Posts Tagged ‘Sanibel’

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.

Electrical Safety for Older Adults

SAMSUNGElectrical safety is important to me, so I’d like to help spread the word.  You’ve probably heard me mention the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in the past, or you might even know of it without my help. Did you know that older adults (65+) are at a higher risk of being injured, or worse from home fires? The reason behind this are cooking-related fires, electrical malfunctions and failures that are associated with lighting and heating equipment. Identifying these causes and understanding how to avoid them is the surest bet at prevention and maintaining a safe environment, especially if someone lives alone.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your home free of electrical hazards.

  • Keep your electrical panel easily accessible; don’t block it with furniture or put things in the path that allows you to get to it. If there is an emergency, you can quickly reach it to turn off power
  • Replace fuses and circuit breakers with proper sizes and amperage; make sure your panel is properly labeled. It also helps to upgrade your breakers to AFCI Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters which can detect an unintended electrical arc and automatically shut off power
  • Electrical outlets should not buzz, crackle, be warm, or overloaded with appliances; test your ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI outlets) once a month
  • Regularly check wires, cord and plugs for wear and damage; extension cords are only meant to be used temporarily
  • Install and check smoke alarms regularly

You can find additional information and some very helpful videos 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

 

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.

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

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

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

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.