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Starting an HVAC Services Business

Time to Reach for that Rarified Aire?

An HVAC services franchise might be precisely the opportunity you are looking for

The idea of owning your own business may have been on your mind for years. Whether your professional experience has been with a large corporation or a small company, the thought of being your own boss in control of your destiny is exhilarating. 

That is a common motivation for many who consider franchise ownership to make the dream a reality. And the lucrative HVAC service industry is garnering more than its share of attention. A vital sector of our economy, the HVAC services industry is projected to grow at a steady 2.1% rate over the next five years.

Heating and cooling is a solid, necessity-based business with ongoing consumer demand. And Aire Serv® provides a unique opportunity to independently run an HVAC business while tapping into a wealth of resources from our national franchise system. Your HVAC startup opportunity awaits! 

Why Aire Serv?

Starting Stronger than the Rest

Many entrepreneurs come to Aire Serv because they want to know how to start an HVAC business with strength and longevity while at the same time maintaining a work-life balance. Our franchise system is designed to provide you the tools in order to fulfill that desire.

When you launch a heating and cooling business on your own, you need to rely on a certain level of industry-specific experience. You need to build business relationships with equipment vendors and supply firms from scratch. And your brand awareness starts at zero too. Moreover, you shoulder all marketing and business development responsibilities, consuming all the precious time you want to spend with family and friends.

When you pursue an Aire Serv franchise, many of these responsibilities are streamlined with the franchise systems in place, allowing you to focus on establishing and growing your business. It's all possible because of Aire Serv's time-tested systems, strong vendor relationships with preferred discounts, and a national reputation for service excellence.

A Proven History. A National Brand. A Trusted Name.

Aire Serv is recognized as one of the premier franchise organizations in the HVAC services industry for a good reason.

  • 29 years of business success
  • 200+ U.S. franchises in operation
  • Entrepreneur Franchise 500® 
  • Franchise Times® Top 200

A Code of Values to Work and Live By

As part of the Neighborly® community of home service companies, Aire Serv follows a Code of Values that each employee is encouraged to support and know by heart and with heart.

The Code of Values serves as a set of universal guidelines we strive to adhere to, from the bottom of the organization to the top. Any meeting of three or more employees of Neighborly companies begins by reciting the Code of Values.

Many companies may talk about their values. However, our franchise owners chose to live them.

What We Do

The Resources You Need and More.

Our franchise owners are our top priority. We understand feeling secure in your business means being prepared, so we are committed to supporting you with all the information, tools, and resources you need for your business to thrive.

To do that, we provide you access to ongoing marketing and support in the following areas:

  • Setting up office systems and day-to-day operations
  • Technology training, including operation of our proprietary software systems
  • Education in the Aire Serv business systems, culture, and team development
  • Tested marketing strategies, local marking consulting, and access to marketing collateral
  • Finance management and business strategy
  • Technology and software training
  • Ongoing training and development

Personalized Support from Beginning to End

  • We match you with a Sure Start Consultant who will guide you through every step of opening your Aire Serve franchise
  • We then assign you a Franchise Business Coach who will support you as your business grows

Regional and National Conferences

Aire Serv and our parent company, Neighborly, offer regional and national conferences that provide our franchise owners the opportunity to gather, share and learn together. There's nothing like talking "shop" with fellow franchisees —they just understand the business! Each year the home office goes above and beyond to provide refresher training on best practices and introductions to new trends and technologies.

Why The HVAC Services Industry?

Energy Efficiency is Expected to Drive Steady Growth

According to industry research firm Mordor Intelligence1, more than 90% of households have air conditioning equipment. And the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) estimates that 76 million primary occupied U.S. homes (64% of the total) use central air-conditioning equipment. Mordor explains how energy efficiency will be a crucial driver of industry growth:  

"By 2023, all new residential central air-conditioning and air-source heat pump systems sold in the United States will be required to meet new energy efficiency standards, thus fueling the growth of the HVAC services." – Mordor Intelligence, 2021 

By the Numbers – U.S. HVAC Service Industry

Market Size in 20201

$11.45 billion

Project Growth 20261

$16.56 billion

Growth in 20212

3.2%

5 Year Annualized Growth2

2.1%

Number of Businesses2:

119,359

Industry Employment 20212:

215,509 HVAC Technicians

Project Growth 2021-20261:

6.4% CAGR

1https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/united-states-hvac-services-market

2https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-statistics/number-of-businesses/heating-air-conditioning-contractors-united-states/

3https://www.zippia.com/hvac-technician-jobs/demographics/

Take Advantage of a Low Barrier to Entry

Also, research firm, IBIS World2, reports that the HVAC Contractors industry has a relatively low market share concentration with no companies owning more than 5% share.

That creates an opportunity for Aire Serv franchise owners aligned with a strong brand that has a history of supporting customers with the most highly trained technicians using the most current technology in the market. Today, quality and consistency in the HVAC services industry are essential qualities needed to acquire and retain customers.

Ideal Franchise Owner

Time for a Change

You are ready for a career change and you want to run your own business, take charge of your professional future and reclaim time in your personal life... these are all motivating factors that make franchise ownership so compelling. And you know you have what it takes to succeed. You are:

  • Goal oriented and focused on success
  • An excellent communicator
  • Skilled at building genuine, trusting relationships
  • Driven to perform at a high level
  • Customer focus and service-oriented

If these traits describe you, then and Aire Serv franchise ownership could be the perfect opportunity you have been looking for.

The System

Your Next Step Toward an Excellent HVAC Business

If you need more support for your current operations or want to open an Aire Serv® franchise, we’re ready to help you get started. As a leading national heating and cooling franchise, Aire Serv is committed to helping franchise owners meet and exceed their professional and personal goals.

As a franchise owner, you’ll locally own and operate your business like any entrepreneur, but you benefit from the support of the home office and vast network that Aire Serv provides. Our systems ensure you keep up with growing demand; sustain the business as you age; and have the opportunity to build the flexible, prosperous life you envision.

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