Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Air Conditioning or Heat Pump?

One of the questions we are often asked is “should I install air conditioning and a furnace, or just install a heat pump?”

The basic difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner is that heat pumps can both cool and heat your home. An air conditioner is slightly more efficient at cooling, but if you live in an area where the temperature doesn’t drop below 40 degrees – a heat pump may be the best choice for you.

Of course there are those rare occasions when the weather does get unusually cold – even here in Sarasota. For example, back in 1983 the temperature actually dropped to 20 degrees. But normally there are few days in the winter when you’ll need to turn the heat on, and a heat pump will be more than sufficient for this task.
If you live in an area where the temperature often drops below 40 degrees, or if you just want the security of a furnace, you may choose to add a heater as your primary heating source.

The advantage of using a heat pump is that it draws heat from the air outside your home and transfers it to the inside of your home which makes a heat pump substantially less expensive to operate than a gas or oil furnace. So if the weather rarely falls below 40 degrees you will be able to heat your home much more affordably with a heat pump than by using a furnace. If the temperature is frequently colder than 40 degrees you may want to consider a backup furnace.

So is a heat pump right for you? Generally a heat pump is slightly more expensive than a central air conditioner, and they may cost a little more to install and maintain. Overall however, a high efficiency heat pump will save you much money in heating and cooling bills.

If you are considering replacing your old system, or if you are interested in learning more about heat pumps and if one would be a good choice for you, please call Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. at 941-921-7208.

Sarasota Air Conditioning Repair, Service, And Maintenance

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The very first Thanksgiving.

The very first Thanksgiving meal lasted three days. The foods served included lobster, eel, rabbit, fish, venison, squash, hickory nuts, dried fruits, maple syrup, radishes, cabbage, geese, eagles and other birds (possibly a wild turkey or two) and goat cheese. There were no Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin pies, or cranberries.

Forks were not invented yet so food was eaten with spoons, knives, and fingers.

It is very likely all they had to drink was water. There were no apples for cider, and even though they probably had planted barley – they may not have had time enough to start brewing beer yet.

You are probably asking yourself “what does the first Thanksgiving dinner have to do with Air Conditioning?”

Absolutely nothing...

But if you are a customer of ours – we are very thankful for your patronage. If you are not yet a customer – please call us and give us a chance to earn your trust – you’ll be glad you did.

We would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How do you know if a HVAC contractor has a license?

A very intelligent home improvement is to replace your air conditioning system. If your system is not that old, or you are just not ready to bite the bullet, at least consider regular maintenance. Keeping your air conditioning system operating smoothly and efficiently helps you save energy while also reducing your electric bill.

When it is time to hire a certified HVAC company for maintenance or new installation you need to choose the right contractor.

One of the things you should always do is make sure the contractor is properly licensed.

The easiest way is to visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr and click the “verify a license” button on the top menu. Then you will be able to search by contractor name, license number, city and state, or license type.  This will also give you the Licensure Date. Make sure you check this date with how many years the contractor claims to be in business. If there is a discrepancy here it should raise a red flag.

Another great resource is http://www.sunbiz.org/ where you can search corporation records.

Just a little bit of research can help prevent you from accidentally hiring a bad HVAC tech who coulld possibly cause you much frustration and create expensive repair bills.

For more information - please visit http://www.keepingsarasotacool.com/

Sarasota Air Conditioning Repair, Service, And Maintenance

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Buddy Ray's A/C Barn Press Release

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. is pleased to announce that their new website www.acbarn.comwww.acbarn.com is now live.

On the surface this website is an amusing look at air conditioning, and parodies the HVAC industry. There are no references to actual companies or individuals, but people visiting the site will notice similarities to actual junk mail and other “questionable” advertising.

The motivation behind this site is to inform and educate the public in an entertaining way. Unfortunately there are businesses that give the HVAC industry a bad name, including unlicensed contractors and unscrupulous businesses with various scams such as cheap duct cleaning.

The purpose of this website is to help people make intelligent decisions when hiring HVAC contractors.

Since 2003 Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. has been raising the bar for customer service and excellence in HVAC Repair, maintenance, and new installation. They take a different approach than the traditional Air Conditioning Company. Instead of trying to sell the biggest and most expensive system, they work with the client to determine the best system for their needs.

The idea for the “Buddy Ray’s A/C Barn” website was born out of frustration with the inferior work and poor customer service area residents and businesses have had to tolerate. Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. has a reputation for correcting improper installations as well as handling problem jobs other local contractors are reluctant or unqualified to perform.

Every customer is important and Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. works hard to gain their trust and make them a customer for life. Whether it is a multi-million dollar business or the owner of a small bungalow, the same courteous and professional attitude has become their trademark.

For most people, an Air conditioning system is the most expensive appliance in their home. Choosing the wrong system or contractor could mean years of aggravation and high energy bills.

When you call Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc., you will get professional, highly skilled and certified AC Technicians. You will also get a dedicated, hard working and honest person that truly cares about your comfort.

Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. provides Residential and commercial AC Installation, Repair and maintenance.

They cover Sarasota and Manatee counties including Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Lakewood Ranch, and the surrounding areas. They specialize in custom designed air conditioning systems that are energy efficient and will save you money on your electric bill.

Sarasota Air Conditioning Repair, Service, And Maintenance