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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

What Size Furnace Do I Need for my Home?

By Forquer Heating
October 17, 2018 Category: Heating, Furnace

We continue our video series this week with a discussion on sizing your furnace. Watch the video below to learn whats considered when choosing the perfect furnace for your home: *below is a transcription of the video. Learn Why Sizing Your Furnace is So Important What We Consider When Sizing a Furnace in Akron / Canton When sizing for a furnace, a couple of things go into it, not just the square footage of the house. Though the square footage is one of the main things, but we also look at the windows in the house, asking the following questions: What type of windows are they: double pane or a single pane. How old are they? How many windows are thee? What direction they face? Whats the total square footage of windows? Once we know about the windows and the homes square footage, we take a look at the roof, and then insulation of the home. Is it in the ceiling? Is it in the attic? Is it in the walls of the house? A lot of older houses dont have insulation, especially in the walls.

Are Mini Splits Right for You?

By Forquer Heating
December 28, 2017 Category: MiniSplits, Heating

Home heating options range widely in features and cost. Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps offer a flexibility worth considering. While the cost of installing a mini-split system may be higher than other options, operating costs, rebates, and financial incentives lower the expense. Check it out: What are Mini-Split Systems? Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps or mini splits use two main components for operation. The outdoor compressor/condenser links by a conduit to the indoor air-handling unit. The conduit contains the power cable, suction and refrigerant tubing, and the condensation drain. These systems operate much like a standard air-source heat pump. The benefits of the system include its efficiency and comfortable heat. They also run quietly, which homeowners love. The small size and flexibility of these units allows the heating and cooling of one room and offers the option of zoning among multiple rooms. Energy and financial savings result as each rooms temperature is

Protect Your Home from Carbon Monoxide

By Forquer Heating
October 17, 2017 Category: Carbon Monoxide, Heating

When it comes to protecting your home, you want to ensure that you have every safety measure in place. You may have an alarm system for intruders, a smoke alarm to alert your family in case of fire - but what about protection from things you cant see? Were not talking about ghosts, but something that is even scarier: Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of combustion, present whenever fuel is burned. Prolonged exposure can lead to lasting health problems and even death. Since carbon monoxide is virtually undetectable, carbon monoxide poisoning is quite common. In fact, the CDC estimates that more than 20,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Monitoring carbon monoxide emissions in your home is so crucial to your familys safety. CO cannot be seen or smelled, which means every homeowner should invest in CO detectors to protect their family. By the time you start experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning - like lightheadedness,

Should I add Ductwork to a Three-Season Room to Use it Year-Round?

By Forquer Heating
September 27, 2017 Category: Ductwork, Heating, Air Conditioning

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

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