That's how neighbors should treat neighbors!™

330-262-4100 Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
It's 2020... and that means it's well past time for your HVAC system to join the rest of your life in the 21st century!

8 New Year's Resolutions For Your Family's Comfort

Posted: January 2, 2020 by Andy

The start of the new year is the ideal time to consider a fresh approach to your home's heating and cooling system. Whether you're considering investing in a new HVAC system for your northeast Ohio home or you're looking to maximize the one you already have, now is an ideal time to start making plans. Whether you're thinking of a smart thermostat or upgrading your system, consider these eight New Year's resolutions for your home's HVAC system.

Change your filter regularly

Arguably the most important HVAC-related New Year's resolution you can make is also one of the easiest to keep. Mark your calendar, and you won't forget to change your filter. During the winter or summer, when you use your HVAC system the most, change your filter once a month. When the weather is milder in the spring and fall, replace it every three months.

Setting a filter-replacement schedule might seem minor, but this has a significant and positive impact on your HVAC system year-round. Air filters prevent dirt, dust, and other airborne particles from entering your system, keeping it clean and avoiding breakdowns.

A clean air filter also does more than that. It improves indoor air quality by removing harmful particles from your home's air and increases your system's operating efficiency by promoting freer airflow. Your air filter does these tasks best when you replace it regularly.

Schedule interval maintenance

Another smart way to ensure that your system continues to run smoothly is to schedule routine preventive maintenance. We recommend annual HVAC maintenance for each primary component of your system. You should schedule a tune-up for your furnace in the fall and another for your air conditioner in the spring. It's a good idea to have a service completed before you turn on your system for the season. This way, our expert HVAC system technicians will catch any performance issues before your family's comfort is compromised.

During a preventive maintenance check-up, our technicians complete a thorough list of tasks, from testing safety controls to lubricating moving parts and checking fluid levels. We'll also discover minor problems before they become major repairs or, worse, cause a complete breakdown. With our cost-effective maintenance agreement, you'll also get a discount on parts and labor.

Upgrade to a smart thermostat

If your heating and cooling system are a decade old or more, there's a good chance you're still relying on a manual thermostat or even an ancient mercury unit. While a manual model allows you to adjust the temperature and switch from heating to cooling easily, they lack the energy-saving features that smart thermostats have.

Upgrading to a smart thermostat doesn't cost much and offers several valuable benefits that our expert technicians can demonstrate for you. For starters, you can program your heating and cooling schedule, which means your HVAC system will run only when necessary. When your family is away from home or asleep, a smart thermostat will adjust the temperature 8 to 10, which will save you up to $200 per year in utility costs. In other words, your new smart thermostat will pay for itself in its first year of service. How cool is that?

But, smart thermostats don't stop there. Since they're integrated into your home's Wi-Fi network, you can access them from anywhere in the world and adjust your home's temperature and indoor air quality settings, wherever you are. Some units will also detect when you're on your way home and make your home comfortable for when you arrive. Many can also track your energy usage to help you identify ways to make your household more environmentally friendly - and that'll save you money, too!

Enhance your air quality

Maintaining a high level of indoor air quality is essential for your family's health and the efficient operation of your HVAC system. Adopting healthy habits, such as a regular cleaning schedule and placing green plants throughout your home, will dramatically improve your home's air quality. If your air quality is less than ideal or if you want to simplify the process, we highly recommend adding air quality components to your HVAC system. They're more reasonable than you might think.

We offer a wide array of air quality items to meet your every need. To remove high levels of pollen, pet dander, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your air, try an air purifier. Some purifiers can even capture and eliminate viruses. To control humidity year-round, add a whole-house humidifier or dehumidifier. They'll boost your family's health and enhance the performance of your system during the winter and summer alike.

Improve ventilation

If you've already taken steps to insulate your attic and foundation to seal air leaks, you're one step ahead of most homeowners. Tightening up your home's insulation envelope translates to considerable savings on your family's energy consumption, but you might notice that this also limits your home's airflow.

Fortunately, we have a simple solution for keeping your home's air fresh and clean. Air Scrubber Plus works with your home's HVAC system to freshen your air in a constant cycle. You'll never have to worry about breathing yesterday's air again. This also improves your HVAC system's energy efficiency and has a minimal impact on your energy bill.

Add a zoning system

Many Ohio homeowners struggle to keep the temperature comfortable throughout their home. If your home has two levels or more, or family members have strong temperature-related preferences, you know that keeping everyone comfy is a tall order.

If this sounds familiar, consider adding a zoning system to your home. Our experts will install dampers in your system's ductwork and connect them to a series of sensors. You can then program different temperatures for each zone, ensuring that your family room, kitchen, and bedrooms will always be just right. We'll teach you the smart thermostat options that give you the best control over your new zoning system.

Upgrade your heating and cooling system

If your home's system is approaching the end of its service lifespan (10-15 years for air conditioners and 15-20 years for furnaces), it's time to start thinking about an upgrade. A new HVAC system is a considerable investment, but it offers a host of benefits for your home and family.

When you begin the search for a new HVAC system, ask our expert team about Energy Star-certified options. These systems offer superior efficiency, and you'll enjoy a low utility bill every month.

Our team will also explain the latest HVAC tech innovations, such as a variable-speed blower. Available in heating and cooling systems alike, these blowers operate at a low level most of the time and run at a higher level only when needed. This results in improved energy efficiency and better comfort for your family. It's a win-win.

Plan ahead for success

If you've made a New Year's resolution before, you know that creating and sticking to a plan is key to its success. Likewise, regarding your HVAC system, planning ahead is beneficial.

Schedule preventive maintenance before the heating or cooling season. This lowers the chance that your HVAC system will have a major breakdown during the hottest summer or coldest winter months. Similarly, investing in a new furnace or air conditioner during the off-season can mean better prices, a more convenient installation time, and extra time to consider the best options for your family.

This year, resolve to stay one step ahead of any HVAC system issues, and you'll benefit in budget, comfort, and peace of mind. Of course, if the unexpected happens and you need emergency repairs, our experienced, licensed HVAC technicians are always just a phone call away.

Whether you want to schedule preventive maintenance or you need help choosing a new HVAC system, our team is at your service. Call us today at 330-262-4100.


more great articles...

Egg-cellent HVAC Best Practices

Preventative Maintenance Is A Savvy Move   |   Is A Whole-House Humidifier Right For Me?

The Best New Year's Resolution   |   A Neighborly Guide to Furnaces

Maximize Your HVAC Tax Credits   |   Why Natural Gas Furnaces Trump Electric Ones

Why Background Checks And Drug Testing Matter   |   Why Is My Filter Wet?

Smoke and CO Detector Best Practices   |   Banishing Humidity Woes

Beware the Dog Days of Summer!   |   The R22 Phase-Out And The Importance Of AC Maintenance

Smart Thermostat Best Practices   |   Severe Weather Can Harm Your AC

Dirty Ductwork Dilemmas   |   Handling Household Emergencies

Why Isn't My AC Working?   |   SEER2 101

Better HVAC = Higher Home Value   |   My AC Sounds Like Running Water

Beware Animal Hair!   |   Air Purifier Q&A

How To Set Your AC When You're Away   |   Save Money This Summer

My AC Won't Turn On!   |   The Benefits Of A Central AC System

8 Handy Spring Cleaning Tips   |   Can I Finance An HVAC System?

My Furnace Won't Turn Off!   |   Before You Buy A Smart Thermostat

How Much Insulation Do I Need?   |   How The Inflation Reduction Act Can Help You

HVAC Basics For New Homeowners   |   5 Common Winter HVAC Problems

Programmable Thermostats 101   |   Can A Furnace Catch Fire?

Staying Warm During Extremely Cold Weather   |   Is A Heat Pump Right For Me?

Is My Heater Broken?   |   Let's Talk About Carbon Monoxide

HVAC: Why It's A Great Career   |   Winter Storm Safety Tips

4 Tasks For The Pros & 3 To DIY   |   When Should I Replace My HVAC System?

How Does a Gas Furnace Work?   |   6 Things To Know About Smart Thermostats

Do I Need A Humidifier?   |   These Mistakes Will Spike Your Energy Bill

How Long Will My Furnace Last?   |   All About Furnace Tune-Ups

How Does HVAC Zoning Work?   |   That Dirty Filter Is Costing You Money!

Thermostat Best Practices: Fan ON or AUTO?   |   Choosing The Right HVAC Equipment

10 Things To Do Before Using Your Furnace   |   What Affects Air Conditioning Efficiency?

Is Air Quality Worse In The Summer?   |   Keeping Your Upstairs Comfortable

The Dog Days Of Summer   |   Help! My AC Is Leaking Refrigerant!

Summer Furnace Upgrades Are Ideal   |   4 Common AC Buying Mistakes

Remove Those Hot Spots!   |   Older ACs Can Be Health And Safety Hazards

Prepping Your AC For Summer   |   Help! My AC Is Leaking Water!

A Bigger AC Isn't Necessarily Better   |   Landscaping Best Practices Around Your AC Unit

How Old Is My Central AC System?   |   Whole-House Dehumidifiers Vs. Portable Units

Air Scrubbers And Why You Need Them   |   Why Is My Home's AC Not Running?

Turn On Your AC After Winter The Right Way   |   Stop Those Pesky Air Leaks!

Why Spring HVAC Maintenance Is Important   |   Copper AC Coils vs. Aluminum

Your Thermostat Can Save You Money   |   6 Furnace Safety Features

Change Your Thermostat Batteries Yearly   |   Super Bowl Party Tips

How Your Gas Furnace Works   |   Winter Heating Safety Risks

Help! What's This Blinking Light Mean?   |   HVAC Maintenance Goals

New Year, New AC!   |   New Year's HVAC Resolutions

The 12 Days Of Safety   |   7 Signs You Need A New Furnace

Trane Comfort Specialist - What It Means   |   Optimal Winter Thermostat Settings

Ideal Humidity = Ideal Comfort   |   Avoid Cold Spots In Your Home

Save Money This Winter   |   Beware Of HVAC Systems That Go Bump In The Night!

Is My Water Heater Dying?   |   5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Thermostat

Debunking 7 Common Radon Myths   |   It's Annual Furnace Tune-Up Time!

HVAC Tips For Pet Owners   |   Fall HVAC Preparation Checklist

Back-To-School HVAC Maintenance   |   Let's Talk About Air Filters

How Does Central Air Conditioning Work?   |   Air Cleaners vs. Air Filters

4 Signs It's Time For A New AC   |   Exploring Your Central AC System

AC Repairs - Least & Most Expensive   |   Air Conditioning's Top 10 Benefits

Does My Water Heater Need Repaired Or Replaced?   |   Protect Your AC Condenser From Bad Weather

Air Purifiers 101   |   3 Factors That Affect AC Efficiency

Don't Let Mold Harm Your Home And Your Health   |   What Type Of Furnace Is Right For Me?

Add UV Lighting For Your Family's Health   |   Stop Wasting Energy!

Here's 5 Great Home Makeover Ideas For The New Year   |   New HVAC System On Your Christmas List?

5 Easy Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Winter   |   Let's Talk About Your Leaky Ductwork

Please Don't Cover Up Your Thermostat   |   Tame These HVAC Scares This Halloween

What Do All These Letters Mean?   |   6 Easy, Affordable Ways To Boost Your Home's Value

Low Temperature = Quality Sleep   |   What Does HVAC Mean, And What Does It Stand For?

My AC Runs But Isn't Cold - What's Up?   |   Is Your AC Prepared For Summer's Thunderstorms?

Something's Wrong With My AC!   |   How Can I Afford A New Cooling System?

5 Easy Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Summer   |   The Problem With A Clogged Filter

5 AC Myths That Are Costing You Money   |   My Air Conditioner Smells Gross!

6 Signs It's Time For A New AC   |   5 Easy DIY Projects While You're Social Distancing

Choosing The Right Thermostat   |   What Does SEER Mean?

5 Easy Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Spring   |   Improve Your Winter Air Quality

The R-22 Ban: Do I Need To Replace My AC?   |   8 New Year's Resolutions For Your Family's Comfort

Using Your Programmable Thermostat Well   |   I Need A Quieter Furnace!

Know The Signs Of A Cracked Heat Exchanger   |   Carbon Monoxide FAQ

What's The Best Air Filter For My Allergies?   |   14 Easy Ways To Winterize Your Home

What's Up With My Weird Thermostat?   |   A Yearly Furnace Tune-Up Is Essential - Here's Why

Window AC Units Can Be Dangerous!   |   Prevent Summer Weather From Damaging Your Home

Why Is My Air Conditioner So Loud?   |   Keeping Cool In Hot Weather

Is It Time To Replace My AC?   |   Central Air Is The Best Cooling Option

Is An HVAC Tune-Up Really Worth It?   |   Does My Air Conditioner Need Repaired?

How To Reduce Dust In Your Home   |   The Importance Of Annual AC Tune-Ups

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality   |   Reduce Allergens In Your Home

Warmer Weather And Your Thermostat   |   Prepare Your AC For The Season

Time To Replace Your Furnace?   |   Handling Extreme Cold Well

Home Insulation Saves You Money   |   Humidity Isn't Just A Summer Issue

My Furnace Won't Stay On!   |   How Long Should My HVAC Equipment Last?

Tricks To Stay Warm This Winter   |   Winterize Your HVAC System

Don't Close Those Vents!   |   Phew! Furnace Smells You Shouldn't Ignore

Leave Furnace Repair And Installs To Us   |   Preventative Maintenance Matters

4 Important Tasks Before You Use Your Furnace   |   Prepare Your Home For Fall And Winter

Caulk And Seal Like A Pro!   |   Dealing With Extreme Heat

Don't Neglect Your Furnace In The Summer!   |   Preventing And Dealing With Water Damage

Why You Should Test Your Air Quality   |   Smart HVAC Technology For Your Home

Keep Your Vents Clean And Stylish   |   Save Money With A Home Energy Audit

Why Is My AC System Blowing Warm Air?   |   Reduce Humidity To Stay Cool

Summer Energy-Saving Tips   |   Create An Allergy-Free Home

Is My Air Conditioner Low On Refrigerant?   |   4 Essential HVAC Safety Tips

16 Easy Spring Tasks To Save You Money   |   My Air Conditioner Is So Noisy!

5 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer   |   4 Common AC Problems

Spring Cleaning Checklist   |   The Importance Of A Clean AC Condenser Coil

Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality   |   Prepare Your Cooling System For Summer

Why Is This Room Warmer Than The Rest Of My Home?   |   Retire Your Old Thermostat

About Our Blog

Containing the most current and easy-to-read expert information in the world of heating and cooling, our blog is intended to help you stay "in the know" and make the best decisions when it comes to keeping your home and family comfortable and your HVAC system trouble-free. That's how neighbors should treat neighbors!™

Recent Posts

Why Choose Hey Neighbor?

We're committed to providing fast friendly emergency service 24 hours a day 7 days a week for residential heating and air conditioning systems in Wooster, Millersburg and the surrounding areas.

Our 24-hour emergency on-call service means you'll never have to go through another cold winter night or a hot, humid summer day. We service residents of Wayne and Holmes counties with no after-hours or overtime fees, so you'll never have to worry about paying extra because your furnace or air conditioner decided it wanted to quit on the weekend or a holiday!

Our service trucks are ready for your emergency after-hours service call with over 5000 stocked parts so you don't have to wait for us to chase down the parts you need.

Expert Local Service

Furnace and AC Repair

Furnace and AC Repair

Fast and done right the first time

We'll keep your Wayne County furnace running smoothly, and we service gas and electric heaters, heat pumps, ductless mini-split systems and more. Our local, licensed, friendly HVAC technicians drive fully-stocked service vans so when we troubleshoot your Holmes County HVAC system and find a faulty part, we can replace it right then! Whatever you need in the area of heating and cooling repair in Wooster, Millersburg, and the surrounding areas, we've got you covered!

Installs and Upgrades

Installs and Upgrades

The right system for your home

Whether you're a homeowner in Rittman who's in the market for a new, high-efficiency furnace, a mobile home owner in Shreve who's tired of baking in the summertime or you're a property manager in Dalton looking to replace old, temperamental air conditioning systems in apartments with new reliable units, our experience enables us to quickly and accurately assess your HVAC needs. You'll get the new furnace install and central air conditioning upgrade that's right for you.

System Maintenance

System Maintenance

Protect your investment

While we don't mind visiting your home for a dead-of-winter breakdown (it's what we do), we want to help you avoid that unfortunate situation altogether. That's why we offer affordable Wayne and Holmes County seasonal HVAC maintenance to reduce the future need for heating and cooling repairs. Our thorough inspections catch little problems before they become big ones. An annual HVAC tune-up by one of our expert techs saves you money, time, and stress!

Latest HVAC Articles

Are you eggs-periencing trouble with your HVAC system? Hey Neighbor can fix that!
Mar 28, 2024

Egg-cellent HVAC Best Practices

As Easter approaches, many of us are eagerly preparing for egg hunts, family gatherings, and delicious feasts. But amidst all the excitement, it's essential not to overlook the comfort... more...

Don't neglect your HVAC system investment - enroll in our Preventative Maintenance Program today and protect it year-round!
Feb 26, 2024

Preventative Maintenance Is A Savvy Move

Are you ready to keep your cool (or stay cozy warm) all year round? Well, listen up, because we've got some insider tips on how to make that happen hassle-free. Let's talk about HVAC... more...

Our comfort experts explain why these therapeutic devices can greatly enhance your family's health and well-being.
Jan 29, 2024

Is A Whole-House Humidifier Right For Me?

If you're wondering whether or not a whole-house humidifier is the missing piece to your cozy home puzzle, you've come to the right place. Today, let's embark on a journey to explore... more...

Schedule service

Communities We Serve

Wayne County, Ohio ~ Apple Creek, Ohio 44606 ~ Armstrong, Ohio 44214 ~ Burbank, Ohio 44214 ~ Burton City, Ohio 44667 ~ Congress, Ohio 44287 ~ Craigton, Ohio 44676 ~ Creston, Ohio 44217 ~ Dalton, Ohio 44618 ~ Doylestown, Ohio 44230 ~ Easton, Ohio 44270 ~ Fredericksburg, Ohio 44627 ~ Funk, Ohio 44691 ~ Kidron, Ohio 44636 ~ Lattasburg, Ohio 44287 ~ Marshallville, Ohio 44645 ~ Mount Eaton, Ohio 44569 ~ Orrville, Ohio 44667 ~ Pleasant Home, Ohio 44287 ~ Riceland, Ohio 44667 ~ Rittman, Ohio 44270 ~ Shreve, Ohio 44676 ~ Smithville, Ohio 44677 ~ Sterling, Ohio 44276 ~ West Salem, Ohio 44287 ~ Wooster, Ohio 44691 ~ and more!

Holmes County, Ohio ~ Baltic, Ohio 43804 ~ Becks Mills, Ohio 44654 ~ Berlin, Ohio 44654 ~ Charm, Ohio 44654 ~ Farmerstown, Ohio 43804 ~ Glenmont, Ohio 44628 ~ Holmesville, Ohio 44633 ~ Killbuck, Ohio 44637 ~ Lakeville, Ohio 44638 ~ Millersburg, Ohio 44654 ~ Mount Hope, Ohio 44627 ~ Nashville, Ohio 44611 ~ Saltillo, Ohio 44654 ~ Stillwell, Ohio 44637 ~ Trail, Ohio 44624 ~ Walnut Creek, Ohio 44681 ~ Winesburg, Ohio 44624 ~ and more!