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SPRINGFIELD ST. JUDE DREAM HOME GIVEAWAY

                                          

                             

S S & B Heating and Cooling was happy to be a part of the 2017 St Jude's Dream Home. We designed and installed a High Efficiency Trane system including Remote Access Thermostat, Zoning controls for increase comfort and efficiency. An Energy Recovery Ventilator to exhaust stale air from within the home and replace it with fresh air from the outdoors. We wanted to provide the Lucky Winner of this home with the latest state of the art technologies in heating and cooling.

                                                     

                                        

                                   

Thank you Essick Builders, LLC for taking the lead as general contractor of the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home. Special thanks to major sponsors, subcontractors, trade partners, and volunteers. 

S S & B Heating & Cooling would also like to thank Trane  and C&L Supply  for joining with us to provide the heating and cooling system for this loving home. 

Every ticket helps St. Jude kids and the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® And because of the support of people like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Open house tours

May 20 – June 18

Saturdays 
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sundays 
noon – 5 p.m.

Olde Ive subdivision
2561 E. Olde Ivy
Springfield, MO 65804

Tickets are available at  ST. JUDE DREAM HOME GIVEAWAY

 Take a tour of this lovely home on line presented by Breckenridge 3D Imaging  https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=YVVzZDdRHnJ

 

Air Conditioners, Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, Package Units, Single Zone Ductless, Thermostats, News/Update

Trane’s 2017 Spring Air Conditioning Promotion.

Buy a Qualifying Trane System and choose Special Financing Options or Trade-In Allowance up to $1000.

 

  •   Two types of Qualifying Equipment exist under this Plan:  
  •  System (eligible Outdoor unit + matching Indoor unit + Nexia™ control as listed in the chart below) 
  •  Ductless System (Outdoor + Indoor) as listed in the chart below; or Component (Furnace + Nexia™ Control or Package Unit + Nexia™ Control as listed in the chart below)
  •   Effective Period April 1 - June 15, 2017 

 

Special Rate of 0.00% APR with 60 equal monthly payments* on XV20, XV18, & XL18i Systems with Trane Nexia™  Control***

 
*The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 03/01/2017 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 06/15/17.
 

Special Rate of 0.00% APR with 48 equal monthly payments** on all other Qualifying Systems with Trane Nexia™  Control***

                                                                                           
**The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 03/01/2017 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 06/15/17.
         
 

 

Or you may choose:

Trade-In Allowance Up to $1,000 on Qualifying Equipment

 

Eligible System Combinations

Required Control: Trane Nexia™  Control***

1. $1000      XV20i System 
                      Outdoor Unit 4TTV0; 4TWV0
                      Indoor Unit S Series* S9V2 
                      XC95(m), XC80 TUHM; TDHM. XC80 TUD2-C; TDD2-C. 
                                             Or
                       Air Handler(s) TAM8.

2. $600          XV18 System 
                       Outdoor Unit 4TTV8; 4TWV8. 
                       Indoor Unit S Series*  S9V2   
                       XC95(m), XC80 TUHM; TDHM. XC80 TUD2-C; TDD2-C. 
                                              Or
                        Air Handler(s) TAM8.

3. $500          XL18i System
                       Outdoor Unit 4TTX8; 4TWX8.
                       Indoor Unit S Series*  S9V2 
                       XC95(m), XC80 TUHM; TDHM. XC80 TUD2-C; TDD2-C. 
                       XV95***  TUH2-V; TDH2-V.  XV80  TUD2-V; TDD2-V. 
                                               Or
                       Air Handler(s) TAM8; TAM7; TEM6; GAM5.

4. $300         XL16i  System
                      Outdoor Unit 4TTX6; 4TWX6.
                      Indoor Unit S Series*  S9V2 
                      XC95(m), XC80 TUHM; TDHM. XC80 TUD2-C; TDD2-C. 
                      XV95***  TUH2-V; TDH2-V.  XT80 TUD1-H; TDD1-H.  
                      XT95 TUH1-H; TDH1-H.  XV80 TUD2-V; TDD2-V.
                                                Or 
                      Air Handler(s) TAM8; TAM7; TEM6; GAM5.

5. $450        XR17 System 
                     Outdoor Unit 4TTR7; 4TWR7. 
                     Indoor Unit S Series*  S9V2
                     XC95(m), XC80 TUHM; TDHM. XC80 TUD2-C; TDD2-C. 
                     XV95***  TUH2-V; TDH2-V. XV80  TUD2-V; TDD2-V. 
                                                 Or 
                     Air Handler(s) TAM8; TAM7; TEM6; GAM5.

6. $250       XR16 System

                     Outdoor Unit  4TTR6; 4TWR6.
                     Indoor Unit S Series*  S9V2 
                    XC95(m), XC80 TUHM; TDHM. XC80 TUD2-C; TDD2-C. 
                    XV95***  TUH2-V; TDH2-V.  XT80 TUD1-H; TDD1-H.  
                    XT95 TUH1-H; TDH1-H.  XV80 TUD2-V; TDD2-V.
                                                     Or 
                    Air Handler(s) TAM8; TAM7; TAM4; GAF2; TEM6; GAM5.
Must combine System and Trane Nexia™  control** to be eligible for special financing.*


Furnace 

Required Control: Trane Nexia™  Control*** 

1. $250      XC95(m) TUHM; TDHM. 

2. $200       S Series S9V2.

3. $100      XV95*** TUH-2; TDH2-V. 

4. $100      XT95 TUH1-H; TDH1-H.
Must combine Furnace and Trane Nexia™  control*** to be eligible for special financing.*

Packaged Units

Required Control: Trane Nexia™  Control***

1. $450     XL16c Packaged Units 4YCZ6; 4WCZ6; 4DCZ6.

2. $200     XL15c Packaged Units 4WCY5; 4YCY5; 4TCY5.

3. $200     XL14c Packaged Units 4DCY4.
Must combine Packaged System and Trane Nexia™  control** to be eligible for special
financing.*

Ductless

Required Control N/A

Must combine Outdoor and Indoor Ductless to be eligible for allowance or special financing.*

1. $250     Outdoor  38 SEER Mini-Splits 4TXK38.
                   Indoor 4MXW38

2. $175     Outdoor  27 SEER Mini-Splits, Multi-Splits 4TXK27.
                   Indoor 4MXW27; 4MXD8; 4MXF8; 4MXX8; 4MXC8

3. $250     Outdoor 22 SEER Mini-Splits, Multi-Splits 4TXM22.
                   Indoor 4MXW27; 4MXD8; 4MXF8; 4MXX8; 4MXC8.

4.  $100     Outdoor 18 SEER Mini-Splits 4TXK8.
                    Indoor   4MXW8.

5.  $150     Outdoor 16/18 SEER Multi-Splits 4TXM6.
                    Indoor  4MXW8; 4MXC8; 4MXF8; 4MXD8; 4MXX8

6. $100       Outdoor 16 SEER Mini-Splits 4TYK6; 4TXK6.
                     Indoor 4MYW6; 4MXW6

Products are eligible based on availability and must be sold/installed/claimed during the promotion period.  No substitutions or exceptions are allowed. Eligiblity is based upon a Trane comfort system configuration and use of Trane products. 
*The financing program for each eligble Trane system is listed above. 
***Nexia™ controls are: TCONT624AS42DA, TCONT824AS52DA, TCONT850AC52UA, TZONE950AC52ZA, TZON1050AC52ZA.
 XV95 Furnace eligibility is only applicable to states requiring 97% AFUE.

 

Additional incentives may be available from your local utility company.

 

Springfield City Utilities 

White River Valley Electric Cooperative

Missouri Gas Energy

Webster Electric Cooperative


                   

 

Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Indoor Air Quality, News/Update

Getting your Air Conditioner ready for the Summer.

Getting your Air Conditioner ready for the Summer. Your Heating and Cooling HVAC system.

The heat and humidity is just around the corner.
All air conditioning systems should be serviced at the beginning of each cooling season by a qualified service company.
There are many components that can only be checked with specialized tools like refrigerant pressures, air volume, electrical voltages and amperages.
In addition to those items some other components need regular cleanings like the blower wheel, evaporator and condenser coils, the condensate drain and filter.
 

Some things a homeowner can do for themselves would be to ensure that there are no grass, shrubs, or other items impeding the air flow around the outside unit. Replacing the air filter indoors. The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil's heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%. A clean, properly serviced and adjusted system will operate for less money, last longer and is less likely to have an untimely breakdown. 

We offer emergency air conditioning repair 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The best thing you can do is to leave all the stress and worries to the professionals you can trust. We here at SS&B Heating and Cooling always listen to our clients wants, wishes, and needs to then make a suggestion based on all the information given. Just give us a call at (417)866-0990, or stop by our Springfield location. We would love to help!

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Lifestory Research 2017 America’s Most Trusted HVAC System Brands.

For the third year in a row, we are pleased to announce Lifestory Research has ranked Trane America’s Most Trusted® heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

The Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted Study awards companies that provide services or products to customers in their home. Brands currently awarded the designation of America's Most Trusted include: home builders, HVAC systems, kitchen appliance brands, residential realtor organizations, and more. Trust is measured through a Net Trust Quotient Score in which brands are divided into three categories: “advocates,” customers who feel a significant trust toward the brand; “neutrals,” those who trust a specific brand, but do not see a specific brand as standing on the shoulders of other brands; and “antagonists,” who are skeptics with little, if any, trust in a specific brand.

As the 2017 Most Trusted HVAC Brand, Trane produced the highest Net Trust Quotient Score. The rest of the top five include: (2) Carrier, (3) Whirlpool, (4) Lennox, and (5) Rheem.

More information can be found at http://lifestoryresearch.com/most-trusted/

 

 

Air Conditioners, Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, Humidifiers, Indoor Air Quality, Package Units, Thermostats, News/Update

2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award.

S S & B Heating and Cooling Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
 
S S & B Heating and Cooling has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier. 

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the Heating and Air Conditioning  companies in Springfield Missouri were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

The heating and cooling industry is always changing, with new innovations appearing regularly; but one thing that has never changed at S S & B Heating and Cooling is our commitment to excellence. Continuous training is the key to providing our clientele with the most current technology available to suit their needs and ensure their comfort.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.” 

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Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Package Units, News/Update

R-22 is being phased out - Expensive Repairs.

Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances.

Why is R-22 Refrigerant so Expensive Now? U.S. government has placed restrictions on how much refrigerant can be produced and by 2020 will no longer be produced. As the amount of R22 that's available dwindles down, the cost of the refrigerant begins to skyrocket.
So what should I do?
Really, you need to look at the big picture here. Refrigerant should never need to be replaced. That means your system had a leak, which possibly means you have an older system. If your air conditioner currently uses R22 refrigerant, you should start to think about replacing it with a new air conditioner that uses one of the EPA-approved refrigerants like R410a (the refrigerant of choice for new air conditioners). The nice thing about air conditioners that use R410a is that they operate more efficiently than systems that use R22. So not only will you avoid the high costs of replenishing your current system with R22, but you'll also save money on operating costs.

https://www.epa.gov/ozone-layer-protection

http://www.achrnews.com/articles/125140-epa-proposes-final-r-22-phaseout-timeline 

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Heating Repair Springfield Missouri.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing high quality services. 

Call a professional licensed HVAC technician serving greater Springfield area. You can trust us to treat you like family, and to do a great job by providing a quick response to your call. We repair all types of heating brands and all of our work is performed with a hassle-free warranty included.

We will send a clean, courteous, and reliable service professional that fixes your problem at a guaranteed price. All of our technicians have been background  and drug checked for your safety. We never hire anyone we wouldn’t have working inside our own homes. 

We offer one time or annual maintenace on your furnace and air conditioner. Scheduling annual maintenance for your heater or furnace is vital as it provides the peace of mind you’ll be warm and cozy all winter long.

 

Air Conditioners, Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, News/Update

Why should I have my furnace cleaned and inspected?

  When furnaces are designed and operated at the factory it is in a
clean and controlled atmosphere.
In the real world conditions are much different. There is dust, debris,
cobwebs, etc. that affects the safety and operations of your furnace.
For instance, a small cobweb can interrupt the flow of gas from the
burner orifice causing a delayed ignition. A condition where the gas
builds up prior to ignition creating a small explosion within the
furnace. This is a dangerous scenario that can be avoided by having you
furnace regularly cleaned, adjusted and serviced by a professional
technician.
  Besides the potential safety hazards of a neglected furnace there is
also the efficiency and capacity that are affected. A clean and properly
tuned furnace will cost less to operate and deliver the full amount of
heat that it was designed to produce.
   There is also your health to consider. The furnace moves the air that
you breathe. A dirty furnace will emit dirty air. The entire system
should be cleaned and new filters should be installed at regularly
scheduled intervals.
  If you are not on a planned maintenance program you should contact a
qualified professional heating company and sign up today.
  Your heating and cooling system is the most significant mechanical
component within your home. A properly maintained system will last
longer, operate cheaper and break down less often.

 

Air Conditioners, Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, Indoor Air Quality, Package Units, News/Update

Why Should My Ductwork Be Sealed?


  A duct system is designed to move air through your heating and cooling
system and back into the conditioned space. The air is tempered and
cleaned during this process.
Unfortunately most duct systems are leaky. The joints are rarely sealed
and therefore lose air or pick up air from non conditioned spaces. Since
these are non conditioned spaces the air is untempered and unclean.
Sometimes dirt, moisture, fiberglass insulation and other undesirable
contaminants are introduced into the air that you breathe through poor
duct connections.
All accessible ductwork should be sealed with a duct mastic or pressure
sensitive tape. Duct tape is rarely adequate to properly seal joints.
  A leaky duct system can dramatically reduce the quality of air, the
efficiency and the capacity of your heating and cooling system.
  Have a qualified professional heating and cooling company evaluate
your system to see if you should have your ductwork sealed. Studies have
shown that less than 5% of duct systems were properly sealed during
their installation.
  A properly sealed duct system will provide better indoor air quality
while keeping systems operating and repair costs down.
  We have been to many homes for customers who thought their systems
were undersized because they couldn't keep up. After running a load
calculation and thoroughly inspecting the duct system it was determined
that the system was properly sized and sealing the duct system was all
that was required to make the system function properly, saving the
customer thousands of dollars vs. replacing the equipment.

Air Conditioners, Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, Indoor Air Quality, News/Update

When buying a home, whether new or used.


When buying a home, whether new or used, what are the things you look for? Location? Nice kitchen? Large master bath? Have you ever considered the homes heating and cooling system? If not you should. There are varying statistics on how much of the average homes total energy costs are attributed to heating and air conditioning. The DOE has the number set at 46%, if you include water heating it jumps to 60%. That means with the average American family spending $2200 per year on home energy costs $1320 per year is spent on heating and air conditioning.
     There are several things to consider when assessing a home’s heating and cooling system. The type of fuel used to heat the home is a major consideration when bracing for the energy bill. Propane is much more expensive to buy than natural gas. If the home is heated with electricity a heat pump should be utilized to keep the bills manageable. The system should be properly sized by performing a manual J load calculation.  A central air conditioner or heat pump that is too big for the home will result in excessive energy usage, higher than normal humidity, etc. All of the ductwork should be sealed with a mastic sealant to reduce the amount of conditioned air lost due to duct leakage. The average duct system leaks out approximately 20% of the air that flows through it. Duct leakage can also affect indoor air quality, comfort, safety, and health in a negative way. If ducts are located in an unconditioned space they should be properly insulated to reduce heat loss and gain through the duct system. A reputable brand of heating and air conditioning equipment is another consideration. There are major differences in quality and reliability between manufacturers. The most important factor in the equation is the installing contractor. No matter the brand if a heating and air conditioning installation is not per the manufacturer’s specifications the system will not operate at optimum efficiency levels or last as long as it could have if the proper installation practices were utilized. Safety is also a big part of the heating and cooling system. A gas furnace is a controlled explosion every time it comes on equivalent to the energy produced by as many as 140,000 matches being struck simultaneously and poor electrical connections can cause house fires.
     While the looks, location and size of a home are important things to consider, they may not be the most critical factors choosing a new home for you and your family. The homes heating and air conditioning system is the most dangerous thing in the home that costs the most money every month, choose wisely.

SS&B Heating & Cooling, Inc. is fully recognized as a certified Energy Star, New and Existing Homes Contractor.

http://www.acca.org/qa/directory/new-homes

http://www.acca.org/qa/directory/existing-homes

 

 


 

Air Conditioners, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, News/Update

Variable Speed Heating and Cooling Systems

 

Ever hear the saying “If you don’t like the weather here in Missouri, just wait 5 minutes”? Here in Springfield, we know just how true that statement can be. It’s not uncommon to have your heat running one night and your air conditioner running the next day. At SS&B Heating and Cooling, we know that our area can have wide temperature swings and high summer time humidity. Luckily for us, air conditioner technology is changing to keep up with the weather in southwest Missouri.

The new XV20 and XV18 models of air conditioners and heat pumps from Trane are a dramatic leap forward in home comfort and efficiency. The variable speed compressors in these units can run from 30% to 100% capacity at any particular time, based on your cooling needs. They are constantly changing – just like the temperature outside, so that you only use what you need.

For example, on an 80 degree day, your air conditioner would run at a much lower speed and consume less electricity. On a 90 degree day, it would run stronger and on a 100 degree day, even stronger. These longer run cycles at lower speeds increase efficiency, comfort and humidity control. The temperature throughout your home becomes more even from room to room, and you are filtering the air for longer cycles so that your indoor air quality is improved.

Variable speed heating and cooling systems are a vast improvement over what most people are used to and SS&B is here to help you learn more about these and other types of comfort systems.

Go Variable and Get Comfortable.

 

 

News/Update

Springfield Missouri Christmas Parade 2015.

 

We were excited this year to attend the 50th annual Christmas parade in Downtown Springfield Missouri. This year we did frozen float with Anna, Else, Kirstoff, and of course Olaf. The attendance this year was a huge success. Thank you Downtown Springfield Association and sponsors for all your hard work.
This year’s winners include:

Floats:

Grand Champion: Associated Theatrical Contractors - Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
Most Accurately Reflects Theme: Penmac Staffing - Charlie Brown & Downtown - 50 Years of Memories
Best Costumes: Regional Hospice - Memories of The Christmas Story
Most Original: SS&B Heating and Cooling - Olaf is Coming to Town
Best Non-Profit: Arc of the Ozarks - A 60's Christmas

Bands: 
1st place 5A: Kickapoo High School Golden Arrow Band
2nd place 5A: Willard High School - "The Cutting Edge" Marching Band
3rd place 5A: Parkview Viking Band

1st place 4A: Logan-Rogersville Wildcat Marching Band
2nd place 4A: Glendale High School - The Falcon Regiment

1st place 3A: Strafford High School - Pride of the Tribe 

1st place 2A: Gainesville High School Marching Band
2nd Place 2A: Blue Eye High School Marchng Bulldog Band

1st place Drum & Bugle Corp 5A: Parkview Lassies Drum & Bugle Corps
2nd place Drum & Bugle Corp 5A: Central High School Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps

The 2015 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade will be broadcast on Dec. 25th at 6 p.m., and Jan. 1 at 6 a.m. on KOLR 10. It will air on KOZL 27 Dec. 25 at 7 a.m. on Dec. 25, 11 p.m., Dec. 26 and 7 a.m. on Jan. 1.

The 2015 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade was made possible from support from the following local businesses; Penmac Staffing, PriceCutter, Bistro, KOLR/KOZL Ozarks Local, Festival of Lights, Howard Fisk Limousines, the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District and Downtown Springfield Association.  The Parade was led by Grand Marshal, Russell H. Keller. 

Air Conditioners, Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, Humidifiers, Indoor Air Quality, News/Update

Customer Reviews

We love getting letters like these!  Here at SS&B we strive for excellence in installation and service.  We would like to give a big THANK YOU to all our customers!  Let us know how we are doing.

 

 

https://www.bbb.org/southwestern-missouri/business-reviews/heating-contractors/ssandb-heating-and-cooling-in-springfield-mo-12921

 

10/23/13 John L. says "the young man who serviced our furnace was respectful and courteous.  He was neat and clean and knew what he was doing.  We will definitely use SS&B again."  Way to go Rich!!

10/28/13 Steve M. says "We always have been extremely happy with SS&B."

11/11/2013 Darrel H. says "Very impressed with professionalism and knowledge of the installation manager and promptness and quality of installation."

11/20/13 Cecille S. says "SS&B installed our system and have always serviced it.  They are totally professional and a pleasure to do business with."  Great job Rich!

11/20/13 Barbara W. says she would definitely recommend us and "great service!'

10/11/13 Pamela T. says: "SS&B Heating and Cooling, excellent.  Very pleased with their services".  She would definitely recommend us to others.  Great job Bill and David!

Way to go Rich!!

Dear Mr. Childers,

Last Saturday, August 31, our A.C. went out in our home.  We called the 24 hour number of your company.  (We mentioned that we had purchased both our furnace and A.C. from SS and B).  We had a repairman here within 30 minutes.  Rich Cantu was the young man that came to our home.

We were so impressed with his thoroughness and his demeanor.  He was clean cut, polite and a gentleman in every sense of the word.  He did not give up as he worked on our A.C.  It was really a difficult job to get to the motor that needed to be replaced.  He never complained and he did the job thoroughly.  Our garage was extremely hot.  If you remember that Saturday was the hottest day so far of the summer.  He finished the job and said he would be back one day this week to bring a part that was related to the furnace.  He showed up here with it today and put it in.

He is a quality young man.  I just wanted you to know what an excellent employee he is.

Sincerely,

Nancy C.

 

10/7/13 Robert J. says: "Very pleased with product and work".  He would 100% recommend us.  Great job Chris and Joe!

10/2/13 Kate W. says: She would definitely recommend us.  "Very happy with product and service".

10/2/13 Debbie H. says: She would 100% recommend us.  "Very pleasant experience with SS&B.  Will definitely recommend them to others."  Great job Rich!

10/2/13 Wayne C. says: He would definitely recommend us.  "Nothing like a Trane".

10/7/13 Robert H. says: He would 100% recommend us.  "I am very pleased with Bill the installer.  I have never had anyone in my home to do work that was as professional and well mannered as he.  Beautiful work.  He really made the Trane experience.  Thank you."

10/2/13 Rick s. says: He would definitely recommend us!  "SS&B has kept us very happy.  Their knowledge is what keeps us a happy customer."  Great job Darrin!

10/2/13 Kregg H. says: He would definitely recommend us!  "Great Job" by our service tech Denver!

9/30/13 Don L. says: He would definitely recommend us!  "Very professional and polite and courteous".

9/30/13 Marty M. says: "Very pleased by SS&B's performance on this project from start to finish.  Trane equipment is FIRST CLASS!"

S&B Heating and Cooling,

Hope you enjoy the chocolate chip cookies (w/o nuts) - our way of saying thank you for the prompt, courteous and competent manner of all your employees and the service we have received in all aspects.  And a big thank you - again - for the stuffed monkey -  you have no idea how much I treasure the monkey! smile  We will definitely recommend SS&B to others.  Dave & Marcus are exemplary employees!  

Dear General Manager,

Recently I bought a new air conditioner from SS&B which I am satisfied.  But i just wanted to commend the installer of SS&B Darrin, and the in house assistant Amy.  Both must be commended for being courteous, friendly while being very professional.  These employees reflect great credit upon the SS&B Heating and Cooling business.

I am not one to give rewards or accolades unless they are well deserved and earned.  After having had heating/cooling replacement done, I am happy to report that SS&B is worthy of both.  From the initial contact with Jeremy Grisham sales technician, throughout the installation and start-up process and to the final inspection, SS&B did the work professionally, courteously and in a timely manner.  I also greatly appreciate the efforts Jeremy took to determine the proper units were installed according to our needs, architecture and budget.  Of the five estimates I had received, he was the only representative who did a load calculation as required by City Utilities and this assuring me all of the available rebates.  as a retired Ford employee, I can truly say that SS&B is my Job No. 1.

Dear Mike,

Denver came by this morning to do the fall maintenance on our furnace.  As always, he was punctual and Amy gave me a courtesy call to say he was on his way.  I wanted to let you know that I appreciate your company's reliability.  It means a great deal to put a date and time on the calendar and know that they will be honored.  This attitude of serving the customer starts at the top and I thank  you for instilling this in your staff.  I have been an SS&B customer for many years and plan to be with you for the future.

 

 

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Repair or Replace your Heating and Cooling System.

When your air conditioning system begins to have issues, the inevitable
question arises. Should I repair or replace?

There have been many changes in the world of air conditioning over the
past few years that may make it better to replace than repair.

For example, most air conditioners manufactured prior to 2010 were
designed to use r-22 refrigerant. In 2010 the Federal government
mandated that all new air conditioners could no longer be shipped
containing r-22 refrigerant and the switch was made to r-410a
refrigerant.

R-22 refrigerant contains chemicals that harm the ozone layer and is
therefore being phased out. The price of this refrigerant has
skyrocketed and will continue to rise which makes servicing even a
relatively new air conditioner impractical.

  Aside from the refrigerant issue, efficiency is also a consideration.
In 2006 the Federal government increased the minimum efficiency standard
on air conditioners from 10 SEER to 13 SEER. Seer is the Seasonal Energy
Efficiency Rating. New air conditioners range between 13 and 20 SEER. If
you have an eight year old 10 SEER air conditioner and you replace it
with a 20 SEER model you will cut the cost of cooling your home in half.

   Besides efficiency, you also might want to upgrade to a 2 stage or
variable speed air conditioner instead of the 100 year old technology of
the single stage air conditioner. These systems more accurately deliver
the exact amount of cooling for your home at all times regardless of the
outdoor temperature. Enhanced comfort and humidity control is the
result.

  Furnace technology is also changing at a rapid rate. In 1990 the
Federal government set the minimum efficiency of gas furnaces at 78%
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). Most furnaces today are at
95% AFUE or higher. Furnaces are also available in single stage, two
stage and modulating configurations. A modulating gas furnace combined
with a variable speed air conditioner will deliver the utmost comfort
and efficiency available today.

  If you find yourself in the position of needing to repair or replace
it is best to contact a heating and cooling specialist.

  Ask to have your home evaluated. Several items need to be taken into
consideration. Is the air delivery system (ductwork) properly designed
and in good condition? Is the ductwork sealed to prevent air leakage. A
leaky duct system is not only costly to your wallet, it can be costly to
your health as well. If the supply air ductwork is leaking you are
throwing away tempered air (you paid to temper that air). If your return
air ductwork is leaking, you are sucking in unwanted air. Most return
air ductwork is located in attic spaces which are full of fiberglass and
many other harmful particulates. The air delivery system is critical to
a properly functioning system and is more often than not improperly
designed and installed. Many uncomfortable home issues can be remedied
by duct modification instead of system replacement or repair.

A professional will also measure many items in the home like doors,
windows, walls, ceilings, floors, insulation, etc. Using this
information and performing a heat loss-heat gain load calculation is the
only approved manner in which to determine what size furnace and air
conditioner is right for your home.

  If it is time to replace your system, again, ask a professional. There
are tax credits and utility company rebates along with manufacturer
rebates to help offset the cost to upgrade to more efficient equipment
choices. Mike Childers

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Zoned Heating and Air Conditioning.

 

 

Zoning is a great solution for homes or businesses looking to have more even air temperatures between rooms or levels of the building. The term zoned heating and cooling can be used to describe a building with multiple heaters and air conditioners in the building. Zoning can also be accomplished  using  dampers, ductwork and controls to separate different temperature zones with one system. According to the department of energy zoning can also help you  save money on your heating and air conditioning  bills. This  type of system is a great option for people looking for furnace and air conditioner replacement in Springfield Missouri and the surrounding area due to the fact that we have such drastic temperature differences between winter and summer.

 

With a zoned heating and air conditioning system each zone would have separate ductwork ran to it. Motorized dampers would be mounted in the main trunk lines serving each zone. These dampers would be controlled by a separate thermostat mounted in each zone. Each zone can be set to a different temperature or all to the same temperature. If only one zone is calling for heating or air conditioning the damper feeding air to that zone would open and all others would close, the heater or air conditioner would come on, supplying air to only the area requiring heating  or air conditioning without over heating and cooling the other parts of the home or business. If more or all zones require heating or air conditioning the other dampers would simply open and supply air to those areas as well. When calling for furnace or air conditioner repair in Springfield Missouri be sure to ask about zoning.

ComfortLink™ II XL850

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-thermostat4.htm

http://www.smarthome.com/sh-solutions-save-money-with-zoned-hvac.html

 

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Springfield Air Conditioning Repair.

 
The official first day of spring is March 20th, less than a month away. Even though it’s still cold outside and we are still using our furnaces, we should start thinking about and preparing for warmer weather.
Right after that first nice day, when you open up your windows to enjoy some mild weather, you might be tempted to start a spring cleaning. Don’t forget to include your air conditioner!
It’s been sitting outside through some pretty nasty weather this year and probably has some leaves or dirt inside that need to be cleared out. Cleaning the condenser coil is one of the 20 items included in a spring inspection from SS&B Heating and Cooling.
The spring inspection is a great way to prepare your air conditioner or heat pump for the upcoming summer. You can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that a qualified service technician has inspected your unit to ensure that it is ready when you need it as warmer weather approaches. In Springfield, MO.
Remember your air conditioner this spring, so you won’t have to worry about it this summer!

 

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Reasons To Tune Up The AC Unit In Springfield Missouri.

Extending the Life of the AC System

Wouldn't it be nice if our air conditioning system would just last forever and never break? Of course it would. However, eventually the AC system will have its share of issues that will need to be addressed. But what if we could put off having to spend our money on repairing the air conditioner during the summer. What if we could prolong the life of the system by 5 or 10 years or more? Well, both of these scenarios are possible by having AC tune ups performed on an annual basis each spring. Components such as contactors and capacitors fail frequently throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. These components are responsible for supplying electrical current and voltage to expensive items such as the AC compressor, and fan motors. As the system runs throughout the course of a year, contactors and capacitors slowly wear out and need periodic replacement. Continuing to use worn out parts in the AC system will lead to premature failure of the expensive parts like an AC compressor, or a fan motor. Eventually, with no AC tune ups being performed, you will be replacing your air conditioning system prematurely. This means that you will be in for an unexpected expense right in the middle of a hot Missouri summer. Have AC tune ups done on a routine basis and avoid untimely and costly repairs or replacements of the AC system. AC system will run less and not work nearly as hard to cool your home.
Be sure to ask one of our customer service representatives or your service technician if there are any utility rebates available for your tune-up.

20-Point Standard Tune-Up
•check thermostat operation
•clean or replace filter (standard 1" pleated filter)
•check system temperature split
•check Freon level
•inspect fused disconnect
•inspect wiring and tighten electrical connections
•inspect contactor, relays and pressure contacts
•inspect electrical safety circuits
•check voltage and amperage to all motors
•inspect indoor blower and motor for dirt buildup 
•inspect bearings and lubricate all moving parts (as required)
•inspect belt and adjust tension (as required)
•inspect and clean condensate drain
•inspect outdoor coil/ clean outdoor coil and debris 
•inspect duct seal at unit and secure panel
•run and test system

Explain and document all necessary repair

 Note: Inspections for other types of systems will vary.

Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.
http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling

 

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Coupons, Drawings, and useful Links

We have a brand new ad on Ozarks First  promoting  the best heating and air in Southwest Missouri!     coupons available

Please like our Facebook page and share this link with your friends.  http://www.facebook.com/ssandbheatingandcooling

City Utilities of Springfield Heating & Cooling Contractor.  http://www.cityutilities.net/conserve/onl-contractors.htm  We strive to provide our clients with the excellent service of the highest standards.

Springfield Business Journal.  http://sbj.net/index.asp  Great up to date news.  Don't  forget to sign up for  E-newsletters.

Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri.  http://www.bbb.org/southwestern-missouri/accredited-business-directory/heating-and-air-conditioning.  Proud member since 2003

Springfield Apartment and Housing Association.  http://springfieldhousing.net/findsupplier/find_supplier.cfm

Show- me Heroes http://showmeheroes.mo.gov/employer-map

Springfield Contractors Association.  http://www.springfieldcontractors.org/members/

417 Magazine.  http://www.417homemag.com/417-Home/Resources-We-Love/index.php/name/SS-B-Heating-Cooling/listing/14516/

Springfield Chamber of Commercehttp://www.springfieldchamber.com/about/

 S S & B blog http://ssbheatingandcooling.blogspot.com

 Twitter http://twitter.com/ssbhc1

Yelp http://www.yelp.com/biz/s-s-and-b-heating-and-cooling-springfield

 Google+ https://www.google.com/+SSBHeatingCoolingSpringfield

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Building a New Home? New construction Heating and Cooling Contractor, Springfield MO.

 

There are so many decisions in building your new home. What light/plumbing fixtures, hardwood floors, granite countertops, appliances and so much more. Planning your dream home is an exciting process.  You can pick out the perfect floor plan, select all your paint colors, and design the kitchen of your dreams. Your heating and cooling system is often more than 50 percent of your home’s energy bills. When you combine today’s high efficient equipment with a properly designed, sized installed heating and cooling system – you can save money for years to come. We are here to help you through all the steps.

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Heat pumps are one of the most misunderstood

Heat pumps are one of the most misunderstood and often times most cost effective options to heat your home. There are many types of heat pumps. The most common type and the type being discussed here is an air source heat pump. A heat pump performs the same function as an air conditioner in the summer time, in fact unless you know what to look for internally you cannot tell them apart. The difference with a heat pump is that in the winter time the cycle is reversed, instead of absorbing heat from the indoor air and rejecting it to the outdoor air as it does in the cooling season, it absorbs heat from the outdoor air and transfers it to the evaporator coil to warm the home. Typically the heat pump can accommodate the heating demand for an average home down to about 40 degrees and below that temperature the heat pump must have an auxiliary heat source such as a gas furnace or an air handler with auxiliary heat strips. The balance point of a home is the temperature the heat pump can heat the home down to without any back up heat source. The balance point varies depending on heat loss of the structure and the size of heat pump installed.

  Over the years poor installation practices have given heat pumps a bad name. A heat pump is not the best solution for every home there are many factors that need to be taken into account such as duct insulation and sizing, air infiltration, etc.. One drawback for some people is that the heat pump can sometimes produce supply air temperatures lower than your body temperature making the air coming out of the ducts feel cool if it blows directly on you.

   With the costs of propane skyrocketing to as much as $3.65 per gallon in the southwest Missouri area this winter a heat pump is a great solution to people looking to save money on their propane bill. A heat pump can save propane customers from 50% to as much as 75% of their heating cost. A heat pump is also up to 360 times more efficient than an electric furnace making it a great solution to those with all electric homes. Natural gas prices on the other hand are relatively cheap currently so the cost savings are not as drastic as it is for someone heating with propane or electric resistance heat. A properly installed heat pump can be a great solution to save energy dollars for many years to come.

 

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/heating-and-cooling/heat-pump.htm

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/air-source-heat-pumps

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Can my furnace and air conditioner be controlled remotely from a computer or smart phone?

There are multiple options to control your heating and cooling system remotely.  SS&B recommends theTrane XL624 Series 7-day programmable thermostat.  This thermostat carries a unique set of options including HVAC system control as well as options for controlling cameras, and lights. Prices to install depends on how many thermostat wires are pulled to your existing thermostat. Five wires are required. Starting prices are $ 525.00 to $750.00 if new thermostat wire needs to be pulled. Includes Nexia™ Home Intelligence Remote Climate Access and Nexia Home bridge. 

Thermostat XL 624

Programmable Thermostat Rebate 
Benefits:  $15 mail-in rebate 
Who's Eligible:  CU residential or commercial customers with electric or natural gas services 
Program Status:   Rebate program has funds available - accepting applications 
Rebate Form:  Programmable thermostat rebate 

About the Program:
City Utilities electric and/or natural gas customers may qualify for a $15 rebate after the purchase and installation of a programmable thermostat. The purpose of this program is to reduce the cost of these thermostats to make them affordable to as many customers as possible, and to increase customer awareness of energy efficient products. In many cases, the purchase and installation will result in long-term energy savings and increased comfort. 

A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter - when you are asleep or away. 

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Ramsey Building Company, LLC

Quality of workmanship and customer service are at the top of the list of priorities for my company. Not only do I want to deliver the best product possible, I want to make sure that my clients are comfortable and happy throughout the process.

No matter what your style, my team and I will work with you to create a home that expresses your chosen theme in each and every room. From vintage bathroom fixtures for an Arts & Crafts’ style farmhouse to custom stone and iron work for a Tuscan home , details are an important part of the building process, and something that we focus on. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with new ideas, finding the products and craftsmen to bring those ideas to life, and then putting it all together for a seamless finished package. It’s the little things that add character and depth to a home.

http://ramseybuilding.com/

Facebook Link

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We service and repair all brands to include Trane, American Standard, Carrier, Bryant, Amana, Lennox

We offer an Energy Saving Service Agreement to ensure your system is running at its peak efficiency and is operating safely. It covers all necessary maintenance for both the heating and cooling systems. A one-year contract will cover two visits - one in the spring for the A/C system and one in the fall for the heating system. 

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it's best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.

We service and repair all brands to include Trane, American Standard, Carrier, Bryant, Amana, Lennox, Rheem, Rudd, Gibson, Goodman, York, Coleman, Janitrol, Payne, ICP, Comfort Maker, Acro Aire and many more.

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Ask Amy

I don’t know anything about furnaces or air conditioners – where do I start?

First of all, you are not alone. Until there is a problem with your central heat or air, most people don’t pay attention to the system. You turn it on and adjust the temperature to your liking and never give it another thought.  For most people, it’s like your car – you put the key in and turn the ignition and go. You don’t necessarily know exactly how each component works - you just rely on it to work when you need it.

If it makes you feel any better, I knew absolutely nothing about them either until I started working at SS&B in 2002. I know a lot more now, but I still learn something new every day!

So when you do have a problem, what should you do? Call a licensed and reputable service company and have a technician look at the system.  I mentioned earlier that your HVAC system is similar to a car, and just like cars, these systems have evolved over the years and require more advanced diagnostic tools. 

Still not sure what to do? Call our office – I can’t diagnose your problem over the phone, but I can point you in the right direction.

Amy

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Air Quality: Important at Every Age

Two of the most common pollutants in the U.S. -- ozone, sometimes called smog, and particle pollution --  pose health risks for hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Are you one of them? 
Many of us are. If you’re very young, if you’re a senior citizen -- or if you’re somewhere in between – you may be at increased risk from ozone or particle pollution exposure. 
That’s bad news. The good news? You can do something about it.

  • Children (including teenagers)are at greater risk from air pollution because their lungs are still developing, they are more likely to be active outdoors, and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Both ozone and particle pollution can prevent children’s lungs from working and developing like they should.  Children are also more likely than adults to have asthma which also increase their risk.
  • People with asthma or another lung disease are risk from both ozone and particle pollution, which can increase symptoms like coughing and wheezing– and can lead to a trip to the doctor or hospital.
  • Healthy adults who are active outdoors are at risk from ozone, which can make it more difficult to breathe deeply, cause symptoms such as coughing or scratchy throat, and inflame and damage the lining of the lungs – damage that can continue even after symptoms are gone.
  • People with cardiovascular disease (that’s your heart and blood vessels) areat risk from particle pollution, which can contribute to heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure – and premature death. Ozone can also harm the heart.  And both pollutants can increase the risk for premature death.
  • People in middle age and older. As we hit middle age, our risk for heart and lung diseases generally increases – and so does our risk from ozone and particle pollution. Factors that increase your risk for heart disease and stroke – like being overweight, having diabetes, or having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, also may increase your risk from particle pollution. 

Now for the good news: You can take steps to reduce your pollution exposure. Use the Air Quality Index (AQI) to adjust your outdoor activities so you can and reduce the amount of pollution you breathe in while still getting exercise. It’s not difficult – and your health is worth it. 

Learn more: http://www.airnow.gov

http://ssbhc.com/equipment/indoor-air-quality#76

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Did you buy a cheap furnace or air conditioner online? Return it ASAP!

Some consumers looking to cut cost on their heating and air conditioning installation consider buying "low cost" units online with the hopes of hiring a heating and air conditioning  contractor to install it and save money. In reality, this is always a bad idea and in most cases actually ends up costing consumers more in the end. When Furnaces or air conditioners are purchased online they often come with no warranty and are sometimes non- returnable. Furthermore, if a unit bought online shows up at your doorstep with a problem such as shipping damage or manufacturer defect they are often times non-returnable whereas with a company if this happens we simply trade it out for a new one.

   Buying a heating and air conditioning system for your home is not like buying a refrigerator that simply needs to be plugged in. Heating and cooling systems must be properly sized for the home. This can only be accomplished by performing a manual J load calculation and never by simply using a square footage divider. The air duct system must also be assessed to be sure it can deliver the proper amount of air required for the furnace and air conditioner connected to it. Furnaces and air conditioners must be properly installed to be sure they are operating safely and efficiently and will last for many years. With people being concerned with rising energy costs it is important to consider that your heating and cooling system accounts for 56% of your homes energy consumption. The most expensive part of a heating and air conditioning system is not the initial purchase, but the cost of operation. A properly engineered and installed heating and air-conditioning system will save you much more money than pinching pennies online. A heating and cooling system is unlike anything else you have ever bought, you simply cannot get the same thing for less. By Jeremy Grisham

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Full Sheet Metal Shop

Save Money with a Local Shop

Not only does this allow us to save you money, but it also ensures that we are never waiting around for duct work to be delivered from another manufacturer. You can rest assured that your job will be completed on time, even if you need something a little out of the ordinary.  Our highly skilled craftsmen will be able to design and cut something for your needs or follow your guidelines to create something that you have already designed. We offer metal bending and fabrication and will not only meet but exceed your expectations.  Give us a call today for an estimate. 

    

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New Construction Home Building

Building a new home?

S S & B Heating & Cooling provides superior heating and air conditioning systems and services to new home and commercial builders. We install and service high-efficiency heating and cooling systems for all types of new home constructions. We pride ourselves on offering excellence in custom design and installation of residential heating and air conditioning systems. We love a challenge, just try us.

From concept to completion, we offer ideal HVAC solutions for new home and commercial constructions. Whether you're a residential builder who is searching for a dedicated heating and air conditioning installer or building your own dream home and need a residential HVAC installation, our dedicated new home specialist can assist you on choosing and installing the perfect heating and air conditioning system for your specific needs. We take into account every aspect of the home construction project, from comfort level to budget requirements, and provide you with all the information you need to choose which HVAC system to install in your new home.

Whether you have one house or several homes, we can help you with all your heating and air conditioning needs. If you are in the Springfield Missouri area and need a residential HVAC system installation, call today to discuss the possibilities for your new home.

        

        

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Federal Tax Credit

As part of new legislation passed by Congress on Jan 3, 2013 the federal tax credit for installing high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems has been reinstated. This credit is available for heating and cooling systems installed from Jan 1, 2012 extending through Dec 31, 2013. Furnaces with an AFUE rating of 95% or higher qualify for a credit of $150 to $200. A credit of $300 is also available for qualifying high efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps. We have included a link below for further information. When you pair these credits with credits of up to $850 from City Utilities of Springfield now is a great time to replace your old system to start saving energy and increase your indoor comfort. Call today to schedule your free in home estimate (417)866-0990.

http://www.achrnews.com/articles/121823-jan-4-2013-legislation-retroactively-extends-25c-tax-credits-for-hvac-and-water-heating

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Show-Me Heroes

Thank you to Show-Me Heroes and the Missouri Career Center for presenting us with a Flag of Freedom Award. We are proud to honor our country by hiring Veterans!

At SS&B Heating and Cooling, we understand the importance of hiring the men and women who serve our nation and are committed to ensuring that our heroes have the opportunity of employment when they return home.  Veterans bring attributes employers desire – integrity, diligence, and professionalism.

 

http://showmeheroes.mo.gov/employers/take-the-pledge

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Lon Goff Custom Homes starting a new Home!

We at Lon Goff Custom Homes LLC enjoy building custom homes. We've been doing it for almost 40 years. Please take a look around and see some of our custom homes we've recently built for Maranatha Village a great retirement community to consider. Springfield, Missouri and surrounding area.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/LONGOFFCUSTOMHOMESLLC

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Your home duct system is important in your home.

The duct system (air distribution system) is the most important and most overlooked part of a heating and air conditioning system. The duct system is the part of the system that is responsible for delivering the correct amount of air to the different rooms or zones of the building and directly responsible for maintaining comfort for the people inside. To correctly design a duct system requires a lot of thought and effort and most  are installed incorrectly due to lack of forethought and planning. To properly design a duct system the first step is to perform a room by room manual J load calculation to determine the proper amount of air required for each room or zone. From there different sizes of ducts should be installed in each room based on the requirement of that room. The equivalent length of the duct also affects the size of duct to be installed. Often times people think if a room is uncomfortable that means their heater or air conditioner is too small when in reality the duct system was not properly designed.

   The duct system can also be a source of wasted energy. As the air moves through the ducts some of the energy is lost in the attic or crawl space because of the temperature difference  in temperature between the air inside the ducts and the space it is installed in. this is especially true when installed in attic spaces due to the extreme temperatures. All ducts should be properly insulated  and installed inside heated and cooled spaces when possible. The biggest energy waster relating to ductwork is air leakage. According to energy star 20% of the air that moves through a typical duct system is lost if not properly sealed with mastic and 93% of duct systems fall into this category. When ducts are not sealed they also draw in dust, insects, mold and other unpleasant things into the building.

 

 

 

Jeremy Grisham 

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Hiring Help: From “How To” to “Hurrah!”

 
 
 
Hiring Help: From "How To" to "Hurrah!"
 
Whether you are in over your head or juggling too many tasks, hiring help can be a great idea. Projects can benefit from specialized expertise, more work can be accomplished at one time, and as a homeowner you can step back from the tasks at hand to get a wider perspective. The time and energy you save may more than offset the expense.
 
However, trouble ensues when the wrong help is hired. Establishing what you want to accomplish is essential, so size things up thoroughly. When looking at a specific project or problem, you might benefit from having a few people look at it and offer ideas of how they might approach a solution. Sometimes the first ideas are not the best, and as you look at issues, new priorities emerge. Are you looking for an interim fix that will carry you through until you can "do it right"? What is the scale of the project and is the cost/benefit in line with your budget and goals? Asking the right questions will help you gain insight into the true nature of what you are doing.
 
For example, let's say that you have three projects at hand:
 
You need cosmetic fixes to your guest bathroom.
The deck that is central to your summer enjoyment is rotting and requiring a lot of time and attention so that it can be used safely.
Your septic system is failing.
How do you begin to find help for these projects? You might begin by understanding the level of help that you need. Do you want to supervise or do only a portion of the work? Do you need a handyman or general laborer? What are the benefits of getting someone more skilled with the type of help you require? What is the scope of the project? Will there be permitting/inspections involved with the project? Who is going to manage the project?
 
A failing septic system becomes a health risk, and often requires sign-off by a licensed professional. Deck projects can fall into a grey area, but when incorrectly built could pose a major safety issue. When in doubt, inquire with your local building authority so that you are certain that you are following the correct course of action, and getting the permits and inspections that are required by law.
 
Get referrals: Rather than trust your job to luck, find out if friends or family have used a person or service that they would recommend. Many online resources exist to help see the consumer ratings for businesses, but this information could be less than reliable, so check it thoroughly. Look for workers or service providers that are licensed, bonded and insured as protection for both parties should an accident occur on site, or problems with the project later incur liability. Licensure ensures a level of knowledge in an area, and insurance and bonding ensures that there are financial resources available should you need to bring a lawsuit against the service provider that requires a monetary settlement or costly repairs. Yes, you might be paying more for a professional with these credentials, but in the long run, it is worth it when working on any project where money or safety is at stake.
 
Check those references! Yes, actually talk to people who have previously received services. Find out the details: Was the project finished in a timely manner, within budget, with quality work and materials? How was the communication? Were there surprises, and how were they handled? Was the area cleaned up to satisfaction? In the event that there was a problem after the work was complete, how was that handled? Check with the state department of licensing to see if there have been violations or lawsuits against an individual or company, and the Better Business Bureau can help determine if there have been complaints filed against the business. Look at samples of their work -- and talk to those whose projects have been shown. If you find someone great, let them know you might have more work -- and find out who they might recommend if they were not available!
 
Face Value: Meet with the handyman or service provider and get a feel for how things might go if you hired them. If it seems difficult to discuss the project or work prior to beginning, imagine how things might go if the work gets challenging. Even if others recommend this person or service, you are the one who will be dealing with them now, so size them up for yourself.
 
The Devil is in the Details: Get written estimates and contracts. Understand how payment is expected. Some short jobs are accomplished with no payment up front, other jobs require that materials are paid for as delivered, and some providers require some payment prior to the beginning of work. Arrangements that allow for payment once the job is completed, ensure that the customer has some feeling of control over the job being completed to their satisfaction. Be certain that estimates and guarantees are in writing so that there is clear communication about expectations.
 
Level 1: Your Local Handyman    
 
 
Finding a handyman is like searching for gold. When you find a good one, it is tempting to keep it a secret -- after all, this is a resource you can depend upon for fixes all over the home. From fixing cupboard doors to replacing the grout in the bathroom (project #1), a great handyman who is available, can communicate well, is capable of a wide variety of jobs, who can trouble-shoot and think "outside the box" is worth quite a lot. The great thing about hiring a handyman is that they are paid by the hour (plus materials), and you can save up a list of smaller jobs that you would like to accomplish.
 
Often, local handymen who are in business for themselves are not licensed, bonded or insured -- so they charge less, but there is a level of risk in using them that you will have to judge for yourself. Some companies provide handyman services, where the business ensures that there is proper insurance and bonding, but they are usually higher in cost to the consumer.
 
Level 2: A Dedicated Service Provider
 
If you are working on project #2, the deck, and you want it done quickly, you might opt to call in a decking company. Specialization allows for a greater understanding of options, sometimes better, more specific tools that make for efficiency in work, and often allows for a tighter schedule. After all, when a company focuses on a specific project, they know how long things take, they often have materials on hand, and they know where unexpected problems might occur. While the cards sometimes seem stacked in the company's favor, the customer benefits from the expertise and experience of this specialized provider. Projects are usually bid by the job, taking the average hours into account and the specific materials needed to accomplish the job. Bids and estimates should be discussed in advance so both parties are aware of their binding nature. Understand how overruns or changes to the terms of the contract will be handled.
 
Level 3: Hire a Contractor/Project Manager            
                                                                                              
Some projects are just plain BIG. Say that deck project where you thought you were just going to replace a few boards reveals that the entire supporting system is rotten and a tear-down is needed. While you are at it, you decide to expand the deck, requiring some grading, and then you discover a crack in the foundation of your home that you couldn't see because of the deck. You just might decide to hire a contractor who can do it all and stand by the work.
 
Contractors who understand building from the ground up, and who are familiar with the permitting process can save you a lot of headaches. Of course they charge the most, but they understand workflow and can schedule laborers to work concurrently. They are likely to be licensed, insured, and bonded. Additionally, project #3, the failing septic system, might require someone who is able to understand and follow highly specific plans, submit reports and answer questions of inspectors. A general contractor might be just right for the job.
 
Again, understanding the job, the process of work, materials acquisition, billing and payment cycles and other details will require a high level of communication and written documentation. Before settling on your contractor, get fully clear on the work to be done and be prepared for the help that you are hiring to be in your life for the duration of the job.
 
Hiring help does get easier. The more projects you do and the more providers that you contact, the more your skills and network grow. Hiring help is actually a talent, and the more you do it, the better you get at finding the right providers. Having a checklist, gathering information and keeping organized as you gain information and understanding of your options ensures that the help you get is the help you really need. Your job of hiring the best help possible begins the process, and taking the time to hire great help will leave you celebrating a fantastic finished project.