On a regular basis, I read HVAC industry publications and a forum. This week, I was reminded of another reason home and building owners need to plan ahead for their heating and AC needs. By planning ahead I mean basically three things:[list icon=”moon-checkbox” color=”#ee1f24″]Interview and select the local HVAC service company you want to use when it comes times to repair or replace your furnace, boiler, heat pump or central heating system.[/list] [list icon=”moon-checkbox” color=”#ee1f24″]Choose wisely and place a high value ontechnician education and professionalism.[/list] [list icon=”moon-checkbox” color=”#ee1f24″]Get on an annual maintenance program with that local company.[/list]
Make Your Selection When Companies Are Not Busy
By selecting a local service provider ahead of time, you can make your selection when you are not in a hurry, and your local AC & heating companies are not slammed with their seasonal spikes in business. Therefore, you should make your choice during a time of the year that is neither hot or cold in your area. If it is hot or cold, try to make it after the first few days of hot or cold weather arrive, because that’s when more systems fail or previous failures get noticed.
Annual Maintenance Plans Prevent Emergency Repairs, Save Energy, and More
Unlike extended warranties that require a good bit of scrutiny to choose good values from poor values. An annual maintenance plan on your AC & heating system should pay for itself many times over.
The main benefits of annual maintenance plans are:[list icon=”moon-checkbox” color=”#ee1f24″]Prevents small problems from turning into major repairs in the equipment or your property.[/list] [list icon=”moon-checkbox” color=”#ee1f24″]Can save on energy or fuel costs and lower your monthly bills.[/list] [list icon=”moon-checkbox” color=”#ee1f24″]Identifies gas leaks, carbon monoxide, and other potential safety issues.[/list]
Now back to the HVAC forum from this week, and the importance of technician education and professionalism.
Here’s a summary of what I read:
In spite of relatively high unemployment around the U.S., a surprising number of heating and air conditioning companies are having a difficult time finding qualified technicians. Some HVAC business owners even described going to high school vocational programs to start the selection and grooming process early for future technicians. These company owners gave several possible reasons for this phenomenon.
Their explanations included: candidates having necessary aptitude to work with their hands, increasing need for technical HVAC training, physically challenging work environment (in attics, under floors, etc.), parental focus on white collar type training and jobs over skilled labor/ blue collar, and the type of physical working conditions involved. At General Air, all of our technicians are trained professionals that are subject to a rigorous background check and random drug screens to ensure that you have the absolute BEST coming to service your HVAC equipment!
If the above facts and our previous post about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, have peaked your interest in a Preventive Maintenance Agreement inquire here. They are extremely affordable and are a great way to ensure your family’s comfort and safety!