We know that readers usually come to our blog for informative and educational posts about the systems and services that we offer. However, as is the case across the country and the globe right now, there is one topic at the forefront of our minds. That is COVID-19, or the Coronavirus.
We understand that homeowners everywhere are exercising extreme caution when it comes to mitigating the chance of exposure to this virus in their homes. Trust us, we are doing the same in ours. And we promise you that every member of our team will take these same precautions when working in your home and on your property.
If you have an appointment scheduled with First Choice, rest assured that we’ll continue to provide you with the exceptional service that you deserve in this uncertain and trying time, and that we’ll do so while making your health and safety our top priority.
Our entire staff is well aware that prevention starts at their homes, that it continues in the workplace, and that it extends into the residences of our valued clients. They have the information and supplies that they need to do their jobs while protecting both themselves and the clients that they serve.
If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment, or if you are thinking about booking an appointment but want to know more about our specific preventative measures, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.
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There’s no way to avoid a rise in electrical costs during the summer if you have a central air conditioning system. The air conditioner consumes electrical power to run the fans and the compressor, and this comes at a cost. But the cost doesn’t have to be as high as it currently is! There are ways to reduce the price of a comfortably cool home over this summer, and the many summers to come.
HVAC companies getting busier as the weather warms up
FLINT (WJRT) – (05/25/18) – Today is National Heat Awareness Day, a reminder for you to be aware of the sometimes deadly consequences associated with heat stroke and dehydration.
With loads of sunshine and high temperatures you can also expect HVAC companies are being inundated with service calls.
“Very busy. The heat is definitely getting people on the phone,” said Coby Ackerman, a service technician with First Choice Heating & Cooling.
“I think one of the biggest things is probably not changing the filter,” said Ackerman.
He’s seen homeowners make all kinds of mistakes, but here’s what you should do for sure:
“You need to change the filters. That’s very important. Check the batteries in the thermostat if you have them. It’s a good idea to look and see if the condenser outside is clean,” Ackerman said. “Definitely want to check the charge. It may or may not be undercharged. Even though you think it’s good a dirty coil can mask that.”
The decision to cut the air on and off throughout the day may not be a great idea.
“72, 73 is a good temperature and if you leave it there and get rid of the humidity you’ll actually feel a lot comfortable instead of turning it on and off like people like to do,” Ackerman said. “When it’s hot just let it run.”
Remember, it’s better to have your AC tuned up than to wait until there is a problem.
Now that we’ve gotten the air conditioner taken care of, Governor Snyder is reminding everyone how serious heat stroke is, especially for children.
Today is heat stroke prevention awareness day in Michigan.
Already this year – six children have died in the United States from heatstroke in a car.
1. Officials with the state advise the following:
2. Never leave your child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
3. Keep the car locked so kids don’t get in on their own.
4. Create reminders by putting something in the back of your vehicle next to your child such as a wallet, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination.
5. If you see or hear a child alone in a car, call 911.
HARTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ-TV) – A Hartland couple called 7 Action News when they couldn’t get help from anyone else. We answered their call, and got them a brand new furnace.
Debby and Dan Taylor rely on their wheelchairs to get around. Both are diabetics and have each had a leg amputated. The cold weather has been hard on them, especially Dan, who recently suffered a stroke.
One week into Dan’s recovery, they found their home particularly cold. Their furnace had stopped working.
“We called all over,” Debby told Action News. “We called everybody, and nobody would help.”
The couple used their gas stove and space heaters to heat their home temporarily. A new furnace would’ve cost the family thousands of dollars they didn’t have.
Debby had her doubts, but she followed her husband’s advice and called 7 Action News. “I’ve seen many a times when the stations help people out,” said Dan. “I thought, ‘Well, why can’t they help us out?”
We reached out to the Southeast Michigan chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Before long, we found the Taylors a furnace.
First Choice Heating & Cooling, a Fenton-based company, volunteered to install a furnace that was donated by a distributor to the Taylor family.
“I felt helpless until Channel 7 stepped in and helped us,” Debby said as she watched the new furnace get installed.