Looks like we are having a wonderful traditional “hot” Fourth of July weekend, just like we want it. And for any reputable heating and cooling company, this gets the phones ringing off the hook.
It is important to be patient and get your name on the list versus hanging up to try another company. If they are reputable as well, you will only run into the same problem — they will be booked out too. However, if you call a company and they are not already booked out, I would be very cautious to have them come knocking at my door.
Who’s That Knocking at Your Door?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics, there are 561,000 plumbers, 656,000 electricians, and 270,000 heating and air conditioning service providers in the United States. So, how do homeowners pick one, especially when faced with hot home, clogged pipes, or electrifying emergency?! How do you distinguish reputable professionals from rip-off artists?
“It takes more than a uniform and a tool belt to enter a home and earn a homeowner’s trust.” If you had to call a heating and cooling company this past week, you may have been a bit challenged on whom to call if you had not had any heating, cooling, plumbing or electrical work done in the past three years, and may have found that like in our company, we do take our customer relationship seriously, and when the phones are ringing off the hook, we have to prioritize our calls, so that we do not burn out our Team.
We utilize a Call Center Pyramid to help our Team to decide on who goes where and when. If you are a Comfort Care Member of our preventative maintenance program with an emergency, you go to the “top” of our pyramid, and then we work our way down from there.
It is very important to be taking care of your home’s heating and cooling system annually, not only to keep your system running at peak efficiency, but also to have a relationship with a good company that can come to your rescue when you have an emergency or want to invest in air conditioning when it is hot out.
How can you be better prepared and know who is “knock-ing at your door,” that they are reputable company that trains their Team weekly, not only in the field but their call center as well? It is important to build a relationships with service providers before you’re in crisis.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you are hiring a good company:
Fourth of the July Dessert
Angel Food Cake
2 C strawberries cut up
1 C blueberries
1/4 C of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
8 ounces of whipping cream
Mix strawberries with half of the sugar and set aside. Whip up the whipping cream and as it gets to the right consistency,
add in the rest of the sugar and vanilla. Slice up the Angel Food Cake, place on a festive Fourth of July plate, add a spoon or
two of strawberries, a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with blueberries … Enjoy!
He is going back, Brock Osweiler, our hometown boy, a 2008 graduate from Flathead High School, at age 25, to the Super Bowl for the second time.
He was a second round draft pick for the Denver Bronco’s in 2012 out of Arizona State when the Broncos fa ed the Seahawks in the big game. This time he has a lot more to be proud of… as he was the starting quarterback for seven games this season, while Denver’s main quarterback, Peyton Manning, was nursing a foot injury, and was pulled from the field on Nov. 15, after four interceptions… ouch!
Many times, what is someone’s misery can be another person’s gain… in goes Brock. For all of us “Kalispellians,” how fun was it to watch “our boy,” lead the Denver Broncos for the next seven games, only to be replaced in the game against the San Diego Chargers after a fifth turnover, which really was not his fault. Back in goes Manning for good!
Some others out in NFL football land are missing “our boy” as well… The headline recently in the Gospel Herald said, “NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos Push for Peyton Manning Retirement, Brock Osweiler takes over in the Super Bowl.”
Talk about having to have thick skin. This is not only tough for Mr. Manning, but the entire Denver Broncos team. Your starting quarterback is “The MAN,” the Leader… and the press is playing with your head like this! As far as Coach Kubiak is concerned, “Peyton Manning is our starting quarterback as long as he is healthy and can play.”
As Peyton is knocking on the back door of the big “4-0,” is it the Denver Broncos versus the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl or “The Old Man” versus “The Young Buck”?
Either way, another great opportunity for this young man and his family. As a mother of sons who got to play college ball and experience a championship game or two, I have just an inkling of what his mother may be going through.
With the big game just around the corner, I have come up with a few items to ensure your guests are comfortable, your space is inviting and there is plenty of food for everyone’s tastes:
- First of all, the television will be the focal point, so rearrange your furniture if need be to maximize the space and to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- My favorite go-to snack for a coffee table is 2/3rds dry roasted peanuts and 1/3rd M&M’s. And if I can, the color of the M&M’s would match my favorite team’s colors.
- Simplify your party plan. Your guests are coming for the party and want to pitch in. I like to choose a few favorite items to make and then ask people to bring their favorite “tailgate food.” Keep it simple with one signature cocktail, beer, and wine. For the non-alcoholic drink of choice, I always have spar-kling water on hand as well as a pitcher of flavored water, with either slices of lemon, lime or cucumber, just to make it a bit more festive. This time of year, blood oranges are in season and are a good complement.
- Plan ahead, and go to the grocery store a few days before to get all that you need including items to add a bit of fun, like napkins and plates in your team’s colors.
- Make your life easier, and set up everything so your guests can just help themselves; then you can kick back and enjoy the evening as well.
- Research shows that most people are comfortable in a room temperature of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. As your guests overall will add warmth to your space, I usually turn down our thertmostat about an hour before our guests are to arrive.
As always, your Comfort is our Central concern. Call 756-6656, for all your heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and drain cleaning needs.
This feeds a crowd:
French Dip Sandwiches
6 lb. chuck roast cut into 6 pieces, 2 cans each of condensed French onion soup, beef consommé, beef broth and a 1/4 cup red wine. Place in crock pot for 8-10 hours on low, and serve with favorite French rolls. Enjoy…
This past weekend we had the opportunity to head over to Portland, Oregon, for a high school playoff game, between Tualatin High School and Beaverton High, where our nephews were playing against each other. Unfortunately for us, we knew one was going to win and the other would lose. A few things came to mind:
— What side do we sit on, that was easy as it was raining and the visitor side (Beaverton) was not covered…
— And who do you cheer on, “Well, of course, both!” I just shared with my fellow Tualatin Wolf Pack fans around me, please understand I will be rooting for both sides as our nephews are playing against each other!
However, when my nephew, playing for the Beaverton Beavers, catches the ball in the last few minutes of the game, for a run of 65 yards and the winning touchdown, I am not so sure they appreciated my zealous behavior! Of course my football emotions overtook me as I was jumping up and down, and then, I remembered where I was jumping up and down at… and looked over at my sister, and immediately gained back my composure… with a meek sorry to my Wolf Pack Moms around me…
It is times like this we will never get back again, and never forget. I thought this was so important, that we were able to have our children and their families make the trip as well… it is what families are about and should be about!
It is that time of year again where the “Hustle and Bustle” are upon us, and family and friends begin to fill our homes. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving and gratitude you’ll appreciate the peace of mind that a little early preparation will bring to you, in the busy weeks ahead.
Enough hot water? With all the holiday baking, delicious smells of the season and extra guests, your consumption of water increases… now is the time to call Central and look into our tankless water heaters. A tankless system will heat water on demand, which takes away from the chance of being left without enough hot water for everyone. A thankful addition for all!
Strategically placed furniture. If you are like our household, when the tree goes up, we are also re-arranging our furniture. Make sure sofas and chairs are not covering heating vents to allow proper heat distribution. For comfortable eye-to-eye conversations, I like to strategically arrange our furniture so we can enjoy the vision of the tree and several “conversation spots” that allow for a few different conversations going on at the same time. This is a season of creativity, so be creative with your furniture staging.
Light the way for guests. At this time of year, with the sun going down by 4:30 or 5-ish, and the sky not really getting light again until 8-ish, I like to set my outside Christmas lights to come on around 6 a.m. in the morning and off around 10 a.m., and then on again around 4 p.m., this just creates some nice ambiance of lighting at this time of year… and so festive as guests arrive.
I like to concentrate my lights in the back of our home as well. Back in the day when Dave was just starting to realize what he got himself into when he married me, he thought this was odd. My comment back was, “Well I spend a lot of my time this year in the kitchen, which is located in the back of our home. I want to enjoy the lights too; this is not just for our neighbors.”
Keeping them warm. Now is also the time of year if you have been knocking on the door of “Ebenezer Scrooge” and you know you should be replacing your home’s heating system, nothing could be worse than your heating system going out just before guests arrive or when they are staying with you. If you wait until it no longer works… you are just asking for more expenses!
Clogged drains? Like the “Ghost of Christmas Past,” a clogged drain could make for a nightmare for you and your guests at the worst possible time. If you have been having drain problems and keep putting this off, just like in the movie, “The Christmas Carol,” this will catch up with you. Give Central a call today.
As you are decking your home, be mindful to the advice given here, and realize, here at Central we are grateful for the dedication of our Team, who are dedicated to making your holidays problem free. Our wish to all, is to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, full of family and friends.
As always, your comfort is our Central concern. Call us at 756-6656, for all your heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and drain-cleaning needs!
One of my favorite quotes as we head into this magical season: “May your home be too small to handle all your friends and family!”
A must to have on hand in your refrigerator:
Cream cheese, Jalapeno pepper jelly, and your favorite crackers.Place cream cheese on a festive plate, pour jelly over the cheese evenly, and serve… So easy and yummy!!!
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