Any HVAC software must carry out a large number of functions and choosing the right software is not easy. The problem stems from the fact that the programs on the market are excellent for managing certain aspects, but struggle when it comes to other tasks.
Any entrepreneur working in the HVAC sector will confirm how difficult it is to find a good compromise regarding the type of functionalities it offers. Many claim that the key to finding the right software is to choose the one that best fits company requirements and matches the business model it offers.
HVAC software cannot do everything
The first thing that a business owner in search of HVAC software must realise is that, despite the vast range of options available on the market, these programs cannot do everything. Some are excellent for the production, and generation of technical drawings for production, while others excel in reporting and sales.
Therefore, it is important to reach a compromise, by posing this simple question: ‘what must I give up in order to make an improvement?’. Analysing the strength of the various options and comparing them with the company’s actual requirements is helpful in order to identify the most appropriate solution for the company’s specific business needs.
The selling company is therefore in a position to offer more advantageous prices, by purchasing only what is needed to meet demand.
Some guidelines for choosing the most suitable HVAC software
Before proceeding to choose a new HVAC software, it is important that a business owner has a clear idea of the objectives they intend to achieve and any weaknesses in the program currently used.
Once these two points have been clearly identified, the first thing to do to facilitate the transition from one software to another is to contact an expert for advice. There are consultants who can provide a detailed analysis of specific programs and identify the most suitable ones to match the company’s objectives.
This is an important investment, which however, in the long term, can really make a difference. In fact, it is not always necessary to change the software currently used in toto; sometimes it is sufficient to carry out a small upgrade involving certain functionalities. An experienced consultant will have no trouble identifying these potential options.
As well as hiring a consultant, it is a good idea to use sector-specific web portals, which compare the pros and cons of various software on the market. There are many different ones online, some with extremely well-stocked databases, which include over 150 different types of HVAC software.
Assessing the efficiency of software is not easy, but there are some questions that an entrepreneur should ask themselves in order to move towards the most appropriate solution:
- Can the software be used easily by technicians?
- Is the program capable of lightening the workload?
- Is there an on demand implementation service ?
- Can staff be trained in the new software?
Translated by Joanne Beckwith