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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.

Gas vs. Electric Heat: Which Wins?

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….

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Heating and Cooling Tip: Set Your Thermostat

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…

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The Effects of Indoor Air Quality

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...
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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

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…

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Furnace Tune-Up

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

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...
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Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive

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!

Every year, the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) chapters and members around the country fan out to service or replace furnaces 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...
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