chimney Clearance to Refrigerant Classification. Sections
include: Air Change, Airside, Boilers, BTU Conversions,
Ductwork, Energy Values, Heating Design, Heating Requirements,
Humidity, Loads, Pumps, Steam, Temperature, Waterside Systems,
Conversions and Area Calculations. Heating Design calculations
include formulas such as: electric heating calculations,
electric baseboard, Heat Tracing Cable, Gas Fired Radiant
HVAC Professional provides an easy was to quickly find what you
need as you are able to search, mark formulas as favorites, or
access recently used formulas. You can also save formula results
and e-mail them directly from the app.
3.EzyZone: System Design App
The only iPad and Android app available for HVAC zoning makes
system design simple and quick. The app helps contractors select
the right product for residential applications and generates a
bill of materials based upon selected equipment details, duct
work sizing and access to runs. An estimated labor time is given
for each part and can be adjusted by the contractor based on
application specifications. EzyZone gives the contractor a
comfort plan that can be shared with a homeowner customer
displaying the number of zones suggested and a quote for the
system and labor.
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HVAC Flashcards for Android and Apple phones and tablets help
prepare users for common HVAC exam questions. The app uses games
including matching, memorize and quiz along with a built-in spaced
repetition scheme, to help with memorization.
This iPad app gives you access to the most commonly used forms
within the construction industry. Contractors and service
technicians are able to complete paperwork in the field for rapid
distribution to all necessary personnel to minimize delays, reduce
conflicts, monitor project changes and save time and paper.
You are able to add your company logo and letterhead to customize
each of the templates. An email features automatically creates PDF
copies for all the forms and you are able to use your finger as a
pen to sign any forms which require a signature.
A cloud based application for field service companies, helps manage,
dispatch and track service orders in real time. The flexible pricing
model based on number of technicians allows companies to start using
the software without incurring any upfront capital investment.
The accompanying mobile application allows technicians to access
service order details in real time from the field. The real time
push notification provides instant notifications to technicians
about new or updated service orders and gives directions using Maps
and GPS. The application also features adding parts and service
details to a service order, capturing signature, creating and
emailing invoices right from the iPhone App.
7.Genteq E-Lab Training
Available for iPad and iPhone, Genteq's e•Lab training courses are
perfect for technicians, service managers, distributors and
manufacturer reps. You can stream Genteq training videos to learn
how to install, service, and maintain ECM motors. The app also has
tutorials for OEM products. The knowledge gained from e-lab is
beneficial to technicians at all experience levels.
8.HVAC Psychormetric Chart
Interactive graphical psychormetric chart for iPad include both IP
and SI units. You are able to plot HVAC and other psychormetric
processes while out in the field, save the graphs and email results
to a designated recipient. The app allows for various customization
of the graphs and you are able to create an unlimited number of
chart projects using reusable templates.
While browsing both iTunes and Google Play, I was impressed to see
that many contractors have developed their own apps for their
homeowner customers. Many give the customer the ability to schedule
maintenance appointments from the app, access special offers or set
reminders for replacing filters. Some also have an energy saving
calculator to compare the homeowner's existing system with a new,
App development can be a serious investment, but they are proving to
be a valuable extension of a product or company as an on-the-go
resource for consumers and businesses alike.
What are apps you use in the field or in the office? Share your's
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