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Halloween Safety Tips…

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It is amazing how fast time flies when you get older.  It just seems like we were in the heat of summer. Now, fall has rolled in, and we are moving towards the end of the year holidays (ie, Thanksgiving and Christmas). But, before we celebrate those holidays, we have Halloween.

We can all remember how exciting it was to go “trick or treating”. Dressing up, and getting a bunch of assorted candy was certainly fun! This year, it is going to be hard to hold the little ones (and not so little ones) back from getting out and visiting a bunch of homes. But before you send the kiddos out, please take time to review some safety tips to help keep them safe!

According to the SafeKids.org website,  children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Sorry to be the “Debbie Downer” but it is so important to get this information out there.

skullHere are some safety tips to go over BEFORE heading out to “Trick or Treat”.

• Be sure to cross streets at the corners. If available, use traffic signals and crosswalks

• Before stepping out into a roadway, look both ways. Look towards the left, then look right and finally left again. As you cross the road, keep looking!

• As you are walking, be sure to put cell phones, ipods, and other electronic items away. As you continue your walk, keep your head up.
• Be sure to walk and not run, especially when crossing a street.
• Be sure to make eye contact with the drivers of vehicles before walking in front of them.
• When available, always walk on the side walk or paths. If there aren’t any sidewalks, be sure to walk facing traffic, and to the far left.
Watch out for cars that my be backing up or turning.
Try not to cross between parked cars.
Explain the dangers of darting out into the street.
If children are old enough to go trick or treating, have them go in groups, rather than going alone. Children under 12 should go trick or treating with an adult.
Trick or Treat in well lit areas that are familiar.
Dress in light colors and/or add reflective tape to dark costumes and bags.
Face paint and make up are better options than masks. Masks can block a child’s view.
Flashlights and glow sticks help children see where they are going and can be seen by drivers.
• Size matters. Be sure your child’s costume is not too big. This will help prevent trips and falls.
Finally, if you are driving, please be alert. Children usually begin trick or treating around 5:30pm and will continue until 9:30pm (maybe later). Get rid of all distractions.
We hope that you enjoy spending time with your children this weekend. If you have pictures that you would like to see posted in our next blog, feel free to email them to arcticairmike@gmail.com .

 

Which contractor should you use?

Do you need to hire a contractor?

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By now, a lot of you are working to get your homes back in order. You need to hire a contractor: a water damage company, a flooring company, an ac contractor, a general contractor… maybe one or two of these, maybe all, maybe more.

You know that there are people and companies that will take advantage of your vulnerable predicament. Thankfully, there are great companies out there also! Unfortunately, you are going to have to figure out who you want to do your work, without getting SCAMMED.

the bitterness reminderWhich contractor should you use?

That is a great question, however, it is not always easily answered.

I was once told that, “It is a sorry duck that doesn’t praise his own pond.” So, when it comes to air conditioning, heating and commercial refrigeration, I will always answer with Arctic Air.

Of course, that doesn’t help you when you need a general contractor, a roofer, a carpenter, a sheetrock contractor, etc. This post has been written to help you in your decision making process. One thing that I cannot stand is when a person or company robs, cheats, steals or lies to those who are in need of their services.

This blog will give you the power to help you choose a reputable contractor… and hopefully, a local contractor that will be here for you in the future. So, here we go….

Tips for hiring a contractor

Here are some tips to help you hire a contractor. If you haven’t already, check out Flood Victims… Don’t get taken by unscrupulous contractors!

  • Do you provide written estimates? – Once you have figured out what contractors you will need, get written estimates from several firms. Don’t chose the lowest bidder because they are the lowest bidder. Make sure you find out why. Is it inferior material? Are they licensed?  Do they have appropriate insurance coverage? Are they using qualified labor? Be sure the scope of work and materials that are being used are noted.
  • How many jobs have you done like this? – How many similar jobs have you completed this year? Were the jobs that they completed similar to yours?
  • Do you need a permit? – You will want a contractor who is familiar with the permitting process in your “neck of the woods”.  Most areas require permits for many of the jobs that you may need a contractor.
  • Can you provide a list of references? Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Get the name, address, phone number of 2 or 3 customers that have worked with the potential contractor. Be sure the jobs were similar to yours. Ask each  if the job was completed on time, are they satisfied with the job and the quality of the work, were there any “unexpected” costs for the job, did the contractor show up on time, and was the work area cleaned up after they were finished?
  • Do you have the appropriate insurance?This is extremely important! According to the Federal Trade Commission website, “…you could be held liable for any injuries and damages that occur during the project.” Contractors should have personal liability, workers’ compensation and property damage coverage.
  • Will the contractor be using any subcontractors?If the answer to this question is “yes”, they will need proof of insurance AND the appropriate licenses.

Additional Tips

SS thank youI asked Cheryl Ludlum if her team at Southern Shores Real Estate had any recommendations. Not only did they echo the tips above, but they also added these.

  • Are you the on-site project manager? How often will you be on-site? – Sometimes the person meeting with you to bid on the job will not be the person you work with. It is important to know who is managing the job.
  • What is the projected timeline? Not just a start and end date, but an outline of specific phases of the job and their completion dates.
  • Will the timeline, cost and detailed scope of work be outlined in a written contract?
  • What type of deposit is required? Southern Shores recommends that you do not pay any labor upfront. It is acceptable to pay a percentage of the materials up-front, but make sure any additional payments are tied to the completion of specific phases of the contract.
  • How will changes in the scope of work be communicated? Again, the Southern Shores Real Estate team says that, “The client should always have to sign off in writing to any changes in the scope of work or price.”

southern shoresSouthern Shores Real Estate can help with real estate, property management, vacation rentals, new homes, construction/maintenance, and cleaning/custodial services. The currently have an office on Main St. in Summerville, SC and on St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley. To reach them by phone, call 843-225-2990, or by web www.southernshoresre.com, or by facebook at www.facebook.com/southernshoresre.

(I would like to thank Cheryl and Brock for getting this information together for this blog. They are busy, but they are concerned about people getting taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors and people.)

I know that this takes a little more effort on your part, however, you will be glad you did the extra work. A reputable company will easily be able to accommodate your requests.

If you find that you need a good, honest, licensed, insured and reputable ac and heating company, please call Arctic Air, Inc. 843-821-0937. You will be glad that you did!

5 Star Review

Here is a 5 Star review that Frank B. left for Arctic Air on Facebook.

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Our A/C unit decided to give up on us during the last of the 90 degree weather, (not good at all!) Luckily, we had received a flyer in the mail the same day that it quit working. Called the number, talked to Mike & within the hour he was at my house discussing possibilities on how to remedy our situation. I’m so glad I made that call! What a great group of people! We upgraded our entire system (Heat & Air) and Mike helped with arranging the financing! These people are VERY PROFESSIONAL, on time, very knowledgeable about the products that they offer, and all around great people to work with! The installers that were here were great, they answered all of my questions and even took the time to explain how to work the new equipment! They set us up with portable units to keep us cool over the weekend that the system was down.
If you need heating-A/C work, these are the people to call!
No, I don’t work for Arctic Air, Inc. But if you’d like to know more about my experience with them, feel free to call me! 843-296-5581 Franklin

Flood Victims… Don’t Get Taken By Unscrupulous Contractors!

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Knowledge is Power!

As we continue to deal with all of the water that was dumped in our state of South Carolina, there is a lot to do to get our lives back in order. We were very blessed, and did not have any flood damage to our homes or to our office building. We also know that many have been greatly effected across South Carolina . Before we go any further, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

hire an amatuerBecause there is so much work to be done, many “out of state” contractors are heading our way. Many have good intentions. They want to be of service. When dealing with water damage, time is of the essence. However, don’t get in so much of a rush that you fail to see the warning signs. There are unscrupulous contractors out there who will take advantage of you!

Most of us at Arctic Air were here for Hurricane Hugo in 1989. We saw many wonderful people from other states come to help with the clean up. We also saw many unscrupulous contractors take advantage of our neighbors. As we were thinking about how we could help our friends, family and neighbors, we thought we could offer some knowledge. Knowledge is power!

Whether you are hiring a water damage company, a general contractor, a specialty contractor, an heating and air contractor, a interior remodeling contractor, etc., you need to know how to protect yourself from being scammed! So, we have put together some information to help you.

Don’t be SCAMMED!

We called Krista and Dan Hassell, owners of Quality Contractor Services, LLC located in Summerville SC (QCS Facebook Page), to get their thoughts on this situation.  Krista and Dan confirmed that this is a major issue that homeowners are going to face throughout South Carolina.  They emailed us and gave us a brief list of recommendations for homeowners.  Here is that list 

  1. – Make sure you are hiring a contractor with the proper licensing and insurance.
  2. – Ask if your contractor utilizes subs and are those subs insured and licensed.
  3. – Ask about a labor warranty. 
  4. – Make sure your contractor is local and will be here for the long haul. If there are problems with the workmanship, you may have to hire someone else to fix the problem. This usually makes the job much more expensive.
Quality Contractor Services, LLC

Quality Contractor Services, LLC

Quality Contractor Services, LLC is a local interior remodeling company that is licensed and insured. They  specialize in tile, hardwood floors, showers and more! If it is inside your home, they are the people to call. For a free estimate call 843-901-5709 or visit their website: www.qualitycontratorservicesllc.net.

 

 

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5stars-A+Additional Tips

Arctic Air, Inc., located in Summerville SC, has been in business since 1993 (22 years at the time of this blog).  We hold our Mechanical License in the state of South Carolina, we are insured, and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

John and Valarie Morton, owner’s of Arctic Air, Inc., recommended these tips:

  1. – Do some research. Ask others about their experience with the contractor that you are  about to hire. Did they arrive on time? Did they complete the job? Were they on budget, or did they have to ask for more money?
  2. – Do a web search. Look at the various different rating sites (ie, GOOGLE, YELP, BBB, etc). Are others having a good or bad experience with the company?
  3. – How long have they been in business? New companies are forming, however you will want to consider choosing a business that has a record and reputation that you can check out.
  4. – As mentioned before, Are they qualified? Do they have the appropriate License to do the work? Is that license current?
  5. – If there are problems with the job, how will they handle those (especially, if they are out of state contractors)?
  6. – If the deal seems like it is too good to be true, then, it probably is.

Cheapest … May Not Be The Best Choice

The Federal Trade Commission says that you should “get written estimates from several firms, keeping in mind the lowest bidder may not be the best choice”. Often times, we are allured by the sweet smell of a cheap price. Unfortunately, many have been taken by these con artists. Don’t be afraid to ask a company to explain why their price may be higher or lower. Many unscrupulous companies/individuals will cut corners to get the price lower by using inferior materials, unqualified laborers, they are not insured, they don’t pay tax to the appropriate government agencies, or they are hoping that you will give them cash (and you will never see them again).

Whether you get 1, 5, 10 or 100 quotes, you have to do a gut check. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.

Don’t give up

As we have stated before, you are in our prayers. We know that this is a difficult time. Don’t give up.  You can get through this with the help of friends, family and neighbors.

If you have any problems or questions about your air conditioning / heating, please give us a call 843-821-0937.

We hope that this information will help you find great local, qualified companies to help fix the damage that you have incurred and restore your homes!

#charlestonstrong, #pray4sc

 

 

 

How can you stay cool when your AC has gone out?

How can you stay cool when your AC has gone out?

Ok, most have experienced this… It is the hottest day of summer in Summerville SC (or Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Daniel Island, North Charleston, Hanahan, etc). The sun is blazing, the humidity is off the charts, you are sweating like a pig, and you just want to cool off. You walk into your home, and, as soon as you open the door, you are hit with a wave of hot air pouring from your home.

Your first thought is, “Who turned off the air conditioner?” That thought is quickly followed by, “I am going to kill the person who turned off the ac!” (<==== figuratively speaking, not literal)

You decide to check for yourself, so you go to the thermostat. You notice that it is almost 90°F in your house. Ugh. You flip the switches on the thermostat back and forth, praying that the air will come on.  You hope that this is a fluke, but you soon discover that it is not! What are you going to do now? A quick Google search, or, if you still have one, a quick flip through the local yellow pages to find an ac repair company.

Now you are faced with several ads and choices. Most people start at the top, and work there way down.

What do you do?

I suggest that you call Arctic Air. “Why?”, you might ask.  Here is why, Arctic Air has just purchased four (4) portable air conditioners to help our customers stay cool while their ac unit is out. (Typically, Arctic Air can get to your home the same day, and fix your unit.) On occasion, parts may have to be ordered, or, you may need a new unit. I know that being comfortable (and cool) is the key to a good nights rest during the summertime. We want you to be your best at work and at home!

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So, what does it cost to have these units temporarily placed into your home? If you allow us to make the repair or install a new unit, the cost is ZERO. We are offering these as a complimentary service to our customers. We will pick these units up when the job is complete. Please note: We do not guarantee availability of these units. This is something that we are doing in an effort show goodwill to our customers.

True Story

One of our customers called and said that her ac was out. When the technician got there, he found a massive leak in the condenser coil. We had to tell her that she needed a new unit. It was late on a Friday afternoon, and in the middle of summer.

The service technician called into the office, and explained the situation. After  John and Valarie, the owners’ of Arctic Air, heard about this lady’s plight, they asked the technician to go to the local “big box” hardware store to pick up a portable unit for her to use (until her unit was replaced).

This sweet lady suffers with diabetes and a heart condition. We could not leave her in her home with no air conditioning.  She was so thankful that we would do this for her, especially since it was after 6:00pm on Friday.

What does this mean for you?

So, what does this mean for you? If you, or someone you know, has an ac that goes out, please call us! If parts are several days out, or you need a new unit, we can provide you with complimentary portable units to use until we can get your ac back up and running.

Have a great week!!

Please remember that we are here for you throughout the week and the weekend.  We also offer emergency service after “normal” business hours. 843-821-0937

Daniel Island Attorneys Get Some Relief From The Heat!

Daniel Island Attorneys Get Some Relief From The Heat!

This week, it looks like we are going to get some mild weather, however, last week, it was super hot!

I got a call from a local corporate attorney last Wednesday stating that his air conditioner was out. He, his wife and 3 children live in a 3 story home, and the ac that went out. This particular ac unit cools the top 2 floors. He wanted to meet as soon as possible. I was able to meet him at his home at 4 in the afternoon that Wednesday.

After surveying the job, we sat down and discussed all of his options. We discussed Arctic Air, what SEER rating means, what the SEER rating means to him, and what system would work best for his family. This is a lot of information to digest, and he wanted to get a quote from another company.

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Arctic Air delivers a portable ac to help cool local Daniel Island family’s home.

I told him that I would come back to Summerville and pick up a portable ac unit to help cool his son’s room. After fighting the rush hour traffic, I headed back to install the temporary Daniel Island air conditioning unit. Of course when I arrived again, the big question was… “When can you do this job?” I told his wife (also an attorney), that we could install the unit on Friday. They were very happy with that answer.

On Thursday, I got the call.  Yes, we would like Arctic Air to install the unit that we discussed. “What time will you be here?”, he asked.  I told him 7am, and I proceeded to get everything together that we needed for a successful installation.

By the end of the day Friday, this family had a new ac pumping out cold air.

I followed up with them on Monday, and they were very happy and comfortable. Life as they once knew it has been restored.

Another quality installation by Arctic Air. In addition to the installation, we will be performing regular preventive maintenance on this and the other units at this home.

9/11 Heroes Run on Daniel Island … A Deeply Moving Experience

9/11 Heroes Run on Daniel Island … A Deeply Moving Experience

IMG_2545Of course, Friday of last week was 9/11. A day that will not be soon forgotten. Many were lost on that day in 2001. War was declared. Many have since served. Many sacrifices have been made. Many have lost their lives. Yet, in all of the tragedy, Americans have continued to serve, continued to sacrifice, continued to honor those lost, and continued to fight for what the USA stands for!

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9/11 Heroes Run Director – Theresa Faircloth

IMG_2569It was an honor for Arctic Air, Inc.  to be a 2015 sponsor of this year’s Travis Manion – 9/11 Heroes Run on Daniel Island, SC. Theresa and Jesse Faircloth (the director and co-director) live right beside me. I heard of the event in the past, but didn’t totally grasp the impact that being a part of this would make. Both Theresa and Jesse have been working for almost a year trying to get ready for this event. What is so inspiring about this run, is that not only do funds go to support the Travis Manion Foundation which serves injured military men and women, but funds also go to local agencies.

This year, the Goose Creek Fire Department, C&B Volunteer Fire Department, and the SCFOP Distressed Officers’ Fund will be recipients. This money will help pay for needed safety equipment, and other services to help our First Responders.

When Staci and I arrived on Daniel Island, there was a such a positive “vibe” in the air. Everything was so professionally done and easy to navigate. We parked, then jumped on a shuttle that took us to an area right beside where all of the activity was happening. It was a cool day with a slight drizzle of rain, but this did not stop the excitement of honoring the military, and first responders. Actually, the weather was great!

It was such an honor to be a sponsor of such an event!

Booths were set up. People were everywhere. Everyone was polite and kind.  The run was well organized. This is how we should be honoring our military and first responders.  Yes, with out a doubt… this is how it should be done.

Cheyenne representing Arctic Air in the 2015 9/11 Heroes Run on Daniel Island

Cheyenne representing Arctic Air in the 2015 9/11 Heroes Run on Daniel Island

We were able to meet up with our friends Kurt and Cheyenne. Cheyenne, a 13 year old from Moncks Corner,  volunteered to run the 5K for Arctic Air.

I am not sure how I got such a great vantage point, but the Guest of Honor was Kyle Carpenter. Kyle was a Corporal in the US Marines. He is the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor. What did Kyle do to deserve that, you might ask? He through himself on a grenade to protect one of his fellow Marines. He has had over 40 surgeries since that time. The scars on his body reminded me that this is not some video game that we play. This is real life. (You need to check out the whole story here, as this brief few sentences does not nearly come close to what actually happened). Kyle Carpenter, a true American Hero.

Because of my great vantage point (I was 2′ behind Kyle), I was able to record most of the opening ceremony. I have posted the clips on YouTube.com. These short clips, but include the Charleston County Police Bag Pipes,  Welcome by Theresa Faircloth, Introduction of Kyle Carpenter, the National Anthem, and the start of the race.

9/11 Heroes Run PT 1  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 2  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 3  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 4  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 5  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 6 –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 7  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 8  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 9  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 10  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 11  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 12  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 13  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 14  –  9/11 Heroes Run PT 15

We were excited to find out that Cheyenne Benack came in 3rd in her age group!  Way to go CHEY!!

AA says thank you2Finally, thank you to Theresa, Jesse, Terri and all of the other volunteers that helped to make this event great. An even bigger THANK YOU to the men and women who serve as Military, Police, Fire Fighters, EMS and other first responders. You are appreciated and your dedication and service has not gone unnoticed.

 

 

 

Single Mom in Summerville gets New AC with Honeywell UV Light

Single Mom gets New AC in Summerville

I wanted to share some photos of a job that we just completed in the Summerville Area (Sangaree). Who ever installed the ac that was in this house did a terrible job. Because the unit was not the right equipment for this house, the customer was experiencing issues with mold, humidity, higher electric bills and she was extremely uncomfortable in her home.

After meeting with several ac companies, this single mom decided to hire Arctic Air. I know that it is hard to get excited about air conditioning units, however, we were very excited to help this mom solve several issues that she was experiencing in her home.

I know that you don’t want to be bored with the details, but I did want to show some pictures of the work that we did. I have also included pictures of the house right beside our customer’s home. I have also pointed out some differences in our installation vs theirs.

Craig and Troy did a great job here! Despite the hard work, the heat, and all of the hurdles that came against them, they did a quality job that they can be very proud of. The entire crew at Arctic Air cares about our customers and their families.

Consumer reports says, “Finding a trustworthy contract to install and service an air conditioning system matters the most.” (Consumer Reports May 20o1). Arctic Air has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, has been in business for 22 years, and has the desire to work towards being a better company every day.

 

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9/11 Heroes Run – Daniel Island, SC

Arctic Air is a proud sponsor of the 9/11 Heroes Run scheduled for 9/12 on Daniel Island. The race begins at 9:00am. Please plan to arrive early as several of the road ways will be closed.

Please come out to run, to support your runner, and to support the first responders and military!

Kyle Carpenter is scheduled to attend, run and, briefly speak at the event. Who is Kyle Carpenter?  A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. Kyle threw himself in front of a grenade to protect another Marine.  Want to know more, just check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Carpenter.

Happy Labor Day

It is almost 5pm… actually, just after 5pm. I can hear the whistle blowing…. Yabadabadoo!! We would like to wish every one a very Happy Labor Day weekend. You have worked hard and you deserve it.

Unfortunately, our ac equipment doesn’t know that it is time for a long holiday weekend. So, if you find yourself needed some help concerning your ac, please give us a call. We have technicians on call for emergency situations. Just call our regular number (843-821-0937) and a live operator will answer.  Our techs will be forwarded the request, and will give you a call to set up a time to meet.

 

 

 

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone! This saying comes to mind, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” I know that I am ready for the weekend, how about you?

I just wanted to update you on a couple of things. The first is that our web address has changed. Without going into a lot of “techno-geek” information, the old website was in some way “poisoned”. So, no matter what we tried, we could not get seen on Google.com. The web design company and I decided that it was best to just start over. With that being said, the new site has been rebuilt and it is up and going. The new web address is www.ArcticAirIncSC.com. The old website will remain up for a short time, so please update your bookmarks with our new web address.

New Addition!

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Koda Nuru

I also wanted to share a photo of one of our new members of the family!  Koda Nuru is now 10 weeks old and has been hanging out at corporate headquarters for a couple of weeks now. Koda is American Indian for “friend or companion” and Nuru is South African for “Light”. One thing is for sure, everyone stops to take a look at this little 6 pound, short legged, goofy pug!  Check out his picture and you will see what I mean!

air filter air conditioning heating charleston scCheck Your AC Filters!

Today, I also wanted to remind you to check your ac filters. If they are dirty, PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE,  replace them! In the past month, Arctic Air has been on several calls in the Summerville and Charleston area where the majority of the ac problems have been “restricted air flow”.  In very basic terms….  Dirty Air Filters!

When your ac cannot get enough air, it won’t cool your home or business. It also causes the ac unit to work harder,  and to cause your electric bill to be higher. It is like trying to suck air through a pinched straw. So, please take time to check your air filters TODAY!!

9/11 Heroes Run

Eventbrite_Header_2015-1024x246Arctic Air is a proud sponsor of the 4th Annual – 9/11 Heroes Run (The Travis Manion Foundation) that will take place on Daniel Island on 9/12.  The Travis Manion Foundation was founded in honor of Marine 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion, who was killed in combat in Iraq 2007. This foundation firmly believes that the best way to honor those who have fallen, is to challenge the living. Proceeds will help veterans, service members, their families and first responders. Three of the local organizations that will receive donations are the Goose Creek Fire Department, C&B Fire Department and the SCFOP Distressed Officers Fund.

Kyle Carpenter will be the Guest of Honor and will be running in this 5K race. Do you know who Kyle Carpenter is? Check out his profile on Wikipedia.com (Kyle Carpenter – Hero).

Come out and show support for those who have fallen, and those who are actively serving.  For more information, please check out 9/11 Heroes Run – Charleston SC.

Have a Great Weekend!

Make life a little easier on your AC

Isle of PalmsAs we begin to feel the temperature rise into the 90’s, there are a couple of things that will help make your ac perform a little better.

The first thing that you can do is to check your air filters.  I am writing this on June 1, 2015. It is the perfect day to replace your ac filters if they are dirty.IMG_1310

The second thing that you can do is to schedule your preventive maintenance. I would say that my ac works as hard, if not harder, than my truck. I depend on both. One to get me to work, the other to keep me comfortable when I am at home. It is recommended that your oil is changed regularly. It is also recommended that you have preventive maintenance performed on your ac once every six months.

Severely clogged coils!

Severely clogged coils!

For more information on preventive maintenance, check out our web page.

The third thing that can be done is to use your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans help us feel cooler by speeding up the evaporation of moisture off of our skin. Check out this video that explains which direction is correct for the summertime.  Be sure to turn fans off if no one is in the room.

Finally, consider installing a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to save money by slightly raising the temperature in your home while you are away. Then, you can program it to cool down before you come home. (It saved me $50 in the first month that I used it. Disclaimer (because we live in a sue happy society…LOL) … not all result will be the same.)

programmable 7 day thermostatIf you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 843-821-0937.

Hope everyone has a Happy June!

 

News Flash – Synchrony Bank offer 18 months “Same as Cash” Option

News Flash – Synchrony Bank offers 18 months “Same as Cash” option on ac systems and repairs.

Severely clogged coils!(Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some interesting photos.)
Is your air conditioner on its last leg? Has the last leg already fallen off? Are you overpaying the electric company because your unit is not energy efficient? Are you wondering where you are going to get the money to pay for a new system?

Trust me, I know how you feel. Staci and I have a 9 year old Lennox unit in our home. We have tried to take good care of it over the years, but I know that it won’t be long before we hear the news.  “Mike and Staci, you need a new unit. It doesn’t make sense to keep putting money into this one.” Ugh.

On a personal level no one likes to hear that. And, when I go to see our customers, I don’t like giving them that news either.

Thankfully, Synchrony Bank, formerly GE Capital, has just sent us great news! They have changed two of their plans. Most of us hate change, but this is for the better. Synchrony Bank is now allowing us to offer 18 months “same as cash”. Before, we could only offer 12 month.  This is great news,  if you hate paying interest! Please call for details or visit our website.

North Charleston ACIn addition, Synchrony Bank has also reduced the monthly payments on the 7.99% interest. This simply means a more affordable payment each month over the lifetime of the loan. Please call for details or visit our website.

Synchrony Bank will usually approve credit for those with a 650 or higher credit score (this does not guarantee a loan, but is simply one of the criteria in the decision making process).

Finally, if your credit is less than stellar, I have another option for you also. My secondary company (not Synchrony Bank) will often approve customers with a 550 or higher. Again, this is just one of the criteria in getting a loan for your air conditioning and heating system. Many of my customers have been able to take advantage of this loan WITHOUT being “taken to the cleaners”. This is a great way to start building your credit score back up. We know and understand that bad things happen to good people. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask about this option. You are not alone.

Do you have questions about financing your equipment? Please call and set up a time to find a plan that is right for you and your family.

Oh yes, one other thing… What are your thoughts….?

Has Chuck gotten into the habit of sleeping on the job, or has he “Fallen and Can’t Get Up?”

chuckService Tech down in Charleston SC

 

Have a GREAT WEEKEND!!