Freon & Regulation Changes

The cost of your next new home air conditioner could exceed $12,000, as federal regulations contribute to the escalating expenses of keeping cool. Prior to 2020, purchasing and installing a residential central air conditioner typically totaled less than $10,000, with many jobs falling within the $6,000 to $7,000 range—approximately half of today’s prices.

Various factors, including increasing material costs, have contributed to this surge, but regulations have played a significant role. In January 2023, the Energy Department implemented a new efficiency standard for residential systems, necessitating costly redesigns that inflated prices. It remains uncertain whether consumers will recoup these higher upfront costs through long-term energy savings.

The next regulatory hurdle comes from the Environmental Protection Agency, with a regulation set to come into force in 2025. This mandate requires air-conditioning equipment manufacturers to adopt new, environmentally friendly refrigerants, which happen to be mildly flammable. While safety concerns may arise among potential buyers, the primary issue is cost. Compliant equipment prices are estimated to surge by at least 10%, according to manufacturers.

Beyond equipment costs, transitioning to flammable systems necessitates additional technician training and installation steps, likely driving up labor expenses for installations and repairs. The prospect of steep expenses for new systems may prompt many homeowners to extend the lifespan of their current units, yet the growing regulatory burden remains unavoidable.

Even maintaining older systems is not immune to rising costs; refrigerant leaks demand recharges with increasingly expensive and sometimes scarce older-style refrigerants, hiking repair costs by $400 to $500 compared to just a few years ago. Inflation, along with escalating salaries for service technicians and increased vehicle and insurance expenses, shares the blame.

Despite concerning trends, federal regulators show no signs of relenting.

Regular Maintenance Is Crucial!

Regular maintenance of a home air conditioner is crucial to ensure its optimal performance, longevity, and energy efficiency. Over time, dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate in the unit’s filters and coils, obstructing airflow and reducing its cooling capacity. Additionally, worn-out parts or minor issues, if left unattended, can escalate into major problems that require costly repairs or even premature replacement of the entire system. By scheduling routine inspections and tune-ups, homeowners can identify and address potential issues early on, saving both time and money in the long run. Additionally, a well-maintained air conditioner operates more efficiently, consuming less energy to provide the same level of cooling, which translates to lower electricity bills and reduced environmental impact. Ultimately, investing in regular maintenance not only enhances the performance and lifespan of the air conditioning system but also ensures consistent comfort and cost savings for the household.
If you are interested in our maintenance plan please call the office at 816-384-6006 or speak to your service technician when he is at your home.

Dirty KC air conditioner photo

Best Time To Start My Air Conditioner For The Season

One of the biggest questions City Wide hears every year is: When should I turn on my air conditioner? As we know in the Kansas City area, the weather really starts to heat up in early May once we start getting rain the humidity ramps up.

The problem is most people wait until that first really hot day to turn on their air conditioner. Usually the best time to turn it on for the first time is when you really don’t need it yet. In this area we know that we will always get a 70 degree day either in March or April. And this year, we’ve really had a few warm days that qualify.

So why do it early? Because a large bulk of air conditioner issues happen when you first turn it on for the season. And if yours happens to break, there is less demand at that time and our service department can get to you earlier. If you wait until that first really hot day, demand really picks up and it may be more difficult to get to your home.

Before you turn it on, we would just offer a little advice:

  1. Make sure you have a clean filter in your furnace. A dirty filter makes your system work a little harder because it restricts air flow. And restricted air flow can lead to your air conditioning system freezing up.
  2. Wash out your air conditioner. A dirty air conditioner can cause the same issues because you don’t have proper air flow through your air conditioner. It also puts more load on the electrical components as well.

If you are not comfortable doing either of those, contact the office at 913-384-6006 and we would be happy to do that for you!

Carbon Monoxide – What is It and How Can It Harm You in Your Kansas City Area Home

It’s the time of year in Kansas City where the leaves change color and the weather gets cooler. It also means that homeowners start to turn on their furnaces to take the chill out of the morning air.

It also means that homeowners also need to be aware of carbon monoxide, which is a hidden danger capable of causing harm to them and their families.

So, What Is Carbon Monoxide & Where Does it Come From?

Carbon Monoxide (or CO for short) is a colorless, odorless gas.  It can be produced from a variety of sources:

  • Furnaces
  • Gas Fireplaces
  • Stoves
  • Automobiles
  • Grills
  • Lanterns
  • Generators

Carbon Monoxide can build up indoors and cause a multitude of issues: headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and even death. So it’s important that homeowners in Kansas City are aware of how you can prevent these issues.

How Can You Prevent Carbon Monoxide Issues in Your KC Home

There are a few things homeowners can do to prevent CO poisoning in their homes:

  1. Install a CO detector in your home. EVERY home should have a detector where it will wake you up if it sounds. The most common detectors are either battery operated or plug into an electrical socket. If battery operated, change the batteries every year when you change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
  2. Have your heating system inspected every year. A simple furnace tune-up can check for carbon monoxide coming from the system.
  3. Inspect the venting from your gas appliances on a regular basis. Over time your vents may develop rust or other issues, and proper venting ensures the carbon monoxide leaves your home.
  4. Never burn charcoal indoors.
  5. Never use a gas stove for heating your home.
  6. Don’t use a generator inside your home or garage or less than 20’ from a window.
  7. Have your chimney inspected every year to make sure there is no debris blocking the openings.

If your carbon monoxide detector alarm ever sounds or if you start to experience symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, leave your home immediately and contact 9-1-1.

Carbon Monoxide is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. Much like all homes should have smoke alarms, they should also have working carbon monoxide detectors.

If you have any questions, contact City Wide Heating & Cooling at 913-384-6006.

Why City Wide Heating & Cooling

There are a lot of companies you can call for heating and cooling service in the Kansas City area. All of them offer basically the same things: maintenance plans, repairs, and new installations.

But how do you choose which one is the best for you? There are a couple of things you can look for in evaluating the best heating and cooling company for your family.

Are Their Technicians Paid On Commission?

A trend in the heating and cooling industry these days is to go to a Selling Technician model.

What this means for a customer is that the service technician dispatched to your home is paid based on what repairs they can find. They are then paid a commission for selling you that repair. In some cases the technician can even sell you a new system, and those commissions tend to be higher because of the cost of new equipment.

This can happen during a maintenance visit (that you have already paid for) or a demand call (where your equipment is broken and needs a repair).

City Wide Heating & Cooling does not pay their technicians a commission. The reason for this is it incentivizes the technician to look for something that may not be broken just to sell you a part.  City Wide’s philosophy is to offer an honest assessment of your system and present options that work best for you and your budget.

Is The Company a Family Owned and Operated Company?

Kansas City has a lot of great heating and cooling companies that started as family owned businesses. But eventually companies may change ownership, so that family feeling tends to disappear as time marches on.

City Wide Heating & Cooling has been family owned and operated since 1949. The family is still involved on a daily basis, and if you ever need a new system you will have one of the owners coming to your home to talk about your options.

Is Customer Service Just Words Or A Way of Life?

Every company declares “Our Customer Service is the best and we will provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee”. But are they willing to stand behind those words and stand behind their customer all of the time?

City Wide has built their reputation on making sure their customers are the most important thing. Because they are!

A company does not survive for over 70 years without caring about the service they provide and the happiness of the customer who makes it all possible. This philosophy has always been the driving force behind this company and always will.

The next time you need service, give City Wide Heating & Cooling a try. We would love to be your heating and air conditioner provider in the Kansas City area!

George Ninemire Set To Retire After 35 Years at City Wide

“Craftsman” is a word that is rarely thrown around these days. In a world where folks shop online and are always searching for the cheapest price or the most reviews, sometimes the quality of products and skill level of contractors may not be the most important thing.

George Ninemire has always been the exception to that thought process. A true craftsman in every sense of the word, he concludes an incredible career that saw him leave his mark in many homes and businesses in the Kansas City area. City Wide Heating and Cooling is pleased to announce the retirement of George Ninemire after a 35 year career with the company.

George grew up in the Kansas City area, and after high school spent 4 years of active duty in the United States Air Force. He was a jet engine mechanic, and they had a hard and fast rule – if you lost a tool nobody goes home until that tool is found. The idea being that a tool left inside a jet engine could be catastrophic for the pilot.  That is where he learned the importance of being thorough and meticulous.

He entered HVAC Trade School soon after that, and spent a few years with various companies in the Kansas City area.

He joined City Wide Heating & Cooling in 1986. He began his City Wide career working with Ted and Chris Duval installing replacement systems in residences throughout the Kansas City area. In 1998 he started working with Doug and Nick Duval in the Sheet Metal Division. This group installed ductwork and systems for both residential and commercial customers, so George was able to expand his level of expertise in all phases of heating and cooling development.

In 2008 he stayed with Doug Duval and starting focusing mostly on residential heating and air conditioning systems, and has worked on this side of the business through 2021.

George had a certain way of doing things: you do things right the first time. But he also took things further – George wanted things perfect and nothing but the best. He not only did this for the customers but he also did this for himself – it HAD to be perfect. Anything less than that was not good enough.

He learned these traits from his grandfather and father. Both men were mechanically inclined but also preached the right way is the only way to do things. George also attributed this to his German heritage, where perfection and pride is a required tenet of life.

George leaves an incredible legacy of work that is present in many homes and buildings in the Kansas City area. If you have a George Ninemire installation, you have a work of art. Everything always aligned perfectly. Everything was nice and level. Everything was symmetrical so when you looked at it you knew it was done well. George has always been a craftsman and always will be a craftsman.

City Wide Heating and Cooling is proud to have George as part of our company for 35 years. He will be missed, but in his time here he has also been able to pass a piece of his knowledge to other installers in the company.

We wish George well in his life of retirement. Congratulations…and thank you George!