LOCAL HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY WINS NATIONAL AWARD
Progressive Heating and Air Conditioning of Newnan, GA was recently named Large Contractor of the Year by National Comfort Institute, Inc. (NCI) during their 2018 annual conference in Austin, TX. The High-Performance HVAC Summit 2018, was has held from March 4-6th. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in Performance-Based Contracting*, quality workmanship, and dedication to customer service. Companies in this award category achieve more than $4 million in sales annually.
NCI has two other Contractor of the Year categories that break out as follows:
- Small – achieve under $1.5 million in sales annually
- Medium– achieves between $1.6 million and $3.9 million in sales.
Progressive Heating and Air Conditioning is a contracting firm serving residential and commercial HVAC customers in and around the Newnan, Georgia area. Company Owner Greg Wallace says Progressive has 27 employees and fields 17 installation and service vehicles.
The 24-year-old company has experienced steady growth, even during the recent economic downturns faced in the U.S. in general and in Georgia in particular.
Wallace attributes the growth and success to a company-wide commitment to training and staying on the cutting edge. “If you want to serve your customers best, you must have training,” he says. He adds that Performance-Based Contracting™, as taught by NCI, is the key. “As the trainers at NCI always say, ‘if you don’t measure, you’re just guessing.’”
He adds, “Consumers deserve to receive the comfort and efficiency they are promised and pay for. What better way to provide that than through measured and verifiable proof. That is what NCI teaches. And that is what we practice.”
Rob Falke, president of NCI, presented Progressive’s award during the closing banquet of the High-Performance HVAC Summit. He explained that Greg Wallace and his team had “not only earned 75 NCI certifications, but they also strive to keep those certifications current. They are unified in their goal of continuous improvement and they share a common mission of providing customers the best service in the business.”
NCI selects its Contractors of the Year based on some very well-defined criteria:
- The company must be in the process or already completed implementing Performance-Based testing as prescribed by the National Comfort Institute
- The company must have in place or be in the process of having in place a Performance-Based business culture
- The company must have a strong service department and must sell and maintain service agreements
- As part of the Home Performance approach, the company must target HVAC system renovation sales in addition to equipment replacement sales
- Training must be part of the company culture.
So why is this important to consumers? Why should they choose an NCI-certified contractor like Progressive Heating over other contracting firms? For the same reasons they choose:
- A certified public accountant
- A certified realtor
- An AMA-certified doctor
- A bar-certified lawyer.
In these professions, the designations come to people who have studied, tested, and achieved a level of competence that resulted in receiving a professional certification.
NCI-certified contractors have attended classes, learned how to use specialized tools and instruments, and are kept constantly up-to-date on the latest diagnostic and repair skills. An NCI-certified technician has passed a recognized testing process which validates his or her understanding of the technology and procedures used in this field. In addition, NCI monitors their certified contractors and requires recertification every two years.
THE NATIONAL COMFORT INSTITUTE (NCI) is the nation’s premier Performance-Based training, certification, and membership organization focused on helping heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical contractors to grow their businesses and become more profitable. To date, the organization has trained and certified more than 25,000 industry professionals in a variety of disciplines including system diagnostics and design, indoor air quality, air balancing, carbon monoxide analysis, and combustion efficiency. To learn more, please visit the NCI website at http://www.nationalcomfortinstitute.com.
*NCI coined the phrase “Performance-Based Contracting™”, a unique approach to managing a contracting business through accountability and measurable results. During the past two decades, NCI has trained and certified more than 25,000 HVAC professionals.
Warranties give most of us peace of mind when making a big purchase like a car, a home – even on an air conditioner. Let’s face it, your HVAC system is no small investment. But – same as a warranty on your car – lack of maintenance could is one major factor that could jeopardize your warranty. If you don’t have documentation that your system has been maintained according to manufacturer’s requirements, your necessary repairs may not be covered. This is especially true regarding home and extended warranties.
Another factor are parts ordered from the internet. Don’t do it! Only order parts and have them installed through a licensed contractor. Saving a few dollars on a part may void the entire warranty.
Lastly – keep a proof of purchase near the owners manual and warranty information so you can’t misplace it. Proof of purchase may be required if your system needs a repair done under warranty, and your current service provider did not install the job. Keep in mind, new systems must be installed by a licensed HVAC contractor – or the warranty for the entire system could also be null and void.
We are always hear for any questions you have. Before altering anything on your system, give us a call at 770-253-2665 – we can help!
You may have noticed that some rooms will occasionally be hotter or cooler than others. Your upstairs bedroom may take longer to cool in the summer, or the kitchen may be chillier in the winter.
Don’t worry! There may not be anything wrong with your system. If your home is multi-level, you will naturally experience the effect of warm air rising to the upper level and cooler air falling to the lower. In addition, solar gain can cause temperatures to rise in certain rooms. This is definitely the case in rooms with west-facing windows during the late afternoon. Forces of nature are not the only factors that will raise your home’s indoor temperature. Cooking and showering will cause the humidity of your home to increase. Even without a raise in temperature, higher levels of humidity can cause you to feel warmer and uncomfortable.
While the laws of nature (and the law of teenagers taking long showers) may be out of your control, you can use your home’s ventilation system to improve the situation. By adjusting or closing registers that are too cool in summer or too warm in the winter, you can divert conditioned air to rooms where you need it the most. By making the laws of nature work for you, you should be able to achieve even, comfortable temperatures in every room of your home. If that does not do the trick, there may be some ventilation issues at play that deserve a closer look.
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Preventative maintenance for your air conditioner is important. Inspecting the system to check for problems before they grow into major air conditioner malfunctions can save hundreds of dollars and periodic preventative maintenance for your air conditioner is a great way to accomplish that. Semi-annual preventative maintenance, or annual preventative maintenance, for your air conditioner by Progressive Heating & Air can go a long way in ensuring the effective operation of your air conditioner.
Progressive Heating & Air’s Preventative Maintenance Program will keep your air conditioner running at its peak performance and efficiency.
Inadequate preventative maintenance for your air conditioner is one of the chief causes of air conditioner malfunctions, poor performance and inefficiency. Like an automobile needs inexpensive periodic preventative maintenance to keep it running and to avoid costly repairs, your air conditioner requires periodic preventative maintenance. Neglecting preventative maintenance for your air conditioner may lead to a steady decline in the air conditioner’s performance as well as increased energy consumption and costs. It is also important to point out that maintenance is required to keep your equipments warranties in good standing.
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When you think of taking care of an aging parent or friend, the first thing that may come to mind is helping with meals, errands, doctors visits, etc. Those that have stepped into the shoes of being a caretaker understand that there is a lot more to it – you take on the responsibility of home maintenance and repairs – and specifically, the air conditioning system.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 400 Americans die each year to heat related conditions, and nearly half f them are elderly. They are at greater risk for heat stress or stroke risk due to several factors.
- Their bodies do not adjust as easily to sudden changes in temperature.
- They are more likely to have medical conditions such as heart, lung and kidney disease. Other medical issues that increase their risk are high blood pressure and diabetes.
- They may take medications that render them more susceptible to the heat. Some medications are known to inhibit perspiration which leaves them even more vulnerable in hot weather.
- Age related dementia – they may simply forget to turn on the air conditioning, or may not realize if it is not functioning properly.
- Isolation – some may not have friends or family members who check in on them regularly.
- Cost – being on fixed incomes, some seniors may be reluctant to use the air conditioning, believing that the use of electric fans will be sufficient – and they are not. While possibly providing a breeze, they do nothing to eliminate the extreme humidity we face in Georgia.
The fact is, heat related illness and deaths are 100% preventable; and according to the CDC, air conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat related illness and death. So – making sure air conditioning systems are in good working order before the summer sets in order should be a top priority.
Progressive Heating and Air offers Preventive Maintenance Service Agreements for all brands of rooftops units, compressors, air-handlers, cooling towers, heat pumps, variable speed drives, controls and accessories.
Each agreement is tailored to meet the budget and operating needs of your facility and can include both preventive maintenance to keep your equipment running in peak condition and predictive maintenance services to identify potential problems before costly breakdowns occur.
It will help you:
- Maintain the efficiency and reliability of all equipment
- Minimize downtime, repair bills, and loss of use
- Ensure continuous care with our after hours call center staffed with trusted employees
Our planned maintenance options include:
- Inspection and reports
- Inspection with seasonal adjustments and preventive maintenance
- Full maintenance, including preventive maintenance plus service calls
- Predictive maintenance, including eddy current test, combustion analysis, and vibration analysis
- 24/7 monitoring
- Maintenance of cooling towers, compressors, air handlers, rooftop units, air-side distribution equipment, and controls.
And you thought federal rebates for your home’s HVAC were gone….well, they’re BA-ACK!!
Below are the exact products that qualify for a federal tax credit.
Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan
An Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan is an efficient fan, or blower motor which blows the air that your furnace heats up through the duct system.
Tax Credit Amount: $50
Must use no more than 2% of the furnace’s total energy.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners in moderate climates. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house; during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.
Tax Credit Amount: $300
HSPF ≥ 8.5
EER ≥ 12.5
SEER ≥ 15
HSPF ≥ 8
EER ≥ 12
SEER ≥ 14
Central Air Conditioning (CAC)
The best way to find tax credit eligible CACs is to ask your HVAC Contractor (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning). To verify tax credit eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase. Or, search the Manufacturer’s website.
Tax Credit Amount: $300
SEER ≥ 16
EER ≥ 13
SEER ≥ 14
EER ≥ 12
Gas, Propane, or Oil Hot Water Boiler
These are heating units that use water circulated throughout the home in a system of baseboard heating units, radiators, and/or in-floor radiant tubing.
Tax Credit Amount: $150
AFUE ≥ 95
Tax Credit includes installation costs.
Natural Gas, Propane or Oil Furnace
Your HVAC system is important, and most of the information out there has to do with maintaining, servicing and replacing that equipment. One thing we don’t think about very often has to do with our registers and return air grilles. Your heating and air conditioning system relies on their efficiency.
Each room in your home should have a supply and return air register. Some homes were not designed this way, so if this is the case in your home, there should be a space under the door so that airflow can circulate out of the room to find its way to a return air register. The best case scenario would be to have them installed.
To make sure of your efficiency during the cooling season, your home should have high registers. They draw the hot air that rises to the ceiling back into the system to repeat the cycle. Without high registers, cooler air will be drawn back to the system, and rooms will be left with warm air at the ceiling. In a two story home, having high level registers installed on the second floor will increase comfort and energy savings dramatically and significantly boost comfort and savings.
For the most comfort, supply registers should be installed on outer walls and under windows, whereas return registers are ideally located on inside walls. If your home’s supply and return registers are too close to each other, it’s likely that air cannot circulate appropriately, because the return register will quickly bring supply air back into the ductwork.
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In these trying times, is it getting harder to know who to trust? Not if you do your homework!
If you are struggling to find a reliable company – whether it’s for your HVAC needs, or something else – these tips really will pay off:
- Talk to people – family, friends, co-workers, business associates. They will tell you how it is.
- Should you trust big ads? The bigger the ad, the more money the company paid for it. This is generally not the way companies should earn your business. It should be given by trust.
- Surf the web – do they have an internet presence? In today’s time, this is a MUST. Check for them on Facebook, read comments people have made – do they seem to care about what sort of presence they have over the internet?
- Check out reviews – you don’t need to be a member of Angie’s List for this. Google has it’s own set of reviews, along with Kudzu, Judy’s Book, City Search, Yahoo! The list goes on and on. You want to make sure you get an overall grasp of those reviews. Is there a theme? Don’t let one bad review throw you off, but definitely keep it in mind if you choose to go with that company. This will help you be more observant.
- Are they legitimate? Do you know if the company should have a license, or specific certification? Do they go above and beyond for ‘extras’? For example, a NATE certification in the HVAC industry is above and beyond the contractors license that is required.
If you have any other suggestions or feedback, we would love to hear from you!
You take your car for regular oil changes and tune-ups. Your air conditioner and heater are similar to this. When done properly, maintaining your system will save you money on energy bills, prolong the life of your equipment and protect your overall investment. Heating and air conditioning systems are very expensive. With preventative maintenance, problems can be discovered before serious damage is done.
Not only that, issues can be discovered and dealt with instead of your unit breaking down on a hot, humid day or in the middle of winter. Your heating and cooling system is designed to squeeze the most heat and cooling from your energy dollars. Your system operates for months on end and if one of the components of that system is not working in harmony with the rest of the system, you are losing efficiency and money.
Regular maintenance inspections often spot small problems before they become large and very expensive repairs. It can also spot dangerous operating conditions that could lead to production of carbon monoxide, which could be a potentially deadly situation.