HVAC Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Cleveland Home

It’s that time of year again! With springtime comes a fresh start, which is why so many Cleveland families adhere to an annual spring cleaning ritual. But spring cleaning isn’t just about donating old clothes and getting rid of clutter. Your home’s HVAC system can also benefit from being a part of your annual cleaning

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Spring Has Sprung: 3 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Season

Officially, spring started on March 20. But looking at the weather outside, it may be hard to determine what season it is. Cleveland’s recent highs in the 40s and above, paired with occasional sub-freezing days, have been the theme as we move from March into April. It’s important to stay ahead of the weather and

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Flying South for the Winter? Prepare Your HVAC System

Winters in the Cleveland area can be bitterly cold with plenty of snow and ice that make travel difficult. For those who are not fond of cold winter weather, a popular option is to spend a few months in a warmer climate, like Florida, Texas, or New Mexico. It takes plenty of planning and coordination to

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How Did Ohio Homes Keep Cool Before Air Conditioning

When you’re in the throws of summer heat and humidity, it’s easy to take AC systems for granted. When they break, you’re reminded of what life was like without air conditioning in Ohio – and it’s an opportunity to be grateful. Life Before Air Conditioning in Ohio So, what was life like before AC anyway? Here’s a little history

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Animals and HVAC Equipment

Animals and HVAC systems aren’t a good mix. From fur and dander, to waste products, nests, and carcasses, animals and their byproducts can stymie perfectly good HVAC equipment. Rodents and Other Small Animals Damage HVAC Systems Animals always look for the safest, warmest, and most predator-free place to call home. Your HVAC system provides all

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What Is BPI Certification?

When you’re shopping around for an HVAC company, you might notice some professionals advertising that they are “BPI certified.” These aren’t just some fancy initials they put after their names to attract attention. BPI stands for Building Professional Institute, Inc, and contractors who have earned this certification have completed training in which they learn to treat the

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Synchronizing Your Steam-Heating System and Your Thermostat

If your Cleveland area home has a steam-heating system, you need to make sure that any updates to your thermostat take this into account. Many modern thermostats are designed with factory presets for use with forced-air heating, which operate much differently as compared to steam-heating. Mainly, a steam-heating system requires one to two cycles per hour. Some programmable thermostats have

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How Can I Tell How Efficient My HVAC System Is?

Have you ever noticed the yellow Energy Guide labels on appliances? The Federal Trade Commission also requires that they be on all types of heating and air conditioning equipment to help homeowners know how much energy a product will use. A contractor may not remove, alter or cover this label. Get an Accurate Rating of

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Get to Know Your Heat-Pump System Components

A heat-pump system is literally that — a system that transfers, or “pumps” heat. In winter, it pulls the heat available in outside air into the system and sends it inside, where it’s distributed through your ducting. In summer, the cycle reverses and the heat-pump system pumps your inside heat outdoors. Because the heat pump doesn’t generate heat,

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