Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How to choose the right air conditioning contractor

We developed this checklist to help you choose the right air conditioning company. 

Most of these items will also apply to any other contractor you need to hire including plumbing, electrical, and construction.

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You should always make sure a company is licensed in this state by going to www.myfloridalicense.com and clicking on the “verify a license” tab. If they have a current, active license, click on the company name to confirm that the license is in the owner’s name, and that the company has had a license for as long as they claim to have been in business.

Contractor Checklist 

We recommend you find 3 companies that meet these standards and make sure they are quoting comparable products before comparing their prices. This will ensure that you are comparing “apples to apples” and not making a very costly mistake. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!


Air Conditioning specifically designed for Mobile Homes

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Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. is well known as a leader in the Sarasota area when it comes to repairing and retrofitting HVAC Systems.  Residential and commercial customers have come to depend on our highly trained technicians to keep their air conditioning systems running smoothly.

When repairing or replacing HVAC systems for mobile homes, an experienced technician will be able to help you choose the right system, and then install it properly  for years of uninterrupted and highly efficient home comfort.

sarasota mobile home acHeating and cooling costs for manufactured homes are typically higher per square foot than other homes, but in many cases there are cost effective solutions that can dramatically lower your energy bills.  For example, you may decide to replace your electric furnace with a modern heat pump which is much more efficient.  
This time of year many winter residents are coming back to Florida, and it’s a good time to have preventive maintenance performed on our  HVAC system to keep it working at peak efficiency all winter.

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.  installs and repairs most brands of HVAC .  We are a factory trained and authorized Bryant dealer.  Bryant offers a full line of HVAC Systems for Mobile Homes.

Call Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. today, and experience the service and quality you deserve!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Don’t let Jack Frost nip at your toes!

Cooler weather is here, and the best time to make sure your heating is working is before you need it!

winter heating tune up special - Sarasota
Most people in Florida don’t think about their heating system until that first cold day when they actually turn it on.  Don’t wait until the last minute, test your system now and make sure it’s working.

When a cold snap comes through your area, there’s a good chance many people will find their heating is not working properly.  This will cause a shortage of available technicians, and the parts needed to fix those heating systems.

A little preventive maintenance will ensure you and your family will stay warm and cozy.

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. would like to make sure your Christmas stays Merry by offering a $39.00 18 point Heating System Test and Tune Up Special. 

This offer is only good until December 31st – Be sure to mention this ad, and call us today!  Your family will appreciate it!

Visit our website by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Always Hire A Florida Licensed Air Conditioning Professional

Dangers of Hiring Unlicensed Workers

Poor qualifications: . Unlicensed individuals have not demonstrated the education, insurance, or qualification required of a licensed contractor. This can leave you with poor quality work or unfinished projects, which means you could spend more money hiring another contractor to repair or finish the project.

Possible criminal background: . Unlicensed individuals often have criminal backgrounds that may include fraud, theft, violent crime, sexual offenses, and substance abuse.
Likelihood of being the victim of a scam: Unlicensed individuals often disappear after taking your money, leaving you with very few options to help you get your money back or your work completed.

hiring an unlicensed contractor is a violation of Florida Statute 455.228 which can result in a civil penalty of up to $5,000
No coverage under homeowner’s policy: Homeowner's insurance does not cover unlicensed contractors, and by law the homeowner is held responsible for hiring an unlicensed contractor and is held accountable for any work associated with the contractor. If an unlicensed contractor's carelessness leads to injury or damage to you or your neighbor’s property, the problem is yours.

Noncompliance with building codes: . Most projects, even small ones, require permits and inspections that unlicensed contractors ignore or are unfamiliar with. If your project isn't permitted or doesn’t comply with the building code, you may have to remove or repair the work at your own expense and be subject to fines by local government.

Voided warranties: Installations performed by an unlicensed contractor void the manufacturer's warranty so you could be spending thousands of dollars on a unit that is not covered if it fails.
If a contractor files bankruptcy or skips out while working on your home, you are responsible for all fines and unpaid bills to suppliers. You're also responsible for the wages of employees who worked for the unlicensed contractor.

In addition, hiring an unlicensed contractor is a violation of Florida Statute 455.228 which can result in a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for the home or business owner and you could be liable for the court costs on top of that.

These tips from the Sarasota County Building department can protect you from predatory contractors:

You can verify a State of Florida Licensed Contractor at www.MyFloridaLicense.com. Ask your contractor for a license number.•   You can verify a State of Florida Licensed Contractor at www.MyFloridaLicense.com. Ask your contractor for a license number. Always verify the license number!   Make sure the license is in the owner’s name. 
•   Get a signed, detailed contract that spells out the work to be done, when, and for how much.
•   Ask for local references and check them.
•   Verify the company's reputation with organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce.
•   Do not make a large down payment and do not pay in full until the work is complete.

If you have a smart phone you can search for the Florida DBPR Mobile App – it's free, and will let you easily search for companies and individuals to make sure they are licensed.

Besides it being illegal to hire unlicensed contractors, unlicensed contractors are subject to arrest and prosecution for working without a license.

Unlicensed contractors are dangerous because they expose you to significant financial harm if injury or property damage happens.

If an unlicensed contractor offers services to you

#1 Do not hire the unlicensed individual.

Report the unlicensed person by sending the information to the Department of Business &  Professional Regulation.#2 Keep copies of all information provided by the unlicensed individual (ads, flyers, cards).

#3 Report the unlicensed person by sending the information to the Department of Business &
Professional Regulation.

Report Unlicensed Activity

Please visit our website to learn more about Air Conditioning and Heating

Monday, December 2, 2013

Save money on electric bills with the HVAC Smart Chip

hvac smart chip for air conditioning savings sarasota florida
Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. is proud to announce that we are the first to offer this cutting edge, energy saving technology in Southwest Florida.

The HVAC Smart Chip is designed for easy retrofit into any residential or commercial HVAC system and it offers an average cost savings of 14% to 20% on cooling and 10% to 15% on heating!

The HVAC Smart Chip is a must-have for commercial and residential clients looking to save money on their electric bills while going green.

For more information on The HVAC Smart Chip, please click here to visit our Sarasota Air Conditioning website.