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Summer Furnace Upgrades Are Ideal
Posted: June 27, 2022 by Hey Neighbor

The numbers don't lie! Summer is a fantastic time to replace your old furnace with a new, efficient model!

As we head into summer here in Northeast Ohio, the sun is burning brightly, the days are longer, and our air conditioners are working overtime to maintain a comfortable living environment in our homes. Most homeowners aren't thinking about winter, much less whether or not they might need to replace their furnace. Though it may seem to be the wrong time of year to think about replacing your furnace, summer is the ideal time if your heating unit needs replacing. Here are a few compelling reasons to consider upgrading now!

It'll save you money

Similar to how retail stores run sales on out-of-season inventory, HVAC manufacturers sell off last year's models to clear space for the new versions that arrive each fall. As a result, you're much more likely to find a great deal on a furnace in the off-season, whether you're looking for high-end equipment or a more basic unit.

It's convenient

Fall and winter are the cold seasons in Ohio when people can no longer put off replacing their failing heating systems. As a result, HVAC companies are very busy with new installations, and homeowners may be forced to schedule a replacement at an inopportune time. However, by considering an off-season HVAC replacement, the savvy homeowner takes advantage of more flexible scheduling to upgrade their system at their leisure.

It allows time to research options

If your heating system is a teenager or older, you've probably noticed that your heating costs and frequency of repairs have slowly increased over the years. Unfortunately, like most mechanical devices, your heating system begins to wear out as time passes. Of course, you could risk it for another winter and deal with any problems as they occur, but doesn't it make more sense to replace that old furnace with the luxury of time while the weather's still warm? You'll have the freedom to research the perfect HVAC replacement for your home and the time to weigh cost and efficiency without rushing to a decision due to an unexpected terminal breakdown during the winter.

Summer furnace replacement with Hey Neighbor is smart

These are just a few reasons why replacing your furnace while it's warm outside is the ideal choice. For more information about heating and air conditioning systems for your home, choose Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man, and let us know how we can help you. We have a wide variety of solutions available in residential HVAC systems, and we're confident we have the solution that's right for your family's needs. Call us today to schedule a visit with an expert from our Trane Comfort Specialist team!

4 Common AC Buying Mistakes
Posted: June 20, 2022 by Hey Neighbor

Buying a new AC isn't something to do blindly. Let our experts help you make the right choice for your home!

When the time has come to invest in a major home appliance in Canton Ohio - like an air conditioner - it's wise to be well informed. The good news is the internet makes it easy to gather a great deal of information in a short amount of time. The bad news is with so many brands and models of air conditioners available, the entire process can quickly become overwhelming.

Our friendly, professional Comfort Consultants at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man here in Canton Ohio are always happy to help you sort through the options and help you make an intelligent investment. In the meantime, while you're doing your research, here are some top purchasing mistakes to avoid.

Thinking a bigger unit means better cooling

It's easy to want maximum cooling power, especially during the sticky summer months here in Ohio. However, bigger doesn't always mean better in the case of air conditioning systems.

Air conditioner loads should be calculated carefully with manual J to select the correctly-sized air conditioner for your home. Our trained experts utilize thorough calculations and consider the design and age of your home to recommend the best AC for your situation. Making the right decision gives you the highest comfort level with the most efficient energy use, resulting in ideal operating costs over the life of your system.

Choosing the least expensive unit

Air conditioner manufacturers produce a wide range of designs, from simple cooling to state-of-the-art smart home technology. Accordingly, the price varies widely, reflecting the vast differences in makes and models. While cost certainly needs to play a role in your air conditioning selection, ensure that it doesn't dominate your decision. You want to be sure your unit is right for your home and provides the features and power needed.

In addition, you should also consider the overall operating costs, not just the initial purchase price. Many higher-priced units run more efficiently, saving you money each month on your energy bills.

Selecting the cheapest HVAC contractor

We all want to get the most for our money. It's a given. However, you shouldn't cut corners when it comes to a major expense like an air conditioner. Be sure you select experienced professionals who are bonded, licensed by the State of Ohio, protected by workers' compensation, and insured, like our team at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man. Going with the lowest bidder may lead to additional expenses down the road.

Replacing only part of your air conditioning system

It's always a dilemma to determine whether repair or replacement is the best option when your air conditioner breaks. However, once you decide that it's time for a new system, it's essential to replace the indoor and outdoor components at the same time. Replacing only one will adversely affect the entire system's efficiency and may cause other problems later on.

Likewise, you may want to consider replacing your entire HVAC system all at once if your system is old or experiencing frequent problems. Selecting an overall HVAC system that fits your home will ensure year-round comfort.

Rely on us for all your AC needs

When it's time to invest in a new air conditioning system, turn to Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man in Northeast Ohio for the best service. Our team is standing by to provide information to help you make a great decision and answer any questions you may have. Call 877-247-7661 or request service online today!

Remove Those Hot Spots!
Posted: June 13, 2022 by Hey Neighbor

Don't sweat your home's inconsistent room temperatures! Air balance your place with our easy tips!

Are you experiencing discomfort from hot spots in your home? Scratching your head while trying to figure out how to fix it? The solution is optimal air balancing.

In simple terms, air balancing ensures that the conditioned air is evenly distributed throughout your home. It promotes ideal air circulation and allows your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible. We'll offer up some do-it-yourself methods to adjust the airflow in each room in this article, but if you find that the right solution is a never-ending guessing game, call in Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man for professional repair and adjustments!

Tips for optimal air balancing

Follow these easy DIY tips to optimize the airflow in your home. Then, if you still can't find comfort, don't hesitate to call our expert team to get relief!

Clear and adjust your air vents. In each area of your home, find the register vents and ensure they aren't dirty or obstructed by furniture or other bulky items. Keeping your air vents clear and adjusted correctly is one of the easiest and best ways to keep your home nice and cool in the hot summer months.

Be aware, though - closing vents in rooms that you aren't using doesn't help you save on energy bills, nor does it cool other rooms better. Instead, it puts unnecessary strain on your HVAC system and can cause hot spots in other areas due to uneven air pressure.

Check your air filter. Regularly checking and replacing your air filter will improve the air quality in your home, but it also helps your central air conditioning system operate at its most efficient level. This easy task might enable you to reduce or eliminate uneven cooling problems just by changing your air filter each month.

Need another reason to replace that dirty air filter? It'll impede airflow, causing your system to work harder and leading to unexpected breakdowns. Nobody wants that to happen, especially during the heat of summer when your system is already working overtime to keep your house cool.

Add window coverings. Keeping the sun's scorching rays out of your home during the hottest part of the day can greatly enhance the comfort level in each room. Windows without curtains or blinds will often heat up a room quicker than your HVAC can cool it down. Even better - window coverings will also help improve energy efficiency in your home year-round.

Set your ceiling fans correctly. Choosing the correct spin direction for your ceiling fans will dramatically improve air circulation and comfort in each room with a fan. The idea is to push the air down in summer (counterclockwise) and pull the air up in winter (clockwise). If it's spinning the wrong way, simply turn off the fan, wait for it to stop spinning, and flip the direction switch on the fan itself.

Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man - making your home comfy again!

These easy-peasy DIY air balancing tips will help you eliminate hot spots in your home, but call our expert team if they don't help! We'll test your HVAC system to ensure that it's running efficiently and correctly balancing the airflow in your home, so your family stays cool and comfortable this summer!

Let us handle your air balancing needs and more. Easily schedule an appointment online with our HVAC pros at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man today, or call us at 877-247-7661!

Older ACs Can Be Health And Safety Hazards
Posted: June 6, 2022 by Hey Neighbor

That old AC might still be chugging along, but it might also be harming your family's health!

Before we know it, summer's heat and humidity will be here in Northeast Ohio. Is your air conditioner ready to keep you cool, or did it struggle last summer with one repair after another? We know the decision to replace a central air conditioning system is a difficult one that many homeowners put off as long as possible. However, an older system eventually needs to be replaced because it's become a health and safety risk.

Spring is the best time of year to replace your AC system before the busy summer season arrives. However, if you're on the fence about replacing your AC, Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man suggests reviewing these six reasons you shouldn't wait any longer.

Reason 1: Older air conditioners aren't environmentally friendly.

If your home's AC was installed before 2010, it uses R-22 Freon. As of 2022, this refrigerant can no longer be produced or imported into the USA. It's damaging to the environment because it contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer.

Reason 2: Your AC may be an electrical or fire hazard.

An inevitable fact is that an older air conditioner will have more mechanical issues than a newer model, but perhaps most concerning is its wiring. Some of the system's wiring is internal, which can be damaged if your system overheats. Also, the wire's insulation degrades and becomes brittle and worn over time. This makes an old system a possible shock or fire danger.

Reason 3: Old AC units are breeding grounds for mold, germs, and more.

An AC system that hasn't been well-cared-for and cleaned over the years is an ideal environment for biohazards like mold, bacteria, and fungi. These organisms can spread from your AC system throughout your ductwork and cause a variety of illnesses.

Reason 4: Your home's air quality might be worse than you realize.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a concern for most families, but especially for those who suffer from chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or COPD. Your home should be the place where you're able to breathe easily. However, an old, dirty AC unit will cause the IAQ in your home to worsen gradually, aggravating breathing issues and potentially causing new health problems to form.

Reason 5: You have a high risk of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).

Though it may sound made-up, Sick Building Syndrome is actually a real thing. It's caused by an accumulation of airborne microorganisms in air conditioning units. One indication is when the air in your home smells musty or moldy. Your family members may experience chronic symptoms, such as:

• Headache
• Fatigue
• Congestion
• Difficulty breathing
• Itchy or rashy skin

Reason 6: Your AC can't make your home comfortable.

On a hot, humid summer day, your family relies on your home's air conditioner to stay cool and comfortable. However, as your AC unit ages, it'll struggle to cool your home and become progressively less reliable. Meanwhile, the high temperature in your home can become unbearable during the summer.

Why choose Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man to install your new AC system in Northeast Ohio?

Instead of rolling the dice with an old AC system that puts your family's health and safety at risk, it's best to install a new system before summer arrives. But why should you choose us to install and maintain your new AC system?

First, our neighborly team of professionals has been serving the Northeast Ohio area for over 20 years, and we're committed to our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Second, our customers appreciate that we provide 24/7 emergency service with no overtime fees. Finally, we offer a high-value Preventative Maintenance Program to keep your new AC system running great for many years to come.

Contact the Trane Comfort Specialist team at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man at 877-247-7661 to request a free, no-obligation consultation and ask about our easy financing options!

Prepping Your AC For Summer
Posted: May 31, 2022 by Hey Neighbor

Getting your AC ready for summer is easier than you might think. Let our pros help your family stay cool when it's hot outside!

Summer in Northeast Ohio means backyard cookouts, beach days at the lake, cold drinks, and most importantly, a working central air conditioning system! Now that summer is just a few weeks away, it's time to prepare your home and HVAC system for the sweltering months ahead. But where to begin?

Fret not, homeowner! The air conditioning pros at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man are here to show you how to prepare for those humid summer days with these handy AC tips.

Change your filter

All kinds of debris get trapped in your AC unit's filter, which is why it's crucial to replace your air filter at least once every 30-60 days. A clogged air filter makes it much harder for your AC to keep your home cool and can cause unnecessary wear on your HVAC system. Changing your air filter should be your number one priority before the heat of summer arrives.

Neighborly Tip: Set a reminder in your calendar app every month to nudge you to change your filter!

Check for leaks

You're probably already using your HVAC system, but before turning it on full blast this summer, inspect it for any refrigerant leaks. Look for bubbling and listen for a hissing sound. If you observe either one, or your AC is icing up, there's likely a leak or disconnection somewhere.

We recommend that you have your AC system professionally checked out by our expert service team before summer begins. Operating an air conditioner low on refrigerant will damage the unit and reduce its efficiency. This summer, the last thing you want to happen is an AC breakdown due to an unexpected refrigerant leak!

Manage the humidity level

Here in Ohio, we're known for our humid, sticky summers, so it's critical to control the humidity level in your home. A humidity level ranges between 30-50%. You can moderate the humidity level in your home and prevent mold or mildew growth by:

• Weather-sealing your doors and windows
• Using a dehumidifier, especially in your basement
• Running your AC, even if you're going out for the day or on vacation

Optimize your AC's performance

Have your entire HVAC system inspected and cleaned by our professionals to ensure that it'll run efficiently during the summer months. We'll examine the condenser unit, tighten any loose hoses and connectors, and test your thermostat to ensure everything is working as well as it can.

If you're going away on vacation, it's a bright idea to program your AC to run periodically throughout the day or use a programmable thermostat to handle this automatically.

Upgrade to a smart thermostat

Consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat to keep the temperature and humidity level in check in your Northeast Ohio home. These clever devices intelligently moderate the temperature in your home to increase energy efficiency and comfort. Some models can even be programmed from a simple app on your phone!

Beat the heat this summer with Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man

Concerned that your AC will struggle during the dog days of summer? Get help from our neighborly team at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man! We can ensure that your AC runs efficiently, upgrade your thermostat, check for refrigerant leaks... whatever you need, we can fix that!™

Your summer should be loaded with fun, not spent stressing about your HVAC system. Make sure it's in optimal condition with our expert technicians. Schedule service or a new system consultation today - 877-247-7661!

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