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What Makes Newport Kentucky Special?

what makes Newport Kentucky SpecialNewport Kentucky was founded in 1795 and boasts an exciting past of gangsters and outlaws.  It offers a unique look into early America and many historical districts.  It is also a fun place to take the family for area attractions and like most small towns, it has a fair amount of dining and area businesses that provide services for its over 15,000 inhabitants.  See for yourself what makes Newport Kentucky special.

Enjoy a Piece Of History

You can take the Newport Gangster Tour and hear how the Cleveland Syndicate started the gambling boom in this area.  Tour the old buildings where brothels and gambling took place.  Once famous inventor, General John T. Thompson is a native to Newport and invented the Thompson Machine Gun, better known as the Tommy Gun.  When you’re done with the tour, you can enjoy the Northern Kentucky Gambling Museum for a further treat into our special past.

Enjoy Newport Today

Family fun begins in Newport Kentucky.  You will find a ton of things to do at Newport on the Levee where you can play games, go bowling or go to the Newport Aquarium.  Enjoy a ride down the Ohio River with fine dining, dancing and entertainment on BB Riverboats.  Or if you prefer a more lighter ride choose Ride the Ducks for a historical ride and fun time for all ages.

What Makes Newport Kentucky Special

Nothing could make newport more special than the people who choose to call this area home.  Whether you live here or commute to Newport from Cincinnati, you will find people in Newport are great to get to know and great to do business with.  Once you visit you will agree Newport Kentucky is a great place to see and visit and an even better place to move to.

 

What’s In A Name? – Naming Winter Storms

naming winter stormsThe Weather Channel began naming winter storms in 2012 causing some debate over why winter storms should be named and why the National Weather Service isn’t doing it. If you watch the weather channel or pay attention to many meteorologists, you will find winter storm coverage based on the latest winter storm name.

What Do Winter Storm Names Mean

Most of the winter storm names chosen this year are from Greek or Roman history or mythology. It started with Astro, which got a few tweets about being a cartoon dog, not a winter storm. It actually means Star. Names like Juno, Pandora, Quantum and Linus are just a few of the names for 2014-2015.

Why Name Winter Storms

For 2015 winter storms, some have been blown out of proportion in some cases and some have more than carried their weight. This weekend Winter Storm Pandora  (named after the first mortal woman who was given a jar by Zeus containing all the ills of humankind) will sweep through Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati Metropolitan area. It has been a cold winter and we have 16 named storms to prove it. So why name winter storms? For better communication and to keep us informed according to the Weather Channel. Jason Samenow of the Washington Post says, “Every storm has its own unique characteristics and traits. And sharing information about the impacts of a storm becomes easier and more effective when a storm is given an identity.”

Record Breaking Snowfall and Temperatures

Across the United States we have seen record-breaking temperatures and snow fall amounts this winter. Staying warm in winter is not just about being comfortable but about staying safe. Power outages and record snowfall have brought their share of tragedy to families who have lost loved ones or suffered home damage.

Staying Warm During Winter Storms

If you are having difficulty staying warm this winter, call the experts at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. They can help you keep your furnace running all year long. If you are without power be careful to bundle up well and use alternate heat safely.  Consider staying the night with friends or loved ones.   If you have questions or need heater repair, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. They are available 24/7 for all your HVAC needs.

Caring For Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

caring for your outdoor HVAC unitA good portion of your HVAC system is located outside. With snow accumulation, rain and sun beating down on your unit, you may wonder what is the best way to care for your outside unit. Here are a few tips on caring for your outdoor HVAC unit:

Hide Your Unit But Don’t Conceal It

Many people like to completely hide their Air Conditioner or Heat Pump. That’s fine but make sure you leave clearance around your unit for your HVAC technician to get to the unit for maintenance and repairs. Don’t plant bushes that are too close or have thorns. If you put up a fence or other barricade, make sure there is enough clearance around the unit. Your heat pump and other outside units use air from the outside to work properly. Completely enclosing the unit will diminish the airflow. Trees overhead can provide shade for your unit as long as the roots won’t interfere with leveling the unit and the debris from the trees are kept in control.

Tips For Your Outdoor Heat Pump

Keep snow and ice away from your outdoor heat pump unit. Always check your outside unit for excessive snow or ice on top of or around your heat pump. Turn your thermostat to emergency heat or off position and run warm water over the unit to melt the ice. Don’t use sharp objects to remove ice from coils. If you have continual problems with your unit icing up, call your HVAC technician at Greater Comfort to service your unit. Heat pumps work best when they are installed properly and in the right spot. If you have a leaking gutter above your unit, you should have it repaired quickly to avoid freezing up your unit. Heat pumps work ideally when they are 4 to 8 inches above ground level. This keeps the coils clear of snow and ice and allows for proper drainage. Your technician at Greater Comfort can raise your unit if it’s not up high enough. Gravel or stones around the unit will help facilitate drainage away from the unit.

Outdoor Air Conditioner Units

In fall or winter, cover the outdoor air conditioner unit when you will no longer be using it. This is great for areas with lots of trees and other shrubs. Falling branches can damage your unit and ice and snow can bend the fan blades. Don’t forget to remove the covering before you turn the unit back on in the spring or summer.

Caring For Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

It’s always a good idea to keep the trees and bushes around your HVAC unit trimmed and manicured. Make sure to keep you unit free of debris including lawn clippings when you’re cutting the grass. Regular maintenance and the proper care of your outdoor unit will help keep your system running efficiently for years to come. Call Greater Comfort Heating and Air conditioning if you have any questions or need your system checked.

Types of Air Filters For Your HVAC System

types of air filters for your HVAC SystemIndoor air quality is more of a problem today than it was 10 or 15 years ago. Newer, more tightly sealed homes are replacing older, draftier homes. Also older windows and doors are being replaced with newer options that keep your heat and air inside the house where it belongs. This makes changing your air filter in your HVAC system even more important. What types of air filters for your HVAC system, often depends on your lifestyle and how you use your system.

Types of Air Filters For Your HVAC System

indoor air qualityFlat Panel Fiberglass Filters

These disposable filters have a one-inch thick fiberglass pad held in a metal or cardboard frame. They are usually inexpensive which allows you to change them often. They protect the HVAC system from large airborne particles but they do nothing to improve the air quality of your home. If you smoke, live with pets, or have allergies then there are better filters that ensure better air quality.

Pleated Polyester Filters

These filters are also relatively inexpensive and disposable. The have an increased surface area because of the pleats that allows them to catch and contain more air particles. They filter smaller particles such as dust mites, bacteria, viruses and pet dander.

Electrostatic High Efficiency Pleated Polyester Filters

These filters do a better job at capturing smaller particles. They are great for allergy suffers and pet owners. Because they trap particles so well, they can get dirty quickly and if not changed they can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently.

HEPA Filters

Hospitals and medical facilities rely on HEPA  filters because they are the most efficient filters. They capture over 99% of all air particles. They can significantly improve the indoor air quality too. These are normally commercial filters that require professional installation form your HVAC company. Because they can reduce the air flow they don’t always work with home HVAC systems. Your HVAC technician can help you determine if there are HEPA filters available for your unit and if you would be wise to use them.

Reusable Air Filters

Air filters that can be washed over and over are made from material that is durable enough to handle washing and use. They are normally not as effective at improving indoor air quality as disposable filters. They are generally more expensive and require regular removing, washing and installing. They should never be installed wet, to prevent mold from growing.

Your Filter Size

Each HVAC unit has a unique filter size. The easiest way to find the right filter is to check on your current filter and get the same one. Once you know the size, you can buy the right filter each time.

Your HVAC technician from Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning can help you learn how to change your filter and give you recommendations on which filter would be best for your household. They can also let you know how often to change the filter, although once a month is recommended as a general rule. Please call Greater Comfort Heating and Air if you have questions or to schedule HVAC maintenance.

Winter Heat Pump Repairs in Northern Kentucky

heat pump repairs in Northern KentuckyWhen you go to bed at night, you expect your heat pump to keep the house warm all night long. So what happens when you wake up and it seems the heat pump is working hard and just can’t seem to keep up? We’ll give you some possible reasons why this may be a problem. Calling your HVAC company in Northern Kentucky to troubleshoot and fix the problem is normally necessary.

What Is A Heat Pump and How Does It Work

A heat pump is equipment that moves heat from one location to another location using mechanical means. There are two common types of heat pumps: air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps (geothermal). They each keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The difference is where they pull the air from. An air-source heat pump uses air from the outside in the winter and from the inside in the summer. A geothermal heat pump extracts heat from the indoors in the summer but when it’s cold outside it uses air from the ground.

A heat pump uses a refrigeration system with a compressor and two coils made from copper tubing surrounded by aluminum fins. The coils look similar to your car radiator. Like in your refrigerator, refrigerant flows continuously through pipes, back and forth from the outdoor coils. They will transfer the air into gas and back again and they can change the direction of the flow for cooling or defrosting the outside coils.

Air-Source heat pumps work well in milder climates where they can generate 3 ½ times more heat energy than the electrical energy they consume. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat instead of converting fuel.

Ground-source heat pumps are energy efficient central heating or air conditioning systems that pumps heat to and from the ground. Because the ground is an even temperature most of the year, you can expect to save money using this source.

Why Your Heat Pump May Not Be Working Right

As you can see, there are many potential places for your heat pump to begin malfunctioning. The most common problem is a dirty air filter. If changing the filter doesn’t help, there could be other causes. Most heat pumps have an emergency or back up heating system that operates automatically on the coldest days of the year. You may find your heat pump running fine but not keeping you warm enough on cold days and nights. When this happens you could have a problem with the thermostat, the heat pump, condenser, refrigerant, your backup electric heater or the wiring somewhere in between.

Winter Heat Pump Repairs in Northern Kentucky

When you notice your heating or cooling system just isn’t doing the job right, you can call the professionals at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. They will be happy to fix the problem and make sure your comfortable all year long. Call Greater Comfort today for fast, professional service you can depend on.

Commercial Heating Services in Florence Kentucky

commercial heating services in Florence KentuckyCommercial Heating services in Florence Kentucky provide you with new installations, repairs and maintenance for your commercial HVAC unit.  Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning offer a wide range of heating and cooling services to meet your needs and keep your building comfortable all year long.

Expert Service You Can Trust

Commercial heating repairs are inevitable.  Commercial heating services in Florence Kentucky requires a greater level of expertise than servicing residential heating and cooling systems. Commercial heating equipment is much larger, and designed to handle more intense use and heavier heating loads. Commercial HVAC systems are often more complex and are often designed to handle more zones than your average residential system. At Greater Comfort, you can depend on qualified technicians who can handle the complexity of your Commercial HVAC system.

Commercial Heating Services In Florence Kentucky

Emergency Heater Repair and Service

Heating repairs often occur on the coldest days of the year. You can rest assured you’re in good hands at Greater Comfort. We are available  for emergency heater repair 24/7 to get you and your business warm in no time.

Frequent breakdowns or an aging unit could be the signs you need to replace your heating system. At Greater Comfort you will get professional advice on replacing or repairing your system so that you have an efficient heating system that works with your budget.

Heating equipment is complicated and when one component malfunctions it can affect the entire system. You can rest assured Greater Comfort technicians are experienced in most heating systems and have the expertise to troubleshoot the problem quickly and get your system back up and running; fast and efficiently.

HVAC Maintenance

You can take advantage of Greater Comfort’s HVAC maintenance program to make sure your heating and cooling systems are in top shape. Avoid frequent repairs and protect the life of your heating and cooling systems by investing in routine maintenance.

New Installations

You can depend on the design services at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. We are dedicated to providing you and your building team with the best in technology and service. We are experienced in designing all size heating and cooling systems so that your building maintains the correct temperature in a cost effective way. We also handle air quality concerns. We will collaborate with your contractor to ensure our services are done on schedule and within budget.

For all your  Florence Kentucky commercial heating services, call the HVAC specialists at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning we look forward to working with you and your company to provide you with the professional commercial HVAC services.

Commercial Heating Services in Northern Kentucky

commercial heating services in Northern Kentucky

Commercial Heating services in Northern Kentucky provide you with new installations, repairs and maintenance for your commercial HVAC unit. Commercial heating repairs are inevitable. Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning offer a wide range of heating and cooling services to meet your needs and keep you and your employees or clients comfortable all year long.

Commercial Service is Unique

Commercial heating services in Northern Kentucky requires a greater level of expertise than servicing residential heating and cooling systems. Commercial heating equipment is much larger, and designed to handle more intense use and heavier heating loads. Commercial HVAC systems are often more complex and are often designed to handle more zones than your average residential system.

Commercial Heating Services In Northern Kentucky

Service and repair

You can depend on the quality work provided by Greater Comfort Heating and Air. Heating repairs often occur on the coldest days of the year. You can rest assured you’re in good hands at Greater Comfort. We are available 24/7 to get you and your business warm in no time.

Frequent breakdowns or an aging unit could be the signs you need to replace your heating system. At Greater Comfort you will get professional advice on replacing or repairing your system and which option is best financially.

Heating equipment is complicated and when one component malfunctions it can affect the entire system. You can rest assured Greater Comfort technicians are experienced in most heating systems and have the expertise to troubleshoot the problem quickly and get your system back up and running; fast and efficiently.

HVAC Maintenance

You can take advantage of Greater Comfort’s HVAC maintenance program to make sure your heating and cooling systems are in top shape. Avoid frequent repairs and protect the life of your heating and cooling systems by investing in routine maintenance. You can also maintain a safer working environment with routine HVAC maintenance.  Trust your heating and cooling system to the experts and allow our trained technicians to keep your system running efficiently for years.

HVAC Installations

You can depend on the design services at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. We are dedicated to providing you and your building team with the best in technology and service. We are experienced in designing all size heating and cooling systems so that your building maintains the correct temperature in a cost effective way. We collaborate with your contractor to ensure our services are done on schedule and within budget.

For all your commercial heating services in Northern Kentucky, call the HVAC specialists at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning we look forward to working with you and your company to provide you with the professional commercial services.

5 Steps To Removing Dust From Your Home

steps to removing dust from your home

Having trouble keeping up with the dust in your home? Not only is this a housekeeping chore that never gets finished, but it can cause health problems like asthma and allergies and put you at risk for other airborne illnesses. Here are 5 steps to remove dust from your home.

Change Your HVAC Filters

You should typically change your filters at least every 3-4 months each year. Some people do it as often as once a month. Your HVAC system will run better and this extra efficiency will show in your heating and cooling bills.

Vacuum and Wash Curtains and Rugs

Dust likes to hide in carpet and on rugs and curtains. One of the steps to removing dust from your home includes removing it from areas where it tends to build up. If you have severe allergies, you may want to consider removing the carpet from your home and replacing the curtains with dust resistant varieties.

Dust and Mop

Using a static or wet mop or dust cloth will catch the dust particles when you mop and dust. Be sure and pay particular attention to dust under furniture and beds where it can accumulate and attract dust mites. Always dust from the top down and vacuum or mop as a final step. Although you can eliminate a lot of dust, you will never fully get rid of all the dust.

Consider Options For Cleaner Air

Your HVAC company can determine ways to provide you with better indoor air quality. Today’s homes are built to be air tight for energy efficiency. This can also cause more problems with air quality For that reason, Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning offers a full line of indoor air quality services including installation and maintenance of air cleaners, purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and UV germicidal lights.

Clean Ductwork

Ductwork can get pretty dusty over time. This is an area of your home that can become moldy or dusty. Having your ductwork cleaned periodically can help you stay healthy and keep dust and mold spores from floating around your house.

5 Steps To Remove Dust From Your Home

As you can see, some of these steps you can do yourself during your regular home maintenance. Other steps, require your trusted HVAC company. Performing regular HVAC maintenance and providing you with services and products to give your home better air quality is what Greater Comfort Heating and Air is all about. For more information and help with eliminating dust from your home, call Greater Comfort and one of their technicians can help you determine ways that will keep dust to a minimum in your home.

Heating Company in Northern Kentucky

heating company in Northern KentuckyDo you have your heating company in Northern Kentucky in your contact list? We hope so. Not because you have needed heater repairs this year but because we hope that Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning has become a part of your home maintenance team.   As a HVAC company that is qualified to handle all your heating and cooling needs, we hope that you will consider us your personal HVAC company. We are committed to providing you with excellent customer service and care.

Heating Maintenance and Repairs

We offer a complete preventative maintenance program to provide you with proper care for your heating equipment. This will prevent you from voiding your warranty if your system is new and it will keep you from needed costly repairs if your system is older. Don’t wait until it gets really cold out to realize you should have maintained your heater. Instead, be proactive and keep your heater in it’s best shape all year long. This will increase its efficiency and it will end up lasting years longer than a heater you neglected.

Designing a New Heating System

If your system is older, too costly to fix or you are building a new heating system, our professional design technicians can create a system that will fit your home or office and work better than you thought possible. We are experienced in designing systems of all types and sizes to effectively and efficiently heat your home or business. Greater comfort has been helping homeowners and building designers to install heating systems for over 25 years.

High Heating Bills

Tired of paying large utility bills because it cost so much to heat your house? There are solutions. Greater comfort would be happy to perform an energy audit to determine where you are losing energy and what can be done to increase the efficiency of your heating system. We can also help you take advantage of rebates and programs that allow you to install more energy efficient models and systems including renewable energy systems that help capture the costs of heating your home.

The Best Heating Company in Northern Kentucky

Based in Newport Kentucky and servicing all of Northern Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Southeastern Indiana, Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning has over 60 years experience. They offer competitive rates and their technicians are factory trained to maintain and install systems by Lennox, Mitsubishi and other well-known HVAC manufacturers. They are a locally owned company who are proud of their customer service and high customer satisfaction rating.

When you need to find the best heating company in Northern Kentucky and the surrounding areas, call Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning today!

New Year’s Resolution – HVAC Maintenance

HVAC companyNew year’s Eve is just around the corner. Some people choose to make a New Year’s Resolution and some people figure, why bother? With good intentions, people will make a resolution to exercise more or start a diet only to find by January 31st they are back to their normal habits. Why not make a commitment this year to keep up with your HVAC system’s routine maintenance.

Why You Should Care About Getting HVAC Maintenance

HVAC systems require regular routine maintenance to perform at their peak. It is important as a home or business owner that you become familiar with your HVAC unit and it’s warranty. Your owner’s manual will recommend regular HVAC maintenance to ensure proper performance of the equipment. Failure to take care of your unit can void the warranty.

Your HVAC unit has many components that need proper adjustments, lubrications and servicing to keep them working properly. If you don’t provide your unit with the proper preventative HVAC maintenance, you will find yourself calling for repairs that would have been avoided if you had given your unit the proper care. Your warranty won’t cover these repairs.

Because of the complex machinery involved in your HVAC system, you need a trained professional to service your Units. Some parts of the HVAC system may require special chemicals to clean and maintain them properly.

New Year’s Resolution – Routine HVAC Maintenance

At Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer you worry free maintenance contracts that allow you to leave the care of maintaining your HVAC system to our professional technicians. We offer a schedule that allows you to enter the colder, winter months ready for your heat and the hotter, summer months ready for cool air. This is a cost effective way to keep your home or office at a comfortable temperature and climate. You also don’t have to worry about voiding your warranty because you forgot to call someone to service your units.

During your preventative HVAC maintenance we will also check for any problems we see. Catching a problem while it is small can save you a lot of down time and money if the problem would get out of hand.

Your New Year’s Eve Commitment

Start the New Year off with a commitment to call your HVAC company and schedule your bi-annual preventative HVAC maintenance. You will find having your heating and cooling system under control will give you peace of mind and keep you from needing emergency HVAC repairs all year long. Call the experts at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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