Everywhere Apps For Contractors: IE3’s CalcuNow Apps Simplify Work In The Field


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In the fast paced, digital world we live in, things are always evolving. Contractors who find the most success adjust with the changes and embrace new technologies. To help contractors perform better in the field and perform more accurate calculations, IE3 launched a new suite of mobile apps called CalcuNow.

What Exactly Is CalcuNow?

In the field, you need to run all sorts of calculations, all the time. So CalcuNow takes the most common calculations you need and makes it real simple to get the right answers. Need to size a duct? Determine

heat pump capacity? Figure out how many bags of concrete you need to build an equipment pad? Come up with a quick job estimate and feel confident about your gross margin? CalcuNow can handle all those tasks and more, with new apps under development all the time.

Contractors and their employees use a lot of different smartphones and tablets, so CalcuNow was designed so you can access it from your browser on your Android phone or tablet, your iPhone or your iPad, your Windows phone or tablet, and even your BlackBerry.

Of course, CalcuNow apps aren’t “magic” and they’re not going to install a system for you. Instead, they make it a whole lot easier for you to get it right the first time.

Created By A Contractor, For Contractors

You oft en hear that things are “Contractor Developed,” and when it comes to CalcuNow, it’s 100 percent true! CalcuNow apps were created by Kenny Watson of Roscoe Brown, Inc. in Murfreesboro, TN, to solve his problems, and make his life easier.

What really qualified Watson to create this suite of apps? Well, he has been in the industry for 35 years and believes in doing the job right, but also smart. He also knows a little about computers — he’s the man who developed the popular “Speed-Sheet” programs for ACCA’s manuals — and so when the mobile revolution happened, he saw it mostly as a chance to make his life easier.

“These apps were a method I came up with to help me and my technicians deal with things we saw happening every day,” Watson says. “Sure, we knew how to work a lot of these calculations manually or in our heads, but I felt it was important to take the guesswork out of it and, most of all, speed it up. Time is money for all of us contractors.”

How Does It Work?

CalcuNow uses your mobile device’s web browser, and each app has been designed to adjust itself to work in your device’s screen. In this way, you are not locked into a particular type of device with its own app store limitations. You DO need an Internet connection to access CalcuNow; your cellular data service should work fi ne. There are a couple of apps which work best on tablets, simply because they require a lot of different information that will be more user-friendly on the larger screen of a tablet. These apps include a note indicating that they are best for tablets on their app description pages. These particular apps will work on smartphones, but you may need to move the page back and forth in order to enter the data.

“The goal behind partnering with Kenny was to help contractors get the correct information quickly and easily,” said Kevin Holland, executive vice president & CCO of ie3media, Inc. “We know there are a lot of software programs out there that contractors are already using, but CalcuNow takes out all the confusing features and give them only what they need to get the right answer the first time.”

“All I really want to do is make life easier for contractors, because we’ve got enough work to do already,” adds Watson. “There are a lot of great software products out there, and I use a lot of them, but I didn’t see anyone tackling the real common sense, real world problems we face in the field. I wanted to do that, but do it in a way that’s easy to understand and makes sense to those of us who know what we’re doing.”

What Apps Are Available?

Currently CalcuNow has 17 apps ready for you to use.

Some of the apps include:

  • Duct Sizer
  • Loan Calculator
  • Heat Pump Capacity
  • Quick Job Estimate
  • Wire Sizing
  • Temperature Conversion

New apps are constantly being developed. In fact, coming soon are the Manual J Residential Block Load app and the Manual S Equipment Selection app.

Each of our apps has been created to solve a particular problem that comes up oft en during a contractor’s day-to-day work. If you have an idea for an app that would make your job and life easier, let us know about it — maybe we can make it happen for you! Use the helpdesk at https://hvac-blog.acca.org/helpdesk to submit suggestions for new apps.

Get CalcuNow Today!

CalcuNow is great for all contractors whether you have 5 employees or 500 employees. You can sign up for a monthly subscription for just $10 a month per person. And if you want to sign up 5, 10, or 20 people, you will get a discount of 5%, 10%, or 20%, respectively. And if you are a company who needs 100 people to have access, we can help you with that, too, just contact us through our Help Desk at https://hvac-blog.acca.org/helpdesk.

The best part of subscribing to CalcuNow — it’s risk free! We know you’ll love it, but just in case you aren’t sure, we offer a three day free trial when you sign up. So, your credit card won’t be charged until after the free trial is over. And even if you decide on day 10 that it isn’t right for you, you can cancel your subscription any time and still have access to the apps until the month you have paid for has ended.

There is no better time than today to start using CalcuNow! Visit www.calcunow.com to learn more and sign up.


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