Fuhrmann stays busy keeping air temps right
By Stephen Groessel
Stephen Groessel photo
Fuhrmann Heating & Cooling installer Ken Lau (center) of Reedsville makes a cut into a piece of sheet metal while owners Lyle Lannbrecht (left) and Mark Behnke observe the action. The Brillion firm is marking its 31st year in business.

Although the housing market has been at a low level for some time, the building industry in 2013 is showing small but positive signs of growth.

Even if new homes are not being built in great numbers, existing homeowners and owners of small commercial buildings are faced with replacement, upgrading and repair of heating and cooling equipment.

Fuhrmann Heating & Cooling, Inc. of Brillion maintains a steady schedule of service work; last fall was very busy answering routine and emergency calls. “Gaps in work orders have not been the case,” said Andy Geiger whose serves as sales manager for the firm.

Service tune-ups have been strong through fall and winter, Geiger said. Right now additions and remodeling work is lively and especially new commercial construction, he said. While the firm services most products, it is primarily a Carrier dealership and over the years the company has received several awards from Carrier acknowledging its quality work.

More home bids

Geiger, who is responsible for handling all bids, said he is seeing an increased number of bids on home plans for spring and summer construction projects. Interest rates remain low and attractive, and existing home prices are down making home buying attractive. Many people want to buy low giving themselves extra financial leverage in doing renovations and upgrades.

The firm’s mainstays consist of heating, air conditioning, commercial and residential, boiler systems, radiant in-floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, GEO thermal, wood and oil. “Most of our work is in new construction, existing homes, performing a nice mixture of retrofits and remodeling work,” said Geiger. “About 80 percent of our business is forced air heating and cooling.”

Commercial work has been fairly strong, both remodeling work and new construction. A somewhat recent example is West Haven, an assisted living facility in Green Bay, where Fuhrmann installed heating and cooling systems for a substantial addition there (double the size of what they have there). Fuhrmann did the heating and cooling work in its original building. Other larger projects recently undertaken were dental clinics in Sheboygan.

Central air is now standard in nearly every new home, and can be added to existing homes. Most existing homes that have hot water heat and are without duct work can be a bit tricky to air condition,

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