Phone scammers

How to Know When Scammers Are Calling
Most telephone sales calls are made by legitimate businesses promoting legitimate products or services. But where honest firms look for new customers, so do scammers. Phone fraud is a multi-billion dollar business involving the sale of everything from bad or nonexistent investments to the selling misrepresented products and services. If you have a telephone, you are a prospect, becoming a victim is largely up to you.
There is no way to determine positively if a sales call is legitimate simply by talking to someone on the phone. No matter what or how many questions you ask, skilled scammers have practiced answers. That’s why sales calls should be treated with caution. People or companies that are unknown to you should be checked out before you buy or invest. Legitimate callers have nothing to hide.
Phone scammers are likely to know more about you than you realize. It depends on where they got your details. They may have everything about you including your age, hobbies, income, medical records, address, purchase records and other vital personal information. They usually put up questions you cannot resist like having more income; you are ready to help people in need, knowing well that you cannot resist the bargain and you will not be rude to anybody calling you over the phone. As good as the portraying characteristics are; scammers use this to penetrate their victim. Scammers also exploit less admirable characteristics, such as greed.
Fraudulent telemarketers have one thing in common: They are skilled liars and experts at the verbal ‘snow job’. Some may call and say they are your HVAC contractor and trying to solicit an appointment to get into your homes. A male individual (possibly using the name Rich) has been cold-calling people and say he is coming to their homes on a given day to perform furnace servicing/duct cleaning. Maybe a (206) area code. He does not name a company, but if you reveal the name of your business, he will agree that he is that company.
He is quite insistent. Please know that Air Handlers does not conduct phone solicitations whatsoever. If you take part in our maintenance program, residential customers will only get a reminder postcard from us. Please be careful, diligent and aware out there!
The person has been doing this for over three weeks now; please note that it is a must you ask for contractor’s license number if anyone comes to you and check them out before you commit.
Never consent to their bargain if otherwise, we have an official of contacting our clients. Be aware.

How to tell if your furnace has problems

As winter approaches, a lot of people look forward to getting home, putting up their feet and relaxing. This can quickly turn into an unexpected nightmare if your home furnace suddenly stops working leaving you snowed in and unable to get help.
To prevent a situation that would leave you stressed and require expensive emergency services, we run through a list of things to look out for to determine if your home furnace has a problem. We also provide some simple fixes you can try on your own for minor challenges. It should be stressed that if you suspect a major issue with your home furnace, you should get help from a qualified professional rather than going at it on your own.

Thermostat malfunctioning
Your thermostat is an integral part of the safety features of your home furnace. It shuts down the furnace when it exceeds the maximum temperature specified to conserve energy and prevent accidents. This operating temperature varies from furnace to furnace. Your thermostat may be malfunctioning if it continuously shuts down before it even reaches this specified temperature. This continuous shutdown can make your living area very uncomfortable, and a simple fix for this is to check the battery of the thermostat and replace it to get your furnace working at its optimum. The thermostat setting should also be reviewed to prevent inadequate heat production by the furnace or total shutdown.
Lack of maintenance
If you fail to maintain your furnace properly, you should not be surprised when it breaks down. To cut down costs which arise from a total breakdown, you should plan for annual tune-ups and maintenance by qualified professionals.

Faulty Filters
Filters are very essential, but often overlooked components of the furnace system. They are built to remove unwanted particles from the generated airflow. A build-up of dust and dirt over time leads to a clogged filter. During the process of dust and dirt by passing air through the vents, a clogged filter puts more pressure on the furnace. A clogged filter may even lead to a total shutdown of the furnace as the heat exchanger might stop working due to overheating caused by an over clogged filter.
If your environment generates a lot of dust and dirt, ensure that you change your filters regularly. Most furnace manufacturers specify between a month to three for a change of your filter. A filter change is essential if you have a child-friendly environment so that your air filter does not become an air pollutant.

Size issues
When your furnace does not heat enough, it may be a pointer to the fact that your furnace is the wrong size for the space provided. To solve this problem, get a professional to estimate your needs and help you determine which furnace system would be the perfect fit for the space provided. Ensure that you are guided by professional advice from picking a furnace up to its installation.

If your furnace is not starting up, a simple solution is to check the gas valve and carefully turn it o if it was turned off. If you suspect a gas leak, leave the affected area immediately and contact the fire service.

Vents and Pipes
In gas furnaces and high efficiency condensing furnaces, vents are very vital to maintain because they take emissions outside the building. Most times, these emissions are combustible, and it is essential that they are not covered to prevent fire outbreaks.
There is also the danger that the pipes leading to the vents will become clogged with ice leading to serious problems. To prevent clogging from ice, exhaust vent pipes need to be shortened. When the pipes are too long, a build-up of moisture might occur because the force pushing out the exhaust is not enough to go the length of the pipes. This makes it more likely for ice clogging when the exhaust finally reaches the outside.
To prevent these problems, ensure that the outside units are clear and clean before it becomes too cold. In screening pipes and vents you should use materials that will not inhibit the flow of exhaust.

Electric ignition
Furnaces come with an igniter which automatically lights up gas when switched on. If the furnace fails to light up, the usual suspect is the ignition wire which should be inspected. If the situation persists, you should turn off the igniter and reset it. If it is an electronic igniter, it is not wise to attempt to light it manually as it is a highly complex system which should not be tampered with.

Continuous rattling, screeching and other unwanted sounds are often early indicators of a more serious mechanical or electrical problem. These noises also arise due to wear and tear and a trip to a qualified professional would get all issues cleared up.
It is essential to be proactive as a home furnace owner and to deal with issues as soon as they arise to ensure that your furnace is always in good condition

Fall is here, stay warm with these tips

Fall is around the corner and staying warm and comfortable costs a lot of money. Many of us are unaware of some natural methods one can use without actually using equipment like heaters and fireplaces that consume a lot of energy that comes with a high price. Well here are some of the energy-efficient methods that not just keep you considerably warm but also let you save money.

A cool breeze can drop the temperature of a place by 30%. Use sealant to cover up cracks, and block crevices on doors and windows to prevent the cold breeze from coming in. It will also help to avoid heat from escaping your home.

Insulating walls and the ceiling using Building Insulation Materials is the best way to trap heat inside. Since hot air rises, ceilings should be properly insulated to make sure it doesn’t get absorbed by the cold temperature outside. Heat lasts for more than 14 hours in an overly insulated room, whereas, it’s 8 hours in an average room with concrete walls.

Add ambiance to your home with candle light dinners and it’s a cheap yet great source of heat. Cooking is also one of the best ways to warm the air in your home.

Sunlight is one of the greatest sources of heat and light energy. You get most of it during the day. Open your curtains or blinds and allow the warmth of the sun to heat your home. Remove any obstacles that block your windows such as plants or any other items.

The human body can give off enough heat to boil a gallon of water in ten minutes! Staying close to each other or spending most of the time in a room can help generate sufficient heat. Close off rooms that are not in use, so most of the heat stays trapped in a small area.

Cold air is heavier than warm air, thus sinking to the bottom. That is why concrete or porcelain floors are cold to walk on. Adding rugs and carpets act as insulation and prevents heat loss from the floor.

Great tips for lowering your energy bills

With the high temperatures rising, stay cool while lowering your electric bill.

See tips below:

1.) Keep curtains closed during the day
Close up curtains, drapes or blinds. This will prevent sunlight from entering your house and heating it up. Try to focus on covering east-facing windows during the morning and west-facing windows during the afternoon.

2.) Use CFL light bulbs
Old incandescent light bulbs produce a great deal of heat.  It gives out more energy of heat than light. Using compact fluorescent light bulbs will not only save you energy, but also reduce the heat output of the lighting in your home, saving you money.

3.) Change your cooking methods
Stove tops and ovens produce high temperatures when cooking your food and they also heat your home. Keep your temperatures low by using low-heat methods such as a crockpot or microwave. You can also take your cooking outside on the grill.

4.) Use fans
Fans will not impact the temperature of the air, but it will improve the rate of evaporation in the room, which makes you feel cooler. When the air is still, evaporation takes longer, so you’ll feel warmer. When air is moving, evaporation occurs at a quicker rate, making you feel cooler.

5.) Replace your air filter
If you have an air conditioning unit, it’s best to check it more frequently, especially during heavy use. Clean air filters improve airflow throughout the home so air conditioners don’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool.

6.) Follow the forecast
Outdoor temperatures can vary greatly over the course of the day. While it may be a scorcher outside during the day, the temperature drop overnight can be quite cool. Follow your local forecast to see if overnight temperatures will be comfortable, so you can shut off the AC and open the windows, taking advantage of natural cooling to save money without sacrificing comfort.

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Air Handlers, Inc. Has Merged with GasWorks, Inc.!!

As of December 1, 2015, GasWorks, Inc. is now a part of Air Handlers, Inc! As a result of the merger GasWorks, Inc. customers now have access, not only to professional repair services, but also maintenance and installation services. GasWorks, Inc. clients will receive the same high quality and affordable services with Air Handlers, Inc.

Air Handlers, Inc. began as a family-owned general contractor in 1967, serving Western Washington as a specialist in heating, air conditioning and sheet metal fabrication. Now Olympia’s premier HVAC contractor has merged with GasWorks, Inc. to offer customers an even wider variety of quality affordable heating and cooling services. Second-generation owners Mike and Donna Shattuck maintain the company’s outstanding reputation for affordable residential and commercial service, installation, maintenance, and repair in the community.

The Shattucks feel the merger is a perfect fit: “We’re a local family owned and operated company and we simply treat our customers as we would like to be treated. We’ve worked with GasWorks, Inc. for many years and feel very fortunate that it is now a part of Air Handlers, Inc.,” said Donna Shattuck. “We’re striving to make this transition seamless.

Air Handlers, Inc. is known in the community for its quality, reliability, and experience. Air Handlers, Inc. provides professional HVAC installation and repair, heat pump and air conditioning installation and repair, 24-hour emergency services, and maintenance services to the local community.

Air Handlers, Inc.’s staff has over 100 years combined experience, including vocationally, factory, and union-trained journeyman service technicians and sheet metal mechanics. All of their technicians are NATE certified.

To find out more about the Air Handlers Inc. and GasWorks, Inc. merger, please visit or call (360) 357-4428.

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Bad puns aside, have you heard of smart thermostats? Well if you haven’t, there’s a cool one out there that you should consider. Introducing Lennox’s iComfort S30. Set your preferred temperatures once, and leave it forever. This nifty system adapts to you, saving you energy, time, and money.

Traditional thermostats allow you to set various temperatures throughout the day according to set times. But what if you leave early for work or come home late? Energy and money are wasted cooling or heating a space when you are not home. However, using your phone’s GPS the iComfort S30 detects whether you’re home and adjust the system accordingly. Pretty cool, huh?!

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Interested? Give Air Handlers, Inc. a call and we’ll find the right fit for you!

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Do you really know who your HVAC technician is?

Air Handlers Inc. is the ONLY local contractor in the Thurston County area where ALL of our technicians are NATE certified.

What is a NATE certified technician? NATE, short for North American Technician Excellence, is the nation’s largest independent, third-party non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. A certified technician has proved their knowledge and skill by passing specialized a rigorous certification tests.

Why is this important?

By only having Air Handlers’ NATE certified technicians work on your heating and cooling project, you are allowing only the most qualified and knowledgeable persons work on your system. That means you’re guaranteed to get a technician who knows the latest technology, has a smaller margin of error, is knowledgeable about how to work with equipment, and knows the most appropriate equipment to meet your needs.

You’ll have peace of mind that you are getting the best, highest quality repair, maintenance, and installation. Air Handlers’ technicians are superior, skilled professionals with proven knowledge of the HVAC industry.

Big box store issues…

“We purchased a new furnace from a local Big Box store. We already had a heat pump. We were told that the heat pump would connect without problem to the new furnace. However, the heat pump didn’t work, so we called Air Handlers.

“Bryan came out to service the heat pump. He found where the heat pump wasn’t hooked up correctly to the furnace, and also noticed problems with the way the furnace had been installed. Bryan continued with the service of the heat pump – we called the Big Box store and they came back to correct and finish the job. Without Air Handlers help we may have lived with a furnace and heat pump that weren’t really working as they should.

“Many thanks to Donna, Bryan, and all at Air Handlers for their help. Once the Big Box warranty is over, we will be going with Air Handlers, Inc.”

Jerry and Jackie

We’re so happy that we could help Jerry and Jackie. Our certified heat pump technicians were able to properly diagnose the issues with their furnace and heat pump and set them up to correct the issue. Now Jerry and Jackie have a system that is working correctly and efficiently!

Need help installing your heat pump? Give Air Handlers Inc. a call at (360) 357-4428. We’re local, affordable, and all our technicians are NATE certified.