Al Bennett and Gary Flanagan, co-founders of Econo Air, first met while working at Montgomery Wards & Co. After 14 years as outside heating and air-conditioning salesmen, they knew what the people in Bakersfield needed to keep their homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. So, when energy costs began to skyrocket, they decided to combine their knowledge with their cost-saving ideas and began their business with a small showroom on South Chester near Ming.
Bennett and Flanagan pioneered the idea of adding an evaporative cooling system to an existing air-conditioning system. At that time, it made “cents” to have an alternative to expensive air-conditioning costs, and the evaporative cooling tie-in system was just the answer. Adding to Econo Air’s cost-saving measures, the business included its own sheet metal fabrication operation, so the duct work could be done along with the installation.
Now, with high-efficiency units available, today’s market has seen a dramatic turn-around back to air-conditioning. It is more economical to replace the old A/C unit instead of adding a tie-in option. The newer systems can save up to 63% on energy costs. Econo Air carries the premier products of such brands as American Standard, the industry’s leader in reliable energy-saving, high efficiency heating and air-condition products. Econo Air also leads the industry in indoor air quality products. An indoor air qulaity product is installed on over 90% of installations. We offer the best whole house air cleaners in the industry such as Accuclean, Apriaire, and Dynamic Air Cleaners.
Shortly after opening its first showroom, the company expanded to its current location on Union Avenue. Inside one will find an assortment of heating and cooling items on display including wood and pellet free-standing stoves; gas, wood and pellet fireplace inserts; masonry and true-ceramic gas logs and more. Econo Air carries such brand names as Regency, Valor, Country and Lennox. Econo Air has the largest selection of gas, pellet and wood fireplace inserts and stoves in Kern County as well as a large selection of hearth accessories.
Econo Air also carries the largest selections of gourmet gas barbeque grills in the county – both built-in and free standing. Featuring brand names like Alfresco, OCI, Twin Eagle, DCS, Fire Magic and Weber. Econo Air also has a wide assortment of built in accessories on hand to complete your BBQ experience. Along with the freestanding barbecues, Econo Air offers custom outdoor kitchens that are made from design to finish.
Today, as it was in the beginning, Econo Air is dedicated to helping Kern County residents save money on all their energy costs, with an emphasis on quality workmanship, detail and customer service. For more information, give them a call. Or better yet, come on in and see what’s available! The showroom is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Take a comfortable seat in front of one of the fireplace displays and enjoy the ambiance.