Saturday, November 15, 2014

Business spotlight - Dave's World

Outside the temperature is dropping, but at Dave’s World at 359 Roosevelt Trail, it’s the perfect temperature all year round. The owners of the new location Robert Jankunas, Dan Sharrow and Matthew Scott invite the public to visit and enjoy their heat pump lounge. Play with the remotes and touch the systems. Scott is the manager of the Windham store and his assistant manager is Adrian Bouchard.
“We are heat pump guides, not salesmen. When people realize what (heat pumps) can do it sells itself,” said Scott. Dave’s World is the largest residential heat pump company in the state selling Mitsubishi, Fujitsu and Daikin heat pumps and hot water heaters. 

Heat pumps work much like a refrigerator. It moves air to regulate the temperature in the appliance. With the heat pump, the coils take the heat out of the air and force it into the house through a wall mounted unit, a floor unit or a ceiling unit. It sounds simple, but that’s what the machine does. Even when it is -13 degrees, there is still heat in the air which is attracted to the refrigerator coils where it is condensed and moves inside.  The BTUs might be a bit lower at that temperature, but the home will still be warm, Scott said. “At zero or below, there’s a lot of heat outside you can’t feel.” 

Dave’s World can put heat pump systems into a new construction home or a 100-year-old house and any age in between. It only takes one hole to run the refrigeration line through.  

“Nine years ago we discovered the heat pump. It slowly started selling. We could move heat inside from the outside,” said Scott. The company has a store in Dover-Foxcroft, where they started doing three installations a week and now are doing eight to 10 installations a day. Heat pumps are saving consumers’ money.

“You’re not just selling the customer something, you’re selling them savings,” Scott said. 

Heat pumps are not only a winter product, because in the summer, the system is reversed with a touch of the remote and heat is removed from inside the home and moved outside cooling the air. 

“If you can run a TV, you can run a heat pump,” he added. With today’s technology, the heat pumps can be hooked up to an app on a cell phone to start the heat or the cooling before a person arrives home. 

“We are whole home, whole year, comfort regulator,” he said. 

The average efficiency of heating is about 80 percent, Scott said. “Anything you light on fire to create heat can never be more than 100 percent efficient. Oil is 80 to 86 percent efficient and propane is 93 percent efficient. Heat pumps never create heat. They pump heat from one place to another.” 

The heat pump uses only what it needs to make a room the requested temperature. At the same time it is also sanitizing the room it’s in. The consumer pays for the heat to go from one place to another, but it’s Mother Nature’s heat, he said. 

People in Maine are skeptical so Dave’s World offers a 2-year/24 month, that’s two heating and cooling seasons, 100 percent money back guarantee. (No one has ever returned one.) There is a seven year parts and labor warranty. The company also offers service with two fulltime technicians dedicated to solving heat pump problems in the State of Maine. 

Heat pumps range in price from $3,000 to $25,000 depending on the size of the location and the needs of the customer. Dave’s World offers a free consultation to discover needs and go from there.

Dave’s World is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dave’s World also sells heat pump water heaters for homes and can save residents between $40 and $80 a month on heating, compared to oil-fired hot water heaters. “Don’t waste another $5,000 on oil. Heat pumps pay you back from day one,” Scott said. 

“We always had the mindset to grow and create jobs,” Scott said. 

Dave’s World is looking to employ more HVAC and heat pump installers. 

For more information about Dave’s World visit or call the Windham store at 523-9414.

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