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HVAC Emergency: Identifying the Severity of a Furnace Issue

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Furnaces generally operate without incident when properly installed, tested, and maintained by a HVAC professional. But there may come a time you need to know the difference between regular furnace repair service and emergency furnace repair.

If you live in the Cleveland area, you understand the furnace emergency in the dead of winter. Some problems are more threatening than others and require more immediate attention. With a little investigation, you'll find that some complications are minor to fix, and others require the expertise of a professional.

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Furnace Replacement - Homeowners Guide You Can Use Today [Updated]

by Stewart Unsdorfer



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If you’ve decided this is the year you’ll replace your home furnace, begin your research now so your new system is in place in time for winter.

You’ll find there are many brands to choose from, with modern features and energy-efficient options that should factor into your purchasing decision.

In this guide, we explain the most important features of residential gas furnaces (and whether you should consider converting to a gas furnace), furnace replacement and present home heating enhancements that can work together with your system.

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Replacing Furnace and Air Conditioner Together: The Definitive Guide [Updated]

by Stewart Unsdorfer

replacing-furnace-and-ac-guideHome 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. But, as a leading HVAC provider, we are asked frequently, 

"Should I replace my air conditioner and furnace at the same time?"

The short answer...it depends. It depends on the age of your units, your local climate conditions, your home's age, the HVAC features or technology you want, and more. A "matched" system is probably the best choice but it needs to be right for your home and budget. 

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 advantages to replacing both systems at the same time. Replacing both systems — even if one is still working — can save you energy and money over the long term.

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Keeping House Cool: Experts Weigh In

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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When humidity turns the heat sticky, you and your home feel uncomfortable. Many people can feel a little hotheaded when the mercury rises. In fact, according to LiveScience, "hot and especially humid weather is known to be associated with increases in aggression, as well as lower your overall mood."

As a HVAC company in Cleveland, we are frequently asked,

"What is your best tip for keeping my house cool in the summer?"

We want you to feel your best in hot, sticky weather. So, we asked experts in the field the same question. The insights received from them will help you cool down, keep your house cool, and most importantly make you feel comfortable in your home.

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Air Balancing: 15 Ways to Avoid Hot and Cold Spots (Updated)

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Air balancing will improve air circulation, increase energy efficiency and enhance the overall performance of your air conditioning and heating system. For a homeowner, it means delivering the right amount of air (hot or cold) to each room making your home more comfortable.

Air balancing for a HVAC technician is the process of testing and adjusting your system using their skill and tools of the trade. They look at your intake and output and adjust accordingly.

Rob Falke, President, National Comfort Institute -- an HVAC-based training company, adds "balancing is the single-most important step that can be taken to assure your systems produce comfort and operate efficiently." 

In this article, I'll share ways you can do-it-yourself to adjust (balance) your airflow for comfort. A comfort balance is as simple as checking whether a room feels comfortably conditioned. Then, I'll share ways that may require a HVAC professional and I'll help you understand how a technician will go about actually balancing a residential system. This may require installing dampers or moving registers.

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New Home Checklist Before You Seal the Deal (and After)

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Buying a new home can be an exciting experience as it marks a new chapter in your life. However, it can often be stressful as tasks and projects build up. Keeping up with your day-to-day activities can be challenging, and sometimes, people neglect proper inspections of their new home. 

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide (2019 Update)

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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You rely on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable, but in order for that to happen, your A/C system requires regular maintenance to function efficiently.

Just like any other home appliance, it's normal for your air conditioning unit to experience some wear and tear from regular use and develop mechanical problems at some point during its lifetime.

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Comprehensive Furnace Maintenance Checklist to Keep You Warm and Lower Cost [Infographic]

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Winterizing your home with a furnace maintenance checklist will maximize the efficiency of your temperature and help curtail HVAC expenses by reducing heat loss.

Many homeowners choose to hire a trusted HVAC company to prepare their furnace for the winter months, while others take the do-it-yourself approach.

We recommend an annual service check by a professional to ensure your system is ready for peak performance. However, if you're planning to take some maintenance steps yourself, the following checklist will help you successfully prepare your furnace for the winter season.

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The Ultimate Carbon Monoxide Guide [What You Need to Know]

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Carbon Monoxide is difficult to detect. It's been coined the "silent killer" for a reason. It doesn't have a smell, color, or taste. 

It can be found in your home from your fireplace, gas ranges and furnaces. The build-up indoors can poison people and their pets who breathe it. In a five year span, 2010-2015, a total of 2,244 deaths resulted from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, with the highest number of deaths each year occurring in winter months.

As a licensed heating and air conditioning company, our commitment encourages us to share the consequences of this deadly gas and ways to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

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Bathroom Exhaust Fans: A Homeowners Guide

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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This guide has everything you need to know about your bathroom exhaust fans.

Benefits.

Types and costs.

And resources that cover everything related to bathroom fans.

In other words:

It's a one-stop-shop for homeowners looking to understand, purchase, and install their bathroom fans. From safety to odor control, there are many reasons why having bathroom exhaust fans in your home are an essential necessity. 

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