Posts Tagged ‘Sanibel FL’

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

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: http://start1.org/news/fifth-annual-san-cap-cracker-fest-2013/

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.

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

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

What to Do if Your A/C Doesn’t Work

fanYou may or may not have seen me talk about this before, but every once in a while, I try to go over those few little things that could help troubleshoot a malfunctioning air conditioner. Sometimes, this can help save you the hassle of calling in service.  So, it has probably happened to most if not all of you at some point, but it usually begins with a trip to the thermostat. You push the temperature level down to get your a/c to kick in and walk away. A few minutes later, you notice that it’s not getting any cooler in your house.

Here is a short list of things that should be checked before you call for service:

  • Check that the thermostat is set properly. I know that this may sound obvious, but we do receive calls about it. Make sure to set the desired temperature five degrees below the thermometer reading and that the control is set for what you want to happen.
  • If you’ve determined that the thermostat is set properly, then the second thing to do is to check if the humidistat is set properly, if you have one. This can get a little more complicated.  There are two different ways to set your humidistat depending on the way it was originally installed. If you’re unsure, please check with your service provider or call me and I will be happy to help.  Note: not all systems have a humidistat, but they should.
  • The third item to check is the breaker. There should be two breakers on most systems, one for the outside unit and one for the inside unit. Breakers can appear to be intact but can still be tripped. You need to flip them over and flip them back to ensure that they are making contact.

One you’ve completed each step, wait a couple of minutes, there can be timers that need to expire before a new process can begin. So, even after you’ve followed all these steps your system still doesn’t respond, call your service provider for service.

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

 

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

 

Before you call your contractor

Much like our air conditioners, our central heating systems also need regular maintenance. We just don’t think about them as often because we live in a very nice temperate climate where we seldom boot our heaters. So when you find yourself turning up that thermostat on a chilly winter night on Sanibel, here are some things to check first in case you realize that your central heating system is not running. First thing to check is the power. I know it’s simple, but it’s one of those things that we sometimes forget to check first. Look at the electrical panel and make sure that it’s turned on, and reset the breaker if necessary. If it’s running, but not heating as efficiently as you expect it to, check the air filters and make sure they are clean. Also, it’s a good idea to have your ducts regularly cleaned so that they conduct air most efficiently. Any dirt and debris that builds up in them, can significantly reduce the efficiency of your system. Sometimes, poor insulation throughout the home can also lower the heater’s efficiency. Check all doors, windows and any sources for outside air and make sure that they are sealed. Also, when it comes to regular maintenance, it’s a good idea to have your contractor check the electrical circuitry of the system. Sometimes these systems overheat due to common electrical problems. Even though we use them less than our air conditioners, we need them for at least a couple of those cold days out of the year.

 

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 Father and Son Team Takes 1st Place

Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. and his son Daniel show off their 26.5 inch catch

Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. is not new to doing things for a good cause, and especially if it involves fishing. Co-owner Bryan Hayes and his son Daniel took first place the first redfish fishing tournament held by the Panther Baseball Alumni Club which helped raise funds for Cypress Lake High Schools baseball team. Their winning catch weight over 6.5 lbs and was 26.5 inches long, beating out the second place winner by just two ounces. It was the first time that father and son participated in a tournament together, and after discussing their winnings with their family, they decided to donate their $1,500 first place prize to the baseball program. The tournament raised $8,000 for the program.

“Daniel and I had a great time fishing the tournament, and winning it together will be something we will both remember for the rest of our lives,” said Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air Conditioning. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to do something fun for a great cause, and when our kids to be part of that with us, you just can’t beat the value of what they get to take away from it all.”

Sanibel Air was started in 1988 and has maintained their promise to provide the best local service around for over 22 years. Sanibel Air is highly active in their community, and participate or contribute to several charitable causes throughout the year; some of their primary contributions are coaching a youth soccer team, monetary donations to the Sanibel-Captiva Lions and sponsoring the The Flat’s Invitational Fishing Tournament that benefits the Ronald McDonald House charities of SWFL.

Sanibel Air Sponsors Cracker Fest

Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. has become one of the top level sponsors in the fourth annual Cracker Fest scheduled to take place on Friday, November 2nd, 2012. The donation includes a brand new air conditioning system, which includes installation, and is valued at over $5,000. This is the third year that Sanibel Air has supported this cause. The event includes a dinner, live music and dancing, live auction and raffles.

Todd and Bryan Hays, co-owners of Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. and Sanctuary Island 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.

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.

“We really love this event. It brings together a great crowd, its laidback and fun, and of course, it has a really good cause. For those of us who live and work on the islands, it’s invaluable that we continue to come together to raise awareness and funds that help support causes that benefit our environment,” said Bryan Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air Conditioning. “We are always grateful to have the ability to do what we can and we look forward to another great Cracker Fest.”

Sanibel Air was started in 1988 and has maintained their promise to provide the best local service around for over 22 years. Sanibel Air is highly active in their community, and participate or contribute to several charitable causes throughout the year; some of their primary contributions are coaching a youth soccer team, monetary donations to the Sanibel-Captiva Lions and sponsoring the McFlat’s Invitational Fishing Tournament that benefits the Ronald McDonald House charities of SWFL.

For more information on the Fourth Annual Cracker Fest and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://start1.org/news/mark-your-calendars-for-cracker-fest-2012/

About Sanibel Air

A family owned and operated business since 1988, Sanibel Air Conditioning is the number one quality specialist air conditioning company on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida.

The company provides homes and businesses with the best quality air conditioning service available on the market. Voted the ‘Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company 2010’ in the Best of the Islands Awards – and have been winners of this award every year since 1991. Their highly trained, expert, service engineers continue to hone their skills through manufacturer training and regular workshops. Sanibel Air Conditioning offers a full range of air conditioning services, including:

  • air conditioning
  • heating
  • indoor air quality
  • new construction and remodels
  • service agreements

Sanibel Air Conditioning is located on 1213 Periwinkle Way, Ste A, Sanibel, Florida 33957, visit their new website on www.sanibelair.com

Sanibel Air Sponsors “The Flats Invitational”

Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc. continues its commitment of supporting members in its own community by sponsoring The Flats Invitational Charity Redfish Challenge which took place on September 1, 2012. The 8th annual tournament, formerly known as the McFlat’s Invitational Redfish Challenge, raised money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWFL, and of course, gave fishing buffs an opportunity to compete for a $7,500 grand prize.

Todd Hayes’ daughter Isabella shows off her fishing chops in the Kids Fishing Tourney last year

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment. Sanibel Air’s managing partner Todd Hayes and his wife Jennifer have actively supported the charity for years.

“We are grateful to once again have the opportunity to sponsor this event and to make this contribution to a great cause,” said Todd Hayes. “It’s great to be able to support such valuable organizations in our community, and also have the opportunity to participate in something that is really fun.”

Sanibel Air was started in 1988 and has maintained their promise to provide the best local service around for over 24 years. Sanibel Air is active in the community, and participates or contributes to many charitable causes throughout the year; some of their primary contributions are coaching and supporting many youth sports teams, sponsorships to the Sanibel-Captiva Lions, Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner and sponsoring the Fillet & Release Tournament that benefited the Hope Hospice which serves the Lee, Glades and Hendry counties.

Todd Hayes’ son Tyler shows off his fishing chops in the Kids Fishing Tourney last year

About Ronald McDonald House

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The Ronald McDonald House® of Southwest Florida is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment. They help loved ones remain together as a family in an environment of comfort, compassion, strength and support.

About Sanibel Air

A family owned and operated business since 1988, Sanibel Air Conditioning is the number one quality specialist air conditioning company on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida.

The company provides homes and businesses with the best quality air conditioning service available on the market. Voted the ‘Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company 2011’ in the Best of the Islands Awards – and have been winners of this award every year since 1991. Their highly trained, expert, service engineers continue to hone their skills through manufacturer training and regular workshops. Sanibel Air Conditioning offers a full range of air conditioning services, including:

  • air conditioning
  • heating
  • indoor air quality
  • new construction and remodels
  • service agreements

Sanibel Air Conditioning is located on 1213 Periwinkle Way, Ste A, Sanibel, Florida 33957, visit their new website on www.sanibelair.com