Having your air conditioner fail in the heat of summer is not only frustrating, but it can be dangerous for children, the elderly and those with frail health. Getting it back up and running quickly is your first priority, but there a few simple steps that you can take before calling an HVAC professional. While trusted repair teams are standing by at Buckeye Heating & Cooling, there are times when you can troubleshoot to help get your family cool again in case your cooling system goes out.
Searching for a new home is an exciting but challenging experience. As you consider buying a new home, you have to consider all of your family’s needs, your budget and keep in mind that you will be responsible for maintaining the home. Make sure that a quality HVAC system is on your list of essentials for a new home, and keep an eye out for HVAC and other maintenance red flags. Here are some tips to help you have a great house hunting experience.
List the Essentials
The best place to start in your hunt for a new home is by making a list of essentials that your new home must have. Get input from all your family members as you compile this list. Try to keep in mind that your family’s needs may change over time, so you’ll want to find a house that will accommodate you well for many years to come.
You have to focus on getting the right number of bedrooms, functional floor plans and designs that meet both functional and aesthetic needs. Keep a close eye out for some of these red flags when touring homes:
- Odors. Take a deep breath of air both inside and outside the home. Unusual odors in or around the home can be a sign of mold, gas leaks, water damage or other maintenance problems.
- Sloping or Sagging. Slopes or sags anywhere in the flooring or doorways can be a sign of foundation problems. Sags in the roof are a sign that it will need to be replaced soon. Avoid homes with yards that slope toward the home as these can cause flooding and water damage to the property.
- Several Homes for Sale or Sudden Price Drop. If everyone is leaving the neighborhood, it could be a sign that you should stay away too. Chat with neighbors to learn more about the neighborhood’s history and any changes that could be coming down the line that could have a negative impact on the neighborhood.
HVAC Red Flags
The most obvious red flag for the HVAC system is if the house is uncomfortably hot or cold during your tour. Make a mental note of how loud the system is and if there are any unusual noises, as those can be signs that the system has not been well-maintained.
If you get a chance, inspect the outside unit, and make sure that it is clean and doesn’t have plants growing out of control around it. A system that doesn’t look clean or has plants growing all around it probably hasn’t been well-maintained and could cause trouble in the near future.
If you have a chance to do your own inspection of the home, test out both the heating and A/C units by running them like you would on the hottest or coldest days to make sure they will serve you well. You can also test out the water and electrical systems to make sure that they work at full capacity as well. But be sure to have a professional inspect the home before you buy it.
Check out our blog for more tips, and contact Buckeye Heating & Cooling today for a free estimate!
Spring is a common time for those who suffer from allergies to start feeling the change of season. Itchy eyes, scratchy throats and stuffy noses are normal, especially when the flowers start blooming and the pollen starts dancing in the wind.
But let’s not forget about those indoor culprits that keep us sneezing throughout the entire year. Allergies, both indoor and outdoor, are very common. According to WebMD, there are an estimated 50 million Americans who are allergic to dust, dander, mold and mites, all found inside the comfort of our very own home.
Here are some common allergies and some tips from allergy experts to help you recognize what you might be allergic to and how to prevent your symptoms from overwhelming you.
Common Indoor Allergens
Dust: Those little dust bunnies are indeed something to sneeze at. Dust contains dozens of things including small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, insects, paper fibers, food fibers, outdoor soil, human skin cells and other allergy triggers.
Dust Mites: House dust mites are little critters that live in our homes. Dust mites feed on dust and flourish in our homes. They are the most common trigger of allergy and asthma according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Mold: Mold is another name for fungus and is different from plants in how they reproduce and grow. The seeds of fungi are called spores and are spread by the wind outdoors and the air indoors. Indoors, mold grows wherever there is a source of moisture, especially in bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
Pet Dander: Pet allergies are surprisingly not caused by dog or cat hair. Instead, the allergic reaction is caused by a protein in the animal’s saliva. This protein is sticky and light and clings to clothes, shoes and even hair and can be transported from home to home, school to school and business to business.
How to Keep Your Home Allergy Free
Keep Your Home Cool and Dry: Keep the relative humidity in your home below 50 percent so allergy triggers like mold can’t grow. Ask the professionals at Buckeye Heating & Cooling to see what HVAC systems are best for you.
Vacuum Often: Vacuum your carpets at least once per week. Use vacuum bags that have a special High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filter to grab all the allergy causing triggers and keep them tucked away in the bag.
Dust Often: Clean hard surfaces and floors weekly with treated dust mops and damp rags. Refrain from using a dry cloth or feather duster because the dust will simply go back into the air.
Decorate at a Minimum: Shelf sitters, baskets and dried flowers are dust collectors, so keep them to a minimum to prevent allergy triggers.
Wash Your Bedding: Keep sheets, bedding and pillow cases laundered weekly to remove allergy triggers.
HVAC maintenance: Furnace filters, vacuum filters and air purification filters should be cleaned or changed based on the manufacturers recommendations.
Consult Buckeye Heating & Cooling for the best way to keep your HVAC systems working at their best. If you live in the Columbus area, call us today at 614-888-HEAT for a free estimate!
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, which means warm weather is settling in. Many people spring clean their homes at this time of year to make them look, feel and even smell beautiful.
Spring is also the best time to spring clean your HVAC system and get it ready to handle the warm spring and summer weather. Dirty HVAC systems can cost extra money and are more likely to have maintenance problems in the future. We’ve prepared a quick HVAC spring cleaning checklist for you, and encourage you to contact us at Buckeye Heating & Cooling for all of your HVAC maintenance needs.
Change Your Filter Routinely
The filter is the first line of defense against dirt and grime build-ups in your HVAC system. A dirty filter harms the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and can also cause HVAC maintenance problems in the future. A clean filter will also keep dust and allergens out of your indoor air. A good rule of thumb is to change the filter once a month.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Take a walk around the outdoor unit, and trim back any plants or shrubbery that have grown too close to it. Make sure there is nothing blocking air flow to the unit. You can use a leaf blower to clear away leaves and dirt build-ups on the cage. Clear the drainage hole near the base of the cabinet using a small wire or a paper clip to keep your AC unit running strong!
Test the Unit
You don’t want to wait until the hottest days of the year to find out that your air conditioning isn’t working! Test the unit out by letting it run for a few hours and make sure it is working properly. If you notice strange noises or that the temperature isn’t cool enough, call us right away and let us fix it for you. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse.
Schedule a Maintenance Check
Once you have taken these steps, contact Buckeye Heating & Cooling for a maintenance check and let us make absolutely sure that your HVAC system will keep you comfortable this spring and summer. It is always best to have a professional make sure that everything is working properly to improve the unit’s efficiency and longevity.
Buckeye Heating & Cooling has been providing quality HVAC services to the Columbus area since 1948. We provide only the best HVAC maintenance service and make sure that our customers are just as comfortable in their homes as they are working with us. Contact us today for a free estimate!
Buckeye Heating & Cooling is a family-owned business that has been serving the Worthington and Columbus, Ohio areas since 1948. We built our company on a promise of 100 percent customer satisfaction and we still stand by that promise — and our work — today.
We all have families and homes of our own, so we understand that your home is your castle. Home is where you build memories with your family and friends, your retreat from the stress of work and the bustle of the world.
Buckeye’s HVAC technicians and installers are experts in their fields and they can work on any heating, cooling unit, or water heater to ensure that your castle remains as comfortable as possible.
Buckeye’s Core Values
Our mission is to make sure you and your family can enjoy your home to the fullest, which is why we hold ourselves, and all of our employees to Buckeye’s Core Values:
- Innovative Solutions to Improve Performance: The HVAC industry is constantly improving its technology, and our employees are trained to stay up-to-date on the latest in HVAC systems. We also encourage creative problem solving and internal innovation so we can offer our customers the most efficient and cost-effective solutions available.
- Exceeding Customer Expectations: We take pride in going above and beyond your expectations in every way possible, from respectful and friendly service to long-lasting repairs that are completed in a timely manner.
- Industrious and Strong Work Ethic: Our technicians and installers are hired for their skills, but also for their positive attitudes and passion for their work.
- Serving and Respect: We strive to always put the needs of our customers before our own, or even those of the company. We want to build lasting relationships with our customers, and we know that means earning their respect. We promise to treat your home the way we would want our homes to be treated. We recognize that you’re putting tremendous trust in us when you let us into your home.
- Open, Honest Communication: We understand that you have more important things to think about than your HVAC systems, so we always take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns. We never recommend work that is not needed, and we don’t implement sales goals as solutions. We want to do what is best for you and for your home.
- Integrity and Accountability: We stand by our employees and the work that they do, which is why we offer a customer satisfaction guarantee on all work for a year after it’s completed.
The Buckeye’s Heating & Cooling Team
All of our technicians are NATE Certified, which means that they are tested and verified by the North American Technician Excellence organization, a well respected HVAC organization that looks beyond technical skills for qualities like depth of knowledge and passion for their chosen careers. We also ask that all technicians complete a four-step interview that includes a technical exam, background check, driving test and drug screening. With Buckeye Heating & Cooling you can trust that we only employ people that we would trust in our own homes.
If you need HVAC repairs in the Worthington or Columbus, Ohio area, contact Buckeye Heating & Cooling at 614-888-4328 for a free estimate. We encourage you to shop around and check out our reviews. We’re positive you won’t find a company better suited to your needs.