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Going On Vacation? Here Are the Top Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home

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Are you taking a vacation this summer?

Vacation is a great time to relax and unwind. And how much better would it be if you came back to a smaller electric bill that month? Add these quick and easy energy-saving tips to your packing and prep list to save a little money while you are away!

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This is What You Might Not Know About Air Filters

everything to know about air filtersHeating and air conditioning can be…well, complex. Want to know one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your air quality? The answer: simply by using air filters.

Originally, filters were built into HVAC systems to keep the moving parts of the furnace free of dust and debris. But, fast forward to today, and air filters are primarily used to improve the quality of the air that flows through your home. Continue reading

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2 Steps to Take Before Buying Your New Home

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So you’re thinking about buying a new home. Maybe it’s your first, or maybe you’ve owned several homes in the past.

Either way, here are two critical—but often overlooked—steps to take when you are narrowing down, or making a final decision on buying a new home.

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12 Fun Facts that Will Surprise You About Air Conditioning

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We are lucky to be able to get through the dog days of summer without much discomfort. It’s wonderful to be able to sit through a long business lunch in a suit without breaking a sweat—and to come in from an afternoon of yard work and feel the refreshing blast of air greet us at the door. Or to snuggle into our favorite pajamas and not miss a wink because we didn’t have to wake up feeling like we were baking.

Here are some surprisingly cool facts about the innovation that keeps us comfortable during these hot summer days and nights. Continue reading

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Learn the Benefits of an HVAC Zoning System

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With a home zoned heating and cooling system, you can customize the comfort of each part of your house. That also means you can cut down on wasted energy, especially in rooms that you barely spend any time in!

What is a Home Zone System?

A home zone system is a heating and cooling system that divides the house into different zones, just like it sounds. Each zone typically has a separate thermostat to help manage the heating and cooling of that part of the house.

Each zone also has electronic dampers in the ductwork which can help control the amount of hot or cold air that is sent to each zone.

In order to set up a “zoned home,” you just set each thermostat to the temperature you want for that area, and your system opens or closes the dampers enough to achieve that desired temperature. This way, you are saving money by not over-heating or over-cooling parts of your house that don’t need to be at that temperature. If you’re thinking of your basement, attic, front or back of your house that’s always a different temperature than you’d like – this might be a solution for you!

Here are 4 situations when a zoned home might be a solution for you.

  1. Multi-story homes. Many people have homes that have an upstairs and a lower level. If you do, you are well aware that hot air rises in the home, and as a result your top floors are going to consistently be warmer than your other levels. If you make each floor a zone, you can better control the temperature across your home, which means saved energy and a more comfortable, even temperature no matter what level you are on!
  2. Rooms you don’t often use or spend time in. People with studies, guest rooms, attics, or sometimes even a basement, aren’t always using all the areas of their home on a regular basis. You shouldn’t be paying to cool or heat those areas, just like you are paying to cool or heat areas like the kitchen or your bedroom – areas that you often occupy! When you split your home into zones, you no longer have to spend so much energy to keep those areas at the same temperature as the rest of the house – until you want to.
  3. Different preferences on the desired temperature of the house. Do you have that family member who is always cold, or maybe always warmer than everyone else? Or maybe your house is divided – and some people like it cooler, and some people like it a bit warmer. If this sounds familiar, home zoning is one way to keep everyone happy and at the temperature that makes them feel comfortable!
  4. Sun or large windows that impact the air in your home. North-facing and south-facing rooms have naturally different temperatures, and if you have high ceiling or windows, this can also impact how your home is naturally being heated or cooled. In the past, you may have found that customizing each area of the home would almost be impossible because of these factors. Now, with home zoning , you can have different temperature control zones that give you greater control of your comfort but also reduce your energy consumption.

But is home zoning worth the installation cost, including in an existing home?  

It’s true that home zones are most commonly installed in new construction, or when you are replacing the HVAC units in your home, but remember that they can be cost-effective even as a separate project. Additionally, remember that you comfort can be greatly impacted, which can be worth that investment.

Ready to keep every area of your home at the right temperature?

Home zone systems come in a variety of costs and configurations. They include an electronic damper installed into the ductwork for each zone, controlled by a thermostat located in the zone, and wired through a central control panel.

Generally speaking, some also include redesigning of the ductwork layout to improve your zone efficiency, and more advanced devices to balance the air pressure in the ducts and for other improvements to the process. In a large home, or in some cases, in historic/older homes where comfort throughout the house is hard to achieve, two separate heating and cooling systems can be installed to further increase efficiency.

Call Greater Comfort For Your Indoor Comfort Needs

By having the experts at Greater Comfort take a look at your home, we can help you find the solution that can give you greater control over the temperature in your home. Want to learn more? Give the experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915.

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Why You Should Hire a Design-Build HVAC Contractor For Your Next Project

design build HVAC contractor cincinnati ohio greater comfortLooking for design and build services?

What makes our services unique from so many others is that we can both design and build your systems from scratch as needed – all with our more than 28 years of experience in doing so.

Energy costs are the largest ongoing expense of a home or commercial building – besides, in some cases, taxes. A system that provides total comfort efficiently is a major feature that every owner wants but at the same time, construction costs are always important to take a look at as well. But that’s part of why you want to build an entire system designed, built and matched to work as efficiently as possible for the very specific demands you will place on it.

The question remains: when – and why – should you use an experienced, HVAC design-build firm to design and construct your HVAC system?

1. Experienced professionals with your best interest in mind.

When you need a team that can be completely devoted to your project, you need a design build HVAC team. With a team of experts, you know that you are getting a solution from a team that’s seen similar projects (and challenges) before.

The heating and air conditioning industry is robust, offering a number of solutions for home and business owners in almost every region, and certainly the Tri-State is no different!

2. The ability to build from the ground-up.

Only a select few can both design and build your HVAC system from the ground up – knowing the limitations and challenges that inevitable come with projects that they’ve been a part of, similar to yours. From measurement of the square footage in your home requiring heat, to fabrication of your ductwork, and development of a ventilation system that allows in fresh air without wasting valuable heating and cooling, our designers strive for the perfect balance of comfort and cost efficiency.

This special combination of services allows us to be a leading expert in all forms of heating and air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair – all of which you want from your HVAC expert team.

3. Accountability to you. 

Many people and business owners are concerned with timeline and costs incurred – which is very understandable. Also, many times, the longer a project goes on, or the more delays a project has, the more costs are incurred, but it’s our responsibility to make sure not only are efficiency and budget needs met but, both that those are met with installation and ongoing operations.

Design build HVAC professionals can be your advocate to make sure timelines are followed – as well as budgets! Think of them as the team that helps hold everyone accountable, which an invaluable resource when it comes to getting the project done, on time and on spec. That’s the real expertise that you need in the design-build method.

Call Greater Comfort For Your Design–Build Engineered and Certified Drawing Services

In recent years, design–build contracts have become a significant trend in the home construction and HVAC industries. Under the standard design–bid–build approach, the design and construction of a home or commercial building is separated, which means you end up paying for separate services. This can increasingly add to your bill by the time the project is complete.

By having one of our engineers design your construction and home comfort or commercial HVAC systems, there is only one contract and one price for the overall project. Want to learn more? Give the experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915.

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What to Know About Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

greater comfort_get rewarded for your energy efficiencyYou can lower your taxes by installing a surprising number of improvements to your house, from more insulation to a complete solar energy system. There are lots of rules to examine – and here we take a look at just a few. Fortunately, we can help lead you to these tax savings based on your specific situation. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill

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Who isn’t looking for easy ways to save money – in the short-term and long-term – when it comes to their energy bill? Whether it is your home or place of business, here are 5 of the top ways to save money on your energy bill this spring and summer. Continue reading

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No Ductwork? No Problem

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The Pros and Cons of Ductless Air Conditioning

Are you adding air conditioning to an existing house? Does the house have radiators or other “non-ducted” heating systems, or you are adding-on to a home or office? There’s good news: there is an alternative to installing ductwork throughout the space: a “mini-split” AC system. Continue reading

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7 Factors to Consider Before Installing an AC System

ac install in greater cincinnati Greater Comfort expertsConsidering a new AC system install? Here are 7 things to consider first.

1. Consider the size.

The size of the unit is key providing you with comfort, efficiency and longevity. Who wouldn’t want those 3 benefits from their system?

If the unit is running constantly, it is too small and will fail to cool your house enough in very hot weather. If the unit starts and stops frequently, it is too large and uses a lot of electricity – so it really is just as important as any other factor impacting how well your system will work for you. We can help insure that you have the correct size unit(s) for your home.

2. Find out more about your air quality.

You already know that quality of air is a critical component when it comes to comfort – and when it comes to our heath and well-being. Adjusting the airflow is important – and often times families aren’t even aware it is a problem. Tell the experts at Greater Comfort so we can test and adjust your ducts to fix the problem and to assure smooth airflow. We can help you find the right system of air quality control devices to bring you greater quality of air (1, 2).

3. Look for ductwork that works.

Good ductwork is an essential part of your system, since leaks can slow the cooling process and of course, they can impact efficiency. Know that we can seal or replace leaky ductwork to increase efficient cooling (1, 2).

4. Don’t forget about your coolant.

Becaus the price of Freon has increased greatly, it may be smarter to replace your AC unit, rather than to continue replacing Freon. Experts can guide you through this process to make sure you are informed and all your questions are answered (1, 2).

5. Consider the alternatives.

Today, you do not need vents to add air conditioning to your home. Traditionally, if you had radiators instead of a forced-air furnace, you had to install a full-house system of venting, or settle for window AC units. With a new ductless “mini-split” air conditioner you need only indoor air handlers, with no renovation (except a small hole in the wall to connect the outdoor and indoor units).

6. Set it and leave it!

If your thermostat is working adequately you can keep it, and save the cost of a new one. But in the long run, if you upgrade to a programmable thermostat, you can save money and not worry about adjusting the thermostat daily. Programmable thermostats will also save you money – while ensuring comfort – in the long-run. This is something that should be taken into consideration before getting any new system (1, 2).

7. Do the math.

Ready to save hundreds per year? They say that the numbers don’t lie and that may just be true when it comes to your HVAC. Other factors aside, here’s a common test you can use in order to decide whether to repair or replace your current air conditioner. Multiply the age of the unit (in years) by the repair cost. If that exceeds $5000, it may be time to replace the unit. Ask us for more information about crunching the numbers (1, 2).

Call the Experts at Greater Comfort to Learn More

If you’re exploring the idea of an AC install knowing your system will need an upgrade or replacement, if you’re just doing preliminary research, or if you need a new unit immediately, we have you covered. We’ve installed, maintained and repaired more than 25,000 HVAC systems in our 28-year history. Give the experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915 today.

Sources/References That Were Used Directly for this Blog:

  1. http://www.acdesignsinc.net/blog/4-things-you-should-know-about-air-conditioning-installation/
  2. http://blackdiamondtoday.com/blog/how-to-know-if-your-ac-installation-has-been-done-professionally

 

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