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Does Your Restaurant or Office Need a Dehumidifier?

By Forquer
April 18, 2019 Category: Air Conditioning, Humidifier

More often than not, the air conditioning unit in your restaurant or office is oversized. Most people think that the bigger the unit, the better they will be able to cool their space. However, if your unit is too large, you could run into a few problems. Issues an Oversized Air Conditioner Can Cause Using an air conditioner that is too large will increase your electric bill, negatively affect your air ducts system, and cause the relative humidity in your building to increase to an uncomfortable level. In a Restaurant: Most restaurant owners will purchase a large air unit to prepare for those 95-degree days, when their dining room is full when they do need that much cooling. However, your restaurant is almost never using the full unit capacity and therefore you are going to have to run the thermostat lower to be comfortable. This ends up costing more in energy than it would if you had a more appropriately sized unit. Using such a large air conditioner also adds more time to your defrost

Don't Forget About Preventative Maintenance for Your Rented Equipment!

By Forquer
April 11, 2019 Category: Preventative Maintenance

Are you renting a space for your business? Did you know that you could be responsible for your heating and cooling maintenance? Dont wait for your heater to die or your air to bite the dust, get them checked with Forquer! Why Get a Preventative Maintenance Check? Everyone knows the importance of preventative maintenance on their heating and cooling equipment in their homes, but often, business owners who rent out their business space do not even think about checking their equipment. More often than not, the renter is responsible for the heating and cooling equipment in that office, or restaurant, or tanning salon, etc. Some leases read that the renter is responsible for maintenance and even repairs. Many people think that just because their heat or air is working, that everything is fine so they do not check their equipment; out of sight out of mind. However, disregarding your appliances isnt going to save you money. In fact, it will cost you more in the long run. Its not if your

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide and How to Keep Your Family Safe

By Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning
April 04, 2019 Category: Maintenance, Carbon Monoxide, Heating

Carbon monoxide is scary for a lot of people because its something that you cant see, you cant smell it, and if comes from many appliances we used in our home on a day to day basis! If too much is released in your home it can be very dangerous. So,how do you know what can produce carbon monoxide in your home and how do you protect against that in your home? What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is extremely toxic to people and animals. Where Does Carbon Monoxide Come From? Carbon monoxide is releasedfrom every appliance in your home that burns a fossil fuel such as a gas stove, hot water tank, furnace, etc. What Can I Do to Protect My Family from Carbon Monoxide? Invest in a CO detector on each floor in your home. A CO detector is your first line of defense against CO poisoning and they are generally inexpensive. Do not use your stove as a heater for your kitchen. Stoves are only intended for a short amount of time

How to Safely Use Ventless Gas Heaters

By Forquer Heating
March 28, 2019 Category: Heating

What is a Ventless Heater? Ventless gas heaters are a single room heating device that works by using the oxygen in that room to fuel the combustion process, allowing it to efficiently create heat. Usually, the unit will be hung on your wall and you can turn it on and off as you please. Many people will use these appliances to heat up their basement or three-season room while entertaining. This is a perfect example of how to properly use your ventless gas heater. Improper use would include running the heater while you are not paying attention to it, such as while you are sleeping or if you leave the house. It is crucial that people know that there are some rules they should abide by when using one of these units to heat a room in their homes. Proper Use These small heaters are very good at what they do. They can heat a room up in just a few minutes, but they are not meant for long-term heating or heating more than one room. They were designed to only be used when necessary and

Why Doesn't My Air Conditioner Reach My Second Floor

By Forquer Heating
March 21, 2019 Category: Air Conditioning, Zoning, Dampers, Air Filter

Many people find that they have a hard time cooling a particular part of their house. This is almost always the case with two-story homes when the second story wont keep cool. Often, people think that the solution is to increase the capacity of their current air conditioning unit. However, the issue is not the capacity to cool, but that there is insufficient air flow to your second story. Additionally, running a larger unit or even a second unit can have an adverse side effect for your house and your wallet. What are My Alternative Cooling Options? If your air conditioning unit is the right size for your home, but you still need to cool down either just one room or the whole second floor, youve got options! Air Filters Sometimes, the fix is quick and straightforward such as increasing your air flow. There are multiple ways to help the cold air flow upstairs. One example is using a different air filter. Replacing your filter with one that is less dense will give your unit less air

Why Preventative Maintenance is So Important

By Forquer Heating & Air Conditioning
March 14, 2019 Category: Heating, Air Conditioning, Furnace, Maintenance

A very important question that many homeowners ask is, is it necessary to have my furnace and air conditioning unit looked at even though everything is running fine and they have been for years? The answer is one-hundred percent yes! Preventative maintenance is essential to keep your furnace and air conditioner running as efficiently as possible and as long as possible. Think about your car; would you take a cross-country road trip without checking the oil first? No, even if your car is running great, you still take that preventative measure to ensure your car makes the trip there and back. The same concept applies to your furnace and AC. Often times, people wait until their heating or cooling breaks down before they call in a specialist to look at it. More often than not, this procrastination costs them a lot of money when the whole situation could have been avoided with simple check-ups or filter replacements every now and then. FalseSense of Security There is a false sense of security

Steam vs. Hot Water Heating

By Forquer Heating
March 08, 2019 Category: Heating

Which is better? Steam or Hot Water Heat? There are many different ways to heat your home. We typically focus on the most wide-spread in our day and age: forced air heating through a duct system. Today were talking about another form of heating and how to maintain those systems: steam and hot water boilers. A lot of the bigger, older homes in the Akron/Canton area were built with steam technology because thats where it all started. Its important to be educated on the type of heating your home has and the maintenance required for that heat source. Steam Heating Here we have a steam boiler [pictured right]. The boilers that were installed in these older homes came equipped with a sight glass so you can see the water level, and a low-water sensing device to maintain the water level. These steam boilers use the water to send steam up through the radiation, and then thats what is used to heat the home. Hot Water Heating After heating with steam, then came hot water heating, or what we

How To Save Money On Your Heat Bill

By Forquer Heating
February 27, 2019 Category: Thermostats, Heating

During the winter its important to heat your home not only for comfort, but to maintain the integrity of your pipes. If you work long hours, have a trip planned or are a snowbird that flies south for the winter it can be difficult to keep your home at an appropriate temperature while being cost conscious. You may seek assistance from a family member or a friend, but what happens if theyre unable to check-in on your home one day? If the temperatures are low, as they tend to get here in Northeast Ohio, that small time is all you need to be welcomed home to a cracked piped. So, we ask: how can we monitor the temperature in our home while remaining cost conscious? Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning in Akron/Canton, OH recommend investing in a setback thermostat with WiFi capabilities. What is a Setback thermostat? For those of you who work long hours, or are gone most of the day - a setback thermostat may be a great solution. A setback thermostat is a programmable thermostat that allows

Ductless Heating for Commercial and Residential Properties in Akron, OH

By Forquer Heating
February 14, 2019 Category: Mini Splits

Does your home or business have that one room that just will not keep temperature when attempting to heat or cool?Are there limitations in your buildings design that will not allow for a new duct system to be installed? Or are you just looking for a simpler way to efficiently control the temperature in that space? If youre in the Akron/Canton area, Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning can help! We offer an increasingly popular option for heatingand cooling larger rooms of your home or commercial property that either do not maintain temperature or are not connected to your current system. Mini-Split Systems and Ductless Heating/Cooling We providea ductless, mini-split-system which will allowyou to heat or cool large spaces without the hassle of installing air ducts. (Are mini-split-systems right for you? Find out here) This two-part system includes a small remote-controlled console that is mounted in the desired room. The console then connects to a condenser unit that is installed

What is Zoning? How Does Zoning Work?

By Forquer Heating
February 07, 2019 Category: Zoning, Heating, Air Conditioning

How can zoning make my house more comfortable? Are there rooms in your home that never reach a comfortable temperature? If you have a large home you may find that there are rooms or complete floors that are either too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. A lot of our Akron/Canton clients ask us How can I keep my whole home comfortable? One of the ways we can keep the temperature even throughout your home is by installing a zoning system. What is zoning when it comes to air conditioning and heating in your home? Zoning is a heating and cooling system that uses dampersto regulate the flow of air through the ductwork of a house. By using dampers, youre able to control the temperature of a large area. Zoning is a great way to zone off sections of your home - giving you control of the different areas of your home. That way you can set your temperature to what is most comfortable to you. How Can I add a Zoning System to My Home? There are two ways to add a zoning system to your

Should I Repair or Replace My Heating and Cooling Equipment?

By Forquer Heating
January 31, 2019 Category: Heating, Air Conditioning

Your furnace and air conditioningis like any machine -an old car, washer or dryer - over time you can expect some degradation- at what point do you measure the repair costs vs. replacement? Deciding Whether to Replace Your Furnace Air Conditioning When making a decision to repair or replace your furnace, you can rely on our service experts here in Canton, OH at Forquer Heating Air Conditioning. While we wont know if your equipment needs repaired or replaced over aphone call, we can help determine what your best options are after a home visit. On average, the life of a gas-fired furnace in Northeast Ohio is 20 years and the average lifespan of an air conditioner is about 15 years. If we come out and youre looking at an expensive repair on an old piece of equipment thats not in very good shape,it wouldnt be a very good investment to repair the unit and it may be time to think about a replacement. We like to give you your options with an educated viewpoint on what your equipment really

Preventative Maintenance for Heating and Cooling

By Forquer Heating
January 23, 2019 Category: Maintenance

Forquer Heating Air Conditioning has partnered withVirteomto engage our customers and users in our heating and air conditioning services and the technology behind the scenes. In this video, Jacqui and Jim Sr. discuss preventative maintenance for your furnace and air conditioning. Watch or read the transcription below! Something I really hate is when its the middle of the winter and my furnace stops working. You have to bundle up with blankets and its downright cold. How do I avoid furnace failure? What do you find that is the cause of this? What should I look out for? Dirt is in All The Wrong Places One of the main things we look at when it comes to preventative maintenance of your furnace and air conditioner is dirt. We find that dirt is in the wrong places. First of all, youre never going to suffer a breakdown when its convenient. We never get a no heat call in the middle of July, and I never get an air conditioner breakdown in the middle of December. Its always going to happen

Do Air Filters Keep My House Clean?

By Forquer Heating
January 16, 2019 Category: Air Filter

Forquer Heating Air Conditioning has partnered with Virteom to engage our customers and users in our heating and air conditioning services and the technology behind the scenes. In this video, Jacqui and Jim Sr. discuss air filters and keeping your house dust free. Watch or read the transcription below! Do Air Filters Really Keep My House Clean? Air filters dont clean your house thats a common misconception, but they will clean up anything thats airborne. What is the most efficient way to filter out dust in my home? The most efficient filtration system, maybe not to keep your house clean, but to help breathe easier and keep dust bunnies out of your home is two-fold: 1. A good pleated four-inch filter The first piece you need to keep the air in your home breathable is a good air filter. We favor a good pleated four-inch filter (pictured right)when it comes to air filters because you dont have to clean it; these air filters can be thrown away every 3-6 months depending on how dirty

How To Create a Comfortable Humidity Level for Your Home

By Forquer Heating
January 04, 2019 Category: Indoor Air Quality

Forquer Heating Cooling has partnered with Virteom to engage our customers and users about our services and the technology behind the scenes. In this video, Jacqui and Jim Sr. discuss humidity control and how you can create a comfortable atmosphere in your home when dealing with humidity. Watch or read the transcription below! Humidity is a nightmare for a lot of people, especiallyin Northeast Ohio where our summers gethot. How Does Humidity Affect TheComfort Level of Your Home? Humidity plays into human comfort but also your health. We found in the wintertime, when it gets colder outside that ourhouses tendto get too dry. Thenin the summertime, we have a problem with too much humidity. When you live in a region where the climate is unpredictable as Akron/Canton, changing the temperature of your thermostatcan be a real guessing game. In the winter time, we sell humidifiers to add humidity. In the summertime, we depend on our air conditioner to humidify, but weve found that sometimes

What should I replace first, my infrastructure or my furnace?

By Forquer Heating
December 21, 2018 Category: Heating

Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning has partnered with Virteom to engage our customers and users about ourheatingand air conditioning services and the technology behind the scenes of heating and cooling. In this video Jacqui and Jim discuss why you should prioritize getting your homes infrastructure replaced first before your furnacewhen you enter into a new home or are dealing with an old drafty home. Watch or read the transcription below! Where do Customers Need To Spend Their Money First - Infrastructure or Furnace? If the customer has a limited budget, they need to consider these two questions: Do I replace that old furnace? Or do I attack the structure first? They might have a lot of windows or not so great insulation. This may be contradictory of what you would expect from a heating contractor, but your first step is to attack the structure. Replace Your Infrastructure to Reduce Infiltration So if we were to take a look at a furnace like this (pictured right) - this is not

Single Stage Furnace Versus Two Stage Furnace. Which is Better?

By Forquer Heating
December 14, 2018 Category: Heating, Furnace

Forquer Heating has partnered with Virteom to engage our customers and the people of Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark, and Wayne County about the dos donts of Heating HVAC Cooling. We have over 40 years experience and are proud to share our knowledge with homeowners, so they can make informed decisions about their home heating and cooling. Watch or read the transcription below! Two Stage Furnaces Make the Transition More Comfortable Owner Jim Forquer sits with Jacqui to discuss furnaces. A single stage furnace versus a two stage furnace. You can buy a single stage furnace, which is what youre used to now. However, through solid state electronics, we have two stage fired furnaces. The way we explain this to customers is through a comparable scenario. If your car only had neutral and drive, and the accelerator was stuck at 60 miles an hour - it would get you to the store and back, but it would not be comfortable. Now, what if I could give you a car that you went from drive but the

Types of Heat Pumps from Forquer Heating and Cooling in Akron, OH

By Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning
December 07, 2018 Category: Heating, Heat Pumps

Forquer has partnered with Virteom to spreadheating and cooling knowledge to the people of Northeast Ohio, Akron and Canton. Our customers are becoming more knowledgeable and proactive with their homes and we want them to have the tools and the answers they need on hand at all times. This week we tackle the question, whattypes of heat pumps does Forquer Heating and Air Conditioningin Akron, OH offer? What is a heat pump? First, what is a heat pump? A heat pump extracts heat from one source and delivers it to where you want it. What types of heat pumps are there? There are two types of heat pumps: an air to air heat pump and a geothermal heat pump. *below is a transcription of the video Air to Air Heat Pumps An air to air heat pump will extract heat from the air outside and deliver it to the house, but the amount of heat thats available to the heat pump alldepends on the temperature outside. Air to air heat pumps have some limitations. For example, say its 50 degrees outside

Are Heat Pumps Good to Heat Your Northeast Ohio Home?

By Forquer Heating
November 29, 2018 Category: Heat Pumps

Forquer Heating has partnered with Virteom to answer customer questions and show our heating and cooling abilities through video. On this weeks video, Forquer Heatings own - Jim Forquer Sr. takes on the age old question Is a heat pump good enough to heat my Northeast Ohio home? *below is a transcription of this video* We know that Northeast Ohio is a cold climate, winters are really extreme so are the heat pumps good for it? Are Heat Pumps Good to Heat Your Home? A heat pump is a strange animal for Northeast Ohio weather. First of all, the main reason why northeast Ohio homeowners choose a heat pump is economical. The price point is extremely appealing to homeowners. What Fuel Do Heat Pumps Work Best With? If electricity is the fuel you use to heat your home, the heat pump is a good selection, because it costsless. Your heat pump can heat your home down all the way the outside temperature reaches 30 degrees. Thats when your heat pump will need a little help from another source

How the Windows in Your Home Affect Your Furnace and Heating

By Forquer Heating
November 15, 2018 Category: Heating, Furnace

Forquer has partnered with Virteom to provide knowledge to the people of Northeast Ohio, Akron and Canton area. Our customers are becoming more knowledgeable and proactive with their homes and we want them to have the tools and the answers they need. This week we tackle the question, Does the amount of windows in your home make a difference for your furnace, heating and everything else. Watch and read below! *below is a transcription of the video. Considering Window Heat Loss when Sizing a Furnace When youre talking about windows, those thats one of the biggest things that comes into play when sizing your furnace and your air. Sizing the right furnace and AC unit for your home is key in proper heating and air conditioning. Now, talking about furnaces specifically, most of your heat loss comes through windows. It can also come from lack of insulation too but Windows is definitely a big part of it. It especially depends on what kind of windows you have in your home. So the bigger

Do Fireplaces Cause Heat Loss?

By Forquer Heating
November 08, 2018 Category: Heating, Heat Loss, Fireplaces, Dampers

This week on Forquer Heatings hybrid blog with Virteom, weanswer the most common and toughest questions in the heating and air conditioning industry. Our customers are becoming more knowledgeable and proactive with their homes and we want them to have the tools and the answers they need. In this video, we ask the question - Do fireplaces cause heat loss? Watch or read below to find out! *below is a transcription of the video. Why Fireplaces Cause Heat Loss Do fireplaces cause heat loss? The answer is yes, to a point, they do. Especially if its a gas-lit fireplace versus a wood burning fireplace, they will definitely cause some heat loss because everythings vented through the chimney. So, what happens in the winter is that the cold air is sucking the warm air from the house out through the chimney into the cold air. Having a good damper in place would definitely help, but at the end of the day, we definitely have to take a fireplace into account and do our load calculations. It

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