Vol 8 No. 22 - February 20, 2008

Air & Energy will blow you away with service

AMISUN Business Story
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Trudy, Stewart and Stew Moon have made working at Air & Energy a family affair.

By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer

People buy businesses for all kinds of reasons, some to fulfill a long time dream, others as a pathway to wealth and some just want to be their own boss. When Stewart and Trudy Moon were looking for a Florida business in 1991, the one condition that wasn’t negotiable was driving over the bridge. If the business was off the Island, it was out of the running. The Moons got lucky when the already well established Air & Energy Air Conditioning became available to purchase and so did Anna Maria Island residents.

Like many business owners on Anna Maria, the Moons owned a vacation home on the Island for years before they decided to make the sunshine permanent and moved from Toronto, Canada. Stewart Moon’s background in building and development and Trudy Moon’s real estate and marketing experience provided a solid business base to build on.

Through the years, the Moons have owned and operated Air & Energy as a family affair. Their long term employees are treated just like family, and the Moon’s son Stew also works in the business when home from his University of Tampa studies. They have grown the company from its original four employees to 28 and have expanded their services and location to meet the needs and demands of the business.

Air & Energy is an official Trane dealer with complete air conditioning sales and services. It provides an extensive air conditioning maintenance program, duct cleaning, sales and service of pool heaters and is the exclusive Manatee County distributor for Everclean Green filterless air filtration system. Filterless air filtration systems are state-of-art providing healthy indoor air, are more energy efficient and provide convenience and longevity. The Moons are especially proud of their maintenance plan, noting that almost 50 percent of their customer base, numbering in the thousands, is on a maintenance plan.

The Moons have also added an extensive plumbing division to Air & Energy, providing full plumbing sales and service. They offer a reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system, as well as full-house plumbing inspections. Air & Energy services all of Anna Maria, west Bradenton, north Longboat Key and southern Palmetto.

Their successful business is, however, only part of the Moon’s story. They are both passionately involved in their community. Trudy Moon has worked tirelessly for 17 years for the Anna Maria Island Community Center. For 13 of those years she has chaired the annual Affaire To Remember, she is also on the boards of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and is very active in the Humane Society. Stewart Moon has been Manatee’s Business Man of The Year for two years, and also participates on many local boards including the South Florida Museum. They contribute both time and funding to many other community events, sports teams and charities and have accrued multiple awards for their efforts.

Air & Energy has also received many awards during its 25 years of service including Anna Maria Rotary Club 2007 Business of the Year, Manatee Small Business of The Year, Bradenton Herald Reader’s Preference Award for nine years, and our own Anna Maria Island Sun Reader’s Choice Award for six years.

To say the Moons are animal lovers would be a substantial understatement. Since they moved off the Island when their son became an equestrian, they have acquired three horses, six dogs, two goats, four chickens (who produce eggs for the entire Air & Energy family), a 60-pound tortoise, a macaw and a family of ducks at their seven acre northwest Bradenton home.

In March, Air & Energy will be celebrating 25 years of service with a customer appreciation celebration. Since many of the Moon’s pets have been used in advertising for Air & Energy, they are extending an invitation to their customers to mail in a favorite picture of their pet. If the picture is used in an Air & Energy ad they will give a $50 gift certificate for Air & Energy services.

The Moons now have to cross the bridge every day, but their hearts are still on the beach and will be for a very long time. Help them and their Air & Energy Air Conditioning & Plumbing family celebrate 25 years of good value and service you can depend on.

Air & Energy
Air Conditioning & Plumbing
3018 Avenue C, Holmes Beach

941-778-0773
www.air-energy.net

 

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