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HVAC Tips from Sears Heating and Cooling

We’ve been in the HVAC business since 1950, and with that experience comes a lot of knowledge. Read our professional tips here.

Find a Heating & Cooling Company You Trust

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Trust, respect and integrity are not the kind of words customers use loosely. These are the characteristics customers expect to find in the heating and cooling company they choose. Sears was founded on the principles of high quality, excellence and standards. These principles still apply today. Our commitment to strong customer relationship and great services are ongoing standards. Why are Quality and Trust so important in an HVAC Company? Many customers have been scammed by HVAC companies they believed they could trust. When customers have experienced this breach of trust, it is difficult for them to trust other companies. Sears Heating and Cooling has been providing quality heating and cooling for more than half a century. We have been providing services in millions of homes and businesses in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. Our technicians are licensed, experienced and trained in cooling and heating repair, maintenance, installation and replacement. If a unit is broken and needs fixing, we can fix it or replace it. Our technicians attend classes so they can keep up with the latest improvements in installation and repairs. What is the difference between us and the other guys? | Quality HVAC Company We care about our customers and the level of service they receive. Communication is the best policy in any given situation. Heating and cooling units uses more energy than most household appliances. Therefore, it is important for heating and cooling units to get a professional tune up on a regular basis. At Sears Heating…

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7 Tips for Furnace Safety

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It is that time of year when the air conditioner is shut off and the furnace is cranked up. During the off-season, your furnace sits unused and can actually be a hazard just waiting to start causing trouble. To help keep you safe and warm this winter, here are some simple furnace safety tips. 7 Great Tips for Furnace Safety Change your filter on a regular basis. A furnace that has had its filter changed regularly will have an extended life. This is due in part to the fact that the unit does not have to work twice as hard to push air through a clogged filter. Have the unit checked out by a furnace professional. There are problems that can develop that are invisible to the eye. A furnace professional can find these trouble spots and repair them before they become unsafe. Try not to store items around your furnace. A furnace needs room to breathe. It must be able to circulate the air around it in order to work properly. Keep the area clear of combustible materials. If something catches on fire, it will not take long for it to spread to the other areas of the home. Use carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can flow from your furnace if it is not working properly. A detector can let you know early enough before the gas can harm you or your family. Have your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis. Clean air ducts allow the…

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Gas vs. Electric Heat: Which Wins?

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If you have a choice between heating your home with an electric or a gas furnace, you’ll want to take all the costs into account when comparing them. If you don’t, you could end up paying more than you otherwise would over the long run for heating. A heating contractor can help you decide on the best solution for you. Equipment Costs A typical gas furnace costs between $2,300 and $3,000, while the average price of electric furnaces is between $1,000 and $2,500. Many look at the upfront cost and think an electric furnace is what they want, but we’ll soon see that’s often not the right choice. Fuel Costs Heat is measured using British Thermal Units (BTUs). The most common way to measure heating costs is to find the cost to heat 1,000,000 BTUs. An average home will require anywhere from 50,000,000 to 150,000,000 BTUs to heat during winter. Utilities use a unit called “therms” to measure natural gas consumption. 100,000 BTUs equal one therm, so ideally, it would take 10 therms to equal 1,000,000 BTUs. However, furnaces are not 100% efficient. At a more typical efficiency of 80%, it would take 12.5 therms to equal 1,000,000 BTUs. At the recent price of $2.34 dollars per therm in Ohio (1000 cubic feet = 10 therms), and an efficiency of 80%, it would take $29.21 to heat 1,000,000 BTUs. Using last year’s average prices for winter drops the price down to approximately $0.75 cents per therm, taking heating costs down substantially to…

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Heating and Cooling Tip: Set Your Thermostat

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Heating and cooling can account for most of your energy bill and turn into one of your costliest utility expenses. By learning to adjust your thermostat in a more efficient way, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars per year. Here’s how. When You’re Home During cooling season, the Department of Energy recommends that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees. Below 78 degrees, your energy use increases by 1% for every eight hours you drop the temperature one degree. If you leave your thermostat set to 73 degrees all the time, you’re increasing your energy bill by 15%. During heating season, 68 degrees is the recommended temperature. You might need a sweater to be comfortable, but 68 degrees is the point above which your heating costs start climbing rapidly. Like with cooling, each degree higher raises your energy use by 1% per eight hours. Increasing the temperature to 73 degrees for just eight hours during the day will raise your energy bill 5%. When You’re at Work or Sleeping A common myth is that if you increase or decrease the temperature for a few hours, the air conditioner will work harder to return to the original temperature and erase any energy savings. This is not true. HVAC contractors can install a programmable thermostat to help you set the temperature according to your schedule. By setting it to raise or lower the temperature while you are at work or asleep, you can achieve those 1% per degree per eight hour energy savings without…

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The Effects of Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor air quality is an important part of maintaining good health. When you’re hiring HVAC contractors to work on your indoor heating and cooling system, you want to work with professionals who understand all of your air quality concerns. Primary Concerns The primary reason that it is important to learn about the effects of your indoor air quality is due to your health and the health of your family. Poor indoor air quality means that your home may have a variety of pollutants that come from cooking, dust mites, mold and other factors. Short-term Effects of Indoor Pollutants The short-term health effects of indoor pollution depend on the specific elements that are found in the environment. For example, mold exposure may result in flu-like symptoms, allergies and other respiratory concerns. Exposure to second-hand smoke might cause allergic reactions, asthma and the development of lung-related illnesses. Although your respiratory system is likely to face the most challenges when it comes to your overall health, the exact short-term effects may vary based on your predisposition to sickness and the particular pollutants that are in your air. Long-term Health Effects The long-term health effects depend on your overall exposure to pollutants and the type of pollutants that have been in your house. The development of asthma and allergies that worsen over time is a common concern when indoor air quality is poor. In some cases, you may also develop bronchitis and pneumonia due to the pollutants in your indoor air. Although the specific indoor air...
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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

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By having Sears Heating & Cooling perform annual maintenance on your gas furnace, you’re already on your way to having the most comfortable home possible for the winter. However, have you ever wondered how that big mechanical box in your basement actually works? Well wonder no more! Currently, there are a few different types of furnaces on the market including: Gas Furnaces Oil Furnaces Boiler Furnaces Electric Furnaces Each of these furnaces all accomplish the same goal of heating your home, but they can vary in how they operate individually. Gas furnaces populate the largest portion of homes today. These furnaces operate by burning natural gas, consisting of both methane and other carbon based gasses. The igniter within the furnace turns on when the thermostat in the home registers below a preset temperature. Gas begins to flow into the furnace through underground pipes and the igniter then lights the natural gas, creating several flames that heat a set of metal tubes known as a heat exchanger within your furnace. The heat exchanger is the part that the cold, return air will flow over and become warm before the blower sends this air to the vents throughout your home. Because gases are flowing into the heat exchanger in this process, a cracked or damaged heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide, an odorless, tasteless, deadly gas, to enter your home. Because of problems such as these, it is important to have Sears Heating & Cooling conduct annual maintenance on your furnace to…

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Furnace Tune-Up

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Summer and 73 degrees.  Wonderful for your home, a sad day for those of us in the AC business. But we’re in  Columbus,Ohio…so any day, it will be 90 degrees…or 25 degrees.  And when that happens, you NEED your furnace and AC to work.  Which is why we are  recommending a furnace tune-up.  Sort of like an oil change for your car.  You do it so it WON’T break down. Need a few more good reasons: It will extend the life of your equipment It will get your furnace as close to factory specs as possible (which means it keeps it running like new) You will save energy and money on your energy bill.  A well-tuned furnace runs more efficiently. Schedule your furnace tune-up before your schedule gets crazy and so does ours.  Every tune-up comes with a free carbon monoxide check.

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Allergy Season and Air Purifiers

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Allergy season is right around the corner. Open windows means allergens come in and those allergens will get trapped inside making allergy suffers miserable. Dust and dirt build up and pose a great health risk for the people living inside. With exposure to these air pollutants, you can get respiratory problems, allergy, colds, and asthma. Reducing these problems is possible by installing an air purifier inside the house. Air purifiers are designed to filter the indoor air and catch harmful air pollutants. Filtering the air inside the entire house will help provide you and your family fresh and clean air and drastically reduce dust, viruses, and bacteria that cause respiratory problems, allergy, and colds and make asthma problems worse and more frequent. With air purifiers, you and your family can breathe easier. You will find that air purifiers get rid of the odors that you definitely would not want to smell. Air purifiers target all the impurities found in the inside air such as mold and dust, which are major factors that trigger allergies indoors. Also, air purifiers can get rid of dust mites. Dust mites usually dwell in our beds, and every time we lie down on our beds, we actually breathe these dust mites, which can potentially harm our respiratory system in the long run. With air purifiers, these dust mites don't stand a chance. There are various forms of air purifiers. But the best way to purify the air you and your family are breathing is a...
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Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive

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The 35th annual NBC4 Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive, a partnership of the Columbus Division of Fire and NBC4 was another huge success on December 15, 2012, and Sears Heating and Cooling was lucky enough to be a part of it. Central Ohio came out in force to contribute toys to needy kids. Their generosity filled one and a half tractor-trailers with toys and left more than $28,000 in monetary and gift card donations in support of Firefighters for Kids.

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Heat the Town, Columbus!

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Every year, the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) chapters and members around the country fan out to service or replace heating systems in the homes of the elderly, disabled, or low-income. On Saturday, September 29, 2012 ACCA members will join together and provide a FREE heating system cleaning and carbon monoxide check to approximately 200 homes in Columbus. The “Heat the Town, Columbus!” program is intended to meet the needs of people who need help to ensure their heating systems are operating safely. Heat the Country sprang from a community service project, Heat the Town, initiated by ACCA’s North Texas chapter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2004, ACCA’s board of directors voted to make it a national campaign. The chapters work with public and private social service organizations to identify families who need help. ACCA chapters in Central Ohio (both Franklin and Fairfield Counties), Greater Cincinnati, Greater Cleveland, and Greater Dayton will also participate in their own Heat the Town event. Each chapter takes its own approach to the effort. For example, the local Columbus chapter has been working with the Columbus/Franklin County Community Action Agency, IMPACT, and other city agencies to identify people who were low income, disabled, and elderly. It’s a community service effort, but it’s also rewarding for the volunteers. Sears Heating and Cooling is happy to be involved again this year. ACCA Central Ohio provides a visible and ethical standard for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) companies in the Central Ohio area,...
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