With hot temperatures this time of year, it can be easy to want to blast cold air to find relief from the heat in your office. Instead of doing that, follow these tips to beat the heat while also cutting your energy bill. Continue reading
Have you ever sat in your office and thought that there’s a lot of energy being used to run your building?
If you have, you’re right. In fact, commercial facilities use nearly 19 percent of ALL the energy used in the US to run their buildings (4). Continue reading
Most Americans spend quite a lot of time indoors. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the majority of us spend as much as 90% of our working hours in an office or indoor environment (1).
The quality of the air we are breathing inside these buildings has a direct impact on our lungs, our body systems, our comfort, and our day to day well-being. This makes the quality of this indoor air a major concern to businesses, building managers, tenants, and employees of these spaces.
Nothing is worse than walking into a building where the thermostat is broken. Now imagine if it’s your small business or office where potential and current customers visit.
For the average thermostat, it lasts about 10 years, but after that mark, they start to have issues (6). If you’re wondering if your thermostat in your office or small business is broken, here are some signs. Continue reading
As we dive into colder weather, we’re overwhelmed with lots of yummy baked treats, holiday decorations, and of course, the oh-so beautiful snow!
As beautiful as the winter season is, it does tend to bring freezing temperatures along with it. Cold temps mean that our heating systems have to work a little harder, which also means we usually have to dish out a little extra cash on our energy bills.
So, ‘tis the season to cut back on energy bills! We’ve got some new tips and tricks to help you save this year.
Let’s Get Started
- Use your fans. If you have fans, use them! Whether it be spring, summer, fall, or winter, promoting better airflow throughout your home will help you save a few extra bucks. Fans will help circulate your air to keep you more comfortable without tampering with the thermostat. But remember, they don’t alter the temperature, so be sure to turn them off when you’re not home (1).
- Do your laundry and dishes at night. Did you know that many power companies offer discounts for non-peak energy use? In other words, you could save a good chunk of change if you simply do your chores past 8pm! Call your utility company and inquire about off-peak discounts. If they offer one, ask about the details and what hours they’re offered—each company is usually different (1).
- Be sure that your HVAC vents are squeaky clean. In order for your HVAC system to run to its best ability, it needs to be clean! Make sure that you regularly clean vents and ducts, and replace air filters often. You’ll thank us later. (And we know you are keeping up with your tune-ups with us, too!) (3).
- Swap out all your light bulbs for LEDS. Fluorescent bulbs are so last year. In addition to providing better quality light, LED bulbs require 90% less energy than normal bulbs—AND they last longer. This one’s a no brainer (2, 3).
- Turn things off at night. This one might sound simple, but it can actually be a huge culprit for high energy bills! Don’t waste money while you sleep. Before you catch some Z’s, be sure to do a sweep-through of your home, turning off appliances, lights, fans, and electric devices (4).
- Strategically load your dishwasher. Unlike your washer and dryer where you can usually get away with throwing whatever you can inside, your dishwasher should be loaded efficiently. While you should place your plates facing inward on the bottom row of your dishwasher, it’s best to stack bowls and cups downward on the top row. This way, you can fit more dishes in each load and ensure that they get a good wash (1).
- Bump down the temp on your water heater. Did you know that 13% of the typical energy bill is attributed to heating water? That’s quite a bit. Most heaters are set to about 140 degrees (which is scalding!) Try setting your water heater to 120-130 degrees, it’ll still be plenty hot, and you’ll save a few extra bucks (2).
- Schedule regular HVAC maintenance. This one, we can help you with. Routine maintenance to your HVAC system will not only keep it squeaky clean, but also improve its efficiency (2).
Greater Comfort: Helping You Find Energy Savings
The other way to achieve energy savings is through upgrades to your heating and cooling system. Exploring adding green technology, such as solar heating or electricity, is a great place to start. 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.
When you work with an expert in energy saving, you will find that there are dozens of ways to reduce your energy bill, improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and keep your family comfortable without spending a fortune.
If you are ready to take action and discuss your heating and cooling needs with a tri–state area expert, now is the time to call. Contact the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible this winter: 859-491-4915.
At Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand the unique sizing, maintenance, and system needs for a commercial installation or replacement. Our highly trained technicians ensure that your system works effectively and efficiently to meet your comfort needs year round. Take a look at the large commercial job we are currently doing for Hobby Lobby in the Eastgate Mall area in Cincinnati, OH. The building is being fitted with replacement rooftop units. Call us or schedule an estimate online today for your commercial HVAC project.
Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning would like to extend a warm welcome to our new employee Pat Glaser. Pat will be our new commercial installation estimator and project manager. We also want to say congratulations to Dennis Feinauer for getting an A on his HVAC classes.
At Greater Comfort our team is very important. Without the dedication, knowledge and customer service provided by all we couldn’t provide the top quality service to our customers that we pride ourselves on. We provide heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services in Cincinnati, Newport KY and the surrounding areas.
Looking for commercial HVAC services in Northern Kentucky, Southwest Ohio, or Southeastern Indiana? We offer a full range of services from installation, maintenance, custom ductwork, engineering services, and much more. Give us a call today for all of your HVAC needs.
If you own a business in Cincinnati, you know how important it is to make sure that the heating and air conditioning system there works every single day. If you’ve ever gone into a business that was hot and muggy or too cold, it can leave a bad impression. That’s why making sure that your HVAC system is working well is so critical to your success. At Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer complete commercial HVAC repair and maintenance services in Cincinnati. We thought it would be a good idea if we put together some of the best ways to keep your commercial heating system working well.
The Importance of Regular Commercial Heating Maintenance in Cincinnati
When you have a trained heating technician cleaning and thoroughly inspecting your business’s heating system on a regular basis, there are huge benefits to you. Here are some of them.
- Increased efficiency – Over time, your commercial heating system will start to deteriorate, get dirty and general work less efficiently. Without regular commercial heating maintenance in Cincinnati, that process will just continue. But with regular maintenance, your heating technician will replace worn out parts, clean out your system and lubricate any moving parts that need it. This is a great way to restore some of that efficiency to your system.
- Reduced repairs – One of the best benefits to regular commercial heating maintenance in Cincinnati is the potential to reduce the need for heating repairs. Small problems are often the cause of larger, more costly commercial HVAC repairs. During regular maintenance visits, you technician will be able to detect those issues and fix them before they cause you any larger problems.
- Extended life – At Great Comfort, we often get calls for commercial HVAC replacement in Cincinnati. Sometimes, the systems we replaced were destroyed by a small issue that could have been fixed during a regular maintenance visit. When you catch the small issues early, you can keep them from causing huge damage to your HVAC system.
If you need any kind of commercial heating and air conditioning service in Cincinnati, call Greater Comfort. We would love talk with you about the possibility of setting up a regular commercial heating maintenance plan in Cincinnati.