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Each week we’ll post discussing the latest industry news or offering you tips to get the most out of your home’s heating and air conditioning systems.
5 Places to Test Your Home for Drafts and Leaks
Aug 17, 2017READ POST
Where to test your home for drafts and leaks is one of the most common HVAC service questions we encounter, and for good reason. Drafts and leaks are major causes of inefficiency in the heating and cooling of your home. Your HVAC system cannot heat and cool your home effectively if there are leaks and drafts. When heated or cooled air escapes your house, it is like money flying out the window.
To keep energy costs down, it is important to give your home a thorough inspection for drafts and leaks. Here are five places to check:
Doors and Windows
Drafts and leaks are common around doors and windows. Doors that don't close properly or have an old sweep are often sources of drafts. With windows, the problem is often deteriorating frames or windows that are simply too old.
The exhaust for your dryer or other vents in your home are potential sources of leaks and drafts. Take the time to make sure there is air only leaving your home and the area around exhausts is carefully sealed.
Leaks and drafts often come from the attic. Because it usually gets infrequent checks, leaks and drafts can go unnoticed until they affect your energy bill.
Basement and crawl spaces are other well-known culprits for drafts and leaks. Like the attic, these less-used areas of the house can have such issues for a while before anyone detects an issue.
Different parts of the walls in your home are vulnerable to drafts. Pay particular attention to electrical outlets, switch plates and baseboards when checking for issues.
Being vigilant about locating and dealing with drafts and leaks is a proactive way to take control of your energy bill. If you have more general HVAC service questions, get in touch with our friendly team at McCall's today. We can take the mystery out of energy services.
3 Step Process for Choosing the Best Thermostat for Your Money
Aug 10, 2017READ POST
Knowing the product upgrade benefits that come with choices like changing a thermostat can easily set you apart from the competition. If your customer is asking how to get the best thermostat for the money, we have a five-step process to help you guide them:
Step 1: Know What You Need
It is important to know the type of thermostat you need for your home heating and air-conditioning system. Today, the ideal type of thermostat to have is one that is programmable. It will save you money and ensure your home is the right temperature around the clock. However, there are options to consider. Some thermostats can be remotely controlled via a mobile device, while others are programmable using the keypad only.
Step 2: Know What Works with Your System
But before you make that purchase, it is critical to know what type of HVAC system you have so that you choose a compatible thermostat. Single stage or multi-level stage units, direct line voltage and zoned HVAC will require different types of thermostats. Your HVAC company can answer questions about what is compatible with your unit.
Step 3: Know How Much to Invest in a Thermostat
The cost of a thermostat, especially a programmable one, may be higher than you anticipated. However, it is important to analyze the value of a programmable thermostat. It has the potential to save you a significant amount in energy savings and is therefore worth the higher initial cost. Features like remote access also make a difference in the price of your new thermostat.
Still have questions about guiding your customers to choose the best thermostat for their money or other product upgrade benefits? Contact us now and we'd be happy to help.
Discover the EPA's Updated Refrigerant Management Requirements
Aug 07, 2017READ POST
Ozone depleting substances (ODS) such as refrigerant are considered a substantial factor in the depletion of the ozone and contributor to global warming. In an effort to reduce these emissions the EPA began issuing guidelines to deter improper handling of ODS substances in 1993 with their "no-venting rule."
In the newest edition of Section 608 of the Clean Air Act the EPA pushes for improved record-keeping and prevents persons that are not certified technicians from purchasing HFC refrigerant. Although many changes took place in January of 2017 there are several changes to prepare for that begin in 2018.
Each of these regulations are designed to monitor leaks and repairs of large appliances that use refrigerant in an effort to reduce the amount of ozone depleting substances that are disposed of incorrectly. The EPA has calculated that the implementation of these updated regulations will have an impact comparable to taking 1.5 million cars off the road annually.
Contact the professionals at McCall's to get the full scoop and for compliance questions.
Need a HVAC License? McCall's Can Help!
Aug 07, 2017READ POST
As the HVAC industry continues to evolve, new opportunities are created that require skilled professionals like you! With demand for this profession increasing by 5.5% each year the HVAC market is expected to be worth $130.7 billion by 2020. Preparing yourself for your PSI exam provides you with an avenue to succeed in this growing workforce.
Being able to get your hands dirty isn't enough to succeed in a career in HVAC. You will need to be able to do load calculations, isometrics, math and estimating. With the assistance of McCall's trained instructors you can pass your PSI exam effortlessly on your first try. Our comprehensive courses, seminars and practice tests will help prepare you to succeed not only in your PSI exam, but in your HVAC career.
Contact the experts at McCall's to get your career started the right way.
3 Continued Education Tools to Grow Your HVAC Business
Jul 26, 2017READ POST
In the ongoing quest to grow and improve your HVAC business, McCall's has a wide selection of continuing education tools and resources to help you. Whether you are looking for the latest information, a refresher on things you haven't seen in a while or to expand your services, McCall's can help. Here are three tools we offer to our dealers:
1. Get the Latest on the Blog
The McCall's blog offers weekly updates with marketing tips specific to the industry, inside information on how to improve your business, and content you can share with your customers. The more information you share with your customers, the better your position in the industry. The blog also helps you with business growth by discussing strategies to help you reach and convert more customers.
2. Training Sessions and Special Events
McCall's offers regularly scheduled training sessions, as well as special events designed to provide industry-specific knowledge to its dealers. These events are searchable by month or topic. When your team is highly knowledgeable about the products you carry, that confidence is apparent to the customers. Continued education on the brands offered by your supplier makes good business sense.
3. EPA Certification
HVAC technicians must have EPA certification as of January 1, 2018. McCall's can make finding that information easier and clearer. Staying abreast of the latest information from McCall’s will help prepare your HVAC technicians for this certification.
Our continued education tools keep local HVAC companies in mind. If you have suggestions on HVAC business topics we should cover or just want to learn how to improve your HVAC business, contact our team at McCall's Supply, Inc., today.
3 Ways Your HVAC Supplier Can Affect Customer Loyalty
Jul 19, 2017READ POST
One of the benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer is that is we can positively affect customer loyalty for your business. With extensive experience in the HVAC industry, we have seen many local HVAC companies come and go. The factor that sets apart those with longevity and those that don't survive is their customer service. Having a solid HVAC supplier that is responsive to the needs of customers is the key to delivering good customer service and staying in business.
Here are a few of the ways we help our dealers at McCall's Supply, Inc.:
Availability of Supplies
When you strive to deliver the very best in customer service, you have to be able to get the products and parts needed quickly, so customers don't have to be without AC a moment longer than necessary. Because of our solid partnerships with over 55 vendors, we can get you the products you need when you need them, from one of our 19 locations in the southeast. We even have after-hours emergency services help to serve you better
The Latest in Industry News and Innovation
McCall's stays at the forefront of the HVAC industry and enables its dealers to do the same. We always have the latest in technology available to you, as well as the continuing education and training needed to ensure you are up-to-date and knowledgeable. When customers see you as an expert in your field, loyalty builds.
Reputations matter when it comes to doing business. Homeowners and business owners in Johnsonville, SC and surrounding areas know that McCall's is a name they can trust.
Being a McCall's dealer extends that reputation to your company, giving you a boost over the competition. Because customers who know McCall's trust them, that customer loyalty extends to your business.
Contact us today and learn more about increased customer loyalty and the many other benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer.