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Emerging 30 Business

 

emerging 30We are pleased to announce that on October 23, we will be recognized at Northern Kentucky Chamber’s Emerging 30 Celebration presented by Strauss Troy. We are honored to be included in the list, as one of the region’s fastest growing businesses.

Our Accomplishments

In order to be recognized during this event we had to be a chamber member who has been in business for over 4 years and we had to sustain an average annual growth of 15% or more over the last 3 years. Annual revenue had to be over $250,000 for the prior year-end too.

Thanks For Your Support

Our customers and clients are important to us and providing you with friendly, professional service is our goal. Your support is what made this status possible. We would like to personally invite you to the event and offer our sincere gratitude for choosing Greater Comfort Heating and Air as your HVAC company.

The Emerging 30 Celebration

The Northern Kentucky Chamber will meet at the Mets Center at 3861 Olympic Boulevard in Erlanger KY. You will have an opportunity to meet, greet and network with the areas most successful businesses between 5-6. At 6:00 the businesses who qualify as Emerging 30 businesses will be honored and recognized.

We are excited and delighted to be considered one of the most successful companies in the region. At the Emerging 30 Celebration we look forward to meeting you, thanking you personally and seeing how we can work together in the future.

The cost of the event is $30 and you can register for the event HERE. Hope to see you there!

If you have event and registration questions, please contact the NKY Chamber Special Events team:

Christie Rogers, Special Events Director

crogers@nkychamber.com

859-426-3652

 

Brooke Schievink, Special Events Assistant

bschievink@nkychamber.com

859-426-3651

 

The 2014 designees are: Advantage Tent & Party Rental, Alpha Omega Industries LLC, Altus Wealth Management, Bannockburn Global Forex LLC, Bluegrass Commercial Group LLC, Bonfiglioli USA, Business Backer, Cove Federal Credit Union, Cru Cutters LLC, Divisions Maintenance Group, The Dragonfly Foundation, Dynamic Supply Chain Solutions LLC exclusive agent for PEI, Emerge Managed Solutions, Federal Supply, First in Trailer Service Inc., Furlong Building Enterprises, G2Local, Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., Ion/Apex Electric, Keller Williams Realty Services, Legion Logistics LLC, McAndrews Windows and Glass, Nexigen Communications LLC, Plumb Tite LLC, Professional Waste Consulting LLC, PSWARE LLC, RecruitMilitary, Red Hawk Technologies LLC, Roundtower Technologies, and Wieda’s Marine.

Why You Need Routine HVAC Maintenance

This time of year many people are turning on their heaters for the first time this year. You can schedule your preseason HVAC maintenance  for your heating system if you haven’t already scheduled it. Here are some reasons why you need to have a routine HVAC maintenance program.

Do You Want Your System To Run Like A fine-tuned Machine

routine HVAC maintenance

You wouldn’t run you car without checking the oil and servicing the car when you need to and your HVAC system works the same way. The better care you take of your heating, ventilating and cooling system, the better it will run. You can expect to stay comfortable on hot or cold days and to experience trouble free operation when you take advantage of a bi-annually or annual routine HVAC maintenance  Program.

Repairs Can Be Costly

Many people avoid routine HVAC maintenance to save money. What they don’t realize is that you can add between 3-5 years life to your heating and cooling system when you are up to date on preventative maintenance. Many manufacturers will void a warranty where the owner has failed to keep up with routine maintenance. Often costly repairs are more expensive then the routine HVAC maintenance that would have prevented them.

Efficient HVAC Systems Save Money

If your HVAC system isn’t running right, you can expect to spend more on your energy costs. Your HVAC system requires lubrication to run smoothly and prevent resistance that can increase the amount of energy you use and wear the system out sooner. New filters can also help.

Keep Your Family Safe

Routine maintenance can help you keep your family safe by fixing leaking systems. Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer in the home and you don’t want to find out your heating system is contaminating your air with gases that were never meant to leave your unit. Faulty electrical connections can also cause shorts, power outages and fires.

When to Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance

Your HVAC company will set up automatic preseason HVAC maintenance so that your heating unit is up and running before it gets cold and your air conditioning is checked before it gets hot. You don’t want to put off having your system checked only to find it’s not working on the coldest or hottest day of the year and your HVAC company is swamped with calls.

Call your local HVAC company, Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning, to set up your routine HVAC Maintenance today!

When Lightening Strikes Your AC Unit

AC repairmanWhen storms are present, you can expect to see lightening and with lightening, damage. Unfortunately for homeowners, lightening can damage your AC unit or heat pump pretty quickly. Here are a few tips to help when lightening strikes your AC unit.

Document the Storm For Insurance

If you have homeowners insurance, be sure and document when the storm took place and take pictures of any damage. It is important to have as much evidence and documentation as possible.

Inspect the Thermostat and Circuit Breakers

The first thing you should do is inspect your thermostat to see if it is still working. You may need to replace batteries or check the circuit breaker to make sure it’s not tripped. If the circuit breaker keeps tripping off, you need to call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. If the thermostat stays on, adjust the temperature so that the unit comes on.

See If The Unit Turns On

You can listen for the fan inside and the condenser outside to turn on. If the fan isn’t working and the circuit breakers are fine, call your Air Conditioning repair service technician. Outside, there may be circuit breakers next to your condenser. Make sure these are on and not tripping. If you can’t get the unit to run or it keeps tripping the breaker, you need some air conditioning repair, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning.

When Lightening Strikes Close By

You can experience a surge in your electric that can really mess up your Heating and Air Conditioning as well as other electrical or plumbing components in your house. Sometimes the damage doesn’t show up right away and if your not home, you may not realize it was storm related. You can always call Greater Comfort for a full inspection of your Heating and air conditioning systems to make sure your systems are operating properly. Although it is impossible to diagnose future problems, some tests can detect deficiencies in how your system is running. Unfortunately, once a claim is made to insurance, even if another problem occurs down the road, it cannot be included later.

When it comes to protecting your AC, you might want to turn the system off in severe weather. If you have any questions about what to do when lightening strikes your AC unit, call the experts at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning and they can help answer your questions and address your concerns.  If you need an AC repairman, they have factory trained technicians who can provide you with friendly competent service.

Why Indoor Air Quality is Important

indoor air qualityIndoor air quality is important to every person in the United States. We have all heard the news on second hand smoke and carbon monoxide. But there are many things that can contribute to poor air quality. Most people will spend a significant amount of time indoors, either in their home or office. Pollutants in the air can cause headaches, eye irritations, allergies and asthma or fatigue. Long-term effects include heart disease and cancer.  It is unclear how much exposure to air pollutants will cause a problem and what long-term effects might occur.

Common Indoor Sources of Air Pollutants Include:

-New Carpet

-Broken Compact Fluorescent light bulbs

-New Electronics

-Glues and Adhesives

-Paints and Strippers

-Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces and Chimneys

-Upholstered Furniture

-Pressed Wood products, Paneling, Particle Board

The EPA has a complete list of indoor air pollutants and what to do about them.  Go to the publication : inside story

Stale Air

Poor air quality occurs when there isn’t a good exchange between indoor air and outdoor air or fresh air. Indoor air is ventilated naturally through cracks around the doors and windows in your home and through vents that transfer good air in and bad air out. As most homeowners are good about sealing cracks that air could get in and out of, a ventilation system is often necessary to get rid of the stale air.

Determining If You Have Poor Indoor Air Quality

Testing is a good way to determine if your home has radon. There are also carbon monoxide testers too. You can use your symptoms to determine if you have good indoor air quality. This is especially true if you have recently moved into a new home. This isn’t always the best way to tell because the symptoms could mimic a virus or other ailment. You may also notice these signs that can indicate your home may not have enough ventilation which include moisture condensation on windows or walls, smelly or stuffy air, dirty central heating and air cooling equipment, and areas where books, shoes, or other items become moldy To detect odors in your home, step outside for a few minutes, and then upon reentering your home, note whether odors are noticeable.

What You Can Do About Poor Indoor Air Quality

The best way to eliminate bad indoor air quality is to remove the source of the problem. This might include sources of allergens and pollutants. You can also make sure to open windows and doors when you can and to run existing ventilators when you are doing things in the kitchen, painting or using the bathroom. Air purifiers can help but most that are sold don’t do the trick. Advanced designs of new homes are starting to feature mechanical systems that bring outdoor air into the home. Some of these designs include energy-efficient heat recovery ventilators (also known as air-to-air heat exchangers). If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to improve the air quality of your home or office, contact Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning and they will be happy to help you.

Energy Savings and Reducing Energy Consumption

reducing energy consumptionFinding ways to help our customers by saving energy and reducing energy consumption is a priority at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. Most people today are concerned with the high cost of heating and cooling their homes.  People are looking for ways to utilize green technology and reduce their overall utility bills.  Here are a few things we can do to help.

Energy Audits

We offer energy audits that identify specific areas of your home that can benefit from changes and upgrades.  We examine your insulation, ductwork and ventilation, so that our technicians can show you where you are losing energy and how you can save money at your home or business.  We have found, the most effective way for reducing energy consumption is by improving the efficiency of your current system.

Recovery Ventilators

We offer both heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators to improve the indoor air quality without losing the heated or cooled air out the window.  With these systems, you get fresh air while retaining all of your heated or cooled air.

Green Technology Upgrades

The other way to achieve energy savings is through upgrades to your heating and cooling system. You can explore adding green technology, such as solar heating or electricity. We also offer green–friendly options including ductless mini split heat pumps with SEER ratings well over 20. These systems not only reduce the use of energy to cool your home, but also eliminate the need for fuel–based heating on all but the coldest nights of the winter.

Saving Energy and Reducing Energy Consumption

When you work with an expert in saving energy, you will find there are many ways to reduce your energy bill and improve your HVAC system’s efficiency.  You don’t have to be uncomfortable to save money and you don’t have to spend a fortune to be comfortable.  Today’s innovations give you many options when it comes to green technology and energy efficient HVAC systems.

If you’re ready to see what you can do to save money on your heating and cooling bill, you don’t have to wait for a repair or an emergency to call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning.  We would be happy to come along side you and help you determine what necessary changes could save you a ton of money on your utility and fuel bills.  When it comes to saving energy and reducing energy consumption, Greater Comfort has been helping customers do that for over 25 years.

If you have any questions about your HVAC system, energy savings and reducing energy consumption, we will be happy to help you.  We service Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, and Southeastern Indiana.  Call today and get the savings started.

Do You Need A Dehumidifier in Northern Kentucky?

dehumidifier in Northern KentuckyThere are many reasons why you need a dehumidifier in Northern Kentucky.  Hot summer temperatures, rainy days, and runoff are a few of the common factors that make a dehumidifier an important part of your Kentucky home. It is often in the fall when you don’t run your air conditioner all the time that the need for a dehumidifier becomes apparent.  Here are a few signs that might indicate you need a dehumidifier in Northern Kentucky:

Mold, Mildew and Musty Smells

If you notice mold or mildew in your home, you need to see if there is an underlying cause for the mold.  Leaking water or excess water in baths, kitchens and laundry rooms may cause mold and mildew around the walls, ceilings or behind toilets and sinks.  These can be fixed.  If you notice mold or mildew on walls and ceilings or in basements, garages and storage areas, you may have moisture that needs to be removed with a dehumidifier.  Musty smells are also an indication of growing mold.  Mold and mildew are unhealthy and need to be addressed quickly.

Feeling Stuffy and Hot

One of the reasons you may need a dehumidifier in your home is if you experience feeling stuffy during hot weather.  Your body’s sweat allows you to stay cool in hot weather, when excess moisture is in the air, your sweat cannot evaporate and keep you cool.  Feeling stuffy and hot may be an indication you need to remove some of the moisture in your home’s air.

Condensation on Windows

If you notice excess condensation on your windows for no apparent reason, you probably have too much moisture in your air.  This can lead to mold and other problems. It is also an indication you need a dehumidifier to help control the moisture and the problems associated with excess moisture in the air.

Ruined Wood and Furniture

Wood and furniture show the signs of extra humidity in the home.  Warped wood or damaged furniture are an indication that too much moisture lingers in the air.  Water marks on baseboards and in the basement are another indication of a moisture problem.

Finding a Dehumidifier in Northern Kentucky

A properly installed dehumidifier in Northern KY will reduce humidity throughout your entire home whenever turned on. The device, usually installed at your air handler or in the basement, runs whenever relative humidity reaches a certain point. Some thermostats can even be connected to these systems, so you can control the humidity level from whichever room you are currently in.  Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning is committed to providing comfort to the homeowner in Northern Kentucky or Greater Cincinnati.  They maintain and install many HVAC systems and air quality control devices including dehumidifiers.  They can help you design the perfect solution for your home.

Gear Up For Fall – New Heating Options

new heating optionsNew heating options are available to customers who are considering replacing their old heaters.  Older furnaces and boilers may not be as energy efficient as the new models.  If you are thinking about replacing your unit in 2014, now is the time to consider what your new heating options are.

Deciding What Type Heat You Need

Every home is different.  Our installation team can help you decide which system is best for your home.  It doesn’t matter if you have a traditional forced air gas furnace, a heat pump or a broiler that is 50 years old, we can help you design the best solution for your home and the existing duct work you might have.  Our aim is to provide you with the best system that offers the best energy efficiency to keep you comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside.

Dual Heating Systems

Heat pumps are a very energy efficient way to heat and cool a house.  They transfer the hot air out of a house in the summer and bring the hot air into the house in the winter.  Until recently, they were only used for air conditioning except in the warmer climates.  Today’s more efficient heat pumps work when the temperature is above 35 degrees.  As we all know, in the tri-state there are many colder days and days where the temperature is below freezing.  This is when a dual system will switch to the gas furnace and keep your house warm on colder days.  Having the option to heat the house both ways is an energy efficient way to heat and cool your house.

Rebates and Tax Credits

There may be rebates and tax credits if you purchase a new heating system.  Rebates are available through Lennox, Mitsubishi and York.  You may also get a rebate through Greater Comfort or your utility company.  Possible tax credits are available through your state or federal government.  Because these rebates are always changing and new rebates may become available, it is best to call Greater Comfort at the time of your purchase to see what is available.

Maintenance for Your New Heating Options

When you consider new heating options for your home, you should also consider an HVAC maintenance program.  You wouldn’t buy a car and not expect to put new tires on it or replace the oil or oil filters.  Your HVAC system is the same.  Periodic maintenance, lubrication and new filters will keep your system running smoothly for years to come.  Factory Trained technicians can help prevent maintenance issues and if ever you do need repair they can troubleshoot your system quickly and efficiently so that you always have your HVAC system keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning and let us help you choose from the new heating options available to you.

Labor Day Marks The End Of Summer

labor day Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the achievements of workers.   Labor Day Parades, speeches and gatherings are held as a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Labor Day has a unique history but most people just enjoy getting a day off from their labor and kids enjoy their first three day weekend.

The Start of School

Most Americans think of Labor Day as the end of summer.  It wasn’t long ago that many schools started after Labor Day.  With the trend toward shorter summers and year round school, schools are starting earlier each year.  Today Labor Day is the 2nd or 3rd week of school and often the first three day weekend of the school year.  This is a great time to spend doing something fun in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky. Greater Comfort Heating and Air will also be celebrating Labor Day but rest assured if you have an emergency or need air conditioning repairs, we will be available to get your system up and running.

Sports and Labor Day

In Sports, many NCAA teams usually play their first games the weekend of Labor Day, and NFL traditionally plays their first game the following Thursday. Here is the football schedule.   NASCAR also has races on Labor Day as well as the National Hot Rod Association.  You may be able to catch a tennis tournament as well.  Spending time with your family on Labor Day whether that means watching a sports game like the Kentucky Wildcats or playing football in your backyard is a great way to build relationships and create memories.  Don’t let air conditioning repairs keep you from staying cool for the game.  If you are experiencing A/C problems, Greater Comfort is here to help.

Labor Day Marks the Last Days of Summer

Labor Day is a great time for outdoor parties and BBQ’s.  It won’t be long until the air will start cooling down and temperatures in the Tri-State area will begin to get colder.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the weather and your friends and family outside.  This is also a great time to finish outdoor projects and maintenance at your house.  Having an extra day off can give you a needed break from your work schedule and give you time to spend working on your honey-do list.  Don’t forget now is also a good time to consider a HVAC Maintenance Program.  Summer is ending and fall is just around the corner.  You will soon be switching from the A/C to your heating system.  There is no better time to check you system and get ready for the new season.  If you have any questions about a HVAC Maintenance Program, please call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning and let us keep you comfortable all year long.

End of Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

end of summer HVAC maintenance tips

It’s that time of year again for end of summer HVAC maintenance tips.   Kids have started back to school and soon it will be starting to cool down.  Many people are now facing empty houses during the day and need to consider setting their thermostats down.  Now is the perfect time to do a little maintenance on your HVAC unit.  Taking a few minutes to have a Greater Comfort technician perform some of these end of summer HVAC maintenance tips will save you time and money in the long run.

Your Maintenance Inspection

During your HVAC inspection, a friendly, professional technician will:

Replace your air filter.  It has been collecting dust and who knows what else all summer long.  It’s time to get rid of all that junk.

Check for abnormal odors or sounds, indicating a leakage. They will make sure your system is not leaking and repair any leaks.

Inspect fans and other bearings and apply lubricant where necessary to ensure smooth running.

Inspect and clean drains, tubing and nozzles. Check for drips, leaks and condensation to discourage mildew from forming.

Other End of Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

During the summer you may have noticed brush, trees and weeds growing near your unit.  You should trim any foliage that is growing too close.  Clean up and clear away anything that might be a fire hazard.  This includes dirt and leaves. Leaves attract bugs and ants that can easily get inside your system and cause problems. Keep this area of your yard free of any obstruction that might interfere with your HVAC system.

Set your thermostat to adjust to the changing weather or to an empty house.  You may find with the kids in school, it no longer makes sense to run the air all day long.  Many people are switching to digital thermostats because they can be programmed so easily and they can be monitored better.  Including this change in your End of summer HVAC maintenance tips allows you to determine if you are satisfied with this aspect of your HVAC system.

Annual Maintenance Agreement

If you would like to have a thorough inspection of your HVAC system by a factory trained professional, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning today.  They also have annual maintenance agreements available to ensure your system is up and running for each season.  They will inspect and maintain your HVAC system twice a year to keep it running smoothly year in and year out.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Program in Northern KY

air conditioning maintenance program in Northern KYHaving an air conditioning maintenance program in Northern KY can give you peace of mind each year.  Having a company go through your air conditioning system to make sure things are running smooth before the season starts is a great way to ensure you will experience a good cooling season.

Professional Technicians

The technician that performs your air conditioning maintenance program in Northern KY needs to be knowledgeable, friendly and willing to go the extra mile to make sure your system is running good.  At Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning, you can depend on their friendly staff to be factory trained and experienced in all aspects of your cooling system.  They are courteous, efficient and respectful of your time.  They show up on time and complete their job without wasting time.

Experienced Air Conditioning Company

Greater Comfort has been serving the Tri-State area for decades.  They offer their air conditioning maintenance program in Northern Kentucky, Southwest Ohio, and Southeast Indiana.  Because we live in the central part of the United States, we can experience hot summers and cold winters.  Greater Comfort offers a maintenance program that not only covers your cooling system but also your heating system.  They have many happy customers that have been relying on them to take care of their heating and cooling needs since 1988.  You can depend on them to do the same for you.

What an Air Conditioning Maintenance Program in Northern KY Checks

When your technician arrives they will systematically go through your cooling system.  They will check all of the components including your compressor, evaporator and they will check the refrigerant.  They will look for loose wires and check all disconnects and wiring to ensure your system is working properly.  They will also clean the area and drains of debris.    They also change filters and any other parts that need replaced.  When they are done, you’ll be ready to use your system and start out the cooling season ready to go.

Your Typical Maintenance Program

At Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning, they offer an annual Northern KY maintenance program.  They agree to visit 2 times a year, usually in April and October.  They come at your convenience so you know they are there and when they service your unit.  They offer pre-season checkups on your heating system and cooling system so that you can rest assured you will be comfortable and your system will start up and work right away.  They also help with thermostat settings too.  For all your cooling and heating needs, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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