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Improve Indoor Air Quality during Asthma Awareness Month

Tuesday, May, 6th, 2014 at 3:04 PM by GoldMe5

Improve Indoor Air Quality during Asthma Awareness Month 

Gold Medal Service offers advice to help New Jersey residents keep the air inside their home clean and free of common asthma triggers 

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. May 6, 2014Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, drain cleaning, and waterproofing service company servicing all of New Jersey, advises area homeowners to take advantage of Asthma Awareness Month, particularly World Asthma Day, May 6, by improving their homes’ indoor air quality

“With the weather getting nicer in New Jersey, families want to spend more time outside or have their windows open, but that can be dangerous for people dealing with asthma,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder. “Our experts can assess the air quality inside a home, and show homeowners how to ensure they are breathing clean, healthy air all the time.” 

More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, a chronic lung disease that causes frequent episodes of wheezing, coughing, and breathlessness. Children and adults with asthma are sensitive to irritants in the air, both indoors and outdoors. Because it can be difficult to control outdoor asthma triggers, such as air pollution, vehicle exhaust, wood smoke, and fumes, it is important for asthma sufferers to monitor the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Pollution Action Days and limit outdoor activity on orange or red alert days. However, it is also important to address indoor air quality (IAQ) and minimize irritants inside the home. 

Common indoor asthma triggers include the following: 

  • Secondhand smoke 
  • Dust mites 
  • Mold 
  • Cockroaches and other pests 
  • Pets 
  • Chemicals 

Homeowners can take some proactive steps by cleaning surfaces weekly with a damp cloth and vacuum with a HEPA filter, keeping humidity low and using fans to ventilate air, and controlling pests. 

To minimize irritants even further, though, it’s important to address any leaks that could lead to mold growth, and to ensure that the air circulating through the home is clean. The experts at Gold Medal Service can repair leaky faucets and pipes, check and replace air filters, and perform routine maintenance on an air conditioning unit. They can also help homeowners identify when it’s time to replace a unit that is no longer effectively circulating clean air into the home and dirty air out of it. And they can advise on the option of installing a specialty IAQ system, which can further protect families from asthma triggers. These systems have been proven to reduce colds and minimize time away from work.

“Asthma can be difficult to deal with, but it is manageable if you take steps to keep your home clean and healthy,” said Agugliaro. “Our experts have the tools to help improve indoor air quality and ensure that you keep your asthma symptoms under control.” 

For more information on Asthma Awareness Month, visit www.epa.gov/asthma/awareness.html. For more information about Gold Medal Service, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com

About Gold Medal Service 

Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, waterproofing, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

New Jersey Residents Preparing to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

Monday, April, 14th, 2014 at 10:06 PM by GoldMe5

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New Jersey Residents Preparing to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

Gold Medal Service encourages pre-season cooling system tune-up to improve efficiency,
improve indoor air quality and increase comfort

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. April 15, 2014 – Now’s the time for New Jersey homeowners to get their homes ready for the spring and summer weather, says Gold Medal Service, an award-winning area heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and drain service company. Gold Medal Service experts have already started their busy spring check-up season, helping homeowners repair any damage caused by winter storms or power outages, and ensuring their air conditioners are in prime condition before the summer heat. The company has started to get a lot of calls for air conditioning maintenance and repair, and stresses that now is the time to get it done before the hot weather arrives.

“Your air conditioner is most likely to break down on the hottest day of the year – which is also the busiest time for service contractors running calls, so you could face long wait times if you experience an outage,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder. “Plus, most manufacturers require routine maintenance on a system to keep the warranty valid.”

Not only will Gold Medal Service experts check homeowners’ air conditioners, but they will also be happy to take a look at plumbing and electrical systems hit hard by snow and severe storms that have plagued New Jersey this winter. Cold temperatures can make pipes prone to freezing and developing leaks, and power outages can have a rough impact on electrical wiring in a home.

“If there are any problems in your home, the longer you wait to fix them, the bigger a problem they could become,” said Agugliaro. “Homeowners don’t want to have to pay more money for repair or replacement on pipes or electrical work down the road, so it’s best to get everything checked out now to make sure small problems do not escalate into bigger issues.” 

About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

Students Learn Essential Business Skills Thanks to Local Entrepreneur

Wednesday, March, 26th, 2014 at 9:02 PM by GoldMe5

Owner of one of New Jersey’s largest home services companies, Gold Medal Service, shows teens from the Princeton Learning Cooperative how to run a successful business

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. March 24, 2014 – Teen students from Princeton Learning Cooperative, a center offering personalized education opportunities to students, visited the offices of Gold Medal Service, one of New Jersey’s largest and most successful heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, and drain service companies Monday, March 24 for a hands-on business education experience. Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder and ServiceKey business mentor, gave students a tour of his company and talked with them about business processes, including recruiting, marketing, accounting, and management.

“My son is a part of the Princeton Learning Cooperative program, and I am just so impressed with the opportunities the center offers to students,” said Agugliaro. “These kids have the opportunity to really personalize their education to things that interest them, and to get outside of the traditional classroom to see what it’s like to work in the real world.”

Agugliaro grew Gold Medal Service into a $23-million-a-year home services company, serving the entire state of New Jersey. He started ServiceKey in 2013 to show other service business owners how they could use his techniques to grow their own companies, and he is eager to guide the next generation of entrepreneurs, and encourage young people to pursue a career in the home services industry.

“So many kids are choosing not to go into trades like plumbing, electrical, and HVAC anymore, so there’s a real shortage of qualified technicians and entrepreneurs in the industry,” said Agugliaro. “I want to show teens who are about to have to make some big life decisions that they can do well in this business, be very successful, and have a great time doing it.”

About Gold Medal Service

Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

About Princeton Learning Cooperative

The Princeton Learning Cooperative is a center that helps teenagers live and learn without school by supporting teens to create a personalized education based on their interests, abilities and goals. Through personalized plans, flexible classes that run throughout the day, tutoring, help finding internship and volunteer opportunities, mentoring, help with college admissions and a safe and comfortable place for students to work and socialize, members of the Princeton Learning Cooperative share a believe that teens can learn more and improve their lives without school. For more information, call 609-851-2522 or visit www.princetonlearningcooperative.com.

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Upgrading to an Efficient Heating System Saves Money

Wednesday, January, 29th, 2014 at 9:49 PM by GoldMe5

Gold Medal Service offers winter heating tips

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Jan. 28, 2014 – New Jersey homeowners with old heating systems face a winter season full of high energy bills. But even as severe weather slams the country, it’s not too late to replace that money pit with a new, more efficient heating and cooling system. Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, drain and waterproofing service company, offers New Jersey residents some tips to determine if they need a new system.

“One of the best ways to save money in the long run is to invest in a more energy efficient heating and cooling system,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “Today’s new units can save the average home owner as much as 25 percent per year in annual heating costs.”

With the temperatures dropping so much recently, you don’t want to get left out in the cold if your old furnace quits. If your contractor suggests that your furnace needs replacing it is wise not to delay. If it's the cost of replacing your old furnace that’s making you hang on, consider that some older models of furnace deliver only 55 percent of their heat to your home while a new high-efficiency natural gas furnace may deliver up to 97 percent of the heat it creates to your home. Your old furnace is probably costing you money. A new natural gas furnace will likely save you money.

A new furnace installation can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,500, depending upon the complexity of your specific installation. High efficiency models might cost an additional $1000 to $2,500 for the added efficiency. If your family has high annual heating bills, a higher efficiency furnace is going to make more economic sense than it would for a family that has very small heating bills. When determining how efficient a furnace to buy, take into account what you are spending on your annual energy bills. If you are going to be in your home for a period of time that would justify this additional expense, it makes sense to install the highest efficiency furnace that you can afford. A new high efficiency furnace may also increase the resale value of your home.

Other factors that determine your annual heating cost are:

  1. The size of your home
  2. How well your home is insulated
  3. The draftiness of your home
  4. The amount of leaks in your ductwork
  5. The temperature at which you keep your home during the winter season
  6. The number and type, or efficiency level, of windows you have in your home

If investing a new heating system isn’t in the cards now, here are five tips to keep your home warmer this winter:

  1. Weather-strip your doors
  2. Seal baseboards and caulk windows
  3. Wrap the water heater and ducts, insulate the pipes and change the filters
  4. Add a door sweep to rooms that you use less frequently
  5. Replace an old thermostat with a high-tech, smart thermostat.

“We offer financing options to make the purchase as easy and affordable as possible,” said Agugliaro. “Many of our customers find that rebates on a new, efficient system can actually put hundreds of dollars back in their pockets each month.”

About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

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Gold Medal Service Urges Homeowners to Check Basements For Winter

Thursday, January, 16th, 2014 at 9:10 PM by GoldMe5

Top service company recommends a basement audit to protect them from severe weather

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Jan. 8, 2014 –Gold Medal Service, an award-winning multispecialty home services contractor in New Jersey advises area homeowners to consult a licensed home service contractor and basement waterproofing specialist to examine basements.
 
Recent record snow and dangerous weather patterns have wreaked havoc in much of the country, many times leaving homeowners with wet or flooded basements. While a secure, water-resistant basement will not prevent flooding in a severe storm, there are steps homeowners can take to keep water from seeping into their basements anytime, even during wet weather.
 
“Our Gold Medal Service team specializes in preventing basement water damage and assessing current water or dampness issues,” says Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder. “Many of us are still recovering from last year’s storms. So if you already had signs of a wet basement last year, we urge you to have a qualified contractor assess your home’s vulnerability to future water damage and have it fixed as soon as possible.”
 
According to a National Hurricane Center report, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. in 40 years and the second-costliest in the nation's history. The report estimated damage caused by Sandy totaled approximately $50 billion.
 
“Preparing your home to withstand the effects of serious weather events is the best advice I can give to anyone,” says Agugliaro, “and making your basement as water-resistant as possible could help save your possessions and your home’s structural integrity, giving you peace of mind.”
 
Gold Medal Service provides homeowners with waterproofing, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and other services and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record.
 
About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
 
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