Companies in this industry install and service plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning equipment. Major companies include ARS/Rescue Rooter, Comfort Systems USA, EMCOR Group, and TDIndustries.
New technology for HVAC and plumbing applications are driving growth in the industry. Systems that connect HVAC, lighting, and security elements as well as tools to monitor energy use and efficiency are popular in residential and commercial installations. The growing use of voice-control devices like Amazon's Alexa or Google Home is also driving residential demand for newer HVAC systems. Smart tech is also driving plumbing demand with personalization of shower and toilet function key for home markets and water efficiency for toilets and faucets important to larger installations. Some smart fixtures can also diagnose problems and alert for needed maintenance. Contractors experienced in new technology can benefit from new construction and remodeling demand as well as maintenance work.
Products, Operations & Technology
HVAC contractors install and service furnaces, air conditioning (AC) units, and refrigeration systems, and the associated ductwork, pumps, and control units in residential and commercial buildings. Some shops fabricate their own sheet-metal ductwork. Technicians are trained on installation and repair but often specialize in one or the other.