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Keeping Cool In Hot Weather
Posted: Jul 18, 2019 by Andy
We're not all about selling you quality service and HVAC equipment here. We genuinely want our customers to stay comfortable and safe during the extreme temperatures that Ohio can bring during the summer and winter months. So, today, we're taking a break from providing heating and cooling tips, and spending a little time talking about hot weather safety. Have fun out in the sun, but stay safe out there too!
It's a sad fact that high temperatures kill hundreds of people each summer. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, and yet, more than 600 people die due to extreme heat every year.
It's wise to take steps to stay well-informed, remain hydrated, and keep cool. Getting overheated can make you sick. You'll become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you down. The main factors affecting your body's essential ability to cool itself in sweltering weather are:
Personal factors. Age, weight, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, mental illness, sunburn, and drug and alcohol use all play roles in whether or not a person can cool off adequately in the heat of summer.
High humidity. When the humidity increases, sweat won't evaporate as quickly, keeping your body from releasing heat as fast as it needs to.
Those at highest risk include people ages 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with mental illness or chronic diseases.
Keep a close eye on people who depend on you for their well-being and ask these questions:
• Do they need help staying cool?
• Are they drinking enough to stay hydrated?
• Are they in a temperature-controlled environment (AC, fans, etc.)?
People at risk for heat-related illness should take the following protective actions to prevent illness or even death:
• Air conditioning is the very best way to protect yourself against heat-related illness and death, so take advantage of air-conditioned buildings wherever possible. Your local health department can help with locating air-conditioned shelters in your area. If your home is not air-conditioned, reduce your risk by spending time in public facilities with AC and using air conditioning in vehicles.
• Don't rely on the air movement that a fan provides as your only means of cooling during an extreme heat event. Combine it with other methods, such as relocating to the basement temporarily, where the temperature is naturally far cooler.
• Drink more water or sports drinks than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to start drinking.
• Check on friends and neighbors and have folks do the same for you.
• Don't cook indoors - it will only make your home - and you - hotter.
Even young, healthy people can get heat-sick if they participate in strenuous physical activities in hot weather:
• Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated, and be sure it has an adequate SPF rating to provide sufficient protection.
• Limit the length of your outdoor activities, especially midday, when the sun is hottest. If outdoor exertion is unavoidable, seek shade often.
• Likewise, pace your activities. Begin slowly and gently pick up the pace. Stop (or at least take a short break) at the first sign of overheating - don't overdo it.
• As we said before, drink more than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty. Muscle cramping is an early sign of heat-related distress and inadequate hydration.
• Wear light-colored, loose, and lightweight clothing. Black absorbs the sun's heat, and it also absorbs energy from the body instead of reflecting it.
If you play a sport that practices outside during hot weather, look out for your teammates and protect yourself:
• Schedule workouts and practices at cooler times of day, no mid-day when the temperature is at its hottest.
• Monitor a teammate's condition, and have them monitor yours.
• Seek medical care if you or a teammate has heat-related illness symptoms.
Take these additional steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and even death during hot weather:
• Take cold showers or baths to help you cool down.
• Never leave children or pets in cars - not even with the windows cracked. The temperature inside an enclosed vehicle can exceed safe limits within a few minutes of turning off the ignition.
• Check the local news often for the current weather forecast, and health and safety updates.
As the old saying goes - knowledge is power, but when we're talking about hot weather, staying informed might mean the difference between life and death. Stay aware and stay safe and cool this summer!
Is It Time To Replace My AC?
Posted: Jul 5, 2019 by Andy
It wasn't very long ago that we considered air conditioning a luxury. These days, though, air conditioning is almost considered a necessity, especially during the hot summer months. But how long should your central air conditioning system last?
A new air conditioner is a significant investment, but the regular AC services and repairs required for an older, inefficient system can become extremely costly and surpass the cost of a new one fairly quickly.
Here's a simple calculation to help you decide whether to repair your AC or replace your whole system:
Multiply your AC repair cost by the age of your equipment in years. If the total exceeds $5,000, it's most likely time to replace your system. For example, if your 8-year-old unit has a $400 repair, it makes more sense to have it repaired.
Here are some AC service and maintenance tips:
• You should clean and replace your filter at least every two months, and check it monthly. A dirty filter makes your system struggle and will cause it to wear out prematurely.
• Have your AC system professionally inspected at least once a year. Regular maintenance is the best - and most cost-effective - way to stay ahead of air conditioning issues.
• Check your thermostat's accuracy. If its temperature reading doesn't match your home's temperature, it's most likely time to call our experts out for a closer look at your system.
Here's a fun fact: The air conditioner wasn't invented to ease discomfort. In 1902, Willis Carrier created it for a New York publishing company that was experiencing problems with their ink control and paper expansion due to humidity.
The following signs mean that the time for a new unit is drawing near, instead of investing in continuous AC repairs:
• Your energy bills keep increasing. Bills do increase during the summer months, but astronomical costs are a sign that your equipment has a problem, or is not running efficiently.
• Your home is overly humid or dusty. This often indicates a need to reseal sections of your ductwork but could be a symptom of a much larger problem.
• You hear strange noises. New noises can mean serious problems, including a failing motor, issues with your coil, and more.
• Your central air system is ten years old or older.
• You're interested in "going green." Equipment failure isn't the only reason for investing in a new system. Choosing environmentally-friendly appliances can save you energy and money - and it's the right thing to do for Mother Earth, too!
When the time is drawing near for a new central air conditioning system, call our trusted experts. Share your concerns about your current system's efficiency, maintenance, and repair costs with your comfort consultant. Together, we'll create a complete comfort solution that fits your home, your family, and your budget. Talk to our team now for the latest installation offers, and see how you can get easy financing for your new air conditioning system!
Central Air Is The Best Cooling Option
Posted: Jun 20, 2019 by Andy
You have many options to meet your summer home-cooling needs. You can go old-school and put a block of ice in front of a fan, or you can add a window air conditioner in each room of your home. The thing is, those methods usually leave you with a home that is still uncomfortably warm - or worse, an uncomfortably high energy bill!
If you want the best cooling option for your home, you should be looking at a central air conditioning system. Here's why.
Central air is one unified system
Unlike other heating and cooling systems, central air enables you to cool and heat your home year-round. Other systems require you to have separate systems or units during the year, depending on what you're trying to achieve. Central air systems don't require you to do anything aside from switching your thermostat from heat to cool - and with a smart thermostat, you won't even have to do that!
Central air is energy efficient
A central air system allows you to program your AC to come on only during certain times of the day, such as only when you're at home, as well as schedule times for your system to not run, such as when you're at work or on vacation. This allows you to save money by only running the system when cooling is needed.
Other cooling systems only allow automatic running, so you could end up cooling your home when no one is in it and wasting money as a result. Plus, running only one system is far more energy-efficient than running multiple window units.
Central air improves your indoor air quality
Besides cooling your home more efficiently, a central air conditioning system also controls the humidity levels in your home. Too little or too much humidity can have adverse effects on your health - and your home's well-being - so, this is of great benefit for any homeowner.
In addition, central air systems work hand-in-hand with comprehensive air purification systems (like Air Scrubber Plus), providing your family with a level of clean indoor air you've never enjoyed before.
Upgrading to central air is easy and affordable
When it's time to upgrade your existing AC (whatever method you're currently using), our trained team of expert technicians is ready and happy to help. Our comfort consultants will help determine if you should replace your entire system and, if so, also help you understand your various replacement options. Give us a call today and cool off this summer!
Is An HVAC Tune-Up Really Worth It?
Posted: Jun 6, 2019 by Andy
We frequently say that you should schedule an HVAC tune-up every spring and fall, but unfortunately, not everyone does it. A lot of people hold off and wonder if HVAC tune-ups are really worth the money. The short answer? YES! And here's why:
Tune-ups give your system a jump on the season
Think about how terrible you'd feel if, after months of never exercising, you tried to run a 5K - pretty bad. It's the same principle for your HVAC equipment. A tune-up allows it to get into prime shape before the season ahead.
Tune-ups offer massive return-on-investment - and they're cheap, too!
Of course, you'll spend a little bit of money on tune-ups twice a year, but those tune-ups will almost always cost considerably less than a repair would, much less a replacement. Tightening a few screws or replacing a belt is far better than replacing a major component if neglected maintenance causes your system to break down.
Tune-ups maintain your warranty
You might not have known it before now, but many manufacturers consider your system's warranty null and void if it breaks down due to a lack of routine maintenance. To keep your warranty in effect and avoid paying potentially high repair costs in the future, tune-ups are essential.
Tune-ups reduce your energy bills
A tune-up optimizes your HVAC system, helping operate in the best possible way. When it's running well, it doesn't use as much energy to work, keeping your utility bills nice and low.
During routine maintenance service, our expert technicians are able to catch minor issues before they can develop into much larger, more expensive problems. We'll work to maximize your system's efficiency and power, meaning you - and your wallet - will stay more comfortable all year-round. Contact us today to schedule a tune-up. You'll be glad you did!
Does My Air Conditioner Need Repaired?
Posted: May 23, 2019 by Andy
Air conditioners are typically expected to last 15-20 years with yearly maintenance. When your AC is nearing the end of its service lifespan, it can develop problems that require repairs, even breaking down. With the skilled help from a professional technician, you can usually avoid the cost of an AC replacement and get your unit cooling your home again in no time.
Not all air conditioning units need repairs for the same reasons, and no one solution can solve every AC problem. However, there are four common types of AC problems that we encounter regularly.
Your air conditioner won't turn on
There are times when an air conditioning system's condenser won't activate, but the fan inside is still working. There are many reasons for this type of breakdown, from circuit breaker malfunctions to disconnected thermostats to debris such as sticks or leaves inside the unit. Whatever the cause, your HVAC technician can either provide a quick fix or reveal a more severe problem.
There's a loud or rattling noise
Air conditioners don't operate silently, but a loud rattling noise usually indicates a malfunctioning component or loose part. If your AC is rattling, it's crucial to call for repair as quickly as possible. If you neglect the issue, you might be putting yourself on the hook for a much larger - and more costly - repair down the road.
Your AC isn't cooling the air
Sometimes your air conditioner seems to be functioning fine but won't blow cool air. The unit hums and pushes air like it's supposed to, but for some reason, the air isn't cold. Most of the time, this indicates that there's an issue with your unit's condenser outside.
Your AC is iced over
If your system's filter or the vents leading from your AC condenser coils get clogged, ice can start to accumulate on your unit. It's a disturbing sight. HVAC technicians can't work on a frozen unit, so be sure to turn off your AC and let the ice melt away before your repair appointment.
If your central air conditioner needs repair, contact us any time of the day or night. No matter what type of AC problem you're having, we're ready and happy to help!
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