Thursday, March 25, 2021

Trade School or College - Which is right for you?

As a trade, our heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks gets asked about career potential in the area.  There are many options available to those who choose further education past high school.  Many people go to college just because it is the normal or expected progression after high school.  But half of college students drop out before completing their degrees, and 60% take 6 years to complete a 4 year degree.  In addition, student debt can be overwhelming for some.  Trade school is a great option for many people, depending on what they would like to do for a career, what their gifts and talents are, as well as their learning style.

Trade schools focus more on a specific career or job path and the specific set of skills needed for that job.  Example of trade school careers include electricians, plumbers, graphic designers, massage therapists, welders, nurses aids, and of course, HVAC technicians like us at Royal Heating and Air.  At a trade schools there is less lecture style classroom work, and more hands-on training, usually in a setting that is more like a real job environment.  They generally take less time to complete, and cost less per year than the average college.  Graduates of trade schools are ready to join the work force immediately as skilled laborers, and often incur significantly less student debt. 

Colleges provide more general, broad knowledge that is not just specific to one career path.  While graduates may not have specific on-the-job knowledge or real world experience, they will have a more a more diverse background of study.  College grads will have more understanding of the theories, history, and “whys” related to their field.  College most often will take longer and cost more, but may translate to more career choices than trade school which focuses on one specific trade. 

There are advantages to both trade schools and colleges, depending to your learning style or preferred career path.  Trade school allows you enter the job market more quickly with the skills and knowledge to immediately enter your chosen career.  Skilled labor jobs are usually hands on jobs which provide services that are always in need, and hard or impossible to ship overseas or be done remotely.  So overall trade school takes less time, costs less money, and allows you to enter the job market quickly.  Skilled labor jobs can also be more recession proof and offer more job security.  They are also more effective for people who have a hands-on learning style and who do not learn well from a classroom or lecture setting.

College graduates have the advantage of a broader knowledge base which can be applied to a greater variety of career paths.  Since the average American will change jobs 10-12 times in their career, a greater diversity of knowledge can give you more flexibility.  They also demonstrate the commitment of being able to complete an intensive four year study.   But those jobs may not do as well during economic uncertainty.  While it is often assumed that a college degree will equal a higher paying career, many such higher level positions require a Master’s degree.  Most 4 year college graduates end up in jobs that are somewhere in the middle, with pay that is pretty comparable to that of a skilled laborer.  

In the end, what really matters is what is the best fit for you. If you value education for the sake of education and believe the college experience is essential to your future and the cost is not prohibitive, trade school will probably not your first choice.   If you have a hands-on learning style, and a specific career path you are interested in, there may not be any advantage to studying general education classes and paying tens of thousands of dollars and years of time off the job market.  If you are daunted by the time and money required by a college degree, and want to start earning money sooner, trade school could be a very smart option. If you think you are a hands-on learner and you would like to earn a competitive wage without a ton of student debt, Royal Heating and Air would be happy to talk to you about career options as an HVAC technician at Lake of the Ozarks and give you an idea of what you can earn and what skills you would need.  Just know it is not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to school after high school.  You can choose what is best for you, and that is what matters.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Spring into Fun at the Lake in April!

The weather is steadily warming up and we're all getting ready for the spring and summer season at the Lake of the Ozarks! Royal Heating & Air loves this time of year and the events that come along with it. Check out all of these fun events, and give us a call to schedule an HVAC checkup for your air conditioner to get ready for an incredible spring at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

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Feb 23, 2021 - Apr 1, 2021
Libraries around the Lake Area
Phone: 573-964-6366

Lake Arts Council is proud to bring back the Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit to the four county libraries! Osage Beach Library: Feb 23-March 4; Camdenton Library: March 4- March 11; Versailles Library: March 11-22; Eldon Library: March 22-April 1. Available for viewing through business hours. Please reach out to the individual library for hours of operation. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade compete at a state level and the winner advances to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition in Washington, D. C. The goal of this program is " connecting students with nature through science and art." For more information call 573-964-6366.


Mar 15, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
LOZ Golf Lounge
5384 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Phone: 573-723-1832

Set Your Tee Time Anytime Between March 15th and March 31st
4 Person 9 Hole Simulator Scramble – $400
Individual Bullseye Challenge – $50
Purse: Cash paid out dependent upon number of entries. Winners will be awarded both the scramble and the bullseye challenge.

There will also be contests for the longest drive and closest to the pin.


Mar 19, 2021 - Mar 21, 2021
Old Kinderhook Golf Resort and Spa
678 Old Kinderhook Drive
Camdenton, 65020
Hours of Operation: 6 pm Friday to Noon Sunday

Come escape to the heart of the Ozarks for a weekend of zen. Offering a variety of workshops tailored to change your life and open your heart. The award winning spacious location of Old Kinderhook Golf Resort provides a peaceful luxurious atmosphere to allow the minute details of your life fade away so you can release and be free. Friday: 6pm-8pm Opening Ceremony to include Yoga with Yolanda and team building activity Saturday: 8am 1) Power Yoga w/Cierra Grein 2) Pilates w/Jan Thorne 3) Meditation w/ Mike Mueller 9:15am 1) Acro w/Kalise & Yolanda 2) Flexy and Sexy w/Alli Carroll 3) Chakras w/Marcia 10:30am 1) Auras w/Marcia 2) Herbs w/Erin Blank 3) Ashtanga Yoga 11:45-12:30 Lunch 12:45pm 1) Astrology w/Erin 2) Essential Oils w/Earth Gypsy 3) Yoga w/Charis 2pm 1) Flexy & Sexy 2) Passion Flow w/Yolanda 3:15pm 1) Pranayama w/Linda 2) Herbs w/Erin 3) Yoga w/Charis 4:30pm 1) Astrology w/Erin 2) Essential Oils w/ Earth Gypsy 3) Neurological Healing Presentation 1of 2 w/Christi Hancock 5:45pm 1) Neurological Healing Activity 2 of 2 w/Christi Hancock 2) Meditation w/Mike Mueller 3) Ashtanga Yoga 7pm Dinner/Concert/Vendors Sunday 8am 1) Power Yoga w/Cierra 2) Pilates w/Jan Thorne 9:15am 1) Pranayama w/Linda 2) Chakras w/Charis 3) Auras w/Marcia 10:30am 1) Ashtanga Yoga 2) Meditation w/Mike Mueller 3) Yin w/Linda 11:45am Self Exploration with Yolanda Closing Ceremony 
Tickets are $299 each or 2 for $249 each 
Lodging at Old Kinderhook is $89 a night plus taxes 
Lunch and dinner included on Saturday if you lodge at Old Kinderhook $45 per person if you don't 
Click on ticket link, scroll down on main page click on rsvp then submit your information 
Individual Workshop $25 
Discounts to past retreat attendees, healthcare workers, teachers, veterans, and disabled persons so disclose that information when you reach out.


Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021
Stone Crest Mall
3797 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach, 65065
Phone: 573-964-6366
Hours of Operation: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Lake Arts Council is pleased to announce that we will be presenting the Palm Sunday Art Show in person in March after cancelling the event last year due to the pandemic. We will be following all Federal & State guidelines for safe distancing, masks required by all and safe sanitation practices We appreciate your cooperation following all guidelines. Detailed instructions & Entry Forms may be found on our website at Lake Arts Council. This is the 42nd Annual Palm Sunday Art Show and the deadline for entries is Friday, 3/19/21, during the hours of 10:00 am.- 3:00 p.m. at the location to be announced in Stone Crest Mall. The show will be opening daily thru Palm Sunday, 3/28/21, with the Award Ceremony & Reception held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. More detailed information can be found on our website. The limit is still four pieces with an entry fee of $25.00 per artist. For more information, please call the Lake Arts Council at 573-964-6366.


Mar 20, 2021
Lake Christian Academy
17178 North State Hwy 5
Sunrise Beach, 65079
Phone: 573-374-5500
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Lake West Chamber of Commerce provides a wide-range of products under one roof. Business representatives from Lake area businesses will be available to answer any questions. Free Parking ~ Free Admission Lunch & Snacks Available as Fundraiser for the Academy.


Mar 27, 2021
1 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, 65049
Phone: 573-746-6002
Hours of Operation: 7:30 am

Announcing the 5th Annual Bridge and Dam Half Marathon, 5K and 10K, to be held on Saturday March 27, 2021! The race starts on Bagnell Dam and runs over the Community Toll Bridge onto MM and down Las Campanas and back. This is a beautiful, scenic yet challenging course that will attract runners from all parts of the United States. The event promises to be a fun, exciting and anticipated event for the Lake! Lake of the Ozarks Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host the event and all proceeds benefit LOTO FCA. Sponsorship and Race Crew volunteer spots are available.
Get more information and register at the link above.

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Mar 26, 2021
La Roca Club
980 Airport Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Phone: 573-480-0773

Doors open 6:00 pm | $10 at the door
Dance lesson with Country Steppers, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The fourth Friday of every month. Country music all night, mixed with a bit of rock music. Also enjoy beer and martini specials.


Mar 27, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021
Alhonna Resort
677 Outer Road
Lake Ozark, 65049
Phone: 573-365-2634
Hours of Operation: 7am-4pm

Alhonna Resort's Annual Early Bird Open Buddy Bass Tournament is a 2 day bass tournament with 100% payback of all entry fees. The tournament hours are 7AM to 4PM on Saturday and 7AM to 2PM on Sunday. The tournament entry fee includes a complimentary breakfast at 6AM each morning for tournament participants at Bobber's Restaurant located at Alhonna Resort. Tournament prizes will be awarded directly following the weigh in on Sunday. Guest accommodations are available at Alhonna Resort. All rooms include a complimentary boat slip.


Mar 27, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021
Osage Beach Elk's Lodge
5161 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Phone: 573-280-4512
Hours of Operation: Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-noon

Mid-Missouri Collector's Show Featuring Coins and Currency, Gold and Silver, Sports Cards & Memorabilia, & more! Buy - Sell - Trade Free Appraisals Open to the Public: Saturday, March 27th 9am - 5pm and Sunday, March 28th 9am - 12pm.


Mar 27, 2021
The Regalia Hotel & Conference Center
250 Racquet Club Dr.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Phone: 573-723-3000
Hours of Operation: 7:30 pm

Come enjoy some laughs on March 27th at The Regalia Hotel & Conference Center! Paul May will be performing Stand Up! Tickets available online at!


Mar 27, 2021
Camden County Museum
206 S Locust St.
Linn Creek, 65052
Phone: 573-346-7191
Hours of Operation: 9 am - 4 pm

Lots of local crafters with a variety of items. Lunch available for donations. FREE admission. Tour the Museum, too.


Apr 1, 2021 - Apr 4, 2021
Jacob's Cave Meadowlands
23114 Hwy TT
Versailles, 65084
Phone: 573-348-4374
Hours of Operation: 7 am to 10 pm

Missouri's largest swap meet featuring antiques, guns, fishing tackle, crafts, small animals, fowl, flea market items, etc. Set up and camp or just come browse the acres of crafts, goods, livestock, and various products at Jacobs Cave on North Hwy 5 between Gravois Mills and Versailles.


Apr 1, 2021
JB Hooks
2260 Bagnell Dam Blvd
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Hours of Operation: 5:30 pm

Premium quality wine by major bands and a fabulous dinner by JB Hooks
$100 per person; all proceeds go to Lake Race


Apr 3, 2021
Osage Beach City Park
950 Hatchery Road
Osage Beach, 65065
Phone: 573-302-7460
Hours of Operation: 11 am - 2 pm

Free event with face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses. Hot dog lunch and photos with the Easter Bunny.


Apr 4, 2021
H. Toad's Bar & Grill
2359 Bittersweet Rd
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Phone: 573-365-5620
Hours of Operation: 10 AM - 2 PM

Easter brunch with live entertainment at H. Toads from 10 Am - 2 PM! Adults for $33, children ages 6-12 years old for $12.99, and children 5 years and younger for free. A package can also be bought for $189 at Camden on the Lake which includes Easter brunch for 2, 20% at the Aveda Spa, and a luxurious room with a late check out. Visit our website or give us a call at 573-365-5620 to book.


Apr 15, 2021 - Apr 17, 2021
Camdenton Middle School
88 Laker Drive
Camdenton, 65020
Phone: 573-346-2227
Hours of Operation: 4/16 5 pm -10 pm & 4/17 9 am -10 pm

Fun for the entire family, crafts, pageant, food, entertainment, parade, fish fry, entertainment and much more!


Apr 16, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021
Dog Days Bar & Grill
1232 Jefferies Rd
Osage Beach, 65065
Phone: 573-480-2300
Hours of Operation: Friday 1 pm-7 pm; Sat 10 am-7 pm; Sun 10 am - 4 pm

April In Water Boat Show by Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association come see a variety of boats including new cruisers, performance, and runabouts and personal watercraft.


Apr 17, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
5400 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, 65065
Phone: 314-591-4578
Hours of Operation: 6:30 am to 3:00 pm Each Day

The Big Bass Bash is a bass tournament designed for amateurs only. Its unique format allows the weekend angler a chance to win big money like the professionals. Unlike most fishing tournaments which have a team arrangement where prizes are based on total weight, the Big Bass Bash format is distinctive in that it only takes one fisherman just one big bass to win.
The prize money for the Spring Big Bass Bash will total over $250,000 payouts with $100,000 to the winner.

This could be your chance to win big money!!
Anglers can launch from anywhere on Lake of the Ozarks. The Big Bass Bash will have four weigh-in stations to accommodate the anglers: PB2 (Grand Glaize State Park), Red Oak Resort, Alhonna Resort, & Point Randall Resort.

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Apr 24, 2021
Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estate
Linn Creek, 65052
Phone: 573-317-0100
Hours of Operation: 11:00 am Registration

Are you ready for some scenic exercise with a delicious reward? Register today and enjoy fresh air, great wine, music, food & fun at Seven Springs Winery on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Receive a swag bag that includes a Wine In The Vines t-shirt, a stemless wine glass, and more!  

5K Run @ 1:00 pm - $30.00 For the long-distance runner, enjoy a run through the vines; and then reward yourself with a delicious glass of wine at the finish line!  

1K Fun Walk @ 2:30 pm - $30.00 For a less strenuous afternoon, enjoy a walk through the vineyard with 5 tasting stations strategically placed along the way. You'll taste samples of Blushing Springs Pink Moscato, Dry Vignoles, Norton Dry Red, Spring Fling Sweet White, and Seven Red Heaven Sweet Red.  

Do It All - $45.00 For the truly ambitious, we offer the opportunity to do it all. Run the 5K and then walk the 1K to sample everything that Seven Springs has to offer. Registration is required in advance! 

Packet pickup is available from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Seven Springs Winery (846 Winery Hills, Linn Creek, MO 65052). A Driver's License or State Issued ID matching the name on the packet is required for pickup, No Exceptions. This is a rain or shine event, so no refunds are available. A valid photo ID is required for entry on race day. Participants must be 21 years of age. Please drink responsibly.


Apr 30, 2021 - May 2, 2021
Bagnell Dam Strip
1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, 65049
Phone: 573-964-1008

The annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals is a unique show for all makes, models, and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles. The show celebrated its 30th year in 2018 with phenomenal weather, 1,000 participants and close to 10,000 spectators. Located in Central Missouri, we bring 30 years of show experience to the historic Bagnell Dam Strip at the Lake of the Ozarks. The strip is closed to normal traffic during show hours, so we only have show vehicles within the boundaries. This creates and absolutely electric atmosphere! Some say it's like being on the set of "American Graffiti".

Spring at the Lake of the Ozarks 

Royal Heating & Air can make your home feel comfortable all year long, even in the season's changes. While you're here getting the house ready for summer and enjoying local events, be sure to give us a call for all your HVAC needs. We are the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are here for you! 

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Friday, March 12, 2021

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Spring is a beautiful time of year! The snow is thawing, flowers are poking through the ground, and the sunshine lasts longer... It's great! But, the changing seasons can also bring some safety concerns and issues you will want to consider for your home. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, so we know exactly what steps you should take to make sure your home and HVAC system are ready for the warmer weather. Keep reading to learn more! 

HVAC Checklist & Safety Tips

1) Check the Air Filter

It’s a great idea to change your air filter with the change of seasons. Air filters should be changed according to their use, but the average can be every 30 to 90 days. You should check your air filter every month, and don’t wait longer than 3 months to replace it. Having a clean air filter is crucial to maintaining good indoor air quality. If your air filter is dirty, then the air inside of your home will also be dirty and more difficult to breathe.

2) Clean & Seal the Ducts 

Ducts should be cleaned professionally every 5-7 years. It’s also important to make sure that your air isn’t escaping through gaps and cracks in your ductwork. On average, about 20-30% of conditioned air that flows through air ducts escapes through cracks in the ductwork. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent.”

3) Clean Around Your Unit

You should check on your outdoor unit often. Spring is a great time to check on its condition. During the winter months, it’s possible that dead leaves, branches, dirt, and other debris could have collected around the unit. It’s important to keep the area around the unit free and clear to prevent any issues with airflow or potential clogging. In fact, we recommend that there should be at least a 3-foot clearance around the entire unit. When planting spring flowers and plants, be sure to pay attention to how close they are to your HVAC unit and how large they will grow.

4) Consider a Thermostat Upgrade

Spring is a great time to upgrade your thermostat! Programmable thermostats are not only convenient, but they are also cost-effective. Programmable thermostats allow you to easily control the temperature of your home during 24/7, whether you’re home or away. Even better, smart thermostats can provide energy savings by learning your unique schedule and adapting to it. This helps conserve energy while still keeping the house comfortable when you're home. 

5) Get a Spring Checkup 

Transitioning from winter (especially the very icy one we just had) to spring is an adjustment for you, and for your HVAC system! Make sure your air conditioner is going to be ready when the warmer weather arrives by scheduling a checkup with your favorite local HVAC technician - Royal Heating & Air!

Safety Checklist for the House

1) Thermostat Batteries 

Your thermostat is an important tool that you need year-round. If it is battery operated, the batteries in your thermostat need to be changed about once a year. Spring is a good time to check those batteries, and replace them if necessary.

2) Check the Smoke & CO Detectors

Your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors could one day save your life. It's important to make sure they are functioning properly and that the batteries are all fresh. Spring is a great time to test both detectors and replace the batteries. A way to remember this task is by doing it with every Daylight Savings Time switch - that's this weekend! 

3) Create (or Review) Your Emergency Plan

Emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s important that each household has a plan and an exit strategy in case of an emergency. Just like any public building, you should have plans for what to do in case of common emergencies in your area: fire, flood, carbon monoxide leak, and tornado. In these situations, you will usually only have minutes to get out of the house or get to shelter. That's why it’s important to have a plan ahead of time, and to practice it regularly. Daylight Savings Time is a great reminder to review and practice your emergency plan.

Spring Safety for You and Your HVAC

The first official day of spring is just over a week away - March 20th! This weekend is also Daylight Savings Time, which means it's time to "spring" our clocks forward and get ready for warmer, longer days. This is the perfect reminder to make sure our homes are clean, safe, and comfortable for the upcoming season. Royal Heating & Air can help with HVAC advice, a whole-home comfort check, new programmable thermostats, an AC unit checkup, and more! Give us a call to schedule yours: 573-480-4313

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Friday, March 5, 2021

When Should I Schedule an AC Unit Checkup?

The weather has been SO different this week! With all this warm weather, you may have not even needed your heater during the day this week. That could be one sign that it's time to schedule your first air conditioning checkup. If you aren't sure whether or not yours needs it, Royal Heating & Air is here to help answer that question for you! Keep reading to learn all about it, and give us a call for more info.

Why is a Checkup Important?

Your HVAC system is one of the key elements in ensuring that your family has a healthy and comfortable life. It helps clean the air you breathe and helps regulate the temperature in your home. It's important to make sure it's serviced and maintained properly so you can live comfortably without any issues. If there are issues in the HVAC, it's best to find them early before there is an emergency. No one wants to find out there's something wrong with the AC on a 90-degree day, mid-summer. 

What Does a Checkup Do? 

When you schedule a checkup, your local HVAC technician will come out to your house and perform a series of checks on the unit to make sure everything is running smoothly, the fluid levels are all full / at the appropriate amount, and that there aren't any glaring or dangerous issues present. 

Efficiency - Even if your house feels comfortable right now or in the early spring, there could be operating issues that are affecting your HVAC efficiency. We can test for that! 

Cleanliness - Your system may also be dirtier than you expected. As it runs, it accumulates dust and dirt on the condensing coils and air filters, which affects the efficiency. In fact, the AC unit may lose 5 percent of its operating efficiency every year due to buildup. 

Lifespan - When your HVAC system is properly serviced, it can last longer than if it is left alone. Regular service and repairs prevent major issues from developing and getting worse over time. Emergency issues are expensive and can shorten the life of your air conditioning unit if they aren't taken care of promptly. 

Get Ready for Spring! 

Even though it's still pretty cool outside and it will be a few weeks before the sun comes out for good and flowers start blooming... Now is a good time to start thinking about servicing your air conditioning unit at the Lake. You don't want to be left with a muggy house, trying to figure out what went wrong, instead of enjoying the great weather this spring! Give the best heating and cooling company a call to have your AC unit serviced. Our team at Royal Heating & Air can't wait to help you!

Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

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