The New Year is the perfect occasion to appreciate all the good things that the past year has given us and all the good things that are yet to come. May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations to your life. We here at McKeown’ Heating and Air Services wish you a year fully loaded with happiness and wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, and prosperity for you and your family in 2019. Happy New Year.
In just a few clicks, existing and new customers can select appointment times that work with their schedules, 24 hours a day, from a handheld device (mobile phones or pads) or a computer. The new online scheduling platform enables anyone to search and find out what times are available and can schedule an appointment online. Online scheduling is particularly popular among existing and new customers seeking appointments.
McKeown’s Heating and Air Services investment in electronic invoicing, customer service and maintenance records has paved the way for our service team to introduce online scheduling. We manage customers online appointment schedules to accommodate those with busy schedules who need an HVAC service call or just wish to get a quote on a new or replacement central heating and/or air conditioning system. The new scheduling system will keep wait times as short as possible.
We here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services will continue expanding the types of appointments available to schedule online. We embrace technology and how it can help us meet our customer needs.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from McKeown’s Heating and Air Services! This time of year is a truly wonderful and magical one and Christmas is a holiday with a beautiful spirit and traditions that have been around for centuries. One tradition is greeting each other with Merry Christmas and good wishes. The spirit of giving, expressing love and gratitude and a celebration of life help to make Christmas a very special time of year. Even if you are not a Christian, we can all enjoy the spirit of giving which is truly what this season is all about. “Tis the season to be jolly”, as they say! Wishing you well on Christmas is something that brings us a joyful feeling. It is also a joyful feeling being able to help our customers with their air conditioning and heating needs throughout the year.
Again Merry Christmas and we look forward to meeting your HVAC needs in the New Year.
A winter storm has brought havoc across much of the nation as it crawled east Sunday, pummeling the Southeast to include South Carolina with snow and sleet. McKeown’s Heating and Air Services is out working in this nasty weather doing heating repairs to Gas Packs, furnaces, and Heat Pumps, doing our best on keeping residents warm and safe.
Emergency officials were bringing in extra staff and cautiously monitoring whether ice accumulates under all the snow, making travel increasingly dangerous. McKeown’s Heating and Air Services utilizes four-wheel drive vehicles so we can reach customers in extreme weather conditions.
Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte N.C., estimated that half a million customers will lose service across the Carolinas. Duke Energy is bringing crews in from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia to respond to power outages. It typically takes Duke 12 to 24 hours to “fully assess damage from a significant weather event, even while simultaneously restoring power,” a Duke Power release” said. We recommend everyone to get either a backup generator or gas space heaters in case power is lost.
Our motto is “Your Comfort Comes First” that also includes everyone is safe and sound in weather like this.
We here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services will always remember the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 DEC 1941 – “a date which will live on in infamy.”
The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the most shocking attacks on the US Military in American territory. It’s the reason that the United States finally entered World War II and it’s ultimately the reason why the Japanese lost the war. If the US hadn’t entered the war, the Japanese would have gone on fighting much longer.
On November 26, 1941, the Striking Force, a task force of six Japanese air carriers, left Japan with the sole intent of attacking Pearl Harbor. Aboard the carriers were 360 attack planes. The attack was to be conducted in two waves. Fleet submarines also left the country on November 25, however, several were spotted and grounded or destroyed.
On December 7, 1941, the attack began. The first wave of 183 planes was divided into 3 groups, each with a different set of targets. The air portion of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor commenced at 7:48 AM Hawaii time. They attacked Kaneohe. At the time, most of the soldiers were asleep and woke to the sounds of alarms and bombs. The targets were the US Navy ships stationed at the Harbor.
Soon after, the second wave attacked. Another 171 planes attacked aircraft and hangars ashore as well as carriers and cruisers. The attack lasted only 90 minutes but it killed 2,386 Americans. Of that number, 55 were civilians. Another 1,139 were wounded. Nine ships were sunk that day, and another 21 were heavily damaged, some irreparable. Nearly half of that total came from the explosion of the USS Arizona, whose forward magazine exploded after it was hit by a shell. 1,177 people died when the ship was attacked. The USS Nevada was damaged and beached deliberately to avoid blocking the harbor, the USS California crew was ordered to abandon ship, the USS Oklahoma capsized, the USS Utah was hit with two torpedoes, and the USS Maryland was hit with shells, but it was largely undamaged.
Of the 402 air crafts in Hawaii, 188 were destroyed and 159 were damaged. 55 Japanese airmen were killed as were nine submariners. Of Japan’s 414 planes, only 29 were lost in battle. The Japanese almost ordered a third wave, but decided against it.
The attack on Pearl Harbor is considered one of the largest engagements of World War II . Its element of surprise was a major factor in the US’ entrance to World War II. In fact, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the attack as such: “December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live on in infamy.”
For additional information on Pearl Harbor, visit the following sites:
- Pearl Harbor Illustrated Timeline
- Pearl Harbor Timeline
- USS Arizona Casualty List
- Survivor’s Remembrances
- Map of Pearl Harbor
- Pearl Harbor: Historical Background
- Pearl Harbor Images
- Pearl Harbor Overview
- Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
- Pearl Harbor Navy Images
- Eyewitness Accounts
- Pearl Harbor History
- Pearl Harbor Newspaper Archive
- Today In History: December 7
- Pearl Harbor Links
- Pearl Harbor Attack – 1941
Today is the first day of fall! And, in our opinion, it is just as important to schedule a fall Heating Check and Maintenance as it is to pick out the perfect costume for Halloween. It’s never too early to schedule! Our schedule here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services could fill up early. And, remember: it’s Murphy’s Law – your heating system is most likely to fail when you need it most.
Here are some reasons it’s important to schedule yearly, fall heating preventative maintenance with McKeown’s Heating and Air Services:
- Catch things early. Of course, a clean bill of health is ideal during a fall furnace checklist. But, in case there are problems, it’s better to catch them in the fall before they could cause major problems in the winter.
- Keep Efficiency High and Utility Bills Low. If your home is anywhere near average, heating and cooling account for nearly half of your energy expenses every year. When you schedule preventive maintenance with McKeown’s Heating and Air Services, however, you can trust that we’ll keep your HVAC system’s efficiency high while lowering your utility bills. We’ll inspect indoor and outdoor units, check fluid levels, test motors, and look for leaks to be sure that your HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible.
- Ensure clean air. In addition to checking for problems, we can also clean the system – making sure that you have proper airflow and making it easier for your filter to catch as many air pollutants as possible.
- Long system life. Regular maintenance can help your furnace perform at peak levels for a longer period of time. It can also make sure that you get as many quality heating years as possible from your old unit. The cost of routine maintenance is going to seem minimal compared to the cost of a brand new system if the old unit were to fail.
- Warranty protection. Many system warranties require routine maintenance in order to enjoy continued protection.
A heating malfunction during the winter can be costly, uncomfortable and, potentially, dangerous. Make sure you get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can make sure you’re ready for the winter.
The Fourth of July also known as Independence Day or July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. So whatever you are doing on this 4th of July 2018, we here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services wish you a safe and happy Independence Day.
We here at McKeown”s Heating Heating and Air Services are proud and honored to celebrated Vietnam Veterans Day which is set aside every March 29 as a day for Americans to honor the courage and sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War.
The U.S. Department of Defense today marked the first anniversary of National Vietnam Veterans Day, an observance introduced a year ago by President Donald Trump to honor veterans who felt alienated for years after the war.
The Pentagon held a wreath-laying ceremony at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. today honoring the veterans for the first time since Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.
About nine million Americans served in the conflict between 1955 and 1975. The Pentagon said it makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere during the 20 years of the conflict.
“During this commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, we embrace our responsibility to help our Vietnam veterans and their families heal from the heavy toll of war,” Trump said in a presidential proclamation.
“We remember the more than 58,000 whose names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our nation’s capital for having borne the heaviest cost of war.”
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982 and chronologically lists the names of the servicemen and women who died and went missing in the conflict.
You’d never know it was December if it wasn’t for the holiday decorations. Temperatures in the Carolina’s are hovering above 70 degrees.
This trend may continue across the Carolina’s with temperatures expected to track above-normal for December, January and February, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in part due to this year’s El Nino, which is expected to be one of the strongest on record.
Winter time here in the Carolina’s means higher utility bills for you, here are some great money saving tips to help cut those heating costs dramatically.
Reduce Heating Costs With These Money Saving Tips
Here in the Carolina’s it gets cold in the winter, heating costs take a big bite out of your monthly budget for 25 – 40% of the year. Due to the rapidly escalating costs of home heating oil, propane, and kerosene, you may be paying twice as much to heat your house as you did just a few years ago. You can cut your heating costs significantly by following these money-saving tips.