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3 Safety Tips when Dealing with a Carbon Monoxide Leak in Your Home
Dec 13, 2018READ POST
General HVAC service questions aren’t always about the basics.
General HVAC service questions are commonplace for most HVAC dealers. One that comes in less often, fortunately, has to do with carbon monoxide leaks. If your carbon monoxide detectors go off, here are three safety tips you need to know:
Tip #1: Leave the House Immediately
Carbon monoxide is the gas that is leftover after the incomplete combustion of carbon. In simpler terms, it’s what your furnace produces when it burns fuel to generate heat that warms your home. It’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It’s also deadly. It replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells and reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to your body in your bloodstream. Because you can’t tell when it’s present, it’s critical to make sure everyone, including pets, gets out of the house if your CO detector goes off.
Tip #2: Call 911
Once you are outside, call 911 or the fire department. They can assist you when carbon monoxide is present in your home. They have the protective gear to be able to go into your house without risking their health with exposure to the gas.
Tip #3: Call in an HVAC Professional
If you have an issue with your HVAC system that’s causing carbon monoxide to leak into your home, you need to schedule repair as soon as possible. You cannot run your HVAC system until a certified technician has done what is necessary to service and repair the system.
Don’t take any chances when it comes to carbon monoxide leaks. Contact your local McCall’s dealer for any of your general HVAC service questions, including those about the safety and maintenance of your heating and cooling system.
Winter Is the Worst for Your Home Air Quality - 2 Ways to Maximize Your Indoor Quality
Dec 06, 2018READ POST
Explore the product upgrade benefits you need to breathe easier this winter.
It’s time to take a look at some HVAC product upgrade benefits for the air in your home. Did you know your indoor air is worse in the winter than it is in the summer? The good news is, it’s easy to fix. Take a look at two ways you can maximize your indoor air quality this winter:
#1: Bump up Your Relative Humidity
Too much humidity makes for an uncomfortable home in the summer, but in the winter the air is drier, and it can affect the air you breathe. Adding humidity to your heating system can bring up the relative humidity to the right level. What does this do? There are two main benefits:
- Humid air feels warmer. This makes your home more consistently comfortable and helps you save energy because your HVAC doesn’t have to work as hard.
- More humidity can keep you healthier. Viruses and bacteria thrive in cool, dry air. Adding humidity can help keep sickness at bay this winter.
#2: Consider Air Purification
There are a number of pollutants that make their way into the air in your home. These can include dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold and mildew, chemicals from cleaning products, and smoke. Your HVAC air filter can help remove some of those things from the air, but it can’t do it all. This is where an air purification system added to your current HVAC can make a huge difference. A good air purifier can rid your air of nearly 99% of airborne pollutants.
You don’t have to suffer from poor indoor air quality this winter. Talk to one of our trusted McCall’s Supply, Inc. dealers today for help finding the right product upgrade benefits to help you breathe easy this winter.
Three Essential Steps to Hiring a Qualified HVAC Team
Nov 29, 2018READ POST
Are you trying to figure out how to improve your HVAC business? Hiring the right team is the place to start.
If you want to know how to improve your HVAC business, look no further than your employees. Your technicians can make or break your business. Following are some steps to hiring a qualified HVAC team that will make your company successful long-term.
Look for the Right HVAC Team Traits
Your HVAC technicians need more than training and experience. They also need the right traits to be successful. These include:• Good communication skills • Good etiquette • Self-discipline • A strong work ethic • Good team working skills
You can always teach technicians the right practical skills if they have the traits mentioned above.
Ask for Referrals from Your Current HVAC Team
Your current HVAC team can be invaluable in helping you find new team members. Ask your current employees if they know of other good potential technicians. Referrals help you learn about an employee before hiring him or her. Asking for referrals can also help you find great workers you may not have found otherwise.
Don’t be Afraid of Hiring Newbies and Offering Training
You may not be able to hire a fully qualified HVAC team right away. That’s OK. Many companies have found that offering on the job training solves the qualification problem quite easily. Be willing to train your new employees to meet your specific needs. At the same time, offer a great job environment they will love. As you do, you’ll gain a valuable HVAC team that is hard to beat.
Do you need more help in learning how to improve your HVAC business? McCall’s Supply Inc. offers training programs and other great benefits to all its dealers. We also help you advertise and market your business so experienced HVAC technicians and customers alike can get to know you. Contact us to learn how to hire the right team and improve your HVAC business.
How Routine Training Programs Can Help You Pass Your PSI Exams
Nov 22, 2018READ POST
There are many benefits of becoming a McCall's dealer. One of these is access to useful training programs. Our programs cover a variety of topics to help you become a better dealer and technician. They can also help you pass an upcoming PSI exam.
Why Dealers Need a PSI Exam
You don’t have to pass the PSI exam to become a dealer. However, taking the exam is still be a good idea. The PSI Academy is well-known throughout the United States. Its exams cover important topics that will help you improve your services. Passing the exam shows you are serious about being a great HVAC contractor. It can also help you handle specialized commercial or residential HVAC jobs.
How McCall’s Can Help
Our ongoing training helps you in a number of ways:
- You’ll get well-rounded training from different companies on different topics
- Training is available at different times and venues for ease of access
- You don’t have to cram before the exam - you can study throughout the year at your own pace
- Our training courses include lunch for added convenience
- Some courses offer extra benefits such as licensing from specific companies
Other Benefits of Becoming a McCall Dealer
Becoming a McCall’s dealer gives you access to other great benefits. You’ll get wholesale prices on top-quality products. We’ll give you leads and help you market your business. We also offer emergency after-hour services to all our dealers.
We are happy to announce we're creating a premier dealer program. This program is set to offer even more discounts and marketing benefits. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer.
Keep Guests Comfortable in Your Home during the Cold Months with These Three Tips
Nov 15, 2018READ POST
Do you have general HVAC service questions? We have answers.
One of the most common general HVAC service questions is: “How can I keep my home at a comfortable temperature in winter?” Thankfully, it’s not a hard question to answer. Here are some tried and true tips for keeping your house comfortable for guests during the cold winter months.
Invest in Expert HVAC Service
Your HVAC unit needs servicing before winter hits. A qualified technician will check the unit and make sure it’s working correctly. You can also have an HVAC company check your ducts for leaks. Duct leaks will not only lower temperatures in your home but can also raise your energy bills. In fact, the DOE notes you can lose up to 30% of your home’s warm air due to duct leaks and holes.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you a lot of money. You can use it to lower temperatures when you’re not home and raise temperatures right before you get back. You can customize the times and settings for keeping your home and your guests comfortable.
Avoid Costly HVAC Servicing by Upgrading to a New Unit
Do you need a new HVAC unit? Here are some signs you do:
- Your current HVAC has numerous, recurring problems
- Your home is never at a comfortable temperature
- You have high energy bills
New HVAC units can be expensive, but they often pay for themselves in a few years. Choose one with a high SEER rating for the most energy savings.
McCall’s Supply Inc. doesn’t just answer general HVAC service questions. We also offer the best HVAC products at a reasonable price. Get in touch with one of our certified dealers for all of your general HVAC service questions and to learn more about keeping your house warm before guests arrive for the holiday season.
How a Programmable Thermostat Improves Your Energy Efficiency
Nov 08, 2018READ POST
Discover the many product upgrade benefits of installing a new programmable thermostat.
Are you looking for product upgrade benefits that deliver real savings? A new programmable thermostat will help you save money. What's more, it will also keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round. Here are some reasons why this small device has so much to offer.
Set the Right Temperature When You're Not Home
You can save a lot of energy by adjusting your programmable thermostat for when you're out and about. At the same time, you can program your new thermostat to adjust the temperature before you get home. This way, your home will be comfortable when you arrive. Additionally, setting it to a lower temperature in the winter and raising it in the summer will help you conserve energy and save money.
Lower the Temperature When You’re out of Town
Do you need to travel out of town in the winter? If so, lower your programmable thermostat to 50˚F. It's a simple, effective way to prevent frozen pipes without spending lots of money on energy bills. You can program it to adjust the temperature before you get back, so the house is cozy and warm when you return. If you leave town in the summer, set the temperature to 88˚F. Program the thermostat to go to 78˚F an hour or two before you get back.
Discover Which Upgraded Products Are Right for You
Are you looking for increased comfort and decreased energy bills? If so, a McCall's dealer can help you find the programmable thermostat to fit your needs. Find a dealer near you to learn more about the product upgrade benefits you need to improve your energy efficiency.