Contractor Mike Atchley: an always learning family man

When he’s not on the job, Mike Atchley from Atchley Air Conditioning & Heating in Fort Smith, Arkansas enjoys an afternoon round of golf and spending time with family. Check out Atchley Air on Facebook, and keep reading for Mike’s “aha moment” with a frustrated engineer.

What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened on a job?
A couple of years ago we were called in to take a look at an engineer’s HVAC system. He was looking to upgrade his system to try to lower his utility bills. As most of us are aware, engineers usually know more about HVAC than we do, and this one was no different.

As we began inspecting the existing system and ductwork we noticed he had a zoned dampering system. We also noticed his barometric relief damper was ducted to… the attic. If static pressure got too high because not enough zones were calling, the barometric damper would open and dump conditioned air directly into the attic! After pointing this out to him, he was embarrassed that he hadn’t noticed this before, and furious at the original contractor.

Not only did we get to fix the dampering system, we also got to replace the HVAC system.  We’re now the only contractor he trusts!

What is your favorite thing about zone control?
COMFORT! I love the ability to stay comfortable no matter what part of the house I’m in, even if the west sun is beating down on my living room windows.

What is the best thing about working with Jackson Systems?
The best thing about Jackson Systems is they’ll private label just about anything. I believe in marketing Atchley Air, and Jackson Systems has been extremely helpful in providing us with products that have our name, and our name only, on them.

What do you love about your job?
I love the fact that every day is different. I worked as a public accountant for a while, and was bored out of my mind. It’s been nearly 10 years since I started with Atchley Air, and there hasn’t been a day yet that’s been boring.

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Most of my time away from the office is spent with my wife and 2 daughters. Having active kids is about the only hobby I have time for, though I have been known to sneak out occasionally on a Friday afternoon for a round of golf.

What is your motto?
Always be learning. The company that decides it knows enough and doesn’t need to improve has just started a downhill slide.

Updated: June 14, 2011 — 8:56 am

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