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How Can I Afford A New Cooling System?
Posted: July 2, 2020 by Andy
COVID-19 has impacted all of us, both financially and health-wise. We remain committed to providing the very best service to all our Northeast Ohio customers during this challenging time. Let's come together as the great community we are and help each other whenever and however we can.
We certainly understand how you may want to replace that older air conditioner, or even your furnace, with a new energy-efficient model. Still, you may be concerned about the timing. You'll be pleased to learn there are many excellent financing options available regardless of your current situation or credit history.
Heating and cooling equipment financing
We offer financing options with easy and quick approvals! Whether a costly part needs replaced or you want to purchase a whole new system, it's a snap to schedule an appointment with our helpful finance team. We'll guide you through the application process while getting you low monthly payment options (as low as $84!) and the lowest interest rates. We even offer 12 months same-as-cash!
Another option is to check with local and state governments to see if low-interest loans are available to purchase energy-efficient HVAC equipment. Many cities around the state offer programs designed to encourage green home improvements. A little research could save you a bunch of money.
Senior and veteran discount programs
Many options are available to seniors for heating and cooling system upgrades. Start by contacting your local aging agencies and work your way forward from there. These programs are designed to keep you safe, comfortable, and healthy in your own home.
If you're a veteran interested in making some HVAC improvements, you might consider applying with the Veteran Loan Center for a low-interest loan. Active-duty soldiers and veterans are eligible.
We partner with many manufacturers and agencies that offer significant rebates. These can save you up to thousands of dollars, depending on the equipment you purchase. Our team will happily help you choose the right system for your lifestyle and budget, and then help fill out any available rebate forms.
Most older furnaces and air conditioners operate between 60% and 70% efficiency. That means at least 30c is wasted out of every dollar you invest to heat and cool your home. If you replace that older equipment with a newer 90+% efficient model, you'll save a lot of money on your monthly energy bills.
Likewise, energy efficiency directly affects the energy rebates that utility companies offer their customers. As above, the amount depends on the equipment you choose and its energy efficiency. Contact your energy company in advance of your purchase to get an idea of what to expect. You may also qualify for a tax break from the IRS on your new system.
Three reasons to replace
Upgrading your heating and cooling equipment can be a considerable expense, but it's a wise decision. Here's why it makes sense:
1. It'll increase your home's market value. We all buy new cars knowing that they depreciate as soon as we leave the dealership's lot. It's a sad-but-true fact. A reliable HVAC system does just the opposite - it adds value to your Northeast Ohio home. Efficient, environmentally-friendly homes with updated systems are proven to sell quicker and command a higher price than those with old, obsolete systems. Those manufacturer warranties, certifications, and seasonal maintenance plans all work together to make your home more marketable.
2. It'll improve your indoor air quality (IAQ). If a member of your family has allergies, asthma, or another respiratory condition, you're well aware of the importance of keeping your home's indoor air quality high. Our team can install HEPA air filters, air purification systems (like Air Scrubber Plus®), humidifiers, and other systems designed to improve and maintain your health.
3. It'll make your home more comfortable. If you improve your indoor air quality and reduce your carbon footprint, guess what? Your home is suddenly a whole lot more comfortable. Your new HVAC system uses less energy while running at peak capacity while lowering your utility bills at the same time. Breathe easy - you're home.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that most people spend 90% of their day indoors. Investing in your home, comfort, and health makes good sense.
Call us to learn about financing
We want to help you enjoy these hot, humid Ohio summers in comfort, with a cooling system that does its job well. Our team takes great pride in building lasting relationships with every customer. Your smiles make us smile!
We care about your family's comfort and health. Call us at 877-247-7661 or schedule online to learn more about the wealth of wonderful financing options available and how we can help you gain the comfort you deserve.
5 Easy Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Summer
Posted: June 18, 2020 by Andy
Owning a home requires year-round responsibilities, but you don't need to dread these tasks. Home maintenance is easier than you might think. The key is to take seasonal preventive measures that are manageable and certainly less expensive than the costly repairs that'll be needed if you neglect your property. Here's a guide to the essential tasks you'll want to complete this summer.
Summer is the perfect season to make sure your home systems are in proper working order. The warm weather makes it easy to take care of outdoor tasks to deter pests and minimize the potential for property damage later in the year. Here are five essential home maintenance tasks you'll want to complete this summer:
Test your ground fault (GFCI) outlets. Bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas exposed to moisture should be equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets, according to local building codes. These outlets are designed to prevent electrical shocks and minimize the possibility of fires by stopping the flow of electricity when a hazard occurs. The easiest way to test that your GFCI outlets are working properly is to plug in a lamp, turn it on, and press the outlet's test button. If the light goes out, the outlet is working as it should. If it stays lit, the outlet needs to be replaced.
Secure your outdoor furniture. Violent summertime storms can send things flying - patio furniture, trampolines, even swing sets! Secure these items to the ground or deck with bolts, anchors, or rope, and properly store them when they're not in use. It's also helpful to construct a wind barrier around furniture by installing a decorative wall or planting shrubbery.
Add anchor bolts to your doors. Experts say over 25% of the home insurance claims in the summer are related to wind damage. High winds can cause house and garage doors to fail, but anchor bolts secure doors to the structure. They're especially useful in areas where tornados are common. If you're replacing your front door, consider installing one that opens outward. That way, high winds will seal it shut tightly, rather than pushing it open.
Cut back overgrown vegetation. Keep those pests at bay by trimming or removing plant life close to your house, experts advise. Left unchecked, that greenery attracts and conceals rodents, insects, and other wildlife.
Trim low-hanging branches and remove unhealthy trees. Tour your property and look for overhanging limbs, broken branches, or dying trees. Trimming these branches and removing problem trees in the summer can help prevent a tree limb from damaging your home or vehicle during a storm. Experts recommend maintaining a 10-foot clearance between the house and tree limbs wherever possible.
Taking a little time and investing a little effort now will ensure that summer retains the outdoor charm and fun we all love, and not a home maintenance headache. And, if we haven't said it enough before now, summer is also the perfect time to replace your HVAC system's air filter if you haven't changed it lately. That way, your central air conditioning system will run at peak efficiency and keep your family cool and comfortable when you're indoors.
The Problem With A Clogged Filter
Posted: June 4, 2020 by Andy
Bustling families, busy careers, and overwhelming responsibilities keep us very occupied every day. Understandably, worrying about the air filter in your HVAC system is probably way down at the bottom of the priority list - if it's on the list at all!
However, our team wants to offer a reminder about the importance of this seemingly trivial maintenance task. It's one that only takes a minute or two but can make a huge difference in your Northeast Ohio home.
Respect your air filter
Think about it. Your system's filter is responsible for cleaning every bit of your indoor air as it circulates throughout your home, providing a well-conditioned inside environment for you and your family. It's responsible for filtering out dirt and dust and things like allergens and pet dander. It has an essential job to do - one that impacts your family's health, comfort, and finances.
Changing your air filter is essential but inexpensive. When you think about it, it's a small price to pay to safeguard your family's health.
When air filters are dirty, they can't clean your indoor air properly - or at all, if they're completely clogged. Spending most of your life indoors - as nearly all of us do - significantly affects your overall health. Outdoor pollen infiltrates your home, and daily living generates considerable dust and dirt inside your house. Also, if you smoke, have pets, or you have a remodeling project underway, these will dramatically reduce your indoor air quality.
The air filter you choose will minimize or eliminate many of these allergens, and keeping a small supply of filters on hand will help you remember to change them regularly.
If members of your family suffer from asthma or allergies, they'll feel even worse due to a clogged air filter. Even healthy folks may feel the effects of poor air quality. You might consider high-quality air filters such as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that filter out the majority of even the smallest particles.
Don't sacrifice comfort
Your HVAC system is designed to deliver heating and cooling to your living space so that your family will be comfortable. A clogged air filter will adversely affect the performance of your HVAC system, forcing it to work harder and less efficiently. Also, your HVAC system helps control the humidity level inside your home. A dirty air filter prevents this from happening. Failing to do this simple maintenance task absolutely will make your home a less comfortable place to be. Who wants that?
Your wallet will thank you
It's a fact - a clogged air filter hurts the performance of your HVAC equipment. When your filter is dirty, air has a difficult time moving through your system. That means your air conditioner and furnace need to work harder to push air through. This extra effort will wear out components faster than normal, shortening your system's working life. It will also result in more frequent repairs and considerably higher repair costs.
On top of that, it'll require more energy to deliver heat and cooling to your home, which means your utility bills will be much higher. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), changing your air filters regularly can reduce your energy usage by up to 15% every month.
So, what's the solution?
The solution to all of the above issues is a simple one - remember to change your air filter every month, or according to your manufacturer's recommendations. It only takes a minute, and it'll mean better health, greater comfort, and less impact on your pocketbook.
Call us for all your filter needs!
Our expert team is always happy to help answer any questions you have about air filters - and everything else in the realm of HVAC, too. We can provide recommendations and help with other regular maintenance issues. Just call us at 877-247-7661 or request service online today.
5 AC Myths That Are Costing You Money
Posted: May 21, 2020 by Andy
Want to save money cooling your home? Who wouldn't, right? Don't buy into these common AC myths.
1. MYTH: The size of your central air conditioning system isn't important.
FACT: The correct size that your HVAC unit should be depends on the size of the space you're cooling. An undersized air conditioning system must work harder to cool your home and will wear out sooner. An oversized system will turn off prematurely and repeatedly restart until it eventually breaks down. Our expert Comfort Consultants can help you choose the right-sized unit for your home.
2. MYTH: You can turn your thermostat down for faster cooling.
FACT: Your air conditioning system works just as hard whether you lower it by 3° or by 30° - reaching the temperature you want is simply a matter of time. If you set it lower than necessary and forget about it, all you will accomplish is a higher energy bill. A smart solution to this problem is replacing your old manual thermostat with a programmable or smart model to save money and get the temperature you want at the same time.
3. MYTH: You don't need to change your air filter.
FACT: You may vacuum your floors regularly and keep your home spotless, but it's still essential to inspect your air filter often and replace it every month. Air filters are inexpensive and will save you money on repair costs and your energy bill in the long run. If you're not sure what replacement filter you need, call us! Our experts are available to help you find the right filter for your system.
4. MYTH: Running your HVAC system until it dies is ideal.
FACT: You often hear this myth regarding cars, but it also applies to heating and cooling systems. Replacing that old air conditioner may be more expensive up-front, but running your unit into the ground will be far less efficient and cost you much more money in the long run on repairs to boot. You'll start saving money immediately on your energy bills by replacing your obsolete unit before it quits working.
5. MYTH: Regular maintenance doesn't matter.
FACT: A neglected air conditioner is an inefficient air conditioner, so keep your unit performing at peak efficiency by scheduling a seasonal maintenance tune-up with one of our expert technicians. A minor issue now will likely become an expensive repair later if you let it continue unchecked. Our friendly staff is always available to assist you with any concerns you may be having with your air conditioning system! Purchasing a low-cost seasonal maintenance plan to keep your system in top shape year-round is a smart choice that'll pay you back nicely via lower monthly energy bills.
My Air Conditioner Smells Gross!
Posted: Apr 30, 2020 by Andy
When it's in the 90s outside and sweltering inside your home, the last thing you want is to inhale a foul smell when you turn on your air conditioner. No family should be forced to choose between being uncomfortable in their own home and breathing in a nauseating odor.
Should you be concerned? Are those stomach-turning aromas coming from your AC normal? If so, what's causing them, and how can you keep them from reoccurring?
These are all questions our customers have asked before, and we know it's extremely frustrating to be confronted with a foul-smelling central air system. Here are the three main reasons your system is smelling funky:
Mold growth and condensation
Your air conditioner will create internal condensation when there's a significant temperature difference between the AC enclosure and the air outside.
When moisture collects in your unit, mold can begin to grow. Debris, insect shells, and dust can also gather and stick to the condensation inside your unit. After awhile, this combination can create an unpleasant smell that's then distributed throughout your home when your system is running.
A clogged air filter
Do you remember the last time you changed your HVAC system's air filter? If it's been awhile, your filter has probably collected nasty particles from the air. When your AC filter is clogged and dirty, the cold air from your system must force its way past all the unpleasant contaminants stuck in your filter - carrying the bad smell with it throughout your home.
Similarly, your duct system can accumulate dust, dirt, mold, bacteria, and debris over time. How long has it been since you've had your ducts cleaned? Never? The foul smell emanating from your AC could actually be in your ductwork.
As you know, the cold air from your AC flows through your duct system before being blown throughout your home. Your ductwork serves as a sort of superhighway network for your home. Any bad odors coming from your ducts will find their way to every corner of your home with quickness.
Fortunately, getting rid of a bad AC smell is fairly easy. Whatever is causing the odor simply needs to be cleaned. If you suspect it's coming from your ducts, schedule a duct cleaning. If you discover that your furnace filter is dirty, replace it.
Most importantly, you should keep your AC unit clean by scheduling annual maintenance. Our comprehensive central air conditioning system tune-up will include the cleaning of your unit's parts, so make sure to get your air conditioner checked out before summer arrives. In addition, we're available 24/7 to help you with all your AC needs.
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