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Are solar panels or a heat pump system better for your home?

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 26, 2019 10:15:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in heating, Solar

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Are solar panels or a heat pump system better for your home?  Answering that question depends on a number of important factors, including where you live in the country, the age and location of your home and how much money you are willing to spend up front.

Solar panels work best where there is a lot of sunlight and heat pumps work best in areas where more heat is required on a yearly basis to keep things comfortable in a home.  In the Cincinnati area, where its not uncommon to run the heat anytime between October and April, heat pumps win this particular battle.

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How to lower your electric bill

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 28, 2019 7:45:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in air conditioning, thermostat, heating

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The average family spends about $2200 on energy every year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.  For many people, the biggest single energy expense is the electric bill.  The need for electricity will never go away, but there are ways to spend less and still stay plugged in.
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Prepare for a comfortable fall & winter season

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 11, 2019 7:45:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in AC, heating, HVAC Filter

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The HVAC system is one of the most important and expensive parts of any home. As a result, homeowners face a difficult decision when the system starts flashing some warning signs. Yes, homeowners must determine between that repair vs replace HVAC decision.

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Is my furnace too old?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 29, 2019 8:15:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in heating, furnace

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What Is The Difference Between SEER and STAR Ratings?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 8:49:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in air conditioning, heating, furnace

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Unusual noises. High energy bills. Heat is on, but you’re shivering.

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Common Furnace Repairs

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 17, 2019 4:36:25 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in heating, furnace

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Common furnace repairs that may happen in the first 10 years

 
Not unlike any other home appliance, there are a few common repairs you may find yourself
needing to make to your furnace within the first 10 years of ownership.
 

 

Capacitor

The furnace capacitor is part of the fan motor in your furnace. It helps the fan motor start and
provides a steady flow of electricity to the motors.
If it fails, so will the rest of your system, which will be easily noticeable. Signs of a failing
capacitor are: loud humming noises, problems with your air conditioning running constantly,
blowing cold air and starting, or consistently rising electric bills.
If the furnace capacitor is starting to fail or becoming weak, it can be noticed and easily repaired
during recommended yearly maintenance.
 

Blowers

Blowers run year round to keep air flowing through your household. Since the blower runs
year-round, they have potential to fail earlier than your entire system or other individual parts of
the system.
A regularly changed and proper air filter can help the furnace blower last a longer and run more
efficiently.
The blower catches all the dust and debris that can pass through your filter, therefore, if the filter
is not being changed regularly, it poses potential for the blower to fail prematurely due to
overheating from coping with an old, dirty filter.
Yearly service can also help a furnace blower last longer, because it is cleaned during
maintenance.
 

Vacuum Switch

The vacuum switch, also called the pressure switch, is designed to shut your furnace down if it
senses negative pressure being created by the draft inducing motor. This protects your home
from backdrafting, which is exhaust fumes entering your system, then entering your space.
A damaged switch is a common cause for furnace malfunctions. Holes or tears, debris build up
or just old age of the switch can cause it so stop working.
Repairs and replacement of vacuum switches are common. The vacuum switch can start to fail
due to age, which can then result in faulty furnace firing.
If your vacuum switch needs replaced, it is most common to just replace the part itself, not your
entire furnace.
 
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Ignitor

A furnace ignitor is fairly self explanatory, it is what lights a burner and starts the combustion
process to turn fuel into heat.
Newer furnaces typically have an electric hot surface ignitor while electric furnaces typically
have a thin wire that receives an electric signal, gets extremely hot and will create a spark to
start the heating process.
Signs of a failing or broken ignitor are similar to a broken capacitor. Hearing your furnace turn
off and on, only feeling it blow cold or cool air and your furnace not running at all are signs that
your ignitor could be ready to replace.
Replacing your ignitor is another common occurrence around five to seven years of operation. It
can be caught during yearly maintenance and replaced.
 
These common repairs are no need to panic. With any home appliance, upkeep and repairs are
just part of ownership. With regular maintenance and knowing the signs of these common
repairs, your furnace can continue to function efficiently.
 
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Do programmable thermostats save money?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 7, 2017 2:02:00 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in air conditioning, thermostat, heating

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Do programmable thermostats save money?  

According to Energy Star (https://www.energystar.gov/), a federal program to help consumers save energy, 45% of total power use in a home goes to heating and cooling, and the average cost for that comfort is $2100 to $2500 per year.   The greater the difference between the outside and inside temperature of your home, the higher the energy costs.  Someone willing to be a little cold in the winter in Chicago will save more than someone who has to burn less energy to stay warm.

The other factor at play is the human one.  The more determined you are to save energy, the more you will save. 
How willing are you to be a little cold in the winter or hot in the summer? 
Can you keep your finger off the thermostat?

Let's look at the numbers.  Programmable thermostats typically cost three times as much as manual ones.   Let's say we are going to spend $150 on a programmable thermostat, hoping to get that money back with a lower energy bill.

A 2007 study found that homes with programmable thermostats saved an average of 6.5 percent of their energy costs.  Using the middle ground of $2300 per year, that's $149.50.  That pays for the thermostat the first year and goes into your pocket after that. 
 
But can you save that 6.5 percent?

If you let your home get uncomfortably hot or cold when you are away and then burn energy getting comfortable when you get home, you won't save much.  Experts say you must be willing tosave energy when you are home as well as away.  Giving up one degree of climate comfort generally translates into one percent of energy savings.  
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