Make better use of your ‘windshield time’ by listening to these HVAC podcasts for tips and inspiration.
Are you spending hours every day driving to your customers’ HVAC job sites? The time adds up, especially if your company operates in a more rural area or has a large service area. How do you fill the drive time?
For Angel Nava, every minute counts. He’s trying to grow a multi-million dollar HVAC business, so he listens to HVAC podcasts or HVAC audiobooks every chance he gets.
“It’s all windshield time,” says Nava, owner of 24 Hour Air Conditioning & Heating in St. George, Utah. “Whenever I’m driving anywhere, I don’t waste my time listening to music. It’s all podcasts and audiobooks.”
Nava, whose company is quickly approaching the $1 million mark in annual sales, says he learns so much about running his HVAC business more efficiently by listening to inspirational HVAC podcasts by industry professionals such as Tommy Mello, The Home Service Expert or HVAC Masters of the Hustle with Jason Walker.
One of the most important lessons he’s learned, Nava says, is how to help his team improve.
“You can’t really grow a company without growing your team,” he says. “The mindset we had before was just, ‘get out there, get out there, get out there.’ Now, it’s ‘train, train, train, and then get out there.’
“Something Tommy always says, ‘If you think it’s expensive to train, then how much do you think it will cost if you don’t train and the employee stays?’” Nava says. “We have a process before we even bring new people on. Usually, the people who are not buying into our culture tend to drop off very quickly.”
The HVAC Masters of the Hustle podcast, Nava says, encourages him to think differently by poking holes in long-held beliefs about the HVAC industry.
“It’s about what we think we know,” Nava says. “We never get to a point where we know everything."
"There’s always room to learn, no matter how long you’ve been working in the industry or in any business. There are always new ideas out there that can open up another door in your mind."
Spend your valuable time behind the wheel of your HVAC service truck by listening to an informative HVAC podcast with tips, tricks and shared experiences from others in the industry. You’ll feel more productive, and you might just learn something new.
What is a podcast and how do I listen to one?
The term “podcast” originates from the words iPod (a small digital audio player) and broadcasting. Most of the popular HVAC podcasts are free and easily accessible on the Internet. Users typically download an HVAC podcast audio file from their favorite podcasting website to listen to on their computers, laptops, tablets or personal digital audio players.
It’s simple to download a podcast and listen when it’s most convenient for your schedule, or you can livestream a podcast once you know the day and time it’s scheduled to air. HVAC podcasts can be an incredible resource to help grow your business and stay up to date on happenings in the HVAC industry.
To find the best HVAC podcast, look for podcasts with lots of reviews, a high rating, and a currently active show with episodes released weekly or biweekly. In addition to The Home Service Expert and HVAC Masters of the Hustle, Nava’s favorite HVAC podcasts, here are some others to get you started.
Tune into these top HVAC podcasts
Hvac Uncensored: Based in Baltimore, Md., HVAC contractors Gil Cavey and Kelley McKay share tips on business, technical advice and increasing your company’s revenue. This informative and humorous podcast has something for everyone, from beginners to experienced pros. It airs once a week, usually on Mondays.
HVAC School — For Techs, By Techs: Based in Orlando, Fla., HVAC and electrical contractor Bryan Orr started his HVAC school podcast about 15 years ago as a way to offer HVAC technicians proven tips they can use in the field instead of just theories or ideas. Help your techs learn by listening to this podcast, which features helpful information about technician training, contractor interviews, and general conversations about the trade. The HVAC School podcast airs every day throughout the work week.
The HVAC Jerks: Based in Highland, N.Y., two HVAC contractors and a sales guy (Rich, Kevin and Joe) talk about everything as it relates to the HVAC industry. From news and technical stuff to the best dirty jobs stories, these HVAC Jerks will entertain you while also teaching important HVAC industry lessons. This podcast airs every week, usually on Sundays and Wednesdays.
HVAC Know It All: Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, this podcast is hosted by HVAC technician Gary McCreadie, who has nearly 20 years of experience as a licensed refrigeration technician. He shares tips of the trade from a hands-on perspective, and he often interviews others in the industry to get their take on learning and growing an HVAC business. His podcast airs weekly.
HVAC Shop Talk: Based in Burgaw, N.C., HVAC veteran Zachary Psioda brings more than 20 years of experience as an HVAC service mechanic to this weekly podcast, where he brings in HVAC industry leaders, tool manufacturers and others to discuss a wide array of topics related to the HVAC industry. Psioda previously hosted the Tradesman podcast.
Listen to an HVAC podcast with these apps
Easily accessible apps for anyone with a computer or smartphone include iTunes and Spotify. Just navigate to the podcast section, browse your favorite HVAC podcast, and click play. Apple and Google Play are also among the best podcast apps to stream your favorite program.
If your techs don’t want to add one more app to their phones, simply schedule a training session and livestream an episode for everyone to listen to in your shop’s breakroom. Find inspiration together, and soon you’ll be growing your HVAC company with a well-trained team and complete buy-in for a bright future.
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