How HVAC/R companies can improve employee productivity

A typical HVAC/R company will employ anywhere between 5 and 12 mechanics, each of whom are required to work with a variety of systems, from commercial AC units to industrial refrigeration systems.

Between having clear objectives and possessing dependable refrigeration gauges, there are many factors that impact an HVAC R technician’s productivity. What should HVAC R businesses do to increase employee output while keeping input to a minimum?


Defining productivityproductivity

Simply telling a worker he or she needs to be more productive is not going to encourage improvement. The employee may respond by asking for more resources, time and pay, all of which are often in short supply.

Linda Couch, chief operating officer of Parrish Services, a residential trade services company based in the US, maintained that the first step to enhancing employee productivity involves defining what exactly they need to produce. From there, leaders need to establish goals which are both achievable and specific to the task at hand.

For example, a team leader could set an objective for all mechanics to replace automatic expansion valves in under 30 minutes. Enabling technicians to do so may involve supporting on-the-job training. It may pay off to have a new employee work under a veteran who can show them the most efficient way to finish certain tasks.


Providing the right equipment

Because of the variety of tasks involved in their profession, HVAC/R mechanics will always have a variety of tools at their disposal. However, are they using the best equipment available? Ms Couch noted that even the latest trade tools often introduce improvements on previous releases, and that devices as new as five years old may no longer be up to standard.

The need for simple, affordable solutions has prompted testo UK to release eight Smart Tools which can connect to engineers’ mobile devices. After downloading the ‘testo Smart Probes’ App (available on iOS or Android), users are able to measure air velocity, temperature, humidity, pressure and many other factors through their smartphones and tablets.



With testo’s new Smart probes all measurements are transported directly to your smartphone


The lightweight, cost-effective devices use Bluetooth technology to send reports and information directly to smartphones. Once data is received by the mobile App, users can save, read, analyse and share information using cloud technology.


So, can mobile devices really improve productivity?

In the case of testo Smart Probes – yes absolutely, although it does of course depend on how they are used.  Mobile technology can serve as the primary medium through which employees can keep track of responsibilities, communicate with colleagues and manage customer relationships.

testo-Smart-ProbesMobile technology is being employed more and more throughout the HVAC/R industry


Want to discover more about Smart Equipment?

If you’d like to find out how Smart Tools could help your organisation, speak with testo’s dedicated sales team today. Call us on 01420 544433 or visit


About Testo Limited

We offer an extensive range of instruments for many parameters and applications including; Temperature, Humidity, Velocity, Gas analysis, RPM, Pressure, Light, pH, Sound. testo instruments are widely used in the following sectors: HVAC-R: heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Process Industry: manufacturing industries, service companies and utilities. Food Sector: including food manufacture, transport, storage, distribution and retail. Thermal Imaging: for building surveys, maintenance, electrical inspections and production monitoring.

Posted on March 22, 2016, in Commercial, Environmental, Facilities Maintenance, Facilities management, flue gas, hEATING, Home, Humidity, hvac, Industry, Latest News, News, Online, plumbers, Plumbers uk, plumbing, Refrigeration, Software, temperature and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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