Cooling Systems

Can Your Fans Handle the Heat?

We haven’t beat the heat quite yet! So how are your ceiling fans holding up? With the wear and tear of everyday use, your fans may not be working as well as they used to. Knowing when to repair or replace your fans as they get old is essential to being an educated homeowner.

When to Get a Repair

Occasionally, your ceiling fan might need some maintenance. For example, if your fan isn’t turning on, there could be a problem with the wiring or the circuit breaker. Make sure always to hire an expert when dealing with any electrical issues. Malfunctioning speed settings, flickering lights, and broken pull cords are all common fixes.

When to Replace Your Fan

Sometimes, you may need to replace your ceiling fan completely. As an easy rule, every 10 years, you should get a new fan to keep them from getting worn out. If your ceiling fan is wobbling or making strange new noises, it’s time to call a professional to install a new one.

Whole-house Fans

If you’re looking for a way to eliminate ceiling fans, consider getting a whole-house fan. These products can make a home cooler and less humid while also reducing your energy bills. In addition, by installing a whole-house fan, you can take down individual ceiling fans without losing any of the benefits that they provided.

Lion Home Service can repair or replace your ceiling fans as well as install whole-house fans. Visit our website or give us a call at 970-829-8222 to set up an appointment today.

Cooling Systems

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.

Cooling Systems

Why Whole House Fans are Perfect for the Cooler Months

If you’re one of the many Northern Colorado homeowners that enjoy their AC but don’t always love the surge in energy costs that come with the warmer days, then a whole house fan has some incredible benefits. While there are plenty of ways to cut energy costs around AC, today we’ll focus more on how to fully disengage your system using a whole house fan on temperate days and months to save some serious money.

Common Questions We Get on Whole House Fans

While the use of whole house fans may sound like an obvious concept to some, many Lion Home Services customers ask us what they even are or, more importantly, why we choose to offer these in Northern Colorado.

Here are some of the main questions we get around our QuietCool® whole house fan systems:

How Does a Whole House Fan Work?

A whole house fan acts to cool your entire home by creating inward and upward airflow. This means that your system will pull in outside air through open doors or windows and cycle that airflow out of your home through your ceiling or attic.

All of this takes place without the use or need to run your standard air conditioner. Whether your home features central air conditioning, a window unit, or other forms of AC, you can safely turn those off on many days each year to leverage a whole house fan at a fraction of the energy cost.

Put simply: A whole house fan pulls hot air out of your home and creates a smooth current of low-cost air conditioning.

Why Offer Whole House Fans in Northern Colorado?

Beyond the question of “what?”, we often get questions from our customers asking “why here?” After all, isn’t Colorado known for intense summer heat and winter cold?

While there is some truth to this, Northern Colorado actually enjoys many more temperate days each year than most people expect (or remember). While those scorching hot and bitterly cold days stick out in our minds, the vast majority of our weather supports minor air conditioning.

Better yet, since Northern Colorado enjoys a relatively non-humid climate, your whole house fan will create a fresh, vibrant feeling in your home.

Why QuietCool®?

Unlike furnaces or air conditioning units, many homeowners do not differentiate between different brands when it comes to choosing a whole house fan. At Lion Home Services, we’ve done the research and happily settled on a reliable, effective partner in QuietCool® to ensure your home will receive lasting value out of your whole house fan system.

QuietCool® is an industry leader in their field and offers benefits well beyond the whole house fans found in many homes that pre-date central air conditioning. Instead, the QuietCool® works intelligently and quietly to keep your home cool at a fraction of the energy cost. Plus, it is built strong to stand up to (and even remove) pet dander — a major plus for many local homeowners.

If you want to save some money on the cooler portions of hot days, such as the evening, or turn off your AC altogether on the more temperate days, a QuietCool® whole house fan will quickly pay for itself in energy savings alone.

Using a Whole House Fan in the Fall & Winter

Summer in Northern Colorado is no joke. The blistering heat of July and August — sometimes starting in May or June and continuing even into September — really put the “desert” into our Alpine Desert climate. But as things begin to cool down, you can save a considerable amount of money on your energy bill by turning off the AC and trusting a whole house fan to keep your family nice and cool.

Our Unique Climate

As one of Northern Colorado’s leaders in home heating and cooling, we can safely say that we live in a climate like no other. Here, we can get a foot of snow that lasts on the ground for only a couple of hours, then be outside in shorts the very same day.

For those seemingly random warm fall and winter days, it can feel frustrating cycling between heat and AC. Plus, it’s not exactly great for your furnace’s health to repeatedly engage and disengage your heating and cooling.

The in-between days created by our often warm fall and winter months creates the perfect atmosphere for a whole house fan. In a matter of minutes, your home can enjoy a stream of cooling airflow that can be toggled on and off, as well as throttled up and down in intensity, without issue. If it’s too warm at 3:00 and cooling off by 5:00, you can rest assured knowing that your whole house fan is ready to go on and off again to create a great living environment.

Reduce Fall Allergies

One concern we hear from homeowners is that bringing their windows up and allowing a cycle of air from the outdoors into their home with a whole house fan will open them up to allergies, but that’s actually the opposite of what will happen.

Because of the flow of air created by a whole house fan, you’ll actually enjoy less seasonal and interior allergens in your home. Think of your whole house fan as a big vacuum sucking up all the dust, pollen, dander, and other allergens and pulling them out of your home to be safely removed to the outdoors.

Cooler Inside Today? Draw in Warm Air!

We’ve saved the best for last: your whole house fan can also work to warm your home. You may have heard of the “shake and bake” time of year here in Northern Colorado; we “shake” and shiver from the cold nights and then “bake” in the warm sun by the afternoon.

For those days, you can actually use your whole house fan to warm your home as the temperature rises by using the whole house fan to pull the warmer outdoor air into your home. Plus, this has the added benefit of keeping your furnace off as the evening approaches, which is when you’re most likely to see expensive surge pricing for gas and electricity utilities.

Learn More Today

If you still have some unanswered questions or want to know more about how a QuietCool® whole house fan system can work for your home, get in touch with our Fort Collins-based team today!

Cooling Systems

Can Whole House Fans Help to Remove Coronavirus?

The United States has been hit harder than expected by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This impact has caused us to retreat indoors and spend more time than ever inside our homes, which leads to a number of interesting indoor air quality concerns and questions that simply matter more now than ever.

Among them, there’s no small amount of concern about virus particles and other contaminants living in our air and on surfaces in our homes. Proper ventilation and indoor air quality are a legitimate concern for many families in Northern Colorado — especially those without a whole house fan. If you’re considering one of these systems for your home, this could offer a unique benefit that you maybe haven’t considered.

Increased Air Flow, Increased Ventilation

When we consider the benefits of a whole house fan, often the only real driving factor is cost-efficient cooling for your home. However, an often-overlooked quality every whole house fan offers is cycled, fresh airflow. Basically, because of the way a whole house fan cools your home is through a significant flow of air throughout your home, you also get a sort of free ventilation and airflow system alongside the cooling your system is built to provide.

While creating excellent ventilation and airflow is often an afterthought when considering a whole house fan in normal times, these are not normal times. In fact, it is likely that we’ll see many Americans, including those here in Northern Colorado, looking at quite a few things differently even long after this virus has left our minds.

If the concern for the air quality in our homes remains a more permanent fixture in our minds, the ongoing benefit a whole house fan offers in terms of removing allergens, odors, air quality issues, and likely even airborne virus particles is certainly significant.

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

The EPA recommends homeowners consider their indoor air quality as a way to fight off COVID-19 and protect their loved ones from indoor contaminants. Using increased ventilation, including outside air, is their top suggestion for families to consider when looking to keep the virus out of their homes.

Additionally, indoor air quality expert and CU Boulder Professor, Dr. Shelly Miller recently urged Americans to consider their indoor air quality and even suggests there is reason to investigate the potential benefits whole house fans offer with regard to indoor air quality and keeping infectious diseases out of our homes.

Interested in more indoor air quality improvement methods to combat viruses? Learn more here!

Also, it is worth mentioning that a breath of fresh air just makes us feel better. With fewer places to go and reasons to get out-and-about, it can be easy to get cabin fever. Using a whole house fan to cool your home allows for a steady, constant stream of fresh air into your home.

Science Isn’t Perfect

As indicated above, there simply isn’t enough research out there to claim that anyone thing will dramatically help for any and every emerging virus or disease to come. However, there is plenty to be said about the powerful feeling of bringing fresh air into your home and, quite literally, pulling out the old, stale air.

The jury is still out on the exact benefit of whole house fans sucking out virus particles, but there are still tons of benefits to enjoying a whole house fan for your home — especially now.

Learn more about what our QuietCool® whole house fans can do for your family and you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at just how affordable this cost-saving system can be.

Or, if you’re ready to move forward, get in touch with us to discuss your home’s cooling options today!

Cooling Systems

Top Benefits of Whole-House Fans

If you’re looking for a way to make your home more comfortable, consider getting a whole-house fan. These products can make a home cooler and less humid while also reducing your energy bills.

Whole-House Fans Work Faster Than Air Conditioners

On a hot and humid summer day, you want relief as quickly as possible. In many cases, a house fan will start to reduce the temperature throughout the home in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, the house fan will work to make the air in your living room, basement, or kitchen drier and more comfortable.

They Use a Fraction of the Energy Central Air Systems Do

A house fan will use about a quarter of the energy that a traditional central air conditioner does. This could translate to a savings of hundreds of dollars each month or year. Therefore, you may recoup the cost of buying and installing the unit over the course of a year or two. The professionals at Lion Home Service in Fort Collins can thoroughly discuss this topic and help you find the product that best fits your needs and budget. We can also install any fan that you buy and help to maintain it for as long as you own it.

Whole-House Fans Can Replace Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan can generate a lot of noise and wind in a given room. Therefore, it can be harder to watch a movie at a reasonable volume or engage in conversation with those who are in the room with you. It can also be harder than necessary to keep loose paper items from flying around. By installing a whole-house fan, you can take down individual ceiling fans without losing any of the benefits that they provided.

If you want to keep your home at a consistent temperature throughout the year, Lion Home Service is ready to help with any heating, cooling or electrical needs you may have. We also handle services related to radon, roofing, water heaters, ductwork, and septic tanks. Call our office in Fort Collins today.