MAY 2020

A Message From Greg Hamilton, Owner, Four Seasons Air

Our Response To COVID-19

  

As a valued customer of Four Seasons Air Conditioning, Inc., I want you to know that we understand the importance of the services we provide you. You rely on us to help keep your air conditioning systems maintained and in good working order throughout the year. We will continue to meet that responsibility day in and day out through this constantly changing situation with the COVID-19 virus.


In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented a company wide “Stay Safe & Healthy Plan” in our day-to-day business actions to ensure continued service to our customer. First and foremost, our plan ensures the health and safety of our employees so we can continue to service our customers. Rest assured, we are prepared to serve you. We are taking additional precautions to clean, sanitize and prevent the spread of germs.


For the most part, our technicians are outside of your home, needing only to service your air handler that is usually in your garage or attic and compressor unit located outside. With your permission, we will enter your home and check your thermostat, but if that makes you uncomfortable, we will not enter your home. We have supplied our technicians with disinfectant wipes to be used on their ipads and gloves and booties when appropriate. For the time being, unless you are an extended warranty customer, no signature will be required on the ipads for service or maintenance work. As the information on the COVID-19 becomes available on a daily basis, we may have to adjust the types of calls we are able to schedule.


As always, during our regular business hours of 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday we are continuing to schedule service and installation and are here after hours and weekends for emergency service. 

Through our 35 years of serving the Southwest Florida community we have been through a lot together. We made it through the after effects of Charlie together, all our customers helped us through our devastating fire of 2006, and we’ll be here for each other again through this
ever-changing situation with the COVID-19 virus.
 

Please be safe and stay healthy!

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Greg Hamilton, Owner, Four Seasons  Air

why getting the right size of air conditioner is important

Why Size Matters

  

The most common reason considered by most homeowners out there when it comes to replacing air conditioners is the price. But what they usually overlook is the air conditioner’s size, which is definitely one of the factors YOU should consider!

Despite what ‘myth-breakers’ may tell you very craftily and whatever they try to justify their arguments with, it is true that buying an AC that is too big or too small has high chances of failing at producing the results you desire. You, as a resident in Florida, need to ensure that your space is cooled just the right way, by the right sized air conditioner.


Determine ‘How Much’ Cooling (Heating) Your Property Requires
While deciding on the optimal size of your air conditioner, there are a number of factors you need to look into thoroughly in order to be aware of every area that may affect your property’s cooling levels. Below are some of the main factors we have jotted down for you to include in your own checklist.

· Local climate (it is generally hot in Florida

· Number of floors and the total number of rooms

· Insulation levels in your house/building.

· Total count of the occupants and floor plan

· Home’s square footage & your property’s orientation

· Amount’ of heat absorbed/gained during the day

· Types, size and direction of windows

· Your personal comfort preferences.
 

It sounds daunting and that’s why our trained team of experts is here to help. They will be honest in suggesting you the right size of a new air conditioning unit.


Problems Associated With ‘Too Small’ ACs
If your new or current AC is too small to be compatible with your entire home’s space, you’re in for a hectic and ‘hot’ summer, especially in Florida. The temperatures will be uneven throughout your house. To fix that, you may have to run your AC for longer hours and your appliance may be ‘forced’ to overexert and work harder.

All of this will ultimately lead to the very things you want to avoid the most while using air conditioners: high electricity bills, excessive energy usage, speedy wear-outs and increased chances of breakdowns. The cost savings enjoyed when buying small ACs are tempting, but at the end amount to nothing other than increasing your appliance’s operating & ac maintenance costs if that small size just isn’t right for YOU!


Problems Associated With ‘Too Big’ ACs
Using an oversized AC, in our opinion, may be even more damaging and inefficient. 

This major problem is short-cycling. Short-cycling means that your unit will cool your home-space too quickly, switch off and turn on again when need be. This vicious cycle will not allow your appliance to run continuously for the time it requires to dehumidify your air and filter it properly. This will result in undesirable moisture content in your atmosphere which can compromise your comfort level greatly and lead to irritability in the summer heat.

Moreover, needing a kick-start very often in a single day and running more frequently for shorter periods of time will drastically increase energy usage and wastage. This will increase your utility costs, the very costs you had hoped to avoid by investing heavily in a large AC unit. As discussed earlier, overrunning can damage your equipment and shorten its lifespan.

Bigger isn’t always better when air conditioning units are concerned. If the AC unit is too large for your property, it just isn’t the right size for YOU. Period. 

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Mothers Day - No Bake Lemon Tarts

CRUST


14 graham crackers

7 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted



FILLING

2 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. granulated sugar

2 tsp. lemon zest

1/3 c. lemon juice


 

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers into fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse to combine. Divide mixture among six 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms; press evenly on bottoms and up sides. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes. 


Meanwhile, prepare lemon filling: In a medium saucepan, combine cream and sugar and cook over low heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. 

Bring to a boil, then simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat and add lemon zest and juice. Let cool 20 minutes, then divide among crust-lined tart shells and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

 

Make chocolate butterflies (optional): Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, then open. Using a resealable plastic bag filled with melted chocolate, outline butterfly wings on each side of the fold, then prop up between two plates so that each wing is slightly elevated and the paper isn't completely flat; let set. If desired, once set, fill in with melted chocolate.


Serve with sliced strawberries, raspberries, halved cherries, sliced mango (arranged in overlapping concentric circles), edible flowers, and chocolate butterflies

The R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout & You

  

R-22 is a refrigerant (freon) that was used in air conditioning systems and heat pumps prior to January 1, 2010. The United States EPA reduced the production of R-22 in 2010. R-22 produced after January 1, 2010 can only be used for the repair of an existing R-22 air conditioning system. In other words, all new air conditioning systems produced after January 1, 2010 were designed to use the newer environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant (freon). A mandatory production schedule was published by the EPA for R-22 that decreased yearly production with final phase out scheduled for January 1, 2020. 


How Does This Affect My A/C System?

First, the price of R-22 refrigerant has surged over the past several years and will continue to rise as production of R-22 is completely phased out on January 1, 2020. This could drive up the cost of repairing and servicing older systems still using the  refrigerant is already limited and continues to be phased out completely, availability of R-22 to air conditioning contractors will decline. In the future all air conditioning contractors may not always be able to guarantee to have R-22 on hand. This fact alone could make it difficult to complete repairs on older R-22 systems. 


What Are My Options? 

If you have an air conditioning system that uses R-22, you don’t have to go running out and buying a new system today. Continue to use your air conditioning system as you normally do, but you should make sure to properly maintain your unit to minimize higher maintenance costs due to mechanical breakdowns or refrigerant leaks. 


For those of you that have an older system, you may want to get an idea of replacement costs for a new air conditioning system now in the event your system does fail this summer. Having peace of mind knowing what a new system will cost versus an expensive repair can help you make an educated decision instead of an uninformed one should your system have a mechanical failure this summer. 


For more information on the R-22 phase out, free no obligation new system estimates and maintenance programs for older air conditioning systems, call Four Seasons Air Conditioning, Inc. at 941-206-6131.

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efficient, economical mini-splits

  

Everyone knows that Four Seasons is Charlotte County’s only Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, but did you know we’re also a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dealer?

Ductless systems, or mini-splits, are perfect for keeping every family member happy! Zoned comfort solutions provide year ‘round comfort and are up to 40% more efficient than traditional systems.
Diamond Contractors are experts that can help design the perfect system to bring you personalized comfort. 

¨ Room by room temperature control

¨ Whisper-quiet operation

¨ Odor filtration

¨ Allergen filtration

¨ No more hot or cold rooms in your home

¨ Turn OFF unoccupied rooms
 

Mitsubishi ductless systems come in several colors to fit your interior and in many different styles. These units are also perfect for your lanai or garage. Call us today and see how Mitsubishi ductless systems can fit into your home, office or outdoor workspace. 941-206-6131 or email usi nfo@4SeasonsAC.com for more information.  


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new systems and financing offers

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Financing

Thinking About A New System

Thinking About A New System

We have several partners that offer financing!  From traditional from Wells Fargo to Lease-to-Own from Microf, these partners have plans for every budget!

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Thinking About A New System

Thinking About A New System

Thinking About A New System

Wouldn't it be nice to know the cost of a new system before you need one?  If your system is ten years old or more, plan ahead, know the facts and you won't be in for any surprises!

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Knowledge Base

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