Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Experience the Caribbean, Celebrity-Style  


Comfort Supply invites you to heat up winter with a luxurious Caribbean escape!

Comfort Supply’s Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise promotion runs now through December 31, 2012. Qualifying customers will win a six-day, five-night ocean adventure aboard the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship – a floating luxury hotel which has recently been completely revamped to include Celebrity’s “Solstice Class” features, including an 11-deck high atrium. To learn more about this magnificent ship and see a photo gallery of all the Constellation has to offer, point your Internet browser to http://bit.ly/wW8Qla.

The trip includes round-trip airfare to Miami and transfers to the ship, five nights accommodation in an ocean view balcony stateroom, all meals, all shipboard entertainment, private welcoming and farewell cocktail receptions with hors d’oeuvres and live music, and days and nights of sun and fun.

To qualify for the Celebrity Constellation trip:

  • Fill out a registration form and return it to Comfort Supply. We will then inform you of your Base Quota to earn your first trip
  • Earn two (2) Trip Points for each $100.00 of Ruud purchases from Comfort Supply, up to your Base Quota, during the promotional period
  • Earn five (5) Trip Points for each $100.00 of Ruud purchases from Comfort Supply over your Base Quota during the promotional period
  •  Trips are valued at 4,000 points per couple, including complete air and cruise package combined, based on double occupancy. Double occupancy means two people sharing a room

Participants must earn a minimum of 2,000 points to qualify. Any unearned portions of the trip may be purchased, subject to availability. Availability for buy-ins is not guaranteed.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

HVAC Web Apps and the 21st Century Tool Belt  


Comfort Supply has enjoyed sharing a new toolset to make life easier for HVAC industry professionals: HVAC Web Apps. We've teamed up with KB Watson Enterprises to provide contractors with a suite of cloud-based calculators.  These tools are designed to simplify the most common tasks performed at worksites by HVAC comfort advisors, system designers, installers and service technicians. 

The platform of cloud-based Web apps – including residential load calculation, residential equipment selection, residential duct design and more – runs on any device with a Web browser. Even better, you don't have to have an iPhone or an iPad to use it. Any mobile device with an Internet connection will do.

Watching the trend of fewer and fewer technicians carrying bulky laptops to worksites has been a sign of the times in our industry. Devices such as iPhones, Android smart phones and tablets have become tools on the HVAC technician’s belt.

We're mindful of that at Comfort Supply, and we've sought to evolve with new technologies like the iPad and HVAC Web Apps. We're a better, more efficient company for it.

Our own sales pro Wayne Dube had this to say about his experience with the apps:

“The best thing about the platform is that it combines a bunch of tools in one location. You don’t have to have a refrigerant chart or a pipe size chart, for example, when you’re at a worksite. Calculations that used to take contractors up to an hour to compute now take about a minute. It’s a great training tool for the industry and the next step for bringing our industry into the IT age."

We look forward to hearing from our customers about their experiences with HVAC Web Apps. 

A beta test site for HVAC Web Apps is live at www.hvacwebapps.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Look Back at 2011  


It’s hard to believe that we opened two new locations last year, for a total of six stores throughout Tennessee — let’s just say that 2011 was a year of tremendous growth for us — and more growth is expected this year.

We added a Knoxville location in April, and our 14,000-square-foot store stocks our trademark selection of quality Ruud residential and commercial products. Last month we added a location in Chattanooga. As our first Ruud PROSTOCK store, the 20,000-square-foot location includes a 3,000-square-foot showroom.

We also took advantage of technology in 2011 by outfitting our sales reps with iPads. Now our reps have instant access, wherever they are, to important product information and other tools that allow them to better serve our customers. We also recently launched HVAC Web Apps, a platform of cloud-based calculator applications designed to simplify the most common tasks performed by a host of workers in the HVAC industry.

We have some ambitious things planned for the coming year. Our Web store goes live this month, and it will provide our customers an e-commerce solution for purchasing the HVAC materials and select parts that we carry.

This year we took huge strides as both a company and a team, all to better serve the needs of the 21st Century HVAC contractor, and I fully expect 2012 to be even better.