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What to Know About Your Commercial HVAC Preventative Maintenance Agreement

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Your HVAC installation required careful measurement of your facility, taking into account your specific heating and cooling needs. Our goal with any install is to ensure that your system is simple, intuitive, quiet and delivers you unprecedented control and efficiency.

Along the way, budget, safety and efficiency are taken into consideration. With options that include rooftop units, packaged air conditioners, and geothermal systems there are many options to choose from for your business.

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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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Buying a Home? Here’s What to Look for to Ensure Ultimate Comfort

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We’ve talked about – both in the short-term, and the long-term – how to take care of your HVAC as you prepare your home to sell. But what about when you are on the opposite end, and you are looking to buy a home? What are the things to look for in a heating and cooling system when you’re considering buying a home?

Here we breakdown a list of some of the top things to look for, and steps to take as you look for a new home.

1. Find out the system’s warranty and/or protection plan.

Many leading brands offer warranties on their systems. First, you want to check that the homeowners have done all they can do so that this warranty is still valid. Second, eventually you want to see the details and some sort of proof of that protection plan or warranty so you know what kind of potential costs or what type of system plan you’re inheriting.

2. Ask for the system history.

While this might not always be available, many homeowners will keep track of their system’s history – in part because they know they may one day sell their home. (That tells you it might be a good idea, as a current homeowner, to keep an organized account of all the ongoing maintenance you perform on your system, assuming you one day intend to sell your home.)

While maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean you will avoid emergencies or costly repairs, it does tell you that certain necessary maintenance has been performed on your system – and that’s great for peace of mind.

Many homeowners will be happy to share with you the regular maintenance they have performed on their home and/or any repairs done on the system. They keep track of that because they want to show you the system has as much as value as possible; for you, as the potential home buyer, it’s good to see more information that helps you better value the current state of the system.

3. Take note if there are carbon monoxide detectors in the home.

A lack of carbon monoxide detectors does not impact your purchase decision – but it is something to look for. Keep in mind if these aren’t present in the home, you’ll likely want to add them.

4. Don’t forget your home inspection.

It’s hard to believe you would forget it, but be sure not to! Once you’re serious about potentially purchasing a home, you’ll want to do a home inspection – not just to take a look at the heating and cooling system, but to look at many of the other potential issues within the home. These experts are trained to look for things that the current home owner may not want to disclose, or that the current home owner may simply not even be aware of.

While more and more people see this is a critical part of the home purchase process, you still hear stories of people who neglected to have an expert inspect a home before purchasing it. While it’s mandatory for many people getting a loan, be sure not to forget this part of your home buying process.

When a certified technician takes a look at your potential furnace, they are able to tell you the condition of it, and they can give a better idea if long-term maintenance really has properly and consistently occurred. No matter what an owner tells you, an expert is there to tell you what they believe will happen in the future in terms of necessary repairs or even replacement.

If your home owner inspector tells you that you’ll need to repair the system in the very near future, you’ll want to take that into consideration before purchasing the home – or in the eventual purchase price of the home, it should be reflected. Most homeowners recognize the value of a furnace – just like how most home buyers recognize the value as well.

If your home inspector tells you that expensive repairs or that replacement is needed, give us a call so that we can help you be more informed and know more about your options. Even if you don’t anticipate buying a new furnace in the near future, any time you can plan ahead it makes the entire process easier.

Ensure Ultimate Comfort in Your Next Home

There are quite a few factors that go into the purchase of new home – the size, the location and other critical components of the property are just a few of the factors we tend to focus on. Don’t forget the importance of finding out key details that relate to your heating and cooling system, which can keep your family safe and comfortable in your new home.

If you consider these 4 tips you’ll have greater peace of mind, and greater comfort, in your next home. Give the experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915 if you need help finding out the potential costs of a new system.

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Our Top Endorsements: Read the Reviews From Our Loyal Customers

We’re proud to have loyal customers across the Cincinnati region.

Keep reading to see some of the highlights from our loyal customers speaking to our high level of service, expertise, timeliness and our professionalism below.

Very Professional

“I just used [Greater Comfort] for a heating tune up/cleaning. The service man came on time, was very professional and I feel like he was very thorough with his work. He explained everything that he was doing (because I was curious as I know nothing about HVAC).

Our system is old and instead of trying to upsell me a more expensive system (which I feel most companies do), he was very thorough and worked to get everything cleaned to get our system running as best as it can. I plan to have them back in the spring/summer to do our AC unit. I was very pleased with the service and I’m happy to support a great local company.” – Valerie

Choosing a Local Company

“I started using Greater Comfort because of being local. I’ve consistently been pleased with their timely service. Today as I changed my filter, it tore and part of the filter frame was sucked into the furnace when it came back on. Within one minute of calling, the on call service tech phoned back.

When I explained the issue, he asked for some furnace information and then he would be willing to make a service call, but he would be willing to talk me through the easy repair if I was comfortable. As he started to explain I told him I’ve got this, thank you so much. He even offered to stay on the phone with me but I told him not necessary. Fixed, 2 minutes. Now this is customer service if there ever was!” – Darlene G.

Excellent Work

“Just want to say, Cody Martin at Greater Comfort is a great employee! He does excellent work, represents the company well, and is a joy to be around. I would recommend Greater Comfort Heating and Air to anyone! They do excellent work!” – Chelsey W.

Humidifier Install

“Robert Baker did a great job with our humidifier installation. He was thorough and very professional.” – Timothy A.

Performed with Integrity

“The two technicians were wonderful! They explained the entire problem step by step and how they were fixing each step. I particularly was impressed with their integrity as they pointed out that something was a truly minor repair rather than a major repair that the previous company made it out to be. I would highly recommend your service to others!” – Joy C.

Answered Questions

“Great job on my project and working within my schedule to meet my needs. The technician was great, very knowledgeable and patient in answering all my questions.” – Lonnie S.

Very Knowledgeable

“[Jeff] is very knowledgeable and did a great job fixing our furnace in a very efficient timely manner. I would also like to mention how helpful Angel was well over the phone. All in all a great experience.” – Ryan

Work Performed In Detail

“I want to Thank the technician for doing an outstanding job on a recent appointment at my house. He was very professional and explained the work he performed in detail.” – Ronald

Timely Service

“Quick service on one of my rental properties, the gentleman that lives in the condo was very concerned about a fire, the tech took care of the problem, explained to me what the problem was, neat, clean, no mess left behind. He is the type of tech I want working on my property. – John B.

Terrific Experience

“There are good people in this world, the people I spoke with were terrific! My situation caused me a couple sleepless nights and wondered how I was going to pay for this. You were at my door 1 hour after I called and the cost was way below what I expected and they still worked with me so I could afford the services. I will refer all my friends and people I know that need help to Greater Comfort. Thank You and God Bless.” – Christy

We Want to Reward All Our Loyal Customers Like You

Want to support us like these loyal customers? Give us a review on Facebook or join the Refer & Rewards program: refer 2 customers, and you receive one-year free preventative maintenance. Refer 4 customers, and receive a new air cleaner or humidifier (install cost not included). See all the other rewards and details here.

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Heat Recovery Ventilators: Get Natural Ventilation in Your Home

 

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Beyond improving your heating and cooling systems to bring your family ultimate comfort, these are 3 steps that are also commonly taken to make sure your entire home is as energy efficient as it can be:

  • Improve insulation and seal air leaks
  • Seal ductwork, ensuring it is proper connection/insulation
  • Energy audits to see a “big picture” view of the home, including areas where energy efficiency could improve

What to Know About Energy Audits

Often times we can describe how the air in our home feels—and we can see evidence of air leaks or insulation issues with our energy bill, but an energy audit gives us diagnostic testing to make recommendations we know will help.

Energy audits help you see how your home uses energy and in what ways you can reduce that consumption. We want to ensure you are not wasting energy—or said another way, not wasting your money. Again, beyond looking at your heating and cooling system, other steps can be taken to decrease consumption, including sealing of air leaks, sealing of ductwork, replacing of windows, and installation of renewable energy systems.

Another layer of complexity is that just because a home is designed in a way that is energy-conscious, doesn’t mean your getting the highest air quality that you’re after.

For example, if you have a highly efficient HVAC, you’ve improved your insulation and sealed your ductwork throughout the home, and you know you have no need to replace windows in your home, that actually may mean your home could have limited ventilation. In other words, many homeowners find that a trade-off can exist between energy-efficient measures and the kind of ventilation your home has. Ventilation is important because it helps us better manage and eliminate particles in the air, so if we limit our ventilation too much, that can affect our air quality.

One Solution: Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV)

But this is where Heat Recovery Ventilators can be of use. Take for example when the temperature gets especially low and your heating system runs constantly for days at a time. Many of us will experience a stuffy house, or certain rooms that seem to have air that is more stale than normal.

The problem is if we were to open a window or door—even just for a few minutes at a time—you’re quickly losing valuable heat. You’re also not necessarily bringing more healthy air into the home. Instead, you’re opening your home up to allergens and pollutants and therefore you’re not necessarily improving air quality at all.

Second, opening up a door or looking to rely on a fan is not actually going to evenly deal with the air in your home, and it’s certainly not a whole-house solution. In the end, turning on a fan or relying on opening a window or a door is not an effective or practical way to get rid of the stale air that you’re experiencing.

What many people with very airtight homes incorporate is a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), which is specifically designed to transfer heat between indoor and outdoor air as ventilation occurs. The result is that you can breathe fresh new air and you no longer have certain places in your house with air that’s uncomfortable or unhealthy for you and your family. With this solution, you haven’t “undone” all the sealing or insulation that you’ve worked hard for: you can still save money, but also avoid any stale or stuffy air.

Consider how normally, when ventilating air from your home, a fan blows air out of the house and vents allow new air in to offset the pressure change. This works well when the temperature outside is mild and your HVAC system is not on. However, when it is very cold (or very warm), your HVAC system turns on and the ventilation process removes conditioned air, replacing it with outside air, which is either too hot or too cold.

A Heat Recovery Ventilator can use a heat exchanger to retain heat in whichever environment you want it to be. For example, during this time of year, a Heat Recovery Ventilator will transfer indoor air into a chamber where heat is then transferred to outdoor air. In summary, the stale air can be removed from your home, air is circulated back into the home, and energy is not wasted.

Call us to Learn More about Natural Ventilation

Installation of a heat recovery ventilator can be a simple process. Because you’ll want to take into account your entire home’s energy use and design, it’s best when done by an experienced professional. Call us today at 859-491-4915 or toll free at 844-491-4915 to learn more about a Heat Recovery Ventilator that will keep your air fresh without inviting all the pollen, pollutants, and allergens into your home.

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