The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturns have caused billions of people to lose their jobs resulting in financial hardship, both personal and professional. When the economy is uncertain, the security of one’s financial future is top of mind. Therefore, it comes as no wonder that many workers that just experienced a layoff are turning to franchising opportunities as a way to guarantee a reliable income. Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) franchises are attractive because there is always a need for heating and cooling of homes and commercial buildings.
This article provides essential questions about the HVAC franchise sector, so potential investors can determine if this type of business is right for them. Through our connection with the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG), we will help investors understand the different HVAC franchise options, the amount of investments required, the possible returns on investments, and the necessary operational experience needed.
What is a HVAC Franchise?
HVAC franchises are businesses that are affiliated with one of the major heating and cooling manufacturers and perform heating and air conditioning services. Manufacturers sell their equipment to franchises and franchise owners in turn, use those equipment, supplies, and licenses that is required to perform the services. Without a franchise license, individuals are excluded from practicing business using the manufacturer’s products.
Generally, HVAC franchises offer various services such as installation, repair, and maintenance of home and commercial heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. However, there are franchises that may provide additional services such as plumbing, electric work, and water heater installation.
How Much Does an HVAC Franchise Cost?V
The total cost of franchising an HVAC business varies greatly, depending on the size and type of franchise one is interested in starting. Generally speaking, the cost for a basic HVAC franchise ranges from $50,000 to $200,000.
Typically, the cost of the franchise fee maintains a steady percentage of the total costs, approximately 15-25%, and the remainder of the investment will go towards such costs as training expenses, equipment, supplies, marketing, inventory, and operating capital which is necessary for day-to-day operations.
What Are Some of the Popular HVAC Franchises?
Some popular HVAC franchises across the country are Trane, American Standard, Rheem, Aire Serv, and Comfort Maker.
Trane is the world’s largest HVAC manufacturer, and its franchised business owners provide services with the brand’s signature air-solution technology, which is designed to help keep homes and businesses at maximum comfort.
American Standard franchises use the latest technology when installing heating and cooling systems, providing high-efficiency Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning systems.
Rheem is a family-owned and operated business that is known for its energy-saving products. Aire Serv is a national franchise with two dozen outlets throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and offers a full range of services from installation and repairs to maintenance.
Comfort Maker is a popular franchise option, and although it does not have the same name recognition and brand-stature as the other franchises mentioned, it provides an affordable solution with state-of-the-art HVAC products.
What Are the Benefits of Investing in an HVAC Franchise?
There are several benefits to investing in an HVAC franchise:
First, the HVAC industry is an expanding market in the United States and is expected to continue to grow as the demand for reliable heating and cooling solutions increases.
Second, there is a large customer base available, allowing the franchise owner to target both the residential and the commercial markets.
Third, having a franchise license allows access to the manufacturer’s equipment, parts, warranties, and training, which can significantly reduce costs. Moreover, franchises are usually backed by the manufacturer’s reputation and network which guarantees customer loyalty and trust.
What Is the Typical Investment Return of an HVAC Franchise?
There is no single answer to this question as it depends on the size and scope of the franchise, as well as the market conditions. However, typically, HVAC franchises are very lucrative investments, with the average business generating around $500,000 in annual revenue and having profitability margins of up to 40%. This type of franchise also generally requires less capital investment than other types of franchises, so the returns on investments can be higher.
What Experience Is Necessary to Run an HVAC Franchise?S
For those considering investing in a HVAC franchise, it is important to note that experience in the industry may be required. The best candidates for these types of franchises are likely to have a minimum of 3 years experience in HVAC maintenance, and possess sound knowledge of HVAC systems and products, as well as familiarity with the local market.
More generally, those interested in pursuing HVAC franchising should possess good interpersonal skills, the willingness to embrace the manufacturer’s brand and training programs, and an inclination to work tirelessly to ensure that customers are properly cared for.
A HVAC business can be a lucrative venture for those that have the right experience and operational skills. By familiarizing yourself with the type of franchise that best fits your goals and your background, you can make an educated decision on whether this sector is right for you. Through our connection with IFPG, we are here to help you in your journey of researching and deciding on a HVAC franchise.