Furnaces spend summers idle and trapped in basements, building up insecurities about not being hot enough or never measuring up to Kevin, the air conditioner. Give heaters some quality time with today's Groupon: for $33, you get a 21-point heating- or cooling-system inspection and cleaning from Blue Dot Services of Maryland (a $99 value).
For more than 40 years, Blue Dot's certified technicians have been traveling about, reanimating inefficient and unsafe gas and electric climate controllers, starting with a 21-point inspection. Over the course of about one hour, keen eyes scrutinize furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners and nimble hands clear interior components of obstructions. Like robot psychologists, checkups help to avert mechanical meltdowns, discovering coils that struggle to transfer warmth because of layers of grime or cracked heat exchangers leaking energy. The indoor weathermen check air filters and blowers to ensure that temperate breezes can waft through vents keeping homes cooler than a snowman’s vascular system.
Though not included in the Groupon, an additional supply of fresh refrigerant may be deemed necessary as part of the service at a charge of $45 per pound.
Blue Dot Services of Maryland
Clad in a bright blue jumpsuit and blue-billed cap, he seems to have been everywhere—photos show him in front of the Eiffel Tower, under the marquee at the Late Show With David Letterman, and next to an ornamental gate at Beijing Airport, to name a few. He's Bluey, the petite plush toy who serves as Blue Dot Services of Maryland's mascot. And his jet-setting lifestyle is the result of fans and staff transporting him around the globe in search of amusing photo opportunities.
Blue Dot's expert heating and cooling technicians apply the same dedication to HVAC maintenance and repair work that Bluey fans apply to his travels. After an initial consultation and price estimates in homes or offices, staffers schlep parts and equipment from brands such as Bryant, Payne, and Carrier to regulate wonky heaters, install and repair air conditioners, and mend water heaters that can leak, scald, or send rust through faucets. Blue Dot also installs energy-efficient systems and add-ons, such as solar panels, which keep spaces economical, and the company's work with the Comfort Institute regulates indoor air quality by banishing drafts and humidity. The online appointment scheduler helps homeowners connect to staffers 24 hours a day, even while dictating their water pumps' latest tweets.