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
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
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
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
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
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
Understanding Differences Between Home and Vehicle Air Conditioning System As summer approaches here in the Akron and Canton area, residents are preparing for the summer heat by making sure their home air conditioning units are in good shape. By late June, with temperatures pushing up into the 80s, area air conditioners will be running steadily. Because of this, its important for area residents to understand that their home air conditioning system is not like their automobile cooling system. This may seem a simple concept on the surface, however to ensure maximum efficiency from your home cooling system, its important to note the distinctions. How Home Air Conditioners Differ from Air Conditioners in Vehicles Both operate on the same basic principle: Removing hot air from inside the home or vehicle and emitting it outside. Both systems are similar in design and function, and consists of: A compressor. The compressor compresses the refrigerant housed in the air conditioning unit, increasing
During a hot summer day in Akron, theres no better escape from the blazing sun and humidity than a nice cool air-conditioned house. What would you do if all of a sudden, your sweet escape slipped away because your air conditioner stopped working? You may slowly begin to think back to a time in April and May where you wished you would have got preventative maintenance. The Value of Regular A/C Tune-ups and Cleaning The concept of preventive maintenance is lost on too many people. Many air conditioning repair jobs would never even take place if people would trust the care of their machines to experts on a regular basis. By having your a/c unit tuned up and cleaned by a professional technician at least once a year, you will keep it in top condition and thereby experience a number of benefits that will save you a lot more money than the cost of the service visit. Some of the important advantages of getting an a/c tune-up include: Preventing Future Breakdown Repairs This is the most obvious
If youre looking to buy an air conditioner for the summer, the best time to shop is now! It may seem counterintuitive, but the truth is this: buyers can find the best deals on new air conditioners (and HVAC services) from late February into late March. Keep reading and find out why the end of winter is the best time to shop for a new air conditioner: When Is The Best Time to Buy a New Air Conditioner in Akron/Canton? The heat island that is known as Akron, OH can be brutal in the summer months. Pavement, brick and concrete draw in the hot summer sun and leave you to retreat to your air conditioner. But what if you dont have an a/c unit to run to?Now is the time to think ahead for your summer needs. The end of winter is the best time for you to purchase a new air conditioner! Why? Retailers have a high supply of air conditioning units during the winter months. When its not hot out, theres a low buyer demand for air conditioning units.
Making the best use of all the spaces in your home often leads to a common question - Should I add ductwork to a three-season room to make it usable year-round? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer. Quite simply, the answer is that it depends. But this does not help you, does it? Lets look at a few factors which come into play when making this decision. Insulation Oftentimes, in older three-season rooms, windows are abundant and insulation is lacking. These features leave plenty of room for energy leaks. In short, the structure was just not designed for comfort in extreme temperatures. Adding ductwork to this type of room would likely disappoint. High heating and cooling requirements accompany the lack of insulation and the common single-paned window. The bottom-line is that the room would be cold in the winter and warm in the summer. If, however, a year-round retreat is your hearts desire, you have options. Investing in a window upgrade and pumping insulation into
While the hot, humid summers of Ohio call for air conditioning, understanding the best unit to meet the needs of any home proves to be a foreign language to many. Lets clear the air with a few facts and figures to get you in-the-know when purchasing an air conditioner. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) produces a rating of sorts for air conditioners. It is figured this way: The amount of cooling a given unit produces (BTU) divided by the amount of electricity (watts) used over a typical cooling season. SEER figures range from 13 to 25. Since the unit is tested on static conditions, the rating represents a units best performance. In brief, this number reflects the maximum rating. For instance, a unit rated at 13 does not perform above but may fall below this figure. Thats helpful. But, what does it mean to you, the consumer? After all, it is just a number on the box. A few answered questions might clear things up even more. What Does the SEER Rating Tell You? Efficiency.
Living in Ohio, you know how inconsistent the temperatures outside can be. One day, the air conditioner is up full blast and the next its off completely. It can be hard to keep your house at a regulated temperature that is comfortable for the entire family, especially if youre only turning your AC on the day of high temperatures. So, how do you prepare your AC for those hot summer days? Prepare for Hot Temperatures the Night Before If youve checked the weather and you know a hot day is approaching, you can prepare by turning your air conditioner on the night before. Unlike your car, your entire home needs time to get the temperature down to a comfortable setting. Avoid overworking your AC by turning it on the night before hot temperatures approach. This will give your unit enough time to cool down your home. The Set It and Forget It Rule If you havent already, we recommend investing in a Nest learning thermostat or a smart thermostat. A Nest learning thermostat with the set it and
As the weather in Ohio gets warmer and spring begins to approach summer, it may seem tempting to turn your air conditioning on and avoid the slightest hint of heat. In fact, sometimes people like to turn it on the second it gets up to 65 degrees on that early April day and then try to keep it running throughout the night when the temperatures drop back into the 50s. However, the air conditioner should only be on if the temperature outside is 65 degrees or above, and the idea is to only use it if the thermostat starts hitting 70 degrees. There are several reasons not to run an air conditioner when it is below this temperature or too early in the season: 1. Damaging your air conditioners oil Air conditioners have a part called a compressor, which true to its name compresses the refrigerant, a substance that is used to cool down the air in your home. This allows the refrigerant to circulate through tubes inside the air conditioner, and drives the heat-transfer process that leads to the
Question: I live in a dormer type home (the ceiling is the roof pitch of the house) in Cuyahoga Falls. I have air conditioning, but it is still very hot up there all summer. Is there anything I can do with my current air conditioner to make the upstairs cooler? Answer: A dormer is one of the hardest types of homes to condition, particularly in the summer. Unfortunately there is not a whole lot you can do with your current air conditioner in that type of home. We run into so many of these homes (particularly in Cuyahoga Falls) and they all have to deal with this. The first floor is always great but that upstairs dormer is so hot. At the very least, try to damper off some of the supply registers downstairs and make sure every supply register upstairs is wide open. My guess is you have already done this! Be sure not to close off too much downstairs as you will risk freezing up your system. The most ideal option would be to look into a ductless HVAC system. This relatively new technology is
Question: I have been told my house has a 2-ton air conditioner. Does this mean my air conditioner weighs 4,000 lbs? Answer: The first air conditioning or cooling was done in theaters by hanging tons of ice in nets and circulating theater air across the ice to cool the air. In turn, the ice would melt. They calculated that one ton of ice would remove 288,000 BTUs in a 24 hour period or 12,000 BTUs per hour. Your 2-ton air conditioner may only weigh 170 lbs but it removes 24,000 BTUs per hour of heat from your house. Tonnage refers to a rate of cooling. Have a question?Comment below and well get you an answer.
Question: I change my furnace air filter in the winter and the summer because I have air conditioning. Is there a filter on my air conditioner outside that needs cleaned or replaced? Answer: There is no filter to change out by your air conditioner, but your condenser coil does need washed or back flushed with a hose. The condenser coil, which is similar to a car radiator, can get blocked with grass clippings or cottonwood from the trees. This is very detrimental to your air conditioner. We recommend a precision tune up and professional cleaning in the spring before you use the system for the hot summer months.
When it comes to maintaining your home, people often forget about two unseen and often unheard appliances; your furnace and air conditioner. Besides it being important to maintain those pieces of equipment at least once a year, it is extremely important to change your filter at least once a month (depending on the type of filter or type of air cleaning equipment that is attached to your HVAC system). Most filter systems are located to the right or left of the furnace, attached to the return air trunk. The air in the return air trunk is pulled from various areas of the home down through the large trunk and passes through the filter just before entering back into the furnace. It is very important to know the type of filter you have in place in order to know how often it should be changed. On average, if you have a 1 thick filter, it should be changed once a month. It could need changed more if you have pets, or if there is something that creates more dust or dirt in the air. Keeping a