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New Homeowner’s Checklist

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Homeowner’s Checklist

Did you just get the keys to your new home? Feeling overwhelmed by the to do list that seems to be never ending? Take a few minutes to read over our new homeowners checklist; by breaking down your to do list you will most likely save yourself a few headaches.  


Before Moving In: 

Research local utilities; gas, electric, garbage; internet/tv research their policies, does someone over the age of 18 need to be present for them to install or turn on these utilities. Also check if there are any local tax credits for using energy efficient utilities.  

Get you home professionally inspected; this will allow you to know your home is safe to start moving your stuff into, this may feel like a useless step in the moment but you will be thankful you did it just in case they find something wrong with your house. 

Sign your homeowners insurance policy; making sure that your homeowners insurance is coming for you the moment you have those keys. This will protect you God forbid in case something happen as you are moving in.  


Once you are in your house: 

Label all main utility lines; this will help if something is every wrong you know right where to look.  

Test heating & cooling units; this is important incase either need to be serviced prior to you moving it, no one wants a hot or cold house as they are moving in.  

Test washer & dryer units, as well as stoves and ovens; this is important because these are considered large appliances and if one or both is not in working order it could cause issues with the whole house.  

Install your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors; in most homes these are required for your homeowners insurance to be valid as this is a safety concern when they are not in working order.  

 Check all outlets & light switch covers; this could be a fire starter, so making sure they are up to code and in working order is important for your safety.  

 Change all of your important addresses to your new address; including USPS, IRS, Banks, Family & Friends. 

 Update your license and registration; sometimes you might get fined if this information is not updated in a timely manner.   

 Cosmetic checks; jiggle door handles, test out faucets & toilets, walk the perimeter of your property and check for dead trees, broken fences, or other potential hazards, fix holes in the drywall, clean out all vents and air ducts, check crawl spaces.  

 Safety Tips:  Develop a family escape plan, put together a first aid kit that everyone has access too, look into local security systems.  


Are you still overwhelmed? Take each of these suggestions as they come, it will take time to make your home feel like home, but checking off this checklist will help you stay on track and not miss something important.  

Need your furnace or air conditioner looked at before you move in? Give us a call today to schedule you appointment. Phone Number: 216-663-6462

Pros & Cons of Radiant Floor Heat

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Radiant Heating | Comments Off on Pros & Cons of Radiant Floor Heat

Radiant floor heat is one of the oldest forms of heating a structure, dating all the way back the Roman Empire.  Radiant flooring provides numerous benefits including increased comfort, evenly distributed temperatures, cleaner air, no cold drafts, no unsightly ductwork and no floor vents.  Best of all, this type of heating is quieter and more energy-efficient compared to forced-air heat. 

 

How does radiant heating work? 

In a radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through tubes located underneath the floors. That warmth radiates up from the floors and warms everything it comes in contact with — including people. Radiant floor heating is compatible under any type of floor covering — carpet, wood, slate, tile, linoleum, and even concrete.  

 

Benefits Of Radiant Floor Heating  

 

  • Energy Efficient Heating- provide heating in a room from the floor up for consistent, efficient warmth. Radiant heat provides an average saving of 15% on heating bills thanks to the efficient way it warms a home. 
  • Effortless to Run- Once installed, underfloor heating needs virtually no maintenance. You have the ability to set it and forget it with a programmable thermostat.  
  • More Space & Design Freedom- With radiant floor heating, you’re able to enjoy your whole room without radiators on the walls.  Even the newest radiators take up a decent amount of space in homes; and with the new minimalist trends radiant floor heating is the new go to.  
  • Works with all floor coverings- Underfloor heating gives you the freedom to design your home as you wish, making the most of all the wall and floor space.   Underfloor heating allows you to pick from a variety of different floor styles. 
  • Safety and Comfort- When you have underfloor heating, you no longer need to worry about sharp edges or hot surfaces of radiators when younger family members are in the house. The heating system is safely tucked out of the way and won’t get too hot to the touch. 
  • Safety and Comfort- Radiant heat is also much better for the air quality in a room since it keeps the air fresh and oxygen-rich. This also helps keep the circulation of dust to a minimum.  
  • Ease of Installation- Underfloor heating is easy to install, especially if you make it part of a build or renovation project. 

Cons of Radiant Floor Heating 

  • Installation Cost- Both electric and water based underneath flooring require an individual to install them, that being said you will pay for products and labor to get it installed correctly.   
  • Installation Time- Both electric and water-based underneath flooring take a decent amount of time to install. They both have a step by step process that takes multiple day; so if you are in a time crunch this would not be a good choice.  
  • Floor Height Issues- As a guide, floor heating systems increase the floor height in a room by an average of a less than 1/2 inch, depending on the system you choose.  So it is important to keep this in mind when you are planning your build or renovations.  

 

For more information about radiant heat systems, contact us at 216-663-6462! 

Original Post: http://efficientheatcool.com/products/radiant-heat-systems/ 

Should You Buy A Home In The Winter?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Residential | Comments Off on Should You Buy A Home In The Winter?

Thinking about buying a new home? Not sure what time of year you should start looking? Most people think about buying houses in the spring or summer because the weather is nice. But surprisingly winter can also be a great time to buy a house if you keep these four tips in mind. Check out our tips below to find out how to find your dream home.  

Fewer Buyers to Compete With; with colder temperatures not as many people are willing to brave the weather to look at houses let alone move in winter.  With less people looking at the houses on the market you are more likely to find the house you want and get it for your ideal price. Fewer buyers essentially means less overpriced bids, or cash offers to compete with. So putting up with the chilly temperatures may be worth it in the long run; especially if you are looking to make your budget go a long way.

Sellers are Motivated; typically if a seller is selling their house in the winter months they are considered a motivated seller; this means that they are looking to close on their house quickly and may be more willing to budge on some of those changes or tweaks you would like made on the homeThey might be willing to take less than what the house is listed for, leaving funds in your budget to make the changes yourself. This also typically means a quicker close date or less waiting time to get into your new house since everyone is pushing to keep the process moving.  

Your Real Estate Agent Will Work Harder For You; most of the time less activity during the winter months means you will have the undivided attention of your realtor. Fewer clients looking for houses means you can take your time and make sure you are truly getting the property that you want. Houses also typically close faster when real estate agents and brokers don’t have a full workload, which is common in the winter months.  

You truly see the condition of the house during the winter months; winter tends to be one of the hardest seasons on a house; you tend to notice more imperfections with a house in the winter months. Are the windows drafty? Is part of the house heated more than another? Do the doors let air in? These types of imperfections that would normally be overlooked when searching for a house in the spring or summer If you are up for it and brave the cold to go look for your dream house; keep these four tips in mind as you are looking, and I think you will be surprised with what you find. Did you recently find your dream home? Don’t forget to schedule your heating and cooling maintenance appointment to make sure your equipment is working correctly and efficiently.  

 

 

Cold Weather Tips To Help You Save Money

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in energy efficiency | Comments Off on Cold Weather Tips To Help You Save Money

Cold Weather Tips To Help You Save Money


The weather is now colder, and you feel like you are constantly looking at the thermostat trying to keep the house warm without draining your bank account for the colder months. Know that you are not alone, most households have this same issue throughout the winter months. Check out our list of 8 tips to help keep you warm this winter without going broke.


1. Open your curtains. If you live in a place where the sun is shining during the winter months use that to your advantage. Sunlight brightens and warms up a room.

2. Lower your thermostat at night and when you are not home. Bumping your thermostat down 2 to 8 degrees when you are sleeping or out of the house. No need to heat a house when no one is home, and we tend to sleep better in a cooler room. If you are a cold sleeper add blankets or warmer sheets.

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10 Plants that Clean Indoor Air

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Indoor Air Quality | Comments Off on 10 Plants that Clean Indoor Air

10 Plants that Clean Indoor Air

Winter in northeast Ohio means we’re all stuck inside, and likely suffering from sneezing, coughing and other airborne illnesses. To make matters worse, we’re likely inhale stale and polluted indoor air.  Toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene are present in indoor air from materials such as tissues, paper towels, garbage bags and floor coverings. 

Fear not! There are certain plants that can help remove toxins, and give you and your family safe and fresh air.

NASA has confirmed the air cleaning power of plants. Not only do plants clean the air, but they also serve as a great way to improve your home décor. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best indoor plants for cleaning the air in your home, along with suggestions on where in your home to place the plant.


Best Plants for Cleaner Indoor Air

1. Spider plant. Spider plants are great indoor air cleaners. They take in and metabolize atmosphere pollutants and use them as food, thus reducing or eliminating some toxins. They are good at removing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. 15 spider plants would purify the air of an average size house.  


2. Snake plant. Also known as mother-in-laws tongue. This plant is tough to kill and can go for a month without water. Removes indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde and carbon dioxide and give oxygen in return. Put it in your bedroom for a good night’s sleep. 


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2018 Checklist: Get Your Home Winter-Ready

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Cleveland | Comments Off on 2018 Checklist: Get Your Home Winter-Ready

We’ve already experienced some winter weather here in Cleveland, and there’s sure to be more on the way. As November comes to an end, this is probably your last chance to make sure your home is winter-ready. Use our handy checklist to ensure everything is complete so you’re not surprised by any damage or repairs when spring rolls around.

winterize your home to stay comfortable in the cold monthsPrep your heating system. Forced-air furnaces and boiler systems need periodic maintenance. Make sure your system is ready for the heavy lifting it will do this winter by scheduling a check-up with a reputable heating professional.

Protect your air conditioning unit. Snow and ice can cause damage to your outdoor unit. Tidy-up around the unit by removing and debris, and protect the unit with a sheet of plywood held in place with a few bricks.

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Home Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Heating, Residential | Comments Off on Home Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

The holidays are just about here! Although many of us will immediately think about delicious food, family gatherings and gift giving for the little ones, it’s smart to take a step back and make sure your home is a safe place to celebrate.

While many of these tips are common sense, they can be easy to forget because life is so busy or we are in a rush. Spend a few hours this month making sure your home is ready to welcome guests.

Furnace and Heating Equipment Tips

 

1. Get your furnace serviced and/or repaired by a professional. Don’t attempt to make repairs yourself.
2. If you are using space heaters, plug them directly into the wall. Don’t use extension cords with them. Now is a good time to inspect the cord for any damage.
3. Never hang fabric or decorations near your space heaters, radiators or other heat sources. Make sure you leave plenty of space around the heat source.
4. In case of a power outage, never use your oven to heat your home.

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Is it Time to Replace My Steam Boiler?

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Boilers | Comments Off on Is it Time to Replace My Steam Boiler?

steam boiler replacementJust like a furnace, in some homes, steam boilers are used to provide heat and comfort throughout the cold months. And, just like an HVAC system, annual maintenance can help keep steam boilers working effectively and efficiently when they’re needed most. However, there may come a time when you’re wondering if it makes sense to replace the boiler altogether. (more…)

4 Ways Smart Thermostats Improve Energy Efficiency

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Thermostats | Comments Off on 4 Ways Smart Thermostats Improve Energy Efficiency

what is a smart homeThe cooler weather is well on its way to northeast Ohio, and this means people all across the region will find themselves cranking up the heat in their homes sooner rather than later. As you know, the more your furnace needs to run to get rid of that chill in the air, the higher your monthly energy bills get. However, what if there was something you could do to ensure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible? (more…)

How to Maintain Your Furnace for Winter

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Furnaces | Comments Off on How to Maintain Your Furnace for Winter

winterize your home to stay comfortable in the cold monthsEven though fall just officially began this past Saturday, there’s no time like the present to get ready for the inevitable colder weather that’s just ahead. This means not only doing some regular fall maintenance tasks, but also learning how to best prep your furnace for the winter. A properly working furnace is key to your and your family’s overall comfort, especially when those temperatures drop below zero. (more…)