Troubleshooting the Heat Pump: A Practical Guide

Troubleshooting the Heat Pump: A Practical GuideHeat pumps do more than just heat your home during the winter; they also cool it during the summer. Heat pumps operate similar to central air conditioning in the summer and reverse the process for efficient heating in the winter. While you’ll want to get professional maintenance on a yearly – or even semi-annual – basis, it’s also important to know some steps you can take in troubleshooting the heat pump. Read More »

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Selecting a Water Heater: Many Options, but Choose Carefully

Selecting a Water Heater: Many Options, but Choose CarefullyA good water heater is essential for making sure that you have plenty of hot water for your showers, laundry and dishes. When you’re selecting a water heater, there are a few different things to look for that can make a big difference in how your unit performs once it’s installed in your Northeast Ohio home. Read More »

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Should My On-Demand Water Heater Take This Long To Heat Water?

Should My On-Demand Water Heater Take This Long To Heat Water?An on-demand water heater does away with one of the biggest drawbacks of conventional storage tank water heaters – the tank. Heat loss from the storage tank often wastes energy because water must be repeatedly reheated throughout the course of the day so it will be ready whenever there’s a demand. Also known as tankless water heaters, on-demand models heat water as it’s needed and store no reserves. As soon as a hot water tap is open, the tankless model senses flow and flash-heats water with electric coils or a gas burner. As long as the amount of hot water demand is within the rated capacity of the model, a tankless water heater should theoretically never run out of hot water. Read More »

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Summer is Nearly Over – Plan Fall Furnace Maintenance Now

Summer is Nearly Over – Plan Fall Furnace Maintenance NowSometimes summer can seem like it is much too short, and as it comes to an end in the Cleveland area, now is the time to start planning for the arrival of cooler weather and the return of heating season. It’s never too early to schedule your fall furnace maintenance appointment, and by doing it now, you will avoid your contractor’s busy period right before winter. Keeping up with your furnace maintenance can keep your utility bills lower, prolong the life of your furnace, and help keep your family safe. During the appointment, your contractor should perform the following steps: Read More »

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Your Cleveland Home Has Several HVAC Systems: Here’s How They Work Together

Your Cleveland Home Has Several HVAC Systems: Here's How They Work TogetherYou may think the cooling and heating abilities of your home come from completely different systems, but modern climate control technologies have allowed the integration of air conditioners and heating systems for more efficiency and effectiveness. Living in the Greater Cleveland area means you experience very cold winters and relatively mild summers with periodic intense heat waves. Because of this climate, you require both your heating and cooling systems to effectively use the same HVAC systems. Read More »

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Heat Gain in Your Cleveland Area Home: Don’t Overlook It

Heat Gain in Your Cleveland Area Home: Don't Overlook ItReducing how much heat gain enters your Cleveland area home during the hot days of summer can help you reduce your monthly cooling costs and keep your household feeling consistently more comfortable. Your home’s walls, doors, windows and ceilings all work together to insulate your indoor environment. That being the case, their energy efficiency has a big impact on your heating and cooling costs. Read More »

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What’s Triggering Your Indoor Allergy Symptoms?

What's Triggering Your Indoor Allergy Symptoms?Do you struggle with allergies that don’t subside, even when you take medication and stay indoors? Have you recently been diagnosed with asthma, or suffered from a cold that just wouldn’t go away? When you don’t have an air cleaning system that properly ventilates and filters the air in your home, it can affect your health in chronic, debilitating ways. The cause of your allergy symptoms very likely could be poor indoor air quality.  Read More »

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Five Crucial Things to Know Before Replacing Your A/C

Five Crucial Things to Know Before Replacing Your A/CWith summer well under way, it’s past time to think about how to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you have an old cooling system or one that’s giving you fits, you may want to strongly consider replacing your A/C. A new, high-efficiency air conditioner can significantly reduce your energy bills this summer and for many more into the future. Read More »

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Why the A/C in Your Cleveland Area Home May Need Help Dehumidifying

Why the A/C in Your Cleveland Area Home May Need Help DehumidifyingSummer is usually the season when humidity is at its peak. High humidity of course means that there’s a large amount of moisture in the air, which makes your home feel damp and uncomfortable. In Northeast Ohio, outside can often exceed levels of 70 percent humidity, while it’s ideal to keep your home comfortably under 50 percent. While a modern air conditioning system can help with humidity, the best option to solve chronic high humidity is a dehumidifier working in tandem with your A/C or heat pump. Read More »

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HVAC Terms That Can Give You a Better Understanding of Your System

HVAC Terms That Can Give You a Better Understanding of Your SystemFor most of us, the HVAC installation in our homes represents the single greatest investment we make aside from the house itself. It’s important to know at least the basic HVAC terms specific to your system; this will improve your ability to communicate with your contractor when an emergency or maintenance call becomes necessary. Read More »

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