Wednesday, October 30, 2013

IAQ Products to Help Your Customers Breathe Healthier This Flu Season  



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 20 percent of U.S. residents suffer from the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year.

By assisting your customers with indoor air quality (IAQ) product selections and installations this fall, you can grow your business while protecting the health of your customers’ families. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Keep your customers healthy this year by recommending these two GeneralAire IAQ products for their households:

1.    Lessen bouts of colds and flu with the GeneralAire VectorFlo. The VectorFlo is a UV air purifier that uses a photochemical process known as photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) to create a safe photochemical reaction that kills infectious agents such as influenza, germs, bacteria and viruses.

During the reaction, a catalyst absorbs an ultraviolet C wavelength of light leaving you fresh odorless, biological free and toxin free indoor air. The catalyst has 3,400-square-inches of effective surface area. That is more than 100 times larger than the effective area of other catalyst products offered today, and it is important because this is where the oxidation process takes place, aggressively deconstructing gaseous contaminants, germs and bacteria while safely eliminating unwanted household odors in the air you breathe at home.

“The VectorFlo works like the sun outdoors to kill germs, bacteria and viruses, thereby reducing the occurrences of flu, colds and infection and keeping your family healthy,” said Tony Burks, director of sales for General Filters, Inc. “It’s 93.6 percent effective in eradicating viral and bacterial agents.”

2.    With a whole-house solution, dehumidifiers aren’t just for the summer months anymore. Though often only thought of as a solution for hot, humid summers, the GeneralAire Dehumidifier 1300 can provide drier, healthier, more comfortable air all year round.

The dehumidifier uses its control system to routinely sample the air, automatically turning the dehumidifier on or off to keep the relative humidity at your desired set point. It removes as much as 130 pints of moisture a day.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommends keeping the relative humidity in a home between 40-60 percent. Outside that range, bacteria, fungi, mites and viruses—like the flu—thrive.

In addition, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology recommends keeping indoor relative humidity below 51 percent to deter dust mites and boost overall comfort of the home. Health conditions that are aggravated by mold or dust mites can benefit from lower humidity levels.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Join Us in Welcoming James Calloway and Jason Webb to the Team  


We’re excited to announce we’ve hired two new folks to the Comfort Supply team. James Calloway has joined our Nashville branch as warranty administrator and Jason Webb was welcomed by the Cookeville branch as counter sales associate.

Here’s a little bit about each of them: 

James Calloway — Warranty Administrator, Nashville 
James comes to Comfort Supply with more than 10 years of HVAC counter sales experience. Prior to joining our team, he worked with Team Air Distributing in Nashville. While he’ll work out of the company’s Nashville location, James will manage the warranties for all five Comfort Supply branches in Middle Tennessee. He will also provide inside sales support to colleagues in the Nashville branch.

James is great with people and always puts customers’ concerns first, making him a perfect fit for the role of warranty administrator. 

Jason Webb — Counter Sales Associate, Cookeville 
Jason joins us from Johnstone Supply where he spent more than a decade in HVAC sales. Prior to joining the HVAC industry, he gained hands-on technical training as a service tech for a gas utility company. In his new role, Jason will be responsible for many day-to-day operations of the store, including inside sales, warranty assistance, stock management and customer service.

Jason has years of experience in the HVAC industry, which means he knows the products and understands what our customers are looking for.

James and Jason have years of experience in the industry and will be great assets to the team. Reach out and give them a warm welcome.

Friday, October 25, 2013

How R-22 Refrigerant Affects Your HVAC Business  



According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), releases of R-22 refrigerant, a greenhouse gas, contribute to depletion of the ozone. In an effort to protect our ozone, the EPA has implemented a phase-out schedule for the gas commonly used in air conditioners and heat pumps.

As a result, HVAC manufacturers haven’t been able to produce new air conditioners and heat pumps containing R-22 since 2010. Additionally, by 2020, chemical manufacturers will no longer be able to produce R-22 to service existing air conditioners and heat pumps. After 2020, the servicing of systems using R-22 will rely solely on recycled or reclaimed refrigerants.

What does this mean for you and your customers?

To put it simply, you have two choices:

1.   Service existing units
While companies are no longer able to import R-22 for use in new air conditioning equipment, they can continue to import it until 2020 for use in servicing existing equipment. While this sounds easy enough, here’s the downfall:

As the production of R-22 refrigerant continues to decrease, the price—which is currently quoted to range from $35 to $175 per pound—will no doubt continue to skyrocket.

As these costs continue to rise, and your customers continue to face sticker shock, you may consider replacing old R-22 units with those that use more environmentally friendly refrigerants such as R-410A. Unfortunately, R-22-based systems aren’t compatible with R-410A, so consumers will need to replace the entire system.

2.   Install new units
To avoid having to purchase the highly priced R-22, many of our contractors have been talking with their customers about the benefit of installing a new unit. New systems are more environmentally friendly, meaning they’re more energy efficient and can save your customers money on their monthly cooling costs.

In 2011, we implemented a Rapid Recovery Program for our contractors. The DYNACYCLE Refrigerant Recycling Program turns R-22 recovery cylinders into Comfort Supply store credit. As the market price of R-22 continues to increase, contractors earn more for each pound of R-22 they recover.

To learn more about our refrigerant recycling program, see our blog post or call us at 800-467-4235.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Cash Back Promotion  


Learn more about our 2013 Rebate Program

At Comfort Supply, fall means more than just changing leaves, chilly air and warm sweaters. This season is all about saving. With the purchase of select high energy Ruud equipment, our contractors can save up to $1200 during our 2013 Fall Consumer Cash Back Rebate Program.

We want to thank all of our customers by offering a chance to save on our reliable and efficient Ruud products. The Ruud brand has been consistently ranked as a Consumer Report’s Most Reliable Brand and a Consumer Digest Best Buy, offering a one-stop shop for heating and cooling needs. 

Our 2013 rebate program will run through November 15, and includes cooling systems, heat pump systems, package systems and individual units. 

Dealers must register with us at Comfort Supply to take advantage of these savings.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Join Us For Our Annual Chili Cookoff Nov. 1  


Fall is here which means it’s almost time for our annual Chili Cookoff.

Join us Friday, Nov. 1 at our Nashville branch location for fun, food and friendly competition. General Aire will also be at the event showing their wares.

All contractors are welcome. Come on out and help us pick which Comfort Supply employee will be crowned this year’s Chili Cookoff winner.

Friday, November 1
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Comfort Supply Nashville
305 Arlington Avenue
Nashville, TN
(615) 244-0920

We hope to see you there.

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