Here’s why indoor air quality matters here in Buffalo homes

It’s school and college graduation season, as well as the start of summer. While you’re planning a summer vacation to get out of the house for some fresh air, you really should take some time to think about how to bring more of that freshness back into your home. Here’s why indoor air quality matters.

In this blog, we’ll make the case for scheduling an indoor air quality test from our team here at Reimer. By improving your indoor air quality, you can live more comfortably, lower the impact of allergies, and spend the summer healthier.

To schedule your IAQ test, contact us today, or call us at (716) 694-8524.

Here's why your indoor air quality matters.

You probably already know what outdoor air does to your allergies. However, if you have poor indoor air quality, you’ll probably be feeling the effects indoors, too.

Poor air quality can aggravate your allergies

Springtime here in Buffalo is bad enough for your allergies without poor indoor air quality playing a role. However, trapped pollen, dust, and other contaminants in your home’s air can easily bring the misery of your allergies inside.

This is just one of the reasons that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America notes that indoor air quality is just as important as outdoor air quality. Dust mites, mold spores, pet hair, and more can trigger an allergic reaction for homeowners.

If you’ve been sneezing, coughing, or experiencing headaches in your home, it might be a good time to call Reimer and schedule an indoor air quality test.

It can make you and your family sick

Beyond just allergies, poor indoor air can actually make you sick. Here’s why: trapped indoor air is a safe haven for airborne viruses and bacteria. Have you ever had an illness that impacted every family member, turn-by-turn? That’s probably because of their close proximity to one another in a closed space, with stale air filled with viruses and bacteria.

The team here at Reimer can install advanced air purification equipment in your home to help clean and purify your air. For example, we have UV purification equipment that kills airborne bacteria and viruses.

In fact, a UV device is on CNN’s list of some of the best ways to eliminate the flu virus in your home.

Bad air often smells bad

This might seem secondary to the other concerns, but it does matter. Poor indoor air quality and circulation issues mean that all sorts of bad odors are trapped in your home, just stewing.

From pet and body odors to dust and dirt and to, well, everything you’ve cooked in the last month, your house can start to smell pretty bad.

When you schedule your indoor air quality test this spring, be sure to ask your Reimer tech to assess the source of various odors in the air.

Adjust your humidity to be more comfortable

Indoor air quality isn’t just about what’s in your air. If your home’s air has been too dry or too humid, it’s time to have Reimer help adjust your humidity to a comfortable level.

In the summers, humidity tends to spike. This makes your home feel warmer, meaning that you have to use more air conditioning to keep cool. In the winter, the opposite effect happens, and you need to add humidity to make your home comfortable again.

Reimer has a wide variety of home humidification and dehumidification solutions. If your home has been uncomfortable so far this summer, give us a call to schedule an indoor air quality test.

Call Reimer for your IAQ test!

Reimer Home Services is your expert indoor air quality team here in Buffalo and Western New York. Schedule your IAQ test today by contacting us online or calling (716) 694-8524.

Use your tax refund to upgrade to a new air conditioner

It’s tax season, which also means that it’s tax refund season. According to the IRS, 83% of tax returns receive a refund, which means many Americans have cash on hand. Not everyone spends their refund wisely, and most Americans do spend it on something.

As we’ll discuss in a bit, one of the best uses of your refund is in making upgrades to your home—especially since increasing the value of your home helps you get more when it’s time to sell.

In this blog, we’ll talk about why investing in a new air conditioner to replace an older system might make sense for some homeowners.

#1. Investing this money in your home just makes sense

Most investors and financial planners are against using a tax refund for personal purchases, vacations, or—and this should come as no surprise—gambling money. Generally, these are good ways to get the least out of your refund, or to lose it completely.

Instead, most financial planners advocate for investing, saving, or using your tax refund on upgrades to your home that will permanently add value.

And while you can use your refund to put in some new kitchen countertops, replacing your decades-old air conditioner with a new system will also pique potential buyer interest, either now or years from now. Let’s discuss why.

#2. A new air conditioner has value

A new air conditioner, professionally installed by the experts at Reimer, adds value to your home. Many homeowners are wary of moving into a home with aging HVAC systems that they know they’ll have to replace.

In a hot market, any homes with newer HVAC systems are going to have an advantage, and those sellers are going to be able to maximize their value and return on investment.

There are few places in your home where your tax refund will have exactly the same impact. That’s particularly true if you’re not planning on selling your home right away.

#3. Live comfortably before you sell

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in this year, or even in the next few years, a new air conditioner is something you can enjoy in the meantime. You can benefit from the increased comfort, better reliability, and superior energy-efficiency of your new air conditioner for years before selling your home.

With Reimer, finding the right air conditioner for your home is an easy process. When you call us, we’ll schedule a free in-home estimate with you. We’ll take measurements and match the right system to your home. Your peace of mind (and, really, the peace of mind of future buyers) is that the system is installed right by true professionals.

Learn more about our air conditioning installation, or contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate.

It’s time to schedule your spring AC maintenance with Reimer

It’s still cold outside, and the temperatures at night are still dipping down into the 20s. Yet, despite all that, homeowners need to start thinking about spring. More specifically, they need to start thinking about spring and summer ahead, and having Reimer inspect their system for a spring AC tune-up.

March or April is the best time to have a professional from Reimer inspect your system. To schedule your tune-up, contact us, or give us a call at (716) 694-8524.

Why schedule an AC tune-up?

We’ve previously discussed the reasons to schedule an AC tune-up. From lower energy bills to a reduced risk of a breakdown, spring AC maintenance just makes sense.

Here’s another benefit that we didn’t discuss in that blog post. Did you know that AC maintenance keeps your manufacturer’s warranty intact? Many warranties have a clause stipulating that the warranty only renews is the homeowner has a professional look at their system annually.

Since air conditioner manufacturer’s warranties are designed to protect you and your system, it’s a good idea to schedule a tune-up. You’ll be getting your system ready for the season ahead and giving yourself the peace of mind that, if something did happen, it may be covered by the warranty.

Why schedule in the spring?

By scheduling your AC tune-up before the start of summer, you’ll maximize your energy-efficiency and more throughout the entire summer. This means you’re getting the best-possible deal out of your tune-up.

Why schedule with Reimer?

Reimer has been serving Buffalo and Western New York since 1921. We’re a locally trusted HVAC, plumbing, and home services company. We back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can expect great service from the city’s “Wizard of Comfort.”

That’s true for air conditioning maintenance. Our techs conduct a thorough system inspection and tune-up, checking for performance issues and cleaning the air conditioner.

From tightening loose electrical connections to checking your system’s refrigerant charge, we handle all the details to get your air conditioner ready for the summer ahead.

Call Reimer to schedule your spring AC maintenance

Don’t forget to schedule your spring AC maintenance with Reimer this March or April! To get started, contact us online, or give us a call at (716) 694-8524.

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.

Here’s how to deal with an AC icing problem

Contrary to what you might assume, your air conditioner can develop problems with ice even on the hottest of summer days. AC icing isn’t just a problem here in Buffalo in January. It can also do damage to your unit in July.

Has the air conditioner coil in your home developed an ice buildup problem? If so, you should take immediate steps to resolve the issue as it can damage your air conditioner. In this blog, we’ll share some of the possible causes of your AC icing problem and the steps you can take to deal with it.

AC icing problems

1. Low refrigerant level

The refrigerant inside the air conditioner collects the heat inside the home and moves it outside. Over time, the refrigerant leaks due to the normal wear-and-tear on your system caused by it vibrating. This results in improper cooling.

In some cases, however, low refrigerant levels also cause the air conditioner to develop an AC icing problem.

Due to low refrigerant levels, the air conditioner coil gets too cold. It condensates, and the super cold temperatures causes this condensation to freeze. This results in the buildup of ice on the coils. The ice buildup issue can develop quickly due to dirty coils or high humidity levels—which cause more condensation than normal.

Solution: You should call the air conditioner technicians at Reimer to resolve your low refrigerant level problem. As part of an AC repair, we’ll check the refrigerant and top it off, if required. In combination with other work, this may solve your AC icing problem.

2. Insufficient airflow

Another reason for an icing problem in the air conditioner is a lack of airflow. Air conditioners are designed to cool the air by taking heat from it. In the case of improper airflow, the heat exchange will not take place. The refrigerant that removes heat from the air will become cool, causing an icing problem.

Solution: Insufficient airflow may be caused due to a dirty air filter, evaporator coil, or fins. Also, the airflow can become restricted due to a faulty fan or blower inside the air conditioner. Our professional air conditioner technicians will inspect the unit and perform the necessary repairs to resolve the issue.

3. Low outdoor temperature

Low outdoor temperature can also result in icing problems. AC icing problems develop when the outside temperature goes below 62 ℉ (or 16 ℉).

Solution: You should run the air conditioner on fan mode when the outside temperature drops. Also, you can use a fan or open the windows to ventilate the room.

Call Reimer for help dealing with AC icing problems

Icing problems should not be taken lightly. If your air conditioner develops an icing issue, it’s important to take instant steps to resolve the issue. Keep in mind that most icing problems can easily be resolved. However, if left untreated, the problem can lead to major problems that require costly repairs.

At the first sign of icing, call the professionals at Reimer Home Services.

Reasons you should schedule an AC tune-up this summer

Most of us take the air conditioning in our homes for granted. However, the fact is that air conditioners get worn out over time. The electrical and mechanical components inside the device undergo wear-and-tear with use. If they are not replaced or repaired, it can lead to an emergency system breakdown, resulting in the need for repairs.

Schedule an AC tune-up with ReimerPreventive air conditioner maintenance will ensure proper working of the cooling device. You should schedule an AC tune-up this summer with Reimer to ensure that you air condoner works without any problems.

Here are four major benefits of scheduling a tune-up with us.

#1. Less frequent need for repairs

The major benefit of scheduling an air conditioner maintenance or tune-up is that you’ll need costly repairs less frequently. In fact, it’s said that every penny that you spend on an annual tune-up will save you a dollar in repairs. With proper maintenance and tune-ups, air conditioner breakdowns are far less likely to happen.

Our experienced air conditioner technicians will thoroughly inspect the cooling device and perform the required fixes right then and there. This will ensure that small problems with the cooling device do not develop into major issues. It will also reduce the likelihood that you spend the day sweating out due to an unexpected breakdown during summer.

#2. Reduced energy bills

When you schedule an AC tune-up, our technicians will make sure your air conditioner is running at its top efficiency. The cooling device will draw less power to cool the room. As a result, your energy bills won’t be high.

If you don’t maintain the air conditioner, it will strain to keep up and generate cool air. This will result in high energy bills.

#3. Extended system lifespan

Another benefit of scheduling an air conditioner checkup with Reimer is that it will most likely result in the increased lifespan of the cooling unit. A new air conditioner tends to cost thousands of dollars. For most people, an air conditioner is a major expense.

If you have the system tuned-up regularly by an experienced air conditioner technician, you can enjoy efficient cooling for a long time.

#4. Optimal room cooling

Scheduling a tune-up with Reimer will ensure that the air conditioner generates optimal cooling. Your rooms will remain cool and comfortable even during particularly hot days. There won’t be any hot spots in the home. The cooling will be uniform throughout the house resulting in maximum comfort for everyone.

Schedule an AC tune-up from the friendly pros at Reimer!

If you are ready to schedule an AC tune-up, contact us at Reimer Home Services. We serve the residents of Buffalo, NY. Our NATE-certified air conditioner technicians can ensure that your system operates efficiently without any problems.

You should consider scheduling an air conditioner maintenance before the summer rush. Our professional technicians will perform a thorough inspection of the air conditioner to ensure that everything is in good working order.

Here’s why it’s important to hire licensed HVAC technicians from a trusted company

licensed HVAC techniciansThe regular maintenance of your air conditioner is important. You can reduce the likelihood of emergency breakdowns by regularly servicing the air conditioners. Regular check up of the cooling device will ensure efficient functioning that will result in reduced energy costs.

When it comes to hiring a technician for air conditioner maintenance and repair, you should always hire licensed HVAC technicians. Whether you need AC maintenance, repair, or installation services, contact the team at Reimer.

Hire licensed HVAC technicians

As a company, Reimer and our employees are licensed, bonded, and insured. This means a few things:

1. Professional work = reduced energy bills

A licensed HVAC technician will expertly perform the repair work. They know how to install the air conditioner properly that results in ensure efficient operation. Our experienced technicians will properly tune up the cooling device that will result in efficient use of electricity. As a result, you won’t have to face the prospect of high energy bills due to inefficient power usage.

2. Less emergency breakdowns

Another benefit of having a licensed HVAC technician check your air conditioner is that you will face fewer emergency breakdowns. The experienced technicians know the critical components that can result in a major fault. They can inspect the components during routine inspection and perform necessary repairs.

The last thing that you want is a breakdown of your air conditioner during a particular hot and humid day. Hiring a competent professional backed by a trusted company will make it less likely that you have to face that ordeal.

3. Savings, due to the extended lifespan of your system

A licensed HVAC technician will get the job done professionally. Having annual inspection by certified professionals will means less frequent calls for repair. This will result in cost savings for you in the long run. Also, regular service of the air conditioner by expert professionals will ensure extended lifespan of the unit.

Call us for trusted HVAC technicians who have the backing and support of one of Buffalo’s original HVAC companies: Reimer.

Here are 7 reasons why your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it could be (and what to do!)

Air conditioner isn't working

If your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it could be, high temperatures outside might be the reason why.

A common question that we hear from Buffalo homeowners during the summer is: ‘Why is my air conditioner not cooling properly?’ An air conditioner that does not properly cool the room is the last thing that you want when the temperature outside is sweltering hot.

An air conditioner can fail to properly cool the room due to a number of factors. Here are 7 common reasons that your air conditioner is unable to cool the room. If you’re experiencing AC problems, call Reimer this summer for AC repair.

1. Dirty condenser coils

Condenser coils that are loaded with dirt or other debris prevent the air conditioner from cooling the room effectively. The coil dissipates the heat outside and must be clean at all times.

Dirty condenser coil makes the system work harder to cool the room. If the coil becomes very dirty, the air conditioner will not be able to cool the room.

 2. Coolant problems

Coolant is an important component of the air conditioner that cools the air that is circulated inside the rooms. This coolant is present inside the evaporator coil. Insufficient coolant prevents the air conditioner from properly cooling the air.

A professional technician from Reimer can diagnose the problem and then top up and refill the coolant as required.

3. Clogged air filter

A clogged air filter is another common reason for the air conditioner not cooling the room. The air filter can become clogged with dirt, dust, or other debris. This prevents air from properly flowing through the system, reducing the cooling capacity of the air conditioner. Cleaning or repairing the air filter can effectively solve the problem.

4. A defective thermostat

A defective thermostat can also prevent the proper cooling of the room. The device is basically a sensor that senses the temperature inside the room. It controls the cooling cycle of the compressor.

A defect in the thermostat can prevent it to properly sense the inside temperature. Due to this, the air conditioner will not be able to properly cool the room.

5. A faulty compressor

Another reason that the air conditioner does not properly cool the room is due to a defect in the compressor. Compressor is the main cooling unit of the air conditioner. It is simply a motor that compresses the coolant and circulates the same through the condenser coils and the evaporator. If the compressor becomes faulty, the air conditioner will not be able to cool the room.

6. Very high temperatures

Keep in mind that every air conditioner can work optimally up to a certain temperature. In case the outside temperature shoots above the optimum limit, the air conditioner cooling efficiency will decrease.

7. An undersized air conditioner

A small air conditioner will also not be able to cool a large room. That’s why that it’s essential that you look at the room size and the cooling requirements instead of going for the cheapest and lowest size air conditioner. The pros at Reimer can help you select the air conditioner that’s best for your home.

Call Reimer for help diagnosing why your air conditioner isn’t working

If you want more information on troubleshooting air conditioning unit, you can contact Reimer Home Services. We serve Buffalo, Western New York, and surrounding areas.

Here’s an air conditioner filter buying guide from Reimer

Filter Buying GuideAir filter is an important component of the air conditioning unit. The filter removes air pollutants from the air, which can reduce the indoor air quality. Your family will be able to breathe cleaner air when you replace the filter regularly. Also, replacing the filter on a regular basis will result in efficient operation of the system due to which you can save on energy bills.

If you are thinking about replacing the air conditioner filter, this air conditioner filter buying guide will prove invaluable.

Your air conditioner filter buying guide

When buying the filter you need to consider various things. The most important consideration is the filter’s efficiency in removing the dust particles. Generally, filter efficiency is measured by the following technical terms:

  • MERV
  • MPR
  • FPR

Before heading to the stores, you should know the technical terms so that you make the best decision. All air filters have a minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV. The rating was developed in 1987 to report the effectiveness of air filters in removing the dust particles. The MERV ratings are between 0 and 20. You should select an air filter rated 15 or above as they can remove most of the airborne contaminants.

MPR stands for Micro-Particle Performance rating. Developed by 3M Filtrete, the rating tells how effectively the filter can block particles between 0.3 and 1 micron in size. Consider buying a filter with an MPR of 1900 or above as they are the most effective in removing air pollutants.

Lastly, the FPR that stands for Filter Performance rating has been developed by Home Depot. The rating applies to filters that are sold through the store. They indicate whether the filter has a good, better, best, or premium rating. When purchasing a filter through the Home Depot, you should consider buying a filter with FPR rating of best or premium.

Here’s the bottom-line

Buying a high efficiency filter will result in cost saving for you. High rated filters require less frequent replacement as compared to lower rated filters. Apart from the rating of the filters there are many types of filters such as fiberglass and pleated filters that have different efficiency in removing the dust particles.

Keep in mind that most air filters require replacement after 3 months of use. High energy efficient pleated filters can last for up to 12 months. The area where you reside will determine how frequently you should replace the filter. If you reside in an area with a lot of dirt and dust, you need to replace the filter more frequently.

Call Reimer for more on the air conditioner filter buying guide

You should consider talking with an air conditioner technician to learn more about buying the best filter for your cooling unit. If you reside in Buffalo and Western New York area, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

Financing a new air conditioner through Reimer

It’s the middle of summer in Western New York, and your air conditioner has finally started to give out after more than 10 seasons. With your current, older air conditioner one foot in the grave and your home budget already stretched to the breaking point, it might seem like you’re between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

Financing Air Conditioning SystemsHowever, with financing from Reimer, you can get your air conditioner replaced without having to worry about the upfront cash. We offer financing to customers with approved credit, and that financing can help you in a number of ways, including allowing you to take advantage of seasonal specials on new systems, giving you greater buying power to purchase the right system for your family and home, and letting you buy into greater energy savings. Most importantly, you and your family will stay cool for the rest of the summer.

Financing gives you greater buying power

When you’re limited to the cash you have on-hand, you’re only able to purchase the systems you can afford to pay cash for—not the system that fits your home and cooling needs best. That last part is important. Air conditioners need to be the right size for homes: too big, and the system is constantly starting and stopping, wasting energy as it tries to maintain temperature; too small, and the system is constantly working harder and straining to keep up with demand.

Financing gives you the purchasing power to buy the right system, not just the right-priced system. When you work with Reimer, our professional team will help you determine which system is right for your home. We provide you with a free estimate to get started. Give us a call today to learn more about how we provide estimates to our customers.

Take advantage of specials

When you’re saving up for a new air conditioner, you may have to wait through several specials that would have otherwise saved you money. Reimer regularly offers seasonal deals on new air conditioners (and furnaces) that can offer major savings on the most advanced new Carrier systems. However, paying in cash means that your timing might not be right, leading to you losing out on a special offer from either Reimer or Carrier.

Instead, financing a new system allows you to take advantage of the limited time offer, so that you don’t lose out on an air conditioner that was perfect for your home, at the right price. To see current specials offered by Reimer, visit our coupons page.

Energy-efficiency boost

It’s a well-known fact that the air conditioners built today are far more energy efficient than the ones manufactured 20, 15, or even 10 years ago. Even not accounting for the age of your older air conditioner—since system lose efficiency as they age—today’s AC systems have an emphasis on reduced energy use. If you’re paying high electric bills while waiting, season after season, to save up for an upgrade to a new air conditioner, you could be costing yourself money in the long-run.

Financing allows you to make the leap in efficiency right away, which will save you money on your bills for the entire summer season—and years after that.

Ready to get started?

If you’re ready to learn more about financing from Reimer, give our team a call at (716) 694-8524.