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The sun is shining here in Cleveland Heights but if you step outside, you’ll find out quickly that it’s far from warm out there! The current temperature in Cleveland is only 28 degrees and we’ll see more snow and single digit temperatures next week. Spring is 20 days away and we can’t wait!

Today reminds me of heating equipment. Although your heating system may look fine from the outside and although it may seem to be performing correctly, looks can be deceiving! It’s important to have your furnace or boiler inspected annually to make sure it’s running safely and efficiently.

From the outside, homeowners are unable to see things such as a crack in their heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger can, and eventually will, produce carbon monoxide (CO). CO is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly.

Homeowners are also unable to see the wires in their heating system from just looking at their equipment. Wires must be connected properly to prevent electric shock.

Proper venting of your heating system is also extremely important and should be left to a professional. If your furnace or boiler isn’t venting properly it can cause a back-draft. In other words, your heating system isn’t getting the air it needs which doesn’t allow dangerous exhaust fumes to travel up the flue.

I guess the saying “looks can be deceiving” can apply to numerous things from the weather to your heating system! Make sure to have your furnace or boiler inspected annually for safety purposes. Verne & Ellsworth Hann has been serving most of Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties for over 64 years. Hann family owned and operated, Verne & Ellsworth Hann is here for all your heating, cooling and plumbing needs.

If your heating system goes out, you should immediately call a trusted HVAC company, such as Verne & Ellsworth Hann, but many homeowners consider trying an alternative to heat their home. It’s important to know the safety issues when using another method to heat your house.

You should never burn anything larger than candles inside your home without proper ventilation to the outside. Any type of heater, except electric, should be vented. Do not use a gas or electric oven or surface unit as a source of heat. A gas oven may go out or burn inefficiently which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. An electric oven was not designed for space heating.

Safer alternatives to heat your home include space heaters, fireplaces, or wood, gas and oil heaters. Always take precautions when using these alternatives.

Select one room in your home to be heated. Choose a room with the least amount of windows and avoid uninsulated walls. Keep doors closed to isolate the room you choose. Always put on extra clothes to conserve body heat and use extra blankets to keep warm.

It can’t be stressed enough that if your furnace or boiler stop working, you should leave it to the professionals, such as Verne & Ellsworth Hann, to repair or replace your heating system. Alternative heating may be needed in a pinch but should never be used long term and should always be used safely.

Verne & Ellsworth Hann has been servicing Cleveland Heights and most of Northeast Ohio for over 64 years. Owned and operated by brothers Bill and Chris Hann, Verne & Ellsworth Hann is the ONLY Hann family owned heating, cooling and plumbing company in Cleveland. Should you find yourself without heat, give Verne & Ellsworth Hann a call. Should you need a temporary alternative to heat your home, think safety first!

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It’s a beautiful day here in Cleveland Heights! The sun is shining, and the snow is melting! Here at Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we know Spring is just around the corner, and for us, that means preparing for the cooling season.

Homeowners in Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Beachwood, University Heights, and most of Northeast Ohio, will be flipping the switch on their thermostats from “heat” to “cool” and Verne & Ellsworth Hann will be there for all their cooling needs!

Do you want to add air conditioning to your home? Whether you have a furnace or a boiler, we have a solution to cool your home. Need maintenance? We offer a Hann Home Plan to suit your HVAC needs. Is your air conditioning in need of repair? Verne & Ellsworth Hann has been servicing Greater Cleveland for over 64 years.

With only 27 days left until Spring, make sure your cooling system is ready to handle another Northeast Ohio summer. Contact Verne & Ellsworth Hann for all of your cooling needs!

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It’s another chilly snowy day here at Verne & Ellsworth Hann in Cleveland Heights. We’re already mid-February so it won’t be long before Spring arrives in Northeast Ohio!

Are you thinking of putting your home on the market? Did you know March and April are the best months of the year to sell your home?

Many homeowners have one important question when it comes to selling their home, “Will central air conditioning add value to my home?” The answer is . . . not only will central air conditioning add value to your home, it is a major selling point! Summers in Northeast Ohio can be downright unbearable between the extreme temperatures and the high humidity. Air conditioning has become a necessity in Cleveland area homes. Many sellers feel they will get the most value from their home by renovating the kitchen or bath. Although this is somewhat true, not every potential buyer is going to have the same taste in cabinets, counters or flooring. But there is no question that every homebuyer wants whole home air conditioning.

Even if your home is heated with a boiler, Verne & Ellsworth Hann has solutions for central air conditioning. Serving Northeast Ohio homeowners for over 64 years, Verne & Ellsworth Hann is here for all your heating, cooling and plumbing needs. Owned and operated by Bill and Chris Hann, Verne & Ellsworth Hann is the ONLY Hann family owned heating, cooling and plumbing company in Cleveland.

It’s important to change your furnace filter. The filter becomes clogged with dust, pet dander, and other particles that restrict air flow. This can cause your furnace to work harder and possibly overheat and shut down.

Changing your furnace filter isn’t as complicated as you may think and ensures your system remains operating at its peak efficiency while maximizing the life of your equipment. Here are 6 simple steps to change your furnace filter.

  • Turn your furnace off: You can do this by simply turning the thermostat way down and waiting for the furnace to stop running or shut if off at the thermostat.
  • Locate your furnace filter: Most filters are located in the blower compartment or built into the metal ductwork before the blower fan.
  • Figure out the size of your filter: Most filters will have the dimensions right on the cardboard frame around the filter. If not, you can simply measure the width, length and thickness of the filter.
  • Remove the existing filter: It’s a good idea to look at the arrows printed on the existing filter before removing it completely. The arrows will point in the direction of the airflow and allow you to place the new filter in the same direction.
  • Insert the new filter: Slide the new filter into place, in the same direction of the old one.
  • Turn your furnace back on: Turn the thermostat back up to your desired temperature or simply turn it back on at the thermostat.

You can place the old filter into a garbage bag to eliminate any debris from getting into your home and discard it.

It’s important to know what type of filter your furnace uses and how often you should change it. Some filters are designed to be changed annually while others are to be changed monthly. If you have any questions regarding your furnace filter, give Verne & Ellsworth Hann a call. You can schedule annual maintenance on your furnace and let one of our many expert technicians answer your furnace filter questions.

Verne & Ellsworth Hann has been servicing Northeast Ohio for over 64 years. With 5 generations of Hann family experience, homeowners trust Verne & Ellsworth Hann for all their heating, cooling and plumbing needs.

Since the polar vortex here in Northeast Ohio, many homeowners have concerns about the pipes in their homes. Here at Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we’ve had our fair share of calls regarding frozen and burst pipes. Here are 4 signs your homes pipes may be frozen.

  • Frost on pipes: You may be able to see frost on the exterior of exposed pipes, like those under your sinks.
  • No water coming out of faucet: If you turn your faucet on and there is no water or very little water coming out, you most likely have a frozen pipe.
  • Water leaking from ceiling, wall or in the basement: This is a sure sign that the pipes have frozen and burst. Water expands when it freezes which causes pressure on pipes. The pressure can cause leaks or cracks.
  • A bad smell from faucets or drains: If a pipe is blocked, the odor will come up through your faucets or drains.

If you experience any of these signs, call Verne & Ellsworth Hann immediately. Always take precautions, such as turning your heat up, leaving faucets running, and opening cabinet doors to expose pipes to heat.

Located in Cleveland Heights, Verne & Ellsworth Hann has been a leader in heating, cooling and plumbing for over 64 years. Owned and operated by Bill and Chris Hann, Verne & Ellsworth is the ONLY Hann family owned HVAC and plumbing company in Cleveland.

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day! Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated on February 2nd. The ceremony held at Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, is centered around a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. It is said that when Phil emerges from his borrow, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early. This tradition dates back to 1840. Today, crowds as large as 40,000, gather each year to await the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil!

With the recent polar vortex here in Northeast Ohio, we can only hope that Phil does not see his shadow tomorrow! In the unfortunate event that he does, make sure your heating system is ready for 6 more weeks of winter!

Whether your home is heated with a furnace or a boiler, it’s important to make sure it’s running safely and at peak efficiency. Verne & Ellsworth Hann, located in Cleveland Heights, offers routine maintenance on your heating system and highly recommends you have it done annually.

Call the experts at Verne & Ellsworth Hann today for all of your heating needs! And Happy Groundhog Day!

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Everyone’s talking about it. The major freeze is finally here in Northeast Ohio. Driving into work here at Verne & Ellsworth Hann this morning, my car was showing the outdoor temperature of -5 degrees. Cleveland will break records today and this week for some of the coldest temperatures and wind chills in Northeast Ohio. Homeowners have many concerns with the freezing temperatures. Here are a few ways to prevent costly repairs to your heating system and plumbing in your home.

Verne & Ellsworth Hann, and manufacturers of heating equipment, highly recommend annual maintenance on your furnace or boiler. Preventative maintenance can help avoid costly repairs and breakdowns.

Leave well enough alone. When the temperatures are in the negative degrees, it’s not the best idea to drain down your boiler or change the batteries in your thermostat (if not needed). If your heating equipment is working, be grateful and don’t touch anything!

Keep the temperature in your home at a constant degree and don’t turn the thermostat down when you go to bed. The higher the better.

Freezing pipes are also a great concern for Cleveland homeowners. Make sure to leave a faucet running at a trickle. Open cupboard doors to help expose heat to the pipes within them. If you suspect your pipes may be frozen, call the experts at Verne & Ellsworth Hann immediately.

There is an old saying…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Nothing rings more true than on a day like today in Northeast Ohio.

If you want to schedule a tune-up/safety inspection, if you are without heat, or if you are having any plumbing issues in your home, call the experts at Verne & Ellsworth Hann. Servicing Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Chagrin Falls, and most of Northeast Ohio, Verne & Ellsworth Hann is a 5 generation family company owned and operated by brothers Bill and Chris Hann. Homeowners have trusted Verne & Ellsworth Hann for over 64 years. Call today!

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Winter has definitely arrived here in Northeast Ohio! Most of us are still digging out since the snow storm hit this past weekend. not only did we get more than a foot of snow, we’ve also been dealing with below freezing temperatures. My car was showing 2 degrees on my ride into Verne & Ellsworth Hann this morning!

With freezing temperatures here in Northeast Ohio, can come the possibilities of freezing pipes in your home. There are a few ways homeowners can prevent their pipes from freezing and bursting. Here are four tips:

  1. Keep garage doors closed. Especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  2. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors. This allows warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sink is on an exterior wall.
  3. Let the cold water drip from a faucet. Running water through the pipes, even a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  4. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature. Don’t turn your thermostat way down at night. When the temperatures dip below freezing, it’s not the time to try to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you experience damage to your Cleveland area home’s water lines, contact Verne & Ellsworth Hann. Located in Cleveland Heights for over 64 years, Verne & Ellsworth Hann is the ONLY Hann family owned heating, cooling and plumbing company in Cleveland.

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It’s a cold day in Northeast Ohio and your furnace stops working. The technicians here at Verne & Ellsworth Hann in Cleveland Heights, are happy to get your heating system up and running…but they have to be able to find it!

Do you have a lot of clutter in your basement? It’s important to make sure there is access to your furnace. Not only for maintenance and repairs, but for safety purposes. Make sure the area around your furnace or boiler is clear of clutter and make sure there is a path to your heating system.

Northeast Ohio homeowners have trusted Verne & Ellsworth Hann with their heating systems for over 64 years. Specializing in steam and hot water boilers, Verne & Ellsworth Hann is the ONLY Hann family owned heating, cooling and plumbing company in Cleveland.

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What People Are Saying

  • My family always used Verne & Ellsworth Hann for our furnace servicing.  When my wife and I moved in to our home, there was no one else to call other than Verne & Ellsworth Hann.  Recently our furnace had to be replaced and Verne & Ellsworth Hann were the ones to call!

    - Mark H.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace Installation, March 2019 )
  • Our installers were EXCELLENT!  Very professional, took great care of the house.  Install was smoother than we expected!

    - Ronald K.( Cleveland Heights, Unico Installation, March 2019 )
  • Excellent service on all counts.

    - Arthur R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, March 2019 )
  • Very professional, knowledgeable and considerate of my home.

    - Jonathan S.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, February 2019 )
  • Dear Chris,

    All the men for the furnace and the electricity were terrific.  Knowing your company for 50 years we would not have expected anything else.

    - Robert J.( South Euclid, Furnace Installation, February 2019 )