Vogt Heating and Cooling began providing service for Meadville area customers August 2, 2010, but the story of our company actually started over fifty years earlier. My father, Paul Vogt began his career with a company later to become Agway Energy Products in 1956. A couple of years later, Paul was asked to manage the service department for the company’s Meadville plant. In this new position, he began a very successful forty-year career selling, installing and servicing home comfort systems. He retired in 2000 and left a respected heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) business with over twelve well trained technicians, a full time sales representative, and several thousand satisfied customers.
I began working for my father in 1988 as a service technician after starting my HVAC career seven years earlier. In 1998 I was promoted to Energy Equipment Sales Representative and began working with Dave Bach and Dave Miller in the installation department designing and installing indoor comfort systems.
In 2003, Agway Energy Product’s parent company declared bankruptcy resulting in the sale of our company to Suburban Propane. By then we had over one hundred locations in four states with HVAC departments. Suburban Propane began closing down many of these locations in 2005. In February of 2007, our Meadville location being one of only two remaining with fully operational HVAC departments, had this department reduced to providing service only. With my department and position eliminated, I found myself unemployed.
I was hired by Phil Deets of Deets Mechanical in Seneca, Pa. in April 2007 as General Manager of what would be his second location. I was charged with finding a suitable building, assembling a team, and beginning the Meadville branch’s business. I was joined by two of the best people I have ever worked with the following month. Dave Miller was a lead installer and Bryan Brown was a service technician for Agway in Meadville. Both highly trained and experienced, Dave and Bryan were well qualified to fill the roles of department managers, and with me already selling systems, we began operations in late May. Dave Bach also joined the team leading installations at the Seneca location.
During that first year, we added an installation technician in June and a service technician in October. My wife Debbie began helping us in the office in August and became our full-time office manager in March of 2008. In April of 2008, Dave Bach joined us in Meadville and in August, Dave Miller took over the sales responsibilities. By October of 2008, we had a team of four full time installation technicians, two full-time service technicians, an additional part time technician and a part-time secretary. Twelve in all in only a year and a half!
In September of 2009, I received a call from a long time friend and respected competitor Ken Reedy, owner of Reedy Plumbing and Heating in Albion, Pa. Ken began his business thirty years ago and was joined by his son Tom in 2002. Despite having a great reputation and thriving business, Ken was interested in joining our team. We purchased Ken’s business December 30, 2009 and gained two more excellent technicians and were able to expand to offer plumbing services to our customers.
During the spring of 2010, a decision was reached to start a new company in the Meadville area. This new company, named after my father Paul Vogt, would be locally owned, employee-owned and focused on providing even better service to our customers.
After passing my 28th year in this business, I find myself blessed to not only be a member of the best team I have ever been part of, but also to have the formed relationships with the best customers I could have hoped for.
Our team is now and will remain the area’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning, ventilation, improved indoor air quality and plumbing sales and service.
Tim Vogt Sr.
PA license: PA071343
With so many options….what brand should I buy?
When considering a heating and cooling system purchase, the most important brand name is the name of the company installing your system. Though there are differences in quality and features of different brands of furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, heat pumps, etc., the methods used in sizing and installing this equipment will determine the efficiency, reliability and life span of your new system. In other words, your new heating/cooling unit is only as good as the overall installation, and the name that matters most is the name of the company you hire to perform this installation.
A top-quality heating and cooling company should always:
•Begin by taking time to have a discussion with you in order to address problems you may have with your existing system or improvements you desire in comfort and indoor air quality.
•Measure your home and perform a proper heating/cooling load calculation in order to size and design the system correctly. A heating and cooling system that is the right size (not too large or small) will provide the best comfort, efficiency and life span of your new heating/cooling system.
•Inspect your existing system and correct any poorly sized or improperly installed air ducts. Your new heating/cooling equipment cannot work efficiently unless the system it is connected to can deliver the right amount of air through it.
•Stay current with and follow all safety codes and practices. This should go without saying, but your local authorities may not provide code enforcement.
•Perform thorough testing of the new system at start-up to ensure it is operating correctly. There are many variables with these systems such as fan speed, gas pressure, refrigerant levels, draft and combustion air settings that must be adjusted properly for your new system to provide the best comfort and reliability while using the least amount of energy.
Vogt Heating and Cooling will carefully select equipment from the best manufacturers and be diligent in performing all proper practices in designing and installing your system so that you may experience many years of comfort, efficiency and reliability.
Vogt Heating and Cooling Comfort Maintenance Program (CMP)
This agreement is a comprehensive preventive maintenance program that will help to reduce costly repairs and maintain your heating & cooling system at its optimum performance. We do this by thoroughly cleaning, testing and adjusting your system annually.
For your safety, Vogt Heating and Cooling technicians will carefully inspect your entire system. System components found to be installed in a manner that causes safety or code compliance concerns may not qualify for our Comfort Maintenance Program. Older systems may not qualify if replacement is recommended due to poor efficiency or condition.
Please check the following to avoid higher energy bills or service charges:
Check air filters monthly – Dirty filters cause efficiency to drop, increased operating costs and poor performance.
|CMP annual rates:||Oil:||$179.95 + parts (includes tune-up)*|
|Gas:||$149.95 + parts (includes tune-up)*|
|AC and HP systems:||$149.95 + parts (includes tune-up)*|
|Oil w/AC:||$279.95 + parts (includes tune-up)*|
|Gas w/AC:||$219.95 + parts (includes tune-up)*|
* These prices are for our current customers who have had a tune up annually. If you are looking to get you first tune up or haven’t had one in a couple years please call for pricing
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Our building has an interesting history. It was built in the 1940′s and was originally the Pinehurst Pottery and gift shop. If you have any information or pictures please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy these pictures and our rich local heritage. Thank you.