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GREAT NEWS for Residential HVAC Contractors

The Quality Home Comfort Awards — an HVAC industry original contest that recognizes excellence in home comfort contracting — just got better! Beginning this week, a new online entry form will make it easier for residential HVAC contractors to submit recent projects into our annual QHCA contest, now in its 22nd year. The form is here: QUALITY HOME COMFORT AWARDS ENTRY FORM ... but read on for a moment.

This development coincides perfectly with the recent CB website redesign, which has resulted in a tremendous increase in traffic since its January debut.

THE SHORT & SWEET of it is, residential HVAC contractors can now easily navigate through a series of questions, and provide project details online. Photos and a commissioning statement can also be easily zipped and uploaded into the online form.

We've made this improvement because we realize HVAC contractors are busy people who jump at the chance to use time-saving technology. At the end of a long day, when the family is waiting at home, preparing a tabbed binder with papers and photographs might not rank very high on their "to do" list.

A larger QHCA-winning project by Sigman Heating

This change was made in part as a result of a survey we conducted among our HVAC contractor editorial advisors and past winners. When we asked if they thought an online entry form was a good idea, their answer was a resounding yes!

Other improvements to the process include separate categories for geothermal and hydronic/radiant projects.

A smaller QHCA-winning project, by Comfort Matters Heating

Any size project will be considered, which has always been the case, so don't think the 16 SEER system you just installed in a 2,000 sq. ft. home is too small for our attention. We look for high quality projects that solve specific home comfort issues, period.

Entries will be judged by an impartial panel of HVAC contractors. Winning projects will be featured in the July edition of, and we're working on other ways to really shine a light on our winners.

Here's that link again: QUALITY HOME COMFORT AWARDS ENTRY FORM. Show us your best work! Good luck!


Jim Patterson, of Orchard Valley Heating & Cooling, has lots to say about the prestige and recognition that comes with winning a Quality Home Comfort Award:

Jim Patterson with his son Brian, a recent HVAC graduate who now works with his dad on home comfort projects.
It's been 13 years since we received our first QHCA award. I can still recall the excitement after receiving the call from Contracting Business- we were on the map! The past decade’s involvement with CB and the awards has netted us 11 first place awards, and an enormous amount of pride in our accomplishment and in what we deliver to our clients. We would not be where we are in this industry today without the power of these fantastic awards. They allow us to showcase our abilities on a grand scale, and present those masterpieces to perspective clients, architects and builders, and create a company philosophy that transcends into every project.

As a small, two-person family business in Southampton, Mass., seeing our work in the pages of CB confirms our vision: provide excellence at every level and treat every project as if it was going to be photographed tomorrow.

Detail from a winning project by Jim Patterson, Orchard Valley Heating
These awards have firmly set our expectations for every job: only our best will do, and every client that hires us deserves an award-winning installation. That mindset has kept our phones ringing constantly, and fueled amazing growth through the past several years' recession. It has allowed us to develop a unique sales approach that begins and ends with educating our clients to the point that they know we are the only choice for a properly designed and installed system.

All of this confidence started 13 years ago with our first entry in the QHCA program and has allowed our company to grow, prosper, and become a respected contributor to this amazing vocation. For those of you that haven’t experienced the benefits of and the QHCA awards, you're missing out on a career-changing opportunity to showcase your talents.


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