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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.

 

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Air Conditioning Tips for a Hot Summer.

  • Check your filters often.  You may need to change them more often if you have multiple pets. A clogged filter reduces airflow into the system and reduces the output of cooled air. Restricted airflow also puts strain on the system, increasing the possibility of failure.
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed to keep out direct sun.

  • Minimize use of heat producing appliances (ovens, dishwasher, dryers) during the peak heat of the day. Shower early or late in the day. 

  • Consider adding to your landscaping. Planting shade trees near your home can greatly reduce the amount of heat gain on your roof.

  • Avoid placing lights, TV’s, computer equipment, or other heat producing appliances next to the thermostat. This will cause the thermostat read the room temperature higher than it should and run the air conditioning longer than necessary.

  • Seal all holes that let hot air into the home. This can be done by simply caulking holes or cracks around your doors and windows. 

  • Maintain your air conditioning system. Regular maintenance helps keep your system running at peak efficiency and will prolong the life of the equipment. The Energy Star program recommends two services per year; one in spring to prepare for the cooling season and one in fall for the heating season.

  • Consider upgrading to a new high efficiency system. An older, lower SEER system may be costing you more to run and repair than a new system. Plus, newer technology provides better overall comfort and reliability.

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

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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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Furnace and Air Conditioner Replacement

Call us today for a FREE in home estimate and let us design a system that meets all your heating and cooling needs.

When it is time to have your HVAC system replaced you should allow ample time to meet with a comfort consultant. One hour is not enough time to measure the home, run a load calculation, discuss your wants and needs, and to go over the many options now available. Typically you should allow two to three hours time. More for larger homes or homes with multiple systems. 

It is important to analyze and measure your home, going over any comfort concerns you have.

 

This customer in Nixa Missouri was looking for heating and air conditioning contractor who would do a thorough job. They found it with SS and B Heating and Air-conditioning.

SS&B Heating and Cooling has a long standing relationship with this customer.  When the time came to replace their central air conditioning unit they knew just who to call in Springfield MO! 

This is the second installation at this home by SS&B Heating and Cooling. The high efficiency Trane heat pump has powder coated paint and ceramic coated screws so it will not rust like the old unit. 

  

 

Check out this air conditioner installation in North Springfield MO! The owners of this home were unable to sleep in the master bedroom on hot summer evenings. With their new Trane furnace, air conditioner, and all new duct system they are sleeping comfortably!

This customer chose SS&B Heating and Cooling to install their new heater and air conditioner, after interviewing 6 local contractors. They called in the day after the installation to brag on the quality job that was done by the SS&B installers.

 

Fujitsu mini-split system installed this summer in Springfield Mo.

Another long time customer of SS&B installed a new Trane heat pump system in Nixa, MO.

This customer in Springfield is enjoying their improved airflow and indoor air quality provided by their new Trane heater, air conditioner, clean effects and duct work.

 

Customers new to the Springfield area who have had bad experiences with other contractors found a trustworthy contractor in SS&B Heating and Cooling.

 

 

 New furnace replacement in Springfield Missouri

 New air conditioner replacement in Springfield Missouri 

This is an example of our dedicated workmanship.

Two new heaters installed southwest Springfield MO

High efficiency air conditioners in Springfield MO

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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.