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Heating and Air Employee Spotlight: Matt McElhaney

This month’s Middleton Heat & Air employee spotlight is on our General Service Manager, Matt McElhaney!
Matt has been with us for the last thirteen years, overseeing the operations of both the commercial and residential service departments. Quality of work and higher standards, he believes, are what set Middleton apart from the rest. As our dedicated GSM, Matt frequently handles questions from our loyal customers about the way we do things around here, and here’s what he had to say:

Does Chuck ever come into the office?

“I always tell them he is there every day, which is the truth. This business is his life.”

What temperature should I set my thermostat at?

“There really is no set temperature that we recommend. I always recommend that they adjust their thermostat to find a temperature that they are comfortable with. Every person’s preference is different, as well as every home. As a result, the optimal temperature is going to vary. Utility companies usually say to set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the heating season and 78 degrees in the cooling season in order to conserve energy.”

Do I need a bigger system?

“A central heating and air conditioning system is the most costly appliance in most homes. A proper load calculation should be completed before replacing it because every home is different. If a system is too large for a space, it will cool down too quickly in the summer and shut off before the humidity can be removed, leaving the house cool but humid. If the unit is undersized, it will not cool properly and will seem like it is constantly running.”

Do I need a programmable thermostat?

“If there are periods of the day that the house is not occupied for several hours, then there is no need to heat or cool the house or areas of the home as if it was occupied. A programmable thermostat will raise or lower the temperature automatically and can be programmed to bring the temperature back to a comfortable level before you arrive at the programmed time. Installing a programmable thermostat, depending on how long the house is unoccupied, could save you money on your utility bills.”

Thank you, Matt, for almost fourteen years of dedicated service! If you have heating and air conditioning questions, need to schedule your spring preventative maintenance, or need 24/7 HVAC service, contact Middleton Heat & Air today.


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