The Day of: Preparing for Your Furnace Installation

The decision to replace your furnace is an exciting one. You’ll benefit from greater comfort, better air quality, higher home efficiency and lower utility bills. If the big install day is coming up, read our tips below to ensure the process is easy and smooth!

In Advance . . .

Choose the right HVAC company

First things first, make sure you choose the right expert for the job. Get multiple quotes in order to compare offerings and prices. Look for online testimonials, proper licenses and certifications and a general “good feeling.” Be cautious of dishonest HVAC techs and don’t go with a company that you don’t 100% trust.

Buy touch up paint

If you’re getting a new thermostat in addition to your furnace, it most likely won’t be the exact same size or shape as your current one. Buy some touch up paint in order to fix any areas that may be left uncovered by the new system.

Clear the space

Ensure the technician has a clean and clear space to work in. Also clear the area leading up to the workspace. Remove anything valuable or fragile (mistakes happen!). Not only is this considerate but it will help to prevent accidents and may cut down on the installation time.

On Installation Day. . .

Plan to be home

You should plan to be present during your furnace installation. This process can take several hours or even a whole day so rearrange your schedule accordingly.

Have payment ready

Chances are that you have saved up and are ready to enjoy the benefits of your investment. Find out which method of payment your HVAC company accepts or prefers (cash, check or credit) and have that ready on installation day.

Ask questions

Your technician will certainly review the work with you before leaving, but don’t be afraid to educate yourself on your new equipment by asking questions if something doesn’t make sense or if you need more clarification. Be sure to ask for the proper paperwork such as the warranty information and the receipt for service.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your new furnace

After the installation, it’s finally time to reap the benefits! Just be sure to keep up with regular maintenance to ensure your furnace is always performing optimally and providing the greatest level of comfort for you and your family.

If you are in need of a new furnace in Akron or Canton, Ohio, call the NATE Certified experts at Crown Group Ohio today!

How Effective is Your HVAC Filter? Everything You Need to Know about MERV Ratings

If you’ve been shopping around for an HVAC filter, you’ve probably heard the term ‘MERV.’ Wondering what this rating means and how to use it to ensure the efficiency of your system? Read on!

What does MERV stand for?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.

What is a MERV rating?

The MERV rating scale was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 1987 and remains the industry standard for rating HVAC filters. Basically, a filter’s MERV rating will tell you how effective that filter is at collecting dust and particles. MERV ratings range from 1-20.

What is the MERV rating scale used for?

The MERV rating scale is universal across the HVAC industry, so it’s beneficial for comparing filter brands and types.

What do the MERV ratings actually mean?

The MERV rating assigned to a filter is the measure of how effective that filter is at removing small and large particles from your air. The higher the number, the smaller the particles that filter can trap.

MERV 1-4

Filters with a rating of 1-4 will protect against large particles only. Things like dust, pollen, carpet fibers and cockroach body parts can be controlled with these filters. They are often found in residential window units and don’t do much to improve the air quality in your home.

MERV 5-8

If a filter has a medium-quality MERV rating (ranging from 5-8), it will collect hairspray, mold spores, pet dander and dust mite droppings. Generally, between 20%-70% of large particles are captured with these filters. They are usually a good option for residential systems.

MERV 9-12

A filter with a high-quality MERV rating (ranging from 9-12) can collect up to 90% of air particles. These are the best-quality filters you can buy for residential equipment, and are beneficial if you or a family member suffers from severe allergies or asthma. They are often found in commercial systems as well.

MERV 13+

Filters with a very high MERV rating (13+) are usually used in hospitals and manufacturing environments. They are designed to filter very small particles such as those found in viruses, smoke, bacteria and more. Most residential equipment will not accommodate filters with ratings in this range.

Are there any drawbacks to using a filter with a high MERV rating?

While highly-rated filters may collect smaller particles more effectively, be careful using a filter that has too high of a MERV rating with your home’s HVAC system. These filters can restrict airflow and may cause your equipment to work harder than it should. Be sure to do your research before deciding on a filter to see if there is a maximum rating that your particular system can accommodate.

What MERV rating should I look for?

The answer to this question will be based on your equipment. Consult with a local HVAC company or your equipment’s manufacturer to determine what type of filter is ideal for your system. A medium or high-quality filter (5-12 MERV rating) should be effective in removing harmful contaminants from your home’s air while ensuring your system still runs efficiently.

Have additional questions about your HVAC system’s filter? To learn more, check out our HVAC filter guide or give us a call!

What to Do When Your Thermostat Screen Goes Blank

It’s the middle of winter, it’s freezing outside, and all of a sudden your thermostat screen is blank. Pressing the buttons isn’t doing anything and the system isn’t responding. What do you do?

  • First things first, check that your house has power. If it does, find your home’s electrical panel and make sure one or more of the breakers hasn’t been tripped causing electricity to stop running to your thermostat or your furnace.
  • Many thermostats run on batteries that need to be changed regularly. If your thermostat is one of them, remove the front plate and try replacing the batteries to see if it fixes the problem.
  • Furnaces have a safety switch that looks like a light switch. If the system detects a problem, specifically a safety issue, it will shut the furnace off as a precautionary measure. Ensure that the safety switch is not flipped eliminating power to the system.

Is it time to call a professional?

If your thermostat is still blank and you can’t diagnose the problem yourself, you may have wiring issues or it may simply be time to replace your broken thermostat. It’s time to call in a professional to identify and fix the problem. The experts at Crown Group Ohio have years of experience and will work to resolve the issue quickly, efficiently and affordably. Give us a call at 330.499.4988.

Bonus Tip: Your thermostat is a crucial part of your HVAC system and your home won’t heat without it. Keeping up with regular HVAC maintenance appointments will help you to find and resolve problems before they even arise.  During your appointment, your thermostat will be inspected and cleaned thoroughly. Schedule yours today!