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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How to Optimize Your Home’s Comfort While Soaking Up the Last Rays of Summer

10563257_sAugust has begun, which means fitting as much summer into the next month as possible before kids go back to school and the weather begins to cool. Though this month can sometimes feel like a long goodbye as Ohioans hang on to every drop of sun we can, it also welcomes the beginning of football season, and that’s something to look forward to. No matter who you root for, whether it be a local high school, college ball or your favorite NFL team, August brings the first glimpse of hope for what the upcoming season may hold.

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Anticipating Spring!

Well, just a little over a month till spring! I am already planning out my garden in anticipation. I think after the winter we’ve had we should give ourselves a pat on the back for being hardy Ohioians and making it through an old-fashioned bone chilling winter.

whole house generatorThough we’ve been plunged into sub zero temperatures and thick snow or ice, some Jennings customers were prepared for the worst this year with the installation of a whole house generator. This means that should the lights (and heat) go out, these customers’ homes would remain bright and warm.

An outage of several hours usually isn’t a huge problem; you may light some candles, grab a few blankets and play board games until the power kicks on again. However, should the power outage continue for days, the resulting circumstances could be catastrophic. My daughter and son-in-law were without power for 10 days after the “Derecho” a few years ago. After one-week food was scarce, security was minimal and the temperature was unbearable. Continue reading

Jennings Heating Wins Angie’s List 2013 Super Service Award

Jennings Heating Wins Angie's List 2013 Super Service AwardWe are proud to announce that Jennings Heating has won the coveted Angies List 2013 Super Service Award by maintaining an “A” rating with our customers and meeting strict standards of operational excellence thanks to our dedicated employees. Only one out of 20 companies are honored with this award and we would like to thank YOU for recognizing our efforts to guarantee your satisfaction! In addition, Jennings Heating continues to maintain an A+ Rating with The Better Business Bureau as your peace of mind is our goal.

“The Farmer’s Almanac” has predicted that this would be a cold winter and I must say I don’t know how they know these things, but they were right! These are some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in years. Continue reading

From all of us at Jennings to all of you, have a blessed and Merry Christmas

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving! In the spirit of giving and thanks, let me say “hats off to you!” for coming through for those in need last month during our “Long Haul against Hunger” drive. Your efforts, combined with those of our staff, resulted in a total collection of 642 cans of food-and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will be doubling all donations! We’d like to extend a big thanks to WKDD as well for sponsoring the program and to Carol Sweitzer, Sales Coordinator, Jennings Heating, for championing this project.

Another charitable giving effort that we are glad to be part of is “Milk & Honey Ministries,” headquartered in Akron. One of our fine technicians, Jeff Smith, volunteers his time serving as a minister for Milk & Honey and preaches to those who attend. He and his wife Karen serve up to 100 hot meals as well as supply clothes to those who are in need on any given Sunday. Milk & Honey is always in need of winter clothing items (sweaters, coats, gloves, etc.) so if you or anyone you know has clothing they would like to donate to this life saving organization there is a bin located in our office where these items can be dropped off. Continue reading

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means winter is too. Important items to add to your winter preparation list.

The holidays are just around the corner, filled with friends, family, hot wassail, loads of turkey and perhaps the not so welcome winter chill. Forecasters are predicting a frigid winter this year for the Great Lakes region, which includes our great state of Ohio. When preparing your winter “to do” list you might want to add the following items (not so much fun as prudent):

  • Check the batteries in your Carbon Monoxide Detector  This little plug-in device can literally be a life saver. Carbon monoxide can occur from any fuel burning appliance in the home, including furnace, hot water tank, stove, fireplace and even the car in an attached garage.
  • Have your furnace cleaned and checked  A properly tuned system can reduce your home’s operating costs up to 10% during the winter season. Continue reading

Heating Basics

Are you considering buying a new furnace? Or, are you dissatisfied with the operation of your current furnace? Are you unsure whether to fix or replace it? Are you concerned about high winter utility bills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this information can help. With it, you can learn about various types of heating systems and how to maintain your furnace, hire professional heating services, select a new furnace, and ensure that your new furnace is properly installed.Understanding Furnaces
Many people buy or use furnaces without understanding their designs, components, and operating principles. Proper sizing, selection, installation, maintenance, and correct use are keys to cost-effective operation and lower overall costs. Continue reading

Selecting a Heating System

When selecting a heating system, consider the following three characteristics carefully: the energy efficiency rating, sizing, and the system’s components.

Energy Efficiency Rating
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires manufacturers to provide an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating on all heating equipment. This rating provides consumers with information about the operating costs of a particular model that is being considered.

Boilers and warm air furnaces available today have an AFUE rating of 78% to 97% compared to heating appliances of the past that had ratings as low as 65%.

An illustration, but not actual data, of how the AFUE ratings compare. A heating appliance that has a 65% AFUE rating will utilize sixty five cents of every dollar of fuel that you purchase. The remainder of the heat 35% is directed to the outdoors via the chimney. A heating appliance that has a 97% AFUE rating will utilize ninety seven cents of every dollar of fuel that you purchase and only 3% is directed outdoors via a plastic pipe.

The initial purchase co sts of a 97% AFUE heating appliance is greater than a lower AFUE rated appliance but in cold climates the increased costs can be offset in a few years.

Sizing
When selecting a new heating system, it’s important that you determine the proper size needed for your home. Bigger is not better. Oversizing causes the heating system to start and stop more frequently, which is less efficient and harder on the components than letting it run for longer cycles. A properly sized heating system will also provide you with better comfort and humidity control than an oversized one.

The capacity of heating systems is measured in Btu (British Thermal Unit) per hour. Correct sizing procedures involve complex calculations, which are best performed by an experienced contractor, who uses sizing methods accepted by the heating industry. Don’t employ a contractor who guesses the size of the heating system needed. Rule-of-thumb sizing techniques are generally inaccurate, often resulting in higher than necessary purchase and annual energy costs.

System Components
You and your contractor should discuss options that will help improve your home’s comfort and the economy of your heating system. Regarding ducts, for example, it’s important to carefully consider their design and materials, as well as the proper amount of space they require. Check your home’s blueprints to see if the architect and builder have planned adequate space for ducts and fans. Heating and cooling contractors complain that they often have to squeeze heating and cooling systems into spaces that are too small, resulting in constricted ducts and inadequate airflow.

Learning More About Boiler Repair

boiler repairIf you have a hydronic heating system, then you have a hot water boiler. The way these systems work is by distributing hot water throughout the home through your pipes. This in turn brings heat to all of the rooms through a radiator. Depending on whether you have a newer or an older model home, you could have either a steel radiator or baseboards, or one that is made from cast iron. While the cast iron radiators are older, they do look great, and can add a lot of character to any room. Hydronic heating systems are also used in homes that have radiant floor heating systems.

How are Boilers Fueled?

Boilers are fueled in a few different ways. You could have a boiler that uses natural gas or propane, which is known as a gas-fired boiler. Some houses have boilers that are fueled with fuel-oil, and are called oil-fired boilers. Continue reading

Regular Boiler Service is a Must

boiler serviceIn order to make sure that your home heating system is working properly year-round, you will need to have regular maintenance, which could include boiler service. Your boiler is what makes your home warm in the winter. It is also necessary in order to have hot water. With so many things to think about around the home, often we tend to forget about our boilers, and let them go by the wayside. Then, something happens that they stop working, and it is time to call in the experts in boiler service.

Why Your Boiler Needs Regular Service

When you maintain your boiler properly and make sure that it is serviced regularly, you are not going to have a lot of problems with it. Here are some excellent reasons to have regular boiler service performed: Continue reading