Heating and Cooling Insights :: Furnaces

How to Determine Furnace Age

by Greg Leisgang on June 5, 2014

Are you having furnace problems and wondering if it's time to budget for a replacement? The age of a furnace is usually a key indicator that it's ready to retire, but if the unit was in place when you purchased your home, you may not know how old it is. If you can't find a date anywhere on the heater, there are others ways to determine its age.… read more »

How Long Will Your Home Furnace Last? Here’s Help Estimating

by Greg Leisgang on April 15, 2014

The furnace warming your Cincinnati area home won't last forever. Nobody has a crystal ball, but a strategy to deal with the inevitable will make its end more bearable and your home more comfortable.… read more »

How Old Is Your Ohio Home’s Furnace? Here’s How to Determine Its Age

by Greg Leisgang on March 12, 2014

No furnace lasts forever. As time passes, the heat transfer process becomes less efficient, energy consumption increases and operating costs rise. Knowing the age of your heating system is helpful if you’re considering upgrading to a new higher-efficiency model or if you’re faced with expensive malfunctions and need to make a “repair or replace” decision. The average service life expectancy of a gas-fired furnace is 16 to 20 years.… read more »

Supplemental Furnace Equipment That Can Make Your Heating System More Efficient

by Greg Leisgang on March 7, 2014

If you've been considering an upgrade to your furnace or simply looking for ways to make your current unit more efficient, you also need to concentrate on supplemental equipment to help achieve your goals. If utilized properly, supplemental equipment can have a lasting, positive effect on your home's efficiency.… read more »

Serious Signs That Furnace Replacement Is on the Horizon for Your West Chester Home

by Greg Leisgang on March 5, 2014

The average furnace life span ranges from 15 to 25 years, depending on the quality of the equipment, usage history and whether or not it was professionally maintained on a consistent basis. If your furnace is coming up on the 15-year mark, you may want to consider researching your replacement options. An energy efficient replacement will pay for itself in a matter of years.… read more »

Keep Your Green Hills Home Efficient to Maximize Furnace AFUE

by Greg Leisgang on February 27, 2014

The following are steps you can take to keep your Green Hills home efficient and maximize furnace AFUE.… read more »

Forced Air Furnaces: They're Popular for a Reason

by Greg Leisgang on February 26, 2014

A forced air furnace possesses many features that makes it superior, and the fact it can quickly heat an entire home is just one.… read more »

Troubleshooting Furnace Ignition Problems in Your Blue Ash Home

by Greg Leisgang on February 25, 2014

Even the most high-quality and well-maintained furnaces encounter occasional problems. One of the most typical issues occurs when there are furnace ignition problems.… read more »

Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Don't Panic

by Greg Leisgang on February 24, 2014

The following are typical issues that cause a furnace to blow cold air.… read more »

Furnace Life Span Depends on System Care

by Greg Leisgang on February 21, 2014

You may have heard that Energy Star furnaces are built to last between 15 and 20 years. But it's understandable that, as an Ohioan, you might be a bit dubious of that assertion, given the workout your furnace endures during even a “normal” Midwestern winter.… read more »

Taking a Late Winter Vacation? Secure Your Home and Your HVAC System

by Greg Leisgang on February 18, 2014

Winter is a great time to take a vacation, but before doing so, tend to your HVAC system and other critical components of your home before you leave.… read more »

Cold Maineville Weather Increases HVAC Needs -- How a Hybrid Heat Dual Fuel System Helps

by Greg Leisgang on December 26, 2013

If you've been unhappy or disappointed in your furnace's performance in the past, you may want to consider using a dual fuel system this winter. With a dual fuel system supplementing your HVAC system, Maineville may not feel so cold this winter.… read more »

Furnaces Dry Out the Air, so Consider a Whole-House Humidifier for Your Fairfield Home

by Greg Leisgang on December 24, 2013

Winter doesn't just bring cold air. It also brings dry air, which can lead to sinus issues, allergy problems and nose bleeds, as well as encourage the spread of illnesses. Dry air can also make your furnace less efficient. For those looking to crack down on dry air and improve the furnace efficiency, Fairfield homeowners may want to consider a whole-house humidifier, which offers a number of appealing benefits:… read more »

How a Modulating Furnace Works to Keep Waynesville Homes Toasty Warm

by Greg Leisgang on November 26, 2013

When comparing makes and models to upgrade a furnace, Waynesville residents should consider a modulating furnace for both energy-efficiency and indoor comfort. Here’s why:… read more »

AFUE Efficiency Ratings -- What the numbers Mean to Your Springboro Home Comfort

by Greg Leisgang on November 14, 2013

You can help significantly reduce those monthly expenses by using an energy-efficient furnace; Springboro winters can be harsh, so any savings during the gift-giving season are usually welcome. To ensure you get the most bang for your buck from your furnace, find out about what to look out for.… read more »

In the Market for HVAC Repair? What to Look For in an HVAC Professional

by Greg Leisgang on November 12, 2013

Home maintenance is a never-ending cycle of changing bulbs, freshening paint and cleaning gutters, and while you may be willing to take on most jobs yourself, some are best left to the experts. When it comes time for HVAC repair in Liberty Township, there's a long list of contractors to choose from, so how do you know which one to hire?… read more »

3 Reasons to Consider a Variable Speed Furnace for Your West Chester Home

by Greg Leisgang on November 4, 2013

If your furnace barely made it through last season, you’ve had months to research and prepare to invest in a new furnace. If you’ve considering various features but haven’t settled on a variable speed furnace for your West Chester home, consider everything it has to offer.… read more »

South Lebanon Homeowners Can Ward Off Furnace Repair With a Professional Inspection

by Greg Leisgang on October 21, 2013

On a snowy South Lebanon winter night, the last thing you want is a furnace breakdown. Getting your heating system checked before winter arrives helps keep it running reliably so you can avoid breakdowns and high furnace repair bills. Thorough, professional furnace inspections offer multiple benefits.… read more »

Buying a Furnace for Your Franklin Home This Year? Do Your Homework Ahead of Time

by Greg Leisgang on October 2, 2013

A new furnace isn't a purchase you make every day, or even every year for that matter. In fact, it’s probably been a decade or more since you’ve been furnace shopping for your Franklin OH home. Here’s a little homework you can do ahead of time to help the purchasing process go smoothly.… read more »

3 Cincinnati Furnace Problems to Tend to Immediately

by Greg Leisgang on April 3, 2013

You may not give your furnace much thought when it’s performing well, but it will force you to take notice when it’s not. Most repairs can be avoided through annual preventive maintenance and regular filter changes, but when furnace problems do arise, it’s important to call for service to avoid being left out in the cold. Here are three furnace problems that may arise in your West Chester home during heating season.… read more »

Caring for a Furnace Sidewall Vent: 3 Tips

by Greg Leisgang on March 18, 2013

New high-efficiency furnaces can save you up to 30 percent on your winter heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. However, these new heating systems have somewhat different maintenance needs than a traditional furnace. Sure, you still have to change the filter monthly in the winter and have your furnace serviced once a year, but you also need to care for your furnace sidewall vent.… read more »

Condensing Furnaces Increase Home Safety in Cincinnati

by Greg Leisgang on February 25, 2013

Most Cincinnati homeowners know how deadly carbon monoxide can be, but did you know that an old furnace may well be leaking all kinds of poisonous gases into your home? If you're in the market for a replacement furnace, look into a condensing furnace, which offers greater efficiency and increased home safety.… read more »

Get More Out of Your Cincinnati Furnace with Regular Filter Changes

by Greg Leisgang on February 13, 2013

During Cincinnati's winter season, most people rely on furnaces to keep them warm. Taking proper care of that important piece of equipment should be high on a homeowner's to-do list, which includes regular filter changes.… read more »

Notice These Furnace Smells? Don't Let Them Go Unchecked

by Greg Leisgang on February 6, 2013

Under ideal conditions, your Cincinnati furnace doesn’t require much attention. There are situations however, that warrant a call for service, such as unusual furnace smells. While these smells may not cause your unit to malfunction, they could be hazardous. If you notice any of the odors listed below, don’t let them go unchecked.… read more »

Change The Furnace Filter Regularly This Season To Maximize Efficiency

by Greg Leisgang on January 21, 2013

If you own a furnace, you’ve no doubt heard the advice: Change the furnace filter regularly, especially during the winter. Whether you heed this sound advice is another matter, so consider this dire but honest warning: The last thing you want to happen is for your furnace to shut down in the middle of a frigid Cincinnati winter. And that’s exactly what your furnace could do if the filter is choked with so much dust and debris that it stalls the motor.… read more »

When You're Running A Gas Furnace, Safety Is A Must

by Greg Leisgang on December 24, 2012

Operating a gas furnace in your Butler County or Greater Cincinnati home is one of the safest and most efficient ways to heat your home. However, any time equipment burns combustible fuel inside the home, there are certain safety precautions that should be taken. Follow these tips to ensure gas furnace safety.… read more »

Furnace Features Butler County and Greater Cincinnati Homeowners Shouldn't Ignore

by Greg Leisgang on December 3, 2012

If you are shopping for a new furnace for your Butler County or Greater Cincinnati area home, you understand how much heating systems have changed since you bought your last unit. Today's furnaces have an array of bells and whistles that make them significantly more efficient than the unit that has been heating your home until now.… read more »

Replace Your Furnace When It Shows These 4 Signs

by Greg Leisgang on November 28, 2012

Living in Cincinnati, it’s easy to forget about your furnace when it’s functioning properly. But when your furnace starts giving you headaches, it's probably smart to consider a replacement. Here are four telltale signs that it's time to start thinking about getting a new furnace.… read more »

Find Out Why Furnace Tune-Ups Are Invaluable

by Greg Leisgang on November 21, 2012

It’s that grit-your-teeth-and-bear-it moment of truth during a furnace tune-up: Just tell me if anything is wrong with my furnace. But as uncomfortable as this moment may be, it is far less painful than the alternative: a full-fledged furnace breakdown and an astronomical repair bill. This is one reason furnace tune-ups are invaluable. They bring minor problems to light so they can be fixed at little cost -- before they balloon into bigger problems.… read more »

Boost Furnace Efficiency in Cincinnati This Year With 3 Top Tips

by Greg Leisgang on November 5, 2012

It’s bound to get cold in Butler County and the Greater Cincinnati area this winter, and if you want to keep heating costs down, now’s the time to make a few changes around your home to boost furnace efficiency. Whether your furnace is brand new or a few years old, these tips will help you get the most from your heating equipment.… read more »

A Fall Furnace Tune-Up Now, You Save Later

by Greg Leisgang on October 15, 2012

A fall furnace tune-up is a low-cost insurance policy: You pay a little now to save a lot of grief and anguish -- and money -- later.… read more »

How To Use The EnergyGuide Label When Upgrading HVAC Equipment

by Greg Leisgang on September 24, 2012

You've likely seen them in every department store and hardware store in Cincinnati: Those big yellow labels that scream out the words "EnergyGuide." What you might not know, however, is how to use the EnergyGuide label when upgrading your HVAC equipment.… read more »

Buying HVAC Equipment Online? Think Twice -- And Use An Expert From Cincinnati Instead

by Greg Leisgang on April 5, 2012

It's been said that nothing can trigger buyer's regret, if not buyer's remorse, more than big-ticket items like houses, cars and appliances. So if you're considering buying HVAC equipment online, think twice and turn to a local expert in Greater Cincinnati instead.… read more »

Furnace Blower Maintenance -- How To Save Like A Pauper But Live Like A King

by Greg Leisgang on April 3, 2012

The person who proclaimed that "ignorance is bliss" could not possibly have been a Cincinnati homeowner with a furnace to maintain. Knowing a few things about furnace blower maintenance will help you save money like a pauper but enjoy a consistently warm castle, just like a king.… read more »

Furnace Replacement: Use These 8 Signs To Help You Decide

by Greg Leisgang on March 28, 2012

Knowing when to replace your furnace is a lot like knowing when to replace an old car. The warning signs are almost always there; recognizing what they are and then formulating an action plan will help you avert a "panic purchase."… read more »

3 Furnace Noises That Often Signal Bigger Problems Down The Line

by Greg Leisgang on March 21, 2012

Your furnace works harder and longer during a cold Cincinnati winter, but it shouldn't be making three noises that often signal bigger problems down the line. Consider these furnace noises a warning sign:… read more »

A Red-Tagged Furnace Presents A Significant Danger, So Know What To Do Next

by Greg Leisgang on March 14, 2012

Some announcements in life have a way of snapping you to attention, such as when a utility company technician tells you that your furnace must be "red-tagged." Even if you don't know what this means, it just doesn't sound good.… read more »

Furnace Replacement Tips For Tight Budgets in Cincinnati

by Greg Leisgang on February 20, 2012

Furnace replacement can be a daunting task, especially if you are on a tight budget. But if you arm yourself with some furnace replacement tips regarding some of the more important aspects, you will be able to make an educated choice for a furnace that will not only be affordable to purchase, it will help keep your Cincinnati home energy efficient for years to come.… read more »

Furnace Troubleshooting Tips For Greater Cincinnati Homeowners

by Greg Leisgang on January 2, 2012

No one looks forward to furnace repair. In fact, most homeowners want to try everything they can before calling in an HVAC technician. With that in mind, here are a few furnace troubleshooting tips for Greater Cincinnati homeowners.… read more »

Furnace Motor Efficiency: What You Need To Know

by Greg Leisgang on December 21, 2011

Furnace motor efficiency greatly contributes to the overall efficiency levels that a furnace can reach. Electronically Commutated Motors (ECMs) are the result of a new generation of technology that has given furnace motor efficiency a big boost over other types of motors.… read more »

Buyer's Guide: Select A Furnace That Meets The Special Heating Demands Of Your Greater Cincinnati Area Home

by Greg Leisgang on October 27, 2011

When it comes to keeping comfortable in cold weather, no two homes are alike. Some require more energy to keep warm, others not as much. That’s why every furnace must fit its home perfectly. Here’s a simple buyer’s guide that can help you find the perfect new system for your Cincinnati home...… read more »

Furnace Filters And Efficiency: Investigate Factors That Influence Cincinnati Savings

by Greg Leisgang on October 21, 2011

Furnace filters are designed to prevent dust and other debris from building up in your furnace. The most basic filters are designed only to protect your equipment, but you can get higher-efficiency filters if you want to improve indoor air quality as well.… read more »

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