Here are 5 things to consider when buying a new HVAC system

Buying a new cooling or heating system is a big investment. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the things you should consider when buying a new HVAC system.

Look at the SEER rating (and other ratings)

Pictured: Air conditioners outside of a local home. When you're buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer!

If you’ve had your air conditioner or furnace for 10-20 years, HVAC technology has probably changed a lot since the last time you went shopping for one.

To get a good deal, it is important to go for the latest technology offered in the market in regards to energy-efficiency.

Getting an HVAC system with better ratings means you are saving significant amount of money every month while simultaneously protecting the environment.

SEER, HSPF, AFUE and EER are different rating methods designed to tell you, as the consumer, what you can expect from the HVAC system in terms of energy-efficiency. Generally speaking, the higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner or furnace.

Pair your new system with a programmable thermostat

Thermostats have also come a long way in the last decade or so. There are now programmable thermostats available, which allow you to set the times and temperatures your air conditioner or furnace will run at. This kind of automated system can save you money on your monthly energy bills.

Many programmable thermostats can be controlled through your smartphone or smart home device. They’re a good investment to pair with a new air conditioner or furnace. By using your systems more efficiently, a programmable thermostat can help your HVAC units live longer, more productive lives.

Get the appropriate size of HVAC system

Another crucial thing to consider while you are buying a new HVAC system: make sure that the size of the unit fits your home space or size. The best way to find out what size of furnace or air conditioner you need? Call in the HVAC professionals at Reimer for a free installation estimate, and we’ll advise you on what size of HVAC unit to purchase.

Why does this matter? Well, an oversized or undersized HVAC system presents a number of problems that can end up costing you money. Here’s how:

  • Having too much heating and cooling capacity will make your HVAC system less efficient, because it will be consuming more energy to provide conditioned air for less space. It will also constantly start and stop, causing further wear-and-tear than normal.
  • Have too little heating and cooling capacity means you will be sacrificing your comfort because there will be inadequate cooling or heating according to the size of your home. Your system will also accrue more wear-and-tear as it runs constantly to try to keep up with demand.

Get honest advice on what HVAC unit is best

A lot of heating and cooling companies specialize or partner with just one brand. Even if that brand’s systems aren’t right for your home, they’ll have no choice but to push you in that direction, since that’s what they sell and install.

In contrast, a company like Reimer carries and installs multiple makes and models of air conditioners and furnaces, which means we can give you a more honest evaluation of the type that’s right for your home.

Cost matters… but not exactly in the way you think

Don’t make the mistake of just picking an air conditioner or furnace based on the sticker price alone. That’s a bad way to think about things, because the true cost of a HVAC system can often only be evaluated when it finally stops working.

Here’s what that means: let’s say that you purchase a less expensive air conditioner that saves you $3,000 compared to a better, more expensive model. You might think you got a great deal! But, if that worse air conditioner needs constant repairs, uses more energy, and dies at an earlier date than the other unit, you might not come out ahead at the end.

That’s why energy efficiency is so important: if you choose to buy a less expensive and less efficient air conditioner or furnace, you’re going to pay for it, every single month, for the lifetime of that unit. Just something to think about when you’re buying a new HVAC system.

For more tips on buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer

After getting the right HVAC system for your house, it is important to get it installed professionally for optimal results. At Reimer, our technicians are experienced professionals serving the greater Buffalo, New York area. We offer free in-home estimates on new systems, so don’t hesitate to give us a call with your questions or to get started.

You can reach our team at (716) 694-8524, or contact us online.

It’s time to start thinking about scheduling your heating checkup

It’s still hot and humid out here in Buffalo. Here in the dog days of a Western New York summer, the last thing that you’re probably thinking about is scheduling a heating checkup.

Yet, the late summer and early fall is the perfect time to have a professional from Reimer look at your furnace. In this blog post, we’ll explain some of the advantages of early heating maintenance.

When you’re ready to schedule your furnace tune-up, give us a call at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

Why get heating maintenance?

Most HVAC experts agree: heating maintenance is essential to the long-term health and energy-efficient operation of your furnace. It’s true: a well-maintained furnace uses less energy than one that’s gone without maintenance, and the less wear-and-tear it has to endure, the more likely it is to live for years longer than it would have otherwise.

Pictured: Reimer technician performing a heating checkup in a Buffalo home.

But, the benefits of a furnace tune-up go even farther beyond that. Heating maintenance can help you avoid a system breakdown in the winter. With winters as cold as they are here, anything you can do to prevent your furnace from breaking down is a high priority.

Heating maintenance can also keep your system running safely. A broken furnace can pose a health risk for you and your family. Our technician will ensure that everything is in working order.

Finally, there’s one more benefit to a furnace tune-up. Most furnace manufacturers have clauses in their warranties that require you, as the system owner, to have the furnace looked at by a professional HVAC company at least once per year. Given all the other benefits, having that warranty extended is really icing on the cake.

Reimer is the right company for the job

When it comes time for your furnace tune-up, Reimer is the best company to trust for the job. That’s because we’ve been helping homeowners in Buffalo and Western New York with their home maintenance needs since 1921. That nearly a century of serving generations of families in this community.

At Reimer, our experienced technicians are furnace experts. When you call to schedule your heating checkup, our team will conduct a throughout inspection and perform multiple maintenance tasks.

Finally, we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can sleep soundly knowing that your furnace has been taken care of during our visit.

There are benefits to being early

So, why schedule your maintenance in the late summer and early fall? Even if daytime temperatures remain high, the nighttime ones are soon going to be dropping. You’ll be thinking about turning on that furnace soon.

You want to have your furnace checked before you turn it on for the first time in a season. Doing so ensures that our technician catches and safety or performance problems that could lead to a breakdown or health hazards.

It also gives you the best return on your investment: by having Reimer tune up your heating system at the start of the season, you see the most energy savings throughout the entire winter through improved energy-efficiency.

So, yes. It’s still hot out. It’s still humid out. And it might be just the right time for Reimer to take a look at your furnace. The best part? We’re regularly running specials and coupons for a furnace tune-up, which means you can save a ton this fall.

Call Reimer to schedule your heating checkup

Convinced that the late summer and early fall is the time to schedule a heating checkup? Call the team that Buffalo and Western New York have trusted since 1921: Reimer Home Services. You can reach our office at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

Leaking drains? Here’s some solutions for this common plumbing problem

The plumbing system in your house is very important for convenient and comfortable living. However, we know that, eventually, all the plumbing that makes our life easier will encounter problems. One common issue you’ll encounter are leaking drains.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the causes of leaking drains and what you can do to fix them. When in doubt, call (716) 694-8524 to speak with the experts at Reimer Home Services.

Leaking drains in the kitchen

Pictured: Drain pipes under the sink. Leaking drains can cause a major disaster—call Reimer for service today!

Leaks in kitchen can happen for many different reasons, including problems with your sink, dishwasher, and more. Let’s review some of the causes of leaking drains:

Clogged-up sink drain

If we talk about the drain leaks in the different parts of your house, then the kitchen is that space where most of them occur. The reason? The clogged-up drain pipes of your kitchen sink. This problem usually happens when the discharge hose of the dishwasher is below the sink and the draining through the sink is happening at snail’s pace.

This problem can cause leaks to happen from dishwasher and that can cause a mess on your kitchen floor.

You can first try yourself to unclog the drains by flushing them with boiling water. You can also try running a solution of vinegar and baking soda through it. If these home remedies don’t solve your problem, then you might need professional drain cleaning services from the Reimer team.

Broken door seal on your dishwasher

If your dishwasher is not leaking constantly and only starts leaking when it is being used or turned on, then a clogged sink drain is not the reason behind this leakage. Run the dishwasher and note if the leak is happening in the final stages of the wash cycle, because that means something is wrong with the dishwasher.

Leaking bathroom sink drains

This is another leaking drain problem, just in a different room. Most of the time, the drain pipe under the bathroom sink starts leaking just because of the loose nut joining the drain flange with the sink. A simple tightening of the nut can stop the leak.

Sometimes, the answer isn’t so simple. An uneven gasket or rubber washer—which is used to make a seal between the nut and sink—can also cause the drain leak. Reimer can replace these with with even and flat washers to stop the leak.

Problems with leaking drains? Call Reimer!

Reimer Home Services is your source for expert plumbing services in the Buffalo and Western New York area. We help homeowners with all their plumbing needs—including fixing leaking drains. For 24/7 plumbing repair, call (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.