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    Blue Dot Services' Employment Orientation Interviews - March 5, 2013 - Join Our Team!

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    Are you searching for a position in the HVAC industry?  If so, call (410) 803-4275 or email your RSVP to one of our Employment Orientation Interviews! 

    Date: Tuesday, March 5th
    Time: 9am and 12pm
    Hilton Garden Inn White Marsh
    5015 Campbell Blvd
    Baltimore, MD 21236

    We are Blue Dot of Maryland, part of American Residential Services (ARS) - the largest company in our industry! We currently have 70 Service Centers that serve the heating and cooling needs of over 2 million customers nationwide.  We want to double the size of our business within the next five years, and are therefore, seeking ambitious and enthusiastic people to train in one of our service centers for:

    • Outside Direct Sales Representatives
    • Customer Service
    • Service Technicians
    • Install Mechanics
    • Install Helpers

    Blue Dot’s aggressive plans to double the size of our business creates the need for determined, resourceful people with initiative and a good work ethic.  They must be able to move quickly in a dynamic, success-oriented environment. We offer:

    • Competitive, guaranteed base salary in most positions
    • Bonuses and/or commissions depending on position
    • Comprehensive, paid training program
    • Promotions from within based upon performance
    • $35-$45k+ salary for the first year opportunity! Much more for those who stand out!
    • Experienced individuals can earn $50,000, $75,000, $100,000 and more!
    • Health, dental and vision benefits
    • 401k options
    • Paid vacations and holidays
    • And more!

    The following items may be required for employment:

    • Valid Driver’s license required for some positions
    • Motor Vehicle report conducted
    • EOE AA/M/F/D/V Drug Free Workplace

    WE ARE HOSTING 2 ORIENTATION INTERVIEWS as outlined below.  Please note that this is just for the initial interview. If you’re selected you will be given an appointment for a second interview.

    Date: Tuesday, March 5th
    Time: 9am and 12pm
    Hilton Garden Inn White Marsh
    5015 Campbell Blvd
    Baltimore, MD 21236


    HVAC Tips: Essential Air Filter Information

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Most homeowners know that they’re supposed to change their furnace’s air filter to keep the appliance running smoothly and in good repair. But do you know why changing the filter helps and how to do it? Watch this video for a quick look at furnace air filters.

    If your furnace’s air filter is dirty, the unit will use more energy. A dirty air filter will also circulate unclean air through your home, which can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Failing to replace the filter can eventually lead to furnace repair. In most furnaces, the filter is located in the top half of the unit, where the air intake is. When you change the filter, it’s a good idea to write the date on it so you know when it’s time for replacement.

    If your furnace is a complicated model, or if you have questions about changing or cleaning the air filter, call Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465. We’ve been handling furnace repair for Baltimore-area families for more than 40 years.

    Heat Pump and HVAC Efficiency Ratings Demystified

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    If you’re shopping for a heat pump, you are sure to encounter a lot of industry-specific terms and acronyms. You want to purchase an energy-efficient heating unit that won’t require frequent repair, but how can you choose the right one without enlisting the help of your professional HVAC contractor? Efficiency ratings are actually less confusing than they look. Heat pumps provide both heating and cooling for your home, so you need to learn about both types of ratings.

    Ratings for Cooling
    The rating you’re most likely to see on air conditioners and heat pumps today is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). SEER is in some ways similar to miles-per-gallon for automobiles. If you divide the unit’s cooling output during normal annual usage by its total energy consumption, you can calculate its SEER. Any system newer than 2006 is required to have a SEER of 13; unless you’re looking to repair an older unit, you won’t see lower ratings. To be labeled as high-efficiency, the SEER must be 14 or higher.

    The Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is another acronym you might see. This rating was created in 1975 by an HVAC contractor group, the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. The EER equals the air conditioner’s cooling output, divided by its input of energy. The difference between EER and SEER is that EER doesn’t take into account seasonal and climate conditions. EER is more of a single rating point, most applicable to peak load. SEER is a better measure of average usage.

    Ratings for Heating
    For heat pumps, you also need to investigate the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). This is a way to measure a heat pump’s efficiency over one heating season. To arrive at the rating, the total heating output is compared to the total electricity consumed. Your heating contractor can recommend a model with a higher HSPF, which uses less electricity than lower-rated models. Anything with a rating of 8.2 or above is considered high-efficiency.

    If you want to know more about choosing and installing energy-efficient HVAC appliances for your home, call Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465. One of our HVAC contractors can give you a full ratings explanation. Blue Dot has been the Mid-Atlantic region’s source for superior heating, cooling, and energy services for more than 40 years.

    Learn More about Furnace Filters and the Benefits of Humidifiers in the Winter

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    Regular maintenance of the HVAC system that supports your home can extend its longevity and improve indoor air quality. Check your furnace filter regularly to see if it’s becoming clogged and consider adding humidifiers to your home for your family’s health. For more information on humidifiers and furnace filters, follow these links:

    • This article from the Dr. Oz Show discusses winter allergies and why it’s important to keep your home’s humidity at a certain level. 
    • Indiana University Health offers this guide to the benefits of using humidifiers in the winter, particularly if you have young children. 
    • offers these energy-saving tips for the fall and winter months. 
    • Read about the importance of maintaining your furnace filters regularly with this article from the American Lung Association. 
    • The University of Illinois Extension discusses how furnace filters work and offers a breakdown of the different types of furnace filters. 

    Talk to an HVAC contractor to learn more about maintaining a healthy home. Call Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465 for superior service and free estimates.

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