How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last?

Even though you are attentive to your ventilation and air conditioning systems with proper maintenance and care, they probably won’t last more than about 15 years to 20 Years. Heat pumps average a little less due to year round use. Thermostats typically last the duration of the system, but because to new “Smart Stats” can save on operating costs it would pay to upgrade to an energy saving thermostat if your current one is not programmable. These numbers seem consistent regardless of the climate you live in. Continue reading

5 Most Common Air Conditioner Problems

Air conditioning manufacturers usually make durable, resilient, high-quality products. These units transfer the heat from your home to the warm, outside environment. With over 2/3 of American homes having air conditioning, it becomes a huge inconvenience when the air conditioner is not working well.

Most problems with air conditioning units can be resolved in advance with regular maintenance. If you are having problems with your air conditioner not running or not cooling enough, check these 5 most common air conditioner problems before calling for service. Continue reading

We’re Havin’ a Heat Wave…and it Feels Tropical

Summer SunshineCan you say humid? Wow! Rubber City feels more like a tropical rain forest than well, Akron, Ohio. As I’m sure you know, humidity is the opposite of comfort during these hot summer months. Even a relatively temperate day can feel muggy, and those with allergies or respiratory issues can find the outdoors challenging. Not only can humidity make the outdoors challenging, but it can certainly cause problems inside your home as well. You may be familiar with the damp, mildew odor found in basements when humidity is at a peak. Walls and ductwork can get stained where moisture has built up over many summers and there are times when a portable dehumidifier just doesn’t do the trick.

Jennings Heating and Cooling offers several solutions to this age-old problem. If your existing air conditioner is approximately more than 15 years old, you may want to consider replacing the system with a new high efficiency air conditioner that has a built in dehumidification function. These newer cooling and dehumidification units have the capability to set not only the desired temperature, but the humidity setting that is most comfortable for your family as well. If you’re thinking that you might need to upgrade your unit, you may want to consider taking advantage of our $1000 off a heating and air conditioning system as this special is only available through the end of August.

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Central Air Conditioning Problems and Solutions

There are some simple things you can do yourself if you have a problem with your central air conditioning system. Listed below are some troubleshooting ideas for central air conditioning problems and solutions from Jennings Heating and Cooling Co., Inc.

A word of warning—some problems are not simple fixes, and you can create a worse problem by trying to fix it yourself. It may end up costing more in the end if you damage something while trying the repair.  Continue reading

Tips to Keep Your Family Cool This Summer

What a great time of the year! Days are getting warmer, the sun is shining longer and the birds have returned, ushering in a beautiful summer season.

The Akron area hit over 80 degrees for the first time since last fall, and it’s just the beginning. The Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a warmer than average (and wetter) summer and, as they were right on the money with winter by predicting colder than normal temperatures with more snow, I’d say we are in for a some hot and humid months ahead. Now would be a great time to prepare for the impending heat, so here are a few tips:

Keep you blinds closed. Your blinds act like a solar reflecting layer, limiting the heat that seeps into your home from the blazing sunshine.
If the weather is forecast to be above the mid 80’s, adjust the temperature if you’re going to be away, but not by more than 2-4 degrees. If your home gets too warm during the day, it will take the unit all evening to catch up. It’s like riding a bike, once you are up to speed it’s easy to keep cruising, but if you slow down the pace you have to work twice as hard to get back up to speed. Continue reading

Comparing Types of Home Cooling Systems

Thinking about how hot your home will be this summer? Can you fry an egg on the windowsill? At Jennings Heating and Cooling, we don’t want to charge you an arm and a leg for an installation, but we don’t want you to get something that is so expensive to use that you turn it off in sweltering heat to save the electric bill either.

It’s time to evaluate your options for home cooling systems for comfort, looks, and economy as we start comparing types of home cooling systems.

How do I Compare Different Styles of Home Cooling Systems?

Air conditioners come in a variety of styles, efficiency ratings, and prices. Which brand is the best?

comparing-type-of-cooling-systemsAt Jennings, we use the SEER ratings to determine the efficiency of the different units. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit is. The federal minimum is 13, and the current highest SEER rating number is 23. A unit rated 23 will use less energy to run than a 13 will.

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Spring is in the Air!

air-conditioning-installationSpring is in the air as things green-up around us and everyone seems more than happy to put this tough winter behind! It also means allergy season is right around the corner. Time to change that furnace filter (and perhaps consider an air cleaner if the sneezing begins). It’s also a good time to put new batteries in the smoke detector to avoid the annoying beep reminding you to do so.

Our technicians are in full swing with preseason air conditioner tune-ups, so be sure to call sooner rather than later to schedule yours! If we happen to get an early heat wave before you have a chance to schedule your tune-up, at least remember to change the filter. Dirty filters are one of the main causes of system malfunctions. Now would also be a good time to adjust your dampers from the winter settings to summer, allowing the cold air to flow upstairs (we explained this in our March 2013 newsletter, linked here for reference).

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New Standards Mean Water Heaters Will Cost More but Save More Energy

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal home writer

Efficient Water HeatersNew energy standards for water heaters may cost you the next time you have to replace yours.

There’s a silver lining, though: For most people, the water heaters should save enough in energy costs to more than make up the price difference. And the Earth will benefit from reduced demands on energy resources and lower greenhouse gas emissions, supporters of the new standards say.

With most tank heaters, manufacturers will be able to meet the new standards with some fairly small modifications. With larger heaters, however, technologies will be required that could increase the cost of a water heater by hundreds of dollars. And the changes might complicate some installations, hiking the cost even more.

Read the rest of this story at the Akron Beacon Journal

With Awning Season Around the Corner, Jennings Has You Covered

Sunair AwningsLast month, a record that was over a century old fell when our area experienced the coldest February 23rd since 1873! The average temperature last month was 16 degrees, which is 13 degrees colder than the normal average for February. With that in mind, give yourself a pat on the back for being a hearty soul and let’s all start thinking warmer as spring is just around the corner.

With the new season coming, the sun will be beating down on your porch in no time, and though you may daydream of welcoming this with open arms now, you’ll soon remember that shade can be a welcome relief from the glare.

I know that personally, I look forward to grilling salmon on a cedar plank-my favorite-on the back deck; however, the porch sits on the west side of the house and, when it’s sunny outside, is unusable. To solve for this I planted several arborvitae trees over a decade ago, which are just now providing the perfect cover for our outdoor living space. If you would rather not wait the 10-15 years it takes to grow a good shade tree, you may want to consider an awning. Jennings offers a Sunair Retractable Awning that extends with the flick of a switch and retracts when you prefer to catch some rays.

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Why Should I Upgrade to a High-Efficiency Furnace?

No one wants to spend money, well, unless it’s free to you, and you get to spend it on fun things, other than that, no one wants to spend money. So why consider upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace? Why spend that money? A high-efficiency furnace can offer increased reliability and cost-effective service. A high-efficiency furnace is a fantastic appliance that makes your home more comfortable, improves your home’s value, and saves you money on your bills every month. Continue reading