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4 Reasons Your Home Isn’t Getting Warm Enough

November 23rd, 2020

cold-man-and-woman-in-parkasAs the cold weather continues to deepen, you’ll rely on your central heating system more and more until it will run during most of the day. You expect your heater will keep your family comfortable—that’s why you installed it, after all. But you might find as the winter starts that the house isn’t warming up the way you expect it to. You set the thermostat at the standard temperature for comfort in the house, but people are complaining that it’s too cold and they’re starting to layer up their sweaters or even wearing parkas around the house.

What’s going on?

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Is This Furnace Repair Worth the Cost?

November 9th, 2020

furnace-heater-repairYou keep a close watch on your budget so you know when you’re sinking too much money into any one item. When winter weather comes around, you want to pay special attention to your furnace, since your family’s comfort and safety relies on its steady operation. At some point, you may need a furnace repair in Lebanon, OH to keep your furnace running, and that repair may come this winter. When confronting any large furnace repair, you’ll ask yourself if the price is worth it. Is it better to have the repair done or have a new furnace put in?

Sometimes you won’t have trouble with the question, especially if the furnace is relatively young (under ten years) and the repair is covered by the warranty. But we’re going to look at some of the more borderline cases. 

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6 Signs You Have Dying Furnace

October 26th, 2020

furnaceAs a general rule, it’s best to have a furnace replaced before it has a chance to fail completely. It’s not much different than with a car—you don’t want the car’s final moments to be when you’re on the road. Getting ahead of a furnace that’s in its final year or two is more convenient, and it also means you’ll start enjoying better heating performance and energy efficiency from a new system.

The trick is determining when you need Cincinnati, OH, furnace service to put in a new furnace. We’ve listed 6 common signs that your furnace is approaching the end and it’s time to make arrangements for a replacement.

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Is a Furnace or a Dual Fuel System a Good Choice for New Heating?

October 12th, 2020

question-markWhen you look at the calendar and see the word October, you know the time is counting down until the first cold day of the season arrives. If you feel confident in your current furnace and you’ve already planned on scheduling heating maintenance (or have already got it done), then you won’t have much to worry about when the cold strikes.

But you may be in a situation where you believe your furnace needs to be replaced. You can go ahead and schedule Mason, OH, HVAC service to put in a new furnace. Or you might consider replacing the furnace with a dual fuel system, a popular way of enjoying a hybrid of electrical and gas heating in a house.

We’ll look at the pros and cons of choosing a furnace or dual fuel system. When you’re ready to make the final choice, call our technicians for an expert opinion and the work necessary to get your new heater prepared.

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It’s Fall—And Your Heater Is Ready for Its Maintenance Close-Up!

September 28th, 2020

service-blue-markerNow that fall has started, you have plenty of planning ahead for the seasonal weather shift. One of the most important steps to take is to schedule a maintenance appointment for your heating system. Whether your house has a gas furnace, electric furnace, boiler, or heat pump to provide vital winter warmth, it must have a professional Lebanon, OH, HVAC technician gives it a thorough inspection and tune-up.

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How a Faulty Thermostat Can Harm Your Home’s Cooling

September 14th, 2020

technician-working-on-thermostatAir conditioning systems are complicated machines, so there are numerous ways they can malfunction and lose cooling capacity. Thankfully, they are also durable machines, so most homeowners won’t need to call for air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, OH more often than a few times during their AC’s service life—and most of those will be during the last few years.

But there’s an important part of a home’s cooling that can malfunction that’s outside of the air conditioner: the thermostat. The thermostat is part of the overall HVAC system of a home, and when it develops faults, it can have serious effects on home comfort. It’s easy for a non-professional to misdiagnose a thermostat problem as a different issue with the AC. This is why we recommend you always call HVAC pros when you’ve got issues with your cooling: only skilled technicians can find out what’s actually wrong and fix it.

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How to Get Control Over Humidity in Your House

August 31st, 2020

woman-before-fanLate summer is often when the worst heat strikes. It also is when humidity tends to rise and make the heat feel far worse, as well as cause a spectrum of other problems (mold growth, wood warping). If you are experiencing terrible humidity this end of summer, possibly worse than you’ve run into before, there are a few services you can look into to help with the problem. Below we’ll go over some of what may help you with getting humidity down to comfortable levels (approximately 45% relative humidity).

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Managing AC Temperature in Your Home the Best Way

August 17th, 2020

setting-the-thermostatYou could call this post “Summer Thermostat Best Practices,” although maybe that sounds a bit too business-like. Just think of this post as your short, simple guide to undo some bad habits many homeowners get into when it comes to setting the thermostat.

Have you ever done this? It’s a hot day, and you feel more flushed and sweaty than usual in your house. You go to the thermostat, notice it can go down to 60°F, and think, “I’ll crank this thing and get the maximum cool air from it,” then drop the thermostat setting to that lowest level. A short time later, it’s gotten too cold in the house, so you move the thermostat back up to where it was.

No shame in admitting if you do this. Now please, don’t do it again. This is not only a way to waste power, but it doesn’t reflect how the thermostat works or how your house becomes hot.

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Signs an AC Compressor Is in Trouble

August 3rd, 2020

compressor-in-ac-unitIf we could choose one component of an air conditioning system as the most important, it would be the compressor. All parts of an air conditioner are vital for it to operate well, and malfunctions in any of them are a reason to call for air conditioning service in Middletown, OH from our professionals. We’d choose the compressor as the most important because it’s a) the heart of the AC and the reason it can change from a large fan system to a cooling system and b) expensive to replace; it’s usually more cost-effective to replace the entire AC system rather than just the compressor.

Compressor troubles are common reasons for AC failure, so we’ve provided a guide below to the signs you may have a compressor that needs our help. The sooner you move on a suspected problem, the more likely we can rescue the compressor from complete failure.

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An Air Conditioner Dehumidifies—But It’s NOT a Dehumidifier

July 20th, 2020

man-with-fanThis is an important topic when it comes to air conditioning. Homeowners are often confused about how their ACs affect indoor humidity. People know that high humidity makes hot weather feel much worse, but don’t often know exactly why or what an air conditioner does to alleviate the problem.

The short answer is that an air conditioner can make you feel cooler, but not because it significantly lowers humidity in the air. An air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties, but not enough to make a difference or be considered an actual dehumidifier.

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