Get Rid of the Dry Air in Your Home

December 5th, 2016

The coming of winter here in Bay Village, OH, means that your home is apt to experience dry air for the next few months. As the temperature falls, the ambient moisture in the air coalesces into droplets. That’s why you get dew on the ground in the early morning hours in the spring and summer, and why dry air dominates our homes in the winter. It can be a significant problem, but luckily, there’s a way to address it. Continue Reading

Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

November 28th, 2016

As you may have guessed, tankless water heaters eschew the big cylindrical tanks most of us associate with water heaters. They serve as an alternative to the traditional models, and for the right household, they can offer a number of tangible benefits. If you’re looking to replace your water heater here in Westlake, OH, you might want to consider your options with an alternative, like a tankless system. Continue Reading

Why Are Lime Deposits a Problem for Your Water Heater?

November 21st, 2016

Lime deposits are a common problem here in Avon, OH, and no doubt you’ve had to deal with them before now. They’re actually calcium deposits caused by hard water (or water with a high mineral content), and if you’ve ever experienced that gross white build-up on your faucet or shower head, you’ve definitely made its acquaintance. Hard water in the home can be dealt with with a little elbow grease or a water softening system for your entire home. But lime deposits can show up in your water heater as well, and when they do, they can be very hard to get rid of. Continue Reading

Is a Heat Pump a Good Decision for You?

November 14th, 2016

Heat pumps form an alternative to traditional heating and air conditioning systems, using the principles of air conditioning to warm your home in the winter as well as cooling it in the summer. We don’t see as many heat pumps here in Bay Village, OH, as we do boilers or forced-air furnaces. But heat pumps have come a long way in the past few years, and depending on your circumstances, a new one might be a great fit for your home. Here’s a rundown on how they work: Continue Reading

Causes of Low Air Flow in Your Heater

November 7th, 2016

Many homes in the Rocky River, OH area rely on forced-air furnaces to keep warm in the winter. They work by generated heat via a series of burners that warm the air through a heat exchanger, then blow the warmed air through your ducts with a fan. It’s a reliable and efficient system, but it can still run into trouble from time to time. Only a qualified repair technician can properly identify a problem with your heating system and make repairs, but certain common symptoms often crop up that will alert you to the problem. With forced-air furnaces, this includes a reduced flow of air through your ducts. Here’s a quick breakdown of why that happens and how it causes problems for your system. Continue Reading

Watch Out for Cracked Heat Exchangers

October 31st, 2016

Most homes in the Westlake, OH area used forced-air furnaces to keep warm in the winter. These are efficient and reliable means of generating heat, usually feeding gas into burners that the system uses to warm the air. With fall officially here, you’re likely using your furnace on a regular basis, making this an ideal time to check it for problems. And furnace problems don’t come any bigger than cracked heat exchangers, which represent a direct danger to your home. Continue Reading

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