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Home-Tech is Tagging Graffiti in Support of Arts for ACT Fine Art Auction

Tagging Sponsor – Home-Tech Supports Arts for ACT


(Fort Myers, Fla. – July 28, 2011)  Home-Tech, an air conditioning and appliance sales business headquartered in Fort Myers, is the Tagging Sponsor of Arts for ACT Fine Art Auction, “Graffiti Night.”  The gala event will be held on August 6 at the Harborside Event Center in the River District, Downtown Fort Myers.

The event will feature a silent auction followed by a spirited live auction with objects of art put up on the block by local as well as renowned artists.  Celebrity guest auctioneer and TV, stage and film actor Bill Cobbs, will rally the bids from the stage.  Bill Cobbs was most recently featured in The Ultimate Gift, a film about a wealthy man who leaves his estate to his family but with many lessons of giving back, a quality he’s demonstrating with his guest appearance at Arts for Act.

“Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT)’s mission is to protect victims of domestic violence and their children, and the new temporarily homeless in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties,” said Sonya Sawyer.  “Anything that keeps a family safe, provides a home and supports our community in such a big way is something our company, Home-Tech, gets behind.”

Tickets are $125.00 individually or reserved tables of 8 are $1,200.  For more information please call ACT at 239-939-2553.


Naples Customer Happy With AC Installation

July 3, 2011

Re:  Recent AC Installation

Dear Mr. Marino -

I just wanted to take the time to let you know what a great experience I had with your company Home-Tech with my recent air conditioning installation.  I had Dave M- as my salesman.  He took so much time to explain all of my options then give me all of the details on the unit that I chose.  He kept in touch with me up until the time of the installation, and then showed up the day of the installation to walk me through what was going to happen, and what I could expect.  He was beyond thorough.

The day of the installation I had Jake R-, Ryan R- and Dave C- as the team who put it all together.  All three were very knowledgeable as to what they were doing.  They all took the time, and were very patient, to answer all of my questions and to address all of my concerns.  Throughout the day Jake, Ryan and Dave remained very pleasant and reassuring letting me know what they were up to all the time.  They were neat and clean and were very, very careful in my home.  I have never done this before and I must say that they made me feel comfortable and confident during the entire installation.  I could not have asked for a better group.  Thank you and your crew for doing such an outstanding job.  It’s nice to know that I can always depend on Home-Tech.

Beverly M-

Naples, Florida

Air Conditioning Duct System Replacement

air conditioning repair ductDo You Need Air Conditioning Duct System Replacement?

Not necessarily.  Many existing duct systems are adequate to accept new air-conditioning systems.  Your Home-Tech Indoor Comfort Specialist will give you the facts about the condition and size of your current duct system, as well as an estimate for minor duct work adjustments and new duct material to transition your new air-conditioning system to your existing duct system.

When replacing your air-conditioning system, if your duct system is found to be inadequate; due to breaking down, leaking or being undersized, serious consideration should be made to upgrade your duct system as well.

Duct System Materials and Workmanship

Most duct systems in southwest Florida are located in the attic and/or between walls and floors.  These systems are installed during the “rough in” phase of home construction.  Little thought is given to replacement or repair of these systems when they’re installed.  This creates a real challenge when duct systems break down, leak or are undersized for today’s high efficient air-conditioning equipment.  Like most bids in new construction, contractors award the job to the lowest bidder.  Low bids rarely result in high quality material and workmanship.  This is not a place to cut corners.  It takes highly trained duct mechanics, skilled in air flow design and installation, to ensure a high quality system.

What Might It Cost?

Cost varies, based on the difficulty of the job, but be prepared to add 40% to 60%, on top of the equipment cost for duct work replacement.  Replacing duct systems is a labor intensive job, requiring work under the worst conditions.  Attic temperatures can reach 130° and there are tight, confining spaces.  Plus, duct mechanics work with fiberglass materials.

Home-Tech has the BEST duct mechanics in the business; skilled craftsmen that ensure your job is completed to the highest standards.  Contact a Home-Tech Indoor Comfort Specialist today to learn more. Call today -800-800-8356.

Home-Tech Appliance Showroom in Bradenton Florida

appliance showroom

Home-Tech has taken the idea of an appliance showroom to a new level.  Stop by and visit our exciting, interactive showroom which features fully functional, custom designed, “live” kitchens.  There is also an interactive laundry area allowing customers to see the appliances in action.  The showroom is filled with the latest in refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, cook tops, microwaves, washers, dryers, water heaters and even wine coolers.  Most intriguing, is the Home Comfort Zone, where customers can “test drive” air-conditioning systems, as well as the latest in remote thermostats.

Appliance Showroom - Interactive Kitchens, Laundry Area &  Home Comfort Zone

Jon Hayo, manager of the Bradenton Home-Tech location, “We installed “live” kitchens, so our customers could see the appliances, know what they look like when they are on, and hear what they sound like.  The idea was to allow customers to see and fully experience the appliances, before making a purchase.  It’s a great way to educate people about the products and services that we sell.”

Home-Tech worked closely with the Whirlpool Corporation on the design of the showroom which features Whirlpool®, KitchenAid® and Maytag® appliances.  There are also products from each of the brands that we sell, including Bosch® and LG®.

Home Comfort Zone

The Home Comfort Zone is a special area within the showroom equipped with different types of fully functioning air-conditioning systems.  “The customers can turn the systems on, hear how loud they are, and actually see how they work.  We are using the systems to educate our customers about everything from the base system to the duct work design,” says Hayo.  “We also feature the Schlage ComfortLink™ remote thermostats.”

Always Something New for You

Home-Tech has made a commitment to keep our showroom fresh with new products and the latest technologies in appliances and air-conditioning systems.  Each time you stop by, you will discover new ideas in appliances as well as the cleaning products to take care of all of them.  Best of all, you will always find the appliance specialists to be helpful and up-to-date on all of the latest goings on in the world of major appliances for your kitchen and home.

The Home-Tech appliance showroom is open to the public and open  Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm.


Cool Furry Customers ~Animal Refuge Center

July 18, 2011

RE:  OMG Home-Tech is the Best!

TO:  Tracey Hendershott


Thank you so much for coming to my rescue and the resuce of more furry pets than I wish to admit.  We were called right after I spoke with you as to if Home-Tech could come to our aid.  And then Justin arrived maybe only 20 minutes after that.

He is diagnosing our unit right now and we are more than happy to sign up for an appliance agreement.  When the day comes to get an air conditioner or air handler we will definitely give Home-Tech our business.  The fact that our other air conditioning service would not even return our call is inexcusable and they have lost a long time customer.  Their loss is your gain!

Betty Hughes, Board Treasurer

Animal Refuge Center

Air Conditioning – Indoor Comfort System Functions

air conditioning installation MaytagHome-Tech, the leading company in air conditioning installation and repair in southwest Florida says the term “air conditioning system” is incomplete.  Why?  Because your system performs more than the one function of cooling the home.  A properly installed system performs four major comfort functions which should be properly designed, matched and installed.  These functions are as follows:

1  Cooling Function

The system should provide cool and dehumidified comfort, keeping the home in the range of 72° to 76° and 50% to 55% relative humidity.  Is your home cool enough?  Does your home have any issues with moisture or mold?

2  Heating Function

The system should provide heated comfort, keeping the home in the range of 68° to 72°.

3  Distribution Functionair conditioning duct system

The system should provide air distribution comfort, properly sized duct work that keeps the home quiet, and evenly balanced, with all rooms maintaining the same temperature.  Are all of the rooms in your home a comfortable temperature?

4  Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Function

The system should provide clean (indoor air quality) comfort, keeping the home free of airborne allergens, such as pollen, dust, pet dander, bacteria and mold spores.  Does anyone in your family struggle with allergies or breathing difficulties?  Do you suspect you may have mold in your home?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, call us at 1-800-800-8356. One of our air conditioning specialists would love to visit with you about your options!


Earn While You Learn with Home-Tech Apprenticeship Program

This article was published July 7, 2011.

Even though the economy continues to sputter with a level of unemployed and underemployed reaching 15.8% in May, Home-Tech commits to additional hiring of apprentices for it’s one-of-a- kind training program.  The company continues to grow and hire because homeowners will always require the kind of service provided by Home-Tech employees. “These trades, air conditioning, appliance repair, plumbing and electrical services are getting a lot of respect from young people because they are recession proof,” says Steve Marino, founder of Home-Tech.

Home-Tech, Southwest Florida’s leading air conditioning, appliance, sales and service agreement provider, accepted Lee Wilcox into its Apprenticeship Program seven years ago.  Wilcox has mastered all of the practical aspects of this highly skilled trade and recently was named Field Service Manager for the Sarasota/Manatee County office, which provides service to Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton.  New apprentices will begin their education process as Wilcox did, by undergoing a rigorous 6 week “boot camp” program in the company’s in-house training facility, managed and supervised by Home-Tech’s full time trainer.   After completing the initial program, apprentices are assigned to a senior technician/mentor that they will ride with for 45 days before they begin to handle specific calls on their own.  The apprentices continue their educational process during the first year for a total of 260 hours of training.  From there they are required to complete continuing education classes.  To become skilled tradesmen, who have mastered all of the complex skills necessary to provide elite service, requires years of continuing education and on-the-job training.  Wilcox says, “When I went out on my own, I did ‘clean and checks’ on air conditioning systems for the first year and was also in the classroom at least once a month, receiving continued training.  My second year on the job, I was able to work on additional appliances.  By my third year, I received recognition as an elite technician.  I highly recommend this program.  The opportunities to learn and grow are endless.  It’s worked out great for me!”

“Our apprentices earn while they learn.  In many ways our training program is better than a college education,” says Marino.  “A free education is as good as gold.  No experience is necessary.  If a young person has “the right stuff” and a passion for knowledge, our apprenticeship program is a good investment for Home-Tech.  We are looking for applicants who are at least 21, drug free, with a good driving record and no criminal record.  The most important quality is a willingness to work hard and for as long as it takes.  You have to earn your right to become a Home-Tech technician.”

Interested?  Apply at  https://www.home-tech.com/employment/.

Applications can be emailed to apprentice@home-tech.com, or mailed or dropped off at Home-Tech’s regional office at 6400  Techster Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL  33966.  Applications will be accepted and carefully evaluated.  Background checks will be performed on qualified applicants.  Apprentices will be chosen once the final interview process is completed.  Classes begin in August.

About Home-Tech

Based in Fort Myers, employee-owned Home-Tech celebrates its 30th year in business as an industry leader and trendsetter in the fields of home service agreements, air-conditioning and major appliance sales and service.  Founded in 1981 by Steve Marino, who continues as President and Chairman of the Board, the privately held company has 130 employees.  Home-Tech provides service to Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Southwest Florida.  Home-Tech’s headquarters, training facility and appliance showroom are located at 6400 Techster Boulevard in Fort Myers.  A second office is located on Lena Road in Bradenton and serves Manatee and Sarasota Counties.  For more information about Home-Tech, visit www.home-tech.com, find them on Facebook, or call (239) 433-3344.