Tuesday, May 31, 2011

When you are building the most energy efficient home in Florida, who do you hire to install the air conditioning system?

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. is proud to have worked on the highest scoring new construction LEED platinum home ever built in Florida. The ‘Power Haus’ built by Josh Wynne Construction in Sarasota has achieved the lowest HERS rating on record in the U.S., a negative 22.

To put this number into perspective, a HERS Index of 100 represents the energy use of the “American Standard Building” and an Index of 0 (zero) indicates that the Building uses no net purchased energy (a Zero Energy Building). In other words, the owners of this home actually get a check every month from the electric company because this house puts energy back into the grid.

The “Power Haus” has a LEED score of 118, which is just shy of also becoming the highest scoring LEED home in the country by 1.5 points. (A residence in Chicago holds the highest known score at 119.5). In 2009 Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating also provided the HVAC System for the Codding Cottage in Sarasota which had a LEED score of 110. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally-recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The ‘Power Haus” has been certified as a Florida Water Star Gold Home. Florida green Building Coalition designated it as a Certified Green Home – Platinum certification score 255. And it is a certified green building from the NAHB Research Center – an Emerald level green home.

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. installed a 21 SEER 2 speed Carrier Infinity HVAC system. This is the most advanced Air Conditioning system on the market. Since some of the duct work is visible, there was a high degree of skill and creativity required to make the system installation not only functional, but pleasing to the eye. Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. specializes in new installation, and they are also considered to be the experts when it comes to retrofitting systems.

The home has many energy saving and high efficiency features including a 14.2-kilowatt photovoltaic array., Eternal gas tankless hybrid water heater, Energy Star appliances and 100% LED lighting.

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating is committed to promoting efficient and energy saving means of cooling and heating. Their goal is to educate their customers so they can make the best decisions. Bigger and more expensive is not always better, and Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating works with our customers to help them choose the best system for their home.

If you are considering purchasing a new system, or if you just need maintenance to keep your current system running smoothly, please call them at 941-921-7208.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Air Conditioning Tech Or Salesman?

Some air conditioning companies have as many telemarketers on the payroll as technicians. One of the first signs that an air conditioning company may be shady can be if you receive a phone call from them right out of the blue. This may be a company based in one city that is targeting other cities where it is not known. What they lack in reputation, professionalism and skill, they make up for in mass advertising.

These companies buy call lists and target certain neighborhoods and people who match a desired profile. The elderly are a favorite target, but anyone can fall prey to these dishonest businesses. One tactic they will often use is to call and claim they are just down the street at a neighbor’s house and would like to offer you a discounted or free service. The person who shows up at the door is a salesman who works on commission. Their goal is to get you for as much money as possible.

These unscrupulous predators will try anything and everything. They will claim to find mold, say the system is unsafe, and tell you that your family is in extreme danger. Some companies will even claim that they legally cannot leave an AC system running in such a bad condition. They will try to get you to sign a document and may even refuse to leave before you do. Obviously, the last thing they want is for you to get a second opinion.

The following are other things to beware of; wanting you to pay in full before any work is done, not allowing you to verify their license or insurance information, or making you feel intimidated.

There are many ways you can find out if a company or contractor is legitimate. The Better Business Bureau is a great resource for information and ratings on companies, your local Chamber of commerce can recommend businesses, but the best thing to do is ask around. Contact friends and neighbors to ask who they recommend. Do a little research on the internet; see what other people say about the company. Finally, it never hurts to get a second opinion before you agree to spend a large amount of money on something.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Keep your friends cool this summer and enjoy free AC maintenance.

When you become a Priority Service Agreement Member with Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, inc. you will enjoy many benefits including free maintenance when you refer customers to us.

Every time you refer a friend or family member to us and they sign up for a Priority Service Agreement, you will get your next maintenance visit free of charge. You can get a whole year free by having 2 people sign up. If 10 of your friends sign up with us you’ll get 5 years of maintenance no charge.
Prevention is always better than the cure. A maintenance agreement will keep your air conditioning unit in good working condition and help you avoid expensive repair bills. A properly maintained system will also lower your energy bills. Some manufacturers warranties require annual maintenance.
What does it include?

Two thorough 38 point inspections per year.
Air filter cleaning or replacement (most models).
Wash and wax outdoor unit.
Priority scheduling.
15% discount on service repairs.
Discounts on future replacements.
Indoor unit cleaning.
Up to one pound of refrigerant if needed.
Loyalty rewards.

If you are interested and would like more information – please contact us at 941-921-7250

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Is Your Air Conditioning Company Green?

Everywhere you look companies are claiming they have “gone green”. It seems like everyone has jumped on the environmentally-friendly bandwagon. Problem is, often it’s hard to tell if a company is actually green or just claiming to be. More often than not, it seems like claiming to be green is just another advertising ploy for some businesses. In the end, actions always speak louder than words.

From the very beginning, Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. has been environmentally friendly by default. Because the company has always planned on being around for many years to come, we focused on the safest and most sustainable practices for employees and customers from the start.

From day one Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. anticipated evolving building regulations, used non-toxic products, recommended energy efficient systems, and recycled used equipment. The fact that they follow proper procedures when removing old systems means that all coolant is reclaimed, and none of it escapes into the atmosphere.

Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. has also aligned with local contractors who have been recognized as leaders in the green community such as Josh Wynn Construction. They are green because They care about the environment, but also because it just makes sense. They’ve always done the right thing – they don’t know how to do it any other way.