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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



St Jude’s Dream Home Giveaway


Artistic rendering of the Springfield St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house


SS&B Heating & Cooling was happy to be a part of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 St Jude's Dream Home as well as 2021. We designed and installed a High-Efficiency Trane system including a Remote Access Thermostat.  We wanted to provide the Lucky Winner of this home with the latest state-of-the-art technologies in heating and cooling. 

 2021  St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway 

Wise Built Custom Homes by Austin Miller is this year's builder. Thanks to Austin Miller, major sponsors, tradesmen, suppliers, and volunteers for donating time and materials to make this year's beautiful St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway possible. SS&B Heating & Cooling gives a special thanks to C&L Supply for donating the heating and cooling supplies throughout the many years. 

This year's home is located at 205 N Blarney Ct.
Nixa, MO 65714

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.

Tickets are available to win a home and other prizes here:


2019, 2020 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway 

A special thank you to Reid Homes Inc. home builder for your commitment to the New 2020 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway project. We like to thank all the contractors, suppliers for helping to make a positive difference. We here at SS&B Heating & Cooling are proud to support you and St Judes for the children and families you help.

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

This year's beautiful home will be built in The Village of Ashford at Wicklow in Nixa, Missouri.

2020 Winners 

Reid Homes Inc.


2017, 2018, St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway 

Thank you, Essick Builders, LLC for taking the lead as the general contractor of the 2017 and 2018 St. Jude Dream Home. Special thanks to major sponsors, subcontractors, trade partners, and volunteers. 

Essick Builders, LLC 


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



To our valued customers,

The health and safety of you, our customer, and our staff are our top priority every day. Heating and cooling is a vital service and we will remain open for business unless local regulations require closure. Our associates are encouraged to stay home when sick and we have required technicians to practice proper hand hygiene, avoid handshakes, and keep a distance of six feet as suggested by the CDC to avoid close contact. 

Service calls to your home,

The new CDC guidelines call for workers in essential industries to “test the use of face masks to ensure they do not interfere with workflow.” We have provided all of our technicians with face masks that are to be used if the technician or the homeowner feels more comfortable with the use of the face mask. We have also provided every technician with a wash station in their van and instructed them to wash their hands before AND after each service call as well as provided rubber gloves and disinfectant spray. The technicians have been instructed to stay home if they even think themselves or a family member might be sick and we are checking their temperature each morning at the start of the day before they are sent to anyone’s home.

We ask that you please inform us in advance of your appointment if you or anyone in your household are showing signs of any of the symptoms of the Coronavirus. The World Health Organization has identified shortness of breath, fever, and persistent cough as current symptoms.
Please inform us if anyone in the household has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The CDC is providing continuous updates at the following website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As usual, if we find that any changes to our scheduling are necessary during this time, we will let you know as soon as we know.

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Tips on How to Make Your HVAC Devices More Cost-Effective


Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, also known as HVAC systems, combines all climate and temperature control in one package. Not only that, but any facility size can benefit from one or two systems, according to how big the place is. In short, it can improve the air and temperature of a room of any size, either for work or for your home. That said, HVAC systems are not cheap.  

In fact, you're going to spend a significant amount of money to have an efficient HVAC system. Not only that, but HVAC systems won't work properly for a long time if you don't take care of them regularly. Stuff, like regular maintenance, cleaning, etc., is needed for it to last longer and with that alone, you could save money. 

Hence, HVACs are not that cost-effective if you don't take care of them properly. But how will you make them more efficient? Here are some tips on how to make your HVAC system be more cost-effective with little effort. 

Regular Maintenance 

Let's start with the obvious. Yes, the obvious one, and the most important one too. Without proper maintenance and upkeep, your HVAC systems would be in disarray earlier than expected, which is a real waste of money if you think about it. Even if it's a modern model with a lot of features, it still needs proper maintenance, or it'll end up in the trash.  

Many people think that merely changing the air filters is enough to be called "proper maintenance." That's wrong. There are many things you also have to take care of other than just the air filter. 

Use Fans to Distribute Air 

Hot air rises, especially during the summer, where there is a lot of heat around. This means that the hot air will accumulate inside a room and stagnate, which causes your AC to expend more energy towards cooling the place. On the other hand, hot air will continue to be distributed during the winter, even in a place where you don't spend that much time.  

That said, you would want to get that air moving for it to be distributed properly and the best way to do that is to install fans to reduce the amount of energy your AC uses. 

However, there are two things you need to remember when using fans. The first is that fans will only create a cooling sensation on the human skin but don't really cool down rooms. That said, never turn on a fan in a room that isn't really important, or you don't spend much time in.  

The next thing is that during the winter, you can leave your fans running at low speed so they can distribute the hot air more effectively. The fans will collect the hot air and reduce the energy expenditure of your AC. 

Try a Programmable Thermostat 

A programmable thermostat is a huge help when you want to make your HVAC more efficient and reduce bills. That said, reducing the temperature by a few degrees will make a huge difference in your energy expenditure and bills in the long run. Not only that, but there are also automated thermostats that analyze your household's habits and adjust accordingly.  

One good example of this is that automated thermostats will figure out when and where you will need less warmth, and so it will adjust based on the situation. You can also manually make a schedule with your thermostat to be adjusted based on a specific day. The best thing about all of this is that your newer thermostats have their own mobile apps, so you can control them anytime and anywhere. 

Reduce Your Load Capacity 

If you're having problems with your establishment's load capacity, there are some ways for you to reduce it. The first thing you have to do is make your building envelope tighter instead of wasting further energy expenditure. Another good example is to take a look at your lighting systems. Lighting systems could generate heat, which constantly increases your load capacity. That said, you can invest in energy-efficient lighting like LED lights. 

Not only light, though, as there is a lot of equipment you can typically see in an office generate a lot of heat. Of course, to combat this, you can cut off these devices' usage by powering them down when not in use. Or you could also tinker with the HVAC's system to also power down when not in use or to maintain a steady temperature throughout the day to stabilize its energy expenditure. 


Although HVACs are helpful both in a residential and commercial setting, they can be costly, depending on how big the place is. That being said, it's a reason for you to make it more cost-effective by following the tips mentioned above. These tips will help you make your HVAC more effective while also reducing its energy expenditure, ultimately reducing your bills. 


     Author’s Bio: 
Margaret Martin
Freelance Writer
Margaret spent a great deal of time overseas growing up, as a child in a military family. When her family returned to the US to live, she was surprised by the consumerism. She began to notice the wastefulness in society, and it made her concerned about the impact that had on the environment. Years later, she has become a freelance writer who works hard to educate people about saving energy, recycling, etc, and the environmental (and financial) benefits. She lives with her bulldog, Ceasar, and his many toys and bones, taking over her apartment. 


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Ductless Air Conditioning and Heating Solutions


What are a ductless heating and cooling system?

Also known as a mini-split system, a ductless heating and cooling system consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit or recessed ceiling cassette and an outside compressor. The indoor unit delivers heated or cooled air directly into the space where it's mounted. No ductwork or air registers are needed. A multi-split system can connect multiple indoor units to a single outside unit, allowing individual control for each area. Again, no ductwork or registers are needed. We have free appointment estimates, the starting costs $3000.00 for about 700 sqft. 

Ductless systems are one of your best bets for custom temperature control in added-on rooms, especially when you want an energy efficient air conditioner and heating system that is cost-effective.

Why install a ductless system?

  • A ductless system may be a great solution for homeowners in many situations
  • Older homes with no existing ductwork or room to add ductwork
  • Heating and cooling a room addition or renovated space such as a sunroom, bonus room, she shed, man cave, or guest apartment
  • Multiple needs in one home - Independent temperature zones 

What to Know Before Speaking with a Dealer

  • How often will you be running this unit?
  • Do you need heating, cooling, or both?
  • What premium and value brand options are out there?
  • What’s the size of the space you need to heat/cool?

As a leading HVAC company based in Springfield Missouri, we know you’ll be satisfied with the end product. Not only will we install your new ductless heating system, but we’ll do so with minimal disruptions to your home or business.

If you have questions or concerns about ductless systems, please call (417) 866-0990 today and let SS&B Heating and Cooling help you get the answers you need. Life is too short to be uncomfortable in your own home so call now!

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

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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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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.




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!




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!




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




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



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!!




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!

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

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Special Financing


SS&B Heating & Cooling offers financing for our residential replacement customers with approved credit. 

A new home heating and cooling system are one of the most important investments you will make. With flexible financing options from Trane, you can have a new, energy-efficient heating & air conditioning system with the comfort you deserve. Your Comfort Consultant can explain this easy process to you during a visit to your home. We try our best to make it convenient for you to obtain financing for your new Trane system. Keep in mind, additional incentives may be available from your local utility company. Ready to make your purchase? Ask us for more specific information about consumer financing options.  A new Trane HVAC unit is within your reach.

The benefits of Trane financing programs are:

  • Competitive interest rates when you take advantage of special terms
  • Convenient monthly payments
  • No prepayment penalty**


No Interest if Paid in Full within 18 Months.

Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the promotional period**

Minimum purchase of $480 required**

Eligible Purchase/Sales Date: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021

Eligible Install Dates: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021

**The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases of $480 or more charged with approved credit. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional (special terms) period. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date at the APR for Purchases if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the promotional (special terms) period. Paying only the minimum monthly payment will not pay off the purchase balance before the end of the promotional period. 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 01/01/2021 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921.  



Custom Payments with a Reduced Rate of 5.90% APR *** 


Eligible Purchase/Sales Date: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021

Eligible Install Dates: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021

. ***The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 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. Monthly payments of at least 2 % of the purchase balance are required 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 01/01/2021 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921.

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2021 Available Utility Rebates.

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

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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.

For more Energy Tips 

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

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

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HVAC Tips for Home Buyers


First-time home buyers may overlook features of the home that aren’t clearly visible. These can often include the heating and cooling system. Whether you’ll be experiencing humid summers or chilly winters throughout the year, it’s necessary to know what kind of HVAC system you are getting.

Unfortunately, the average home inspection doesn’t include HVAC testing. All you can do is turn on the furnace and air conditioner to see if it is working.  Even if the AC and furnace are in working condition, there could be underlying problems that you may not be able to detect at first.

Visually Inspect the Equipment

While you cannot fully analyze the HVAC system by just looking at the equipment, you can deduce some ideas about its condition. Furnaces, air conditioner units, and boilers are usually present in the basement or utility area. You have to go there to see the condition of this equipment.

See if the equipment suffers from any major rust. Check that the wires and units look functional. Also, check to see if mice and other pests have caused any damage. Look at each part or unit of the equipment carefully, and keep an eye out for anything that looks concerning or broken.

About the System’s Age

HVAC systems works efficiently for a certain time period. Once the system is around 15 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement depending on how well it still functions. Although not ideal, it does happen where people move into a house with an old HVAC system. Overall performance and output may suffer due to the age of the system. It can also consume a high amount of energy because it’s not as efficient, which will hike up your gas and electricity bills.

You should ask the seller or the estate agent how old is the HVAC system is. The Department of Energy estimates that replacing a 12- year-old AC with a new ENERGY STAR® model will save a lot of energy. Doing this can reduce the AC bill by 30%.

Check the Energy Type and Label

The source of energy of an HVAC system greatly affects your bills. For furnaces and boiler, see if they are fueled by natural gas, propane, oil, or other fuel. Natural gas and propane are typically the cleanest and most cost-effective sources of fuel. If the HVAC system runs on another type of fuel, you may want to change it.

Also, make sure that all the heating and cooling equipment have yellow energy labels. The yellow energy label ensures durability and cost-effectiveness.

Ask About Repairs and Maintenance History

Heating and cooling equipment requires regular maintenance for long-lasting efficiency. You want to make sure that the previous owners have maintained the HVAC system of the house. If you’re showing interest in a house, I recommend you ask about the past repairs and maintenance of the HVAC system.

Sometimes HVAC technicians leave a dated job ticket when they service a furnace, boiler, or air conditioner. These tickets are attached to the back of the equipment. These tickets are mini-maintenance records. If you see too many of these on equipment, that could indicate the HVAC system has undergone multiple repairs and services. Large repairs on items like a blower, motor, or compressor could mean that you may need to get future items also replaced.

Get a Professional HVAC Inspection

You may have found the perfect house in terms of price, design, and locality but are unsure about its HVAC system. If you have the slightest doubt about the HVAC system, calling an inspector is the best thing to do.

HVAC inspections take a bit of time and money at first, but it will save you from the trouble later. HVAC inspections will help determine the exact condition of the home’s heating and cooling system, and how much longer it will last until a replacement is necessary. The inspector should highlight any initial repairs needed, along with the overall status.

Alex Capozzolo is the owner of the Brotherly Love Real Estate blog and a content writer for the real estate industry. We pride ourselves in answering the question how do I sell my house fast in Philadelphia. Our focus is on helping people through one of the most important investment decisions of their lifetime by seamlessly providing fast, honest, and professional real estate services.


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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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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. more on duct sealing

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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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Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

SS&B is proud to serve the Greater Springfield community. It's where we live and we love it! We want you to love your home too, so we strive to ensure that you are comfortable in it. Our company has been a part of this community since 1969.

SS&B's story began in August of 1969 when three friends - Kenneth Skaggs, Roy Smith - Jerry Brown joined together to start their own HVAC company. That partnership didn't last, but the company did under the late Kenneth Skaggs' guidance. 
Sadly, Kenneth Skaggs passed away in 1996. A transition agreement between Kenneth's wife Sonja Skaggs and Michael & Angelia Childers was made to allow SS&B Heating and Cooling to continue operations and eventually change ownership to the Childers.
For the next 20 years, the Childers' hard work and dedication allowed the company to grow and flourish. Always maintaining the highest levels of integrity and professionalism, the company is well known and respected throughout the community. 
In the fall of 2016, longtime SS&B employee Jeremy Grisham approached Mike Childers with a plan of succession. On August 10, 2017, Jeremy Grisham took over ownership of SS&B Heating and Cooling. As an experienced HVAC professional, with nearly 19 years at SS&B alone, Mr. Grisham understands the importance of the foundation of this company and continues to uphold it's traditions of integrity and service to the community. 
Throughout 2019, SS&B will celebrate their Golden Anniversary of 50 years in business. Jeremy Grisham, along with his employees and friends and family, are marching full speed ahead into the future with no signs of slowing down. 


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R-22 Air Conditioner Repair or Replace?


In 2008 the EPA mandated a phaseout of R-22 refrigerant starting in 2010 and ending in 2020 with the refrigerant no longer being produced in any capacity. Since 2008 the price of R22 refrigerant has gone up every year incrementally. You can continue to use R22 refrigerant in existing systems, but it will only be available through after-market sales, such as when it is recovered from older systems that have been salvaged. When you have a failure on an R22 air conditioner or heat pump you must first decide if it is worth investing any money in repairing. If the failure involves any major component such as a compressor or a refrigerant leak in the condenser or evaporator coil the decision is an easy one, NO! The cost to repair or replace any major component can easily cost 60 to 70% of the cost of a new air conditioner. We no longer replace R22 compressors at all for this reason. Just like a good mechanic would not advise someone to put a new motor in a $4000 car if it cost $2800, we would strongly suggest no one make any repair on an R-22 air conditioner at all that involves adding refrigerant.

If your air conditioner was installed before 2004 you should plan on investing in a new home comfort system. When you get a new air conditioner not only do you get the newer, more environmentally friendly refrigerant, you also get a more efficient air conditioner. The new minimum efficiency of 13 SEER uses somewhere in the neighborhood of 35% less electricity compared to the average 15-year-old air conditioner, a 20 SEER unit will save approximately 55% of the power consumption dedicated to cooling the home. As the temperature in Springfield Missouri warms up it is a good time to have your air conditioner serviced. Don’t forget to ask about our Comfort Club Maintenance Plan. You live life, we will take care of your home comfort!


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Furnace Heating Repair

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

Call a professional licensed Heating and Air conditioning technician serving greater Springfield Missouri 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 service all brands of furnaces and heaters, and all of our work is performed with a hassle-free warranty included. Our trucks fully stocked and offer after-hours emergency service for evenings and weekends and the exact cost of your repair with upfront pricing. 

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 require this rigorous training to over-satisfy our customers and ensure you get the best possible HVAC repair experience. We never hire anyone we wouldn’t have working in our own homes. 

Save on system maintenance with our annual service agreements. When you enter a service agreement, SS&B Heating & Cooling will visit your home twice per year for our Comfort Club Maintenance Program. We supply a 1” filter(s) with our agreements and discounts on any repair as a Comfort Club member. An annual inspection ensures that your furnace will work when you need it and prevents costly emergency repairs and health risks in your home.

Using a comprehensive checklist, we verify whether your system:

  • Operates at peak efficiency
  • Provides optimal comfort
  • Functions properly for the long-term

We also offer one-time maintenance on your furnace. 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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Address: 2607 W. Bennett, Springfield, MO 65807 | Phone:(417) 866.0990

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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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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 your
furnace regularly cleaned, adjusted and serviced by a professional
  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 heating and air conditioning system will last longer, operate cheaper and break down less often.



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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 & 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 Heating & Cooling is here to help you learn more about these and other types of comfort systems.

Go Variable and Get Comfortable.


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

SS&B Heating & Cooling 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 Heating and Air Conditioning 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.

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


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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.

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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. 


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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.

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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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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:


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 & Cooling - Olaf is Coming to Town
Best Non-Profit: Arc of the Ozarks - A 60's Christmas

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. 

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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

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

  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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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.


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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.

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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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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.

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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.


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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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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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SS&B Heating and Cooling offers free in home estimates on equipment replacement. This is an investment in your families’ health and comfort, and we want to make sure that you get the correct system. Because every home is different, we thoroughly analyze and measure your home, to design the right size system for you. Our consultant will also address any particular comfort concerns you may have, in order to customize a system to fit your needs. We can set an appointment for our comfort consultant to meet with you and design a system that is right for you. Call our office to schedule your free in home estimate today. 417-866-0990

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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.