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Cunningham Associates
Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

Steps to a Greener Home

Are you thinking about “going green” in your home, but you’re not sure how? Going green can be hard and a huge transition for you and your family – but well worth it in the end. Here are a few small steps you can take before turning your home entirely green!

Paint: If you’re up for a home project, get to painting! There are new paints that have low and even no “VOC” options that will not give off harmful compounds like traditional paint.

Upgrade Your Thermostat: If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat to change the temperature in your home much easier. This will help you figure out when, and how much to lower the temperature while you’re gone, or increase it. Check out our Nest Thermostat!

Cracks: Walk around your home and look for any cracks and openings. Fill them with caulk in order to decrease the amount of air that gets let out or let it!

Switch Your Lights: An easy way to save money is to switch your light bulbs to LED or CFL bulbs. These use 75% less energy than your average light bulbs. Also, don’t forget to turn off your lights when you leave the house or room.

Temperatures: Make sure your fridge and freezer are set correctly. You can set your fridge at 37˚ F, and it will be able to keep your food at a good temperature. If your freezer isn’t as full as your fridge, don’t waste that energy. With less amount of food in the freezer, it can be set at -3˚ F.

Carbon Monoxide: Since carbon monoxide is almost impossible to catch without a detector, make sure you get one installed. Before you do, call us to have one of our technicians come take a look at your home to look for possible leaks and faulty equipment that can be contaminating your home and family with this deadly poisonous gas. We can also install a detector that day!

5 Things Any Homeowner Should Do Before Their System Maintenance Check

You may have already scheduled your system tune-up with Cunningham Associates and think that is all you need to do before your Cunningham Technician arrives. However, we have a few tips for what to do before your technician arrives at your home to make their job easier and the tune-up a much quicker process.

  1. Clear the Space Around Your Unit: Without the space clear around your unit, the technician will not be able to get close enough to the unit to really do his job. Letting the technician have all the space he or she needs will definitely get this tune-up started on the right foot.
  2. Clean Your Wiring: Take a quick look at the wiring that belongs to your unit. Are they damaged, corroded, rusty or even loose? Make sure to take note of the wires’ condition so if there is an issue, you can tell your technician right away.
  3. Write Down All Questions: Your service professional doesn’t expect you to know the answers to your own questions and they are there to answer them. If you have any questions about how things work, why the technician is doing something or how, don’t hesitate to ask! Write down your questions in advance so you don’t forget anything.
  4. Replace Your Thermostat’s Batteries: This seems like the most obvious step when you’re first going to turn on the heat in your home. Trust us: it gets overlooked! Remember to change out the batteries in your thermostat so that you can adjust the temperature from the first day your heat is turned on.
  5. If you can, use wood or metal-framed storm windows: Even the most high-quality single-glazed windows can have issues when transferring cold air. Storm windows can considerably cut down on the amount of heat that is escaping your home!

Remembering these steps before your Cunningham Associates maintenance technician comes to check your unit will help make the maintenance checkup quick, easy and painless. Don’t forget to schedule your maintenance tune-up today!

The Benefits of Hiring a NATE Certified Technician

First of all, you may be wondering what NATE is. NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It’s the largest non-profit certification organization in the nation for refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and ventilation technicians. From NATE’s website: “NATE is the certification organization governed, owned, operated, developed and supported by the entire HVAC/R industry.”

Why should you hire a NATE certified technician? NATE certified technicians are preferred among many different groups, including: technicians, contractors, manufacturers, distributors, educators, trainers, utilities and, most importantly, consumers.

Why are NATE certified technicians so well respected? Read the reasons and watch the video below, and it won’t be long before you’re making sure your HVAC technician is NATE certified.

  1. They do the job right the first time, meaning fewer calls backs.
  2. They generate more income for their employers, so they receive a bigger paycheck, which makes the technicians value their jobs more, and work harder.
  3. NATE has a uniform test standard, which his beneficial to educators and trainers.
  4. They correctly install and service sophisticated equipment. In the long run this equipment saves energy and money.
  5. NATE certified trainers are well trained, very experienced and knowledgeable.

Benefits of Hiring a NATE Certified Tech

To sum up: a NATE certified technician is the ONLY person you want working on your HVAC system.

And guess what? All of the technicians at Cunningham Associates are NATE certified, meaning they have attended classes on both technical skills and customer service and have passed a series of exams.

Call Cunningham Associates today, and we’ll send a NATE certified technician to your home to help with all of your heating and air conditioning needs! We can be reached at (770) 455-6722 or you can fill out one of our online forms for repairs, an estimate on a new air conditioning system or furnace installation, or maintenance on your existing system.

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