The acquisition of Precision Heating & Air Conditioning by Southeast Air Systems is more like the merging of a household than that of two businesses.Southeast owner is Danny Baker, son of the late Denny Baker who co-owned Precision with James Lee.
"Mr. Lee was looking to retire, and it was a good opportunity for me to come back in and take the business that I worked at with my dad," Danny Baker said. "People recognize the Baker name and they will know me."
Precision started in 1976 and was under the co-ownership of Denny Baker and Lee until Baker passed away in 2003. At that time, Danny Baker started his own business at Southeast Air Systems.
"I started working with Precision when I was in college about 25 years ago," he recalled. "I had other plans but ended up staying with the company until my dad's passing, and I started my own company."
Southeast Air Systems is located at 2405 Taylor St. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday with 24-hour emergency service available. The business offers senior citizen and military discounts. For more information on services or to schedule an appointment for service, call 423-499-4022 or visit southeastairsystems.com.
Southeast Air Systems serves a broad area covering 50- to 75-mile radius. The business handles mainly residential installations, service calls and maintenance, though it has some commercial clients as well.
"We have a 24-hour emergency service line and offer different specials to our maintenance customers," Baker said. "Our maintenance clients are very important to us and they get things like first priority on calls, but we will serve anyone or any unit whether or not they are an original client."
From quality repairs to a new furnace or air conditioner to complete installation of a new heating or cooling system, Southeast Air Systems offers several years of HVAC sales, service and system maintenance, according to the company's website. Southeast carries popular brands of air conditioners, furnaces, air purifiers, heat pumps and humidifiers including Trane, Rheem, Lennox and Mitsubishi that clients are sure to trust and be familiar with.
While Baker said he prides himself on Southeast's name and service, he added that he is most thankful for the legacy his father left him and vows to carry it forward.
"I'm thankful for my dad and Mr. Lee for having a good company in Precision for so many years," he said. "I'm glad they were involved with their clients, and I hope to keep a good relationship with them and bring back the family name."
Southeast Air Systems is the sole service provider for seven Home Depots' At Home Service locations. Southeast provides all HVAC solutions for the Hixson and Gunbarrel Road; Cleveland, Tenn., and Fort Oglethorpe, Dalton, Blairsville and Blue Ridge, Ga., stores.