Rain and Heat, everything we need to make the garden grow as well as the weeds! All the humidity makes the temperature feel warmer than it would seem otherwise. A properly sized air conditioner will pull gallons of water out of your home on just such a day. If you notice any water on the floor around your furnace it may be caused by a leaking coil or plugged drain and you would want to call for service. When you hear water dripping out of the small black or white plastic drain line and into the floor drain, that’s a good thing and it means your air conditioning system is removing the moisture as it was designed to do.
We have customers stop into our showroom and” kick the tires” on the new air conditioners. The very High efficiency units with a high SEER rating (16 SEER and up) have an option for 2-Stage cooling. This allows the air conditioner to run at a lower speed lengthening the run time during these “muggy days” which really reduces the humidity level in your home. The very highly efficient new systems can be equipped with a “SYNC” which allows the Air conditioner to communicate with the Thermostat and Air handler/furnace to adjust the system speed, maximizing comfort by lowering humidity as well as noise.
Looks like the warm weather is upon us and about time! USA Today’s Temperature Forecast’s is for a Warm June, let’s hope so.
We have $200.00 off special on our retractable awnings. With the flip of a switch the awning will extend out to make that deck or patio usable even during the sunny part of the day, flip the switch again and retract the awning when the wind kicks up. The awnings can be ordered in many colors and patterns. Feel free to stop into showroom and give the retractable awning a spin or give Carol a call to have Pete stop by for a free estimate.
Now might be a good time to check your attic insulation. During the summer months, late in the day even as the sun goes down the house can become warmer due to the heat buildup in the attic. Additional insulation or an attic ventilator can make a big difference. Give us a call to receive a quote on an attic ventilator or insulation. Read More
Time to spring into action! Yes it is time to change the oil in the lawnmower, get new mulch and have your air conditioner tuned up! Our Air Conditioner Tune-up special is in full swing for just $89.00. An air conditioner tune up can reduce your operating costs as well as extend the life of your unit. When your Jennings Heating technician arrives for your air conditioner tune-up, please feel free to ask him any questions you may have regarding your unit’s maintenance or operation. Our goal is to keep your air conditioning system at optimum performance for your comfort and energy efficiency. So call now to schedule your tune-up ! It’s the cool thing to do.
Some Cooling Tips
Try cooking out when you know it will be hot, your oven can generate more BTU’s of heat than your Air Conditioner can cool.
Turn off coffee pots when not brewing (use a thermos after its brewed)
Use the dishwasher later after it has cooled down outside as they generate heat and humidity. Read More
Two of the most important things you can do to care for your whole house air conditioner is: change your filters at least twice a year and schedule a preseason air conditioning tune-up. Filters should be changed at least once in the spring and once in the fall. If your filters become plugged it increases the amount of energy required to operate your furnace and air conditioner. Plugged or dirty filters can damage your Air Conditioning System and shorten its life. A preseason air conditioning tune-up will keep your system working to maximum efficiency reducing energy bills. A well maintained air conditioning system can last as long as 15 to 20 years.
Some other energy saving tips for the Cooling Season:
Pull drapes to block out some of the sun’s radiant heat when you know it will be a warm day, especially on the south and west side of your home.
Set your thermostat for the desired indoor temperature earlier in the day when the weatherman is predicting 88 degrees or more. A properly sized air conditioner will cool and dehumidify, but if the house is allowed to reach 80+ degrees inside before the air conditioner is turned on, it may take many hours for the system to catch up. Read More
Spring is approaching, the birds are coming back, and each morning their singing lets us know we made it through the long dark! Don’s running his Air Conditioning Service Special so you can be ready when the weather breaks. Because a home heats and cools differently you will want to adjust your air registers once cooling season arrives. Hot air rises so your home needs more air flow to the upper levels during cooling season to offset the additional heat rising to the 2nd floor. In a 2-story home it is not uncommon for there to be several degrees difference between 1st and 2nd floors, however if the temperature difference is more like 7 or 8 degrees, a balancing should be done to drive more cold air to the 2nd floor. This can be done using the balancing dampers found in most homes (located in the round pipes in the basement), when the metal tab is parallel to the pipe there is greater air flow as you move the tab to perpendicular the air flow is cut down. If your home doesn’t have these dampers than you can try opening and closing the registers by adjusting the small tab on the register. So, increase air flow to the first floor at the beginning of cold weather, and conversely increase air flow to the 2nd floor in warm weather.
The President & Congress have retroactively extended the HVAC 25C tax credit. This includes equipment purchased in 2012 as well as the upcoming 2013 calendar year. We have mailed notifications to our customers that qualify for this tax credit for purchases made during the last year. At Jennings Heating we want our customers to be aware of all the money savings offers that affect their purchases.
Energy Saving Tips From Mike
Well the days are getting longer and after this month we can begin thinking Spring! I have seeds ready and I’m already planning for my garden. Last year we were able to plant in spring and again late summer for two crop rotations, you got to love Ohio! This seems like an old-fashioned winter like we use to know. Fortunately the price of natural gas has remained low, less than half of what it was just 5 or 6 years ago. Electric rates have also remained reasonable, let’s hope it stays that way. Even so, utility costs can take a real bite out of the family budget. Read More
Happy New Year, I hope all had a great Christmas Season! Our #1 energy saving tip for 2013 (best bang for your dollar) is an energy saving programmable thermostat. Depending on your lifestyle habits including work schedules, bedtimes etc. a programmable thermostat can save from 5% to 11% on your energy bills.
As for utility costs, natural gas continues to be 40% to 60% less expensive than most other sources for heating in the Northeast Ohio Area. Questions remain concerning the long term effects on the environment from the newer drilling techniques. Read More
Common Home Problems and SolutionsIs your home cold, drafty, or uncomfortable? Do you have high energy bills? Ice dams? Peeling paint? Excessive dust? Addressing these types of home problems can make your home more comfortable, and at the same time improve it’s energy efficiency saving you money on utility bills and helping to protect the environment too.
High Energy Bills
High utility bills in summer and winter can often be traced to air leaks in your home’s envelope, inefficient windows or heating and cooling equipment, or poorly sealed and insulated ducts. Read More
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Protect yourself by inspecting your potential new home. If you identify problems, have the landlord or seller correct them before you move in, or even consider moving elsewhere.
Have professionals check the heating and cooling system, including humidifiers and vents. Have duct lining and insulation checked for growth.
Check for exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. If there are no vents, do the kitchen and bathrooms have at least one window apiece? Does the cooktop have a hood vented outside? Does the clothes dryer vent outside? Are all vents to the outside of the building, not into attics or crawlspaces?
Look for obvious mold growth throughout the house, including attics, basements, and crawlspaces, and around the foundation. See if there are many plants close to the house, particularly if they are damp and rotting. They are a potential source of biological pollutants. Downspouts from roof gutters should route water away from the building. Read More