HVAC Companies: Why Local is Best

When deciding on an HVAC company, you always have the option to choose a national chain. However, there are numerous benefits, including excellent customer service, local expertise and even money savings, in choosing to work with a trusted, local heating and cooling company. Read on to learn more!

Community support

Local business are usually owned by members of the surrounding neighborhood and provide jobs for those who live there as well. When you do business with a company close to home, you’re often supporting your neighbors, friends and local families. Additionally, local business often give back to the areas in which they live and work through charity donations, community service and more.

Increased community service

Local HVAC companies strive to offer the best possible customer service, as their success is dependent on satisfied customers and word-of-mouth referrals.

Immediate access

If your furnace breaks down in the middle of a cold winter day, you don’t have time to spare. Nothing beats a local company’s response time, especially one that focuses on emergency repairs and service.

Local expertise

Technicians that work across multiple states may not have knowledge of your local climate or other area information, and may not be equipped to recommend the correct, most efficient heating and cooling solution.

Economic support

Spending money in your community helps to keep it there. On average, 48% of the money you spend locally is recirculated locally, compared to 14% at chains*.

Local reviews

Reading reviews and testimonials is an important part of shopping around for an HVAC company. However, when you research a national chain, you’re likely to see reviews from all over the country and not necessarily any that are specific to your neighborhood. You may have to dig deep to find reviews from your area, if there are any at all. Local reviews are often more trustworthy and can give you a more honest view of the company’s level of service.

Money savings

Locally-owned and operated companies are oftentimes able to provide a better price and more value than national competitors.

If you’re looking for a local HVAC company in the Akron or Canton area, contact the trusted experts at Crown Group Ohio!

 

*Per an American Independent Business Alliance study The Multiplier Effect of Local Independent Businesses.

HVAC Safety: Carbon Monoxide


With the heating season upon us, it’s important to educate yourself with the dangers associated with carbon monoxide, or CO, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. When ingested in high concentrations, this gas can poison and even kill you or your loved ones. Sources of carbon monoxide can be large appliances, including your home’s furnace.

Carbon monoxide dangers

Carbon monoxide is an invisible threat to your family’s safety. Because it’s so hard to detect, it can unknowingly be released into your home and ingested in excessive quantities. This is especially dangerous when you are sleeping as carbon monoxide poisoning can occur without waking you. When awake, the first signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are often overlooked because they are similar to flu symptoms.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning will vary depending on the amount of exposure. Symptoms can vary from a headache and dizziness after mild exposure to unconsciousness, cardiorespiratory failure and even death after excessive exposure.

Preventing an HVAC carbon monoxide leak

  • Always have your heating and cooling equipment installed by a professional. Oftentimes, carbon monoxide leaks are found in equipment that wasn’t installed properly or isn’t functioning properly.
  • Invest in a high-quality HVAC system that is more likely to safely provide heat to your home. Be sure to quickly replace your system when it gets old and starts to break down.
  • Keep up with regular HVAC maintenance. During a bi-annual maintenance appointment with an experienced technician, your system will be inspected for carbon monoxide leaks or potential leaks. Carbon monoxide levels will also be tested.
  • Be sure that all air passages, including chimneys, vents and fireplaces, are cleaned and cleared regularly to prevent blockage.
  • Ensure your home is equipped with functioning carbon monoxide detectors, especially close to where you and your loved ones sleep. Be sure they are tested regularly.
  • If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak and especially if one of your detectors goes off, evacuate your home immediately. Be sure all of your family members and pets are out of the house but don’t stop to pack up your belongings. Call the fire department to inform them of the leak and call your doctor to determine if you need medical attention.

Use these quick tips to keep you and your family safe this winter and be sure to give Crown Group Ohio a call to set up a furnace inspection before the cold weather hits.

 

 

**Editor’s Note: This blog post is intended to provide helpful tips on HVAC safety. It is not to be substituted for emergency services or medical advice. If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, please dial 911 or your local emergency service number immediately.