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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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Mini-Split System

Is a Mini-Split System Right for Your Home?

Mini-Split System

There are times in our lives when we have to make a decision we dread making. Replacing that air conditioning unit that you thought would last forever shouldn’t be a stress-inducing decision. A mini-split system uses heat pump technology and works well in homes that do not have a high heating and cooling load and good sealing and insulation. Choosing both cost-savings and optimum functionality is important for your home and should be an informed decision. Here is how to decide if this system is right for you.

A mini-split system is highly efficient and is the most effective cooling and heating system available. You can choose which areas of your home should receive the most air, unlike central heating and cooling. They come in different sizes and no gas is required. Mini-splits dispense air into a room straight from the heat pump coils so there are no ducts required. This means less leakage and no maintenance for duct work. Installation is more advanced than a window unit but much less complicated than a central AC system. Although advertised as a DIY job, this job is best left to professionals to ensure it is installed properly and the warranty is valid. If correctly installed, your mini-split system can last 12-18 years. Mini-split systems are customizable with timers and sleep functions allowing homeowners to take more control of when and how they heat or cool their homes.

Mini-Split AC Unit Limitations

For all of their advantages, Mini-split A/C units do have their limitations. If your home is large and poorly sealed, a mini-split system isn’t able to handle it. Despite the excellence of engineering, you cannot compensate for a lack of insulation or poor building composition. You must decide if this type of heating system is best for how many rooms you have and the capacity of those rooms. You will save money in energy efficiency but installation is a little more expensive and electricity costs more than gas. Aesthetics may be a problem for you if you do not want your heating and cooling on the wall. You do have a choice as to where the unit goes, but if you do not wish to have a vent in your living room, mini-split may not be for you.

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