Air Conditioning

3 Reasons Quiet Cool is a “MUST HAVE”

Reason #1 AIR CONDITIONING SAVINGS

Monthly Bill:

  • Save up to 50-90% on you monthly AC bill
  • Lowers the core temperature of your home
  • Induces thermal mass cooling
  • Exhausts heat pockets in the attic

HVAC System:

  • Reduces AC run time
  • Extends the systems life
  • Delay in the inevitable replacement or repair

When to run your Quiet Cool for Optimal Savings:

Run the system anytime the outside temperature is cooler than the inside temperature- typically when you get home from work in the evenings or in the early morning. You can run the fan on high for just a few minutes to exhaust the heat from your attic and then shift into the low setting to run throughout the night.

 

Reason #2 COOLING AND COMFORT

A Breeze on a Switch!

  • Instantaneous relief (moving air makes you feel 10°F cooler)
  • Consistent airflow
  • Balances upstairs and downstairs temperatures

When to run your Quiet Cool for Cooling and Comfort:

Run the system in accordance to your personal preference. Everyone is a little different but if you prefer a temperature of around 70°F- you will be able to turn on your fan when the outside temperature hits somewhere in the neighborhood of 80°F (because the air flow will automatically make you feel 10°F cooler).

 

Reason #3 VENTILATION AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Long Term Health Benefits:

  • The EPA reports that indoor air quality may be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air quality.
  • The American Medical Association reports that indoor air quality is directly responsible for up to 1/3 of our national health bill
  • Eliminates top causes of indoor air pollution such as VOC gases and toxins from the home by adding “active ventilation”
  • Completes air exchange in 3-4 minutes year round, regardless of outdoor temperature.

Everyday Common Tangible Air Quality Benefits

  • Eliminates dust, allergens, pollens and dander from the air
  • Eliminates kitchen and bathroom odors

When to run your Quiet Cool for Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality:

Run the system anytime the air quality is “good”. Outdoor air quality is easy to monitor in real time reports by visiting www. airnow.gov or by checking the local weather app. As long as the outside air quality is “good” you only need to run the fan for 3-4 minutes for a complete air exchange inside your home. This means you can run it regardless of the outside temperature – it doesn’t matter if its 22°F outside or 122°F because 3-4 minutes is not enough to induce thermal mass exchange . There is no better solution for the IAQ problem than running a complete air exchange with a Quiet Cool. We recommend doing that at least twice per week for a happy and healthy home.

 

Call us today to schedule an appointment for a Quiet Cool Whole House Fan. We serve Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor, Wellington, and the surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust. Service delivered with pride! 970-399-9940

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What is a Whole House Fan? How does it work?….. Better yet, How does it compare?

What are Whole House Fans?

A whole house fan is a ventilation cooling system that uses less energy than a traditional air conditioner. This energy-efficient system works by pulling cool, outdoor air into your home and out your attic vents. This helps keep the mass in your home cooler than an air conditioner can. These whisper-quiet and energy-efficient wonders are the #1 residential cooling & ventilation appliance on the market. With a whole house fan, you’re able to turn off your most expensive appliance, air conditioning, while improving the air quality and comfort of your home for just pennies per hour. A whole house fan system is installed in the ceiling between the attic and living space.

Whole House Fan vs Attic Fan

Whole house fans and attic fans are often confused. However, they are not the same thing.

A whole house fan is used for cooling both the home and attic. You typically run a whole house fan during the evening through into the early morning – basically any time it is cooler outside. This cools, ventilates, and exhausts all the hot, stale air in your home and attic. You would never run your whole house fan during the middle of the day when it is the warmest. This is where an attic fan comes in.

 

Attic fans ventilate and exhaust your attic only. You use them primarily during the day but they work well in the evening and night as well. They pull air from the outside through existing vents in your attic. This allows your attic to stay within 10ºF of the outside temperature at all times when the fan is running. Without an attic fan, your attic can get up to 150ºF during the summer, which can ruin the integrity of your home and cause high electric bills.

The best system combines an attic fan and a whole house fan to cool, ventilate, and exhaust the entire home, day and night, and year-round.

Attic Fans – Attic fans ventilate only the attic to reduce heat buildup and humidity, they operate year-round. Even during the winter months, homeowners can use an attic fan. In the winter, moisture and mold can build up due to the air in the home being very warm versus the air in the attic being very cold. The snow on the roof then becomes ice and holds the excess water. This is called ice damming and it is what creates mold, mildew, and premature roof rotting. With an attic fan, the constant flow of air in the attic lowers the overall humidity level and helps keep the attic healthy.

The best system combines an attic fan and a whole house fan to cool, ventilate, and exhaust the entire home, day and night, and year-round.

Whole House Fans – ventilate the whole house, including the attic and living space by bringing cool air from outside into the house to cool it and force the hot air out through the attic vents.

The whole house fan pulls air in from open windows and exhausts it through the attic and roof. It provides good attic ventilation in addition to whole house cooling. Whole house fans should provide houses with 3 to 6 air changes per hour (varies with climate, floor plan, etc.—check with our experts to determine what is appropriate for your home).

Whole House Fan vs Central Air and Window Units

Whole House Fans should never be used simultaneously with air conditioning of any kind – central air or window units. These systems can both reside in the same home and be used to complement one another.

Central Air Conditioning – cools the air with a chemical (like Freon) and circulates it within the house but does not pull in fresh air from the outside

Window AC Units – pull outside air and cools it with a chemical (like Freon)

Whole House Fans – Pull cool outside air into the house to cool it, then push the hot air in the house out through the attic

 

When to run your whole house fan:

When to use a Whole House Fan and how is a crucial aspect of receiving as many benefits as possible from these fans. The first important step is to ensure that the outdoor air is a temperature you would like in your own home. If it is, simply open 3-4 windows 2-3 inches wide and turn on your whole house fan. This process will flush in the outdoor air and flush out your stale, indoor air. You will have complete air exchange within 3-4 minutes!

 

Whole House Fan vs Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fans – just move air around; they don’t pull in fresh or cooler air

Whole House Fans – Can improve the indoor air quality by filtering in fresh air and filtering out polluted air

Whole house fans combined with ceiling fans and other circulating fans provide acceptable summer comfort for many families, even in hot weather.

 

Call us today to schedule an appointment for a Quiet Cool Whole House Fan. We serve Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor, Wellington, and the surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust. 970-399-9940

 

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New and Improved Total Care Club Membership

 

ALL OF YOUR HOME SERVICE NEEDS UNDER ONE ROOF!

Over the years, Lion Home Service has added services in an attempt to make our clients’ lives easier. We know that everyone is busy and our goal has always been to offer full home services, so that you only have to make one call to a company you trust.

 

OUR MEMBERSHIP JUST GOT BETTER!

We are now offering Roofing, Gutter, Indoor Air Quality, Safety and Septic annual assessments in addition to all the other assessments we have always offered our membership!

Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic

Total Care Club Memberships will cover preventative maintenance assessments for Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic services.

NOW EVEN MORE BENEFITS!

  • Free Estimates – we will gladly assess any repair needs within your plan and provide estimates at no additional charge to you for the duration of your club membership
  • Guaranteed Response Time
  • Priority Scheduling – Whether you’re calling for routine maintenance or emergency service, you will receive the earliest available scheduling.
  • 15% Member Rate Discount– 15% Off of Septic Pumping and ALL Repairs!*
  • Money Saving Coupons – that never expire
  • Maintenance Assessments
  • 24/7 Great Service Discount – emergencies don’t always happen when it’s convenient, rest assured knowing Lion Home Service is there when you need us. If you require emergency service, you will never pay a premium fee after hours.
  • Fast 0% Down, 0% Interest Financing Available

All for the same low cost!

1 Year and 1 month FREE- Total 13 months $299

2 Years and 1 Year FREE- Total 3 years! $499

3 Years and 2 Years FREE- Total 5 Years! $699 BEST VALUE !!

Heating

  • Check all the burners for proper operation
  • Check thermocouple for proper operation
  • Check the flue pipe
  • Check the inducer and blower motors
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check the safety switch and controls
  • Check the pilot assembly
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check drain lines and traps for proper function
  • Testing and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check gas valve
  • Check zone valves
  • Check expansion tank
  • Check aquastat, relay and water regulator
  • Check air flow across indoor coil and blower wheels
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Cooling

  • Check condenser coil
  • Check evaporator coil
  • Check blower motor
  • Check refrigerant charge
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check controls and safety devices
  • Check capacitors
  • Check condensate drain
  • Check relays and contactors for proper operation
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Check proper amperage and voltage of A/C system
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Indoor Air Quality

  • Free Annual Radon Test
  • Filter Inspection
  • Duct work inspection – video/pictures
  • Insulation Inspection

Electrical

  • Main Panel Check Up
  • Check all wiring in main panel for proper sizing
  • Check breakers and fuses for proper operation
  • Check outside meter and enclosure
  • Check outside main feeders
  • Check ground fault protection for proper operation
  • Check surge protectors
  • Check attic fans for proper operation
  • Check exhaust fans for proper operation
  • Testing of circuit breakers
  • Check all accessible lights, switches, dimmers, receptacles, ceiling fans
  • Check all main service grounding and tighten as needed
  • Check any outside and inside disconnects

Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

  • Check Water Pressure
  • Field Test Drinking Water
  • Check Washing Machine Hoses
  • Check all faucets for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Dye test toilets to check for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Check all drains for proper flow
  • Check garbage disposals for proper operation
  • Check all emergency shutoff valves for proper operation
  • Labels all main shutoffs at locations
  • Check main water meter
  • Check all outside spigots

Safety Inspection

  • 10 -Point Fire Safety check which includes but not limited to:
  • Check Carbon Monoxide alarms
  • Check Smoke Alarms
  • Check main disconnects

ROOFING*

  • 21-Point Roof Inspection
  • Photos taken on inside and outside of the roof with attic assessment

GUTTERS

  • 17- Point Gutter Inspection

SEPTIC*

  • 15-Point Septic Assessment – Includes but not limited to:
    • Check tank liquid levels
    • Tank construction and structural integrity
    • Access point structural integrity
    • Inlet/Outlet Tees and baffles
    • Checking for any cracks/leaks

During the year, your Lion Service Expert will perform a plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, roofing, gutter, and septic assessments. These assessments allow you to protect your home’s investments by ensuring all systems are running and performing correctly – saving you money on costly repairs!
For more information about starting your Total Care Club Membership, call 970-399-9940

*15% member discount does not apply to new roof installations or new septic installations. 15% off is applied to roofing repairs, septic pumping & repairs, Hvac installations and other inside repair services.

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3 Advantages of Duct Sealing

Ducts are responsible for carrying warm and cold air throughout your home. However, poorly designed or poorly installed ducts can result in leaks or other problems that result in energy loss. Let’s look at some reasons why duct sealing may be in your best interest.

1. Prevent Air Loss

You could be losing up to 30 percent of the air that your furnace or air conditioner produces. That could result in heating and cooling bills that are much higher than they need to be. At Lion Home Service in Fort Collins, can perform duct sealing services to ensure that your home is more efficient and more comfortable. We can also clean ducts and take care of any other HVAC needs that you may have.

2. Your Home Will Be More Comfortable

If cold air doesn’t get to a room in your home, it can be incredibly hot and humid during the summer months. That same room could be colder than the rest of the house during the winter even when the heat is on. If you spend time in a room that suffers from uneven heating or cooling, it may be hard to sleep or otherwise enjoy occupying that space on a regular basis.

3. Keep Your Home in Good Condition

It is not uncommon for ducts to be located in a wall, in an attic or in an area that has been covered by drywall. Therefore, it may be impractical or too expensive to repair defective ducts. By sealing the ducts instead, you can maintain your home without going over your budget. Our service experts can work with you to develop a plan that can improve your ducts without causing too much interruption to your daily life.

If you are looking for a company that can do quality duct sealing work, call Lion Home Service today. We can also provide water heater service as well as perform work on your home’s electrical system.

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How Can I Save Money on Energy Bills in The Summer?

Energy Bills Reducing your energy consumption in summer can be quite challenging since the temperatures can soar so high. However, there are several energy-saving techniques to help you manage your energy bills during the hot season. To save more, implement more than one technique.

Add Insulation to Your Walls and Attics

Air leakage occurs due to the cracks, openings, and spaces in between the walls of your home. Insulation is the best way to fill the gaps that allow air leakage. This can be done through caulking and weather-stripping. Unfortunately, if you are a renter, you may not have this option. But, you can still insulate your property by installing blinds on your windows, draught-proof your doors, and much more.

Spend Time Outdoors

Summertime offers the best weather for outdoor activities. Spending more time outdoors means that you can switch off the AC, lights, and electronics for some time. As you have fun in the park, at the movies, or at the beach, you’ll naturally reduce energy consumption. Before leaving the house, remember to not only switch off these devices, but also unplug them since some devices can still drain power even when they’re not on.

Use Fans

While AC units may be a necessity during summer, they consume a lot of energy; therefore, limit their use to extremely hot days. Using ceiling and widow fans gets the air circulating, which means that you can delay turning on the AC. Plus, they don’t consume much electricity. If your AC unit has internal fans, you can also turn the fans to auto, which helps to circulate the air without running the AC.

Maintain Your Cooling System

It’s normal for your cooling system to reduce its efficiency over time, which in turn increases the amount of energy required to run it. Some of the ways to maintain your cooling system include:

  • Cleaning the AC
  • Replacing or cleaning filters
  • Getting your cooling system regularly inspected and serviced by a professional
  • Replacing the AC with a more efficient model

Outstanding AC Service in Fort Collins

At Lion Home Services, we ensure that the residents of Fort Collins and its environs get the comfort and convenience they need all year round. We provide a wide range of installation, repair, and maintenance services in plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, and duct cleaning. Our qualified service experts are highly dependable and can handle any HVAC issues you may have. Contact us today for trusted services.