Top 5 Reasons to Get an Annual Furnace Clean & Check

winter-670314Some homeowners may be tempted to skip the recommended annual clean and check for their heating system in hopes of saving some cash before the holiday season. While this may seem like a worthwhile gamble, yearly furnace maintenance is an absolute must if you want to ensure that your unit is operating safely, effectively and efficiently.

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Fall Home Comfort System Prep List

FallFor many, fall is a favorite time of year- the warm tones of the changing leaves, the pastime of family and friends gathered to cheer on beloved football teams and crisp, cool evenings. It’s also a good time to prepare for the frigid temperatures that will follow this much-anticipated pleasant weather the next few months bring.

In order to prep your home for the dropping temperatures, consider performing the following fall checklist

  • Program your thermostat to automatically turn down at night, perhaps scheduling the temperature to be set back a couple of degrees half an hour after you typically go to bed and turn back up half an hour before you get up in the morning. These adjustments can save between 5-7 percent on heating costs. Jennings offers several energy saving thermostats as well as remote access thermostats which can be monitored on your smart phone via an app. To view some of the available smart thermostats click here.
  • Call for Jennings’ furnace clean and check. Servicing your furnace will typically pay for itself in energy savings throughout the winter, as well as extend the life of your comfort system. Continue reading

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

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.

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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

Let Jennings Assist with Your New Year’s Resolution to Stay Healthy & Save Money!

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 8.22.44 PMThe new year arrived on the scene with a swift drop in temperature and snowfall. With the frigid temps, the air has become bone-dry leaving skin cracked, lips chapped, hands dry and hair full of static. There are many home accessories that Jennings Heating supplies for your comfort but, aside from heating and cooling, there is none more important than the whole house humidifier. With busy schedules, it’s easy to forget to do something as simple as turn on the humidifier when necessary, which is what makes the Aprilaire Model 600 humidifier so wonderful- it has an automatic outside temperature sensor that will turn on for the season without a reminder and also adjusts automatically to outside conditions!

There are many reasons to have a whole house humidifier installed, including the following:

• Low Relative Humidity can make you more susceptible to catching a cold and flu viruses have been linked to speedier progression and transmit ion in dry air.
• Cold dry air can also aggravate asthma
• Itchy eyes, dry skin and a sore throat can all be traced back to air that’s not properly humidified

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Take Advantage of Our Preseason Prices Before the Last Leaf Falls!

FullSizeRender (1)This has been a most colorful fall and I hope you’ve had an opportunity to get out and enjoy the splendor! With just weeks before Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to take stock of how fortunate we are and all that we have to be thankful for. Whatever your family tradition may be, take time to give thanks for all that you hold dear, and with Veteran’s Day approaching, this includes thanking our service men and women for all that they have sacrificed and endured to provide us with the freedoms we have today.

Just as you may have much to give thanks for, there are those around us who are in need this holiday season. To help meet the needs of our community, Carol Sweitzer in our Customer Service department is once again heading up Jennings’ annual canned food drive. Give a donation of three cans of food to our technician when he visits your home for a service call anytime before November 19th and receive a one-time $5 discount off of your bill. Your canned food donations are supplied to the Akron Canton Food Bank through the WKDD collection station and help to provide a filling Thanksgiving dinner for those who might not otherwise have it. Last year we managed to collect 661 cans of food and our target this year is 800 cans. Please help us reach our goal and donate your canned goods!

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October Home Comfort Tips & Treats

JACK_PUMPKIN Fall is certainly in the air-leaves are beginning to change, mornings are crisp and cool, and everywhere you go the flavors and colors of fall are bursting at the seams. The changing of seasons brings something new to enjoy, so be sure to get out with family and friends to take part in the festivities! Speaking of change, we have made some updates to our website that you may find interesting, including this month’s specials and coupons. When you get a chance, check them out here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our customers, for letting us know how we are doing. Whenever I look at our employees and think of how long I have known these hard working individuals, I always remind them that they are the “Jennings Heating” that our customers see. This year you let us know that you saw great things as we received an A+ rating from both Angie’s List and Better Business Bureau. Thanks for your vote of confidence. We don’t often receive complaints, but when we do we take the opportunity to train and improve, so please continue to let us know how we’re doing.

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How to Best Prepare for the Cool Weather Ahead

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Wow! This summer just seemed to fly by, and with the mild temps as of late it seems fall is eager to come on the scene.

The cooler weather has people thinking about the coming heating season and many are already calling us to have their heating equipment cleaned and checked to ensure it’s running properly before the first big drop in temperature. Remember to schedule your furnace tune-up soon to make sure you aren’t left out in the cold when the chill sets in!

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