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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

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 Bryan@Sanibelair.com

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

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 Bryan@Sanibelair.com

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

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 Bryan@Sanibelair.com

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.

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 http://www.esfi.org/ and learn about fire safety.

As always, thanks for reading,

Bryan

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 Bryan@Sanibelair.com

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

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 Bryan@Sanibelair.com

The Importance of Having Shade

treesYou know, I’ve had this thought that occurred to me recently. Just the other day I was grilling on my back porch and thinking about how hot it was. So then I thought, is my memory just deceiving me, or did it really get hotter in the recent years? I then thought about the days before Charley, and I know it seems like it was a long time ago, but I remember August 13th, 2004 like it was yesterday. It was the day that Mother Nature reminded us that she’s the boss and brought us that hurricane. I have a great deal of memories that flood my mind when the topic comes up.  One of the most vivid of all though is in the following weeks how hot it was.  After power was restored we received a great deal of calls indicating that there must be something wrong with their air conditioner.  It just isn’t keeping up anymore.  We ran call after call and came across the same issue.  We finally came to the conclusion that the lack of shade created by Charlie’s tree pruning had a huge effect on how our air conditioners ran.  Another thought is that with a great deal less trees to block the sun from hitting the ground, buildings and streets more heat was absorbed and stayed around a great deal longer.  Remember that canopy of trees along Periwinkle Way just after Casa Ybel Rd?

I spend a great deal of time suggesting that my readers do things here and do better insulate their homes, use curtains on the southern-facing sides of their homes to prevent unnecessary heat from entering. Well, trees also play an essential part in blocking the unnecessary heat around our properties, this was especially true in the days before air conditioning. The City of Sanibel has done some great work with the Periwinkle Way Restoration Project to help restore much of the flora that had been lost and I’m once again seeing the canopy return in parts over the our city’s arterial road. It’s not completely restored yet, but it’s nice to see shade on the bike paths again.

So, have you lost trees around your house after Charley? It’s never too late to replant. It may not give you much now, but in a few years it will bring its rewards.  There are some fast growing shade tree options out there that can bring desired results in a shorter time period. Just nothing exotic or invasive please.

As always thanks for reading,

Bryan

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 Bryan@Sanibelair.com

Sanibel Air’s Family Sponsors Fishing Tournament

Last year’s winning photo of Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. and his son Daniel as they show off their 26.5 inch catch

Last year’s winning photo of Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. and his son Daniel as they show off their 26.5 inch catch

Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. is doing it again – fishing for a good cause. Co-owner Bryan Hayes and his son Daniel, 12, are returning again this year as a Silver Sponsor to defend their first place title in the Panther Baseball Alumni Club’s annual fishing tournament. And, to strengthen the team, co-owner Todd Hayes and his son Tyler, 7,  and daughter, Isabella ,6, will also be joining the fun.

The tournament is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 and raises money to support the Cypress Lake High School baseball team; paying for club’s operations including insurance, supplies and college scholarships for student athletes. The tournament will be held at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Fort Myers Beach from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closing at 4 p.m. with a live weigh-in and results ceremony.

Last year, the father and son team took first place the tournament. Their winning catch weighed in over 6.5 lbs and at 26.5 inches long, beating out the second place winner by just two ounces. They chose to donate their $1,500 first place prize to the baseball program. The tournament raised $8,000 for the program. That was first time that the two participated in a tournament together, and decided to stick with the new tradition.

“We had such a great time fishing last year, and winning it together will be something that we will both cherish for the rest of our lives,” said Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air Conditioning. “Our family loves fishing and it’s an added benefit of being able to do something that you really love and for a great cause. And when we get to do this with our kids, and teach them the value of support in or community, that is the best lesson and experience that they get to walk away with.”

Sanibel Air was started in 1988 and has maintained their promise to provide the best local service around for over 25 years. Sanibel Air is highly active in its community, and participates or contributes to several charitable causes throughout the year; some of their primary contributions are coaching youth sports, monetary donations to the Sanibel-Captiva Lions and sponsoring the Crackerfest that promotes clean water initiatives.

Would you like that super-sized?

How big is too big? Well when it comes to a/c systems bigger can not always mean better. The question of size is critical when installing an air conditioning system. The misnomer that bigger is better can create a tremendous amount of problems. One might think that a bigger system will cool faster and save on electric bills. While this may be true, there are problems. A bigger system will cool faster but this is not a good thing.  What?!  You may ask, this man must be mad. Who wouldn’t want a system that cools faster and saves money on my electric bills? Give me a chance and I will try and explain.

Let’s start with a question.  Have you ever been in a place that is cool but still feels clammy?  I’ll answer the question for you since you obviously aren’t here right now. “Why yes, Bryan, I have been in a place that felt cool but still clammy.” Thank you, and I’ll take it from here. Restaurants are notorious for this. You decide to go in for the early bird special. You walk in and it’s freezing in there. The reason for this is that a/c systems are sized for worst case scenarios and this can be a problem. The systems need to be sized to accommodate a large number of people, but the early bird special crowd might be thinner then the 7:00 crowd. I don’t mean waist line either, just less people. So the management turns the system way down to get a jump on the evening crowd, and to reduce the humidity level. The result is the temperature needs to come way down in order to drop the humidity level.

A comfort system has 2 jobs to perform in order for the occupants to be comfortable. The system needs to reduce temperature and reduce humidity.  The temperature part is the easy one. The humidity part is where we run into problems, especially when it comes to over sizing of equipment. Humidity control is achieved through what is known as air exchanges. This is the number of times the air in a conditioned space goes through the system in a given amount of time.  If we don’t have enough air exchanges you will have a humidity problem, this is where we get back to the over sizing part.  If we have a system that is too large, the temperature in the conditioned space will come down to quickly therefore not allowing enough air exchanges and presto we have a high humidity problem.

Let’s go back to the restaurant now, so in order for the humidity to be reduced we need to run the system longer for increased air exchanges and you need a sweater just so you can order that $6.99 grouper sandwich that’s on special. Enjoy!!!!

Thank s as always, Bryan Hayes along with Brother Todd owns a Sanibel Air conditioning Company as well as a electrical service company here on Sanibel.  Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com.

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.

 

Thanks for reading

Bryan