SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ART CHAPUT

art-chaput-and-beth-pannbackerAfter celebrating 65 years of business in the same family-run company, established in 1945 by F.P. Chaput, Beth and I are retiring and have sold Chaput Rootmaster to Blue Sky Plumbing and Heating.

I began working alongside my dad in the sewer repair business when I was seven years old. After I graduated from Englewood High School I attended Western State College. Soon after college I began serving my five-year plumbing apprenticeship and became a licensed Master Plumber in 1975. My wife, Beth Pannbacker, came into the business in 1994 to implement computer management of the customer database and accounting. Since then she has assumed many other roles in managing the company. Our son, Eric, graduated from Cherry Creek High School and from the University of Puget Sound. He returned in 2004 and began working in the business. He was responsible for increasing the volume of the heating and cooling component of the business in addition to assisting in the marketing and management of the company.

In the earliest years of the business, sewer lines and drain cleaning were the major focus. When I took over the business in 1976, I expanded to all types of plumbing repair and remodel work and also had a specialty in boiler repair and replacement. In the early 1980’s I became fully licensed in all types of heating, air conditioning and ventilation and the business began to expand in that area. With an expert technical staff, friendly dispatchers, and a focus on client satisfaction, customers were ensured a memorably good experience each time service was provided. With a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, the company was one of the winners of the Gold Star Award from Better Business Bureau every year since the inception of the award, and we were always proud to be rated as an A+ member.

Solving problems and promoting comfort and efficiency with a high level of customer service was always the foundation for our company. Following the death of our son, Eric, Beth and I retired June 1, 2011.

Thank you to all who have been loyal to us over the years. Many of you have become our friends and we are pleased to leave you in good hands. We believe that Blue Sky Plumbing and Heating will continue to serve you with high standards and great customer service.

— Art Chaput

BEAT THE HOT DENVER SUMMERS WITH BREEZAIR EVAPORATIVE COOLING

denver-breezair-icon-evaporative-coolerHave you ever wondered why it’s so much cooler on a coastline near the ocean? The reason you feel cooler near the ocean is because when air blows over the water, some of the heat is absorbed by the water and it turns to a gaseous state, commonly known as evaporation. An evaporative cooler compresses this natural process into a compartmentalized device, specially designed to cool down the ambient air temperature in a room or multiple rooms. Unlike conventional air conditioners, evaporative cooler’s lack a compressor and condenser coils, one of the numerous parts needed to run central air conditioning systems. Thus, they have fewer parts, take up less space, and use less than half of the electricity needed to run a conventional air conditioning system, which translates into a substantial cost savings to the Denver homeowner. So where does all this cooling efficiency in evaporative coolers come from? From two things, essentially: electronic control systems for the fan and motor, and water quality control systems that work to maintain a more consistent water flow and airflow. So what makes the Breezair evaporative cooler so unique, and worth your money?

The models built by Breezair go as far back as the 1950s, when modern evaporative cooling technology was in its infancy. Very few companies have had the age and experience to perfect the science of cooling. Since that time, Breezair has patented just about every aspect of their impressively efficient systems. A special aspen tree fiber (ChillCel) is used for the water pads, combined with a special water distribution system designed to keep clogging to an absolute minimum. Believe it or not, impurities and debris in the water can translate into your evaporative cooler using 1.5 or 2 times more overall electricity to run the cooler. Breezair’s special water quality control system, the patented Water Miser (an electronic device), automatically monitors the quality of the water so that you know at a glance when the water needs to be cleaned, saving the time it would normally take to manually check it. In the past, adjusting the machine to suit the temperature in your home required physically going to the machine each time. With Breezair coolers, user-friendly remote control displays can be placed strategically throughout the house so that you can change it quickly from wherever you are. The ability to adjust the temperature of a baby’s room from the kitchen, for example, allows for the unit to run only when it needs to run, and remain off the rest of the time. An auto-drain system keeps the evaporative cooler free and clear of algae when not running, virtually eliminating the need to go on the roof to drain the cooler once summer is over. Most notably the crown jewel of a Breezair cooler is a particular type of fan called a centrifugal fan. Due to the special shape and placement of the fan blades, and the way air travels over this fan, the Breezair evaporative cooler is considered one of the most quiet fans on the market today, consistently pulling in a maximum amount of air at the lowest possible speed. The Breezair ICON series for example, runs on the same amount of power needed to run a household light bulb, which costs about $25 a year.

The cost of energy is going up each year, and in these tough economic times, Colorado homeowners are looking in their budgets for every possible way to reduce costs. Additionally, XCel Energy and other electricity providers throughout the nation offer rebates for installing certain qualified high-efficiency units such as Breezair coolers. With their patented components and electronic controls, incomparable experience in crafting cooling technologies, low power usage, and effectiveness combined with quietness, Breezair’s evaporative coolers may be one of the wisest investments in reducing your Denver energy bill. Take a look at a Breezair cooler today, and see which one is right for you.

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COLORADO AND EVAPORATIVE COOLING: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

denver_evaporative_coolerThe state of Colorado is attractive to many people because of its mountainous wilderness and good weather. Those who have lived here many years take advantage of the 300 days of sunshine per year, moderate fluctuations in temperature, semi-arid climate, and generally short winter storms (especially in Denver and along the front range). But many Colorado homeowners are still using conventional air conditioners rather than evaporative coolers, despite the substantial savings to an energy bill and ease of maintenance that the latter provides. Let’s take some time to discuss the basic differences between these two systems, what the advantages of an evaporative cooler are, and why an evaporative cooler is such a smart choice, given the climate.

While there are many different types of air conditioners (e.g., dehumidifiers, window units, split systems, etc.), the basic air conditioner works like a refrigerator but without the insulated box like the one in a kitchen. In a basic unit there are two coils: one condensing coil for heating, and one evaporative coil for cooling. The heart of a conventional A/C system is the compressor, inside which freon is heated or cooled and sent into the coils, so that the air, blown over the coils by a fan or blower, has the desired temperature. This is also why A/C systems are described as ‘blowing warm air out in order to bring cool air in’, otherwise called cycling. In effect, this constant vapor compression regulates the temperature of the air in a home, and is very common in humid areas of hot or moderature temperature (such as in the southwest), and in humid areas of cold and extremely cold areas (such as in the northeast). The bulk of the cost of these systems, which can range anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000, comes from the brand (such as a Trane, for example), the compressor within, and the labor to install them (sometimes half of the total cost). The number of kilowatts per hour for such a unit, a common measurement used to weigh the cost of A/C units, is anywhere from 3 to 8 kilowatts per hour for the average U.S. household (5 to 20 kilowattsfor bigger units used in larger residential homes, often found in suburban areas). Of course, they are very effective, and have cooled millions of homes for decades. However, the bill for its use during peak season can cost a Colorado homeowner up to $500 a month (presuming the kilowatt cost will continue to increase dramatically, as it has been in the past few years).

However, Colorado homeowners have a large advantage over homeowners in other states: Colorado’s dry climate means that evaporative cooling systems are a fantastic and economical alternative to expensive air conditioning. At the same time, XCel Energy and other utilities are increasingly offering incentives for switching to, or adding, evaporative cooling to one’s home (such as rebates or discounts if an evaporative cooler is installed). Even as effective as modern conventional A/C units are, the cost per month, and the cost to service these units (as much as $75 an hour), is becoming a major budget consideration for Colorado homeowners, and evaporative coolers provide an attractive alternative.

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An evaporative cooler is essentially an air-cooling device. Rather than using compression and condensation (meaning, using freon to heat the condenser coil and blow out hot air), it uses evaporation in tandem with a fan, which is then used to pull air through a medium inside the device, a medium that is constantly kept wet by water that is sprayed onto it, or dripped onto it. Consequently, this action puts humidity, or moisture, into the air (unsuitable for humid climates such as Houston, Tx, but great for dry climates like Denver). They have been around for about sixty years, and are still sometimes referred to as ‘swamp coolers’, the name probably arising from the mold once common in older systems that did not have the built-in monitors and self-cleaning systems that modern evaporative coolers have today. The unit basically consists of an up-duct system leading into the cooler, evaporative water pads, water distribution lines, a blower motor, a recirculating water pump, and a grill cover. Up-ducts are, essentially, airflow channels that have to be installed for the cooler (i.e., if existing ducts are incompatible). Air comes in from the duct, the evaporated water cools the air, and the air then blows out into the room. A cooler of this nature can cool the air to about 20 degrees lower than the current ambient air temperature (e.g., if it is 90 degrees, the EC can cool it to 70 degrees). If the airflow throughout the house is used wisely, the unit can oftentimes cool a room much faster than a conventional air conditioner.

There was once a time when all evaporative coolers were virtually the same, and thus suffered from the same problems. Only one type of media was used for the water pads, meaning that they had to be cleaned, and changed out, often and were not all that effective. The water reservoirs were a pain to clean, and the blower motor, especially for larger units, was disturbingly loud. The blower motors had only one or two settings, and thus could not take advantage of electronic thermostat controls (now available), which allow for the blower speed to be changed but the motor to remain at a more constant speed. Additionally, and most importantly, old swamp coolers typically ran at 3 to 4 kilowatts per hour, which in some cases was not that much better than medium-sized, conventional air conditioners in use at the time. Today things are quite different, and the advantages of modern swamp coolers are impressive.

The process of cooling air all comes down to speed. The hotter a room is, the more cold air you need to circulate per second in order to cool down the room. Since reduced power is at the core of modern evaporative cooling technology, advances in this area have yielded some very smart machinery inside modern coolers. For the homeowner, this translates into reduced costs, about ⅓ of what it would cost to install even a modern, advanced air conditioner. Even better, this modern evaporative coolers in Colorado often lead to about a 75% reduction of one’s energy bill, particularly during peak seasons. Some of the new features are as follows:

  • Newer models from high-performance brands such as OASys and Breezair can run as low as 60 watts per hour and cool a room at the same rate as, or better than, a previous model.
  • High-performance media for water pads can maximize the moisture exchange (a key measurement of the effectiveness of all swamp coolers today).
  • Modern coolers will have completely encased housing, which allows for easier assembly, and thus, a lower cost at the point of sale.
  • Electronic thermostat controls manage all the components, particularly the blower motor, and automatically respond as the ambient air temperature changes.
  • Instead of only 70% of the circulated water being used to cool the air like their older counterparts, newer evaporative cooling units use 95% of the circulated water to cool the air, even after filtration.

There’s really no doubt about it: evaporative coolers have come a long way, bringing significant cost advantages to the Colorado homeowner looking to cut home energy costs. Every year the components in newer models are optimized to deliver the same rate of cooling at a lower rate of power. They also run quieter, cool air more quickly, filter and manage the water and air more effectively within the unit, and provide sleeker and more compact designs that are easier to install, use, and maintain. If it’s time to replace your old air conditioning, consider the cost benefits of switching to evaporative cooling — it just might be the perfect cooling system for your Colorado home.

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Evaporative cooler illustration from www.Energy.gov (Public Domain)
Evaporative cooler cut-away diagram courtesy of Wikipedia, released under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license

CHAPUT AMAZON KINDLE CONTEST RECIPIENT: JULIE MILLER

chaput-kindle-contest-winner-julie-millerOur Facebook contest for a free Amazon Kindle recently wrapped up, and we’re please to announce Julie Miller as the winner! Julie and her family have been long-time clients for Chaput Rootmaster’s Denver plumbing services. Pictured here is our company owner Art Chaput presenting Julie with her brand-new Amazon Kindle.

Enjoy your new Amazon Kindle, Julie! We look forward to continuing to take care of your family’s plumbing needs in the years to come!

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CHAPUT ROOTMASTER WINS THE 2010 BBB GOLD STAR AWARD

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We’re proud to announce that we have won the Better Business Bureau 2010 Gold Star Award! We received the award last night at the annual awards ceremony. To win the Gold Star award, a business must have zero complaints in the past three years of business. In fact, we have won this award every years since 2003, which means that we have had zero complaints in more than a decade! This honor publicly confirms what we have privately known for a long time: our Colorado-licensed plumbers and HVAC technicians are true experts in their field and passionate about taking care of our clients. We’d like to thank all our hard-working employees and our loyal customers for helping us to achieve this great honor. We truly could not have done it without you!

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE INSTALLING DENVER AIR CONDITIONING

denver-swamp-cooler-installation-repair-replacementWhat determines how much air flow I get to the rooms in my home?

Your duct-work system and furnace blower are the most important factors that affect air flow for both heating and air conditioning.

Duct work: Inadequate duct-work is an unfortunate but common problem for Colorado homeowners, especially in newer homes. As air moves through your duct system, friction between the air and the duct slows the airflow’s velocity. By the time air reaches your upper floors it has lost the necessary force to properly cool down a room. Also, small duct diameters restrict airflow, for much the same reason, for example, that it is difficult to drink a can of soda through a coffee straw. It is oftentimes impractical to overhaul your system’s duct-work because the majority of it is between your walls. However we can make a significant difference in your airflow by adjusting the exposed ducts in your basement.

Furnace Blower: Your furnace’s blower is what creates air movement through your ducts. It is important that the blower be powerful enough to push the cold air to your upper floors. More force is necessary to push cold air up through your ducts than warm air—adding to the difficulty of effectively cooling a second floor. While air conditioning can usually be added onto an existing furnace, keep in mind that a marginal or old furnace (15 years or older) may have lost substantial effectiveness or efficiency due to its age. Our licensed air conditioning technicians can give you a recommendation that will suit your needs.

How can I make sure that my new system will actually cool my home?

When it comes to heating and air conditioning, bigger is not always better. An oversized air conditioning system can freeze the coil due to overcooling. On the other hand, an undersized system will fail to cool your home on the hottest days when you need it most. Properly sizing the outdoor condenser, and air conditioning coil, is an essential step in ensuring that your home is cooled effectively. We determine the right-sized air conditioner for your home by performing a whole house heating and cooling analysis that conforms to the standards set out by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Additionally, it is important to do a survey of your home’s duct-work system. Your home’s duct-work is an important factor in the effectiveness of your entire air conditioning system. It is possible to cool your home at 12,000 Btu’s (1 Ton) for every 400 cubic feet per minute of the airflow that your duct-work can deliver. If too much cooling is applied to a small amount of airflow, then the air conditioning coil will freeze over, compromising the system’s capacity to move air past the ice above your furnace. Frozen air conditioning coils are a frequent problem in Colorado because so many homes have undersized duct-work. If the ducts in your home are inadequate for cooling we can make duct modifications to maximize your home’s cooling capacity. In rare cases a smaller condenser is needed in order to accommodate that particular duct system. Accordingly, we can make recommendations for how you can decrease the cooling load of your house. It is better to have the properly sized system for your individual home’s need rather than experience unexpected problems after the installation.

How can I know if the technician coming out to my home knows what he is doing?

Believe it or not there is no license requirement in the State of Colorado to be a heating or air conditioning installer! Unlike many of the appliances in your home, such as a washer or dryer, your heating and air conditioning requires a lot of assembly. Consumer reports have indicated, from equipment testing, that the most important factor on an air conditioning system’s longevity and performance is the competency the installers rather than the manufacturer of the equipment. All of Chaput Rootmaster’s air conditioning installers are N.A.T.E. (North American Technician Excellence) certified, the highest industry designation that an HVAC installer can acheive. N.A.T.E certification is endorsed by every major manufacturer, yet less than 10% of technicians nationwide are N.A.T.E. certified.

What will the outdoor unit look like in my yard?

Your new system will sit on the side of your house or in your back yard. Trane’s outdoor condensers are all manufactured with steel louvered panels that protect the coil inside and look very attractive on the outside. Here are representative examples of Trane’s two product lines:

Trane XLi Series:

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Trane XR Series:

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How much will it cost to run air conditioning?

The outdoor air temperature and the temperature setting on your actual thermostat both factor into your cooling bill. The following chart shows a clear presentation of the savings between higher and lower efficiency systems.

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THE STORY OF DENVER PLUMBER MICHAEL TEAGUE

Colorado-licensed Denver plumbersEvery man when young looks forward to achieving something with his life. For some men it’s starting a business, finishing college in some chosen field of study, or traveling to a far country to learn about and experience the world. Yet others long for a different kind of life, one built by a vocation — a calling, as it were — something that will allow them to start a family, and develop those relationships with the people who are closest to them. All along the way since he was in his twenties back in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Michael Teague wanted to start a family, alongside achieving specific, satisfactory goals that he set for himself. “Since graduation from high school I had always worked around water: sprinklers, swimming pools, an apprenticeship in plumbing”, he starts. “One of the things I’ve always known in my life was that I wanted to be a plumber.”

Training a new plumber is hard enough, but finding one who is already skilled and well-seasoned to add to your company team is a tough challenge. When he applied for a plumbing position with Chaput Rootmaster two years ago, he was looking for a place to grow for the long-term. He knew Chaput had a successful history as a licensed Denver plumbing company, and more importantly was a small company that could focus their business on customer satisfaction, one of Michael’s deeply held core values. “There is a certain kind of pleasure you get from that instant gratification of seeing the customer satisfied,” he says. Yet coming into his own with this reputable company was not without its challenges.

Although Chaput knew they were getting a rare but sharp needle in a haystack, he had to work through a few tough jobs. One in particular he recalls gave him a run for his money. “When I first started working on boilers, it was…uh, exciting”, he says as he smiles facetiously.

“I remember this one time when I burned my first transformer on a boiler. Somehow I wired a zone valve incorrectly and it burned out the transformer. This, of course, set the transformer on fire. Not good. So then I rewired it again and turned it back, after which it worked perfectly! The customer was satisfied with the end result, AND I was satisfied because I had fixed an especially difficult problem on my own, and consequently learned a new and valuable skill that I have since used to this day.”

Not only have they allowed him to become an even better plumbing technician than he was before, Chaput Rootmaster has provided the opportunity for him to continue fulfilling his vocation so that he can spend time more valuable time with his family. “I can tell you that being a plumber and having a family can be tough to juggle at times,” he says. “Things get busy, and there is more to do than you can imagine, but the rewards of a busy life are truly the satisfaction that comes from reaching the goals you set for yourself. I love being a plumber.” The end result of that, he says, is spending time with his precious family. “I can’t wait for the summertime, when I get to watch my son start the track season”, he says enthusiastically. “And when I get a chance to play baseball, tennis, go hiking….all with family of course.”

When is he most happy on the job? “When I’m working — taking care of the customer,” he says with glowing pride. Where would he be if he wasn’t working for Chaput Rootmaster? “Well, I’d still be in plumbing, but from another employer I probably wouldn’t have gotten the attention and opportunity I needed to become so much more excellent at what I do.”

John Paul Getty, the first billionaire in the United States, once said, “One man working with you is worth a dozen working for you,” and thanks to Chaput Rootmaster, Michael has a chance to become that kind of contribution.

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IS A BUDERUS BOILER A GOOD SOLUTION FOR YOUR DENVER HOME?

Gas flameDenver winter nights can be downright cold. Few things are more frustrating and expensive than boiler repair, and oftentimes, the repair and replacement is too complicated and time-consuming for homeowners. If the unit hasn’t been maintained, or is an older model that should have already been replaced, chances are likely that the necessary repairs will exceed those of a total replacement. Oftentimes with Denver boilers, the unit was not maintained and so is difficult to clean or has rusted unto inefficiency. Or there are many parts that are leaking which, if left untreated, leads to decay and corrosion of vital components. And with today’s rising energy costs eating up one’s budget, the need to find a better solution for home heating becomes an imperative. In this article we’ll be talking about modern hydronic boilers, specifically the Buderus brand, along with its accompanying benefits and usage tips.

How a Buderus Boiler Works

A Buderus boiler is a condensing boiler with temperature modulation controls. By condensing we mean that it creates moisture as it runs, and so you have to drain that condensation, or pump it out by some kind of external drain. By modulation we mean that it has, positioned at the top of the unit, an electronic control system, which constantly modulates—or differentiates between—the outside ambient air temperature and the temperature of the water, and adjusts that temperature accordingly. So when it’s hot outside, the boiler will use only enough heat to increase the temperature to the degree needed, and when it’s cold outside, it will adjust likewise. The heating element temperature, water temperature, and outside air temperature are constantly monitored. Since conventional boilers are prone to temperature cycling (meaning, wide swings in temperature when a house gets too hot or too cold), the cost savings from the consistent heating action of a Buderus boiler is notable. Compared to a typical heating bill in your home, you may save as much as 30% to 40 % over the course of a year.

The Importance Of Servicing Your Denver Boiler

Regardless of the make or model, every boiler must be maintained. Cavities get dirty and pipes begin to leak. Drains get clogged and water doesn’t heat consistently. Most boilers are not cleaned or serviced on schedule, which is why many people run into problems and ultimately have to make a costly replacement. Most Buderus boiler problems either originate with the oil tank or improper installation. The oil tank and accompanying filter provide power for the burner, and need to be cleaned every 1 to 2 years or else it becomes like a sludge, slowing down the system and causing problems. Not all HVAC reps do the following, but at Chaput we can make sure and install a new oil filter on schedule, or if needed, install a smaller filter next to the burner to ensure that it runs smoothly.

The Difference Buderus Makes

Some unique features make the Buderus boiler a highly attractive and prudent purchase. When it comes time to service the unit, both the swinging door and the internal cylindrical cavities make for easy access and a more thorough cleaning (using a wire brush). The electronic modulation controls, while optional upon ordering the unit, are simple to manage, and provide for the temperature modulation, which is essential to the cost-savings. The entire system is compact, thus taking up less space wherever installed. Many of the models are made with case-aluminum, a particularly lightweight and durable metal, able to withstand fluctuating ranges in temperatures without breaking down. These basic features, plus a host of other customizable add-ons fitted specifically to your system, make a Denver Buderus boiler a wise choice.

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SEE OUR HVAC INSTALLATION VIDEO ON THE ADVENTUROUS 500!

the-adventurous-5001The good folks over at The Adventurous 500 recently came out and did a video feature on us. They talked with us about who we are and what we do, then came over to check out one of our Denver HVAC installations. Check out our video with them below!

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LEARNING TO FLY: HVAC SPECIALIST MIKE WILSON’S ‘FLIGHT’ TO DENVER

mike-wilsonAll of us, when young, dream of doing something with our lives. Whether it’s becoming president, performing as an artist of some kind, or breaking out into the business world, we all envision ourselves doing something that, at the time, looks like something we would enjoy. When Mike Wilson decided to break out of his october sky and leave a small town outside of Houston to become a marine, he had no idea of the changes and turns that would lead him to the work he now enjoys today.

“I was tired of the small town life, and didn’t want to be stuck in the timber business all my life,” he begins. Whereas some join the marines simply as a chance to serve their country and see some action if possible, Mike wanted more: to become an air traffic controller. However, while there, he acquired a secondary occupational specialty for HVAC systems, even attending school at night, and by the time his service was coming to an end in 1987, the long hours and highly complex stresses of keeping planes safe and on schedule began to weigh on him. “By that time, I knew that if I wanted to keep my sanity intact, I was going to have to get away from controlling aircraft”. And so began his flight plan.
His technical skills in cooling system repair and heating system repair provided for a job opportunity in Southern California, managing 75 accounts ranging from the San Diego Zoo to wine companies. From there to working on Navy hovercraft at the base where he was formerly stationed, to service management and leadership in sales training to new technicians, some secondary education in marketing became necessary. The marketing degree he subsequently obtained provided for the foreseeable opportunities on the horizon.

As luck would have it, A company in Houston calls on him to manage them for one year, but the “torrential rainfall and swarming mosquitoes” gave him a mind to return to an HVAC and plumbing service company in California. The California market turned fickle, and as a VP servicing Silicone Valley, in 2002 he decided to try his hand at a service company in Fort Collins, who at the time needed a Division Manager.

Eight years later, having heard somewhere of the name Chaput Rootmaster, he had been looking to relocate to Denver. “I had heard of Chaput, and was on a HVAC website looking for a new opportunity. I wanted something where I could sell and satisfy the customer, but also a chance to train and teach the next generation of servicemen.” In the fall of 2010, he finally touched down in Denver.

Chaput has given him the freedom to use all of his sales experience to implement new changes in a new business environment, remain engaged in a customer-focused sales process, and teach and train the next generation of servicemen. “This service market is changing constantly, and what worked perfectly even 10 short years ago can be outdated and non-productive today,” he instructs like a classroom professor. What’s his favorite part of the job? “Increasing revenue while bringing value to customers. Makes for a win-win.”

From felling trees in a small town, to manning trenches in battles halfway across the world. From the heat and humidity of Houston, to the beautiful wilderness of Denver’s front range. From an unstable, fluctuating market ten years ago, to sustained growth with a company he loves today. “Had I not gotten the opportunity to work at Chaput Rootmaster”, he says, “I would’ve had to either move out of Colorado, or take a position with a lesser employer. Either way, I would have had to leave who I am behind.” For Mike Wilson, finding the finest plumbing and heating services company to work for, was worth all the work to get there.

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