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How to Choose a Local HVAC Contractor

Local HVAC Contractor

You want to make sure that the local HVAC contractor you hire to take care of your heating and cooling system is well-trained and certified, because systems are very complex and host numerous safety concerns. On top of that, you want your home to be well cared for. Here are things to do and not to do when looking for an HVAC contractor.

Do not take estimates over the phone.

No two air conditioning units are the same, therefore there are too many factors to consider. While some contractors may give you a price range, no reputable contractor would give you a bid over the phone because they must be able to check a list of things. They must be able to see the ducting, how your unit is registering in each room, what kind of insulation you have, and lots of other details including measuring your home for a properly sized unit. Make sure that the contractor surveys your house, crawls into your attic and walks around the house to inspect it. Inexperienced contractors and someone trying to gain business without doing the work will give an estimate without really seeing what is going on.

After your contractor does come to your home and surveys your property, get your estimate in writing. Do not accept a verbal contract. If they are reputable, this should not be a problem. It should include the price as well as all services that need to be done.

Experience and knowledge are vital.

Technology is ever changing and what might have worked ten years ago could be outdated regarding your air conditioning system. Ask if the company is knowledgeable about new technologies, including smart home planning. If they don’t know what the latest updates are you may want to move on. If you are wanting someone a little more seasoned, most states require that contractors have 2-5 years of experience before being hired. Just ask the company what they require before they hire their contractors.

Make sure your contractor is licensed.

It’s easy to see and find out. License numbers are required to be listed on their website and paperwork. Some cities and states provide websites with licensed information. If there is no license, there is no insurance to cover the job if it is not done properly. Do not risk hiring someone who is only claiming to be licensed. They could severely damage gas lines or electrical applications that you, consequently, would be responsible for.

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Local HVAC Tech

Why Should You Hire a Local HVAC Company?

Local HVAC Tech

With summer in full swing, your A/C might need a tune up. When looking for local HVAC services, you only want the best. There are plenty of options to choose from but hiring from a big company may be a mistake. How will they know the area? How can you trust their reputation? Will they have time to answer your questions? There are many benefits to hiring local. Here are some to consider before making your service appointment.

Your home is where your family is and this includes your neighborhood. One of the main advantages of hiring a local business is that they will value your relationship and want to establish trust. You will be treated like a neighbor because you are one. They will likely see you in the grocery store following your HVAC service. Also, local businesses thrive on referrals. You can find out, pretty quickly, if they are worth your time and money. If their services are poor, their reputation dies, and then their business. You also know where their office is. If you have questions or any problems, you know exactly where to go or who to contact.

Smaller businesses mean more one-on-one time with the customer. Hiring a local HVAC service can provide you with personalized attention and service and quicker follow-up appointments or responses. Big companies struggle with longer wait times, anonymous service repairmen, and cannot guarantee you will talk to the same person twice.

Local HVAC companies help build strong communities. Everyone benefits when positive and productive relationships are built, including commerce. Locally owned businesses create more jobs and sometimes offer better wages that will then pour back into the local economy. Lastly, local companies are free to make decisions benefitting the community and are free to engage in ways they see fit.

Most importantly, local service providers are more direct with their customers. Their business is on the line so they want to do the right thing. They do not have the capital to waste on stringing customers along. This will also come to mean that you will receive higher quality work for the right price. Local services do not have to answer to a national headquarters office or pay lots overhead.

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Keep Your Pets Cool

How to Keep Your Pets Cool When It’s Hot

Keep Your Pets Cool

As temperatures rise to new heights this summer, we must not forget about our furry family members. Cats have the luxury of napping and running around in the air conditioned inside but dogs require a bit more care. Here is how you can keep your pets cool in the heat:

Take your dog for their walk either early in the morning or later at night.

Temperatures soar during the day and spike around 4-5pm. Exercise is always necessary for a healthy pup, but in the summer, you can be a bit more relaxed. If you must take your dog out at the hottest times of the day, be sure their feet are protected. If you live in the city and grass is not an option, use doggie boots. They can be found at your local pet store and they protect your puppy’s feet from sizzling on the cement. Heat rises from the ground and surfaces like cement and pavement are especially hot. Dogs absorb and release heat through their feet so boots can help keep them cool.

Humans need to stay hydrated and so do dogs!

Keep their water bowl full at all times and if you travel, be sure and bring a bowl and water for them. There are many collapsible bowls on the market as well as water bottle attachments. Put ice in their water or even make them some homemade frozen treats! Darker coats absorb more heat than lighter and that dogs who are overweight are more prone to dehydration. If you notice that your dog is drooling excessively, lethargic, or has bloodshot eyes, he may be overheated and need water. Dogs can’t sweat and they cool off by panting.

Some breeds do better in the heat than others.

Those with thinner coats like Beagles, Dalmatians, and Chihuahuas as well as dogs with longer noses do the best in hot temperatures. Dogs with shorter noses and thicker coats and dogs with health problems like diabetes and weight will struggle more in the heat.

Know the signs of heatstroke and never leave your dog in the car.

They will have a raised temperature (above 101.5 degrees), muscle tremors, staggering, and fatigue. If you think your puppy is experiencing heat stroke, cool them off with wet towels and if it continues, get them to the vet.

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