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How to Maintain Your Furnace for Winter

By on Sep 24, 2018 in Furnaces |

Even 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. Furnace Maintenance Tips for a Warmer Winter It’s Murphy’s Law at its finest: your furnace works perfectly until that first really, really cold day when you need it most. This is not only extremely inconvenient, but it’s also extremely uncomfortable. Even with layers of blankets and warm clothing, a non-working furnace means everyone in the house will be freezing. Plus, we can guarantee that HVAC companies are going to be slammed on that first cold day helping others experiencing the same situation. The good news is there are a few things you can do right now, while the weather is still cooperating, to ensure your furnace is working when you need in most. Use these furnace maintenance tips to keep it running well in the cold months ahead: Inspect the system, inside and out. Give your entire HVAC system a visual once-over, looking for cracks in belts, faulty connections and dusty, dirty components. All parts should be free of dust and debris and in good working order. Replace the filter. Neglecting to change the air filter is one of the top causes of problems with HVAC systems. Set a reminder somewhere – on a calendar, in your phone, a sticky note, etc. – to change your filter on a monthly basis. This will not only keep your furnace running more effectively, but it will also improve indoor air quality and reduce your energy bills. Test the thermostat. Before the true cold weather sets in, test out your thermostat. Turn up the heat to a few degrees warmer than the current air in your home and make sure the system kicks on within a few minutes. Clean the air vents. Take a few moments to clean out the air vents in your home. Use a screwdriver to remove the vent covers, then...

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5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

By on Sep 11, 2018 in Furnaces |

After a long, hot, and muggy summer, it’s time to welcome in the cooler weather and vibrant colors of the fall season. While it may still be a while before the snow starts to fall, while the temperatures are still warm there’s no time like the present to do a little fall home maintenance. This way, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be fully prepared for the arrival of that cold weather that is inevitably on its way to northeast Ohio. Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home Start these fall home maintenance tasks now, and you’ll be ready to kick back with some hot cocoa on the couch on those frigid days. Here’s are five easy tips to get your home properly prepped for fall and beyond: Schedule your annual furnace maintenance check. Fall and winter are some of the busiest seasons for HVAC companies, and the last thing you want on a chilly autumn day is for your furnace to be on the fritz. You may call for service only to find out you’re on a list a mile long, and a technician can’t come for several days. Beat the rush and call now to schedule annual maintenance on your furnace to ensure it’s in great shape for the cold months ahead. Clean up the landscaping. Did you know that fall is actually the best time to reseed your lawn? It’s true – the roots actually grow deeper in the fall to prepare for winter. Additionally, you should prune your trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth in the springtime, and watch for any tree limbs that are getting too close to power lines or your roof. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are key to your and your family’s safety throughout the entire year, and you can use the changing of the seasons as a reminder to make sure they’re in good working order. Swap out the old batteries for fresh ones regularly so there’s never any doubt that they’re in perfect condition. Seal up drafty doors and windows. Save some money on your energy bills this fall by making sure you’re preventing drafts from causing your furnace to...

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A Day in the Life of an HVAC Technician

By on Aug 27, 2018 in Air Conditioning, Furnaces |

Every home and commercial building utilizes HVAC – heating, ventilation and air conditioning – systems to control the temperature, humidity and air quality indoors. This means residential houses, offices, schools, stores, restaurants, factories and so on all rely on the same basic type of system to keep the people indoors comfortable throughout the entire year. An HVAC technician, therefore, is trained in all three components, and uses those skills to install, maintain and repair heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration systems. What Does an HVAC Technician Do? A typical day in the life of an HVAC technician will begin with learning about which types of specific jobs are on the schedule for the day. The technician may be required to fix a broken component, advise whether an entire new system is needed, or simply adjust settings so the system is working more efficiently. Here are a few more tasks HVAC technicians are responsible for on a daily basis: Installation: HVAC systems need to be installed by licensed professionals to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Additionally, a technician will understand and recommend the right size system for both residential and commercial sites, completing the necessary calculations to determine that information correctly. He or she will connect the systems to water lines, fuel lines, air ducts, electrical wiring and more to ensure everything is working effectively. Repair: HVAC technicians are often called in to troubleshoot issues with the HVAC unit itself, the thermostat, compressors, refrigerant levels, air handling systems and more. He or she understand how all components work and can fix the problem or recommend the necessary solution. Maintenance: Properly maintaining an HVAC system is key to keeping it working efficiently for as long as possible. This is why it’s recommended to schedule an annual furnace check or an annual air conditioning check. In these checks, usually performed in the spring and fall, the technician will test and clean the blower fan, inspect the level of coolant, and test the system’s overall operation and functioning. HVAC technicians generally travel to several different customers every day. They might have a fairly regulated schedule if they’re working on a construction site. Or, they may not know what tasks are ahead for the...

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The Facts about Carbon Monoxide

By on Feb 19, 2018 in Furnaces |

According to the CDC, carbon monoxide (CO) claims the lives over 400 people in the United States every year. Additionally, over 4,000 individuals are sent to the hospital annually with CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide can build up in the home from gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, and it’s also produced any time fuel is burned in cars, generators, lanterns and more. This is why is so essential to arm yourself with as much information as possible about this “silent killer,” so you can ensure you and your family are safe in your home. 5 Carbon Monoxide Facts You Should Know Everyone is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, although children and those with chronic conditions like heart disease and breathing problems are more likely to feel the effects. Here are five facts about carbon monoxide to help educate you about this dangerous, poisonous gas: You cannot smell or taste carbon monoxide. CO is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that cannot be noticed without a detector. This makes it especially dangerous, because if you’re sleeping, for instance, you would not notice its effects until it’s too late. If someone says they can smell carbon monoxide, it’s often some other combustible byproducts – and this should also be addressed immediately. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms feel like the flu. If you and your family suddenly feel ill all at the same time, this should not be ignored. When everyone is experiencing simultaneous symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, difficulty breathing or blurred vision, these could actually be signs of CO poisoning, not the flu. Your appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Your appliances should always be installed by a trained professional. Why? Well, gas appliances, in general, need to be properly vented to ensure no carbon monoxide is leaking into your home. You can reduce your risk of CO poisoning with a CO detector. Installing carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home can greatly reduce the risk of CO poisoning in your home. These detectors are designed to set off an alarm before life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide are reached inside, allowing you and your family to safely get outside as quickly as possible. Make sure to change the...

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Top 5 Furnace Safety Tips

By on Feb 5, 2018 in Furnaces |

Some days, spring still feels like it’s never going to get here, doesn’t it? We’ve certainly had our fair share of frigid days in Cleveland this winter, and we’re all very thankful for our furnaces, which have been working hard to keep our homes comfortable and cozy this season. That said, as we do, unfortunately, still have another month or so of winter ahead of us, it’s important to ensure your furnace is not only running as efficiently as possible, but that it’s running safely, too. Furnace Safety Tips for Winter Most furnaces have built-in safety features to keep them from situations like overheating or sensing if the flame has gone out, and some even have an air pressure switch, which can detect if carbon monoxide or other contaminants aren’t venting properly from the system. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure your furnace is not only keeping your home warm, but that no one in your family is at risk due to a malfunctioning system. Here are five furnace safety tips to keep in mind the rest of this winter – and next winter, too: Mark your calendar for an annual furnace maintenance check. You should’ve scheduled your annual furnace check earlier in the fall, before the cold weather really hit. If you didn’t, make sure to get one on the calendar for this year. An annual maintenance check is vital to making sure all components of your system are working properly, plus the technician will also check for issues like frayed wiring or a cracked heat exchanger, both of which could lead to safety hazards. Change the air filter regularly. If your filter is dirty, air cannot flow through your system as it should. Plus, dirt could build up on the components and cause all sorts of safety and efficiency issues. Additionally, a dirty air filter could lead to the system overworking, increasing the chances of a carbon monoxide leak. Install or test your carbon monoxide detector. Speaking of carbon monoxide, if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, there’s no time like the present to pick one up at your local hardware store and get it installed in your home. If you...

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Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Furnaces |

When the temperatures drop, the thermostats in many northeast Ohio homes start to get cranked up. However, if over the past few winters you’ve noticed your utility bills getting more and more outrageous, or that there’s certain areas of your home that never seem to get warm enough, there are a few things you can do before winter rears its ugly head to ensure you’re ready for the cold months ahead. How to Winterize Your Home Ensure your family’s comfort this winter and save on your energy bills. Here are a few of the best ways to winterize your home this season: Schedule a furnace tune-up. Before the first snowstorm hits, make an appointment for your annual furnace maintenance check. The last thing you want is to be stuck inside during a blizzard and have your furnace fail on you. The technician will inspect all the components and your thermostat, lubricate motors and bearings, tighten up electrical connections and more. Also, make sure you use the change in seasons as a reminder to change your furnace filter! Weatherproof your plumbing. The harsh winter weather and frigid temperatures can easily cause pipes to freeze, and when they thaw you’ll have a real mess on your hands as they burst. Shut off the supply to any outside water lines and drain them. You can also cover outside spigots with insulated coverings to further protect them from the elements. Swap out the screen door. Simply installing a storm door over the winter can decrease your energy bills by up to 45 percent. Storm doors help seal up drafts and reducing the flow of cold air into your home. Just make sure to look for energy-efficient models. Cover the windows with plastic. Window insulation kits are fairly inexpensive, and once you’ve properly installed it you can barely even tell it’s there. These kits provide a good barrier against those drafty winds that creep in through those old windows. Speaking of old windows, you might want to consider starting to save your money to upgrade to new, more efficient windows in time for next winter. Install weather-stripping and/or caulking. Even those small leaks in your windows, doors or any other tiny cracks can increase...

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