Solving Big Problems in a Small Business

Air filtration systems can trap or reduce some pathogens. Our service department can help assess your HVAC needs.

James Rudloff, President/Principal(left) and Doug Hinote, HVAC Manager (right) | 205-251-0330

Who are we?
We are a mechanical contractor that has been in business since 1957. Stegall has a Commercial Plumbing and HVAC department, along with HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical Service department. During the 60-plus years in business we have specialized in healthcare and retail construction, working with general contractors across the state. The service department has worked with hospitals, nursing homes and retail facilities, along with residential customers.

How do we keep our employees and customers safe during the COVID19 outbreak?
With most of our work requiring our employees to have face-to-face contact with homeowners and entering businesses, keeping everyone safe was a major concern. We knew PPE was a must but having the training on how to use it had to be done. Implementing guidelines on social distancing, noncontact services, and sanitizing were a priority to keep everyone safe.

How does your HVAC system have a big impact on the spread of the virus?
You can’t guarantee that because you have installed a product you have prevented infection, because of the multiple ways it can be transmitted, but there are products that have been tested against other similar viruses that do help in killing or capturing of the virus. Filters have shown to have the potential to trap particles in the air steam. The higher the MERV rating the better. UV disinfection systems have been shown to reduce microbial loads and pathogens. Bipolar Ionization produces a natural bio-climate rich in positive and negative oxygen ions. As these ions travel trough the air stream, they attach to particles making them filterable and removing the hydrogen needed to sustain life.

How do you think COVID19 will affect your business in the future?
There is no way to tell how it will affect the next six months or longer. We have seen an impact with office spaces being closed and facilities limiting outside services during the shelter at home time. With the loss of revenue that has occurred over the last few months, even with a strong economy this will have a long-term effect. We must change the way we do business in order to survive.

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