Why to Hire a Professional HVAC Company

You have plenty of things to do around your home. Installing or repairing your HVAC system shouldn’t have to be one of them.

Reasons to Hire a Professional HVAC Company

Many people are under the assumption that they will save time and money by repairing or replacing their heating and cooling systems themselves. In reality, that DIY-mentality could end up costing you big down the road in energy bills, additional repairs, parts and time.

There are plenty of reasons to hire a professional to get the job done right. Here are just some:

Cost

HVAC companies can often get more efficient parts at a lesser cost than you can at the local hardware store. The extremely efficient parts that most companies use end up saving you money in energy bills throughout the year.

Time

Let’s be honest, a skilled HVAC technician is going to be able to repair or replace a system faster than someone with no experience. When your home is freezing cold in the winter or unbearably hot in the summer, minimizing your system’s downtime is of the highest importance.

Safety

Professional technicians are trained and skilled on what it takes to safely repair or install a system. There are many things to consider, such as dangerous leaks and carbon monoxide, which can cause serious harm to you and your family.

Things to Look for in an HVAC Company

When hiring a company, look for the following to ensure you are getting quality HVAC service for the right price:

Referrals

Ask around and see if you have a friend or family member who has recently used an HVAC company that they liked working with. If they would hire them again, chances are the company did a good job and you should consider them for your job.

Licenses and Certifications

Don’t be afraid to ask your technician if they are licensed and certified, and to see documentation. You want to feel confident in the work that is being done so do whatever it takes to achieve that level of confidence.

Testimonials or References

Look to work with a company that has a proven track record for success in your area. Browse the company’s website to see if they list any testimonials or success stories. If you don’t see any, ask the company if they can give you some references to contact.

Warranties

Does the company offer any warranties on their work or the parts that they provide? It’s always best to ask exactly what the warranty includes and how long it lasts. Make sure the company will provide you with a copy of all warranties.

Deals

It’s always a good idea to ask for a list of current HVAC deals. Often companies will run monthly or quarterly specials on services or provide special financing options.

Signs You Have Problems with Your Ductwork

Your HVAC system is made up of much more than just the unit itself. Ductwork plays a huge role in the proper heating and cooling of your home and dirty or leaking ductwork could cost you hundreds in energy bills each year. Watch out for these signs which could signify ductwork problems.

Uneven Heating & Cooling

If you’ve noticed that certain rooms in your home are much cooler or warmer than others, you’re most likely experiencing uneven heating and cooling. The uneven distribution of heat or air can be caused by a number of things but one of the most common is leaking, blocked or kinked ductwork. Be sure to examine ductwork for any obstructions, kinks or problem areas where air may be escaping.

Stuffy Air

Are certain areas of your home feeling stuffy? This could be the result of blocked airflow or dirty ducts that are pushing harmful dust and toxins into your home.

Decreasing Efficiency

If you seem to be using your system just as much as usual but your energy bills keep creeping higher and higher, your HVAC units may be working harder than they need to in order to heat or cool your home. This is a very good indicator of leaking ductwork.

Built Up Dust or Debris

Routinely examine the outside and inside of your air vents looking for built up dust, mold, insects, dirt or debris. Not only can this buildup restrict airflow, it can also lower the air quality in your home leading to health and breathing issues. If you notice buildup and it’s too heavy or too far down for you to clean on your own, you should strongly consider professional duct cleaning services.

Backdrafting

If you believe you are experiencing backdrafting, when harmful fumes from kitchen appliances, fireplaces, etc. are being pushed back into your house, leaking ducts could be the culprit.

If there seems to be a problem with your ductwork and simply cleaning it isn’t doing the trick, consider Aeroseal duct sealing, a professional sealing process that can increase your comfort level and save you hundreds on your energy bills each year.

Furnace Buying Guide: What to Look for in a New Furnace

Buying a new furnace is a costly endeavor that should not be taken lightly. Choosing the wrong system can cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars throughout your furnace’s lifetime. Take your time and look closely at the following during your search.

7 Things to Look for in a New Furnace

Brand

Do you research to determine which brand is right for you. Your HVAC company can definitely help point you in the right direction. Stick with a reputable brand (they are reputable for a reason!) and do a lot of research before writing that final check.

Price

Lower isn’t necessarily better. You want to ensure you are getting a good quality furnace first and foremost, which may cost you. However, we always suggest price shopping and comparing as you are conducting your search. Also, make sure you are factoring in the price for both the equipment and the installation so you aren’t in for a surprise when you see the bill.

Efficiency

Look at the furnace’s AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency), a percentage that tells you about the system’s efficiency and how well it uses gas. Though more efficient furnaces may cost more upfront, you should be able to quickly recoup the cost in energy bill savings, especially if you live somewhere with a cold climate. In addition, you may be able to score a rebate if you buy a high efficiency furnace. However, also keep in mind that higher efficiency furnaces come with higher repair costs.

Size

When it comes to choosing the right furnace, size plays an important factor. Make sure to choose a reputable HVAC company who will calculate your needs based on industry standards in order to determine which size furnace you should go with. They should look at the size of your house, your windows, the insulation in your home and many other factors. A furnace that is too small may not heat your home properly in the cooler months while a furnace that’s too big may cost more and waste energy down the road.

Warranty

What happens if your furnace breaks? Make sure to do your research and have a good understanding of what is covered under your system warranty. Make sure to obtain copies of all warranties in case you ever need to use them.

Rebates

There are plenty of ways to lower the cost of your new furnace. More efficient furnaces may come with some incentives from the manufacturer such as cash back or great financing. You may also be able to get a rebate, tax break or incentive from the government or your utility company if your furnace meets the specifications. Your HVAC company should help you determine if your new system qualifies.

Installation

Ensure you are choosing the right partner for your furnace installation. Get quotes from multiple HVAC companies and look to experts with plenty of experience that you can trust.

Have you recently purchased a new furnace? What types of things did you look at?

Uneven Heating & Cooling and How to Fix it

What is uneven heating and cooling?

Have you ever gone to the second floor of your house only to realize that it’s about 10 degrees warmer up there? What about turning down the thermostat and feeling comfortable in one room but totally freezing in another? That’s uneven heating and cooling.

How can I fix uneven heating and cooling?

There are many reasons you may be experiencing uneven heating and cooling in your home including a problem with your vents or an improperly sized unit. Here are some ways to try and fix the problem:

Consider a zoned system

A zoned system involves multiple thermostats that control different parts of your home. For example, the first and second floors would be two different zones. Though the initial cost of installation is high, HVAC zoning can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills down the road.

Check your air ducts

Ductwork that is leaking, kinked or disconnected will limit the amount of airflow and cause uneven temperatures throughout your house. Examine ducts for areas that are kinked or obstructed. If you believe your ducts are leaking, consider Aeroseal duct sealing, a professional service that reduces lost heating and cooling in your home from 20-40% to less than 10%. Not only can it fix an even heating and cooling problem, duct sealing can also save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs each year.

Unblock vents

Something as simple as a rug, curtains or a chair blocking an air vent could cause uneven heating or cooling in a specific room or entire area of your house. Ensure all vents are open and keep them clear of obstructions.

Fix window or door leaks

If air is escaping, your system needs to work harder to heat or cool your home. Check for leaks by lighting a candle and holding it next to doors and windows. If the flame moves, there is probably a leak or draft. Seal windows with caulking and put draft guards under the doors to minimize the amount of escaping air.

Replace filters and schedule regular maintenance appointments

Maintaining your system is an easy way to try and prevent uneven cooling in your home. Make sure you are changing filters regularly and schedule regular maintenance appointments with your HVAC company to catch problems before they arise.

Check your HVAC units

If your units were not sized properly, they could be too big or too small to heat or cool your home correctly. If you’re having a huge problem with uneven heating and no other fixes seem to work, call your HVAC company to come take a look at your AC unit and furnace.

If you are experiencing uneven heating and cooling in your home, don’t settle for being uncomfortable. Give the HVAC experts at Crown Group Ohio a call for a consultation at 330-499-4988.