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March 2020

How Cold Should My AC Be?

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How Cold Should The Air From My Air Conditioner Be? The air from your vents feels warmer than usual. How cold should the air be anyways? When the weather gets really hot outside, you count on your air conditioner to provide a constant stream of cool air to keep you and your family comfortable. But, how cold should the air from your air conditioner actually be?  Temperature Drop The difference between the temperature of the air flowing into your vents via the return vents and the temperature of the cool air coming out is known in the HVAC world as "temperature drop". In most cases, a temperature drop of 15-20 degrees is all that most air conditioners are capable of handling today. Run your ac any cooling and you risk needing an ac repair. Therefore, if the temperature outside is 85 degrees, most air conditioners should be able to cool your home to 65-70 degrees inside under normal conditions. Granted, cooling it to these temps means it will be working hard and running for most of the day. If you are looking to cut back on your energy bills, try leaving the temp a bit higher instead. Adjusting your temperature just 1 degree can save you up to 10% on utility costs over the course of a year. 
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How Can You Improve Indoor Air Quality?

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What Is The Best Way To Improve Indoor Air Quality? With as much time as you spend in your home, the quality of the air you breathe should be important! Did you know that the air inside your home can be even dirtier than the air outside? Yep, pretty nasty. Believe it or not, inside a confined space such as you home, dust, dirt, pollen and other particulates continue to build up over time. Here are some easy ways you can improve your indoor air quality and breathe cleaner, healthier air. Utilize Nature Believe it or not, certain plants can help improve your indoor air quality. These plants absorb particulates as they take in the carbon dioxide in the air through photosynthesis. Some ferns, palms and mums have all shown to improve the quality of indoor air. Use an Indoor Air Cleaner HVAC products such as the iWave-R and the APCO UV Light can cut down on things in the air you might not even see such as bacteria, mold spores and even some viruses. If you also want to cut down on the stuff you can see such as dust and dirt, the Aprilaire Model 1410 Air Cleaner is a great option. This MERV 11 rated filter is shown to remove up to 56% of dust, 95% of pollen and even 94% of mold spores in the air. Clean Your Carpets This one seems simple enough but it can go a long way in improving air quality. Believe it...
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Do Ductless Systems Heat and Cool?

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Do Ductless Systems Heat & Cool? Ductless systems are becoming ever more popular due to their efficiency and application. Ductless heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more popular in America today due to their application and overall efficiency. A great benefit of ductless systems is that they have the capability of both heating and cooling your home. Ductless mini-splits work just like a normal central air conditioner but without any of the hassle of duct work. They are usually meant to heat and cool a single area of your home. How Do Ductless Systems Cool Your Home? A ductless mini-split heating and cooling system cools your home in the same way a normal air conditioner cools. The indoor unit blows the warmer air in your home over the cold evaporator coils. Then, the refrigerant that is running through these coils absorbs the heat in that air and brings it to the outside condenser where it is dispersed into the outside air. Pretty neat! Because heat is absorbed and released at these coils, it is vital to keep your mini split ductless system clean. The unit that is inside your home is what actually blows the cool air. There are several different styles of units you can get from wall mounted to even ceiling mounted. Some mini-splits can even be hidden in the room with some creative effort! How Do Ductless Systems Heat Your Home? Just like the above cooling example, a ductless system will heat your home in...
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What Do Sump Pumps Do?

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What Do Sump Pumps Do Anyways? Sump pumps are an important part of your home, especially when it rains! When the hard rains fall, you can thank your sump pump for keeping your basement from turning into a swimming pool.  What Is a Sump Pump? A sump pump is a device that is installed in the lowest part of your house, usually a basement or crawl space. It's entire purpose is to help prevent flooding when water accumulates around the foundation of your home after it rains. The majority of the time, your sump pump is basically on a standby-mode until it is called into action via the attached float switch. As water accumulates around your home, it is funneled toward the sump pump basin and it begins to fill with water. When the water is high enough, it trips the float switch on your sump pump and it begins pumping the water out and away from your home. Usually, you can see this water draining near the street of a house after it rains. If you live in a rural area, it will usually drain into a nearby retention pond or other nearby storm drain. What Are The Benefits of a Sump Pump? Help protect your homes foundation and keep it intact. Keep your basement drier and more comfortable throughout the year. Required for homeowners insurance coverage of a basement flood. Help prevent mold, fungus and mildew growth. If you have a sump pump, it's important to monitor it...
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Sump Pump Making Strange Noises

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My sump pump is making strange noises. What is going on? Sump pumps are known to make noise when removing water from around your homes foundation. When the hard rains fall, it's natural to hear your sump pump making some noise to remove the water that's accumulated around the foundation of your home. However, there are some sounds that can be concerning and should be investigated. Grinding Noise This generally isn't a great noise to hear as it usually has something to do with the motor. If the motor in your sump pump fails, it is no longer of use to your home. If you are hearing this noise on a consistent basis then it's time to call a professional to take a look as it may be a sign it's time for a new sump pump. Clanging Noise This is probably nothing more than the water being removed via the system's piping. Sometimes, the water pipe can hit the basin wall or plastic lid and create this type of sound. This sound can usually be remedied by wrapping the pipe with insulation.  Running Constantly If your sump pump is running constantly running, it may not be sized properly for your home, or there may be an issue with the pumps float switch. Over sized and undersized pumps can cause issues. If the sump pump is over sized, it will pump more water than the basin holds, overworking it and reducing it's lifespan. If the pump is undersized, it won't...
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Ways To Lower Electric Costs In Summer

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Ways To Lower Electric Costs In Summer The hot weather in the summer can be know to make electric bills skyrocket. Here are some ways you can curb your electric costs in the warm weather. Although we all love the hot weather the summer brings. The high electric bills that come with it we could all do without. Here are some simple things you can do to make sure your electric costs stay under control this summer. Change Your Filter A clean furnace filter is step one in keeping your cooling costs down. The blower motor in your furnace is the same motor that blows the air throughout your home when your air conditioner is running. If your filter is dirty, not much air will pass through and your air conditioner will struggle to cool your home properly and run more frequently. Raise The Temperature a Few Degrees Although a nice, cool 72 degrees may be the gold standard, this can come at a steep price when it gets really hot outside. It's important to keep in mind that your air conditioner is only built to cool 20 degrees past the outside temperature. So if it's 95 degrees outside, a 75 degree indoor temperature is about as good as it's going to get no matter how low you set your thermostat. Lowering your thermostat too low when it gets hot out will do nothing but make your air conditioner run non-stop and raise your electric bill in the end. Close...
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Signs You Need a New Sump Pump

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Signs You May Need a New Sump Pump Your sump pump plays an important role in keeping the foundation and basement of your home dry. Here are some classic signs that it may be time for a new one. Makes Loud or Strange Noises Just like any mechanical system, your sump pump has a lifespan. If you are hearing loud or strange noises coming from your sump pump, it's most likely a sign that it has worn or damaged parts. The most common failed parts on a sump pump include the motor itself and the impeller, the fan that pulls water into the pump from the bottom. Runs Constantly Sump pumps are designed to run only when needed, especially after a large amount of rain falls outside. If you are hearing your sump pump run more than usual, you may have a problem with the float switch. The float switch is responsible for telling the sump pump it's time to drain the water that has accumulated in the basin. Some of these float switches have plastic brackets that are prone to breaking over time.  If your sump pump runs constantly, it may have a hard time draining the water it is supposed to leading to a possible flooding situation. Doesn't Turn On At All I'm sure if this happens you will find out rather quickly once it rains! A sump pump that doesn't turn on at all could be due to a number of factors from a broken float switch...
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Air Conditioner Not Turning On

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My Air Conditioner Is Not Turning On? What Can I Do? The weather is finally hot, you go to turn on your air conditioner, and a whole lot of nothing happens. What is going on? What can I check for? Here are a few things to look at before calling for service! The weather outside finally breaks 80 degrees and you look forward to finally kicking that old air conditioner on for the first time of the year. It apparently has other ideas as a whole lot of nothing happens when you go to turn it on. Be sure to check these items before calling for service to possibly save yourself some time and money. Check Your Filter & Outdoor Coil Make sure to check you furnace filter to verify that it is clean enough for air to pass through it. Did you know that the number one cause of HVAC breakdowns is dirt and other buildup? Yep. Also, go outside and check your outdoor condensor unit for any build up of grass and other dirt on the coils of the unit. These fins and coils on your condensor need to be able to breathe in order for your AC to run properly. Is Your Thermostat Set To "Cool"? If your air conditioner isn't turning on, this is the most obvious place to start! Most programmable thermostats have 3 settings: Heat, Auto, and Cool. Make sure your thermostat is set to cooling mode to ensure your air conditioner turns on....
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COVID-19 Information

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As an essential business per Governor DeWine's order, we remain open and ready to serve you with your heating and cooling needs. When our technicians arrive at your home, they are armed with the tools they need to keep both you and them safe during their visit. These items include: Face masks Gloves Shoe covers Sanitation chemicals and hand sanitizers Steps We Are Taking We have also implemented the following actions to keep our team healthy and safe, so they are ready to serve you each day: We are monitoring each of our team members health on a daily basis. Temperatures of employees are taken each morning. If anyone is sick, they are required to stay home. Service and installation members will wear protective gloves and masks as needed, in addition to the boot covers they presently wear. Shared-use devices such as tablets used in the estimating process will be sanitized frequently. Our management team will ensure that our prevention measures stay current with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Service Call Precautions On service calls, we are doing the following: Remaining outside during routine tune ups of air conditioners. We can certainly get back out to check the inside operation once the stay at home order has been lifted. Keeping 6 feet between you at all times Not shaking hands. If you would prefer to call in payment while our tech is at your home you are more than welcome to do that as well. Constantly...
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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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