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Thermostat Issue? Here’s What to Know

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Our thermostats not only check the temperature, but they also serve to make sure the actual desired temperature is maintained in our home. We depend on our thermostat to detect the temperature – and then match the desired temperature we want in our home!

That means our thermostat plays an integral part in our family’s comfort in the home.

When our thermostats are operating as it should, all is well. But when they start acting weird and not operating properly, there are a couple of steps you can take to get to the root of the problem. Once your thermostat is working accurately again, you can have peace of mind and your family can go back to having ultimate comfort.

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How to Prepare Your Home for Spring Storms

We know that Spring weather means storms…storms that are often accompanied with high winds! Even though the weather can be unpredictable and it can change quickly in the Spring, we can be more prepared and safeguard our home by considering these 4 steps.

1. Check your gutters and clean out the built-up debris.

When the warmer weather hits, it’s tempting for us to spend more time outside. While you spend more time outside, consider checking your gutters to see if the winter debris has built up over the cold winter months. In all likelihood, it will be best for you or a professional to clean out your dirty gutter: after all, they are most likely full of leaves, acorns and other winter debris.

With all the other “Spring cleaning” we do, this is one not to forget—even though water-back up can do major damage to our home. Be sure not to ignore the state of your gutters, especially before any heavy rain, or storm!

2. Check your HVAC unit before severe storms hit.

Just like with other preventative measures, the weather in Spring may be unpredictable, but if we take a few proactive steps now, we can save ourselves a lot of issues if bad weather does hit. If the weather report says that a severe storm (or high winds and/or hail in particular) is on its way, and the AC is running, aim to continue to cool your home as much as possible. That’s because if the storm is bad enough, you may not be able to utilize the AC when the storm is passing through.

In less severe weather conditions, there are some other steps you will still want to take. If you have window units and the storm is severe enough, it may call for unplugging them during the storm, depending on the make and model. Of course you want to be sure any and all windows are securely closed, and that blinds and shades are completely drawn before any storm comes through.

Ensure that nothing such as patio furniture or lawn/gardening equipment is too close or near your HVAC unit. If winds get strong enough, chairs, lawn/patio furniture or fixtures, or any other kinds of objects can end up hitting your HVAC. You wouldn’t want any object to hit and damage your unit if you can prevent it from happening! In some cases, you may want to invest in a tarp or protective cover for your outside unit. Ask us for more information when we come to your home for your Spring tune-up.

3. Have basic supplies on hand.

If a power outage were to occur, would you have a basic amount of emergency supplies for you and your family?

It’s never a bad idea to have drinking water, a (transistor or battery-operated) radio of some kind, a first-aid kit, blankets and/or towels, flashlights, or even spare batteries on hand if any major storm hits.

Depending on just how bad the storm is anticipated to be, there may be even more emergency supplies you would want to have on hand—that’s just a list at minimum. Sometimes we have enough warning where we can also be sure that our cell phones are fully charged. Charging our cell phones as much as possible, and then preserving the battery if the electricity goes out is a safety measure that can be in the best interest of your family.

4. Be sure to check your HVAC after any severe storm with high winds and/or hail.

While the first 3 tips are meant to be done before a storm hits, if severe weather hits, you’ll want to take a look at the outside of your home—like your roof—and even inspect your HVAC unit.

Once it is safe to go outside, you want to be sure that your unit is still free of leaves, twigs, pollen, grass, or any other debris that the storm has moved close to the unit. Then, aim to look around your entire home and lawn to be sure no damage has occurred anywhere, not just to your HVAC, but to the rest of the home.

If you experienced extremely high winds or hail, take a close look at the unit itself making sure nothing has damaged it. If you have any concerns while looking over your unit (or hear any unusual sounds you have never heard before coming from the unit), be sure to give us a call.

When the bad weather is long gone, you can move your patio furniture back and adjust the blinds/windows within your home to your liking. These 4 tips may take a bit of time to implement, but in the end, a little bit of maintenance will save you money, help you avoid ugly repairs, and keep your family safe and comfortable.

Call the Experts at Greater Comfort 

Greater Comfort is your local heating and air conditioning company based in Newport, Kentucky. Our furnace and air conditioning experts proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and Southeastern Indiana.

Our highly trained technicians bring our special brand of expertise and customer service to every job we perform. Give us a call today for your spring tune-up/maintenance or AC install needs at 859-491-4915.


Why Every Homeowner Who Wants a Cool, Airtight Home Needs an Energy Audit

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Wanting to find areas that can quickly save you money? Or, perhaps you are looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Either way, it’s time for an energy audit.

How an Energy Audit Works

Energy audits are designed to provide an overview of how your home uses energy and in what ways you can reduce that consumption. Air leakage can increase heating and cooling costs over 30 percent. Air leakage can also contribute to comfort, health and safety-related problems. We work with you to make sure you aren’t wasting money with any hidden air leakage sites or inefficiencies in the home.

Diagnostic Tool: Blower Door Testing 

We use a blower door to measure air leaks in your home or building. You want to reduce leakage in order to:

  • Reduce energy consumption that is due to any air leakage
  • Avoid moisture condensation problems
  • Avoid unwanted drafts caused by air leakage
  • Determine airflow factors that are impacting your air quality

We seal up the building envelope, pressurize it with a blower fan, and measure the air loss to determine where the home is leaking.

One measure of a home’s leakage rate is called ACH, or air changes per hour. This measurement estimates how many times in one hour the entire volume of air inside the building/home leaks to the outside.

Leakier houses have higher ACH’s. For you, that means you have higher cooling and heating costs. Other “costs” include excess moisture, comfort-related issues, and health problems.

We use infrared cameras to pinpoint the exact location of each air leak and any spots where insulation is missing. By developing a clear map of your home’s insulation and potential leaks, we can recommend with precise accuracy where you need to have upgrades made. This is much faster and more cost efficient than having your entire home re-insulated.

What to Expect 

When we visit your home or building, we will want to do walk-through of your space together. This way, we can talk about any areas or zones you feel you have trouble cooling/heating, or any areas you notice more drafts than you’d like.

To prepare, know that we may need access to areas of the home that includes closets attics, your unused rooms, or even crawl spaces. Recall that we will be shutting exterior and interior doors and windows. Anything we would change, such as the controls on atmospheric fossil fuel appliances, we will set back upon completion of the audit. On average, this process may take about an hour. Ask us any questions you have about the process, or about how long it might take for your specific home or building.

The Benefits of an Energy Audit: An Energy Efficient Home With Controlled Ventilation

During our energy audit, we determine exactly where your home/building needs upgrades, and we will recommend changes that will increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.

The best part of a home energy audit is that you can then look at a list of specific actions that will save you money, as well as result in less noise pollution and less indoor air pollution. You then get to decide which, if any, changes you want to pursue.



How Can I Tell When I Need AC Repair?

When you need air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, time is of the essence. Delaying any necessary air conditioning repair services can have seriously negative impacts on both your comfort and the condition of your air conditioning system. Do not let minor problems lead to serious issues. Schedule prompt air conditioning repair with Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.® to protect your air conditioning equipment. Of course, in order to do so it is necessary for you to first recognize the need for air conditioning repair to begin with. Here are a few tips to help you do so from the professional air conditioning repair technicians on our team.

How to Tell AC Repair is Necessary

One sign that air conditioning repair may be necessary is a sudden spike in the cost of operating your air conditioning system. If you notice that your AC bills are on the rise despite not having changed your usage habits, there is a good chance that some problem with your system is causing it to operate with less efficiency than it ought to. Contact a repair professional immediately. The longer you wait to do so, the longer you will be paying too much money for too little return from your system. Plus, the risk of serious damage to your system is increased.

If you find that only certain spots in your home are getting cool, you may also require air conditioning repair services. Uneven cooling is not an uncommon problem, but it can have some serious implications for the condition of your air conditioner. It could be that your AC is undersized, which may necessitate the need for air conditioning replacement. However, it could also mean that you have a refrigerant leak cutting down on the cooling power of your AC. Your ductwork may also be damaged in some way. Whatever the cause of the issue, a professional air conditioning repair technician can help get your system back on track.

To learn more about how to tell when professional Cincinnati AC repair is necessary, contact Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.® We have the answers to all your questions. Let us help determine how to restore your AC to maximum performance levels.