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Air Conditioning Quick Tips

    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!

What People Are Saying

  • Your company did an excellent job!  We really appreciated how quickly your crew worked in order to get our heat back on as soon as possible.  Everyone seemed very knowledgeable, professional and excellent in their work!

    - George O.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • Thank you thank you!  For your amazing response and difficult repair – I really appreciate it!

    - Marianne P.( Aurora, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Bill carefully examined the old boiler and piping, checked all the radiators and came up with a replacement proposal.  He explained two issues with the old boiler that other contractors did not notice or did not care to explain.  The first was what’s causing the rust in the boiler and how he was going to minimize the issue in the new system.  The second was how he would re-pipe the kitchen loop so the kitchen wouldn’t be so cold.  Bill addressed each and every question I had.  Although we received four bids that were comparable, we chose Bill Hann’s company because he was knowledgeable, thoughtful and detailed.  The work was completed in two days by a great installer team.  They were on time, professional and courteous.  The new boiler and piping work nicely without any issues and we now have a comfortable kitchen to dine in.  I’d highly recommend them.

    - Brian B.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • I strongly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann without reservation.  Choosing the right boiler was important and proper installation was critical.  I was impressed with all aspects of the Verne & Ellsworth Hann organization.  Most importantly, Bill Hann earned my trust.  The installation team was excellent.  They were experienced.  They arrived precisely on time every day.  They explained every step of the process.  They worked as a team.  They treated my home with extreme care, as if it was their own.  The installation is a thing of beauty.  Every time I go into my basement I smile.  I now have a reliable, efficient system.  I don’t usually take the time to write recommendations, but in this case I am doing so because it is so well deserved.

     

    - Allen P.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Boiler has performed like a champ!  Install is neat and clean. Instructions for next 3 months have been followed.  New stat works well!

    - John R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )