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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, New Furnace Install, Furnace Replacement

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 Replacement, New Furnace Install

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 Replacement, Furnace, New Furnace Install, Videos

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, Cooling

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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