Seek professional help in determining the size of cooling equipment needed. Oversized units should be avoided—not only because they draw more energy than is necessary, but also because they cannot dehumidify properly.
Replacing an old central air conditioning unit (SEER rating of 10 or less) with a new high efficiency unit (SEER rating of 14 or more) saves at least 33 percent on cooling bills.
Locate the compressor units of central air conditioning and heat pump systems in an outside area that is shaded by the house or by trees and plants. Units should be kept clean and free of any plant or tree overgrowth. In some situations, this may be impractical due to city ordinances and layout of the property lines, but when achievable, it is beneficial.
ENERGY STAR® room air conditioning units are at least 2-10% percent more efficient than current federal standards. New federal energy efficiency standards for room air conditioners took effect in June 2014.
Central air conditioner units are rated on their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER. A rating of 15 SEER is excellent while the minimum cooling efficiency for air conditioners is 13 SEER in the northern states of the U.S. and 14 SEER in the southern states. The new standards took effect on 1/1/2015. All ENERGY STAR® split system units have a SEER level of at least 14.5 as well as having an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of at least 12.0. This is particularly noteworthy for people living in our region of Northeast Ohio. These are standards that Verne & Ellsworth Hann promotes when quoting new equipment to be installed in our entire service area including Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights. This Golden Triangle of local municipalities comprise the majority of our service area, but we also serve Gates Mills, Pepper Pike, Moreland Hills and Lyndhurst.
Set the cooling thermostat as high as comfort will permit. The higher the setting, the more energy you will save.
Heating and cooling take up about 50 percent of the typical home’s total energy bill, costing the average homeowner more than $700 a year.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat. It can be programmed to a preset schedule, so it saves you money and hassle. For window units, consider using a properly rated wall outlet timer.
Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. When planning a new home, install vents of proper size and location to ensure attic ventilation by natural airflow. For existing homes, determine whether attic ventilation is adequate and, if necessary, improve airflow by adding or enlarging vents.
Choose light-colored roof shingles for your house to reflect more of the sun’s heat. The darker the shingles, the more heat that will be absorbed during the summer season.
Now be cool and chill out!
- Mike C.( Shaker Heights, Heating and Cooling, June 2017 )
I have had several projects from Verne & Ellsworth, across boiler replacements, heating system installation, and air conditioning system set up and install. Each of these times, Bill Hann takes a ton of his time to talk to my wife and I to learn about the issues we’re having, explain the root causes of those issues, and suggest fixes that we know will prevent the issues from coming back – not just paper over the issue temporarily. Lastly, he always delivers on time – onsite when he says he will be, fishing when he says he will – and always makes sure every aspect of the job is completed, from material removal and set up, to equipment install, to clean up after the project.
A++ and highly recommended
- Michelle T.( Wickliffe, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
The unit is working very well. The installers were very professional, showed me how everything worked, and cleaned the basement beautifully. I would never have even known they were there. Thank you again.
- Susan S.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
Todd and Bill were most professional and polite. They worked efficiently and carefully. Chris was helpful in answering my questions so I could make the right choice of equipment. Thanks!
- Rose B.( Geauga County, Unico Air Conditioning Installation May 2017 )
From start to finish their work has met/exceeded our highest expectations. Bill Hann guided us through what needed to be done and his workmen were extremely competent and easy to communicate with. The new system works beautifully. Thank you! We highly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann.
- Tatiana D.( Cleveland Heights, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Service )
Verne & Ellsworth Hann has gone above and beyond for us repeatedly including giving us two salvaged cast iron radiators when our existing ones were not doing the trick. They came back countless times when we were unable to regulate the temperature in the house until they found the perfect balance. They’ve responded to emergencies in a matter of minutes and performed invaluable services professionally and expertly. I cannot recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann enough and will continue to use them and trust them with all of our home needs. They are fantastic.