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3 Common Myths About Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are an amazing invention. Can you imagine living in North Central Florida prior to air conditioning? However, there are many myths about them. Everyone has their own “nugget of wisdom.” Although they may seem logical, many of the popular beliefs about air conditioners aren’t necessarily backed by facts. Read on to learn three of the most commonly held myths regarding air conditioners.

What Are the Most Common Myths About Air Conditioners?

This list isn’t exhaustive, but here are the most common myths about air conditioners.

1. Closing Vents In Unused Rooms Saves Energy

It makes sense logically. If you have an office or guest room in your house that you rarely use, why strive to keep it cool? You could save money by cooling less square footage and redirecting the air to help keep the other parts of your home cooler, right?

Closing your AC vents actually decreases your air conditioner’s efficiency. Whether a few vents are closed or not, the same amount of air is pushed through your ductwork by your system. This excess air in the ductwork causes pressure to build up and makes your HVAC system work harder to distribute the air to the other parts of your home.

Another issue is excess moisture build-up in your unused rooms. Living in Gainesville, FL, we have very high humidity during the summer months. A hot, humid environment in a room can cause damage to furniture, electronics, clothing, flooring, and walls. These conditions can also lead to mold growth.

Therefore, closing vents in unused rooms isn’t the best strategy.

2. Bigger Is Better

When it comes to the size of your air conditioning unit, bigger is not always better. Air conditioners must be tailored to the square footage of your home. An oversized unit reduces efficiency and causes higher indoor humidity and short cycling.

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Short cycling is when your air conditioning unit starts and stops rapidly. This happens because an oversized unit cools your house too quickly — causing drastic temperature swings. Short cycling causes issues with your unit over time through unnecessary wear and tear.

Another issue with rapid cooling is that your house will not be cooled evenly. This means you will have some areas of your home that are overly frigid and other areas that are blazing hot.

3. Set Your Thermostat High When You’re Not Home

Another common misconception is to turn your thermostat up when you’re not home during the day or when you go on a trip. Although it’s true you can set your thermostat slightly warmer to conserve energy, setting your thermostat high in the morning and then cranking it back down when you return in the evening makes your air conditioner work harder.

Think about it this way: it’s way easier for your unit to maintain a cooler, consistent temperature than to cool it back down again, causing it to use more energy and creating more wear and tear. Another issue is excess humidity build-up, especially when you go out of town for a few days. In Florida’s climate, humidity levels can build up in your home far too quickly and cause mold growth or damage to drywall within days.

It’s okay to turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees when you’re not home, but don’t overdo it. For example, if you like to keep your thermostat at 73℉ while you’re home, set it to 75℉ while you’re gone. Most new systems also have schedules you can program on their thermostats so you can have a slightly warmer home during work hours and have it cool again by the time you return.

Contact Gator Air and Energy for All Your Air Conditioning Needs

At Gator Air & Energy, we can help you with all your air conditioning needs, including emergency AC repair, AC maintenance, or AC installation. Our repair services start with proper diagnostics followed by clear advice to help you determine the best solution.

Allowing us to provide routine maintenance every 6-12 months will also help you prevent unnecessary repairs. Please reach out to us today for all your air conditioning repair service needs here in Gainesville, Florida, and the surrounding areas.

How to Choose the Best Air Conditioning Unit for Your Home

Living in North Florida, we’re no strangers to smothering heat and humidity, and our climate is a real testing ground for air conditioners. Choosing the right air conditioning unit is one of the most important decisions homeowners can make. Our goal is to find an efficient, reliable system of the proper size and capacity for our home that requires minimal repairs over its lifespan. Read on to learn what to look for when choosing the best AC unit for your home.

What to Consider When Choosing an Air Conditioning Unit

When selecting an air conditioning unit for your home, there are several factors to consider, including the following.

Your Home’s Condition

Bigger is not always better. Many homeowners make the false assumption that if they buy a massive air conditioning unit — regardless of their home’s square footage — it will effectively keep their home cooler. Although it seems that simply having a bigger air conditioning unit is best, an oversized or undersized unit creates several issues.

There are other important variables to consider besides square footage. Therefore, it’s best to have a professional home energy audit completed to account for the following.

  • Local climate
  • Existing ductwork quality
  • Insulation quality and window condition
  • Home floorplan and construction materials
  • Sun exposure
  • Occupants living in the home

These energy audits are integral to tailoring an AC system to your home. Keep in mind if you’re replacing a unit, you don’t necessarily want to replace it with the same size system. It’s best not to assume that a proper size unit was installed the first time.

Central AC vs. a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Unit

These factors will also help you determine if you should choose a central system or go with a ductless mini-split. Central HVAC systems are just as they sound with a centralized outdoor unit (or 2 units if the home is 2-story) and an indoor component called an air handler. The air handler is usually located in the garage or utility room. Central units also have ductwork usually run through the attic that distributes cool or warm air throughout the home via the air handler.

Ductless mini-splits, on the other hand, are not centralized. Instead of supplying air throughout the entire property like centralized systems, they are individual units that cool and heat specific rooms or areas of the home.

There are pros and cons to each system type. Central HVAC systems generally make a home’s interior more appealing because the air supply vents are less noticeable. However, mini-splits may be a better option for homes that don’t have existing ductwork, have limited space, or had a recent addition.

Mini-split installation is also simpler and less invasive because it’s ductless, creates cost and energy savings, and gives a home greater curb appeal because the outdoor unit is much smaller than a central system.

Brand

Like any product or system, many different companies manufacture air conditioning units. Although we service multiple brands of HVAC units, we exclusively install Trane air conditioners, mini-splits, furnaces, and heat pumps. Trane produces industry-leading HVAC systems that are reliable and resilient in the Gainesville, FL climate.

These systems come with various thermostats, including smart thermostats, so you can efficiently cool and heat your home. These thermostats provide users with filter cleaning and replacement notifications along with system errors or warnings. Choosing the best brand is important to stay comfortable all year long.

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Budget

Upgrading or installing a new HVAC system is a major homeowner decision. Therefore, determining your budget is an important factor in deciding what type of system to have installed. Some homeowners may not be able to make a large purchase right away. In those situations, it may be more cost-effective to repair an existing system until their budget allows them to install a new system.

Another option is financing for those who qualify. Financing a system helps offset the upfront costs of installing a new system and allows homeowners to spread the cost out over monthly installments. Regardless, choosing a reliable system like a Trane is ideal because, like most things in life, we get what we pay for.

Contact Gator Air & Energy for AC Installation

At Gator Air & Energy, we help the residents of Gainesville and surrounding communities keep their homes cool. We install air conditioning and heating systems in Lake City, High Springs, Alachua, and Melrose. Our experts help you choose the optimal HVAC system by assessing your home and performing an audit. During our installation process, you can expect punctual service, clear communication, expert technicians, and friendly faces. Ready to schedule your AC installation for your home? Call us today at (352) 389-4396 or fill out our online contact form to get a quote!

Indoor Air Quality: How Dangerous is Something You Can’t See or Feel?

Have you ever walked outside, breathed in the crisp morning air, and wondered why the air outdoors can seemingly be so much cleaner than that in your house? While we often hear about the dangers of outdoor pollution, the threats building up inside our homes tend to get far less attention. According to the EPA, air pollutants inside homes can be up to 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors, regardless of whether you live in an industrial city or even a rural area. 

Treating the indoor air quality of your home is incredibly important for the health of your family. But, knowing how to detect the quality of your home’s air and effectively improve it can be challenging. In this article, we’ll break down the threats of poor indoor air quality and provide you with a clear path to breathing easier, knowing that the ones you love are safe in your home.

How Harmful is Poor Air Quality?

When it comes to your home, we know that your family’s health and safety is paramount. Of course, the air we breathe directly impacts our health. Poor air quality can exacerbate existing health conditions and lead to new illnesses and diseases. Some air pollution effects manifest quickly, including irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, and the onset of headaches and fatigue. Air pollutants can also aggravate existing conditions, such as asthma and other respiratory diseases. With years of exposure, dangerous health effects can take hold, including new respiratory diseases, heart diseases, and cancer.

The effects of coming into consistent contact and living with poor indoor air quality vary greatly from person to person. Further, air quality can impact your household’s health in quick, noticeable ways, or it can gradually contribute to new or worsening conditions years after exposure. So, taking preventative measures to combat poor indoor air quality, learn effective practices, and invest in cleaner air equipment is crucial.

Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants

In reality, there are many particles in our indoor air, and we often do not even realize which of our everyday household tasks put them there. Some of our most basic chores cause emissions, and while most of the effusions are non-toxic, the air inside the enclosed spaces of homes can easily build up harmful pollutants. Therefore, purifying the indoor air inside your home should start with preventative practices and comprehensively cleansing the air.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollutants?

Our daily routines can leave harmful toxins and pollutants trailing in the air behind us. Fumes from simple activities such as cooking on a gas stove or warming a room with a fireplace can emit and disburse dangerous toxins into the air, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and harmful airborne particles. 

The products you choose to use throughout your home can also contribute to poor indoor air quality. From what you use to build and furnish your home to what you use to clean it for the years to come, these choices can be the root cause of polluted air. Sources include: 

  • Disintegrating insulation containing asbestos 
  • New flooring, upholstery, or carpet
  • Paints
  • Cabinetry or furniture constructed with pressed wood products
  • Household cleaning and maintenance products
  • Personal care products and sprays
  • Aerosol sprays  

While combustion sources tend to be the most significant indoor pollution sources alongside what homeowners choose to put into their homes, the air inside also naturally accumulates potentially pathogenic airborne microorganisms, fungi, and mold.

There are dozens of contributors to poor indoor air quality, but many of these sources stem from some sort of humidity or water. In houses, humidity is a constant concern. If there is too much, homes turn into breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi, especially mold. Conversely, if there is too little, the dry air could cause eye and respiratory irritation. Finding a comfortable medium with your humidity levels is just one of the many important reasons to have a properly working air conditioning system that will help moderate your home’s moisture.

Another cause of built-up pollutants is poor ventilation. Ensuring that your house is adequately ventilated is paramount for producing clean air. Stagnant air, much like stagnant water, is a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria to collect. Especially in houses that are well insulated, it can be difficult to keep air moving throughout, so healthy air conditioning systems significantly assist in circulating fresh air.

What Can We Do About Indoor Air Pollutants?

While we’re discussing something that you often can’t even see, treating indoor air quality isn’t a guessing game. Below we outline some of the best ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your home.

AC Maintenance

Scheduling routine maintenance for your air conditioner is key to cleaner indoor air. During AC maintenance with Gator Air & Energy, we take critical steps to ensure that your air conditioning unit is functioning optimally. We also clean the essential components of the system that can otherwise build up harmful substances. For example, an effective way to rid your air conditioning system of mold is by cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils. Dirty coils can create mold throughout the system by causing water buildup. 

AC Filters

Overall, one of the best ways to get rid of most pollutants in the house is to replace your air conditioning unit’s filter. This is a simple task that only needs to be done roughly four times per year. To change the filter, all you have to do is measure the filter’s size, often written around the edge of the filter, then pick up a new filter at your local hardware store, and replace the old with the new. Filtration best serves as a supplement to proper ventilation and air conditioning practices. 

Air Purification

Air purifiers serve to clean the air in an enclosed space by removing airborne particles and substances while also sanitizing the air. These systems can effectively filter pollutants and allergens like pollen, dust, smoke, toxins from the rooms in your home. 

Air purifiers are also best used alongside fundamental air quality practices like air conditioning, ventilation, and source control. While air purifiers can substantially improve air quality, to remove all pollutants from your home’s air supply, you’ll need to use these methods in conjunction with each other. 

UV Light Purification

Adding a UV light to your home’s HVAC system will serve to eliminate harmful airborne microorganisms, including mold, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. As a simple upgrade to your system, these lights offer a powerful tool to destroy or nullify almost all of the air pollutants that circulate through it.  

Switch to Greener Household Products

There are also natural remedies for cleaner air that support these initiatives. For example, to eliminate the toxins emitted by household cleaners, we recommend using more natural or organic cleaning solutions, as these generally have healthier ingredients. Of course, the cleaner you keep your house, the cleaner the air should be.

Trust Gator Air & Energy for Clean Indoor Air

Clean air is invaluable for your family’s health and safety, but it can be challenging to achieve without maintaining your heating and cooling equipment and following best practices. Be proactive in the move toward cleaner air by replacing your filters, scheduling AC maintenance, and investing in clean air technologies, as these are just a few effective ways to ensure a healthy home for you and your family.

View our page on air quality to learn more about what you can do to keep your home safe, and for more information on Gator Air and Energy’s indoor air quality services and to have our experts help make your house a healthier home, call us at (352) 389-4396. 

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade To a Smart Thermostat

At Gator Air & Energy, we do all that we can to help our customers in Gainesville save money and energy. A thermostat is an essential piece of your air conditioning system, and yet it is often overlooked. If you haven’t changed your thermostat in a few years, you may be losing money and energy by using an outdated thermostat. Thermostats made even 5 years ago aren’t as efficient at keeping your system running as the modern thermostats of today.

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AC Upgrade: 4 Reasons to Use Your Tax Refund

It’s the time of year when you might find a little extra of your money back in your pocket, and there are so many different ways to spend it. However, this is also the perfect time of year for an AC upgrade.

We know it’s a hard sell to convince you to spend your hard-earned tax refund on a new air conditioning unit. It’s tempting to spend the money on a vacation or a new wardrobe, but there’s convincing evidence that suggests that upgrading your air conditioning unit may actually make your money go further.

At Gator Air & Energy, our focus is to save our customers in Gainesville, FL, and the surrounding area money and energy, and we believe upgrading to a new energy-efficient air conditioner would be the best way to invest your tax refund.

1. A New AC Upgrade Will Increase the Value of Your Home

Here in Gainesville and the rest of Florida, homeowners rely on air-conditioning the majority of the year. The humidity combined with the heat makes living without air conditioning nearly impossible. So, here in Florida especially, air conditioning is a must-have in a home.

According to the National Association of Realtors, central air conditioning adds about 12 percent to the value of a home on average throughout the country. In the long run, you could end up making a nice profit by upgrading your air conditioning unit with a small amount of money from your tax refund.

2. A New AC Will Be More Energy-Efficient

Energy efficiency is not only great for the environment but can also save you money on your energy bills every month. Homeowners in Gainesville know the challenge of keeping their energy bills low, and upgrading your current air conditioner to an energy-efficient one would help you save money every month.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you reduce your air conditioning energy consumption by 20 – 50 percent just by switching to an energy-efficient air conditioning unit. We’re proud to install Trane units that are all Energy Star rated, which means their systems all meet or exceed the government’s minimum standards for energy efficiency.

Not only that, but part of our air conditioning installation process includes an in-home load calculation which ensures that you’re getting the right-sized unit for your home. This process maximizes your energy efficiency, and it comes standard with a new unit from us!

3. A New Air Conditioner Might Qualify for a Federal Credit

Not only will a new energy-efficient air conditioner save you money on your bills, but you may even get a tax credit back from the Federal Government for upgrading your air conditioner.

If you upgrade your air conditioning unit to a one that is rated as Energy Star Efficient, you may qualify for a tax credit up to $300. So, in addition to adding value to your home, you can also beef up your tax refund a little more!

4. A Upgraded AC Unit Will Improve Your Comfort

Energy efficiency and tax credits aside, upgrading your air conditioning unit is truly an investment in your family’s comfort in the home. When air conditioning is working well, your home is comfortable and becomes an oasis during the hot Florida days.

Most people use their tax refund for luxuries like televisions and other big-box purchases, but when your home is too hot to enjoy any of it, what good does it do? Air conditioning that works properly, cools your home efficiently and keeps your family comfortable all year long is a better investment in the long term.

Call Gator Air & Energy for Your New AC Upgrade

If you’ve decided to make an investment in your home with a new air conditioner, give us a call. We are the most energy-efficient HVAC contractor in Gainesville and our installation process ensures you’re getting the most efficient AC unit for your money. Make your green go further with a new air conditioning unit from us today!

What Florida’s New Solar Power Amendment Means For You

Florida voters recently passed Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment that will provide property tax breaks for homeowners and businesses that have solar panels installed.

The amendment passed with broad support of 73% of voters, and will expand the use of solar energy across the state.

Gator Air and Energy believes in going green with your air conditioning. As Gainesville’s only certified EnergySmart contractor, we offer full green energy services, including solar installation.

Gator Air and Energy is dedicated to conserving our natural resources in order to keep the environment happy and healthy. Therefore, we specialize in providing green solutions to the modern conveniences homeowners crave.

What Does The Solar Power Amendment Mean For You?

The solar power amendment means you now have tax incentives for going green through solar power.

Tax Breaks

Your tax breaks for installing solar panels work in two ways. First, installing panels cannot be used in determining home value. This is useful because it means adding the value of solar panels to your home will not increase your property taxes.

Second, the solar power amendment removes Florida’s “tangible personal property tax” that was previously placed on solar equipment installed on properties.

Saving The Environment

In the Gainesville area, your AC is running around the clock most of the year. You can’t go without AC, but it does leave an environmental footprint. Making sure your unit is running at peak efficiency and getting it checked regularly helps decrease the impact from your home or business.

Installing solar panels is taking the next step toward reducing your environmental impact by using the abundant natural power of the Sunshine State.

Saving Money

Installing solar panels on your home used to be a dream for the future. Then it became available, but expensive. Now, solar energy is affordable for individuals and families.

When you save energy, you save money. Lower utility bills are just one of the ways solar power makes your home or business more economically sustainable, as well as environmentally sustainable.

If you’re planning on living in your home or working in your business long-term, Energy Informative calculates that the savings from the investment in solar energy currently takes no more than 10 years to break even.


Gator Air and Energy is committed to making Gainesville more energy-efficient and more sustainable, starting with your home or business. Our green services include:

  • Solar Panel Installation
  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Solar Attic Fans
  • Solar Tubes
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • And More

Contact us for an estimate on installing solar panels or making your home or business more sustainable.

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New Commercial AC Technologies

Business owners everywhere understand the importance of technology to the world of commercial AC. However, many business owners aren’t maximizing their capabilities when it comes to efficient AC! Below, the air conditioning experts at Gator Air and Energy discuss the advances in commercial technologies and what it could mean for your company. 

An Intro to Commercial AC Tech

New products, services and technologies are crucial to corporate growth and success. In the commercial AC industry, this pattern is no different. From tankless water heaters to home automation, commercial AC technology is always on the cutting edge.

Integrated Water & Heating

Standard tank water heaters have been the standard for years, but high efficiency products like tankless water heaters are gaining popularity with consumers. These new heaters allow you to run your shower, dishwasher and other home appliances simultaneously without running out of hot water. Instead of heating around the clock, tankless water heaters operate on demand and do not consume energy when water is turned off. This feature alone can lead to substantial savings. In addition to being highly efficient, tankless water heaters are also considerably smaller than traditional heaters.

Due to their popularity amongst consumers, tankless water heaters have quickly become a cornerstone of the commercial AC industry.

Automated Appliance and Temperature Systems

It has become increasingly important for residential and commercial AC clients to be able to manage their temperature at all times. Several new products are delivering on that need by combining AC, heating and appliances into singular digital operating systems. Whereas you used to have to control each appliance individually and pre-set indoor temperatures, now you can do it all from your computer or tablet.

Mobility is Key

Commercial AC technology is no different from residential AC technology in it’s growing need for mobility. In a world where everything from banking to weight loss is controlled by mobile apps, the commercial AC industry has kept pace in a big way. Mobile AC apps can now collect and share data and alerts straight to your smart phone and even offer 24-hour tech support.

These innovations are helping business owners everywhere avoid catastrophe by keeping them connected and fully integrated at all times.

Commercial AC in Gainesville

Gator Air & Energy is Gainesville’s most technologically advanced commercial HVAC contractor. Want to learn more why we’re the best in North Central Florida? Click here to learn about our HVAC commercial services. Or, simply give us a call to learn more!

 

 

 

How to Ensure Maximum AC Efficiency

As the dog days of summer are upon us, lets take a look at your AC efficiency. Are you receiving maximum cooling when you need it most? Are you overexerting your unit? Are there any preventative measures that can be taken to avoid maintenance issues?

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Low Cost, Maximum Cooling

During the summer months, it can be especially tempting to lower your thermostat to 65 degrees and set your fans to the highest settings in order to combat the heat. Meanwhile, proper AC efficiency requires a little bit of restraint. Setting your thermostat at a lower temperature than the room itself won’t actually cool the room any faster. In addition to placing undo stress on your AC unit, it could also dramatically increase your electricity bill.

Can Outdoor Heat Effect AC Efficiency?

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Have you ever noticed how your air conditioning unit can take especially long to cool you off your home when the temperature is hot outside? That’s because before your AC unit can disperse cool air, it must first convert liquid refrigerant into a gas, a process that occurs at a high temperature. When it’s hot outside, the combined heat from the sun and the conversion of refrigerant can delay the process of cooling the air.

Dirty air filters and coils can also effect your AC efficiency, causing your unit to overheat. Preventing these issues could be as simple as checking your coils and filters once a month. Keeping an eye on your AC unit can go a long way in ensuring reliable AC efficiency and extending the lifespan of your unit. In addition to doing it yourself, we also recommend calling your AC vendor to schedule routine maintenance.

For even more AC efficiency tips and tricks, head over to the energy.gov and download their Home Cooling Energy Saver Infographic!

Why a Gainesville Business Should Hire Gator Air and Energy for HVAC Services

Why Gator Air and Energy is the right choice for local Gainesville companies

Here at Gator Air and Energy, we take pride in our work, and we strive to make sure that our output is the highest quality possible. Therefore, in order to explain our personal standards for our services, we have contributed this blog that sums up everything we can do for local Gainesville businesses that need commercial HVAC help and why we are a very good fit for most companies.

Why Gator Air and Energy is a Good Fit For Gainesville

Our Customer Service is Unparalleled

We strive to give the absolute best customer service to all our clients. We accomplish this by responding to every call within two hours of the time it was made during the business day. Usually, our quick response time allows us to solve your problem within the day you placed the call, though the nature of the problem could affect this. Furthermore, we put the customer’s needs first by using a “repair instead of replace” strategy as frequently as possible. Oftentimes, A/C units can easily be replaced, but replacing a unit is a huge investment, and sometimes our customers cannot fit that expense into their budgets immediately. We understand that, so we will do our best to repair your unit in order to make it last as long as possible. Gator Air and Energy is committed to getting you what you need, and we will always be honest with you about all of the different options available.

Our Prices are Perfect for Small Businesses

As a small business ourselves, we understand that the budget for a business can be very involved, so we try to price our services with budget complications in mind. We do never charge overtime, and we only send trained technicians that are able to find and solve most problems quickly and efficiently. These promises produce cheaper rates for you. However, as we keep these promises, we still refuse to sacrifice quality and service, so we always take our time to guarantee that all problems have been solved thoroughly and that you have nothing to worry about for the future.

Our Service is Brand-Friendly

Instead of being locked into a contract for certain HVAC manufacturing companies, we service all brands. This fact gives you the ability to pick and choose the absolute best HVAC system for your company building. In addition, not only does our universal approach to manufacturers supply you with choices, but also it also affords you cheaper rates.

Our Technicians are Fully Trained

At Gator Air and Energy, our technicians are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the HVAC system. Why is this important? Well, when a technician is only trained in specific parts of an air conditioning system, they have a narrow scope of knowledge and may not notice other possible problems with their customers’ systems. By ensuring that all of our technicians are equipped with comprehensive knowledge of air conditioning systems, we are able to be proactive, not reactive, in our repairs. We can discover where there might be a future issue, and we can fix it before it happens.

Our Checkups are Always Thorough

When we perform our annual business checkups, we are sure to be as thorough as possible. Not only do we check the HVAC system for problems, but we also check the whole building to make sure there are no discrepancies. If we can find a way to help your business be more energy efficient, it makes our day.

We Keep You in The Loop

Whether we are providing a one-time repair or a quarterly checkup, we make sure that you know about the problem and about any other potential issues, and we always explain what we did or can do to fix those issues. We know that as manager of a small business, you need to know what is going on in all aspects of your company, and with that in mind, we promise to keep you updated on anything that we fix or do with your HVAC system.

We strive to make sure that our output is the highest quality possible.

Why Gator Air and Energy is a Good Fit For You

Want to learn more about how we cater to your Gainesville business? Then please contact us here or visit our page to continue to find out about our services.

Communication is Key: Why Working With an HVAC Contractor That Keeps Your Company Updated is Crucial

Why communication is so important, and what you should do to encourage communication with your HVAC contractor

When you are running a small business, you need to know what is going on in all areas of your company. So why is it that many HVAC companies fail to share all of the details of what they doing with you? Well, Gator Air and Energy has the list of reasons why, and we also have the facts you need to be more prepared for HVAC services in the future.

Frequent Checkups + No Communication = Surprise Fees

If you are a small business owner with your own brick and mortar building, you might be in a contract with a local HVAC company. If so, that contract probably affords you quarterly or offseason checkups on your system. When these checkups happen, do your HVAC technicians stop by, inspect your building’s unit, and then leave? While that kind of behavior is not necessarily a bad thing, knowing what they are doing and when they are doing it can help you as a business owner better understand what you are paying for and not be caught by surprise fees.

Surprise Fees = The Dread of Business Owners Nationwide

The fees that come along with regular maintenance, such as replacing parts or updating your system, are not generally a surprise to the HVAC technician working with your system. However, that HVAC technician is not updating you as to what is going on with your system, then any fee other than the regular maintenance fee will come as an unwelcome surprise to you the business owner. Therefore, it is in the best interests of both the contractor and the business owner to be as upfront as possible, and for the contractor to warn the business owner of possible future problems.

Communication + Information = The End of Surprise Fees

As a manager, you can take control of the situation simply by asking to be kept informed about what the technicians are doing when they visit. Some HVAC companies that work with small business do not worry about telling the managers about what they are doing because managers often do not understand what technicians tell them. HVAC companies figure that it is easier to understand how much the changes will cost rather than what the changes actually are. However, if you ask to be informed regardless of whether or not you will understand what they are saying specifically, then you will compel them to begin the habit of notifying you. With this habit, you can know whether or not you really need to spend the money they ask you to spend, or at the very least, you can prepare yourself for the inevitable expenditure.

Gator Air and Energy = The Ultimate Solution

The best way to insure that you will regularly communicate with your HVAC contractor is to hire a company that already prides itself in their tendency to keep their customers up to date. If you are a small business owner in Gainesville, the solution to your HVAC needs is Gator Air and Energy. To discover how much Gator Air and Energy is willing to share with you, contact us for a consultation, and visit our page on commercial HVAC services for more information.

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