What Families Need To Know About Fireworks!

6/30/2016
11 safety tips for your Fourth of July holiday!

Everyone enjoys watching fireworks and especially on the Fourth of July while we're having or attending a festive backyard BBQ or pool party. This year the Independence Day holiday falls on a Monday, so you can bet there will be gatherings all weekend, not to mention bursts of color exploding in the air from your neighbors house or somewhere down your street .

Before you make a decision to purchase consumer fireworks, here are some important safety tips to keep you, your family and guests safe from harm.

1.  Only buy from "licensed" locations, stands or tents.

2.  Have a "designated fireworks shooter". Just like designated drivers, this person will refrain from drinking alcohol or taking impairing medication while in charge of the fireworks area.

3. Read the cautionary labels on packaging and follow instructions carefully.

4. Wear safety glasses if you are in charge.

5.  Do not wear loose clothing.

6.  Light one device at a time and walk away after igniting.

7.  Never give fireworks, even sparklers, to young children. Give them glow sticks instead.

8. Make sure your designated area is away from your house, lanai and automobiles.

9.  Keep a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher and/or nozzle ready hose near by. Drop used fireworks or duds into the water bucket to help maintain a safer environment!

10. Never carry around fireworks in your shirt or pants pockets.

11. Never relight a dud firework. Throw it in your water bucket.

With the thrill of fireworks there is always the potential of danger. Make your celebration of Independence Day a fun and festive one. Don't end up at the emergency room with serious burns or bodily injuries.

Help us prevent fireworks related injuries or deaths by sending this to everyone you know. If you feel uneasy about having consumer fireworks in your presence, please go out and enjoy your city fireworks display that is conducted by trained professionals.
Let's keep our community, our families and friends safe.

Happy Fourth of July 2016 from your friends at Kenmark Air! 

For more information on explosives and a consumer awareness video, visit www.fireworkssafety.org

We hope you've enjoyed our fireworks guide for July 4th.  For more information about Kenmark Air services, call and schedule a consultation today. You'll be impressed and surprised how today's HVAC technology can change how you live and save you money.
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12 Tips For A Safe And Healthy Summer

7/27/2015
12 Tips For A Safe And Healthy Summer
Water

Make It Your Best Summer Ever!
 
This time of year in SWFL is really hot and muggy. But when summertime rolls around, we also have the urge to spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether you're out boating, strolling along the beach, hiking, canoeing, working in your yard or keeping up with your power walk schedule; hydration should be the first thing on your mind. It's great to have fun in the sun but when you're outdoors pulling weeds, trimming hedges or removing debris from gutter areas and around your AC unit, it can be dangerous when heat and humidity rise. Don't fall victim to heat exhaustion or a heat stroke.
 
Here are 12 preventative steps to ensure "health and safety" in the sun, for you, your friends and your family!
  • Reduce strenuous activity or outdoor chores during peak heat times. According to The Old Farmers Almanac, heat continues to build after 12noon and continues to rise until around 4pm or later.
  • Get into the habit of carrying a water bottle with you and drink regularly. Add a lemon, lime, kiwi, or cucumber slice to boost a little flavor!
  • Too much salt can cause dehydration, stay within a daily recommended amount.
  • Outside with the kids? Consider keeping some popsicles on hand.
  • Snack on fresh fruit and veggies. Fresh produce has a very high water content, oranges, apples, watermelon, zucchini slices, pineapple, just to name a few.
  • Dress for the hot and humid weather, wear lighter clothing.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages to hydrate, they can make you more dehydrated.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine, like coffee, tea and soda.
  • Keep your skin moist with a damp or wet cloth.
  • Seek air conditioning when ever possible. 15 to 30 minute intervals can help your body tremendously.
  • Whether you feel thirsty or not, drink water frequently. Doctors say that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated... so we can't say it enough, keep drinking your water!
  • In addition to staying cool & hydrated, remember to wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
Slow down, relax and give yourself extra time to accomplish your daily routine.
Never, never leave children, adults or pets in a closed automobile, even for a few minutes! If the temperature outside is 95 degrees, the temperature inside the auto can reach up to 135 degrees F. Leaving the windows partially open has little effect on the maximum temperature inside the car! Make your summer a safe and perfect one.
 
It's probably true that most of us love living in Southwest Florida twelve months out of the year. The beachy resort lifestyle, shopping, fresh seafood, water activities, golfing, birding and wildlife exploration, landmark family attractions, stunning sunsets, dining al-fresco are all great reasons, and you can even wear shorts year round.
 
Kayaking Running
 
Southwest Florida is like living in a land of paradise. And for that reason, we'd love to hear what favorite lifestyle activity or enjoyment makes our area your favorite place to live.
 
Post a reply... let us know why you're a dedicated Floridian.
We look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful and safe summer.
 
For more information about Kenmark Air services, call and schedule a consultation today. You'll be impressed and surprised how today's HVAC technology can change how you live. 239.437.7040
 
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Is your home ready for summer?

5/22/2015
Top 10 List For Spring Home Maintenance


Are you ready for summer?

May is the perfect month of the year to tackle your home maintenance chores. It's the ideal time to service your AC unit to make sure it is working properly. It's also a great time to check for roof leaks and/or fix any weak spots or tears in your patio or lanai screening. The enjoyment of outdoor BBQ's and pool parties can be everything you hoped they would be with a few "must-do" projects on your spring calendar.

Here are our "Top 10 Best Tips" to make your Southwest Florida summer season at home, stress free.

#10:   Reorganize your garage:  If your garage has become a trash zone or the place in your house where you toss items that you swore you'd find a place for later...reclaim this space! Donate items you don't use anymore and then categorize the items you use. You'll be amazed at how much space can suddenly appear. Completing tasks will be so much easier when everything is easily found and close at hand.

#9:  Sharpen your lawnmower blades:  Keep your mower and your lawn in tip-top shape. The reward is a smoother, more efficient handling mower and a nicer looking lawn. Dull blades can have the tendency to pull at the grass as opposed to trimming it down.

#8:  Spring clean your kitchen appliances:  A clean stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave all operate more efficiently when shiny and clean. More efficiency = less power, thus lower utility bills. For an energy efficient home, call Kenmark Air to perform a whole home diagnostic audit. The more energy efficient your home is, the more money you will save.

#7:  Have a plan for Mosquito prevention:  Granted, living in SWFL is a given that we all experience Mosquito invasions in the summer. But there are a few preventative measures you can take to help keep them away from your backyard parties.
  • If you have a birdbath, keep it clean with regular water changes.
  • Remove debris near gutters and out door condensers.
  • Fill-in sunken areas of your yard.
  • Switch out your outdoor patio lighting to yellow bug lights.
  • Use a homemade or natural insect repellent.
  • Turn on ceiling fans and/or place portable fans around your seating area on deck or patio.
  • Plant lemongrass in gardens or in pots around deck. (lemongrass contains citronella)
  • Wear lighter color clothing for two reasons, 1) to stay cooler, and 2) Mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colors.
#6:  Give your BBQ grill a check-up:  If you use a gas grill, clean it up and make sure all components are in proper working order. Inspect burners and gas tubes. Replace if necessary. Refill your propane tank at an authorized propane supplier. Test it. Don't wait until you have a yard full of hungry guests to feed! For charcoal grills, it's pretty simple. Scrub and clean the grates. Clean it inside and out and then fire it up!

#5:  Check your window caulking and weather stripping:  Leaking windows let your cool indoor air out and allow the hot summer air in. Avoid running up your electricity bill. For deeper savings, schedule a diagnostics audit today and begin saving money and energy at the same time. Ask us about our Energy Star rated Aeroseal sealing technology.

#4:  Inspect your roof shingles:  From the ground, using binoculars, examine your roof for any missing or damaged tiles or shingles. Summer sun is really rough on a roof, not to mention the extra potential for roof damage during our hurricane and rainy season. Be safe and be prepared.

#3:  Check your outside hoses and faucets for leaks:  Replace the faucet washers every year and remember, don't over-tighten. Replace the hose washers too but if you notice dry rot and crack, replace the entire hose.

#2:  Test your lawn maintenance equipment:  Check your edgers, trimmers, leaf blowers and any gas and battery powered equipment. Make sure your maintenance equipment is ready to go when you are!

#1:  Have a certified HVAC contractor clean and service your AC system:  Ask Kenmark Air about an annual service contract to keep your system working at peak performance levels. It's another great way to save money on your utility bills. also remember to change or clean interior filters on a regular basis.


We hope you've enjoyed our handy spring maintenance check list. For more information about Kenmark Air services, call and schedule a consultation today. You'll be impressed and surprised how today's HVAC technology can change how you live. 239-437-7040

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3 steps to better indoor air quality and lower utility bills

4/15/2015
Summer has arrived early.
If you were predicting you'd be able to open your windows or doors this April or May to enjoy the crisp scent of fresh spring air or listen to the sounds of birds chirping while cooking up your favorite brunch or dinner, it has become evident that humidity and toasty warm air is already looming over Southwest Florida with record high temperatures. Needless to say, we can all agree summer is upon us. That means you're probably running your AC to keep you cool and comfortable in every room in your home.
 
If shutting off your AC from time to time this spring, was going to be "part of the plan", so you could enjoy fresh air and the potential of lowering your utility bill? Kenmark Air invites you to explore just how we can help you make that possible.
 
First, we'd like to introduce you to our "Home Energy Indoor Air Quality Products Approach". We know it sounds sophisticated but in reality it's really simple.
  1. Energy efficient products for every budget
  2. A variety of units to fit the needs and size of your home.
  3. Energy savings that take comfort and temperature control to a whole new level.

Let's think about products that operate with energy efficiency to help you breath cleaner air, remove the hot and cool spots from room to room while you control the thermostat settings that make this all happen. Today's smart AC technology is designed for maximum efficiency that allows your family to enjoy the highest level of comfort while lowering your energy use and electric bills. How, you say?

Q: How about a kitchen that's never too hot?
A: You can control comfort levels in multiple areas of your home keeping everyone happy. Ask us about programmable and intelligent control thermostats.

Q: What about a baby's room that gets cool at night?
A: We understand that you like to sleep in a colder bedroom with the ceiling fan on high but your baby needs more moderate temperatures surrounding his or her crib. Ask us about our Aeroseal duct repair technology to help manage temperature setting throughout your home so everyone sleeps safe and sound.

Q: How can I breathe fresh air without opening my windows?
A: Kenmark's Aeroseal technology seals the holes in your ductwork to reduce dust and humidity, along with fumes and other odors. It reduces air pollution and allows for improved air quality. And it improves the efficiency of your AC system, which in turn saves you money.

Q: What size SEER rating unit should I have for my 3-bedroom 3-bath home?
A: Ask our specialists to provide a recommendation and detailed information to help you choose the right AC unit for your budget, family lifestyle and square footage of livable space. We pride ourselves on expert advice while giving you the AC you want, and having it your way. "Energy efficient" SEER units are rated from 13 SEER up to 25.5 SEER. Find out which unit is best for you.

Q: Can I control the indoor temperate of my home while I'm away or hosting a pool party or outdoor BBQ?
A: Absolutely. You can modify the temperature of different zones in your home over the Internet, or via your smartphone or tablet. By staying in control of your home you can experience peace and calm, save money on your energy bill and have lots of summertime fun all at the same time.

We hope you have found this helpful. For more information call Kenmark Air and schedule a consultation today. You'll be impressed and surprised how today's HVAC technology can change how you live.
 
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Saving money when cold snaps hit Southwest Florida

2/20/2015
 
Cooler weather and cold snaps come and go through out Southwest Florida's winter season.

We want to remind you of some of the key things you can do to minimize utility costs and protect your home and AC system during our on-again and off-again cooler winter season.

Southwest Florida Winter Season Home Energy Tips:
  • Have a licensed professional check your heating and cooling system annually to ensure that it's working safely and efficiently.
  • Set your thermostat as low as comfort permits. We recommend 68 degrees F. Each degree above 68 can add 3-5% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
  • Change or clean your air filter regularly - every month.
  • Even if you only have minimal use of your fireplace, have your chimney flue inspected. Especially if you've just recently purchased your home.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Talk to us about our Aeroseal duct sealing technology!
  • Inspect and flush your water heater. Sediment builds up over time compromising its energy efficiency.
  • Check the batteries on smoke and heat detectors.
  • During the day open your shades or blinds to let the sunshine in.

Kenmark Air's service and repairs department is staffed with the most knowledgeable technicians, trained to provide energy and money saving solutions for your home or business.

We install, maintain & repair a wide range of residential AC systems. Whether you require a new system for a new home or need to replace or repair aging equipment, we're the professionals to help you tailor the right synergy for your home comfort- all year long.

Also ask about our "Whole House Diagnostic" Service!
 
 

Start Saving Money Today

12/27/2014
  
8 Tips To Save Money & Reduce Energy Use This Winter

1. Replace those old traditional incandescent bulbs with new energy-efficient bulbs. There are three main types: CFLs, LEDs, and halogen incandescents. Start by choosing your home's most frequently used fixtures and choose the lighting bulb that best fits your needs. LEDs cost more at purchase but last longer. CFL's are less expensive but if they break, they contain Mercury and proper disposal is important. Learn more by visiting energy.gov for lighting choices that save you money.

2. Are you buying a new appliance in 2015? Be sure to purchase an energy-efficient model that will save you money on your electric bill. Just look for the Energy Star label.

3. Remember to unplug your mobile phone, iPad, tablet or laptop Chargers once those devices are fully charged. This reduces your home energy consumption.

4. Trade out your traditional power strip for a 'smart power strip'. The smart power strip works to reduce your power usage by shutting power down to electronics and products that go into stand-by mode and therefore continue to consume energy.

5. Reduce the water-heating portion of your utility bill with these following tips:
a) Shorten your shower time. Hot showers use up to 30% of your hot water costs.
b) Lower your water heater temperature to 140 degrees.
c) Turn your water heater off if you plan to leave your home for a few days or longer. Most water heaters will re-heat in about an hour.
d) Install a timer on your water heater that turns off when you're at work and clicks back on at your scheduled return time.

6. Schedule a tune-up on your HVAC equipment. Kenmark Air's comprehensive HVAC maintenance program helps you improve and maintain your homes central AC system for maximum comfort and increased energy efficiency.

7. For homes with pools and spas - reduce your pool pumps operating hours to the minimum necessary to keep your pool clean and free of debris. For spa pumps, use only when you're ready to take that stress relieving dip. Enjoy!

8. Check your homes ductwork system. Warm air is distributed through your central AC system. Any leaks in your ducts will make your system work harder and lose warm air traveling through the ductwork to the vents. Kenmark Air's Aeroseal duct sealing technology can improve your heating & cooling system and can lead to up to $850 dollars in energy savings per year.

For money and energy saving tips year-round, stay updated by signing up for Kenmark Air's newsletter, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Visit our website for seasonal specials, informative videos and the latest technology to keep your home happy, healthy and safe.

Happy New Year from all of us at Kenmark Air!

For more energy saving tips and info, visit energystar.gov and epa.gov

10 Instant Answers: Save Money on Your Utility Bill

10/23/2014
 
10 Instant Answers: Save Money on Your Utility Bill

With the fluent warm temperatures and sporadic cold snaps Floridians go through during the fall and winter season, it can be difficult to know exactly how to get the most out of your central air conditioning and heating unit without seeing sudden spikes in your electric bill. No matter how energy-efficient your AC was when it was originally installed, overtime it can lose efficiency when it's not properly maintained.

Here are 10 easy and simple things you can do that will help your unit last for years and save you money at the same time.

For Warmer Days:
  1. Set your thermostat on the highest comfortable temperature, Energy.gov (http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-programmable-thermostats) suggests 78 degrees. When the house is empty during the day, try turning the thermostat up even higher.
  2. Clean or replace your filters monthly, or as recommended. A dirty air filter can cause your system to work harder to cool your home, which in turn results in higher electric bills
  3. Check your outside condenser unit to make sure it isn't clogged by shrubs, tall grass or any debris. It needs space for airflow.
  4. Use a ceiling fan or portable fan to supplement your air conditioning. A fan can make a room feel at least 3-4 degrees cooler, so you can feel comfortable with your thermostat a few degrees higher and save on cooling costs.
  5. Consider closing your window coverings during the hotter times of the day to keep the cool air in, and heat from the sun out. Especially if your not home.

For Colder Days:
  1. Lower your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting. Energy.gov (http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermostats) suggests 68 degrees.
  2. Continue to clean or change your air filters regularly.
  3. Again, use ceiling fans to distribute the heated air around a room.
  4. When entertaining this holiday season, lower the thermostat a degree or two before the guests arrive. With a room full of family and friends, the room will heat up in no time!
  5. Heat your home with the sun's help. In the morning, open all the blinds and curtains on the east-facing side of the house, while closing those of the west-side. When mid-day roles around, switch the two.

The easiest and most efficient way to keep up with the fluctuating temperatures Floridians deal with is a programmable thermostat. According to Energy Star (http://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products/detail/programmable_thermostats) you can save about $180 dollars every year in energy costs. To regulate your home's temperature call Kenmark Air (http://www.kenmarkair.com/comfort.asp) to have your programmable thermostat properly installed and programmed to fit your family's schedule.

For money and energy saving tips year-round, stay updated with Kenmark Air's newsletter, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website often for updates and seasonal specials.

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What You Need to Know When Lightning Strikes

8/11/2014

Living in Florida, you already know that thunderstorms and summer go hand in hand. Don't be fooled by light summer showers and blue skies, dangerous electrical  storms could be lurking just miles away.

Here are 6 tips to help remain safe and be prepared when lightning strikes.



1.  Avoid using hardwired landline telephones, or anything that conducts electricity. Most indoor lightning injuries are caused by people talking on their landline phone or standing near windows or open doors.

2. Water is the best conductor of electricity, so if you're swimming, go inside immediately. Also refrain from showering and washing your hands. Even indoors, electricity can travel through the plumbing in your home.

3. Unplug electronics like TV's and computers to keep them from getting 'fried' if lightning hits your home or nearby power lines. Installing or subscribing to surge protection will protect your home's major appliances (such as your A/C, refrigerator, washer, dryer, oven, and ceiling fans).

4. Most lightning fatalities and injuries occur during the summer months when people are out boating, swimming, fishing, biking, golfing, jogging, grilling, gardening, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach or poolside. Please be safe. Your first response to lightning should be to seek shelter indoors as quickly as possible.

5. Trees are commonly mistaken as a safe haven during a storm, but they're actually one of the more dangerous places to take cover. Trees are elevated, making them a direct target for strikes. Their sap and water also make them prime conductors allowing the voltage to spread to the surrounding area.

6. When ever possible, never be the tallest object in a clearing. Squat down in a crouched position, with your hands NOT touching the ground. Do not lay down on the ground horizontally.

Kenmark Air would like to make sure you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer season. For additional safety information on lightning and storms, visit NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

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7 Tips to Stay Cool This 4th of July Holiday

6/30/2014


Between fireworks, backyard celebrations, crowds, and the blazing summer heat, July 4th is one of the hottest outdoor holidays of the year. This year's Southwest Florida forecast is predicting temperatures of up to 90 degrees during the day with a staggering 84% humidity. Whether you're hosting or attending a party this Independence Day, here are a few tips for surviving the extreme heat and outdoor festivities. 


  • Consider wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Offer up chilled foods like salsas, coleslaw, cucumber salad, and even these "patriotic" ice pops made with fresh fruit.
  • Make sure your AC unit is in tip-top shape (it will be working overtime if you plan to have guests in and out of your house all day long).
  • Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees, the standard temperature for the summer season. You'll be surprised at how cool your home feels after you've been outside in the hot sun. And, you'll save on your electric bill too.
  • For children's activities, consider toy water guns and water balloon games as fun ways to keep the kids cool (and occupied). Remember the old Slip n' Slide? Find one of the many water slide versions to create a mini water park in your own backyard. Fun for kids and adults alike.
  • Circulating air is always refreshing, especially during those non-breezy, muggy days. Arrange outdoor fans around your carport, patio, pool, or lanai, or carry around your own battery-operated mini fan. It may not be the tropics, but you'll definitely feel a little cooler.
  • Last but not least, keep your body hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially refreshing beverages like lemonade, fresh juices, and H2O. 

Happy Independence Day from Kenmark Air! We wish you a fun and safe holiday weekend. Don't forget to apply plenty of sunscreen and opt for an organic bug repellent, like Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, to ward off those pesky mosquitos. If you're planning on having an after-dark fireworks display, we encourage you to remember that fireworks can be dangerous and to follow safety guidelines to protect you, your family, and friends. Have a blast and stay cool!

5 Ways To Cool Your Home And Save Money Doing It

5/22/2014

 

Summer can make you and your bank account sweat. Kenmark Air has 5 progressive money-saving solutions to help beat the heat.


 

1. Invest in Aeroseal - This breakthrough technology seals air leaks from the inside (including those you're unable to see or access on your own), and is more efficient and cost effective than outdated materials, like mastic or taping. Aeroseal won't break down over time and has a 10 year warranty.

 

2. "App"-ly yourself- The MyInfinity app offered by Carrier has a wi-fi powered "Touch" function that allows you to view, adjust, and control your home's energy output from anywhere.

 

3. Do your research- When installing a new system, make sure your contractor is certified and trained in the latest HVAC technologies. The Building Performance Institute and Comfort Institute both offer reputable certifications to look for. Also check for recommendations via customer testimonials. Word of mouth is a great reliable source, so use it!

 

4. Think long term- "Green", energy-efficient units may be more costly upfront, but will undoubtedly lead to lower utility bills over time. Ask us which model and SEER efficiency unit would be the best fit for your home.

 

5. Audit yourself- Do you find that your home accumulates dust even after cleaning, or that some rooms are warmer than others? It may be wise to invest in a whole-home diagnostic test. Home performance contracting (where professionals conduct a comprehensive assessment of your home) can determine performance levels and identify the roots of any problems.

For money and energy saving tips year-round, stay updated with Kenmark Air's newsletter, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website for seasonal specials! Have a great Father's Day Weekend.

Preparing Your Florida Home for Cooler Weather

12/19/2013


We are finally enjoying some of those cooler temperatures and even cold snaps that make their way down to Florida this time of year.

Just as we prepare our homes for the warmer weather, there are some key things you can do to prepare your Florida home for cooler weather.

Did you know, on average, 30 cents of every $1 you spend on heating and cooling your home disappears into thin air due to leaky ducts?

Here are a few timely tips that will prepare your home both inside and out for the cooler temperatures and conditions, that can protect it and help cut down on utility costs.

Schedule a full service AC check up.
Right now is the perfect time to schedule a tune-up for your HVAC system. A regular maintenance check can ensure that your heating and cooling system is running properly, saving energy and saving you money. As Benjamin Franklin so wisely said: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Have your air ducts cleaned, inspected and sealed for leaks.
Once leaks are sealed, conditioned air is delivered more effectively and your HVAC system can operate more efficiently. The solution for this is our patented Aeroseal Duct Technology. Cooler months are known for bringing the dreaded flu and common cold, so cleaner air ducts can cut down on respiratory problems and getting the runny nose, cough and colds.

Look into upgrading to a high efficiency, energy saving system for your home.
Don't think that the comfort inside your home is only about the temperature! It's also about controlling all the elements, like fresher, healthier and cleaner air. There are products for every budget. While the outdoor weather is beyond your control, the indoor forecast is entirely up to you.

Self-maintenance of your AC system between scheduled tune-ups can help your unit last for years.
Remember to change air filters regularly - a clogged filter makes your system work harder. And check around your outside unit periodically to make sure shrubs, leaves or tall grass are not clogging the area. You need airflow through all sides to cool the coil.

Closing Your Home has been developed to help Florida residents make plans for protecting their homes when they are absent for long spans of time. There are things you can do to protect your home from moisture problems, deterioration of the exterior, or the intrusion of burglars and vandals. Air conditioning can be used to reduce potential moisture problems, yet use a minimum amount of energy.

Kenmark Air takes pride in being one of the most reliable HVAC contractors in southwest Florida. We work long and hard to bring you honest and dependable service. That's why Kenmark Air offers innovative, industry leading guarantees that ensure your complete satisfaction.

Call us today to schedule your Winter Check-up Special. Details available on our website homepage.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday and happy New Year!

20 Fun Family Activities To Enjoy Before Heading Into Fall

9/13/2013


Summertime is a happy season for kids of all ages and families to have fun and spend more time together before the weather changes.

So as summertime shifts into Fall and it's still warm, what are some of the fun family activities to end the summer on a high note before the Fall season starts?

Southwest Florida is rich with so many fun, interesting and affordable things to do for families. The fabulous site Trekaroo - Kids, Trips, Tips offers the most comprehensive destinations, things to do and great tips.
 
Here are just some of our Southwest Florida highlights that not only are great for Summer but perfect when you have relatives visiting during the holidays too.

Local Attractions and Museums
  • Edison-Ford Winter Estate
  • Imaginarium Hands on Museum and Aquarium
  • Bailey Mathews Shell Museum
  • The Shell Factory & Nature Park
  • Sanibel Historic Museum
  • Koreshan State Historic Museum
  • Naples Zoo
  • Everglades Wonder Gardens

Guided Tours
  • Everglades National Park Tours
  • Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
  • Calusa Spirit Dolphin Watch
  • Gulf Coast Kayak Company
  • Six Mile Cypress Slough

Family Home and Car Together Time
  • Games and Puzzle Nights
  • Volunteer Together
  • Plant Things
  • Cook Together
  • Backyard Camping
  • Make Up Songs

End of Summer Barbeque
One of the true family summertime favorites for gathering with friends and family and enjoying great times, food and fun is a BBQ. What's your favorite burger recipe?

These days, the sky's the limit when it comes to what constitutes a great burger: Tuna burgers, crab burgers, bison burgers, lamb burgers, turkey burgers, and pork burgers and a vegetarian version, the Black Bean Burger.

Check these 21 Favorite Burger Recipes you can try at your End of Summer barbeque!

Here are some resource sites that can give you and your family great ideas and the contact information for just about anything you need to entertain kids and your family from attractions, guided tours, parks, beaches and interesting neighborhoods.

If you are staying home more with the family Kenmark Air can assure your home air and environment is comfortable, clean and perfect for having fun!

Enjoy your family, be safe and have a blast together!

Protect Your Home and Enjoy Your Summer Vacation

8/19/2013


Summer vacation with family and friends is one of the most enjoyable and fun times of the year. Even though the kids are back in school, there's still time for a summer vacation getaway, especially with the Labor Day Holiday just around the corner. So much planning goes into travel these days from picking the perfect destination, booking flights or planning driving routes, sightseeing, food, and of course the unexpected.

Preparing and protecting your home for when you go away is one of the most important aspects that give you the peace of mind to enjoy your vacation fully.

Those threats to your home including weather, vandalism, fire and the unforeseen can be minimized by doing a few key things before you go.

Here are 5 ways to protect your home and property so you can enjoy your summer vacation and travel.

  1. Turn off the main water supply - A major leak could be catastrophic if there's nobody around to deal with it and there's no downside to turning off the water. It takes no time and can save you thousands of dollars in potential damage.
  2. Turn up the thermostat, but don't turn off the AC - It's suggested and best to have a programmable thermostat, so you can set and hold the temperature to have the house at around 85 degrees while you're gone in the summer. Don't turn off the air conditioner during your vacation to keep the air circulating so it doesn't have time to condensate.
  3. Unplug your electronics - If any of your televisions, computers, stereos, and other electronics are plugged directly into the wall rather than into a surge protector, pull the plugs in case a power surge happens while you're away. The Department of Energy estimates that the average U.S. family spends $100 annually to power devices that are turned off or in standby mode
  4. Light rooms with timers - To make your house appear occupied while you're gone and a less appealing target for burglars put timers on lights in different rooms of the home. The timers turn on and off the lights at different times of the night, as if someone in the house were flipping a switch. Timers are available at any home center for under $20.
  5. Be a neighbor and ask a neighbor to keep an eye out - Neighbors can play a key role in preventing home thefts. Homeowners on friendly terms with their neighbors are less likely to be victimized by other members of their community. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out and reciprocate when they go away. Don't be a hermit. Get out and interact with your neighbors and be more neighborly.

These are 5 ways you can have more peace of mind when you vacation or travel, but here are 25 more things you can do before you leave, which can add to your peace of mind.

We can help you prepare and protect your home and property, so you can go enjoy and have a blast on your vacation.

10 Essentials to Prepare for Storm Season

6/28/2013


Ah, summer, the time of year for vacations, barbecue's, pool parties, boating, days at the beach, the lake, picnics gatherings for friends and family. We all look forward to sharing good times in summer.

Summer and fun are synonymous, but summer can be interrupted with all kinds of weather.

In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year.

With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time." said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA acting administrator.

"Be ready" is NOAA's mantra. Making sure you are prepared, organized and ready for any weather event is smart and will cut way down on stress for you, your family and pets.

Here is a checklist of 10 key things to have ready, accessible and prepared for the stormy weather season.

1. Have a family communications plan.
In an emergency situation, your family might not all be together and traditional means of communication (like cell phone service) may not be readily available. Follow these tips from FEMA to put together a plan.

2. Create an emergency kit.
Strong storms can knock out power for a long time and if you're unable to evacuate, you'll need to have enough food, batteries and water on hand until power can be restored. FEMA recommend at least 72 hours with these items to include in your kit.

3. Learn the appropriate evacuation routes.
Knowing the evacuation routes in advance will help you react calmly during an evacuation and help move your family to safety. Follow the direction of local emergency officials and law enforcement.

4. Know whether you live in a flood zone.
Storms can cause serious flood damage to your property. If you live near rivers, streams or other bodies of water that could overflow, make sure you are prepared to deal with flooding. Learn more about your flood risk and finding flood insurance coverage.

Keep local and national storm, emergency and disaster websites handy.

6. Remove weak and dead trees or tree limbs on your property.
Did you know that tree limbs and branches - especially palm fronds - are among the most common causes of power outages and flickers? FPL suggests you trim your trees and clear vegetation along power lines to help reduce tree limb interference.

7. Careful when the power goes out and power lines go down.
If you see a downed power line or other damaged electrical equipment, be sure to stay far away and immediately call 911 or FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243). Keep away from flooded and debris-laden areas because there may be hidden downed lines.

8. Protecting your windows protects your roof.
Once a window is broken, the wind blows inside to not only wreck the interior, but also to apply upward pressure on the roof, which might be enough to send it flying. Protection can include impact-resistant glass or other permanent materials that have passed the state of Florida or Lee County impact standards tests.
 
9. Prepare a 'Grab and Go' bag.
If you might have to evacuate, have a "grab and go" bag ready with important papers, such as your home owners insurance policy, prescription drugs, change of clothes, toiletries, water.

10. Have a disaster plan for your pets.
When disaster strikes, the same rules that apply to people apply to pets. Preparation makes all the difference, so make a plan and assemble an emergency kit for your pet.

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Have a blast during summer but also review all of the elements that make for a smart storm preparedness plan so that you will feel safer and completely ready.

Kenmark Air is here for you and can make sure your home AC and HVAC system is protected both inside and out during storm season.

Have fun in summer, be prepared, safety first.

Prepare Your AC System for Summer Storm Season

5/22/2013


Is your HVAC system ready for summer and storm season? Now is the time to get it ready.

As we enter the warmest months of the year and storm season, making sure your HVAV and AC system is tip top and ready to work harder is essential maintenance.

Nothing is worse than the AC going down in the hottest time of the year, when it didn't really have to.

The best way to maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs and keep your cooling system at peak performance is to check the cooling system in the spring. Make sure you have a licensed contractor do annual pre-season check-ups.

A standard suggested spring check up includes evaluating and assessing the following 5 areas.

  1. Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  2. Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
  3. Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increase the amount of electricity you use.
  4. Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  5. Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

Although this maintenance check up should be performed by a professional, licensed AC company, it is important to inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.

We can gladly show you how to do that as well as visually check other things to make sure there are no leaks.

Learn more energy saving tips and energy saving measures from PG&E, and call us to set up your Spring Check Up.

Kenmark Cares, so if you have any questions about your AC send them directly to ASK KEN and he will answer them promptly!

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter where you can also post your questions and engage with us, and join our monthly eNews list!

8 Money Saving Tips Keep Your Home Cool and Stress Free

4/30/2013


As we move out of the cooler, milder and lower humidity months and into the summer, our home HVAC system will be working overtime to keep our homes comfortable.

A Pacific Gas & Electric Study revealed that AC problems were caused by the following issues:
  • 67% Poor Airflow
  • 53% Coil Dirty or Clogged
  • 40% Dirty Filter
  • 27% Refrigerant Overcharged
  • 27% Refrigerant Undercharged

During these extended summers, it's important that you get the most cooling and the highest efficiency out of your A/C system. It's important to make sure you are not allowing money to simply fly out your windows and doors and ductwork, while at the same time risking the overall comfort and health of your family.

Regular maintenance of your system by a certified, HVAC expert and company is your best insurance to assure that your home AC will work efficiently and properly when you need it the most.

Some of the benefits of a regular maintenance contract are catching problems early, reducing stress, knowing what company you can count on in emergencies and less down time.

There are many things that your HVAC company and professional should be checking during a comprehensive examination.

Here are 8 Maintenance Tips That Keep Your Summer Home Cool and Stress Free.

1-Thermostat setting assessment
Your settings should keep your space comfortable when you are around to enjoy it and change to conserve power when you are not home.

2-Electrical connection check
Connections should be snug, and the voltage and current readings should help reflect this.

3-Lubrication
Lubrication reduces resistance and helps you save energy.

4-Outdoor unit inspection
Debris and dirt should be removed from the area around the outdoor HVAC unit.

5-Fan assessment
The motor and blades on the fan should be checked to make sure they are not damaged.

6-Coil cleaning
The coils on the evaporator and the condenser should be cleaned. This can help your unit operate more efficiently and increase the life of your system.

7-Refrigerant check
Too much or too little refrigerant can be a waste. Help safeguard efficient operation by making sure refrigerant levels are just right.

8-Blower maintenance
Adjusting the blower components can help maintain proper airflow. The blower assembly should be cleaned during routine maintenance.

Kenmark Air offers maintenance contracts or one-time maintenance checkups by top certified technicians. We provide comprehensive maintenance that includes the items on the checklist above and more.

We offer an array of top notch equipment from all major HVAC providers including Carrier, Rheem, Trane, Frigidaire, Mitsubishi and others, who are offering summer incentives and rebates, which we can too.

Contact us today, so we can assess your HVAC system to save you time, money and unnecessary aggravation during any season.

Keepin Up with Kenmark Air

3/29/2013


Keeping Up with Kenmark AirCustomer Testimonial:
"We are "senior" citizens on a fixed income and rely on companies like Kenmark to be honest, trustworthy and fair. This company seems to respect that trust and treats us like they would want their own family members to be treated."
Carol Z.- customer since 2007

As we enter into our 17th year of serving our customers and community here in SW Florida, we wanted to revisit our mission statement and the promise that it makes for our future.

"Every call will be handled with expediency and expert consultation. An honest and dependable evaluation will be provided. Our service and trustworthiness are translated through your experience with our company. We value the relationships we have built with all of our commercial and residential clients. Our purpose in this industry is to maintain "quality of life" for the communities we serve and the families and businesses that depend on us".

We take this promise very seriously, and given the competitive business environment and what it takes to stay successful, we know that the customer and our community are our most important commodity.

This year we launch our "Keeping Up With Kenmark" campaign, as we get more active in serving our community and communicating with our customers and colleagues in more consistent, relevant ways.

Some of the marketing activities we are working on are our monthly ENewsletter to keep you up to day on our products, services, customers, community and results.

We are also working on some mobile marketing, so we can communicate with you in some of the new ways that you are using to get and respond to information.

The activity we are most excited about is our community outreach. We are planning to get involved and help people through our chamber memberships and some non profits who serve and help people who need our products and services.

Three things have been the foundation
and backbone of our success since 1996:
1-Excellent products and services from vendors and partners.
2-Long term and repeat customers who have been with us 10+ years.
3-The loyal and growing communities we live in and serve including Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties.

Ask Ken any questions you may have about your HVAC and Holistic Home anytime. Just email your questions to us.

Send us a testimonial We love our customers and would love to add you to our website list of testimonials here.

Telling you how much we appreciate you is very important to us, but showing you our thanks is much more important.

Stay tuned as we launch our "Keeping Up With Kenmark" campaign for this year.

Home For The Holidays

12/11/2012


Home is where the heart is and the heart is where the holidays are!

There is no more enjoyable month than December to share good times with family and friends during the holidays. It's a time to open our homes to gather, share quality time with people we care about, and celebrate such a joyful time of year.

Here at Kenmark Air, we pride ourselves on helping people create the most comfortable, healthy, holistic home that makes gathering so special and memorable.

We understand that your home may be the biggest investment in your life. And, your home comfort equipment may very well be your largest investment inside the home. That's why Kenmark Air consistently offers innovative, industry leading guarantees that ensure your complete satisfaction.

As the decorations go up and you dress up your home inside and out with lights, candles and other electric ornaments, we want to remind you of holiday safety tips for your home.

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) reminds us "the holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire due to heating equipment".

Here are some important holiday safety tips that can assure a happy, fire safe season.

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Test your smoke alarms and do not leave holiday lights on, unattended.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles, matches and lighters.

Kenmark Air is grateful to our family of customers, colleagues and partners, who have supported us since 1996! Thank you for your business and we take our mission very seriously:

We value the relationships we have built with all of our commercial and residential clients. Our purpose in this industry is to maintain "quality of life" for the communities we serve and the families and businesses that depend on us.

We are privileged to serve you in Southwest Florida and wish you all a healthy, happy, safe holiday.

Is Your Home Ready for Florida's Winter Conditions?

11/20/2012


Cooler weather and cold snaps can affect us no matter where we live.

Hurricane Sandy has given us some very clear and painful lessons, with regard to preparedness for weather conditions and the infrastructure necessary to survive them. Much of the coastal areas that got destroyed had not upgraded or updated in years. Old structures, outdated systems all folded quickly when the winds, rain and water struck.

We wanted to remind you of some of the key things you can do to minimize utility costs and protect your home and AC and Heating unit during Florida's winter season.

  • Have a licensed professional check your heating system annually to ensure that it's working safely and efficiently.
  • Set your thermostat as low as comfort permits. Each degree above 68 degrees F can add 3-5% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
  • Change your air filter regularly - every month.
  • Even if you only have minimal use of your fireplace, have your chimney flue inspected. Especially if you've just recently purchased your home.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Talk to us about our Aeroseal duct sealing technology!
  • Inspect and flush your water heater.
  • Check the batteries on smoke and heat detectors.
  • During the day open your shades or blinds to let the sunshine in.

Kenmark Air's service and repairs department is staffed with the most knowledgeable technicians, trained to provide energy and money saving solutions for your home or business.

We install, maintain & repair a wide range of residential air conditioning, heating & ventilation systems. Whether you require a new system for a new home or need to replace aging equipment, we're the experts to help you tailor the right synergy for your home comfort - all year long.

Also ask about our "Whole House Diagnostic" Service!

Regardless of Your Home's Age Don't Ignore Your Air Ducts

10/15/2012


Consumer Reports includes a feature called "Testing Your Energy IQ" where they asked (and answered) questions regarding home energy efficiency. When it came to lowering energy costs, the publication confirmed that one of the single most effective home improvement projects for lowering your home energy bill is sealing ductwork.

In this Consumer Report, they outline the 4 things that will usually lower a household's annual energy bill.
  • Upgrading windows
  • Adding insulation to the attic
  • Installing light colored roof shingles
  • Sealing all air leaks, including leaky ducts
As you know, we've written about leaky ducts and touted the great benefits of the Aeroseal technology. So let the story continue...

Aeroseal Duct Sealing is a patented breakthrough technology that tackles leaks from the inside out. Aeroseal software allows the technician to accurately measure the duct leakage in residential homes and commercial buildings. This patented Duct Repair Technology seals 70% to 90% of leaks using a fast and cost-effective method.

"The U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute determined ... 25% to 40% of the heating and cooling energy put out by heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems is lost through the ductwork system".

No matter how new or old your home is, don't ignore your air ducts. They can affect your homes air quality, comfort and energy efficiency regardless of your home's age.

Here's what Steve and Carroll in Naples, Fl customers since 2007 say about Kenmark Air!

"They spent long hours up in our hot attic then, when they discovered I had a fancy fence around the old unit, which was much smaller than the new one, somehow, and I have no idea how they did it, they maneuvered the large and heavy base into that space with no damage to the fence, leaving about 2 inches to spare all around. They checked and rechecked everything and would not leave until they had everything absolutely perfect. Needless to say we are now enjoying beautiful, cold A/C. I would heartily recommend anyone to use Kenmark Air if all your technicians are as great as these two were."

Kenmark Air is the authorized, certified Aeroseal Dealer in SW Florida and Aeroseal Technology will you save you money on your energy bill and help you live in maximum comfort!

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