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
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
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,
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
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 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
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
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
During a summer day, 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 benefit.
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
The overwhelming heat of summer 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, 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 you can accomplish on your own without a professional. It will go a
Question: I live in a dormer type home (the ceiling is the roof pitch of the house) in Cuyahoga Falls. I have air conditioning, but it is still very hot up there all summer. Is there anything I can do with my current air conditioner to make the upstairs cooler? Answer: A dormer is one of the hardest types of homes to condition, particularly in the summer. Unfortunately there is not a whole lot you can do with your current air conditioner in that type of home. We run into so many of these homes (particularly in Cuyahoga Falls) and they all have to deal with this. The first floor is always great but that upstairs dormer is so hot. At the very least, try to damper off some of the supply registers downstairs and make sure every supply register upstairs is wide open. My guess is you have already done this! Be sure not to close off too much downstairs as you will risk freezing up your system. The most ideal option would be to look into a ductless HVAC system. This relatively new technology
Question: I have been told my house has a 2-ton air conditioner. Does this mean my air conditioner weighs 4,000 lbs? Answer: The first air conditioning or cooling was done in theaters by hanging tons of ice in nets and circulating theater air across the ice to cool the air. In turn, the ice would melt. They calculated that one ton of ice would remove 288,000 BTUs in a 24 hour period or 12,000 BTUs per hour. Your 2-ton air conditioner may only weigh 170 lbs but it removes 24,000 BTUs per hour of heat from your house. Tonnage refers to a rate of cooling. Have a question?Comment below and well get you an answer.
Question: I change my furnace air filter in the winter and the summer because I have air conditioning. Is there a filter on my air conditioner outside that needs cleaned or replaced? Answer: There is no filter to change out by your air conditioner, but your condenser coil does need washed or back flushed with a hose. The condenser coil, which is similar to a car radiator, can get blocked with grass clippings or cottonwood from the trees. This is very detrimental to your air conditioner. We recommend a precision tune up and professional cleaning in the spring before you use the system for the hot summer months.
When it comes to maintaining your home, people often forget about two unseen and often unheard appliances; your furnace and air conditioner. Besides it being important to maintain those pieces of equipment at least once a year, it is extremely important to change your filter at least once a month (depending on the type of filter or type of air cleaning equipment that is attached to your HVAC system). Most filter systems are located to the right or left of the furnace, attached to the return air trunk. The air in the return air trunk is pulled from various areas of the home down through the large trunk and passes through the filter just before entering back into the furnace. It is very important to know the type of filter you have in place in order to know how often it should be changed. On average, if you have a 1 thick filter, it should be changed once a month. It could need changed more if you have pets, or if there is something that creates more dust or dirt in the air. Keeping a