Carini Wins Angie’s List Super Service Award for Fourth Year in a Row

San Diego, CA — February 16, 2015 — For the fourth year in a row, Carini Heating and Air Conditioning has been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award is given to a select group of service providers and is based on several different factors, including the number of 5 star reviews the company receives throughout the year, and its record of responsiveness to consumer requests for appointment scheduling and follow-up, and customer satisfaction.

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“Of all our marketing and customer service partners, Angie’s List stands out for its ability to connect our company with the most discerning homeowners, that take the time to research their options and to analyze the best contractors for their required services,” said Gabriel Carini, CEO and founder of Carini Heating and Air Conditioning. “Angie’s List members make sure that we “raise the bar” to provide the best possible service and value, and receiving the Super Service Award for our fourth year in a row shows that our hard work to live up to their standards pays off in their trust and patronage.”

According to Angie’s List, only 5 percent of companies in San Diego County perform well enough throughout the year to earn the Super Service Award. 2014 award winners have to meet strict eligibility requirements. These include: 1. Overall and recent “A” rating in their reviews; the company must pass a background check; and must meet all operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Customer Service Award Nomination Given to Carini

SAN DIEGO – May 30, 2014 – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has chosen Carini Heating and Air Conditioning as a finalist for the Excellence in Customer Service Award in the 2014 Small Business category. The award finalists were announced by former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, now President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The awards will be presented June 17 at an awards banquet at the Omni San Diego Hotel.

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Two other worthy nominees were also announced in this category: Bekkers Catering, and My Lineage, Inc. A complete list of finalists for all categories can be viewed on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce website. Read more

Carini Heating and Air to Exhibit at South Park’s Old House Fair, Saturday, June 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA- For the third consecutive year, Carini Heating and Air Conditioning will be showcasing its heating and air conditioning solutions for vintage and historic homes at the 16th annual San Diego Old House Fair on June 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Old House Fair is a free festival on 30th Street and Beech Street in South Park that celebrates the old homes and the historic San Diego community. One of the most popular activities of the festival is touring the historic homes in the area. There will be free walking tours, an hour-long trolley tour for $5 and the official Historic Home Tour for $25. The festival will also have live music and entertainment, a food expo, arts and crafts, and dozens of local craftsmen, contractors, shop owners and businesses. Read more

Carini Heating and Air Nominated for San Diego Business Journal 2014 Family Owned Business Award

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San Diego, CA – February 27, 2014 – Carini Heating and Air Conditioning, one of San Diego’s fastest growing HVAC companies, has been nominated for the prestigious Family Owned Business Award for 2014 by the San Diego Business Journal. The award recognizes family owned and operated businesses in San Diego based on company growth, customer satisfaction and community service. The awards will be presented on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at an awards reception at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109. Read more

Carini Heating and Air Conditioning Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Carini Heating and Air Conditioning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

“We work extra hard to please our customers all year long on installations and service calls,” said Gabriel Carini, president of Carini Heating and Air Conditioning. “This award from Angie’s List validates the work that we do and we want to thank our customers for their recognition and the entire Carini team for their great work.”

2013 is the third year in a row that Carini Heating and Air Conditioning has earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award for HVAC companies in San Diego. Read more

Carini Heating and Air Conditioning earned the prestigious Rheem Regional Contractor of the year award by the area’s Rheem Distributor – Heating & Cooling Supply

San Diego, CA – September 17, 2013 – Carini Heating and Air Conditioning, a San Diego-based HVAC company was recognized as the 2012 Rheem Regional Contractor of the year by the area’s Rheem Distributor – Heating & Cooling Supply. This top award is given to one contractor in all of San Diego County based on company growth and excellent business practices.

“We are extremely proud to accept this award from Heating and Cooling Supply, Inc.” said Gabriel Carini, president and CEO of Carini Heating and Air Conditioning. “We have been a Rheem Team Top Contractor for 5 years and have been selling Rheem products since our company’s inception.” Read more

Beware of Duct Cleaning Scams

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — While there are many air conditioning services that will help you save energy and money, there is one that is a waste of money for the majority of people with residential HVAC systems.

“What some San Diego heating and air conditioning companies are doing is offering a cut-rate deal on ductwork cleaning, then convincing homeowners once inside the home that they need additional, pricey services for the sake of their health,” says Gabriel Carini.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html) Not only is duct cleaning typically ineffective, there is also a good chance that portions of the system and ductwork will be damaged in the process. Meanwhile, these services can cost anywhere from $450 to $1,000, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climatic region and the level of contamination.

“I’ve had personal experience with duct cleaning and have seen how much damage it can cause. Most companies use a disinfectant spray that has a nice smell to it that fools the customer into thinking the ducts are clean,” Carini says.

NBC’s Dateline did a hidden-camera investigation about duct cleaning companies back in 2011 and found that many of them were using these bait and switch marketing tactics. Some businesses were prosecuted for fraud and shut down but just moved to open businesses in another state. (http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/01/30/5956602-dateline-looks-inside-national-network-of-air-duct-cleaning-scams)

The threat is still a problem. The Better Business Bureau published a press release in January about companies in Texas that are scamming people after receiving complaints from consumers in the greater Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth areas. (http://www.bbb.org/blog/2013/01/air-duct-company-cleans-out-consumers-wallets/)

“Instead of trying to clean dirty ductwork, I would recommend putting the money into replacing or sealing it, so you know that the ducts are clean and intact,” says Carini. “If ductwork is truly dirty, identifying the source of the problem and correcting it is the only way to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Some problems with ductwork are easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for, but an air conditioning technician can determine exactly what the problem is and recommend the best long-term solution. These are the two most common causes of dirty ductwork:Flexible ductwork may have tears in the protective coating, kinks, flattened areas, exposed insulation or poor sealing at joints – all of which can allow dirt and pollutants to be sucked into the ductwork to be circulated through your home.

  • Flexible ductwork may have tears in the protective coating, kinks, flattened areas, exposed insulation or poor sealing at joints – all of which can allow dirt and pollutants to be sucked into the ductwork to be circulated through your home.
  • Sometimes the culprit of damaged ductwork is wildlife that has made its home inside your home. Roof rats, squirrels and raccoons can severely damage flexible ductwork and compromise your system.

“Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, replaced or sealed, committing to a routine preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination and keep your system running properly,”

No matter what you decide, finding the right company to take care of your heating and air conditioning needs is extremely important like we’ve talked about on our blog before. (http://www.cariniair.com/tips-for-hiring-a-heating-and-cooling-service-repair-and-installation-expert/) Some heating and cooling services providers are more interested in making money than their customers’ best interest. They may use technicians with no education, training or certifications or rely on high-pressure sales tactics to get you to buy services you don’t need.

“While I wouldn’t advise people get their ductwork cleaned, if they’re convinced they need it I’d recommend getting a reputable business to give them an estimate and to check with the BBB and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association before hiring them,” says Carini.

 

Tax Credit Extended For Energy Efficient Upgrades: Tax Credit For Heating And Cooling Equipment Extended

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—Do you need an air conditioning repair but keep putting it off? Have you been considering an upgrade to your heater that keeps breaking down?

“Instead of pumping more money into an old system, it might be more cost effective to have a new energy efficient indoor comfort system installed,” says Gabriel Carini. (http://www.cariniair.com/about-us/) Read more

Want Better Indoor Air Quality? Nine Easy Ways To Get It

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—Recently, a news station ran a short segment about heating and cooling costs. One of their tips was to replace the unit’s filters on a regular basis, which is great advice. However, they showed a man putting in a filter that had clearly been damaged on one side and attempted to be smoothed out again. Read more

We’re Top Of The Class On Angie’s List For Customer Service

carini heating and air awarded angie's list honorSAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—We are proud to announce that Carini Heating And Air Conditioning was awarded the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, a leading national honor given to only five percent of companies on the consumer review site.

“Angie’s List is often one of the go-to resources for homeowners who need to hire companies and contractors to work on their home, which means a recommendation from them can mean great things for small businesses,” says Gabriel Carini, who founded the San Diego air conditioning business seven years ago. Read more