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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.

Sears Heating and Cooling History

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Not to be confused with the Sears Roebuck Department stores, Sears Heating and Cooling received its start serving the residents of Columbus, Ohio, back in 1950. We have been a family owned company since our founding, and we take to heart personal standards of excellence. That is why local residents have come to trust Sears Heating and Cooling to provide superior services whenever they call. Family Owned with Family Values Since the founding of the company back in 1950, Sears Heating and Cooling has been a family owned and operated company. The company was founded to provide each customer with superior customer service and high quality care. Unlike other brands, our company prefers to focus on serving the local community and ensuring everyone has access to high quality heating and cooling services rather than trying to continue to grow into a large, impersonal entity. We have become the preeminent HVAC company in the area, and we continue to work hard to maintain that reputation and trust. High Quality Service Since we opened our doors 60 years ago, our focus at Sears Heating and Cooling has been hiring well-educated employees and ensuring that each member of the team is experienced and capable of handling anything that a heating and cooling unit might present. The family founders said that their company standard would be excellence, and every member of the Sears Heating and Cooling team works to ensure this goal is met in every way possible. From ensuring customer satisfaction to the…

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The Story behind Indoor Air Quality

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When an HVAC company talks about “indoor air quality” many people think they are primarily talking about keeping homes at a certain temperature. This is not what we mean at all. Indoor air quality is an important, complicated factor in your home and in the lives of your family members. Indoor air quality is a term used to describe whether or not the air in your home is filled with pollutants, chemicals, allergens, or other harmful substances. For many years people did not realize substances like these could cause serious health problems when they are present in our environments. Toward the end of the Industrial Revolution it became apparent that what we put into the air might be affecting how well our respiratory systems function. As outdoor air quality worsened so did indoor air quality for many homes. This was because outdoor pollutants were seeping into homes, contributing to illnesses such as asthma and lung disease. When air conditioning became available for many families, it became apparent you could not only alter indoor temperatures in your home, but you could also improve the actual quality of the air. Air conditioning systems use a filtration system to keep air moving in and out. This filtration system also helps to remove dust, allergens, and other contaminants from the air. Ventilation or lack of ventilation in a home contributes greatly to overall indoor air quality. When your HVAC system is installed, trained technicians will establish sufficient ventilation throughout your home to ensure you…

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Seven Tips for Extending the Life of Your HVAC Unit

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If you own your own home, rental property or business property, there’s a good chance that you have one or more HVAC units. Heating and cooling units go a long way in making sure you’re comfortable, so you should do your best to keep them running with top-notch efficiency. Not only will this ensure that your HVAC unit works well, but it also helps to extend its life. Here at Sears Heating and Cooling, we specialize in HVAC services. To help you get the most out of your HVAC unit, we thought it would be good to share a few tips with you on how to properly take care of it. #1: Hire an experienced contractor When it comes to HVAC services, they should always be carried out by experienced HVAC contractors. You can rest assured that here at Sears Heating and Cooling, all of our workers are highly-trained to perform HVAC services. #2: Get regular inspections Just as with anything in life, such as your car, inspections need to be carried out on a regular basis, and the same applies to your HVAC unit. Regular inspection will help to catch problems before they become severe. #3: Change the air filters The air filters on your HVAC unit need to be changed or cleaned once every two months in order to maintain good air quality and operating efficiency. If you don’t know how to change them, we can show you. #4: Clean your air ducts Your air ducts need to be…

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Avoiding Mold in Your HVAC System

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Mold can be a tricky problem for homeowners. While some forms of mold are simply annoying, other forms of mold can actually pose a threat to your family’s long-term health. Understanding mold is important in order to prevent it. Not All Mold Is Created Equal Common mold can grow in any dark, moist, undisturbed place. This definitely includes your home’s HVAC system. HVAC systems generate a lot of moisture, and sometimes this moisture can get trapped in hard-to-reach places. When this happens mold can begin to develop. Most mold is not considered dangerous, but rather just annoying and can at times cause an allergic reaction in people most commonly seen as sneezing. However, toxic black mold is very hazardous and can pose a serious threat to your family’s health. Mold growth on your air conditioner can also cause headaches. If you suspect you have mold, you should have it checked out to verify what type of mold you have. HVAC Mold When mold develops in the HVAC system of your home, it comes with an added threat. That threat is the fact that not only can your HVAC system grow mold, but it can also disperse it throughout your entire house. When your system is on, the mold spores can move through the vent system and enter your home. When this happens, your family can be put at severe risk, especially if there are very young children or elderly people in the home. Young children and elderly people are the…

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Avoiding Allergens in Your HVAC System

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Seasonal allergies can cause great distress for many individuals during the springtime months. This is especially true for young children and older adults. Your hvac system can become an ally during your fight against allergens, or it can become your worst enemy. Keep Windows Shut If there are individuals in your home with severe seasonal allergies, it may be best during certain times of the year to simply leave the windows closed. The beautiful weather may be whispering to you to throw open all the windows, but beautiful weather usually comes with high pollen counts. Extremely high pollen counts can actually pose a health risk for people with severe breathing problems. The better solution would be use the AC instead. Who’s The Bad Guy? Using the AC can help alleviate allergens that could slip through your windows, however, if your system is dirty then it can actually contribute even more harmful materials into your house. You can personally take some steps toward ensuring that your system is clean and allergen free. Change filters every 30 to 60 days without fail. People often forget to do this, and the result can be a house full of dust and harmful material. Besides changing filters, your entire system needs to be cleaned professionally once a year or once every two years. A complete hvac system cleaning and check performed by the friendly HVAC contractors at Sears Heating and Cooling will give your entire system a check and clean all vents, coils and other vital parts...
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Maintain the AC Unit with Regular Inspections

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For many individuals, very little general maintenance occurs to the heating and cooling unit until it stops functioning properly. Outside of replacing the air filter, nothing else is ever really done to the equipment until it no longer works correctly, which usually occurs during the middle of the summer months right in the peak of repair season, which in turn forces the homeowner to wait in the hot, sticky house, for days, if not weeks, until the repair specialist has time to come out and service the equipment. That is exactly why, in order to avoid expensive heating and cooling repair bills, homeowners need to have a professional HVAC company come out and regularly inspect the equipment. There are many benefits associated with regular heating and cooling maintenance, including the reduction of monthly utility bills, thanks to how efficiently the equipment runs after the repair, the ability to avoid downtime due to breakage, and cleaner air circulated throughout the home, which remains essential for individuals with airborne allergies. During inspection, a heating and cooling contractor comes out and looks over the entire heating and cooling unit. This doesn’t just occur with the air conditioner and the furnace, but also with the air ducts and everything else associated with the system. Throughout the course of a year, all sorts of different problems can form. The vents might no longer be perfectly aligned, which in turn causes a loss in treated air, as the cooled air from the AC unit leaks out of these…

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Didn’t expect to use your furnace this long?

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This year’s harsh Ohio winter has hung on longer than most expected. Between sub-zero temperatures and the abnormally cool temperatures in March, furnaces have taken a beating this season, according to furnace contractors. The average oil furnace is expected to last approximately 10 years, while the average gas furnace may last up to 20 years. There is a possibility your furnace will last even longer, but keep in mind this does require routine maintenance and may involve replacing parts. This is your guide to what you need to know about making your furnace last and what to expect if it lasts for even longer than expected. 1. Make Your Furnace Last Use your furnace as little as you can. The more you run it, the more likely it will be to break down. Make sure you replace filters, so the furnace doesn’t get clogged up. This is an important step to make your furnace last a long time. 2. Look Out for Problems As soon as your furnace starts making a strange noise, be sure to contact a furnace contractor. Look out for indications of a problem as well. For instance, observe if your electric or gas bill starts to rise for no reason. This is a good indication that you need to hire a professional to come take a look. Never delay calling a professional for heating and cooling repair; it can actually save you money in the long run. 3. What Repairs to Expect Check your blower belt if your furnace…

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A/C Maintenance: How to Prepare For Record-Breaking Temperatures

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Following a cold winter will be a hot summer. The weather center is already anticipating record-breaking highs, and this means that your A/C is going to be running longer in order to keep your home cool and comfortable. At Sears, our goal is to provide you with A/C maintenance now to ensure that your unit is up for the task when hot weather gets hotter. We can save you money by ensuring that your unit is running as efficiently as possible. We will check out the entire system. If it has been a while since your system has been cleaned, it may take your HVAC unit longer to reach the desired temperature, and this means you’re spending more money on your electric bill as a result. Many of our customers have noticed a considerable drop in their electric bill since having us perform A/C maintenance. While we’re there, we will also address any issues that we see which can help ensure that you have cold air circulating through your home all summer long. The last thing that you want to happen is to need an AC repair when you have a house full of people. It will be too hot outside to not have A/C when you step indoors. Many times, a heating and cooling contractor can catch problems during maintenance visits, allowing them to make the necessary repairs so you never encounter any down-time with your unit. It is a lot easier to call out HVAC contractors to inspect your unit now, before…

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Cost Comparison: New A/C Unit vs. Maintenance

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When you are looking at being able to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, you need to ensure that your A/C unit is working properly. There is a considerable difference between the cost of a new A/C unit and regularly scheduled maintenance. To get an idea of the differences, let’s do a cost comparison. The Cost of a New Unit The cost of a new A/C unit is going to vary based on size as well as brand. The unit itself can cost upward of $2,500, and this does not include installation. While payment plans are offered, it’s an expense that you don’t want to incur unless you absolutely have to. Our HVAC contractors can help you to understand all of your options. We work with many different brands, and that allows us to be mindful of individuals’ budgets. The Cost of Maintenance There’s no need to replace your unit if you don’t have to. Often, you can keep your unit up and running for a number of years simply by scheduling annual maintenance. Our HVAC contractors can come out and inspect your unit, ensure it is running properly, and clean out the hoses and vents. This ensures that all is the way it should be. Through regular maintenance, problems with the unit are caught early enough so that they can be fixed without spending a lot of money. You can spend $100 to $200 every year in maintenance, which is a considerably better deal than paying $2,500…

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How can central HVAC systems save you money?

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People often wonder whether installing a central HVAC system can save them money or cost them more for heating and cooling than classic heating systems and window or through-the-wall air conditioners. As professional HVAC contractors will tell you, central systems can save you money while increasing your comfort. An experienced heating and cooling contractor that uses Energy Star components can save you money while keeping your home environmentally friendly and comfortable whatever weather you face. Here are some tips endorsed by HVAC contractors that won’t break your budget, and they’ll also help you to maintain energy-efficiency and keep your heating and cooling costs under control. Replace air filters regularly. Check them each month, particularly during the winter and summer seasons. Once they appear dirty, change them. Even if they’re not loaded with dirt, change them every three months to keep them clean and efficient. Have an annual tune-up of your system. Think of your HVAC system as you do your vehicle. Tune-ups increase performance and gas mileage. Your heating and cooling system responds similarly when tuned up. Use a programmable thermostat. When you’re away at work or out having fun, set your thermostat to use less energy to save you money. You can use repeat settings for working weekdays and different settings for weekends. Properly managing a programmable thermostat can save you close to $200 annually in energy costs. Be sure your heating and cooling ducts are sealed, without leakage. Have your HVAC contractors seal these forced hot/cool air ducts to be sure all heating and cooling air is getting to…

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