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Granby Living Mar2018


EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR Is it time to replace your AC? BY JASON BRUSA, BEACON MECHANICAL SERVICE You may not be thinking about it now...but eventually the winter season will wind down and thoughts will turn toward the dog days of summer. Will your air conditioning system be up to the task? Knowing when to replace your hard-working system can be tricky. Here are some things to consider. How old is your AC? The age of your AC system is typically the strongest factor in deciding whether to replace your system. We typically recommend replacement for systems that are 15 years or older. Today, the minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is 13, but if your AC was manufactured before 2006, chances are it’s rated only at a 10 or even less. The SEER rating is the cooling output during a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same period. The higher the unit's SEER rating, the more energy-efficient it is. Just by upgrading to the current minimum, you’ll gain at least three points on the SEER scale. Each SEER number you go up increases energy efficiency by approximately 5-9 percent. Which refrigerant does your system utilize? About 25 years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated the phaseout of R-22 (Freon) as a result of growing environmental concerns. Production of new air conditioning units charged with R-22 ended in 2010, and by 2020 the servicing of R-22-based systems will rely solely on recycled or reclaimed refrigerants. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, it probably utilizes R-22. Since production is limited, the cost to repair a leak and/or to recharge an existing R-22 system will rise each year. New systems utilize R-410A refrigerant, which is not compatible with old R-22 equipment. How much does your current system cost you? Whether it’s your electric bill or multiple repairs, an older system can hurt your bank account. Take the time to look over your receipts and calculate how much you've spent on AC repairs. If the total amount you’ve spent on repairs exceeds the cost of a new unit, it’s definitely time for a new one. Regardless of what type of cooling system you use or how old your system is, having a licensed and insured HVAC company tune up your AC system annually will go a long way toward reducing your energy consumption, increasing the longevity of your equipment, and eliminating those costly service calls. Don’t wait until the system fails. Call your service company today and tell them you need a tune-up, or get ahead of the season by getting a quote on a new and more efficient system. Contact Jason Brusa at Beacon Mechanical Service: 860-844-0111 or — Call Now For Your 2017 Tax Appointment Tax • Accounting • Quickbooks Monthly Bookkeeping Part Time Controller Retirement/Financial Planning Investment Management Frank A. Schoenrock*, CPA 860-653-0734 Stephen K. Lucas, CPA Schoenrock & Company, CPA Starting a New Business, Call Now * Registered Representative. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker-Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Cambridge and Schoenrock are not affiliated. Cambridge does not provide tax advice. Hunting • Fishing • Firearms Propane Refills Veteran Owned Family Business 860.413.9401 24/7 Live Bait - Full Line of Fishing Supplies 335 Salmon Brook St. Granby CT PISTOL PERMIT CLASSES Private & Group Instruction Available Call for Schedule New & Used Firearms for Sale $7.00 OFF REGAL ® SELECT Paint and Primer in One BEMAN TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 20 Hartford Ave., Granby CT (860) 653-2598 Coupon valid for $7.00 off retailer’s suggested retail price per gallon of up to 5 gallons of REGAL ® SELECT. Redeemable only at participating retailers. Must present this original coupon to redeem – no copies will be allowed. Limit one per customer. Products may vary from store to store. Subject to availability. Retailer reserves the right cancel this offer at any time without notice. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Coupon expires 3/31/18. 10 | MARCH 2018

SALUTING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS Saluting Bill George Jr. Lost Acres Fire Department Pictured: Bill George Jr., his father Bill Sr., and Steve George (brother of Bill Jr.) Role with Fire Department Captain / Vice President Began Serving as a First Responder • In Granby — 2004 • Overall — 2004 Granby Connection I have lived in Granby for 46 years. Full-Time Occupation Network Specialist — East Granby Board of Education What motivated you to serve as a first responder? I wanted to be able to help people who were in need and give back to my community. My brother, father and grandfather were all members of the Lost Acres Fire Department and I am proud to carry on the tradition. What is the most rewarding aspect of your work as a first responder? I enjoy the training and learning how to mitigate bad situations and minimize loss to the community members. I also appreciate the gratitude of the folks we are able to help in their time of need. There is also a camaraderie among firefighters. It feels good to belong to this group of individuals who share a similar sense of community and willingness to give of themselves. Would you like to share a brief story related to your work as a first responder? No specific incidents, but we are often visiting people during some of the worst times in their lives, and most of the time they are still happy to see us doing what we can to help. Age — 51 Family Wife — Jennifer Daughter — Conne, who is in graduate school at Mississippi State working toward her doctorate in psychology BRIGNOLE, BUSH AND LEWIS, LLC ATTORNEYS AT LAW CRIMINAL DEFENSE DIVORCE PERSONAL INJURY Number One Highest Jury Verdict for Individual in a Car Accident. 12.8 Million Nominated to Top 1% of Trial Attorneys in the Nation Brignole, Bush & Lewis, LLC prides itself on successfully handling motor vehicle and truck accident claims, personal injury litigation, medical/dental malpractice, motorcycle accidents, criminal defense, divorce and more. Put our experience to work for you. We’ll take the time to listen to your wants and needs, and can aggressively fight to make sure those needs are met. Call Brignole, Bush & Lewis, LLC today at 860.653.5222 to discuss your case. HARTFORD 73 Wadsworth Street Hartford, CT 06106 860.527.9973 GRANBY 261 Salmon Brook Street Granby, CT 06035 860.653.5222 NEW BRITAIN 25 Arch Street New Berlin, CT 06051 860.223.4900 GRANBY LIVING | 11

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