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What Does My Air Conditioning Service Agreement Cover?

AC Repair

Proper maintenance on your A/C by a trained professional will help give you peace of mind.

The answer to this question is met with another question. What type of program do you have? There are many different types offered on the market today. There are pros and cons to each program. I will cover two of the more common programs offered and my thoughts on each.

Semi-annual preventative maintenance program.  This program includes two a/c checks per year. The program by nature goes through the system to make sure everything is clean and operating properly. The scope of this program is to identify any minor problems prior to them becoming major problems. The pros of this program are you have a professional looking at your system twice a year. The program by nature will give you a true picture of what type of condition your system is in. It is much like preventative maintenance you do with your vehicle. There are also discounts offered when enrolled in this program on any additional work that may be required. It is also the least expensive program available. The cons: it is not going to cover repairs as they arise.

Air Conditioning maintenance and repair program.  This type of program includes the items stated above but also has some repairs built into the price of the program. This may sound like a good thing at first but there are some inherent problems with this type of program. Let’s start with the pros. As stated it will cover some repairs. You may stop me there and say but wait, the name implies that it is an a/c repair and service type program, how come all repairs are not covered? The fact of the matter is there is a very long list of things that are not covered. To name a few: electrical lines, refrigerant lines and plumbing lines are not covered. It also excludes repairs due to corrosion, abuse and water issues. It also does not cover humidistat, thermostats, electrical service equipment, circuit breakers or panels. The big con for this program is it usually is three to four times the price of a maintenance only program. The pro side is that some items will be covered.

As you can see there is a bit of a difference in the two programs. I believe that the best choice is the semi-annual program. But that’s just me… I guess that’s why they make vanilla and chocolate.

Download our Service Agreement here for more details.

Thanks for reading,

Bryan Hayes

Boy is it HOT!!!

Hot ThermometerDon’t you love when people say “is it hot enough for ya?” What are you supposed to say? “Nah, I like it when it’s about 104 or 105 and why don’t you throw in some 100% humidity and I’ll be just swell.”  Well, as the title implied it sure gets hot down here in sunny Florida. There are certain things that can be done to make us as comfortable as possible during this time of year. With the miracles of modern machinery we have air conditioning. Just imagine for a moment where we would be in the state of Florida without air conditioning. Would we be here? I wouldn’t. We rely on air conditioning to keep us cool and dry. As with all mechanical equipment it requires a certain amount of up keep. Besides A/C there are other ways to keep cool and save money at the same time. Here are some tips that should help.

  • Have your system checked at the very least once a year by a state certified air conditioning contractor.
    The money spent for this check almost always is saved in energy bills and even more so it prevents a great deal of troubles down the road. Little hint here, A/C systems all seem to break down at the same time, when it is hot, stay ahead of the curve and get your system checked before it’s unbearable to be without.
  • Keep your ceiling fans going twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
    The amount of energy that is required to run your air conditioning for one hour can run all of the ceiling fans in your home for the same amount of time.  This is not to say that you can turn your air conditioning off, please don’t, you’ll put me out of business, but you may be able to run you’re A/C a little warmer because of the evaporative effect created by the air movement created by the ceiling fans.
  • Prevent that sunshine from coming in.
    Natural light is a wonderful thing, but it is one of the major contributing heat sources infiltrating your home. So close the blinds on the sunny side of the house.
  • Keep that fridge coil clean.
    This may sound like a strange suggestion but your fridge coil is the part that distributes the heat out of your refrigerator. If the coil is dirty the system has to run longer, doing two things: raising your electric bills to run the fridge longer and adding more heat to the conditioned space that needs to be removed. A fridge brush can usually be obtained at a hardware store, If they don’t have them in stock, I bet they’ll order one for you.
  • While taking showers and baths run your bathroom exhausts.
    The heat and moisture created by bathing really adds to the load of you’re A/C system. Let the exhaust fan run for at least 10 minutes after you are done. Better yet, have a timer/switch installed on your bathroom exhaust.
  • Get out of the kitchen.
    Cooking adds a tremendous amount of heat that needs to be removed. Cook on the grill or better yet go out to dinner more often and help our local economy.
  • Drink plenty of water.
    Our bodies have its own cooling system that requires a tremendous amount of fluid to work at peak performance. Not to mention its good for you!

As always thank you and stay cool.

Sincerely, Bryan Hayes

Bryan is a Sanibel Air Conditioning contractor and along with his partner and brother Todd own a local electrical service business as well.

Heating Tips for Cold Weather

Dog with Fur HatI know that everyone is talking about the cold snap expected to hit us tonight and tomorrow. And of course, just as we turn our heaters on for a night, we’ll be back to running our air conditioners by the end of the week. As many of you will be turning the heaters on for the first time this year, or maybe even longer, you’ll quickly notice the smell of burning dust spreading through your home.

It’s best to do this in advance if you can, this way you can avoid having to endure the smell while you and your family are home. Once you turn the heater on, open your windows for a brief period of time and you should get rid of that smell very quickly. Now, heating bills can add a significant punch to your budget. There are a few things that you can do to avoid cardiac arrest when you receive your next bill. You don’t need to turn your home into an inferno. Turn your thermostat to the lowest and most comfortable temperature that you can bear. This move will definitely help reduce your bill. Dress warmer while you are at home: put on socks and long sleeved shirts, sleep under warmer blankets, etc. Turn that heater off when you are not at home. If you’re busy or tend to forget to monitor your thermostat, get a programmable one – these have a proven track record of helping people reduce their energy bills. There are many affordable options out there. In addition, pay attention to your water heater and reduce the temperature on its thermostat to see even more savings on your energy bill. Close doors and windows to avoid heat loss. Covering windows with curtains and blinds also helps retain heat in your home. Annually inspect your home for sources of air leaks and address them promptly.

And lastly, look for other sources of heat in your home and take advantage of them. Did you use that oven to make that delicious family dinner tonight? When you’re done cooking, leave the oven door open to let some of that heat into your kitchen. Now if you have small children or someone else who might be tempted to explore the open oven, you may want to look for other sources of heat. Also if you leave that stove door open, make sure your stove is fitted with anti-tipping device. Taking a hot shower? Leave the door to the bathroom open and allow some of that heat and steam to spread to other parts of your home.


As always, thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air & Electric company on Sanibel, FL. Bryan can be reached at

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Christmas Lights and Safety

xmas lightsThe holidays are on everyone’s mind, and I’m sure that I’m not alone in calling it my favorite time of the year. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, everyone is putting up their beautiful trees, and the more dedicated of us are stringing up those bright, colorful lights around their properties. So this is that time of year for me to talk electrical safety again. So, how many Christmas lights can you plug into that one receptacle on your lanai?  Perhaps some of you are familiar with the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? (I just can’t resist the reference). Even though Clark Griswold’s intentions to make everything perfect for the holidays were good-natured and sweet,  but his idea to turn his house into a Christmas light extravaganza that forced the local power company to switch on their auxiliary nuclear generator – not so much. Clark boasted that he had used 250 strands of lights with 100 bulbs in each one totaling a 25,000 bulb display inferno that only added to the disastrous holiday scenario that didn’t quite go as well as Clark had intended. Now, with proper electrical expertise and good planning, it’s possible to create such enormous light displays, but before you get ahead of yourself and create a situation where your circuit board is overwhelmed or you create unsafe electrical conditions in and around your home, keep in mind this: You can only put (3) 100’ strands of lights on each 15 amp plug – that’s it.  Note: most of your receptacles are a minimum of 15 amps.  It’s the safest way to go. Now if you do decide to go all out and plan out and extravagant holiday display, you might want to give me a call before you do that.

Happy Holidays from your Sanibel Air and Sanctuary Island Electric team!

As always thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air & Electric  company on Sanibel, FL.Bryan can be reached at

Sanibel Air & Electric Sponsors Cracker Fest

Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. is proud to announce that it has chosen to become one of the top level sponsors in the fifth annual Cracker Fest scheduled to take place on Friday, November 8th, 2013. The donation includes a brand new air conditioning system, which includes installation, and is valued at over $6,000. This is the fourth year that the company has supported this cause. The event includes a dinner, live music and dancing, live auction and raffles.

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Todd and Bryan Hays, co-owners of Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc.

The annual event benefits Sanibel-Captiva chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START). The organization is a state-wide non-profit foundation with a mission to improve the quality of our marine waters through research, public education and programs that restore marine habitat and preserve marine species.

“We are always grateful to have the ability to do what we can, and look forward to another great Cracker Fest. Not only does it help sponsor important initiatives that raise public awareness and benefit our local environment, it also brings together a great crowd,” said Todd Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. “It’s a fun and laid-back event and we have fun attending it every year. For those of us who live and work on the islands, it’s absolutely necessary that we continue to support those who raise awareness and funds that help causes that benefit all of us.”

Proceeds from the event will continue funding the Coastal Classroom program for Lee County schools, and the Sustainable Seafood Program – “Seafood Savvy,” and other programs that benefit the local marine environment. In addition to these programs, plans are in the works to create a beach monitoring network on Sanibel and Captiva that will provide knowledge of specific beach conditions during a red tide event, and the possibility of creating a marine studies scholarship with a portion of the 2012 proceeds. The local chapter’s latest initiative is to fund research on water quality around Sanibel and Captiva Islands. This project examines the nutrient contents of Caloosahatchee discharge waters and their relation to red tide blooms. It will also study the extent to which red tide effects certain organisms, including seabirds, sea turtles, and fish. For more information on the Fourth Annual Cracker Fest and sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. was started in 1988 and has maintained their promise to provide the best local service around for over 22 years. The company is highly active in their community, and participate or contribute to several charitable causes throughout the year.

October is the Month for Fire Prevention Week

Beach House PDFSince I just often talk about electricity and safety a couple in my articles, I want to highlight that this is the month of the annual Fire Prevention Week which took place October 6-12, 2013. Their goal is to raise public awareness with this year’s theme being “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” to emphasize that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home, and to teach people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.

Here are some interesting facts about home fires:

  • In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
  • Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment. Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
  • Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.
  • Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. Nearly half (44%) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.

I encourage everyone to take the time to talk about these causes with everyone in their families. All of these accidents can be avoided through education and proper use. You can find additional information at and learn about fire safety.

As always, thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air & Electric company on Sanibel, FL. Bryan can be reached at

Preparing Your Heating System for Cooler Weather

fanIt’s looking like we are on track for a few cooler nights this week.  Aside from a couple of chilly nights last year, we’ve definitely enjoyed some great weather here on Sanibel and Captiva islands. But, I’m not a meteorologist and my forecast only goes 10 days ahead, so I’m going to assume that we are definitely in for at least a few less than comfortable days this winter. Fortunately, we live in a place where we are only briefly forced to run our before we can forget that we even have them for the rest of the year.

I always like to offer some helpful tips in this department, because once you turn them on for the first time this season, you’ll quickly realize just how long you haven’t turned it on as the smell of burning dust spreads through your home. So before you do this, pick a mild day and open your windows for a brief period of time, giving your heater a chance to run before the colds hit. You should get rid of that smell very quickly. This way you will avoid having to turn it on for the first time just before you and your family prepare for bedtime and be forced to endure the smell as you fall asleep.

If you run into any trouble where your heater won’t turn on, blow hot air, or you smell an abnormal amount of burning dust, turn your heater off and call your service provider.

As always, thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air & Electric company on Sanibel, FL. Bryan can be reached at

While you’re away, humidistats can help you save

ThermoI’m not making it up when I say that this is one of those inexpensive ways to save money. Installing a humidistat in your home is particularly important when you tend to spend a lot of time away from it. If you hadn’t considered it yet this summer, please do and here is why. Just like a thermostat, a humidistat turns you’re a/c system on and off depending on what the settings and what the environmental conditions are. While the thermostat’s “trigger” is temperature (your home’s temp rises and it turns on), the humidistat’s does the same thing with humidity. Since it’s more important to control the climate in your home while you are away, rather than the temperature (there’s no sense in cooling the space if you are not there to enjoy it), the humidistat runs your a/c system until the air inside the conditioned space is below a certain humidity level. So, why is it important to control that climate? If you simply shut off your air conditioner or set it to a higher temp, the lack of air circulation and rise in humidity combined can lead to the growth of microorganisms like mold. Running the air conditioner alone while cooling a large and unoccupied dwelling in Florida in July can also cost you quite a bit of money and be rather inefficient. By running your system to combat humidity, the humidistat can and will save you money on your electric bill, it will run your a/c system more efficiently sparing it the needless wear and tear and help extend the unit’s life. If you haven’t considered it yet, please do. It really is a great device that is inexpensive to install. The savings you incur will offset the cost of the device in a very short amount of time.

As always, thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air & Electric company on Sanibel, FL. Bryan can be reached at

Sanibel Air and Sanctuary Island Electric Merge

PrintIt’s official, Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. and Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. have merged to become Sanibel Air and Electric, Inc. The family-owned businesses got its start in 1988 when founder Dan Hayes moved to Sanibel from New Jersey and opened Sanibel Repair Service and began providing quality heating and air service to those living on the islands. Hayes was later joined by his sons Bryan Hayes and Todd Hayes who would eventually take over running the business after he retired in 2006.

Since coming on board, the brothers made a few changes. Sanibel Repair Service was officially renamed as Sanibel Air Conditioning in 1998 and Sanctuary Island Electric was started by the brothers in 2007 to help maintain the high volume of electrical repair requests, and allow them to establish a new business.

Today the company has grown to 12 employees and 8 service trucks, but its vision, as coined by Dan Hayes, remains the same, ”To provide our customers with quality, reliable service, being there when you need us, and remembering our customer’s names.”

“When we first started Sanctuary Island Electric, we wanted to give the business a chance to get settled in on its own. And now we decided that the time has come for us to merge them because we had achieved what we had hoped to – a solid business with a good reputation and a necessary service on the islands,” said Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air and Electric. “We are still the same company, still owned and run by the same family, and still the only island-based air conditioning business. We have been servicing the island communities for over 25 years, and we are hoping to continue providing them with great service when they need it.”