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An Overview of Heating and Cooling Systems: an Interview of Mark Flock of Flock's Heating and Air Conditioning

By Mark Flock

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Flock's Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. is an award winning family owned and operated business that has been serving Wisconsin for over 50 years. Located near Cashton Wisconsin, Flocks provides outstanding design, installation, and service throughout west central Wisconsin.

Flock's Heating and Air Conditioning was founded in 1960 as Flock's Sheet Metal by Clarence Flock. Sylvester & Ramona Flock bought the business from Clarence in 1970. Two of their sons, Mark and Anthony (Tony) bought the business in 1985 from Sylvester and Ramona. In 1998 a third son, William (Bill) became a partner. In 2002 the name was changed to Flock's Heating & Air Conditioning to better reflect the nature of the business. In 2008 Flock's Heating was recognized as the ClimateMaster"Wisconsin Geothermal Contractor of the Year". In 2013, Mark Flock was elected President of the Wisconsin Geothermal Association (WGA), the unified, professional consortium (non-profit) of contractors, manufacturers, design engineers, utilities, educators and others dedicated to the promotion and growth of Wisconsin's geothermal heating and cooling industry.

Our mission is simple. To treat our customers the way we would like to be treated , while providing top quality heating and cooling services at the best prices possible.

Quality products and services offered by Flock's Heating & Air Conditioning include:

  • Free Estimates
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Residential and Commercial Sales and Service
  • Central air conditioning systems
  • High Efficiency oil & gas heating systems
  • Geothermal Ground Source Heating and Cooling systems
  • Safety and Efficiency tune-up agreements
  • Central Air Conditioning Tune-ups and Cleaning
  • Gas & Oil Heating System Tune-ups and Cleaning
  • Duct Cleaning and decontamination services
  • Energy Saving Programmable Thermostats
  • Whole house humidifiers or dehumidifiers
  • Air exchangers
  • Gas Fired Garage Heaters
  • Air filtration systems
  • Extended Warranty Options on New Equipment
  • Custom Sheet Metal Work

Flocks has recently partnered with WaterFurnace® International on Geothermal systems which are widely recognized as providing the most efficient heating and cooling solutions, plus they are eligible for the 30% Renewable Energy Tax Credit.

From Geothermal heating, cooling and hot water for your home or business to traditional fossil fuel systems the highly trained team at Flocks is dedicated to providing you outstanding service to best meet your individual needs.

What are a few signs that my AC system needs repair?

Signs that your AC system needs service, not cooling, water dripping from unit, noisy, high electric bills, smells coming from vents, ice forming on refrigerant lines, breaker trips.

What is the main benefit of using tankless water heating systems compared to other options?

Tankless water heaters, ( this is really more of a plumbing question) Tankless water heaters generally cost less to operate than tank type water heaters but the main advantage is endless hot water. In order to heat the water so fast these units require larger gas lines than tank type heaters. Some items to consider before purchasing one, Is the gas supply adequate, do you have adequate water pressure, do you have good water quality. where can it be vented, how m,any fixtures will you want to run at a time. These units are best sized and installed by professionals.

Please briefly explain how heating systems and cooling systems work. (ie. how much fuel is used, electricity used, where the air is coming from)

Alex, I could write a book on how heating and cooling systems work, the amount of energy used varies greatly based on size, efficiency and the types of fuels as well as how well the home is insulated. I need you to be a little more specific on what you want. Do you mean just forced air gas systems? Do you want to talk about the most efficient systems which would be geothermal, are you interested in radiant floor heat, hot water baseboard etc. etc. How about if I give you a comparison of the differences in cost per BTU to heat with the different types of fuels?

What a few benefits of using a ductless heating and cooling system?

Ductless heating and cooling heat pumps, also called Mini-Splits originated in Asia and Europe where homes typically do not have ductwork. In the USA they are often used in homes with hot water heat that do not have ductwork. Also used in difficult to cool areas like sun rooms or additions that are difficult to get ductwork into. While extremely efficient, these units do have limitations when it comes to heating, because they extract heat from the air outside, as the outdoor temperature drops, so does the Ductless heat pumps output, and currently they are unable to operate all the way down to our design temperature of -20 fahrenheit, so typically another heat source is needed in the space served by the ductless unit.

What are 3 ways to save energy with my heating and cooling systems?

1: replace air filters regularly, 2: have systems serviced annually. 3: replace older inefficient systems with newer high efficiency units.

What is the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

You can contact us by phone or email, contact information is below. Just say Alex sent you!

Mark Flock

President Flock's Heating & Air Conditioning

email: mark@flocksheating.com

website: www.flocksheating.com

Cashton 608-654-5522 Sparta 608-269-1500 Tomah 608-374-5500

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