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How to Choose the Right Size HVAC Unit for Your Home
Jan 16, 2020READ POST
One of the most common general HVAC service questions is, “What size HVAC unit do I need for my home or commercial building?” When it is time to consider a new unit, how do you figure out what size is best suited to your needs?
Not the Easiest Calculation
You can get an estimate of the required size by calculating the square footage (length x width) of the space to be heated/cooled. Unfortunately, this basic calculation doesn’t take into account climate, how many people live and spend time in the house, additional appliances that generate heat, and other important factors. All of these are necessary to get an accurate calculation.
Getting the Size That’s Just Right
It is important to get the proper size unit for the space. If the HVAC system is too small, it won’t be able to adequately meet the heating and cooling needs of the space and the people who live and work there. If the HVAC unit is too large, it won’t operate efficiently, may wear out faster, and create higher energy bills year-round.
The Manual J Calculation
The most thorough and accurate calculation is the Manual J. Based on a complete energy audit of the building or house, it can tell where you use electricity and where you can save. Check with your utility company or your HVAC technician to find out about an audit for your home. Using precise energy audit calculations, your HVAC technician can recommend the correct size of unit best suited for your needs.
If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, call the professionals at McCall’s Supply right now. Our friendly, knowledgeable experts have the answers to all your general HVAC service questions.
Winter Weather Report: You Need a Home Generator!
Jan 09, 2020READ POST
A home generator may not be the most glamorous of product upgrade benefits for your home, but it is one you should think about. Before cold weather sets in, consider how it could help this winter.
Power When the Power Goes Out
A home generator will provide power to your home when the electricity goes out. There are two main kinds of generators. An HVAC technician can wire a whole-house unit directly to the electrical system of your home and starts automatically when your power goes out. It provides electricity to all the appliances in your home. Portable, back-up units, on the other hand, come in a variety of sizes and can power particular appliances, such as refrigerators, computers, and lights during an outage. Both run on propane, natural gas, or gasoline.
Storms, Natural Disasters, and Emergencies
Power goes out for any number of reasons. Winter storms bring ice and snow that can cause downed poles and electrical lines. In severe weather situations, the utility company may cut power due to the danger from downed lines and to make repairs. Broken trees, ice, and severe weather can all contribute to situations where residents might be without power for days and in some extreme cases, even weeks.
General Safety and Well-Being
Some foods spoil after only about 4 hours. A home generator will ensure that you don’t lose the entire contents of your fridge and freezer. It will power lights so that there is no need for open-flame candles. It will enable radios, TVs, and computers so you can remain in contact with family members and hear emergency notifications.
As you consider product upgrade benefits this winter, call the experts at your local McCall’s Supply. We have the products and services you need to make the best decisions for your home.
New Year's Resolutions: 2 Ways to Make the Most of Your Business in 2020
Dec 27, 2019READ POST
Are you wondering how to improve your HVAC business in the coming year? These tips will get you on the right track with the best practices to grow your business.
The HVAC world is a competitive industry for business owners who are trying to get ahead, so it makes sense you are wondering how to improve your HVAC business in 2020. What will make a customer choose your business over another one? Keep reading for two major tips you need to set your business apart from the rest.
Encourage Referrals from Satisfied Customers
You are in the business of creating happy customers. Once you have completed a job meeting their heating and cooling needs, don’t be afraid to ask for referrals. Whether customers want to write an online review for your business or share their positive experience with friends and family or on social media, word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool. Make it a habit to request a review or testimonial from your customers in 2020 to get more exposure for your business.
Always Follow Up with Your Estimates
When customers request estimates for HVAC services, it can be easy to let them slide. If you don’t hear back from them, you may just move on to the next customer. However, just taking that extra step to follow-up on your quotes can make a big difference in getting new customers. To avoid missing out, make it a regular step in your business practices to follow up on all estimates, so you can ensure you aren’t leaving money on the table.
As we approach the New Year, remember that you can always reach out to our team at McCall’s Supply, Inc., for tips to make the most of your business. Becoming a McCall’s dealer is one of the smartest choices you can make to ensure your business is on the path to success in 2020 and beyond. For more tips on how to improve your HVAC business, contact our team today.
Boost Your Business Now by Becoming a McCall’s Dealer
Dec 20, 2019READ POST
Learn more about the business-boosting benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer.
If you want to grow your business in 2020, it’s a good time to explore the benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer. Running a business can be difficult, but when you have the right support and resources, you can eliminate many of the headaches and struggles. Here’s how making the choice to sign up as a McCall’s dealer can set your business up for success in the New Year.
Take Advantage of a Higher Level of Training and Resources
From training workshops and educational events to all of the resources necessary to stay up to date on the latest in HVAC technology and products, McCall’s Supply, Inc. ensures its dealers have access to everything they need to excel. When you are busy operating a heating and cooling business, it can be easy to fall behind on trends and new technology that help you work smarter, not harder. As a McCall’s dealer, you won’t have to spend time seeking out education. We make it convenient for you.
Technical Support When You Need It
Where do HVAC business owners turn when they need technical support? Google, or YouTube? As a McCall’s dealer, you will have the opportunity to turn to our expert technicians to ask questions or get technical advice on any issue. We are here to make you better at your job, so your customers get the expert service they need.
Get Exclusive Access to the Best HVAC Products
As a McCall’s dealer, you’ll never have to conduct research to find the right products for your customers. We provide exclusive access to the top products in the industry. Your customers are happier, and your job is easier. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Let’s make 2020 the best year yet for your HVAC business. Reach out to our team today to discover even more benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer. Connect with us online now.
To Repair or Replace: Furnace Edition
Dec 13, 2019READ POST
One of the top general HVAC service questions homeowners have is whether they should repair or replace the furnace.
When it comes to general HVAC service questions, a common one we get at McCall’s Supply, Inc. is whether a homeowner should repair or replace a furnace. Once your furnace begins requiring repairs or suffering from performance problems, it can be difficult to determine whether the cost of repairs is going to be so great that you would have been better off with a replacement.
The experts at McCall’s Supply, Inc. are here to help homeowners assess their HVAC system and determine the appropriate next steps—whether it’s repair or a new HVAC installation.
Signs You Should Schedule Furnace Repair
The signs you should schedule furnace repair are similar to those signs you may need a replacement, except in the case of repairs, a furnace will often be less than 15 years old. Signs include:
- Weak airflow
- Thermostat issues
- Squealing, banging, or rattling sounds
- Unusual increases in energy bills
- Frequent cycling
Signs a Furnace Replacement May Be Necessary
While the idea of a new furnace is not exciting to most, the truth is sometimes it’s necessary. One thing to keep in mind is that a new furnace will undoubtedly be more energy-efficient, which can help you save big on monthly energy costs. Plus, you can count on it to keep your family comfortable and safe for years to come.
Here are the signs you may need a furnace replacement instead of a repair:
- It’s older than 15 years - the average lifespan of a furnace is from 15 to 20 years, depending on the model and maintenance
- Your energy bills keep rising, even after repairs
- Your home’s indoor air quality is lacking
- You notice uneven heating throughout the home
- The system is really noisy
- The furnace has excessive rusting or cracks
- You have to pay for frequent repairs to keep it running
McCall’s Can Help You Decide If You Need a Repair or Replacement
The best way to determine the right steps to fix your furnace problem is to contact your local McCall’s Supply, Inc. dealer. The experts at McCall’s will be able to provide the professional assessment you need to keep your home warm and comfortable. Connect with us online now to schedule service or to get more answers to your general HVAC service questions.
3 Ways a Programmable Thermostat Will Make Your Winter Nights Cozier
Dec 06, 2019READ POST
Wondering about the product upgrade benefits of a programmable thermostat? Here are three ways installing one for your HVAC will help to make your winter nights cozier.
If you are gearing up for a cold winter, you may be wondering if the product upgrade benefits of a programmable thermostat are worth it. You need your home to be warm and cozy, but you don’t want to pay an astronomical energy bill each month. While a programmable thermostat can’t work magic, it can help you to keep your evenings comfortable while helping you to minimize energy costs. Here are three ways investing in one can increase the comfort levels in your home:
#1: Set it to warm up before you get home at night.
It’s a good idea to program the thermostat setting to decrease the indoor temperature while you and the family are away for the day and increase it 15-20 minutes before you get home. By doing this, you can avoid wasting money to heat an empty home but will have things nice and warm the moment you walk in the door.
#2: Keep it warm until you hop into bed so that you can fall asleep easily.
While you are hanging out at home, having dinner, and watching television before bedtime, you will want the house to be warm. However, you can turn down the thermostat right before you get into bed for the night. You’ll have the blankets to keep you warm, and studies show you can actually fall asleep more easily in a cooler room.
#3: Set it to warm up before you get out of bed.
It’s hard enough to get out of bed early in the morning but leaving the warmth of the blankets for a cold room is downright unpleasant. By programming the thermostat to warm up the house about 15-20 minutes before your alarm goes off in the morning, you’ll be able to enjoy a more comfortable home as you rise and shine.
Learn more about the features and product upgrade benefits of a programmable thermostat. The convenience and cost savings possible this winter are amazing. Reach out to McCall’s Supply, Inc. to learn more.