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May 2017

How To Minimize Dust

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How To Minimize Dust In Your Home Here are some popular ways you can minimize the dust in your home. Have Your Carpets Cleaned Regularly Did you know that your carpets are your homes biggest air filter? Over time, the dust in the air falls to the ground and buries itself in the carpet fibers of your home. By vacuuming regularly and having your carpets cleaned professionally (hot water extraction) at least twice per year, you are well on your way to cutting down on the dust levels in your home. Set Your Thermostat Fan To "On" By setting your thermostat fan to "on", your furnace blower will run constantly and filter the air in your home. You may think that this would be expensive to leave it running, but it's actually not. Blower motors are designed for long and extended periods of time. If you are really looking to save money on energy bills, have a variable-speed motor installed. These motors run at different speeds as opposed to just an "on-off" setting. Change Your Bedding Dust and dust mites love to hide in your bedding and sheets. For dust (and sanitary) reasons, be sure to change or wash your bedding at least once per week. You can also encase your mattress and box spring in an allergy proof cover. Upgrade Your Furnace Filters Standard 1-inch filters are generally effective for removing dust from the air of your home, but there are much more efficient options out there. By having a...
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Common HVAC Myths

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Common HVAC Myths Debunked Here are some common HVAC myths that simply aren't true! Myth: The Bigger The System, The Better It Is This one seems like it would make sense at first thought, but unfortunately, it just isn't true. If you end up having a system installed that is too big for your home, it will likely just cycle on and off repeatedly and cause you higher monthly bills. Not to mention, a unit short cycling will drastically reduce it's lifespan. Make sure your system is properly sized for your home and installed by a licensed HVAC professional. Myth: Close Vents In Rooms Not Used To Increase Efficiency:  Unfortunately, air flow does not work like this. By closing off vents in your home, you are increasing the air pressure within the duct work which can cause leaks at vent seams. It's always best to keep your vents open and clear from any debris to maximize efficiency. Myth: The Location Of My Thermostat Doesn't Matter False. The location of your thermostat matters a lot actually. If you put it too close to air vents or sunlight, you run the risk of your thermostat giving you false temperature readings and not properly cooling or heating your home. The best place for your thermostat is on an interior wall away from windows and air vents. Myth: Routine Maintenance Is Not Necessary False. Routine maintenance is necessary for you HVAC system just like it is for your car. If you fail have annual...
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My AC Keeps Turning On and Off

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Air Conditioner Keeps Turning On and Off. What's Going On? The weather is hot and your air conditioner can't make it's mind up of whether to run or not. What could be going on? AC Short Cycling The proper term for you air conditioner turning on and then off on a frequent basis is called "short-cycling". This frequent behavior can end up causing you higher than normal electric bills and it's also not good for your air conditioner.  With this being said, let's dive into some reasons for your air conditioner turning on and off so quickly. Low Refrigerant If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, it could cause short cycling to occur. Having low levels of refrigerant can cause your indoor and outdoor coil to freeze over and then turn off abruptly. If you are low on refrigerant, you have a leak somewhere in your system as your air conditioner is a closed loop system. Refrigerant is not like gas in a car. Unless your leak is fixed, any refrigerant you put in will just leak right back out again. Most leaks can be fixed temporarily, but it is never a permanent fix. Also, the substance used to fix a leak can be hard on your compressor.  Dirty Filters A dirty filter is one of the most common causes for both air conditioner and furnace breakdowns. If you have a standard 1 inch filter, these should be changed every 30 days or sooner if you have a lot of...
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How Much Is a New AC?

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How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost? How much can you expect to pay to have a new air conditioner installed in your home? Let's find out! High Efficiency Air Conditioners When it comes time to buy a shiny new air conditioner, many people look to replace their old unit with a higher SEER rated one to save money on energy bills. By having a high-efficiency air conditioner installed, such as the 19 SEER Bryant 189BNV,  it is possible to save up to 38% on energy costs. With this increase  in energy savings, you can expect to pay more up front to have a high-efficiency AC installed. Most high-efficiency air conditioners can be installed for between $3,500-$5,000 depending on the efficiency rating and other accessories you may want added on.  It's important to note that if you are looking to purchase a high-efficiency heat pump, you can expect to pay a bit more than you would for a regular air conditioner. This is due to the fact that a heat pump is able to both heat and cool your home, making it somewhat of an all-in-one package. You can expect to pay between $4,000-$6,500 for a new high-efficiency heat pump system and air handler on average. Standard Efficiency Air Conditioners If you are looking to go the budget friendly route and purchase a standard efficiency air conditioner, such as the Comfortmaker N4A3, prices can drop quite a bit. Standard efficiency air conditioners are around 13 SEER as opposed to the...
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What Is a Good SEER Rating?

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What SEER Air Conditioner Should I Get? What is a SEER rating and what does it mean to me? Let's find out! When it comes to air conditioner, a good SEER rating is a term that you may hear thrown around quite frequently. The SEER rating of an air conditioner measures the overall energy efficiency of the unit. SEER is a measured ratio of the cooling output of your air conditioner over the season, divided by the energy consumed in watt-hours. Different SEER Ratings Air conditioners today have a SEER rating ranging from 14 to 21. The minimum value is being updated on a constant basis however by the government. As time goes on, expect the minimum efficiency rating to keep going up (which is a good thing!).  It's important to note however that just because you buy a 14 SEER AC instead of a 21, that doesn't mean you are buying the "bottom of the barrel" equipment. Assuming you are replacing an old air conditioner, that new 14 SEER AC will be drastically more efficient than your old one.  Also, SEER rating is always rated as a maximum rating, meaning that just because your shiny new air conditioner is rated as a 21 SEER, this means that it is capable of achieving that level of efficiency, it's not operating at a constant 21 SEER.  A great way to think of a good SEER rating is comparing it to the MPG rating on a car. If you floor the accelerator...
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Emergency HVAC Repair | Columbus, Ohio

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Offering Emergency HVAC Repair Since 1950! Available Every Day, All The Time Unfortunately, HVAC breakdowns don't limit their times to business hours. We understand that you may be in need of emergency HVAC repair after-hours or on the weekends and we are here to provide you 100% Relief. Whether a strong storm recently killed your air conditioner or a little critter decided to snack on your furnace wires, we are here 24/7 to help get you back up and running. We specialize in furnace repair, AC repair, and heat pump repair in Columbus, Ohio.  Prevent HVAC Breakdowns Proper HVAC maintenance can prevent costly breakdowns. Be sure to change your filters regularly and have annual maintenance completed by a professionally licensed HVAC company. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, turn off your system and call a professional: Ice build up on outside condensor Water leaking on furnace from evaporator coil Loud or strange noises coming from furnace or air conditioner Need Some Help? Are you in need of an emergency HVAC repair? We've got you covered! Give us a call today (or tonight!) at 614-475-1800 and we will get your HVAC system back up and running in no time.
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HVAC Jobs | Columbus, Ohio

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HVAC Job Opportunities | Columbus, Ohio Now Hiring HVAC Techs & Installers! Are you looking for a job in the HVAC field in Columbus, Ohio? Look no further! Sears Heating & Cooling is currently looking for seasoned HVAC technicians and installers to start immediately. Why Work For Sears Heating & Cooling? Because we are the best HVAC company to work for in Columbus, Ohio! Don't believe it? Check out some of the great benefits that we offer: Extremely Competitive Wages. Some of our techs push the $100k a year mark! Did we mention you are paid weekly?! Crazy Good Health Insurance! A single person only pays $13 a week, family of 3+ pays only $90 a week. The first $1,500 a year ($3,000 for a family) is completely covered. No out of pocket co-pays for family doctor visits. Profit Sharing! That's right. If we are profitable as a company, you get a slice of that at the end of each quarter. It's only fair! Paid Time Off. Earned on an accrual basis after your first 60 days of employment. Easily take a week or more paid time off each year. You are also eligible to earn supplemental vacation that can be used during slower times of the year. 401k Match. We match 40% of up to 5% of your salary and have done so every single year since 1987! Year-Round-Work. We provide you with year round work to keep the money coming in. Company Cell Phone. To stay in contact...
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Bryant Air Conditioner Service | Columbus, Ohio

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Bryant Air Conditioner Service Since 1950 Providing 100% Relief Since 1950 We have been providing Bryant air conditioner service and 100% relief to our customers since 1950! Being a Bryant HVAC dealer, we know their equipment inside and out and also have immediate access to any parts you may need. When you are faced with needing an air conditioner repair, we are your local Bryant dealer in Columbus, Ohio that you can trust. We will come to your home and diagnose your air conditioner and provide you with a list of repair options to choose from, not just a take it or leave it price. We understand that each service call we run is unique, from the specific problem all the way to you, the customer. We strive to offer you the best possible Bryant air conditioner service at the most affordable pricing available. Bryant Factory Authorized Parts Sears Heating & Cooling has access to Bryant Factory Authorized Parts to complete your air conditioner repair. These parts are built and designed for your Bryant equipment specifically.  Failure to use factory authorized parts may void your warranty if it is still active. Bryant Air Conditioner Installations Looking to have a new Bryant air conditioner installed? Sears Heating & Cooling has the best deals on all of your Bryant air conditioner and furnace needs.  Be sure to check out some of our Bryant air conditioner options! If you are interested in receiving a FREE, no-obligation quote for a new Bryant air conditioner,...
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When Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

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How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter? Both your furnace and air conditioner depend on a clean furnace filter to operate at maximum efficiency. Dirt and dust are the #1 cause of HVAC breakdowns. Who knew you could save your self so much money in the long-run by just changing an air filter! Failure to change your furnace filter on a regular basis could lead to such HVAC problems as ice build up on your air conditioner. Check Those Filters! It is recommenced to always check your furnace filter at least once per month, regardless of the size of the filter. Even if you have a large, media filter, debris can sometimes become caught inside of it and hinder air flow, making your furnace or air conditioner work harder than it needs to. We have even found pet toys inside filters before! Standard One-Inch Filter Furnace filters vary on when they should be changed. If you are utilizing a standard one-inch filter, these are recommended to be changed once per month. One-inch filters may need to be changed more frequently if you have pets or your home is dustier than usual.  Media Filters If you have a thick media-filter installed, these should generally be changed every 6 months. These filters don't need to be changed as often due to the size of them and the dirt they can hold. However, it is still recommended to check this type of filter on a monthly basis for debris and large build...
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Air Conditioner Making Loud Noise

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Air Conditioner Making A Loud Noise When Running. What's Up? Is your air conditioner making some strange loud noises while running? Let's check out some possible causes of this non-sense! In general, your air conditioner should not be overly noisy while running. Sure, you will be able to hear the slight hum of the compressor and the condensor fan running, but it shouldn't be anything overly noticeable. If you are noticing louder than usual noises from your air conditioner, chances are it is having some issues. Here are a few areas that could be causing your noise problems. Loose or Broken Parts If you are noticing a loud banging noise coming from your air conditioner while it is running, there is a good chance that you may have a loose or broken part inside the condensor or compressor. Air conditioner compressors contain a crankshaft, connecting rod and a piston pin that could all cause noise issues if they begin to fail. A failed compressor is one of the most expensive AC repairs out there, so if you have an old air conditioner, you are better off just replacing it. Compressor replacements can easily climb to $1,500 or more. Blower Motor or Fan Out of Balance Your air conditioner's blower motor and fan are actually located in your furnace as they share the same air movement mechanisms. If your blower motor or fan blades come out of balance or shift somehow, you may notice a consistent clanking noise as the fan...
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