Why You Should Be Proactive With HVAC System

by Administrator25. August 2015 10:12

It has been a hot summer this year (as always in Cincinnati!) and the last thing you want is your air conditioning system to die out on you. We highly recommend that you get regular maintenance services on your system, so that you can catch and hopefully avoid any major damage. 

At the time it may seem like a hassle, but think about the hassle and discomfort that comes from a malfunctioning AC or HVAC unit.  Our HVAC Maintenance Plan is called the comfort club.  It’s not only a proactive measure for your system, but also a way to reduce allergens, dirt and dust.  The temperature and your body will be completely comfortable!  These are just a few of the benefits that the club offers.

It’s also important to consider the likelihood that your furnace hasn’t been running since last winter.  What happens if the first cold day hits and you need heat, but the furnace isn’t working?  We would be happy to come out and repair that, but it’s more convenient for you to have it taken care of before the problem has a chance to arise!   

Steve’s Heating and Cooling services are in place to make sure that you have the most efficient HVAC system possible. We can prevent problems, repair them, replace systems all-together, and save you money along the way.  

Enjoy the summer weather while it lasts, and make sure you get your HVAC system checked on if you can!  Contact Us if you would like us to help.  Your neighbors recommend us!


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Spring AC Repair-HVAC Maintenance

by Administrator11. May 2015 12:58

Spring is officially here which means summer is right around the corner!  Spring has seemingly decided to be hot to this point, prompting people to use their AC.  We’ve already repaired a lot of AC units, and it’s early in the season.  If you don’t want your AC to break, consider now is the ideal time to make sure your home HVAC systems are working perfectly with proactive maintenance.

With spring, the weather can be very unpredictable, so it is important to have your systems working in order to keep your home comfortable at all times.  This will also make the transition into summer easier, which is important because we all know that the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky summers can get extremely hot.  Taking precautions to make sure you have AC the moment you need it will be well worth it when the time comes. When maintenance is a regular happening through the seasons, it is much more infrequent to experience problems.

You may be wondering, what is included in HVAC maintenance?  We check if dust is accumulating, dirt on coils, allergens or bacteria in duct systems, and much more.  This is just a small part of our maintenance program, the “comfort club.”  If something does happen unexpectedly we also offer repair services where we send our team out, examine the problem, and fix what we need to.  As we said before, with a maintenance program this is much more unlikely.  

Maybe you want to gear up your AC for spring, or maybe you’d just like to be on top of things with your HVAC system. Steve’s Heating can fix, monitor, and replace your system.  If you’d like to join the comfort club, or have any questions, contact us!

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Winter 24/7 Emergency HVAC Services | Steves Heating

by Administrator17. November 2014 15:47

As we all know, you can’t plan emergencies. The reality of this, of course, is universally true for every type of crisis, but it can be particularly poignant when your furnace breaks down in the middle of winter.

And while, unfortunately, you can’t reschedule a heating emergency for a more convenient time, you can have a plan ready for solving your heating problem and – ideally – have a plan for preventing your heating problems in the first place.

Winter is here in Northern Kentucky and, if you haven’t been properly maintaining your furnace with preventative maintenance throughout the year, your furnace is at risk of breaking down during the coldest nights of the year. You need a plan now before an emergency arises.

Don’t wait until your furnace starts acting up to start thinking about emergency HVAC services. Steve’s Heating has come to the rescue of hundreds of homeowners experiencing furnace problems. Far too often, we’ve seen these furnaces break down in the middle of winter when families need them the most.

Aside from the obvious discomfort of losing heat during freezing temperatures, a broken furnace will also impact your home, your finances, and – most importantly – the safety of you and your family. Here are three reasons to keep the phone number for a reputable HVAC company on hand this winter.

A Faulty Furnace Can Cause House Fires

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, faulty heating systems are the second leading cause of residential fires during winter, second only to cooking. Freezing weather, in particular, can lead to ignition problems which in turn puts you at greater risk of a more serious incident. But, aside from the risk provided by the time of year, there are already a number of problems that can arise at any time in the year even from something as simple as buildup in your furnaces heating ducts.

If you have a furnace in your home, you need routine maintenance for your heating system, even if it’s only an annual check-up before winter begins. However, if at any point you sense that you may have a problem, it’s important to call an HVAC professional immediately.

A Broken Furnace is Expensive

In general, the cost of replacing a furnace is greater than the cost of standard furnace repair and far greater than the cost of furnace maintenance to prevent your problem in the first place. Of course, similar to other home appliances, there will be instances when completely replacing a furnace is one of the best home investments you can make. If your need to replace your furnace is primarily due to a lack of proper maintenance, however, it can be a costly and otherwise avoidable expense.

An Unmaintained Furnace Creates Safety Hazards

It’s no surprise that homes are sealed tight during winter. And while keeping warm air in is often at the forefront of our minds during winter, there’s still a need to allow pollutants to escape.

Your furnace plays an important role in determining the quality of the air you and your family breathe for hours at a time. Even if a furnace is not “broken” in the traditional sense, a poorly maintained heating system can still lead to safety hazards in your home either by producing excess moisture that leads to mold or by releasing carbon into the air. Worst or all, the signs of a problem are not always overt. While smoke is an obvious cause for concern, mold can grow without detection and carbon won’t be detected at all without a working detector. These subtle signs make the need for regular maintenance even more crucial than they would otherwise be.

And while maintaining the air quality of your home can be easily achieved through routine furnace maintenance, a complete breakdown of your heating system during winter can leave you in conditions not meant for habitation.

Stay Warm and Have Peace of Mind this Winter

When you have a problem with your furnace or another component of your HVAC system, you need a solution now rather than later. And you need a professional that you can trust to do the job right.

When your home or business is experiencing a heating problem, Steve’s Heating can come to your rescue. We offer year-round 24/7 emergency furnace repair and other HVAC services to residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Have peace of mind and reduce the time it takes to solve your problem by keeping our phone number on hand. Our trained HVAC technicians are always available and just a phone call away.

Along with emergency services, we also offer regular maintenance and replacement services for your heating and cooling systems. Learn more about all of our HVAC services or request an appointment today. Thank you for reading, and Steve’s Heating and Cooling looks forward to keeping you and your family comfortable and safe this winter.

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HVAC Replacement | Steve's Heating & Cooling

by Administrator6. August 2014 11:53

Why Replace a Furnace Sooner Rather Than Later?

When a family comes into a bit of extra money, they may decide to take a trip or buy a new car. They rarely jump right to, “Let’s replace the furnace.” However, there are several reasons why HVAC replacement may be a necessity, including:

·         Impending cold weather – many homes in sub-freezing climes depend on the furnace to keep pipes from freezing and bursting. Furnace replacement can lessen the possibility of much more expensive repairs.

·         Keeping utility bills under control – older furnaces tend to be less efficient.

·         Keeping HVAC operation safe – older or faulty units can pose a hazard to the family.

Warning Signs

Many families wait until their furnaces fail before taking action. However, a better strategy for reducing repair costs and keeping the HVAC system in tip-top shape is to watch for furnace warning signs.  These include:

·         The age of the furnace – units have an average life expectancy of 16 to 20 years. If your unit is long in the tooth, consider an inspection.

·         Rising gas or electric bills – aging units operate less efficiently than new or well-maintained units. This means that they run longer to heat the homes to the desired temperature. The high costs of utilities can quickly approach the replacement costs for a new unit.

·         Frequent repairs – like a car, a furnace will need more frequent repairs as time goes on. If the interval between repairs reaches the two year mark, replacement may be a good option.

·         The burner flame changes from a healthy blue to a sickly yellow – a yellow or flickering flame is an indication of poisonous carbon monoxide. Homeowners should take immediate action.

·         Furnace making strange noises – an older unit tends to make popping, rattling, banging, or squealing noises. Before you call the Ghost Hunters, let us inspect your unit.

Before these signs appear, consider setting up a program of annual inspections, in order to maintain your unit properly.

Let Us Take Care of You

 

Our experts at Steve’s Heating & Cooling are well-qualified to inspect, and if necessary, perform your HVAC replacement. Contact us today for more information.

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Trane | Steve's Heating & Cooling

by Administrator18. June 2014 14:52

Getting the Most From Your Trane Furnace

When it comes to heating and cooling solutions, having more options is definitely preferable. Each structure has its own HVAC needs and so a wide range of appliances have been developed to allow people the maximum control over these essential systems. Making sense of the many options available to you will enable you to make the most informed decision. The Trane furnace system offers users many distinct advantages to homeowners in particular though some commercial spaces can benefit from it, as well.

Cut Down on Temperature Variation and Save Money

The Trane XC95m is the preferred heater of many homeowners. The XC95m is equipped with a special gas valve that is designed to regulate the temperature output with much greater precision than other gas furnaces. This valve modulates the flow of gas to prevent excess heat from being generated. Too much fuel causes temperature spikes and ends up increasing your monthly gas bill. Furnaces without this modulating valve feature burn excess fuel throughout their lifespan. Even if such a furnace is a bargain initially, it can end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

Protecting Your Trane Furnace

The cost-saving advantages inherent to the Trane design are only going to be realized if homeowners make the effort to arrange for regular maintenance. All furnaces and HVAC components require a little attention in order to perform correctly. Regular maintenance will:

·         Verify that all components are intact and working correctly

·         Remove dust, grit, and debris from the air intake vents

·         Ensure that the system is operating at peak efficiency

·         Give homeowners the benefits of a reliable heating system

Considering a New Furnace?

 

The XC95m is an excellent furnace. It is a preferred furnace among many homeowners who value it for its quiet function, efficient operation, and money-saving design. We are pleased to offer this line of products to our customers considering a new furnace. Our customers can depend on us for the parts and services necessary to keep this valuable system working correctly. 

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HVAC Maintenance | Steve's Heating and Cooling

by Administrator20. May 2014 10:13

It Is That Time Again: HVAC Maintenance

Here at Steve’s Heating and Cooling, we are serious about helping you get the most out of your HVAC system. That is why we recommend bi-annual maintenance on your appliances. Just as you cannot expect your car to run well without its needed maintenance, you must maintain your HVAC system to get the life and quality performance you expect from it.

Why Do I Need Maintenance?

Maintaining your HVAC system is important whether you have top-of-the-line appliances, such as Trane, or something less reliable. The last thing you want is for your furnace or air conditioning unit to shut down unexpectedly, leaving your home at dangerously extreme temperatures.

Not only does maintenance lengthen the life of your entire HVAC system, but it also gets you better quality heating and cooling. Systems that are not well maintained reduce your indoor air quality by releasing allergens into your air every time they run. Some of the common indoor allergens that are worsened by a poorly-maintained HVAC system are:

·         Mold

·         Dust

·         Pet Dander

What Maintenance Do I Need?

We recommend you have your HVAC system serviced every spring and fall. When you call us for maintenance, our skilled technicians go through a lengthy checklist to make sure your appliances are functioning at their best. Just a few of the things you can expect our technicians to do are:

·         Lubricate and inspect the function of individual parts within your appliances

·         Replace any worn belts, wiring, and other parts 

·         Clean out built up dust, dirt, and debris

·         Inspect for leaks and other serious hazards

We Want to Keep You Comfortable

When you stay on top of your bi-annual maintenance, you can expect your HVAC appliances to last longer, perform better, and reduce indoor allergens. Eventually, when your old appliances must be replaced, we can get you a great deal on one of our long-lasting Trane appliances. We are proud of our status as a premier Trane dealer because we know how trustworthy the products are. Let us help keep you comfortable all year long by giving us a call today to schedule your HVAC maintenance.

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Heat Pump Repair | Steve's Heating and Cooling

by Administrator5. December 2013 15:39

Heat Pump Repair

If your heat pump has been giving you problems, don't wait until the dead of winter to address them. We don't realize how vital our heating systems are until we don't have them anymore. Nothing is worse than trying to survive even one night in a freezing cold house.

We can help with all your heat pump repair needs! We offer 24-hour services as well -- so you'll never be left out in the cold. Since the inception of Steve's Heating & Cooling in 1975, we have installed and repaired thousands of heating and cooling units throughout the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky areas. You can rest assured that you'll be in good hands. We specialize in trusted Trane products. Keep in mind that we can also install systems that are extremely energy efficient -- why not start getting more bang for your buck?

Why you should choose Steve's Heating and cooling as your heating and cooling expert:

  • We offer satisfaction guaranteed! Trust us to get the job done right or your money back.
  • We only hire highly trained and certified repair service professionals.
  • We offer professional, trusted services, and have been for the last 38 years.
Have any questions? Call us at 859-795-2172. If you want to schedule a new system replacement consultation, click here.

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Furnace Buying Checklist | Steve's Heating and Cooling

by Administrator4. November 2013 11:43

Keep in mind that when buying a new furnace, you're actually buying two items - the furnace and its installation. Use the items below as a "checklist" of sorts, to refer to before you invest in buying a new furnace.

1. Remember that the even the best furnaces - if they're poorly installed - will not deliver what they should. Likewise, even the best installation won't make a poorly designed furnace perform better than it can (and its limits). Choose wisely, and do your research.

2. Learn the important abbreviations associated with heating. For example, AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and is a rating that shows how well the furnace uses gas supplies. The bigger the number, the better it uses the supply.

3. Do some comparative online shopping, and always ask questions if you have them. Use online comparative shopping tools and find out what's best for your home by going to the Trane "What's best for my home?" page here.

4. Check Energy Star certifications at www.energystar.gov. We highly recommend only buying Energy Star certified products.

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Trane Dealer Q & A | Steve's Heating and Cooling

by Administrator29. October 2013 12:33

“Trane Dealer Q & A”

Q: What does it mean to be a Trane dealer?

A: A Trane dealer is certified to sell and install Trane heating and cooling products. Steve’s Heating & Cooling has received Trane top dealer awards and is the leader in Trane XL and Clean Effect sales in the Northern Kentucky area. We are also the 3-time recipient of the S.O.A.R. award, which is only given to the top overall Trane dealer in our region. You can count on us to bring you only the best in Trane heating and cooling! You can even find us on the official Trane website!

Q: How do Trane products make my home more energy efficient?

A: Trane offers Energy Star qualified products, programmable thermostats (meaning, you set the temperature and when the air or heat will kick on), and Trane also has some of the most energy efficient units in the market today.

Q: How do I install my ComfortLink or ComfortLink II system?

A: The ComfortLink line of products can’t be installed without assistance unless you are an HVAC specialist. A certified Trane dealer can help you install the system – click here for more information. (or feel free to call us with any questions at 859.795.2172.

Q: If I have a ComfortLink system, can I control my home’s heating and cooling by using my smartphone or tablet?

A: Yes. You can connect your home with your smartphone or tablet and control its thermostat. Learn more about the Nexia Home Intelligence program here.

Q: What makes Trane products so good? Are they reliable?

A: If they weren’t reliable we wouldn’t back them up! Yes, they are extremely reliable. All Trane products are tested to extremes in labs using a SEET lab (Systems Extreme Environmental Test). The products are put to frigidly cold temperatures and blazing heat and then repeated in two-week sessions to see if they can withstand the extreme temperatures. If a product doesn’t make it through the tests, it doesn’t make the cut and doesn’t get made.

 

 

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Furnace Maintenance-Cleaning | Steve's Heating and Cooling

by Administrator10. October 2013 14:52

Regular furnace cleaning is important for the effective and efficient operation of the equipment. There are several other reasons why you should clean the furnace, especially just before the winter sets in.

Cost Benefits

You will save money when you ensure that your furnace is in good working condition just before the winter. According to the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), an efficient furnace greatly reduces energy costs. Regular maintenance is also important because you will save money on repairs and replacements. You should note that a dirty furnace means the motor will have to work harder and you will, consequently, need to replace it more regularly.

Improved Health & Safety

Furnace cleaning also involves cleaning air ducts. This is important for your family’s health because you will remove pollutants, keeping in mind that ducts are clogged with debris and dust, they have chemical toxins and mold spores, and they are infested with rodents and other vermin. If the furnace fails as a result of clogging during the winter, there is a risk of cold-related diseases and even fatality. Keep in mind that getting a furnace repair company this time of the year is not at all easy, especially if you live in an area that snows heavily. Your family will be safer since furnace cleaning reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, leaking of oil or natural gas, and electric fires.

Fresh Smell

One of the greatest advantages of furnace cleaning is that cleaning the duct means eliminating dirty air. This dirty air is caused by mold spores which make your home smell musty and dust which give your home a distinct smell. You will notice fresh-smelling air the moment you clean the furnace and you will enjoy time indoor more.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

An efficient furnace is also good for the environment in that there will be fewer emissions and you will spend less electricity, meaning furnace cleaning will help you bring down your carbon footprint. 

Troubleshooting

Furnace cleaning is important because you will be able to notice problems such as clogged filters that need changing. The cleaning should be done by a professional HVAC maintenance company as this offers professionalism and convenience. The technician doing the cleaning will give you valuable tips on such matters as what you need to do to increase the longevity of your furnace and how to do minor repairs such as filter changes yourself.

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