Every fall we put up decorations for Halloween, but have you thought about the spooky contaminants in your home that you can’t see?
Whether you are settling into a new home or lived in it for years, your air ducts may be crawling with something we like to call “O.P.D.”— Other People’s Dust! You may be breathing in dead skin cells, dust, pet dander and other debris.
How do you know if your ductwork needs cleaned?
Some common signs that your ductwork may need cleaned include:
Needing to dust more frequently
Visible pet hair and/or other debris extending from registers
Decreased air flow coming from supply registers
Still unsure? Check out our online test to see if your ductwork may need cleaned:
Now is a great time to reduce these creepy contaminants and improve your indoor air quality. Cold, flu and allergy season is here, and cleaning/sanitizing your ductwork can help keep germs at bay.Not to mention with the additional time you’ll be spending inside, why not make sure the air you and your family breathes in clean and fresh?
If you’re noticing signs and symptoms of needing an air duct cleaning, or you simply want to reduce the number of contaminants in your home, schedule an air duct cleaning today.
Professional air duct cleaning services use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, HVAC systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants. Some of these have the potential to effect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust. The removal of these contaminants from the HVAC system and home is an important component part of improving indoor air quality. Clean systems operate more efficiently and have fewer maintenance problems.
Everyone benefits from breathing cleaner air, but there are some groups that absolutely require it.
Infants and children are more susceptible to dust and other indoor air pollutants due to the amount of time they spend on or near the floor of your home. Quality Air Duct Cleaning, and a good quality air filter from McAfee can provide.
a fresh start for a newborn baby’s homecoming
healthier indoor air for children suffering with allergies
healthier indoor air for children suffering with asthma
People with Pets:
Veterinarians often prescribe improving indoor air quality for their patients…and for the patient’s owners. Low to the ground and susceptible to allergens, pets benefit from cleaner, healthier air. Oddly enough, sometimes pets are allergic to their owners. McAfee Air Duct Cleaning can provide:
reduction of allergens
elimination of dander
elimination of pet hair
Clean air is imperative for those suffering from debilitating illnesses including cystic fibrosis, history of organ transplantation, those receiving chemotherapy agents, among others. Those who receive immunosuppressants are particularly prone to contract opportunistic infections caused by mold. Air Duct Cleaning from McAfee coupled with a quality air filter may assist these individuals by:
improving quality of air for breathing
decreasing presence of molds that can cause dangerous opportunistic infections
reducing allergens and bacteria that contribute to common illnesses
Poor air quality in the home can have a direct and adverse effect on senior citizens. Air Duct Cleaning from McAfee takes just 2 to 4 hours, yet can provide 3 to 5 years of cleaner air, as well as:
reduce allergens and bacteria that contribute to common illnesses
improved air quality which can decrease fatigue
Fall is a great time to have your ducts cleaned. We’re heading into cold and flu system and cleaning your ducts can keep germs at bay.Not to mention you’ll be spending more time inside during the fall and winter months, why not make sure you’re breathing fresh air?Not only germs, but seasonal allergens, such as ragweed, are raging in the fall!
A red tag is also referred to as a warning tag and is placed on a furnace or hot water heater by a McAfee Technician to indicate that the equipment is no longer safe to operate and either needs to be repaired or replaced. A McAfee Technician who identifies a warning tag situation is required to turn off the gas and electric as a safety precaution to protect the residents of a home or business.
One of the main reasons a warning tag is placed on a furnace is when a defective heat exchanger is identified. A defective heat exchanger can be a hazard because it can release carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas that can cause serious health problems and or death if undetected. Carbon monoxide is harmful because it rapidly accumulates in the blood, depleting the body’s ability to carry oxygen.
With spring weather upon us, now is the time to consider having those air-ducts cleaned.
Duct cleaning is a great idea when homeowners use it for specific, limited purposes. Unfortunately, it’s a field that has seen its share of wild health claims and fly-by night operators. It’s not without reason that the information provided by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) has plenty of caveat emptor.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants. Some of these have the potential to effect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality. Clean systems operate more efficiently and have fewer maintenance problems.
For a residential system, the most effective cleaning method is source removal. A Certified Cleaning Technician will place the system under negative pressure through the use of a specialized high-powered vacuum truck, which draws air through the system. The registers are blocked off so the entire system is placed under a vacuum. Devices are then inserted into the ducts to dislodge debris that might be stuck to interior surfaces. The debris then travels down the ducts to the vacuum, which removes it from the system and the home. We can start with the assumption that there is debris in most ductwork. The average home accumulates close to a pound a year in the ductwork. You may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should occasionally be cleaned.
The EPA has determined that cleaning of heating/cooling system components can improve the efficiency of heating and cooling system. Clean efficient systems are less likely to break down, have longer life spans and generally operate more efficiently than dirty systems. If your home or office is new, it may contain drywall dust, sawdust and other building debris. If your home or office is older, it may contain that and a whole lot more. If you are considering having your air ducts cleaned, you should speak with a professional.
What criteria should I use to in selecting an Air-Duct Cleaning company?
Make sure the company is in good standing with NADCA.
See if the business has been in business long enough to have adequate experience and proper cleaning equipment. Beware of small portable units that may not be powerful enough to clean your ductwork.
Enquire whether the business is in good standing with Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Get proof that the company is properly insured, bonded and or licensed.
Avoid advertisements for the low cost “whole house specials”, and other sale gimmicks using the word “free”, “free sanitizing”, or “free furnace cleaning”.
Ask the company if they have the right equipment to effectively perform cleaning, and if the company has done work in homes or offices similar to yours. Get references if possible.
The average air duct cleaning should require 2-4 hours to perform depending on the size of the home.
The Dayton business community rocked out Thursday night at the Dayton Business Journal’s annual Best Places to Work event, held downtown at the Schuster Center.
The event — which featured a rock and roll theme — drew nearly 250 attendees and recognized 15 companies in the Dayton region.
The Best Places to Work gala also featured an “air guitar” challenge.
McAfee was among the 2012 Best Places to Work winners!
2012 marks the 8th year in a row the DBJ has conducted this very popular awards program.
After the winners were recognized, the “air guitar” challenge began. After a heated battle, the team from TriComB2B claimed victory after performing AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll.)” They narrowly edged out (in a tiebreaker) the team from Devry, which skillfully handled Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” We are pleased to announce McAfee took 3rd place with their air guitar rendition of A/C D/C’s “To Those About to Rock”.
McAfee recognizes that this victory would not have been possible if it were not for the positive marks and wonderful feedback members of the McAfee team provided.
Kettering, OH – January 28, 2013 – McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Dayton and Springfield Top Workplaces. We took 15th place out of forty in the Small Business Category.
The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with more than 30 major publishing partners and recognizes a National list of Top Workplaces. Over the past year, more than 4,500 organizations and 1 in every 100 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.
“We would like to thank each and every McAfee team member that helped make this a top workplace!”
The Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun published the complete list of Top Workplaces on Sunday, January 27th.
Every Time a Bell Rings . . .
. . . McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning Makes a Sale
By Joe Cogliano II
The bell rings, the crowd cheers.
It’s something you might hear after a big touchdown, a winning basket or a sale at McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning in Kettering.
Owner Greg McAfee said anyone who makes a sale — whether it be $200 or $10,000 — can ring the bell, which brings cheers from the rest of the office. And for those who spend much of their time out of the office, McAfee uses a two-way radio so they can hear the ruckus.
It’s a way to let everyone know a sale was made,” he said. “And we needed it today.”
That relaxed, but fun atmosphere helped McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning land a spot on the Dayton Business Journal list of Best Places to Work.
McAfee Heating specializes in furnace and air conditioning sales and service as well as indoor air quality services, including air-duct cleaning, filtration systems, and mold testing. He started the company in 1990 and now has 20 employees.
Inspired by places he didn’t enjoy working, McAfee tried to create an upbeat atmosphere in the midst of busy days and hard work.
“We have to spend more time with each other than most people spend with their families, so it’s got to be fun,” he said. “In general, you’ve gotta have fun where you work and it’s gotta be a place you enjoy getting up and going to.”
McAfee regularly takes employees out to lunch by department, holds an annual company picnic complete with inflatable jumping houses — like the ones you would find at a carnival. At Christmas, he takes workers and their spouses out for a special treat. Last year, the group went to Dave & Busters for dinner and games and the year before they played laser tag.
“We rented out the whole place and it was a blast,” he said.
Office manager Patty Heilman joined McAfee six years ago and looks forward to work.
Whether it’s exchanging ideas at monthly meetings or bonding at lunches and picnics, she feels like her boss and coworkers care about each other.
“It’s like a family,” she said.
Heilman recalls an incident when customers were attending a party at the office and someone made a sale. A bell and a cacophony of cheers erupted.
“They were amazed and didn’t know what to make of it and I said ‘that’s because we just got a sale and everybody needs to know,'” she said. “We’re always happy. We’re happy for the people who make the sale and we’re happy for our company. And we all buy into that.”
Amy Cooney joined McAfee two years ago as an administrative assistant.
At the first company meeting, Cooney knew it was going to be a good place to work.
“There was no negative talk in the meeting, it was all good, positive talk,” she said.
In addition to the fun times, McAfee offers workers professional and personal development seminars on topics such as staying motivated and customer service. He also buys books for the group to read and discuss such as “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “Who Moved My Cheese?”
“We have more people classes than we do just technical classes,” McAfee said. “I’m constantly encouraging my people.”
Local Newspaper Names McAfee “Service Business of the Year”
At a business awards banquet held on December 11, 2009 in Dayton, Ohio, McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. was named “Service Business of the Year.”
The local awards gala, sponsored by the Dayton Business Journal (DBJ) and presented by Soin International*, is a prestigious, black-tie event held each year at the Shuster Performing Arts Center to honor local companies and business leaders who have outshined their competition.
On this night, awards were handed out in seven different categories that gave recognition to a top executive, nonprofit organizations, manufacturers, minority businesses, young and start-up companies, community supporters and service businesses. The final award is given to the overall Business of the Year as selected from winners in each of the other categories.
In a special insert printed by the DBJ, feature articles were included that highlighted all of the award winners, including McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning. In that story, written by staff reporter Joe Cogliano, Greg McAfee talks about his company and explains its success.
“We decided at the beginning of the year that we weren’t going to participate in the recession,” said McAfee. “That’s not to be cocky… I say I can’t control GM, I can’t control Chrysler, but I can control McAfee Heating and Air.”
As a result, McAfee increased their sales by 18 percent in 2009. Their ideas to boost business included advertising special offers tied to helping customers through the recession, including a discount (up to $1,500) that matches federal income tax credits for new heating and air conditioning installations.
Their tried and true marketing methods also worked just as effectively, like continuing to promote their preventative maintenance program (Comfort Club) that offers regular customers annual inspections and priority service to keep air conditioning and heating systems in top shape. McAfee also offers the exclusive “8:00 to 8:00 at the Same Great Rate” program, meaning customers can schedule evening appointments for the same price as a daytime service call.
According to the DBJ story, McAfee also has been more successful than other HVAC companies in the area because they have stayed out in front of potential clients by continuing to implement new marketing and advertising strategies to communicate their value to customers. This was a key point in Cogliano’s story as explained by Paul Stalknecht, president and chief executive officer of Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
McAfee also credits his hard-working employees and his strategy for keeping employees in the loop with regular updates about the business. He also guarantees his workers a certain number of hours, even in tough times. But the future looks bright for the company in 2010.
“We know who we are and where we are going,” says McAfee.
McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning was deeply honored to be awarded the 2008 Eclipse Award by the Better Business Bureau. McAfee was also honored with this award in 2003. Following is their article about McAfee.
The McAfee Air Repair team — which not only provides heating and air-conditioning service, but also provides air-duct cleaning, and indoor air quality services — believes anyone can have a business, but not everyone can leave a legacy. Leading in air quality, one home at a time is the company’s mission.
McAfee’s core values are referred to as P.R.I.D.E., which stands for Performance, Reputation, Integrity, Dedicated and Excellence. The team believes in hard work, self-improvement and innovation. It strives to maintain an image of being the best, demonstrated by its bright white trucks, uniformed staff and clean facility. Honest relationships are essential for its long-term success. McAfee gives customers real value, produces quality products/services profitably in addition to being environmentally and socially responsible. It strives to treat employees right. It was honored with the HVACR News Best Contractors to Work for Award and Dayton Business Journal Best Places to Work Award.
Greg McAfee says, “Integrity is the core to our success . . . It’s who we are, and who we are determines everything we do. . . The home improvement industry has not received the best reputation. The heating and air conditioning industry is included in this category. It is our hope to turn this image around and shed light on a better way to do business. Exemplifying integrity sends out a very powerful message to the community, and to the competition. Consumers need to know that they should be able to expect more. We want to set the example in our industry!”
The McAfee Foundation for Children and Youth partners with Dayton Children’s Medical Center to help kids with breathing ailments. McAfee also sponsors local sports teams, BBB Students of Integrity Awards, partakes in Habitat for Humanity projects, local chambers of commerce and contributes to many churches and organizations. Through its community involvement, McAfee shows it cares.
On January 31, 2007, Greg McAfee, President of McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning Co., Inc. was presented with the 2006 “Best Contractor to Work For” Award. The award was presented at the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (ACHR) Expo in Dallas. McAfee was one of 500 companies nominated.
According to The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (AHR) News, the Dayton, Ohio-area HVAC contractor was chosen as the winner of the “Best Contractor to Work For” contest for the North Central region not only because it is a great place to work, but also because it is a very giving place to work.
McAfee sponsors the McAfee Foundation for Children and Youth, which partners with the local Children’s Medical Center to help kids with breathing difficulties, i.e., asthma. One hundred percent of McAfee employees participate in the foundation. They do it because they see an owner who cares about people — which includes his own employees.
“While we have all grown quite accustomed to receiving, every employee of McAfee is encouraged to give back to our community as well as giving through payroll contributions,” said office manager Patty Heilman.
This spirit of community as well as a teamwork atmosphere in the workplace inspired McAfee employees to nominate their boss for this award.
As one employee said, “Our company is the best company to work for because every employee takes pride in knowing that we are recognized in the community, as well as by Greg McAfee, as leaders in the HVAC community.
“There is a sense of team spirit that can be felt as soon as you walk through our front door. We all work together to provide the very best service available.”
McAfee encourages employee innovation with monthly meetings that focus on leadership and creative ideas of how to improve everything from inter-office communitcation to marketing. He is a strong promoter of open communication with an open door policy. He also encourages—and invests in employee training opportunities.
In return for their commitment to self-improvement, McAfee provides a secure environment for his employees. He guarantees 30 hours of work each week regardless of whether the work is there or not. If there is a lack of work in one department, employees are cross-trained in another discipline to help out in a department where there is more work available.
When times get hectic, McAfee also has ways to prevent employee burnout. Employees get time off during the busy season to refresh and regroup.
“Special arrangements are made for us to have longer lunches with our spouses, as well as working around other appointments we may need to attend,” said service manager Chris Bryant. “Receiving friendly cards expressing appreciation and incentives are a tradition at McAfee.”
Speaking of Greg McAFee, Heilman said, “The one word I would use to describe him is integrity. I don’t have to worry about anything working for Greg.”