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Spring Cleaning Checklist (Room to Room) Starts with HVAC

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Mar 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM


We've all heard the term Spring cleaning before...

a practice of thoroughly cleaning your home from top to bottom.

But are you cleaning it as good as you can?

This checklist has everything you need to know about Spring Cleaning. So if you want your family breathing cleaner air, reduce harmful allergens and be safe, you're in the right place.

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Check for Air Leaks Now Before the Hot Weather Arrives

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Mar 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM


Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes? (Department of Energy)

Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter can waste a lot of your energy dollars. 

It's like tossing cash out the window!

Why take the risk?

Now is the perfect time to make sure your home is optimized to keep your home comfortable. You want to keep the cool air inside before the summer heat rolls around. One of the best ways to do that is check for any air leakage.

25% of your home's heat is lost through small cracks and holes throughout your home. Taking the time to make sure your home is properly sealed and insulated will lower your total energy usage. Similarly insulating your attic and walls, and sealing cracks and openings will prevent warm air from leaking into your home.

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Topics: Central Air Conditioning, Cooling Tips

Does Air Duct Cleaning Deliver the Results You Need?

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Feb 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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You might have asked yourself...

Should I have the air ducts in my home cleaned?

Is it a scam or worth it?

Air duct cleaning is a maintenance service provided by some HVAC companies, with the promise of cleaner air and better HVAC system efficiency. But, does air duct cleaning really deliver these results?

Here’s some information to help you decide whether or not your home might benefit from having the HVAC ducts in your house cleaned.

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Topics: Energy Savings, Filters

Boost Your HVAC for Beginner's Knowledge With These Tips

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Feb 9, 2017 7:00:41 AM


While your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system may seem intimidating, a resourceful do-it-yourselfer can perform maintenance, upkeep, and quick repairs on this pivotal home system.

An effective and efficient home heating system is your best defense against the elements of winter and those over heated days of summer.

Most HVAC work needs to be done by an experienced professional, but don't be afraid to tackle upkeep and repairs for a quick HVAC do it yourself. 

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Topics: HVAC Guides

Furnace Filters Everything You Need to Know for Your Home

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Jan 12, 2017 7:06:53 AM

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It's that time of year for many. Temperatures are falling and winter is underway.

Is your home and furnace winter ready?

Your furnace is starting to kick on every day and in high demand. You want to ensure everything is running smoothly and one of the easiest tasks you can do in protecting HVAC components and improving air quality is replacing your furnace filter regularly.

But you may have wondered :

"What's the difference between furnace filters?"

"Does size matter when purchasing furnace filters?"

"What's the best air filter for my home?"

What are some benefits to replacing my air filter?"

Changing your furnace filter is one of the least expensive maintenance items for your home with one of the greatest benefits. 

In this article, I'm going to walk you through some of the types of furnace filters, their effectiveness with rating and the benefits of regularly replacing your air filter.

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Know Your Furnace Size Before You Start to Avoid Problems Later

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Dec 22, 2016 7:05:28 AM

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Do you agree your home is your castle?

It should be, right? (Maybe not as drafty as one)

You want to create a home environment that is comfortable for you. And if you're in the midst of shopping for a new furnace or updating an older one, an important quality of the unit you choose will be the furnace size.

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Topics: Furnaces

9 Furnace Troubleshooting Tips to Prepare for Winter

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Nov 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Getting your furnace ready for the winter? A little preparation will get your furnace and home ready before the big chill.

Want to know how you can save money, and stay warm this winter? Don't wait for the cold weather to hit, prepare for winter by troubleshooting your furnace yourself today.

Here are 9 furnace troubleshooting tips to prepare for winter to get you started:

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Topics: Heating Tips

Managing Ideal Indoor Humidity for Maximum Comfort

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Oct 27, 2016 9:35:00 AM


No matter what type of climate you live in, the levels of humidity in the air can affect the comfort of your home, as well as the proper functioning of your heating and air conditioning units.

Managing ideal indoor humidity should be a priority for every homeowner, especially when it comes to tailoring your heating and cooling preferences to meet your personal home needs. Before we get into the problems and solutions of indoor humidity, let's take a look at the basics:

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Topics: Central Air Conditioning, humidification, home humidity

Replacing Your Furnace and Air Conditioner Together: The Definitive Guide

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Sep 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

replacing-your-furnace-and-air-conditioner.pngHome owners are often faced with the decision to replace their furnace and/or air conditioning system. Usually many are not faced with having to install both at the same time.

Have you ever considered replacing your furnace and air conditioner at the same time, even if one is still working?

If your year-round comfort matters in both your home and wallet, this may be the guide for you to explore.

It's a comprehensive guide that will show you the benefits to replacing both systems at the same time.

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20 Ton HVAC Split System to Self Contained Heating/Cooling Unit (Case Study)

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Sep 8, 2016 9:37:41 AM


At some point, you've probably heard the expression, "You can't fit a round peg in a square hole"!

This was kind of the scenario we were faced with at a recent HVAC installation. The Church of the Western Reserve located in Pepper Pike, OH had a 20 ton capacity "split" system with approximately 240,000 BTU of cooling.

For a reference, according to the Energy Star program for energy efficiency, an 1,100 square foot room requires around 21,000 BTUs per hour to cool. A typical residential unit is 3 ton...which equates to approximately 36,000 BTU capacity.

The number of BTUs (or British Thermal Units) required for an air conditioner unit to cool a room depends on many factors beyond the room's size.

As you can see, we were dealing with a significant size and capacity.

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