Fresh Air - Summer 2010 Edition

Welcome to another breath of Fresh Air

Brought to you by your local HVAC specialists,
Boothe's Heating & Air Conditioning

Wayne Boothe

Quote of the Quarter:

“To make progress is to build on what we have, to believe that today is better than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than either!”

I would like to personally thank every one of you for choosing Boothe's Heating & Air for all you home comfort needs.

Over the past several decades Boothe's has assembled a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of Heating & Air Conditioning for both residential and commercial spaces. As a courtesy to our customers and the local community we'd like to share that knowledge. It is our hope that the tips and information we provide will ultimately save you time, frustration, and your hard earned cash - And maybe next time you need an HVAC technician you'll remember Boothe's.

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Comfort Club

Beating the HEAT

Well, unless you've been hiding under a rock in Antarctica, you know it's HOT! While maintaining your HVAC system or upgrading to a new high efficiency system can certainly cool things down, here are some other low cost alternatives:

Shades and Window Coverings
If you're like most homeowners, you're spending a lot of money getting the heat out of your house during the summer. An inexpensive way to combat those glaring rays is to install window/door blinds, shades, or curtains. Closing them over windows during the day will reduce much of the heat build-up in your home.

Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs can add some curb appeal to your house and some green to your wallet. Planting trees in key locations around your home can provide valuable shade preventing harsh sunlight from striking your windows, doors, and roof - cooling your home and the ambient temperature around your house.

Instant Gratification - Fans
Fans come in many shapes and sizes and can help in both circulating air and cooling your skin. Ceiling fans are the most effective option as they can switch directions for hot and cold weather and can distribute air evenly across an entire room.

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling Equipment, Windows, & Doors

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Save!

Energy Star Logo

Homeowners, time is running out on Energy Star tax credits! You can save up to $1,500 and take advantage of the recent updates to Federal tax credits for energy efficiency. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, tax credits have been expanded and extended into 2010. Save today and save tomorrow on energy bills. Depending on the age of your system and local climate you could save as much as 60% annually with an upgraded HVAC system. Contact Boothe's about an ENERGY STAR qualified upgrade and start planning today to save some GREEN for tomorrow.

Crawl Space Humidity Control

This year the Southern Maryland area has had very high temperatures and humidity levels. To reduce the amount of humidity and moisture in your home, we recommend closing your crawl space vents. Humid air is heavy and has a tendency of dropping in to the crawl space areas. By shutting these vents, you can greatly reduce the amount of humidity. Re-open your crawl space vents in the fall.

Boothe's Comfort Club - Priority Service

Comfort Club

When your system failed at the worst possible moment those other guys left you sweating it out. Boothe's Comfort Club members can rest cool and comfortable because they know they'll receive priority repair service when it's needed most.

Boothe's Heating & Air Conditioning welcomes you to join the Comfort Club. We've designed two Comfort Club membership levels tailored to your needs. Both leave you with peace of mind by providing preventative maintenance for your HVAC system and a discount on other services when you need them most. If you're looking for extended HVAC system life and cost savings we encourage you to visit our site and sign-up now. Click on Comfort Club from the navigation menu.

Jenny's Corner

The Boothe's staff is a like a family and we've shared plenty of good times and good food. Jenny's Corner is our way of sharing some of our treats, good stories, and household tips in hopes that they might warm your hearts and homes too.

Cool Summer Activities

With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees, it's best to plan activities that limit your exposure to the sun or at least keep you cool. Here are some area activities to help you beat the heat:

  • The Smithsonian - The Washington, D.C. area is a treasure trove of museums covering a plethora of topics from Native American History to Air and Space. If you haven't already, you may want to make the journey a bit longer toward Dulles and the new National Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center. This is an enormous 760,000 square foot facility with aircraft from every generation of modern aviation including the B-29, the Concorde, the brand new Joint Strike Fighter, and even the Space Shuttle. Be sure not to miss the observation tower overlooking Dulles Airport and the flight simulators.
  • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp - This is the northernmost stand of Cypress trees in North America. An elevated walkway takes you through the shade of the Cypress Grove over the twisted other-worldly roots. Temperatures beneath the trees can be noticeably lower than the surrounding area. There are a number of other trails and a small museum highlighting the history of the swamp and many of the native plants and animals that make it their habitat.
  • Water, Water, Everywhere! - If you hadn't noticed Southern Maryland is surrounded by water. Water activities in the area are endless - fishing, crabbing, swimming, etc. If you're looking to avoid dragging the environment back home with you, Chesapeake Beach Water Park is a cleaner option.

Whatever you decide, remember to drink plenty of water and try to reduce activity during the peak heat between 11:00am and 3:00pm. From all of us here at Boothe's, b e safe, and enjoy your summer!

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