Protect Yourself from Winter Colds with UV Germicidal Lights

October 24th, 2016

Winter is coming to Avon, OH, and that means that colds and flu germs will be on their way as well. Cold air means dry air, which dries out our sinuses and makes our bodies more vulnerable to illness. This is of particular concern to homes with family members vulnerable to illness, such as infants, older family members, or those suffering from conditions such as asthma. Before the temperatures get too cold this year, consider protecting your household with the installation of a UV germicidal light system in the ducts. You’d be surprised how much of a difference it will make. Continue Reading

Schedule Regular Maintenance for Your Water Heater

October 17th, 2016

Winter is on its way, and with temperatures dropping rapidly here in Bay Village, OH, it’s time to give your various home appliances a good hard look to make sure they’re ready for cold weather. This is especially true for your water heater, which needs to provide hot water for bathing and cleaning no matter how cold it gets outside. It can be hard to spot problems with a water heater, since it’s usually parked in an out-of-the-way spot like the basement or garage, and rarely shows signs of an issue until its far too late. Regular maintenance for your water heater, conducted by a trained technician, could be the perfect way to get it ready for the winter. Continue Reading

Improving Home Energy Efficiency This Fall

October 10th, 2016

Cool weather has arrived in Rocky River, OH, and with it comes increasing use of your heating system to stay warm. Hopefully, your heater is ready to go and can handle the long winter without a hitch. You can help it out a great deal by taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency. That way, the heater won’t have to work so hard to do its job: lowering your monthly bills and reducing the risk of a more serious breakdown to boot. In addition to common sense steps like setting your thermostat a little lower than you normally would and covering cracks in your door frame with weather stripping, you can look into the following additions to your home to help: Continue Reading

Radiant Heating Systems May Be a Good Fit for You

October 3rd, 2016

Fall has arrived here in Westlake, OH and winter won’t be too far behind. Households interested in a new heating system would do well to make plans now, when the weather hasn’t gotten too cold and you can schedule a new installation without requiring the use of a heater. And if a centralized system doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to consider an alternative form of heating.  Continue Reading

Do You Need a Garage Heater?

September 26th, 2016

Garage heaters sound like a luxury, and depending on the circumstances you might not need one. But winters are very cold here in Avon, OH, and many homes have detached garages or similar set-ups with no real heating system. A separate garage heater may be an excellent solution, sized to your space and able to provide heating on a moment’s notice. Whether you need one or not depends on the circumstances, but when making your decision, you should consider the following factors. They can help you determine if such a system is right for you. Continue Reading

Watch for Problems with Your Boiler

September 19th, 2016

With September comes fall weather here in Bay Village, OH, and that means your heating system will soon be called upon to keep your home warm day in and day out. This is a good time to run your system for a period and check for any problems that may occur, especially with boilers, which a number of local households use. The sooner you can spot a serious issue, the more time you’ll have to schedule a repair service. But if you’re not a professional, how do you know what to look for? Proper diagnosis requires a trained technician, it’s true, but you can still spot general signs that something is wrong on your own. Continue Reading

Is Your Heater Ready to Be Replaced?

September 12th, 2016

With temperatures cooling throughout September here in Rocky River, OH, the time has come to give your heater a thorough look and determine whether or not it’s up to handling another cold winter. If you’re confident that you can get through to the spring with it, then you’re likely in good shape. If there’s cause for concern, however, then now is the time to make the decision to replace your heater, instead of waiting for trouble to arrive in the middle of the winter. Why now, and how can you make that determination? Here are a few tips to help you out. Continue Reading

The Benefits of Scheduling Heater Maintenance

September 6th, 2016

Labor Day weekend is a chance to relax and enjoy yourself with friends and family. It’s also a good spot on the calendar to issue a gentle reminder that heating season is on the way, and that your heater could do with its regular maintenance from a trained technician. Maintenance isn’t the same thing as repairs: it’s more of a tune-up, which gives the technician a chance to look over the system and make any adjustments or schedule further work if necessary. Doing so now gives you plenty of room to maneuver: scheduling the maintenance at your leisure and leaving space for any further work before the cold weather descends for another winter here in Westlake, OH.

But what, specifically, are the benefits of scheduling heating system maintenance? Here’s a quick guide. Continue Reading

Is Your AC Capacitor Wearing Out?

August 29th, 2016

Avon, OH is reaching the end of another long, hot summer, and hopefully, your household air conditioner has come through it with no problems or concerns. Now, however, is the right time to pay close attention to your system. All that use over the past few months may have really punished older or more worn components, causing them to breakdown with just a few more weeks of hot weather to go. The capacitors, in particular, are cause for concern, since they are vital to the basic functions of the air conditioner itself. They’re built to last, but they also shoulder a heavy load through the summer, and when they start to fail, you need to get them replaced as quickly as possible. Continue Reading

What Kinds of Benefits Can an Upgraded Thermostat Provide?

August 22nd, 2016

Your home’s air conditioner is the central player in keeping your home cool this August, but numerous ancillary systems play their part as well. The ducts, for instance, carry the cool air through your home, while the thermostat helps you control exactly when your system turns on and off. Most thermostats in the Bay Village, OH areas do their jobs quietly and without complaint. In fact, many are designed to last for decades or more without significant problems. If your thermostat is at least ten years old, congratulations on making such effective use of the resource! Continue Reading