Hope you and yours had a blessed Christmas season and Happy New Year! Jennings has much to celebrate this coming year, not the least of which is our 85th anniversary! While Jennings began as a coal company in 1931, with the help of our customers, we have continued to grow and move beyond offering heating solutions exclusively, to become a full service heating, cooling and electrical company.
Though many organizations would attribute the success of over eight decades of staying power to adaptability throughout the changing times, the reason Jennings has had the privilege of serving this area and families like yours for 85 years is owed to the fact that we have not strayed from the biblical based values the company was founded on as well as the guarantee of 100% satisfaction for each and every customer. Continue reading
For 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
Can 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.
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
Spring 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).
Last 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.
Well, we’ve made it to February and that means spring is just 6 weeks away! Though this month is filled with gifts of chocolate, candy hearts and roses, you may want to consider showing your home a little love with a brand new hot water tank. The reason? The Department of Energy (DOE) has passed a mandate to increase hot water tank efficiencies as part of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, which will go into effect starting this April. According to the DOE, the mandate will apply to residential water heaters, pool heaters and direct heating equipment (such as gas fireplaces). Read more about the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act here.
The Act will require all manufacturers to increase hot water tank efficiency in hopes of conserving energy and saving consumers money over time. Though marginally more efficient, the new mandated water tanks will increase in physical size, require additional help to set in place and will ultimately cost more from the manufacturer. As these requirements will add substantially to water heater replacement prices, you may want to take advantage of our Hot Water Tank Special before the mandate takes effect! Continue reading
The 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
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent feasting on delicious food and enjoying time with loved ones. Now that we’ve ushered in December, amidst the hanging of twinkling lights, sending cards and decorating the tree, we embrace the hopeful spirit of the Christmas season and all that it brings.
A recent holiday tradition for my family has been to visit a national treasure right here in our own backyard-Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. This sprawling 1900s estate is the nation’s 6th largest Historic Home open to the public. During the holiday season, the mansion is decorated with various Christmas themes and features a light show that is sure to make for a great evening with the family. Share some of your favorite holiday traditions with us on our Facebook page; we’d love to hear from you!
In all the busyness of the season, there are several “housekeeping” items that you won’t want to forget as they will help keep your house warm this winter: Continue reading