Posts Tagged ‘Captiva’

There really is an app for that!

appThese days it seems like there is an app for everything, doesn’t it? And while some of them are pure distractions for entertainment purposes, there are tons of them – depending on what you are looking for – that can be quite useful. For instance, did you know that The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has a smartphone app, called the DBPR Mobile, that allows consumers to research state contractors by name or license number? The free app that comes for both Android and iPhone devices, provides users with instant verification whether a business or an individual you are planning on contracting has a valid license in the State of Florida. Unlicensed contractors can leave you legally and financially liable for any of the work they do for you. The list of things that can go wrong is large, from property damage, to injuries, to unpaid suppliers and workers left in the wake of an unlicensed and irresponsible contractor, will become your financial responsibility.  I know that home improvement projects can be quite costly. But as I always say, if it sounds too good to be true when you are quoted an excellent price on a project, simply do your homework and check that you are working with a legitimate contractor.

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

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

Sanibel Air & Electric Helps Fundraise for START

Here we are from left to right: Lauren Hayes, Todd and Jennifer Hayes, Eamon and Missy Sullivan (winners) and Jackie and Bryan Hayes.

Here we are from left to right: Lauren Hayes, Todd and Jennifer Hayes, Eamon and Missy Sullivan (winners) and Jackie and Bryan Hayes.

Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. is proud to announce that its air conditioning system donated to benefit the fifth annual Cracker Fest that took place on Friday, November 8th, 2013, helped raise $5,500 for Sanibel-Captiva chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START). The winning bid was made by Eamon and Missy Sullivan who received a brand new air conditioning system, which includes installation, 16 SEER Rheem equipment, UV air treatment system, whole-house filtration system, Honeywell digital thermostat, labor, and permits. The package was valued at over $8,000. 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.

The annual event benefits 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“This year’s Cracker Fest was a blast and we are very happy with our sponsorship opportunity. Not only does the event help fund important initiatives that raise public awareness and benefit our local environment, it also brings together a great crowd,” said Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. “Our family looks forward to attending it every year. Eamon and Missy took home a really great package and we look forward to working with

Jackie, Bryan and Lauren Hayes.

Jackie, Bryan and Lauren Hayes.

them soon. We thank them for helping us support START.”

Proceeds from the event will continue funding the Coastal Classroom program for Lee County schools, and the Sustainable Seafood Program – “Seafood Savvy,” an

d 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.

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.

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

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.”

Why Finding An Experienced Contractor Is Important

IMG_3433You may have been in this situation yourself or know a friend that has been there, but I’ve probably heard countless stories by now about people shopping for cheaper contractors only to have things not work out the way they wanted them to. Recently, I was having a conversation with a fellow contractor on the islands who was telling me how he consistently encounters potential customers who come to him for an estimate, have him evaluate a job, but then choose to go to a lower bidder or get someone who happens to be handy but not a contractor end up doing the job. Of course, there are plenty of people out there who are incredibly skilled at something, but don’t necessary have the proper license to do the job as an actual contractor. When you are shopping for a contractor for any job, be it an air conditioner install or crown molding in your living room, consider these tips before you go with the lowest bidder or that cousin’s uncle’s brother that you think is just perfect.


Who is pulling the permit for the job? If the person you are planning to hire is asking you to do that, chances are they are unlicensed. What does that mean to you? If you pull that permit and they do the job incorrectly – you will be held liable for anything that goes wrong. If you go ahead and get a job done without a permit, then that work could result in things not being done to code, your insurance not covering defective work or problems that arise from it (think about something like a bad wiring job that starts a fire), and don’t forget penalties that you could pay if you get caught.

Our state requires that we put our license number on our ads, our vehicles, website, etc. So, make sure that the person you are hiring, if they claim to be a contractor who’s giving you a super deal, is compliant in all those things.

Unlicensed contractors will often ask for you to front them some cash, and believe me, I have heard stories the homeowner paid that money only to never see the contractor, the cash again and be left with an incomplete project to boot.

So, if you are hiring a contractor based on price alone, then I have to warn you – you just might get what you pay for and a migraine as a parting gift.

As always, thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at

Surge Protection

outletSince we appear to be stuck in the never-ending the rainy season, and this week was a good reminder what that feels like, I think it’s always a good time to talk about surge protection. You may or may not be surprised by this, but the number one cause of downtime for your central cooling system is not refrigerant related. The most common cause is actually electrical with the average home experiencing over 300 surges per year.

For those of us who live on Sanibel, we know that it’s a constant battle for our power company to keep the grid in good working order. Many major home appliances, including our air conditioners, rely more on solid state electronics to operate than ever before.  While the luxury of it all might be very convenient, it still comes with a price. These controls are also more susceptible to power fluctuations than ever before.  So to reference the title, the way to protect your expensive investment is to use surge protection.

Surge protection can be achieved through many different ways.  You can buy those little surge protection strips for your pluggable appliances and most stores. However, for the larger stuff such as your air conditioner, you are would need to have an electrician install an inline surge protection on the electrical feed. If you really like the idea, you can even take this one step further and have a surge protection system installed for your entire house. That will cover all the circuits in your home.

As you may already know, I like talking about saving money. Surge protection is an additional cost of course, but spending some money now can definitely save you from spending significantly more and the hassle later. Consider that an investment.

As always, thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShish boom bah, bugs bunny, bugs bunny rah, rah, rah.  Now that I caught your attention with a line from one of my all time favorite cartoon episodes I will now bore you to death with the subject of routine maintenance.  There is nothing more stimulating then the subject of routine maintenance then perhaps the subject of golf course fertilizer, sorry to all my friends up at the Sanctuary.    But here goes, routine maintenance should be performed on any type of mechanical device that runs on a regular basis, ie..  cars, boats and yes your air conditioning.   An a/c system that receives regular maintenance last longer, runs more efficiently and experience less break downs. One side note: there is a misconception that just because a system is new it does not need regular maintenance.  This is not a good idea,  a new system needs to be looked after just like an older system.  You wouldn’t dream of not maintaining that new car of yours, would you?.  Now that we have discussed the why,  lets talk about the when.  A system should be checked every 6 months.  It is often asked if that is overkill, the answer is no,  I have four kids to feed and put through college so I need the work.  Only kidding.  A lot of bad things can occur in a six month period between visits.  This is where you ask “ Bryan what can happen in the six months between visits?  Thanks, I was hoping you would ask.  One of the major functions of you’re a/c system is to dehumidify the conditioned space,  the moisture that is removed from your home is taking outside via a ¾ in pipe.  This pipe should be cleaned on a regular basis  or  it can back up and cause it to rain in your living room.  Also the refrigerant should be checked to make sure you haven’t lost any gas.    The duct work also needs to be  checked,  it could be falling apart due to age or worse yet you may have had some uninvited guest in your attic that have left you with holes in your duct work.  The system is checked for overall cleanliness.  And finally the service technician can give you an idea of how the overall health of your system is.  This can be very valuable if you know in advance that there is a major purchase in your future.  Like a new a/c system.  These are only a few of the many tasks performed by  our  highly trained technician,  I hope this has been helpful. Thanks for reading,  sorry if I lured you in under false pretense.

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Bryan Hayes, along with his brother ,are Sanibel Air Conditioning contractors. They also own an electrical service business here on our sanctuary  island.

A Different Idea in Cooling

One of the new systems being promoted these days is known as a dual stage comfort system.  It truly is the luxury car of home comfort systems.  How this system differs from others is the fact it is two air conditioning systems in one.  How this works is the outside unit has two compressors.  What that means to you is increased comfort level by providing exaggerated dehumidification and more flexibility in comfort performance.  As mentioned, the system has two different compressors, one of the compressors has a 70% capacity of rated size,  the other has 100% capacity of rated size.  They never run at the same time.  In plain language this means that if we have a system that is designed to remove 36,000 btu’s and the system is running in the 70% mode, we have a removal capacity of 24,200 btu’s.  And if running in the 100% mode you will get 36,000 btu capacity.   The next question that usually pops up is “why in the world would you want your system to run at anything but 100% all the time”.  Remember that an air conditioning system has two major functions; it removes heat but also removes humidity.  This is achieved through air exchanges, this is the number of times per hour all the air in your home goes through the system.  Each time the air passes through,  it is cooled and dehumidified a little more.  If there isn’t that much heat, such as in the morning, but the humidity has built up over night a regular system running at 100% will not give the system the opportunity to achieve enough air exchanges and the temperature may be where it is supposed to be but the humidity could still be high.  So what do you do, you go and turn the temperature down a little more.   There also is a energy cost saving of running your system at 70% vs. 100%.  Not to mention it is quieter.  So how often on average does it run at 70% of the rated speed.  The answer may surprise you.  The system runs in the 70% mode on average 70-80% of the time,  with the 100% mode only running the balance of the time.


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What is going on with the price of freon?

On December 31, 1995 something happened that affected every man, woman, and child in the civilized world.  This is the date that the Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Clean Air Act went into effect.  This act was the legislation that made it much more expensive to service your fridge, your car’s a/c, and your home’s comfort system just to name a few. This is the act that started the phase out of ozone depleting products such as r-22 and r-12 (Freon).

Here are some highlights of this legislation and some of the fall out.

-the reasoning behind this act was to help prevent ozone depletion, which studies have suggested are caused in part by these types of products,  Freon.

-This act makes it illegal to vent hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs) and chlorodiflouromethane (CFCs) (otherwise known as freon) into the atmosphere.  Raising the cost of servicing equipment.

-The Montreal Protocol calls for the phase out of all production of CFCs by the year 2020.  Please note: this date has been changed a number of times.

-The price of Freon has multiplied ten fold since the inception of this act,  more importantly it has more then tripled in the past year.

-It is estimated that this process has caused every man, woman and child more than $850 each through increased food production costs,  shipping costs and retrofitting old equipment to just name a few.

-Even after 18 years since this legislation,  it still has not been proven that ozone depleting chemicals are a real threat or just misguided studies and manufactures lobbyist doing their thing.

Something to think about!


Thanks for reading,

Bryan Hayes