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Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality this Allergy Season
Apr 02, 2020READ POST
As consumers, we always want the best value in product upgrade benefits, including when it comes to your HVAC system. During this allergy season, take a look at the products that can help you improve your indoor air quality.
Better HVAC Filters
One of the best ways to keep allergens out of the air in your home is to catch them before they can circulate. Your HVAC air filter does just that. It traps airborne pollutants, including allergens like pollen, dust, and dander, before they get pulled into the cooling system and blown back out into your home. Upgrading to high-quality HEPA filters can reduce the allergens in your air.
Add an Air Filtration System
An air filtration system can work right alongside your air conditioner. It works by trapping even tiny airborne particles before they can become allergy triggers. Some of these allergens include mold spores, dust mites, smoke, and household cleaning chemicals that can make your allergy symptoms flare up and can aggravate your breathing if you’re highly susceptible. An air filtration system can help rid your home of those and help you breathe easier.
Air Duct Cleaning
Call on a reliable HVAC technician to clean your air ducts this spring. Getting the dirt, dust, mold, pollen, pet hair, dander, and other irritants out of your ducts is critical to reducing your allergies this spring and summer.
You don’t have to suffer through the spring and summer allergy season. Find relief when you come indoors by improving your indoor air quality with a few simple additions to your HVAC system. Find out more about the product upgrade benefits available by contacting your local McCall’s Supply, Inc. dealer today.
Taking Precautionary Measures to Protect Yourself From COVID-19
Mar 19, 2020READ POST
To All Employees:
All eyes are on the spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we, as distributors, have an especially important task in managing the challenges that arise from the global health crisis. From protecting employees in branches and corporate offices to canceling events and travel. We are monitoring this outbreak and we will keep you updated on any changes that we may feel need to be made to daily operations, within our business.
Please see the below information to help serve all of us during the outbreak.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus (CoV) refers to a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV or the COVID-19 coronavirus, is a novel or new coronavirus that was first identified in humans in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have issued a statement about the COVID-19 coronavirus and will continue to monitor and provide updated information about the outbreak. The association is committed to providing our members and communities with resources on how to clean and disinfect spaces and how to reduce the risk to human health.
You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading the coronavirus–and other respiratory illnesses–by following these steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. (Hand-washing: Clean Hands Save Lives) Use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).
To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance was developed and finalized in 2016 to allow for a rapid response in the event of an emerging viral pathogen outbreak. It was triggered for the first time ever for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020. The guidance outlines a voluntary, pre-approval process for making emerging viral pathogens claims. In the event of an outbreak, companies with pre-approved products can make off-label claims (for example in technical literature, non-label-related websites, and social media) for use against the outbreak virus.
*See attached photo sent from Julie Gaskins, she said that her husband Troy, who works for the City of Johnsonville, says that this product is sprayed just like Lysol or any other disinfectant spray, except in some cases you don’t have to spray but every 24 hours. He said that the states of SC, NC, FL and GA and others are using this product and it is required. Julie states she has put this product to the test under a heat and black light. Troy is part of the SC Hazmat Team and he gets safety and health information all the time. Julie said it can be found at CVS, Dollar General, Hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. There can be different color cans, which is only because of a different scent, but it’s all the same thing. Thank you for this information Julie.
We appreciate your patience, as we work through this process, and we will keep you posted with any updates as we have them. We pray for the safety and health of our employees & their families, our customers & their families and the world during this outbreak.
3 Benefits of Upgrading to a Programmable Thermostat Before Spring
Mar 05, 2020READ POST
When we talk about HVAC product upgrade benefits, we know that homeowners want information about the value of their investments. When it comes to a programmable thermostat, we can guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth. Take a look at just three of the benefits you can take advantage of by upgrading your thermostat before spring.
Benefit #1: More Consistent Comfort Levels
Programmable thermostats make it easy for you to keep your home the right temperature all the time. Whether you’re home or not, you can set the thermostat to adjust based on your schedule, your lifestyle, and how you want to manage your energy use. Pre-programming means your home will always be the temperature you want without you manually changing the setting.
Benefit #2: Energy and Cost Savings
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, or you have one that is so outdated you never use it, you’re using more energy than you should. When you set the air conditioning to adjust to your schedule, so it only turns on when you need it, you’re going to use less energy and save money on your monthly utility bills.
Benefit #3: Set it and Forget It
Instead of constantly setting and resetting your old thermostat, an upgrade to a programmable model means you can set it and forget it. You can set it to change the temperature in your home throughout the day and the week to fit your cooling needs. No more adjusting the thermostat multiples times a day.
As we get closer to spring and warmer weather, you should consider a programmable thermostat. For more information on the product upgrade benefits, contact your local McCall’s Supply, Inc. dealer, and one of our professionals can walk you through all of the advantages you’ll get by upgrading this spring.
Don’t Get Stuck in the Cold: Reasons to Invest in a Generator Now
Feb 13, 2020READ POST
One of the general HVAC questions many homeowners ask is whether they need to have a generator. There are many reasons to consider investing in one now.
Wintertime in the southeast has the potential to bring devastating ice storms. With them comes broken trees and downed electrical poles. And the weather often makes roads impassable and causes power outages that can last for days or even weeks, which is why a generator should be on your to-do list.
Safer at Home
When a storm hits, your family feels safer at home. But even an oil-fired furnace requires electricity to run – and who wants to be stuck in the cold and the dark?
A generator will protect the food in your fridge, allow you to charge your phone, power the internet, and provide light. Even if a power outage goes on for days, your family can stay safe and snug in the relative comfort of home.
Lots of Variety
When considering a generator, there are many things to take into account. Generators come in a variety of sizes.
Stationery generators kick in seconds after your main electrical supply goes out and provide a nearly seamless transfer of power. They can provide electricity to your entire house and typically require professional installation.
Portable generators are smaller and you can move them around based on need, but require starting and use propane or gas to operate.
Don’t Wait Until You Need It
Don’t wait until a storm threatens your safety to buy your standby generator. That is when they are in short supply and sell out fast. Buy it now and have it ready to go when you need it. The peace of mind for you and your family is well worth it.
Don’t wait until you are stuck in the cold. Contact your local McCall’s Supply dealer today to discuss your generator options and any of your general HVAC questions with one of our experts.
What Is a Geothermal Heat Pump?
Feb 06, 2020READ POST
If you’re looking for a green alternative to conventional heating and cooling systems, consider the product upgrade benefits of a geothermal heat pump.
If you are considering product upgrade benefits to your new or existing home, you might want to look at a geothermal heat pump. Lots of people have heard of them, but what exactly are they? Let’s take a look.
Look at Your Refrigerator
To know how a geothermal heat pump works, look no farther than your refrigerator. It is exactly the same premise. Take the warm air out of the fridge and replace it with cold air. If you put your hand at the back of your fridge, you’ll feel the hot air from inside your now cold fridge.
The heat pump simply takes the heat from the ground and transfers it to your house. Or, for cooling, takes the heat from the house and transfers it to the ground.
Clean, Constant, and Renewable
No matter what the climate is like where you live, a few feet below the ground, the temperature is relatively constant. Temperatures typically range from 45-75 degrees. Below ground, it is warmer than the air in winter and cooler than the air in summer. A geothermal heat pump simply exchanges the hot or cold air with the ground. These systems can heat, cool, and supply water to a home.
Electricity powers the pump, but there is no fossil fuel to burn as the ground is doing the heating and cooling.
Up Front Costs
There are currently about 50,000 geothermal heat pump systems in use in the United States. The limited number is partly because the initial investment is higher than a traditional HVAC system to install. However, depending on the cost of fuel and electricity in your region, you could recoup this investment in as few as four years.
When you are considering a new HVAC system, don’t overlook a geothermal heat pump system. It might be right for your home. Reach out to the experts at your local McCall’s Supply today to find out more about “green” alternatives and the product upgrade benefits of going geothermal.
Three Expert Tips for Growing Your HVAC Business This Year
Jan 30, 2020READ POST
Word of mouth or just having a website isn’t enough to improve your HVAC business. If you really want to grow your business in 2020, follow these three expert tips.
In 2020, utilizing technology means a lot more than just having a website. There is software available to make it easy to manage customers. There are options that make it easier for customers to make appointments and pay on their phones. Younger clients use their phones for everything. Be sure you’re not missing the boat.
And that website? Is it up to date and updated regularly? Will people find you when they search for HVAC services? Studies show that most people prefer to work with local businesses. Be sure your site has a presence on local review sites like Yelp and HomeAdvisor.
Ask customers for testimonials, post new and relevant content frequently, and consider creating a blog to connect and inform your customers.
Skills & Training
Stay up to date on the current trends in the market. Be able to share the latest and greatest with your customers. Sharpen your skills in new tools and technologies by attending classes and workshops. Be knowledgeable and up to date so you can answer your customers’ questions.
Focus on Your Customers
Is your business convenient for you? Or for your customers? Develop skills and service policies that cater to the needs of your customers. Consider extending your hours to include evenings and weekends. If you make it easy for your customers to work with you, they will remember you when the need arises again.
Make 2020 a great HVAC business year with help from McCall’s. When you become a McCall’s Supply, Inc. dealer, you can take advantage of all the resources available to make the most of 2020. Learn how to improve your HVAC business today by contacting the team at McCall’s.