Book Review: “From Contractor to Consumer” By Joe Gorman

Before going further, we will give a disclaimer that is important to us and should be to you:  we found and purchased a copy of this book unsolicited, and receive no compensation of any kind for this review or from book orders.  We wrote this review because we find its content relevant and useful to home and building owners or occupants.

Who: Author is Joe Gorman, a HVAC contractor in California and industry expert.
What: Paperback, about 60 pages of content
When: Buy before choosing a heating and AC contractor or system, or having repairs done.
Why:    In about an hour, you can read the whole book, and get a candid insider’s view of heating and AC systems and practices.
How Much: $10.95 plus postage
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars.

What we like most about the book

– Author’s impressive list of credentials and experience.
– Skillful use of tables, lists, and info boxes for easier reading– there are more than a dozen of these.
– The book provides practical and high-impact advice.
– The points he emphasized are very similar to the ones we have emphasized over the years.
– Effective use of technical terms — in the amount necessary — and in a way consumers can understand.

The book has a subtitle: the Truth about Heating, Air Conditioning, and Home Comfort SystemsOur consensus: the book accurately delivers on it. We won’t attempt to go into more detail or somehow condense 60 pages of well written, appropriately technical content into a list for this review.  From our perspective, though, the author makes a great case for why you need to take time to learn about the topic. And, he provides specific action point and next steps.

We are often quoted as saying “the main benefit of any heating and AC system is to provide more comfort and lower bills”.  “From Contractor to Consumer” takes this approach also, and adds some hard-hitting discussion of safety and what can happen if it is ignored.

What we would like to see different
We don’t see much room for improvement.  If there were a way to summarize a bit more of the text into additional tables and lists, that would make the book even better.  As stated above, we counted 12 examples of tables, lists, etc.

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