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What Type Of Furnace Is Right For Me?
Posted: February 18, 2021 by Andy
There are three primary types of gas furnaces available in the heating market today. The system that'll work best for your family is based on various factors, including your home's size and levels, its heating requirements, existing ductwork and insulation, your budget, and more.
Before you invest in a new central heating system for your home, you should consult with a professional, trustworthy HVAC contractor - like us! Our Comfort Consultants and expert, certified technicians have a tremendous amount of experience in the industry analyzing homes to help homeowners determine their best home heating system option. One of the following three types of furnaces is sure to be the right fit for your home. We're happy to help you figure it out - that's how neighbors should treat neighbors!™
Also known as a single-speed furnace, a single-stage unit only has one heat output level - high. When the thermostat turns on the heat, the furnace continually dispenses the maximum amount of heat that it can produce, regardless of the temperature outside or in other areas of your home. Imagine yourself going straight from a walk to an all-out sprint every time you work out. A single-stage furnace functions the same way - there's an "off" speed, an "on" speed - and nothing in-between.
This all-or-nothing operation can make your energy bills very expensive in the winter, since every time your furnace is on, it's consuming the largest amount of energy it possibly can.
Also known as a two-speed furnace, a two-stage unit runs much more efficiently than a single-stage furnace. During Northeast Ohio's moderate winters, this type operates the first stage most of the time and runs at about 2/3 of the furnace's maximum heating capacity. However, when the temperature outside drops low enough and the first stage isn't sufficient to heat your home adequately, the second stage engages to provide the additional heat required. A two-stage furnace produces the right level of heat to efficiently satisfy the needs of your home - and your family.
Also, a two-stage furnace is much quieter than a single-stage unit because it doesn't operate at 100% capacity every time it runs. It also creates releases lower carbon dioxide emissions into the environment.
Unlike the first two types discussed above, a variable-speed furnace doesn't feature stages that your furnace progresses through to provide heat. Instead, the furnace's blower motor can operate at a wide range of speeds to finely control the amount of heated air distributed throughout your home. This improved airflow results in a more comfortable indoor environment regarding both temperature and humidity.
Even when the unit is not "on," the blower in a variable-speed furnace may still operate to keep air circulating throughout your home. This feature promotes a healthier level of indoor air quality since your air is continually being filtered and being cleansed of such things as viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and other airborne allergens and pathogens. This furnace type's advanced airflow control dramatically reduces the heat production needed to keep your home warm since air is continuously being distributed throughout your home. Correspondingly, this unit's efficient operation results in lower energy consumption and much more budget-friendly utility bills each month.
Variable-speed furnaces available are among the most intelligent on the market. Though they may cost a bit more up-front, you'll enjoy significant energy savings over the lifetime of the equipment.
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Add UV Lighting For Your Family's Health
Posted: February 4, 2021 by Andy
The COVID-19 pandemic is a constant reminder to all of us about the importance of clean indoor air quality (IAQ) in our everyday lives, especially as we find ourselves more or less forced to stay home more often. Washing your hands and taking other precautions can certainly positively impact your health, but another part of the equation is to purify the indoor air we breathe. The addition of an ultraviolet (UV) lighting system to your home's heating and cooling system creates a healthier environment for your family.
How does a UV light work?
An ultraviolet lighting system destroys microorganisms by altering their DNA. These systems kill microbes - they don't remove other particles such as pet dander or dust. There are two sterilization types of UV lights for HVAC: air sterilization and coil sterilization. Both systems are integrated into your home's air ducts and are easily added to your existing HVAC equipment.
Air sterilization lights function by sterilizing the air flowing through your ductwork. They activate with the blower to kill airborne mold and germs. This type of system operates more effectively when used with a quality air filter with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. Our HVAC experts are always happy to help you choose the right filter for your home's system.
In contrast, coil UV lights work by sterilizing your air conditioning unit's air handler coil. Because your system's indoor coil condenses moisture from the air to help lower the humidity in your home, it is an ideal breeding spot for bacteria and mold. A coil UV light runs non-stop and directly on the coil to destroy harmful microbes.
Can a UV light kill viruses?
Ultraviolet lighting systems have been proven via long-term research to attack viruses, mold, bacteria, and other pathogens in your home's airflow. According to the CDC, UV light is exceptionally effective in decontaminating exposed surfaces in industrial facilities, hospitals, and many other settings.
While these systems can improve your indoor air quality and eliminate airborne pathogens that exacerbate asthma and other respiratory issues, they won't stop the threat of infection entirely. Good hygiene and common sense are always your best bets for staying healthy.
Other benefits of UV lights
As we said above, these systems improve your home's indoor air quality by cleaning the air flowing through your ductwork. Allowing a licensed, certified professional to clean and seal your ductwork ensures that you'll get the biggest benefit from your UV lighting system. And here's another tip to get the best performance from your HVAC system - change your air filter regularly.
UV lighting is a proven technology you can trust. For many decades now, medical facilities have used UV lights to keep their air and surfaces clean and disinfected. You can bring that same cleansing power home. And because a UV light functions on wavelength, it won't circulate aerosols that release ozone into your home.
Call our UV lighting experts today
It's affordable and practical to install UV lighting to improve the indoor air quality of your home. We understand the vital importance of creating and maintaining a healthy and comfortable living space for your family, especially during these challenging times. Call 877-247-7661 or request service online today to learn more about our UV lighting products and other quality services.
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Stop Wasting Energy!
Posted: January 26, 2021 by Andy
Wasting energy is something every homeowner wants to avoid, whether it's when we're heating or cooling our homes. Nobody wants to overpay on energy. Believe it or not, your home has some common areas where energy is wasted. Surprised? Let's discuss where this waste occurs and what you can do to keep it from happening.
Window and door leaks
Small cracks or gaps around your home's windows, doors, and vents can send a surprising amount of your HVAC system's heated and cooled air outside, never to benefit your family. Check these areas annually for air leaks, and seal them with weatherstripping or caulking to keep your conditioned air inside where it belongs.
On a related note, old or poorly designed windows can also leak air and release energy. Replacing these windows is a great way to increase your home's energy efficiency.
Pro Tip: Here's an easy way to check for leaks: Use a lit candle or lighter to check for drafts. The flame will flicker when air movement is present!
Torn or lacking insulation
Home insulation technology has come a long way since your home was built. Replacing that old, broken-down, or torn insulation with a modern, high-efficiency energy barrier can result in energy savings of 30% or more! Rolled insulation is an easy do-it-yourself project, or you can have a professional blow in the fluffy stuff.
Pro Tip: You should have at least 10 to 14 inches of insulation in your attic to properly insulate your home and keep heat from escaping through your roof.
A filthy air filter
As often as we talk about regular filter changes, you should be well aware of this potential problem area. A dirty air filter can have a massively adverse effect on your home's energy efficiency and can overwork your HVAC system to keep your home warm cool. A clogged air filter is the leading cause of HVAC failure. Why? Because a plugged filter restricts the air flowing into the air handler, which strains the entire HVAC system. Not a good thing. Fortunately, this has an easy fix. Simply replace your air filter once a month or so.
Pro Tip: While you're changing or cleaning your filter, tidy up around your unit and be aware of any unusual noises or smells. If you notice either one, call our experts out for a check-up.
Leaky or separated ductwork
It doesn't take much for your ductwork to let air and energy escape. It's typically constructed of thin sheet metal and is easily dislodged when you're moving things around in your attic or basement. Leaky ductwork forces your HVAC system to work much harder and reduces its efficiency. This can also cause temperature imbalances in your home, such as unusually warm or drafty rooms. Your home's ductwork should be professionally inspected at least every two years and cleaned at least once every five. Not only can dirty or leaky ductwork waste energy, but it can also spread allergens throughout your home. If your home is musty or you find that your family is sneezing and coughing often, it's time to schedule an inspection with Hey Neighbor!
Pro Tip: Remember that candle trick we mentioned above? It also works wonders to reveal air leaks around your ductwork joints!
If your thermostat isn't working properly, it'll prevent your HVAC system from running efficiently - or at all. Check your battery and settings if you believe it's malfunctioning. You might need to tweak some settings to achieve the comfort level you're looking for. If this doesn't fix the issue, though, we should come out to diagnose and correct the problem. To really optimize your HVAC efficiency, though, installing a smart thermostat will save you considerable energy and money.
Pro Tip: Mark a day on your calendar each year to replace your thermostat's batteries. That way, you'll never have to remember, or wonder when the last time was that you changed them.
HVAC maintenance with Hey Neighbor
Stop wasting energy, and call in the pros from Hey Neighbor! From duct repair and cleaning to general HVAC maintenance, we'll ensure that your system runs at optimal efficiency. Seasonal heating and cooling tune-ups are essential to keeping your system performing efficiently year-round. Don't let a breakdown cause you discomfort. Call Hey Neighbor today for all of your HVAC needs. Save energy and keep your hard-earned money in your pocket this year - and every year!
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Here's 5 Great Home Makeover Ideas For The New Year
Posted: January 7, 2021 by Andy
The new year is about change. With the pandemic, your relationship with your home has probably already changed this past year significantly. Many families are spending considerably more time at home and reevaluating their living spaces as a result.
2021 provides an excellent opportunity to explore new room designs and home makeovers. What vision do you have for your home? From incorporating new technology to making your place more efficient, the possibilities are endless. Here are five ideas to inspire you.
Make a home office
Many people are working remotely from home right now without an end date in sight. Even after things return to normal, your work life will surely look different. A designated workspace is a valuable addition to your productivity routine, and it makes home feel a bit more like the office. Even if your home lacks the square footage to add a dedicated office, get creative with what you have. Open the doors of your guest bedroom closet (or take them off completely) for a small, stowaway home office. Reimagine other seldom-used spaces in your home. What about the attic? It might be a great location to set up shop for a quiet, productive workday.
Upgrade those old appliances
2020 made one thing very clear: our kitchens are more crucial than ever. As we all know, the essential components of our kitchens are the appliances that we use daily. If your fridge is still sporting that 1990s creamy bisque color, you might consider replacing it with a modern, more efficient model that has expanded functionality as well. New refrigerators have all sorts of convenient features now, such as in-door smart devices that'll assist you with your grocery list, play music, display recipes, and much more. They've also become much more stylish and attractive in recent years.
Make your yard more comfortable
Outdoor space is becoming more and more valuable. Applying a little elbow grease outside can help increase the value of your home and provide your family with some much-needed open-air opportunities. Smart outdoor investments include outdoor heating elements and outdoor kitchens, and shades for your patio or porch. For a quick-and-easy solution, add more seating for socially distant gatherings.
Enhance your heating and cooling
Your home's HVAC system no longer has to be loud, clunky, and wasteful. Today's variable-speed blowers operate at very low decibel levels, and the furnace itself can be up to 98% efficient! Also, health-protecting air filters can kill up to 99.9% of disease-causing contaminants and allergens, making your interior space both much more comfortable and far safer for your family, too.
Give unused spaces a purpose
If no one ever dines in your formal dining room, try turning it into something your family will use more often. A home office, game room, or a fitness center are all excellent ideas to consider. You might turn that ugly, cobweb-infested basement into a roomy, inviting space for activities. Get creative!
Is one of your 2021 resolutions to improve your living space? These five home makeover ideas will help make it a reality. But don't stop there - there are countless other ways you can enhance your home, too. Do some online research and use your imagination, and make your place truly yours!
New HVAC System On Your Christmas List?
Posted: December 24, 2020 by Andy
Eventually, no matter how diligently you care for your home's HVAC system, it'll need to be replaced with a new, more efficient model. If you're pondering whether or not to add it to your list this year, here's a few signs that'll help you know if adding a new HVAC system to your home is needed this Christmas or will be in the near future.
Have your energy bills increased this year?
It's normal for your monthly energy bills to go up and down as the season changes, but to identify if your costs have truly increased, compare your statement against the same month from the last year or two. If nothing has taken place to cause an increase, then all things being equal, your bill should be similar to previous years. If you do notice a sudden increase in your heating and cooling costs, you should immediately call us and schedule a service call.
Does your system struggle to maintain the temperature?
If your HVAC system seems to be continually turning on and off throughout the day - struggling to keep a consistent temperature - you have a problem. It could be as simple as dead batteries in your thermostat. Still, regardless of the cause, you should take action quickly to avoid long-term damage and ever-increasing energy bills.
Is your system old?
If your furnace or air conditioner is more than 15 years old, the EPA recommends that you replace your HVAC system with a new model. Once a system reaches a decade in age, many of its main components begin to wear out, increasing the chance of unexpected breakdowns. Keeping an older system in operation can actually cost you more money because of more frequent repair costs and increased energy bills. But, with regular, proper care and maintenance, it's not unheard of for an HVAC system to last beyond its expected lifespan.
Are frequent breakdowns frustrating you?
Minor breakdowns aren't unusual for HVAC systems as they age, but your service tech should be inspecting the major system components if you're needing repairs every year or more often. Persistent issues are a clear indication that there's a bigger problem, which may mean it's time to get a new system.
How you can extend your system's life
Replacing your heating and cooling system is one of the most costly home maintenance tasks you'll encounter as a homeowner. Because of this, you probably want to delay the purchase for as long as possible. Here's a few tips to help prolong the life of your system.
Schedule seasonal tune-ups twice a year. Once for your AC in the spring and once for your furnace in late summer or early fall. We offer a very reasonably-priced maintenance agreement that'll prevent major expenses later on.
Change your filter often. If you're not comfortable changing it on your own, or you just don't have the time, call our pros and have a certified service technician check your filter during your seasonal tune-ups.
Check your AC condenser. Your air conditioner's condenser is located outside your home and built to withstand the elements. But, you should still check on it frequently to make sure it hasn't been damaged by storms or obstructed by leaves or other plant life. Your condenser needs space to breathe and work efficiently.
Get a programmable or smart thermostat. Modern thermostats make energy efficiency easy. They are simple to program and can even be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet!
Whether you're in Northfield, North Canton, or anywhere in Northeast Ohio - at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling, we ensure that your systems will run smoothly, every time of year! Your comfort and safety are our primary concerns. Call us for all your heating, cooling, water heater, and radon detection needs!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
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