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Is My Home Properly Insulated?

By Forquer
May 30, 2019 Category: Humidity, Insulation

Everyone knows the importance of good insulation in your home. New doors and windows with no drafts help keep warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer. They also help keep your energy bill down. However, there is such a thing as too much insulation, and it can cause some serious issues in your home. Most homes have the opposite problem when it comes toinsulation. More often than not, youre going to have spaces in between the windows and doors which allow air to move through causing a draft. This is called air infiltration. Drafts in Your Home Raise Your Energy Bill Air infiltration is the number one enemy of high energy bills because your heat or air conditioning is going right out the window, literally. So, the solution is to tighten up those cracks. Can My Home be Over Insulated? Yes! There is a point when your home is too tight. We see this situation happen mostly with newer homes. The houseis so insulated that it creates a humidity problem. There is

What is the Best Heat Source for Homes in the Country?

By Forquer
May 23, 2019 Category: Heating, Heat Pumps, Geothermal Energy

A common problem for folks who live out in the country is deciding on which method to heat their homes. Depending on the situation, some types of heating units work much better and while others are less reliable. Price is another factor to consider whether its the price of installing to equipment or the monthly bill. Electric Heating for Your Home Every homeowner should have the ability to use all electric heating sources. The most common is a forced air electric furnace. This type of heating is, as a whole as a more expensive option. Then there is the electric heat pump, which is a bit cheaper than the furnace but overall the fuel used to heat electrical appliances is expensive. This means that your monthly heat bill will likely be very high, especially in those cold Ohio winters. Natural Gas as an Alternative Heating Source The cheaper alternative to electric heat is to heat with natural gas options. The issue with natural gas is that though it is a cheaper choice, it is not always

Consult with an HVAC Professional before Opening a Business in a Rented Space

By Forquer
May 16, 2019 Category: Renting, Consult, HVAC

If you are a business owner and you are about to rent a new space for that business, it is important to consult with an HVAC professional before to make sure that the heating and cooling equipment can handle the type of business youre opening. A Hair Salon For instance, a man in the middle office of a strip building wanted to open up a hair salon. The space was a thousand square feet. But he called us because he could not cool the space. It was 85 degrees in there because that space was set up for routine office work, and he had seven hair dryers. Now four of those hair dryers put out enough heat to require another ton of air conditioning. Meaning he needed almost double the capacity that he had. So this man did not know that when he took that space. Now his clients are unhappy, and he is unhappy because he is losing customers and he had just paid for a new counter, chairs, mirrors, and now he has to pay for more air. Whereas had he consulted with an HVAC professional about the space

How Can I Heat and Cool My Sunroom or Garage?

By Forquer
May 09, 2019 Category: Heating, Air Conditioning, Mini Split

If I have an addition, garage, or patio on my property is my HVAC equipment going to be enough to heat and cool that additional space or do I need to consider adding additional equipment? The answer is almost always going to be that you will need additional equipment. If the added space is similar to your house in terms of structure and insulation, then you will most likely not need to add another unit. Heating and Cooling Sunrooms For example, if the extra space is a three seasons room like the one shown above with a lot of windows, youre going to need a separate heating and air conditioning unit. This is because this type of room does not have much insulation and will always be much hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Your original thermostat will not be enough to control the temperature in this room if it can even indicate it. Therefore, this room would really do well with its own thermostat and its own small air conditioning heating system such as a mini split system. Heating

Have You Considered Being an HVAC Professional?

By Forquer
May 02, 2019 Category: HVAC, Woking In The Trades

Are you stuck thinking about what you want to be or what job you think will best suit you and your personality? Have you everconsidered the trades, or more specifically going into the HVAC profession? We at Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning want to encourage everyone to consider going into the HVAC trade because the trades are always looking for good people who want to make a difference! Is an HVAC Career Right for You? HVAC is a job that is always in high demand so there are always many opportunities. We love working in HVAC because there is never a dull moment. It is very exciting because there are all kinds of different equipment to work with, the site changes daily with a different house anddifferent people. If you enjoy being outside, HVAC is a good career choice for you because you get to work outside at certain times and inside during other times. If you like working with people, you get to meet all kinds of people and be their hero when you come to repair and service their

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance on Refrigeration Units

By Forquer
April 25, 2019 Category: Preventative Maintenance, Commercial

As part of preventative maintenance for your commercial heating and air conditioning units, you want to consider having your refrigeration checked as well, especially for restaurant owners. Its a very good idea to maintain your refrigeration because this type of equipment is very costly, to purchase and to repair. Its especially important to pay attention to the condenser coils inside these units. A Dirty Condenser is a Compressor Killer One of the most common issues with refrigeration units is a dirty condenser coil. Especially in restaurants, bars, or any business that has a frequently used fridge or cooler. Its very easy for these coils to get greased up and dirty which leads to a breakdown. Anybody that owns a restaurant that has replaced a refrigeration compressor knows they are not cheap. So, keeping a clean condenser coil is essential. Energy Savings Not only is repairing or replacing your condenser expensive but disregarding the maintenance on it will cost you in your

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

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