Repair or Replace? How to Choose for Your Air Conditioner

June 19th, 2017

air-conditioning-replacementLate spring and early summer are the ideal time to give your air conditioner a close look and determine whether it can handle the upcoming months of high heat. This is especially true if it runs into trouble in the next few weeks and you need to make an assessment about whether it’s worth it to repair the system or simply have it replaced. Air conditioners are expensive and the decision to repair or replace a unit is never an easy one. At the end of the day, only the individual homeowner can make that decision. Usually, however, there are a few tell-tale signs that can help you determine whether you should get a given problem fixed, or if replacing the entire unit might be a better use of your money. The more you understand about them, the better choices you can make about what’s best for your home. Continue Reading

An Efficient Air Conditioner Is a Happy Air Conditioner

June 5th, 2017

air-conditioning-efficiencyAir conditioners see regular use during the hot summer months, and most homeowners are accustomed to paying more in monthly bills when the temperature gets warm. This is to be expected, of course, since the air conditioner in your home needs to run more often in order to keep your home comfortable. But just because you need to pay more for summer air conditioning doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. By improving the efficiency of your air conditioner, you can cut down on the high monthly costs and reduce the wear and tear on the system to boot. Continue Reading

Dehumidifiers Keep Mugginess Down in Your Home

May 22nd, 2017

high-humidity-levelsHeat is always a concern during the summer months, when you need your air conditioner to work every day as expected to keep your household comfortable. But Ohio brings an extra wrinkle to the equation every summer: high levels of humidity, which can create that manky gross feeling in your home and cause all kinds of other problems to boot.

Air conditioners can deal with the problem to a certain extent, but they’re not set up to handle high humidity levels the way a whole-house dehumidifier can. Now is an excellent time to install one in your home, before the summer begins in earnest. Continue Reading

How to Improve the Longevity of Your Air Conditioner

May 8th, 2017

air-conditioners-outdoorsAir conditioners all come with a warranty, covering the individual components in the event one or more of them breaks down. In most cases, you won’t need to start looking for a new air conditioner until after the warranty expires. But by taking steps early in your air conditioner’s life, you can extend its longevity well past the warranty expiration date—by many years in some cases. Your mileage may vary but early action is key. The more you do over time to keep your air conditioner working at maximum efficiency, the longer it will last. Continue Reading

3 Qualities to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

April 24th, 2017

central-air-conditioningIf you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, now is the time to buy. Spring is here, but the weather is still comparatively cool, giving you weeks to plan for an installation before the first high temperatures of summer hits. That lets you determine the exact type of air conditioner you need, as well as scheduling the installation at a date that fits with your schedule, instead of having to rearrange everything in the wake of an unexpected breakdown.

Your technician can be invaluable during this process: helping you determine the right system for your home and the kinds of traits you’ll need for your new air conditioner. More specifically, there are 3 qualities to look for in a new system that you should consider carefully. Continue Reading

Signs of Trouble with Your Water Heater

April 10th, 2017

Water HeaterYour water heater is one of the most important components in your plumbing system, and with proper care can last for many years without a problem. Unfortunately, it can be easy to lose track of it amid our busy day-to-day lives. Water heaters tend to do their jobs quietly and without much complaint, and they’re often located in out-of-the-way spots in the home, such as the basement or the garage. When problems arise, they tend to sneak up on you unexpectedly, and by the time you notice a problem, the damage is often quite extensive. Continue Reading

Time to Check the Status of Your A/C

March 27th, 2017

Ohio summers, in their own way, are as brutal as Ohio winters, with high temperatures and higher humidity levels turning our homes into ovens for months at a time. Your air conditioner will be put to use on a daily basis, and if it’s not up for the challenge, you could be looking at a sudden breakdown just when you need the system working the most. Now is the time to check the status of your A/C. That way, if there are problems in need of repair—or if your system’s race has been run and you need a new system installed—you can do so before the temperatures get too high. Continue Reading

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Spring

March 13th, 2017

Spring will be here in a few weeks, and with it comes an opportunity to give your HVAC system a thorough looking over. This can involve anything from routine servicing to a complete replacement. But in addition to handling those components that take care of temperature, you should pay attention to indoor air quality. Things like high humidity, dust, and germs in the air can affect your household atmosphere just as much as the temperature does. The timely installation of an indoor air quality device can make a huge difference. The precise device depends on your home’s needs, but we’ve provided a list of some options for you and your family to explore. Continue Reading

How to Choose a New Furnace

February 27th, 2017

Heating__dreamstime_xl_28529517_2-meWe’re still in the throes of winter here in Ohio, but spring starts in less than a month, and while cool weather will likely continue, we’re on the tail end of the need for our heating systems. If your furnace is on its last legs, you can probably set up a replacement in the off-season to get a new one put in. There are a number of advantages to doing so. Since you won’t need your heater and can arrange for the replacement according to your schedule, instead of rushing the way you would if an old heater breaks down for the last time in the middle of winter. Continue Reading

Fight Dry Winter Air with a Humidifier

February 13th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meWinter means dry air in our part of the world, and most furnaces don’t help the matter much. While warm temperatures are vital during the coldest months of the year and you should never skimp when it comes to reliable heating, it’s not the only component involved in your home’ comfort levels. Low humidity levels can cause a huge number of problems in your home, and if you don’t take steps to remedy it, you may never be entirely comfortable no matter what temperature you set your heater to. Luckily, there’s a solution: whole-house humidifiers can take care of dry air for you and often provide a number of other advantages as well.  Continue Reading