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Don't Treat Your Home A/C Like Your Car A/C

By Forquer Hea
May 23, 2018 Category: Air Conditioning

Understanding Differences Between Home and Vehicle Air Conditioning System As summer approaches here in the Akron and Canton area, residents are preparing for the summer heat by making sure their home air conditioning units are in good shape. By late June, with temperatures pushing up into the 80s, area air conditioners will be running steadily. Because of this, its important for area residents to understand that their home air conditioning system is not like their automobile cooling system. This may seem a simple concept on the surface, however to ensure maximum efficiency from your home cooling system, its important to note the distinctions. How Home Air Conditioners Differ from Air Conditioners in Vehicles Both operate on the same basic principle: Removing hot air from inside the home or vehicle and emitting it outside. Both systems are similar in design and function, and consists of: A compressor. The compressor compresses the refrigerant housed in the air conditioning unit, increasing

Controlling Humidity Levels in Your Home

By Forquer Hea
April 24, 2018 Category: Humidity

When you think about your air conditioner, you probably only think about it in terms of temperature control. Sure -- on a hot summers day in Akron, who isnt grateful for their air conditioner and the relief that it can provide? Many people, however, dont realize that an a/c has another, very important job: controlling the humidity of your home (and we all know how humid Akron can get). As air is sucked into the vents, moisture is removed from the air, bringing down your houses overall humidity level. This not only provides you with comfort and helps to keep your utility bills down, but it can also help keep you healthy. How does your homes humidity level affect your health? Well, there are a lot of unhealthy things that can exist inside your home. Mites, fungi, viruses, bacteria and other harmful substances can enter your home, and many of these substances can thrive if a home is too humid. This is why maintaining an optimal humidity level of between 30% and 60% in your home is a crucial

The importance of regular A/C Maintenance

By Forquer Heating
March 26, 2018 Category: A/C Maintenance, Air Conditioning

During a hot summer day in Akron, theres no better escape from the blazing sun and humidity than a nice cool air-conditioned house. What would you do if all of a sudden, your sweet escape slipped away because your air conditioner stopped working? You may slowly begin to think back to a time in April and May where you wished you would have got preventative maintenance. The Value of Regular A/C Tune-ups and Cleaning The concept of preventive maintenance is lost on too many people. Many air conditioning repair jobs would never even take place if people would trust the care of their machines to experts on a regular basis. By having your a/c unit tuned up and cleaned by a professional technician at least once a year, you will keep it in top condition and thereby experience a number of benefits that will save you a lot more money than the cost of the service visit. Some of the important advantages of getting an a/c tune-up include: Preventing Future Breakdown Repairs This is the most obvious

When's the Best Time to Buy a New Air Conditioner? The Answer May Surprise You

By Forquer Hea
February 27, 2018 Category: Air Conditioning

If youre looking to buy an air conditioner for the summer, the best time to shop is now! It may seem counterintuitive, but the truth is this: buyers can find the best deals on new air conditioners (and HVAC services) from late February into late March. Keep reading and find out why the end of winter is the best time to shop for a new air conditioner: When Is The Best Time to Buy a New Air Conditioner in Akron/Canton? The heat island that is known as Akron, OH can be brutal in the summer months. Pavement, brick and concrete draw in the hot summer sun and leave you to retreat to your air conditioner. But what if you dont have an a/c unit to run to?Now is the time to think ahead for your summer needs. The end of winter is the best time for you to purchase a new air conditioner! Why? Retailers have a high supply of air conditioning units during the winter months. When its not hot out, theres a low buyer demand for air conditioning units.

Correctly Sizing Your Furnace (When Replacing It)

By Forquer Heating
January 22, 2018 Category: Furnace Replacement

When it comes time to replace your furnace, you may think its as easy as swapping out old parts for new. But thats not the case. The reality is, is that your old equipment may not have ever been sized correctly when it was first installed. That means 20+ years of ill-fitting equipment. Prior to thorough load calculations, it was often common practice for HVAC contractors to install the largest furnace they could get their hands on (or close to it) leaving homeowners in the dark on the size of their equipment. Then load calculations came out. A load calculation is a formula that is designed to accurately size your furnace and air conditioner. Need to learn how to correctly size your furnace for replacement? Keep reading. If youre looking for professional furnace replacement in greater Akron/Canton, Ohio, check out Forquer Heating and Cooling. Correctly Sizing A Furnace So, how do you figure out what size furnace you need? With a load calculation! Sizing a furnace for replacement is not

Are Mini Splits Right for You?

By Forquer Heating
December 28, 2017 Category: MiniSplits, Heating

Home heating options range widely in features and cost. Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps offer a flexibility worth considering. While the cost of installing a mini-split system may be higher than other options, operating costs, rebates, and financial incentives lower the expense. Check it out: What are Mini-Split Systems? Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps or mini splits use two main components for operation. The outdoor compressor/condenser links by a conduit to the indoor air-handling unit. The conduit contains the power cable, suction and refrigerant tubing, and the condensation drain. These systems operate much like a standard air-source heat pump. The benefits of the system include its efficiency and comfortable heat. They also run quietly, which homeowners love. The small size and flexibility of these units allows the heating and cooling of one room and offers the option of zoning among multiple rooms. Energy and financial savings result as each rooms temperature is

Why You Should Replace Your Flue Pipe and Chimney Liner

By Forquer Heating
November 16, 2017 Category: Carbon Monoxide

The temperatures drop and the winds blow hard in the Akron/Canton area as winter approaches. A well-functioning furnace keeps your family warm and safe during Northeast Ohios colder seasons. However, problems with your furnaces chimney liner and flue pipe put you at risk for illness or even death. Replacing the chimney liner and flue pipe when installing your new furnace reduces this threat. While replacing just the furnace saves money, the long-term risk adds up to big expenses. Most importantly, danger to your most treasured possessions - life and family - becomes a reality. Why replace the chimney liner and flue pipe when installing a new furnace? It Prevents Carbon Monoxide Leaks If youve been following along with our blog, youll know the connection between carbon monoxide (CO) and your furnace. Inside of your furnace, there is a flue pipe. A flue pipe is a component of a homes heating installation. Exhaust gases and other byproducts of combustion are expelled outside through the

Protect Your Home from Carbon Monoxide

By Forquer Heating
October 17, 2017 Category: Carbon Monoxide, Heating

When it comes to protecting your home, you want to ensure that you have every safety measure in place. You may have an alarm system for intruders, a smoke alarm to alert your family in case of fire - but what about protection from things you cant see? Were not talking about ghosts, but something that is even scarier: Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of combustion, present whenever fuel is burned. Prolonged exposure can lead to lasting health problems and even death. Since carbon monoxide is virtually undetectable, carbon monoxide poisoning is quite common. In fact, the CDC estimates that more than 20,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Monitoring carbon monoxide emissions in your home is so crucial to your familys safety. CO cannot be seen or smelled, which means every homeowner should invest in CO detectors to protect their family. By the time you start experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning - like lightheadedness,

Should I add Ductwork to a Three-Season Room to Use it Year-Round?

By Forquer Heating
September 27, 2017 Category: Ductwork, Heating, Cooling

Making the best use of all the spaces in your home often leads to a common question - Should I add ductwork to a three-season room to make it usable year-round? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer. Quite simply, the answer is that it depends. But this does not help you, does it? Lets look at a few factors which come into play when making this decision. Insulation Oftentimes, in older three-season rooms, windows are abundant and insulation is lacking. These features leave plenty of room for energy leaks. In short, the structure was just not designed for comfort in extreme temperatures. Adding ductwork to this type of room would likely disappoint. High heating and cooling requirements accompany the lack of insulation and the common single-paned window. The bottom-line is that the room would be cold in the winter and warm in the summer. If, however, a year-round retreat is your hearts desire, you have options. Investing in a window upgrade and pumping insulation into

What Does SEER Mean to You When Buying an Air Conditioner?

By Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning
August 28, 2017 Category: Air Conditioner, SEER Rating

While the hot, humid summers of Ohio call for air conditioning, understanding the best unit to meet the needs of any home proves to be a foreign language to many. Lets clear the air with a few facts and figures to get you in-the-know when purchasing an air conditioner. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) produces a rating of sorts for air conditioners. It is figured this way: The amount of cooling a given unit produces (BTU) divided by the amount of electricity (watts) used over a typical cooling season. SEER figures range from 13 to 25. Since the unit is tested on static conditions, the rating represents a units best performance. In brief, this number reflects the maximum rating. For instance, a unit rated at 13 does not perform above but may fall below this figure. Thats helpful. But, what does it mean to you, the consumer? After all, it is just a number on the box. A few answered questions might clear things up even more. What Does the SEER Rating Tell You? Efficiency.

Dirty Air Filters? Clean it up!

By Forquer Heating
July 27, 2017 Category: Air Filters

Dirty air conditioner filters come with hidden dangers that you may not be aware of. These dangers can cause harm to your health, wealth and the safety of your own home. Keeping a clean air conditioner air filter can save your family from unwanted illnesses and even better - save you money! The Dangers of a Dirty Filter A dirty air conditioner filter can flare up your allergies. Dirty air filters can cause numerous physical symptoms such as tightness in your chest, fatigue, headache and cold symptoms that youre unable to get rid of. When an air conditioning filter accumulates dirt on the cooling coils, it allows frost to accumulate on the coils and the fans, which makes it difficult for the unit to cool your house. If your filter is dirty, you can expect that the air you breathe in is dirty too. When you dont clean your filter youll also have dirty air ducts. The unit will disperse nothing but dust, dirt and allergens in your home. A dirty air filter means that your air conditioner

Stay Cool on Hot Days By Setting It and Forgetting It

By Admin
June 28, 2017 Category: Nest Thermostat, Air Conditioning

Living in Ohio, you know how inconsistent the temperatures outside can be. One day, the air conditioner is up full blast and the next its off completely. It can be hard to keep your house at a regulated temperature that is comfortable for the entire family, especially if youre only turning your AC on the day of high temperatures. So, how do you prepare your AC for those hot summer days? Prepare for Hot Temperatures the Night Before If youve checked the weather and you know a hot day is approaching, you can prepare by turning your air conditioner on the night before. Unlike your car, your entire home needs time to get the temperature down to a comfortable setting. Avoid overworking your AC by turning it on the night before hot temperatures approach. This will give your unit enough time to cool down your home. The Set It and Forget It Rule If you havent already, we recommend investing in a Nest learning thermostat or a smart thermostat. A Nest learning thermostat with the set it and

Why is Freon R-22 so Expensive?

By Admin
May 28, 2017 Category: Freon R 22

If you are strapped for cash, replacing your air conditioner may be out of the question. You may be thinking you can get away with fixing a leak with Freon R-22, but now youre appalled when you are faced with the price tag that goes along with it. Why is Freon R-22 so expensive? The reality is you are a victim of supply and demand due to the shortage of Freon R-22. You see, nearly 30 years ago the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ruled that Freon R-22 should be phased out as it contains ingredients that have been shown to deplete the ozone. Since then the EPA has gone on to ban the manufacturing of air conditioners charged with R-22. Additionally, in 2010 they reduced the production of R-22 by 75% and then reduced it further in 2015 to 90%. But that is the least of our worries here in 2017, because in 2020 they will cease all production of R-22. After that only recycled R-22 will be used to service air conditioners. With demand for R-22 growing and production of R-22 on the verge

Reasons to Avoid Turning Your AC on Too Early in the Season

By Admin
March 28, 2017 Category: Air Conditioning, When To Turn On The Air

As the weather in Ohio gets warmer and spring begins to approach summer, it may seem tempting to turn your air conditioning on and avoid the slightest hint of heat. In fact, sometimes people like to turn it on the second it gets up to 65 degrees on that early April day and then try to keep it running throughout the night when the temperatures drop back into the 50s. However, the air conditioner should only be on if the temperature outside is 65 degrees or above, and the idea is to only use it if the thermostat starts hitting 70 degrees. There are several reasons not to run an air conditioner when it is below this temperature or too early in the season: 1. Damaging your air conditioners oil Air conditioners have a part called a compressor, which true to its name compresses the refrigerant, a substance that is used to cool down the air in your home. This allows the refrigerant to circulate through tubes inside the air conditioner, and drives the heat-transfer process that leads to the

How a Heat Pump Keeps Your Home Comfortable Through The Seasons

By Admin
February 28, 2017 Category: General

You may have heard of a heat pump, or you may even have one already installed at your home or office. But how does a heat pump actually work, and what are the benefits of installing one? We will quickly review this, along with some of the maintenance tips you will need in order to ensure that your unit is working properly and efficiently. How to use Heat Pumps in the Warmer Months Like an air conditioner, a heat pump can absorb heat from one area, like your home, and discharge it out to another. The process of transferring this heat uses a liquid called a refrigerant, which is self-contained within the heating pump system. However, unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump can be used for the opposite purpose as well: moving heat from the outdoor unit into the house and discharging it for heating purposes. This can serve as a great benefit in areas of the world that alternate between higher extremes of hot and cold, depending on the season. The process of air conditioning may seem to be

WiFi Set-Back Thermostats Benefit You and Pay for Themselves

By Admin
January 17, 2017 Category: , WiFi Set Back Themostats, Honeywell

With modern Wi-Fi set-back thermostats, keeping your home at the right temperature is not only easy, it can save you money and give you flexibility. For every degree that you decide to cool or heat your home each month, the costs come directly out of your bank account. On hot summer days and cold winter nights, this comfort may be worth the money, after all, thats what your heating and cooling system is for. On the other hand, while youre away from your home or sleeping, this is simply money that is going to waste. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10 F for 8 hours a day. Regardless of where you live, this is a huge savings over the course of a year, let alone over the next decade. As alluring as these numbers are, in order to achieve these savings, youll have to remember to turn down your thermostat every day. Consistency is the key to achieving both energy efficiency and savings,

The Basics on Dampers and Air Balancing in Your Home

By Admin
December 13, 2016 Category: , Dampers, Air Balancing

Your home is your sanctuary. So, it is important that you find it comfortable at all times. Making sure the temperature of your home is always optimal is not always an easy task. However, you can make it easier by making smart choices with your dampers. What is a damper? First, it is helpful to know what a damper is and what it does. A damper is a plate that regulates the flow of air through the ductwork of a house. It is an essential tool for balancing air flow and controlling the overall air temperature within the home. In the winter In most parts of the country, you need to heat your home in the winter. To do so efficiently, you want to push more warm air into the lower portion of your home since heat rises. If you have dampers in your home, you can adjust them to send more heat to the first floor of the home. If you do not have dampers in your heating system, then you simply need to close some the air registers in the upper floor of the home. In the summer In the summer, when

Discover the Benefits of Having a Whole-Home Humidifier

By Admin
November 16, 2016 Category: Humidifier

Winter will be here before you know it, and with it will come a distinct lack of moisture in the indoor air of your home. The absence of moisture can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, unhealthy. A great way to alleviate this issue is to install a whole-home humidifier in your house. Take a look at some of the benefits you can derive when you make this wise move. Overall health Viruses can easily live and grow in an environment with low humidity levels. So, if your home is lacking moisture in the air, it is easier for you to catch the flu, a cold, or other respiratory ailment. Also, when the air in your home is overly dry, you may also be more susceptible to infections as well. Simply adding humidity to the air can help prevent all of these issues from occurring. Personal comfort When the air in your house is dry, it can lead to several bothersome issues. Allergies can get aggravated and skin can get dry and itchy. Dry air is also the cause of scratchy throats and nose bleeds that

Five Great Ways to Make Your Furnace More Efficient

By Admin
October 17, 2016 Category: General

Fall is here and before you know it, winter will be upon us. That means it will soon be time to run your furnace. Anyone who has had to rely on a furnace for heating a home can attest to how expensive it can be. One way to cut down on these costs is to have a furnace that runs efficiently.Although that can seem like a daunting task, it is not. All you need to do is follow these simple guidelines. Replace the filter The furnace filter has an important job. It removes the airborne particles that can make your furnace work poorly. When these particles build up over time it allows dust, dirt and other contaminants to restrict airflow and makes your furnace work harder than necessary. Get an annual tune-up Your furnace needs an annual tune up to keep it working at its optimal level. Having a trained professional look at your furnace every year will extend the life of your heating system and prevent the need for expensive repairs. Seal your air ducts When air ducts are not properly sealed,

How to Prepare your HVAC System for the Fall

By Admin
September 21, 2016 Category: General

The overwhelming heat of summer in Akron/Canton is over! Its time to pack away your shorts, sandals, and your blow-up pools. At long last it is time for the leaves to turn color, jack-o-lanterns, over-sized sweaters, and all the other great things that come with cooler weather. This also means it is time to use your heating system, rather than the AC! But, before you switch your HVAC system over to the heat setting and prepare for the brutal winter the Ohio area brings us, here are a few things you need to do. Perform Routine Maintenance There are several benefits to having your system regularly maintained. Regularly having your system cleaned will help to improve the air quality in your home. It will also help to extend the life of your HVAC system, and it will increase the energy efficiency of the system as well. So,schedule a Forquer professionalto come and check out your system, to ensure every thing is running smoothly. Check, Clean, or Replace Filters This is an easy task that

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