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Hurricane Irma Recovery: Beware Of Unlicensed Contractors

Unfortunately, after a disaster like Hurricane Irma, unscrupulous contractors come out of the woodwork to offer their services to help homeowners repair their homes. In many cases, these unscrupulous contractors are unlicensed, untrained and unregulated. They may perform shoddy work, charge more than they should and the homeowner is left — in some cases — worse off than they were before these “contractors” showed up.

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The Better Business Bureau of West Florida explains that “Natural disasters can bring out the best in people and they can bring out the worst. In the aftermath of a crisis scams and unlicensed contractors are out to take advantage of those who have been victimized.” Representatives from the BBB say, “It is common for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms,” said Karen Nalven, BBB President. “Disaster victims should never feel pressured to make a decision by an unknown contractor.  Consumers should Start With Trust and look for the BBB Accredited Business Seal; these companies are screened, monitored, licensed and trusted.  Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for your area and may offer quick fixes or make big promises to which they won’t deliver.” Read More »

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Hurricane Irma Preparation Tips

A message from the team at Symbiont Service Corp to all our valued customers

In light of the potential of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida, we want our customers to know that the pool heaters are physically secured with hurricane straps as per local building code.  In case of a storm surge, we recommend that you turn off all high voltage power sources to pool heaters and pumps. i.e. circuit breakers.

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Is Your Home A Candidate For GeoThermal Energy?

Saving money on home heating and cooling costs is something that the geothermal energy professionals from Symbiont Service Corp talk wtih homeowners about. You may wonder, “is your home a candidate for geothermal energy?” This is something that our geothermal energy professionals can help determine.

What is a geothermal system?

It is one designed to take advantage of natural heat found below the surface of the earth — it’s naturally occuring heat. The earth’s heat is economical and environmentally-friendly. The two factors of environmentally-friendly and being economical to operate are the reasons many Englewood, Florida homeowners are making the switch to geothermal energy to heat and cool their homes. Read More »

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Do You Have The Right A/C Unit For Your Home?

Have you ever wondered, “Do you have the right A/C unit for your home?” It’s a question our experienced HVAC contractors get asked all the time. Many Florida homeowners feel that “bigger is better” when it comes to the size of the air conditioning unit for their homes, but that isn’t necessariliy the case. In some instances “bigger” means it’s costing you more money to operate, but is not necessarily cooling your home any better than a smaller, fit-to-your house size would.

Do You Have The Right A/C Unit For Your Home?

The answer to the “correct size” air conditioning unit for your home isn’t as simple as it may seem. Homeowners, and even some HVAC contractors, use a rule of thumb calculation to determine what size A/C unit to install. This rule of thumb includes essentially calculating the square footage of the house then looking for a unit that shows it will cool a home of that square footage. It’s essentially guesswork and it’s guesswork that could cause your utility bills to be higher than they need to be. Read More »

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What Is A Home Energy Test?

What Is A Home Energy Test?

Chances are you have heard of home energy testing but may wonder, “what is a home energy test” and whether it makes sense for you to schedule one for your home. Florida homeowners certainly want their homes to be as efficient as possible especially in the hot, humid climate in which we live. The Florida weather means that your air conditioner will work harder than those in other parts of the country and because of that you will want to make certain your home is as energy efficeint as possible. You will also want to make certain your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency before summer returns.

Scheduling a professional energy audit and evaluation is a way to help determine if your house is as efficient as possible. This means, for example, that your home doesn’t have any “leaks” from which the air you’re cooling is escaping or that outside air is making its way into your home.

Look for an energy evaluation professional who is trained in energy audits. The professionals at Symbiont services have many years energy auditexperience performing energy audits and assessments for Florida homeowners.  After the energy evaluator visits your home and performs the energy evaluation test, he or she will offer you a document that will highlight any areas of concern.

An energy evaluation test includes:

  1. A thermographic scanning. This scan shows differences in temperatures within the home and also shows where cooled air is seeping out of the home. The thermographic scanning also highlights where there isn’t enough insulation in the home or where insulation may be improperly installed. The test will highlight “spot leaks” and areas of infiltration. You should receive a document that highlights these areas with colored areas.
  2. A blower door test will likely be performed. With this test, a fan will be attached to an exterior door frame of your house. The fan will draw the air out of the house and lowers the air pressure inside. Because air will try to enter the house to equalize the internal pressure, the blower door test allows the auditor to track areas where air is coming into the home. This test will detect unsealed openings (like around window or door frames) or cracks in the walls or foundation.

Contact Symbiont Service to answer any questions you have about energy audits and to schedule yours. At Symbiont Services we want to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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Origins Of Symbiont Service And Its Geothermal Heating Device

Sandy KingOrigins Of Symbiont Service And Its Geothermal Heating Device

The origins of Symbiont and its geothermal heating device began when Sandy King, now owner and president of Symbiont Service Corp was in college pursuing an oceanographic engineering degree.

The first symbiont was build in 1983 by Sandy, with help from her father, Roy King founder of Symbiont Service Corp. “I needed a project for my degree and wanted to investigate geothermal state-of-the-art pool heating methods,” Sandy said.

“In 1983, as part of my project I built a prototype meter and used an aquaculture tank filled with tilapia.” Read More »

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What Is Geothermal Pool Heating CEU Course

What Is Geothermal Pool Heating? CEU Course. Call us to schedule your on-site CEU session 

Licensed Condominium Association Managers are required to take continuing education if they manage a condo in the State of Florida. Part of the credit they need to take is an elective on operational or facilities operations. Sandy King, who has 32-years of experience in teaching and in pool heating is an in-demand educator who will travel to your location to provide courses that qualify for continuing education credits for CAMs.

“We can go to your site or we can teach a group at a trade show,” she says. “There are times I’ve been invited into a management office to speak to multiple managers.”

Why hire Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp to provide your CEU training?

Sandy is a state-licensed contractor for air conditioning. She also is required to take continuing education courses every two years – 14 hours. Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp. completed the state-required paperwork to become a licensed provider of CEUs. “I wrote courses once I received my CEU provider number.” Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp can write and add new classes. “If we discover a need in the market and if we have the experience and knowledge to fill it, we will add more classes.” Read More »

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What are efficient ways to heat swimming pool water?

What are efficient ways to heat swimming pool water? Symbiont Service Corp. professionals answer 

There are many ways in which to heat the water in your swimming pool. The geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service Corp. regularly get asked, “what are efficient ways to heat swimming pool water?” One of the best ways is by using a heat pumps. This piece of equipment provides an energy-efficient way to keep the pool water warm. The way a pool water heat pump works is that it utilizes electricity to transfer heat from the area surrounding the pump aka the ambient air, through the device and then transfers it into the pool water. Rather than generating heat, as most other models do, the use of the ambient air to heat the pool water is a more energy efficient way to extend your pool swim season.

To maximize energy savings, you will want to work with your pool heating professional to make certain you are investing in the proper size equipment for your unique swimming pool. Read More »

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The GeoThermal System’s Indoor Portion: What It Involves

The GeoThermal System's Indoor Portion: What It InvolvesA geothermal heating and cooling system consists of an indoor and an outdoor portion, both of which are vital to the system’s function. The basic structure of a water-source geothermal system requires an outdoor system of pipes, often referred to as the water loop, placed in a well, aquifer, lake or other water source at a depth where the water retains a consistent year-round temperature. Ground-source heat pumps use a similar loop system buried at a distance beneath the surface where the temperature stays about 50 degrees all year long. Read More »

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Your Home’s Geothermal Heat Pump May Qualify For A Tax Credit

Your Home’s Geothermal Heat Pump May Qualify For A Tax CreditThere’s good news for homeowners installing a GeoThermal heat pump for heating and cooling their homes: Federal tax credits are available through the year 2016, and they’re generous. In fact, if you’re set to install a GeoThermal heat pump, you’d be foolish not to take advantage of them. Read More »

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