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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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The Basics: What to Know About Your Furnace

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Any homeowner knows that you want your heating system to be working properly. In the winter months it can become a complete emergency if we have to go without heat due to a problem or breakdown with our furnace.

If you’ve been avoiding thinking about your furnace, or if you wish you knew more about the inner working of the heating component of your system, the time to learn more is now. Here we break down what you should know about your furnace.

How Your Heating System Works: Efficiency and Comfort in Your Home

Although every unique furnace model will vary, your HVAC system typically is made of 4 components: the indoor part of the system such as the furnace or air handler; the outdoor unit such as the air conditioner or heat pump; the thermostat; and the air quality component such as humidity control components or your air filtration.

Other factors to be aware of include:

  • Heating capacity: depending on your home’s unique needs, this refers to the overall capacity that your furnace has.
  • Ventilation: how your air is passed through the home and ventilated is
  • Exhaust: if it were to build-up without ever being cleaned, exhaust that is a byproduct of your furnace can pose a risk to your health and safety.
  • Electrical: not to be forgotten is the key that your electrical plays in keeping things running.

A single-stage furnace is one with one speed—meaning you have full heat (maximum speed) that provides you with warm air. In simple terms, your system will then “wait” for the air to cool down, which then triggers your furnace to turn on again. This is how conventional furnaces work to heat your home in the winter. You can see how this “off or on” furnace setup is not as efficient as furnaces that have adjustable and adaptable furnace capacity.

With a two stage furnace, you have greater control and consistency as you heat your home, versus an “off or on” setup. Having the ability to be more precise means you can control the heat output of your furnace on an ongoing basis, even as the temperature outside changes throughout the day.

With a variable speed furnace, the fan moves at various speeds in order to control the amount of heat that is dispersed throughout your home. An increase in airflow means you have a more comfortable home, including improved air quality.

In the end, single-stage furnaces will inevitably result in constant variation of temperature. Those homes with two stage or a variable speed furnace are more adaptable in real-time, and in most cases, they allow you to keep a more constant temperature in the home.

What Else Should I Know About My Furnace? 

As much as we try to keep things simple here, it is true that your heating system is a complex, complicated system—but also one of the most important parts of any home! Here is what else we can help you better understand:

Humidity in your home: you can benefit from a humidifier and dehumidifier in the home, as they help control your humidity level. Some systems are built into your system, but also we can help if you want to add a separate dehumidification or humidity system to your current setup.

The benefit of flexible solutions: conventional heat pumps would force heated air through ducts. Compare this to ductless systems, which work to deliver air directly into various zones of the home.

The reason ductless systems are popular today is because they can deliver this heat on a room-by-room basis. This is why you will hear people talking about the idea of zone-based heating—in this case, they are speaking of ductless systems. Many people choose this as an option for heating and cooling because of overall cost savings.

You have more, efficient options than ever: Ultimately, your HVAC deals with heating, cooling and ventilation. The US Department of Energy reports that modern heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 97 percent. That means higher efficiency, increased savings and greater comfort with a modern furnace that has the potential to covert nearly all that fuel to useful heat (1). In this post, we have covered the heating component. Stay tuned for more on what you should know about the rest of your system.

Call The Experts at Greater Comfort

Now that you know a bit more about your furnace, you are better equipped to make future decisions about your home’s air quality and heating/cooling. Give us a call today to learn more—especially if your furnace is not heating right, is louder than normal, only runs for a few minutes, or if the furnace blower is showing signs of not working consistently. Other signs you should give us a call can include excessive dust in the home or humidity-related issues.

If you’re doing research or considering new heating and cooling equipment, give us a call at 859-491-4915 to learn about your energy-efficient options that are best suited for your home.

Sources/References

  1. http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/mechanical-systems/types-of-hvac-systems
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Our Top Endorsements: Read the Reviews From Our Loyal Customers

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We’re proud to have loyal customers in Ft. Thomas, Alexandria, Newport, Cold Spring, Covington, Dayton, Florence, Loveland, Hyde Park, West Chester and the entire Greater Cincinnati and beyond. (See all the areas we cover in Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Southwest Ohio.) Being able to serve the Tri-State area also means we’ve collected quite a few endorsements over the years.

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

Be sure to keep reading about how you can join our Refer & Rewards program.

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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Are Furnace Inspections Really Necessary?

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If you find yourself asking this question, the answer is a big YES, you do need regular maintenance by a certified HVAC expert!

The benefits of getting regular maintenance include that you will extend the life of your system, you will save energy, you will keep your family as safe as possible and can you can reduce other health related-risks.

Recall that part of what a furnace inspection does is make sure you have no carbon monoxide leaks. Because carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it’s hard for homeowners to know or detect that these may exist in the home. These leaks lead to symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and headaches, but they can also lead to death.

Approximately 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms due to carbon monoxide exposure—even though this could have bee preventable in most cases. (Source.)

Also, many HVAC systems also require regular maintenance in order for the warranty to be valid. Despite how manufacturer’s insist that maintenance is necessary for our HVAC system, as much as 3 out of 4 service calls in the fall and winter months because of no heat were related to a lack of system maintenance, according to Angie’s List. That means that as much as 75 percent of those no-heat calls potentially could have been avoided with regular maintenance by qualified professionals.

HVAC Maintenance Program by Greater Comfort

Not only are you keeping your family safe and saving money when we make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible, we will check and record the following:

  • Check evaporator fan motor amp draws
  • Verify proper manifold gas pressure
  • Check induced draft motor amp draw
  • Verify all safety’s
  • Clean flame rod (if applicable)
  • Check heat exchanger
  • Inspect flue and fresh air make–up
  • Inspect contractors
  • Electric resistance heating elements
  • Disconnects & wiring
  • Tightening all electrical connections
  • Verify proper thermostat operation & program

So Do I Really Need To Call my HVAC?

Again, if you want to make a small investment for the life of your HVAC system and to help ensure you don’t have an emergency situation when the cold temperatures hit, the right thing to do is to set up your maintenance with a qualified and trusted HVAC expert.

When you go to call your HVAC to get your tune-up, be sure that what you are getting is a comprehensive maintenance program. In other words, do a bit of research before you buy or agree to a contract/service visit. What you don’t want is to only receive service for one or a few items on the list you see above. Also be sure that you are contacting a qualified, trained technician.

In the end, it really isn’t just about safety—although that should be a compelling reason, too—but it is about preventative maintenance.

Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Southeastern Indiana Residents Turn to Greater Comfort

If you are looking for a reliable and trustworthy Heating & Air Conditioning Company, check out our exceptional reviews here, and give Greater Comfort a call today.

Source/Reference

  • http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-often-should-you-have-furnace-inspection.htm
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The Ultimate Fall Maintenance Checklist

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Maintaining your heating and cooling system will help you combat unwanted costs and avoidable system failures. Of course calling for your fall tune-up is a vital step, where we come and check the gas or oil connections, your gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger, and much more, to make sure you stay comfortable year-round.

Change Your Filters

When your furnace is forced to “work harder” to pull the air through, the more it will cost you, so be sure to replace your furnace filters on a monthly basis (or as your qualified HVAC professional tells you to do, depending on the climate where you live and your system).

Check the Fireplace

Have a professional check your chimney, clean when needed, and make sure the fireplace is working as it should.

Take a Look at Your Furnace!

Make sure nothing is near the furnace that shouldn’t be, such as something that could be flammable. Give the furnace a dust if it looks like it needs one!

Ask us About Sealing & Insulating

With winter around the corner, ask us about our recommendatinos for how you can insulate and seal air leaks. Whether those air leaks be in the attic, basement, a crawlspace, or around your windows and doors, you will notice the difference with these spaces taken care of.

Check That Your Carbon Monoxide Detector is Working

When you go to change out your air filter, just add one more thing to your list—checking the CO Detector. Yes, your furnace inspection is important to make sure your heat exchanger is not leaking, and a CO Detector is not meant to replace a tune-up, but this is a safety precaution to consider.

Regular System Checkups

You knew this had to be on the list! Regular maintenance is what you must do to make sure your furnace will run optimally, and when you need it most. This will save you money due to reduced energy requirements, keep you comfortable, and keep your intake pipe clear.

Look Outside the Home

Depending in your system, you may need to look at the exhaust and intake pipes that are on the exterior part of your home. Ask us for more information, but you want to make sure the  area around these pipes are clean from debris.

When You Have a Programmable Thermostat…Use it!

Being able to control your energy means you can better control your bill each month, as well as have a better sense of the demands you are putting on your system over time. Ask us if you have more questions about how to find comfort using a programmable thermostat. During your tune-up, we will ensure your thermostat is working as it should.

Consider Your Shades

Do you close your curtains or shades during the night? Give it a try and then you can open them back up during the day.

Need more reasons to take care of your home this Fall as you prepare for winter?  Here’s just a few reasons:

  • You can work to reduce allergy-causing pollutants
  • Ensure you don’t have carbon monoxide or gas leaks
  • Ensure you don’t have any disconnected or leaky fuel lines or connections
  • Ensuring your air flow is what it should be

Do your best to prevent any surprises. Call Greater Comfort to schedule a visit at your convenience 859-491-4915.

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What’s In A Name? – Naming Winter Storms

naming winter stormsThe Weather Channel began naming winter storms in 2012 causing some debate over why winter storms should be named and why the National Weather Service isn’t doing it. If you watch the weather channel or pay attention to many meteorologists, you will find winter storm coverage based on the latest winter storm name.

What Do Winter Storm Names Mean

Most of the winter storm names chosen this year are from Greek or Roman history or mythology. It started with Astro, which got a few tweets about being a cartoon dog, not a winter storm. It actually means Star. Names like Juno, Pandora, Quantum and Linus are just a few of the names for 2014-2015.

Why Name Winter Storms

For 2015 winter storms, some have been blown out of proportion in some cases and some have more than carried their weight. This weekend Winter Storm Pandora  (named after the first mortal woman who was given a jar by Zeus containing all the ills of humankind) will sweep through Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati Metropolitan area. It has been a cold winter and we have 16 named storms to prove it. So why name winter storms? For better communication and to keep us informed according to the Weather Channel. Jason Samenow of the Washington Post says, “Every storm has its own unique characteristics and traits. And sharing information about the impacts of a storm becomes easier and more effective when a storm is given an identity.”

Record Breaking Snowfall and Temperatures

Across the United States we have seen record-breaking temperatures and snow fall amounts this winter. Staying warm in winter is not just about being comfortable but about staying safe. Power outages and record snowfall have brought their share of tragedy to families who have lost loved ones or suffered home damage.

Staying Warm During Winter Storms

If you are having difficulty staying warm this winter, call the experts at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. They can help you keep your furnace running all year long. If you are without power be careful to bundle up well and use alternate heat safely.  Consider staying the night with friends or loved ones.   If you have questions or need heater repair, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. They are available 24/7 for all your HVAC needs.

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Northern Kentucky Air Conditioning Repairs

Don’t spend another day sweating it out in your house! Call Greater Comfort Heating & Air for all of your Northern Kentucky air conditioning repair needs. Nothing is more enjoyable than coming into the AC after working in the yard or taking a run in your neighborhood.  With summer just around the corner it’s time to get your AC unit into tip-top condition.

Families across Pennsylvania are taking advantage of the PA Home Heating Rebate Program.

Yearly Checkups

Most manufacturers agree you will add to the lifespan of your AC unit by scheduling yearly checkups.  There is some maintenance you can do on your unit yourself, but there are also things a trained technician should do.  They will clean and inspect the coils, filters, blowers and fans, adjust and replace fan belts, lubricate motors and bearings, inspect controls and safeties, check to make sure refrigerant and pressures are satisfactory and verify operating temperatures.   The price you spend maintaining your AC unit is little compared to costs you will spend replacing or repairing your unit.

Greater Comfort Heating & Air have a low cost maintenance program to ensure your system will run smoothly all summer long.  They are dedicated to providing the best service each time they come out.  Best of all, your maintenance program will keep you from needing air conditioning repairs in Northern Kentucky or the Tri-state area.

Northern Kentucky Air Conditioning Repair

Even under the best circumstances, you may find your AC unit not producing the cool air you desire.  Nothing is worse than coming home to a hot house.  You can rely on Greater Comfort Heating & Air to get your system up and running as quickly as possible.  Our technicians are factory trained and well equipped to troubleshoot and repair any problem you have.

Greater Comfort Heating & Air has been doing air conditioning repair in Northern Kentucky for 20 years.  They also service Southern Ohio and Southeast Indiana.  They are always available offering emergency service 24/7.  This is especially important if you have health issues or reasons you can’t have your AC unit down.  Many businesses rely on the temperature and air quality of their AC systems and down time is not an option.

In the event your AC unit is beyond repair, Greater Comfort Heating & Air sells quality air conditioning systems.  They can replace just the component that is needed or upgrade your whole system.  Federal law requires AC units to be a lot more efficient than they were just 10 years ago.  The seasonal energy-efficiency ratio (SEER) on most models is way over the standard measure of 13.  This means you are getting the best air quality at a lower cost.  Our technicians are factory trained to install and repair all aspects of your AC Unit.

Protect your environment and comfort level by keeping your house cool and dry.  Don’t put off repairs; let us get your system up and running for the duration of the summer.  For all your Northern Kentucky air conditioning repairs or installations, Call the experts at Greater Comfort Heating & Air.

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Choosing the Best HVAC Company in Northern Kentucky

Not every HVAC company in Northern Kentucky is the same. When you need to find the best company you can depend on, look for the company with years of experience and who is able to perform all aspects of installing, repairing and routine maintenance on HVAC systems.

Geothermal heat pump systems provide optimal comfort and drastically reduce energy consumption.

Your Trusted Northern Kentucky HVAC Company

Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning is the best Northern Kentucky HVAC Company and here’s why:

Maintenance and Repairs

One of the best ways to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and without down time is by keeping up with routine maintenance. You can call to schedule routine maintenance or sign up for automatic preventative maintenance. This is a maintenance contract that ensures your HVAC system is kept clean and fine-tuned. It will also get your system ready for each new season.

Design and Build Services

Greater Comfort has been helping building owners, homeowners and developers design HVAC systems to keep their homes and buildings comfortable for over 25 years. If you’re interested in energy efficiency, your HVAC system needs to be designed to work right and meet your needs. Having the right size HVAC system and the ductwork designed properly can make a world of difference in how your system runs. You can trust the expertise of your factory-trained technicians at Greater Comfort Heating & Air.

Energy Efficiency

Greater Comfort can help you install a renewable energy system to help capture the costs of heating and air conditioning. They can also perform energy audits and enhance your current HVAC system to show you the best ways to improve your energy efficiency with your existing system.

Indoor Air Quality

Greater Comfort is committed to helping you improve your air quality. Most houses and commercial buildings in Northern Kentucky are kept air tight for energy efficiency. This means that pollutants and allergens keep circulating inside the building. People with asthma or allergies know what a problem this can cause. Greater Comfort is able to help reduce these problems by providing you with the technology to help raise the air quality in your home or office.

The Best HVAC Company in Northern Kentucky

Based in Newport Kentucky and servicing all of Northern Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Southeastern Indiana, Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning has over 60 years experience. They offer competitive rates and their technicians are factory trained to maintain and install systems by Lennox, Mitsubishi and other well-known HVAC manufacturers. They are a locally owned company who are proud of their customer service and high customer satisfaction rating.

When you need to find the best HVAC company in Northern Kentucky and the surrounding areas, call Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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