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Getting your Air Conditioner ready for the Summer.

 

The heat and humidity are 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 amperage. In addition to those items, some other components need regular cleanings like the blower wheel, evaporator and condenser coils, the condensate drain, and filter. Maintenance is different than service in that the system is operational but still needs to care for to ensure it is operating cleanly, efficiently, and most important all safely. Just like your automobile needs to have an oil change or tune-up, your heating and air conditioning system will perform better and last longer when it is provided with routine maintenance.

For example, automobiles in the 1960s were relatively easy to work on. As the cars became safer and more efficient they also became more complex, and it now takes special tools, equipment, and training to work on the cars today. The same thing has happened for the heating and air conditioning industry. The government has mandated that they be more efficient and safer than the units of the past. In the past, systems were simple by design and easy to work on, and had fewer moving parts but they have become more complex due to safety and efficiency standards.

Some things a homeowner can do for themselves would be to ensure that there are no grass, shrubs, or other items impeding the airflow 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, the 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. 

Our maintenance agreements are more than just replacing filters. They provide you with peace of mind, knowing your system is clean, safe, efficient, and ready for the upcoming season. Maintain your system to assure a long reliable life. Ask about our Comfort Club maintenance contracts by having your furnace, air handler, heat pump, or air conditioner maintained on a regular basis and cared for by professional, highly-trained technicians available to serve you 24/7.

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 & Cooling always listen to our client's 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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Address: 2607 W.Bennett, Springfield, MO 65807 | Phone:(417) 866.0990

 

Air Conditioners, Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Heat Pumps, Indoor Air Quality, Deal

Trane Rebates And Discounts

 

Trane has more than 120 years of experience in the business. We build products that are efficient to operate, work when they’re supposed to, last for a long time, and create the ideal home environment. It’s that kind of tradition and reliability that’s earned us America’s Most Trusted® HVAC System†.

Purchase a new Trane qualifying system including furnace, air conditioner, and matching coil, with a Nexia control and choose from a 5-year Labor Warranty or $500.00 instant rebate on a new Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner.

Eligibility dates April 15th, 2021 thru June 15th, 2021 

Comfortsure 5 Year Labor

5 years labor coverage for Trane HVAC systems was created to put homeowners at ease. Every Trane residential unit comes with a Base Limited Warranty which covers the cost of labor for electrical/mechanical repairs within the unit.  * Labor warranty does not include maintenance. 

Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner

Setting the standard in air quality, the Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner uses revolutionary technology that supplies your home with a cleaner, healthier environment. Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner removes up to 99.98% of airborne particles - including those as small as .1 micron, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA room filters and up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1-inch filter.

 

See your independent Trane Dealer for complete program eligibility, dates, details, and restrictions. Offers vary by equipment. All sales must be to homeowners in the United States. Void where prohibited.                   

 

Additional utility rebates may be available in your area. 

The rebate opportunities offered by the utility companies often pay for the upgrade from the baseline products.  This makes it a no-brainer to look hard at these systems. Our two-stage systems earn even higher rebates in most cases, these systems offer a mild day speed for mild summer days or mild winter days and an extreme day speed when it gets extremely hot or cold, almost like having two systems in one.  While these units do a better job of removing humidity in the summer and delivering more comfort year-round, they use less energy when at low speed.  Please call your utility company or ask one of our professionals to find out more. We have been the Home of Comfort and Quality AND HAPPY CUSTOMERS since 1969. 

Springfield City Utilities 

White River Valley Electric Cooperative                                                                     

Spire Energy 

Webster Electric Cooperative 

Ozark Electric Cooperative 

Liberty Utilities 

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Address: 2607 W.Bennett, Springfield, MO 65807 | Phone:(417) 866.0990 

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

Customer Reviews

 

Here at SS&B heating & Cooling, 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.

As an essential business during COVID-19, we will continue to provide home heating and air conditioning services to our customers to ensure your home comfort. Your safety and peace of mind are of utmost importance to us.

 

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Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
Project manager Brad went above and beyond to get us the units we wanted in a timely fashion. Austin and his assistant were efficient and careful throughout the installation. All were professional, friendly, and respectful despite a couple of challenges that our home posed. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

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We have used the services of this company for installation and maintenance for almost four years and have recommended them to others. Everything completed has been done in a professional manner with excellent results. The technicians have been on time, efficient, and courteous. Their work trucks are clean, tools are organized, and they have even worn surgical booties over shoes to help keep floors clean. We had a minor issue that arose requiring a recent call and the techs arrived on our porch with their masks already in place (correctly) which I much appreciated at the current time. Highly recommend!

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Chris did an amazing job getting our system working again. He went above and beyond on making sure our system operates well and safely. We have relied on SSB for years and highly recommend them!

Phil-

 

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Everyone from the time I called to make an appointment to having the service done was very nice and professional! Thank you SS&B, top notch service!!!

Valerie C

 

 

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We chose SS&B to replace our aged HVAC system. Brad listened to our needs, answered our questions and made us feel at ease throughout the process. Denny and Brayden showed up on time and worked to remove the old system. They waited patiently once it was out while I cleaned up the area and then installed the new system with excellent craftsmanship. Denny showed us how to change the filters and made sure we didn't have any questions or concerns before cleaning up and heading out. We are glad we chose SS&B for our heating and cooling needs and we would recommend them to anyone!

Jason S

 

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First time customer, heat was out at our rental house zero degree temperatures, I called at 8:30 am they had someone there by 10:30am. Very professional all the way around from our phone call conversation to the technician conversation. Technician was informative about educating us on some points on the older furnace. Super excited about our experience and will use again. Thank you, SS&B!!

Mike-

 

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Excellent service with our heating & air conditioning! We had them put in our high-efficiency system several years ago, and we couldn’t be happier. We had a service call today by Chris, who knew within 2 minutes what was wrong with our heating unit! We highly recommend him!
Jane-
 

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

Tips for Keeping your Heating Bills Down this Winter


A toasty home is welcomed when escaping chilly weather. Less welcome are the heating bills that can come with keeping that abode cozy By taking a few preemptive steps, however, it is possible to optimize energy usage, get the most from your heating system and still live comfortably.

Seal up your home – Keep cold air from seeping into your home. Insulate windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulking. Capture natural heat by opening curtains on south-facing windows during the day and close them when the sun goes down to keep the warmth inside. If feasible, consider replacing old windows and updating insulation with newer more efficient versions that will make your home both more comfortable and cut down on heating bills

Make sure your heating system is working properly – Test your heater in advance. Consider scheduling a service check-up with a Trane Comfort Specialist to assure it’s running at its best. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted can save about five percent on heating costs. A pro can assess your system, suggest any repairs it might need and make sure you are ready before the coldest temps arrive.

What thermostat setting is best?  – Agreeing on where to set the thermostat isn’t easy. To save money, set it as low as possible while still maintaining a comfortable temperature, usually between 65 to 70 degrees. If you aren’t home during the day, consider lowering it even more. And if your household can manage it, lower your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees at night to sleep comfortably while saving on that utility bill. Compromise with the family by placing warm throw blankets on the couch, adding layers of bedding and investing in fuzzy socks.

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun – Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

Replace your filter - A dirty HVAC filter restricts airflow and increases energy usage as your system works harder to push air through it. Replace or clean filters once a month when the system is being used most to ensure that air can pass through freely.

Seal heating ducts – Sealing ductwork connections could increase your furnace efficiency and provide better airflow to keep you warm at a lower cost. If you are uncomfortable trying to seal the ducts yourself, call in an expert to help you make certain it is done properly.

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SS&B Heating & Cooling is a professional HVAC provider and Trane Comfort Specialist in Springfield, Missouri. For additional questions, please email us at info@ssbhc.com, visit us at 2607 W Bennett or call us at 417.866.0990


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Air Handlers, Furnaces & Heaters, Indoor Air Quality, Package Units

Selecting a Home Heating System

 

There are 3 basic styles of operating features with forced air heating and air conditioning systems. These features themselves do not save money but rather improve indoor comfort. Typically the systems with the added features are more efficient but the efficiency is only part of the picture. Most of these features boil down to 3 main benefits as you go up the scale. More even air temperatures, lower humidity, and quieter operation.  I will try to do my best to describe them by making a comparison to a car.

 

SINGLE STAGE- These are the most common type of system. The system comes on full blast with enough power to cool the home at 100 degrees or heat the home at 0 degrees whether it is needed or not. It is like having a car that is either stopped or doing 100 with no in between. While they will do an effective job at maintaining the temperature in the house they do not run very long cycles so they turn off before the air between rooms is mixed and dehumidified effectively. If these systems are paired with zoning you have to “bypass” or recirculate the excess air if only one zone is calling which hurts efficiency. The 95% efficient furnaces and XR16 outdoor units are in this type of system are at or near Energy Star level.

 

TWO STAGE- Two stage systems have a low speed the unit can run at on a mild day with the full capacity available when needed for the extreme days. It is like having a car that will either drive at 70 or 100 MPH. With the ability to run at a lower capacity these systems will run longer which helps to get more air mixture between rooms and gives the system a chance to do more dehumidification. The longer run times do not cost more they actually cost less as the system is using less electricity or gas on the lower setting and they cycle off and on less often which is when the systems draw the most energy at startup. Starting and stopping is also what wears out motors. When paired with zoning two-stage systems reduce the need for bypassing air as they will run at the lower speed if only one zone is calling. The 95-97% efficiency on the furnaces and 16 to 18 SEER on the outdoor units are at or near energy star level and typically use 8 to 12% less electricity for air conditioning when compared to single-stage units. With a full two-stage system (indoor and outdoor) the furnace will have a variable speed fan motor that uses less electricity and ensures proper airflow through the duct system as it has the ability to ramp up to overcome restrictions in the duct system and deliver air to harder to reach rooms.

 

MODULATING/VARIABLE SPEED- Variable speed systems have the ability to ramp up or down depending on demand from 30% to 100% on the outdoor units and 40 to 100% on the furnaces. This is the same technology that made ductless and VRF systems all the rage for efficiency in a ducted unit so you don’t have the boxes hanging on the wall.  They operate more like we are used to in our vehicles, set the cruise at 70 and it will accelerate when going uphill or let off the gas as it goes down. Another way to describe it would be that when it is 100 outside it will run full tilt like any other unit but as the day cools off instead of shutting off it simply slows down, again using less energy at the lower rate. As they slow down the noise is reduced and with the longest run times they can keep the evenest air temperatures, have fewer temperature swings between the on/off cycle and do the best job dehumidifying in the cooling season. If the outdoor unit is a heat pump it will have higher supply air temperatures to lessen the chance of the air feeling cold if a vent is located in a place where it is blowing on you and they extract more heat from the outdoor air reducing the amount of backup heat needed which helps with energy bills. When paired with zoning these systems eliminate the need for a bypass damper as they will only deliver the amount of air that is needed for the zone(s) that are calling. The 95-97%% efficiency on the furnaces and 18 to 20 SEER on the outdoor units are at or near energy star level and are the most efficient option for air source systems. The furnaces will a variable speed fan motor which uses less electricity and ensures proper airflow through the duct system as it has the ability to ramp up to overcome restrictions in the duct system and deliver air to harder to reach rooms.

Jeremy Grisham

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Indoor Air Quality, News/Update

How an Air Scrubber Can Help Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

 

More and more people want their home’s indoor air quality to be of the highest quality to support a healthy lifestyle and make the home a more comfortable place to be.

Poor indoor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems, from allergies to asthma to bronchitis. As such, preventative measures, such as sealing doors and windows, should be taken to maintain the integrity of your home’s indoor air. Despite these best efforts, though, contaminants will inevitably find their way indoors, making an air scrubber a useful tool to clean and purify your air.

Air Scrubbers Clean Up Nature’s Byproducts

Air scrubbers are filtration systems that remove gases, particles, and chemicals from the air in a given area. While many people associate air scrubbers with industrial renovation jobs in which large scale asbestos and chemical waste are present, they can be equally effective and applicable in residential homes.

Despite the presence of quality insulation and meticulous cleaning efforts, dirt, dead skin cells, and animal dander will find ways to get trapped in your carpet, rugs, and furniture to have a negative effect on your home’s indoor air quality. In addition, the presence of these particles can lead to the formation of molds, funguses, and mildews, all of which can cause allergies in many people and compromise the quality of your indoor air.

The air scrubber cleans up these byproducts of nature by drawing in the polluted air, running it through a series of filters in which all hazardous particles are trapped, and then circulating the clean air back out, allowing you to breathe free and easy in your living space.

Air Scrubbers Can be Tailored to Fit Your Needs

When speaking of air filtration systems, some people may be afraid that an air scrubber will be a large, cumbersome addition to the house whose improvements to indoor air quality are outstripped by the eyesore it creates in the home.

While it is true that some industrial air scrubbers for tough restoration jobs can be quite hefty, air scrubbers are highly customizable to fit the space and scope you need to be serviced.

If you have taken the aforementioned steps to seal and insulate your house and are simply in need of that extra little boost to optimize your indoor air quality, there are many small air scrubbers available that are generally unnoticeable and inconspicuous. You can further reduce the amount of air purification needed by adding a damper to your fireplace, which prevents the backdraft of harmful air particles into your living spaces when the fireplace is not in use. 

Air Scrubbers Can Eliminate Unpleasant Odors

In addition to removing all harmful particles from the air that may settle in your lungs and lead to health issues, there is another element to indoor air quality that air scrubbers effectively improve: the smell.

No matter how neat and tidy you keep your home, it will simply not get the same amount of circulation as the great outdoors. This can lead to unpleasant odors due to buildup from pets, sewage, and/or garbage cans.

Air scrubbers work to recreate the same circulation found in nature by extending its reach to every square inch of your home, filtering and purifying the air to eliminate up to 99 percent of the particles that lead to unpleasant odors inside your home. If you are interested in purchasing an air scrubber, SS&B Heating & Cooling can cover your air scrubber and installation needs. We use air scrubbers provided by Aerus Enterprise Solutions that are of the utmost quality and will help greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality. Estimated equipment/installation costs 980.00

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
 
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Address: 2607 W.Bennett, Springfield, MO 65807 | Phone:(417) 866.0990

Indoor Air Quality, News/Update

Ductwork Insulation is Key to Preventing Higher Energy Bills

 

How Sealing Your HVAC Ducts can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Did you know that one of the single biggest sources of wasted energy is leaky HVAC ductwork? The ductwork that snakes all over your home and provides conditioned air to most of its rooms is usually made from a material that is easily damaged and worn out over time. This leads to little gaps, cracks, and holes that allow conditioned air to leak out instead of being sent to the areas it was meant to.  

 Especially if these leaks are located in parts of the ductwork that go through unconditioned areas of your home like basements, stairways, attics, and more, this can have a big impact on your energy bill. 

 In case you’re one of the many homeowners across America with leaky ductwork, let’s take a comprehensive look at how sealing your HVAC ducts can greatly reduce your overall energy costs. 

The Truth About Leaky Ductwork

The insulation in your ductwork is meant to keep the air that travels through it at the correct temperature. The desired result of your insulation is that your HVAC system works as efficiently as possible with little to no wasted energy use.

If you have leaks, however, your HVAC system will be far less efficient at doing its job. You could be losing up to 30% of the energy you use to heat and cool your home if you have leaky ducts.

With the right type of insulation, you can prevent ductwork leaks, temperature drops, and condensation build-up as well. This is crucial because condensation buildup can lead to the growth and spread of mold, as well as rot and other undesirable effects. 

When cool air passes through the warm areas of your home, condensation will build up inside the ducts. If the ductwork is torn at all, this condensation will leak out and cause mold and rot to spread.

Preventing Leaks and Saving Energy

As stated above, leaky ductwork in unconditioned areas is the most problematic. That’s why you need the right type of roof insulation as well as a strategy for sealing doors and windows if you want to maximize your energy efficiency. In addition to this, you need the proper amount of insulation in your ductwork.

If you’re using fiberglass insulation or duct wrap in your ductwork, all of your joints and seams should be sealed with mastic before this insulation is installed. This will prevent leaks from developing in vulnerable areas.

If you’re using closed-cell spray foam insulation, the seams and joints will be automatically sealed as the insulation is being applied.

Ductwork Insulation is Key to Preventing Higher Energy Bills

If you don’t have the right insulation in your HVAC system, you are almost certainly going to suffer significantly higher energy bills. By making sure you seal the joints and seams in your ductwork as well as installing additional roof insulation and sealing doors and windows, you will lower your energy bill and make big strides towards maximum energy efficiency. 

 

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
 

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Full Sheet Metal Shop

Save Money with a Local Shop

SS&B Heating & Cooling maintains a professional commitment to the construction and craftsmanship of ductwork at all times.

Not only does this allow us to save you money, but it also ensures that we are never waiting around for ductwork to be delivered from another manufacturer.
Great ductwork starts with great materials, so we only use steel that is made in the U.S.A. Our minimum thickness is 26-gauge ductwork to ensure the highest quality of construction and a much quieter product. 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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Address: 2607 W Bennett, Springfield, MO 65807 | Phone:(417) 866.0990

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

Zoned Heating and Air Conditioning

Zoning Systems divides your home’s ductwork into separate comfort areas, enabling independent temperature control in distinct areas that require specific temperature conditioning. Traditional systems use one thermostat in an effort to achieve one uniform temperature throughout the house.

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 a 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.  Rooms with big windows and southern exposure are much warmer than interior rooms.

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 overheating 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 a furnace or air conditioner repair in Springfield Missouri be sure to ask about zoning.

 

 

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2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award.

SS&B Heating & Cooling Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
 
SS&B Heating & 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 SS&B Heating & 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.” 


 
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, 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 nonconditioned spaces. Since
these are nonconditioned 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.

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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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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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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/

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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

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Our Commercials

Everyone knows that "It's Hard to Stop a Trane" and you can't stop SS&B.  These two leaders in the heating and cooling industry joined forces to create a single point of contact for consumers.  This is a company like no other.  Check out some of our recent advertisements then contact us for the professional experience.

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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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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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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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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.

 

http://www.longoff.com/

 

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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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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.