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5 Tips to Reduce the Effects of Wildfire Smoke With Your Home’s HVAC

This year has brought unprecedented wildfires to the Western United States, and Colorado has been no exception. The fires here have created a blanket of smoke and ash over our Northern Colorado communities and many of our neighbors are concerned about what this means for their indoor air quality. Today, we’ll share some ways your HVAC system can help stave off the harmful effects of the outside air when wildfire smoke causes a sharp increase in pollutants.

1 – Close Windows & Doors

While it may seem obvious, keeping your home’s windows and doors sealed as often as possible is the best way to keep the harmful air from circulating in your home. While this likely isn’t always possible for your household, ensuring that nobody in the family is sleeping with the window cracked or frequently coming and going, for instance, can go a long way toward ensuring the entire home is exposed to as little outdoor air as possible and allows the HVAC to cycle cleaner air throughout the home.

Another thing to consider is sealing any known cracks or gaps in your home’s windows or doors with a damp towel. In ordinary times, we’d recommend upgrading your windows or doors to new energy-efficient models, but letting the smoke in during the replacement process would likely cause more short-term harm than good when compared to waiting until after fire season.

2 – Keep Exhaust Fans Off

One aspect folks rarely consider connecting their home to the outdoors is the exhaust fans often found in kitchens or bathrooms, as well as whole-house fans. Any system that requires pulling indoor air out will eventually need to balance out with outdoor air coming in. So, by running the bathroom or above-the-oven exhaust fans, you’re inadvertently inviting in outdoor air.

In general, one of the best defenses your home has against harmful air pollutants outside, such as allergens, pollution, or even wildfire smoke is to keep air sealed inside. If your family can go without using the gas range stovetop or taking lengthy showers through the worst days of the fires, you’ll be thankful for the higher air quality that keeping the exhaust fans off will afford.

3 – Seal AC Intake Vents

In a similar vein, your home’s forced-air HVAC system would typically utilize air intake vents to bring fresh air from the outdoors into your home while your air conditioner is running. During days with particularly bad wildfire smoke, these vents can work to bring in pollutants and cause more harm than good in addition to overworking your system.

If you’re unsure about where to find your system’s air intake vents or whether or not you should disable them, get in touch with the team at Lion Home Service for advice or a service appointment.

On a related note, there is typically no way to disable air intake on an air conditioner window unit, so our team does not recommend the normal use of window units during poor outdoor conditions.

4 – Change the Air Filter (More) Frequently

If you’ve read our other posts, you’ll likely understand that we often recommend checking and changing air filters on your home’s HVAC. During a fire, we strongly suggest that Northern Colorado residents check and change air filters far more frequently than normal. Since many of the harmful air particles in wildfire smoke are very fine, a worn-out air filter could only show minor discoloration compared to the norm.

If you notice anything other than a great-looking air filter in your furnace, check to ensure that your home is sealed as much as possible and prepare to regularly change your air filter. Even if your filter does look pretty good, it wouldn’t hurt to change it once or twice more than normal during long bouts of wildfire smoke in our area. A dirty or clogged air filter will cause your system to overwork and could allow particles to cycle through the system repeatedly, which pumps that air into your home.

5 – Incorporate an Upgraded Filter

If you’d like to know for sure that your home’s air is as purified as possible, we recommend a germicidal and oxidizing UVC air filtration system. This add-on to your furnace will work round-the-clock to filter out particles floating in the air within your home. During a wildfire, this added protection will make a noticeable difference in your home’s indoor air quality.

These systems work to remove common air particles, such as particles, allergens, germs, airborne diseases, chemical gases, odors, pet dander, smoke, and more. So, you can rest assured in knowing that your air filtration will provide lasting value even when the outdoor air is back to normal.

Check out our indoor air quality products and services and be sure to let us know if you have any questions on the best system for your home or would like a consultation appointment with one of our Northern Colorado HVAC service experts.

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Sore Throat from Wildfires? Invest in Indoor Air Quality

Wildfires have always been a problem for Northern Colorado residents, but never quite to the degree that we’ve seen these past few years. In fact, 2020 alone saw a record-setting blaze drape the entire front range in a choking, orange haze. Couple this with the Coronavirus outbreak forcing more of us indoors for longer periods of time, and you have a recipe for very poor indoor air quality.

How Wildfires in the Mountains Impact Your Home’s Air

A few weeks back from this writing, it may have been more difficult to convince Northern Colorado residents of the direct impact fires have on our communities and in the air of our homes, but the recent fire season has likely proven that point for us to some degree.

But just what is going on? Why and how does smoke outside of our homes cause a drop in our indoor air quality?

Fires Create Dangerous Outdoor Air

Here’s where we tell you what you already know: during a wildfire, surrounding areas are likely to have dangerous outdoor air. While that’s not a shocker to local residents, what may come as a surprise is just how much worse the air can get.

Under normal conditions, we enjoy impressively-clean outdoor air when considering the size of the metropolitan area in Northern Colorado.

During a wildfire, however, that can jump dramatically in the other direction.

For example, a normal AQI (Air Quality Index) for Fort Collins is around 20-30. During a nearby wildfire, that number jumped to over 200. As you can imagine, lower is better on this scale. Check out the Colorado Air Quality Report from the Department of Public Health & Education to see today’s conditions, as well as those in recent days.

To put this into perspective, that’s worse than an average day in Dubai, the most polluted city on the planet.

Since our residents are obviously unaccustomed to this level of air pollutants and, in many cases, have not employed solutions against this level of air quality, wildfires can pose a serious health risk.

Some Outdoor Air Will Get In

Despite the massive leap forward we’ve taken in constructing homes with energy-efficient windows, doors, siding, roofing, and more, particles from the outside still find their way into even the most well-constructed homes. While you should try to keep windows and doors closed as much as possible, it is important to recognize that alone will not be enough to keep all outdoor contaminants out.

During a wildfire, this means that your indoor air quality will also drop as a result of the added particles present in the outdoor air.

These particles can cause or irritate the following, even if you remain indoors:

  • Burning eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Illnesses, such as bronchitis
  • Agitate chronic conditions, such as asthma, allergies, and certain heart and lung diseases

Wildfires Have Become More Likely

Colorado climate scientists say that we should expect to see more wildfires like we’ve seen in 2020, according to reporting from Colorado Public Radio. Anecdotal, anyone that’s lived in Northern Colorado for a decade or more can attest that fires have been more likely to start and have burned for longer in recent years than any in memory.

This is likely due to Colorado’s average temperatures rising and the driest parts of the year being even more dry than usual. This recipe creates the perfect conditions for wildfires to start (and continue) across the state.

We’re Spending More Time At Home

Under normal conditions, the top pollutant in most homes would be its residents. Dust from skin and hair combines with chemicals and other contaminants from our possessions to create contaminants that can swirl around in the air for far longer than you’d like to imagine.

Since we’re now spending more time at home than ever amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the indoor air quality of our homes is likely at a lower spot than it normally would be when parents are off at work and children are spending time outdoors or in school.

Couple this together with choking smoke from a wildfire, plus the contaminants in the air entering our homes anyway, and you have a recipe for far worse indoor air than you may have come to expect from your home.

We Can Help

At Lion Home Services, we’re happy to help homeowners increase their home’s indoor air quality with our Whole House High-Efficiency Air Cleaner systems. We use solutions for trapping or eliminating the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in your home to greatly reduce the contaminants in the indoor air.

Check out everything our team has to offer your home and decide if an indoor air quality addition to your home’s existing HVAC could be just the thing to keep your home’s air fresh and clean regardless of what is happening in the world outside.

Find your next indoor air quality solution today!

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Tenant or Landlord? Who Takes Care of HVAC Maintenance?

According to the City of Fort Collins’ Rental and Occupancy study, about 46% of Northern Colorado families are renters — and the demand for more rental homes is still outweighing the supply. Since so many local residents are renting from a landlord or property management company, it is important to ask: who takes care of the furnace?

For Tenants: What You Need to Know About HVAC Maintenance

First, we’ll look at the tenants’ need-to-know items to maintain their home and living situation while still protecting their financial interests and also those of their home’s owner.

1 – Read Your Lease

The best advice for any tenant maintenance question is to first read your lease agreement. If you do not have an active lease agreement with your landlord or property manager, it is critical that you either get one as soon as possible or search for a new place to live.

Your lease is essentially your protection against the claims the property’s owner could use against you. This protection takes the form of outlined agreements made between yourself as the tenant and the landlord or manager on behalf of the owner.

Basically, if your lease says you need to maintain or worry about the lease, then it is your responsibility to understand what that means and ensure that the maintenance gets done; if your lease isn’t clear or obviously states that isn’t necessary for your property (as is the case with some multi-family homes), then you shouldn’t have to worry about HVAC maintenance.

2 – Understand Your Responsibilities

If your lease does indicate that you’re on the hook for some maintenance responsibilities of the HVAC system, it is very important that you understand exactly what those are.

In many cases, this will be limited to regularly changing out the furnace air filter and reporting anything else to the landlord. However, it is possible that regular AC unit or furnace repairs, annual maintenance, or even replacements could ultimately be your responsibility — especially if your normal outlined responsibilities aren’t met.

Talk with your landlord or property manager about your responsibilities and ask questions sooner than later to fully understand the scope of their expectations. It’s best to do this at the time of lease signing, if at all possible.

3 – Get It In Writing

Another great piece of general advice when dealing with your property manager or landlord is to get things in writing and HVAC maintenance expectations are no different.

If possible, get their expectations clearly written out if the lease doesn’t do a satisfactory job. You can email or text them your questions or, for verbal conversations, send an email recap and then save the correspondence in your records for your future reference and protection.

Once you have the routine down, anytime you change the air filter or perform your end of the agreement, be sure to let the landlord know via text or email so that your good-faith effort is well documented.

For Landlords: How to Protect Your HVAC System

As the owner or manager of a rental property, your goals are often aligned with, but different from, that of the tenant. It is in your best interest to ensure that the property generates solid monthly cash flow, which means keeping capital expenditures — such as an untimely furnace replacement — down. We’ll assume you know all about that and talk about the specifics behind setting up systems to protect your investment property’s HVAC.

1 – Know Your Property

Whether you have one investment property or one-hundred, it is critical that you have records and/or knowledge of each property’s HVAC system.

Here are some ways you can keep track of your property’s HVAC:

  1. Keep good records – Most experienced property managers will tell you that the secret to keeping track of your investments is through good record keeping. Keep the manuals to all of your furnace and AC units and store them with your files on the property, at the very least.
  2. Inspect the system regularly – There are multiple ways you can inspect your HVAC systems. You can do routine inspections or visits during tenant occupancy (if your lease allows for this), schedule maintenance inspections with a service expert, and/or look into your units during vacancy periods. We recommend all of the above.
  3. Understand the maintenance needs of your system – Once you fully understand how to maintain the system as if you lived there, you can then set up your tenant’s for success in maintaining the system with you. Until you know how it should work, it’ll be tough to expect that process to happen smoothly.

2 – Make Expectations Clear & Easy to Achieve

Every property manager should have two basic goals: happy tenants (low vacancy) and well-maintained units (low cap-ex). One of the best ways to ensure this is your path is through clear expectations and communication with your tenants.

When building your lease and meeting with your prospective tenants, make your expectations on home maintenance, including the HVAC, known. Structure your lease to support the type of HVAC care you’re hoping for and deliver that clearly to the tenants from day one.

Many local landlords will take this a step further to make things as easy as possible for the tenants. Some things you could try include:

  • Purchasing common maintenance items, such as air filters, in bulk for your tenants to use. Remember, a few air filters is a lot less expensive than a new furnace!
  • Sending your tenants a text or email whenever an air filter needs to be changed or when another maintenance item should be taken care of.
  • Setting up HVAC maintenance plans in advance with the team at Lion Home Services by setting it up yourself or allowing the tenant to book a time that works best for them.

3 – Follow Through

The relationship between tenant and landlord is one that should be built first and foremost on a foundation of trust and mutual respect for the care of the property. They want to live in a clean, safe place and you want happy tenants with well-maintained units.

At the end of the day, the property is ultimately the responsibility of the owner or manager. It is your job to ensure that your tenants follow through on their end of the bargain and that the system is cared for, easy to maintain, and works well for your tenants. As a health and safety item, heating is not an optional fixture in Northern Colorado units, which absolutely makes it your job to ensure that the system works at all times.

If you’d like to take some of the questioning and guesswork out of the equation, you can entrust regular care and maintenance of your furnace, air conditioning, and ventilation systems to the team at Lion Home Services.

Contact us to learn more or schedule a consultation today!

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6 Important Reasons to Consider HVAC When Renovating

Improving your home is one of the best feelings available to homeowners. Here in Northern Colorado, where property values seem to only surge upward, a renovation to improve your property can also pay exponential dividends down the line or save you from the hassle of upgrading your home prematurely.

It’s no surprise that many local homeowners choose to renovate their homes at some point. With all-time-low interest rates driving more mortgage refinancing-based home improvement projects than ever, now is a great time to consider a renovation.

If this sounds like you, just be sure to remember these 6 critical aspects surrounding your home’s HVAC amidst the project.

1 – Added Square Footage May Require Extra HVAC

Perhaps the most obvious and important aspect HVAC plays in renovations surrounds an addition to the home. After all, very few homeowners will want to add square footage to their homes in this part of the country without heating and cooling factored in. If you want to add the most value per new square footage to your home, it is almost a must to include new HVAC in the plans.

This could mean upgrading your current system by adding extra furnace or air conditioning units at the most, expanding ductwork to the new area at the least, and just about everything in between based on the scope of your HVAC system and the renovation project.

If you’re adding any square footage to your home, get in touch with the pros at Lion early to have an expert opinion on the requirements for heating, cooling, and ventilation that will pass inspection and create a great project from day one.

2 – Opening Walls Opens Up Opportunities

From the very first day of demolition work, you’ll likely find surprising things in your home’s walls. It’s not uncommon for contractors and DIY renovators alike to find “surprises” in the walls that could require re-routing or the need address in some other fashion.

In any case, finding something in a wall you didn’t expect during a renovation typically amounts to dollars lost.

However, there’s an incredible opportunity available here as well. This could be the perfect chance to upgrade your home’s ductwork or add-in that extra power outlet near the couch that you’ll be so glad you thought of ahead of time, to name a few.

Additionally, many Northern Colorado homes feature older baseboard or boiler-based heating systems, and a renovation grants the perfect chance to change that out for a central heating and cooling system, which many local homeowners prefer.

Rather than looking at your renovation as the path of least resistance to your initial vision, try to imagine the home you want to live in day-in and day-out and take this opportunity with open access to your home’s structural elements to make that happen!

3 – Consider Replacing Furnace or AC Units

There are very few times that are more convenient to consider upgrading that old furnace or AC unit than when you renovate or remodel your home. Even if your system will not need any upgraded output potential for new square footage, starting your new living space off fresh with a brand-new system may be worth considering.

Scheduling our furnace or air conditioning installation team to come in at the ideal time during your renovation means that you’ll have one less thing to worry about after the renovation concludes.

Additionally, if you’re using low-rate mortgage refinancing to access your home’s equity to fund your project, as many Northern Colorado families are these days, then seizing the chance to start with a new, warrantied furnace and air conditioning unit for your home protects you from unexpected repairs or replacements after the renovation.

4 – Check and Change Air Filters Often — Really Often

Even a minor home renovation — a live-through renovation, for instance — kicks up a ton of dust and debris that your HVAC system is simply not used to or built for taking in. One key place to keep a close eye on anytime your HVAC system runs during or after your renovation is your furnace’s air filter.

You’ll likely notice an immediate difference the first time you check your air filter during the renovation. If your system is running, it is likely that you’ll see thick layers of drywall dust, particles of debris, sawdust, and other unusual contaminants evident on your filters.

Any blockage of a furnace filter can cause your system to overwork, your air quality to go down, and a host of other, potentially expensive, damages. Expect to check your filter every couple of days during and after a renovation and keep a hefty stockpile of clean filters ready to swap out as your system pulls in and works through the dust and debris in your home.

5 – As the Dust Settles, Get the Ducts Cleaned

While duct cleaning is a relatively rare event for most homeowners — often ranging from every 2-4 years based on your living situation — a post-renovation home should get duct cleaning performed almost immediately after construction finishes.

As mentioned above, your air intake vents will collect a ton of dust and debris from your home’s renovation, even if the system isn’t engaged at all until after the renovation concludes.

The fine particles created from cutting, moving, and placing the building elements used in your project creates a unique challenge for your home’s ventilation. You’ll see evidence of this throughout the home: thick layers of dust atop door frames; a white powdery substance on winter coats; ceiling fans that let off a cloud when engaged; etc.

Just imagine how much dust accumulates in your forced-air ventilation system as the air cycles through your home. A single renovation can more than outweigh years of normal wear-and-tear on your ventilation system, especially if left uncleaned long afterward.

With a single duct cleaning from Lion Home Services, your ventilation system will run at full strength and remove the undue burden on your home’s furnace and AC.

6 – Set Up a Maintenance Plan

You’ll continue to see heavy, unusual dust in your furnace filters for quite a while after the construction is over. Rather than worrying about what toll that may be taking on your home’s HVAC systems, it’s best to set up a maintenance plan early and in advance to ensure your home’s furnace, air conditioning, and ventilation are not getting their lifespans cut short as a result of your project.

Trust the team at Lion Home Services to analyze and maintain your home’s HVAC after the renovation. We want you to enjoy your newly-improved home with safe, energy-efficient heating and cooling for years to come!

Contact us to discuss your home’s ideal maintenance plan today!

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Why Electrical Work Is Never a DIY Job

Whether a wall socket is shorting out or you think your whole house is in need of rewiring, correcting the situation isn’t a task you should take on by yourself. In fact, even asking your usually competent friends or relatives to help is a bad idea. It’s best to call up an electrician to schedule an appointment so that the work will be handled in a safe and efficient manner.

Serious Dangers

In order to avoid a potential injury or fatality, hiring a professional is a necessity. Working with electricity is quite dangerous. Even if you think you have shut off the electrical flow to a particular fixture or area, you might be mistaken. By turning to the pros at Lion Home Service, you can trust that the work will be performed properly with the necessary safety precautions.

Faulty Fixes

Even if you do manage to perform the task at hand without sustaining any personal harm, you might complete the job incorrectly. A faulty electrical job doesn’t just mean that your kitchen light will fail to function. Improper electrical work could lead to devastating consequences such as a fire in your home. Professional electricians can complete the job in a manner that ensures accuracy and efficiency. Furthermore, electrical work must comply with your local building code. You probably don’t know what the current code in your vicinity requires or how to meet its standards.

Time and Money

You might think that attempting the work on your own will save you time and money, but you can actually waste more of both in the long term. If you waste time doing the job incorrectly or money buying components that are unnecessary or inadequate, you will still have to call in a professional to complete the job properly. The more effective solution is to simply hire a professional electrician from the start.

Lion Home Service in Fort Collins is available to help you with your full range of electrical issues and needs. You can also rely on us for heating and cooling installation, repair or maintenance, duct cleaning and sealing, hot water heater replacement, blown insulation, radon testing and drain repairs. Call us today to discuss your needs.

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How Candles Impact Indoor Air Quality

Ideally, the air that you breathe in your home will be clean and fresh. However, there are many things that people do that can make it harder to achieve this goal. Burning candles indoors is one such culprit that can impact your indoor air quality.

Paraffin Candles May Cause Health Problems

Any portion of a paraffin candle that has been burned will turn into soot that may be released into the air. In small quantities, you may not notice any negative impact on your health. However, if you regularly burn such candles indoors, it might result in a higher risk of cancer or other health problems. Those who have asthma or COPD may find it harder to breathe when a candle is burning.

Candles Can Release Smoke Into the Air

Regardless of what a candle is made from, it can release smoke into the air that may be difficult for some to breathe. The smell of smoke can linger in the air for hours or days after a candle has burned. In addition to making air quality worse, smoke can cause damage to furniture or other surfaces. If you’re concerned about the air quality in your house, Lion Home Service in Fort Collins can help. We can do duct cleanings and inspect all HVAC components to ensure that they’re not circulating dirty air around your house.

Scented Candles Can Create Strong Odors

Even if you aren’t bothered by smoke or the presence of other potentially harmful particles in the air, scented candles can create strong odors that may be hard to handle. In some cases, you could be dealing with the scent of vanilla or lilacs long after the candle has burned. This can be problematic for those who have sensitive noses or are allergic to certain scents.

If you’re struggling to breathe in your own home, call Lion Home Service in Fort Collins today for help. In addition to heating and cooling services, we can install boilers or help with any electrical problems that your house may experience.

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Signs of a Failing Water Heater

From showering to running the dishwasher, you rely on your water heater multiple times throughout the day. Most water heaters last for 10 to 15 years. If you’re not sure how old your system is or it’s been a long time since you scheduled service, you may be at risk for water heater failure. You may not realize that your water heater is going bad until hot water quits coming out of the tap. However, you don’t have to wait until you’re stuck in the cold to know when it’s time to call in a professional. Here are a few signs to watch for that could indicate that you have a failing water heater.

Moisture Around the Water Heater

A tell-tale sign of a water heater problem is moisture around the tank. If you notice even small puddles around your water heater, it could be a sign that it’s time to invest in a replacement. Slow drips and leaks can quickly escalate, which could put your home at risk of significant water damage.

Unusual Noises

You can expect a little noise coming from your water heater, but you should never hear loud banging or popping sounds. These unusual noises often come from mineral deposits that have built up in the water heater and are causing the appliance to overheat. As long as the tank hasn’t begun to leak, a thorough flush and cleaning of the water heater may be all that’s needed to keep it working.

Fluctuating Temperatures

If it takes a long time for your water to heat or your shower quickly turns lukewarm, it could be an indication of sediment buildup within your water heater. As more sediment builds up over time, the greater the risk that your water heater will fail. The harder your tank has to work to produce hot water, the more costly it will be to operate, too.

Schedule Service Today

It’s unnecessary to wait for a potential minor problem to become a major issue. Homeowners in the Fort Collins area can depend on the experts at Lion Home Service for top-quality water heater, heating, and cooling services. We also do duct cleaning, duct sealing, insulation services and radon testing. Schedule an appointment today.

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Reducing Air Pollution in Your Home

At Lion Home Service, we understand how dangerous it can be to have high levels of air pollution in your home. There are many sources of air pollution that can be minimized to improve the quality of the air that you’re breathing. You can also take steps to remove pollutants from your air once they have entered your home.

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollution can come from a variety of sources and cause health issues. Whether you’re worried about asthma getting worse or getting sick from bacteria or viruses, keeping air contaminants out of your home is important.

Harmful pollution can come from:

  • Cleaning products
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Fireplaces
  • Smoking

Contaminants can get into your HVAC system and circulate throughout your building and degrade the air in a building. Indoor air pollution tends to be worse in the winter when windows and doors are closed and air circulation is minimized.

Steps to Minimize Exposure

Here are a couple of ways that you could minimize your personal exposure to harmful pollutants.

Maintain Your HVAC System: Keeping your air filters clean can keep dirt from getting dislodged and entering the air stream. You can also have a professional install an air purifier in your home to clean the air.

Ventilate Your Home: Keeping windows and doors open whenever possible will allow fresh air in your home and prevent the buildup of harmful chemicals or particles in the air. In the winter, open a window whenever it’s warm enough to encourage airflow in your home.

Our Trusted Indoor Air Quality Services

At Lion Home Service, we’re proud to offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee on all of our services. We’re fast and reliable, and we care about the well-being of all of our customers. Our service experts are highly experienced and friendly.

Call us at Lion Home Service today to see how we can help you reduce air pollutants in your Fort Collins, CO, home. Call us for other services, too. We offer heating, cooling, duct cleaning, electrical, insulation, and drain repair services.

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Benefits of Product Warranties

Most heating and cooling products on the market are sold with a manufacturer’s warranty. Warranties will often vary between makes and even equipment models. Often, a warranty will reflect the MSRP, but one warranty can be better than another at a similar price. This is why industry experts strongly advise consumers to shop around when it comes to HVAC warranties and find the one that best suits them.

Peace of Mind

At Lion Home Service, we offer a full range of cooling and heating services to homeowners throughout Fort Collins and the surrounding areas. When it comes to product warranties, we often talk to our customers about peace of mind. An air conditioner, furnace or heat pump is an investment that should last at least 10 to 15 years. If you want to have confidence in the life expectancy of the product, a manufacturer’s warranty is an important aspect of the purchase.

Lower Costs Over the Long Term

Finding the right warranty can lower your costs in the short term and over the long haul. If repair is required beyond basic maintenance, your guarantee could cover some or all of the parts and supplies required and even the labor costs in some cases.

Resale Value

Warranties often give you options such as extending the protection to better safeguard yourself for more of the product’s lifespan. These guarantees are often transferrable in whole or in part, and you can often pay to make even more of the protection transferable. This is important in cases where you may sell your home within the next 15 years because it increases the resale value of the property.

Find the Right Warranty

If you’re considering new HVAC equipment and want to find the ideal warranty for you and your home, Lion Home Service would love to help you do that. In addition to HVAC equipment, we can also assist with warranties and services related to home electrical systems and water heaters. We also install insulation, perform radon testing and repair drains. Call us today to learn more about our many services.

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What Is Recessed Lighting?

Recessed lighting is a term you often hear on home improvement or real estate shows. It’s any type of light installed directly in a surface. We usually see recessed lighting in ceilings, but they can also be in walls or the underside of cabinets.

The Components

There are three main parts of a recessed lighting system. First, there’s the housing. This is the main part of the fixture that contains all of the wiring elements. Second, there’s the trim. This part is visible, so there are design considerations to take into account. Finally, there’s the bulb.

Your Options

There are many different types of recessed lighting, and you’ll need to find ones that work well given your space. If you could use some help, the electricians at Lion Home Service in Fort Collins would be happy to offer our recommendations after checking out your layout, learning about your style preferences, and discussing the potential budget.

In terms of housing, you’ll need to use something appropriate and safe. For example, when insulation is present, you have to install a certain type of light so that overheating isn’t a concern. Also, outdoor lights need to be rated for wet locations. The positioning and thickness of housing are other important factors.

There are a variety of trims available. Baffles can soften things up and reduce glare, reflectors can direct light downward, and wall wash trims can send light to one side. If you think you’ll be making changes to the light’s direction, go for adjustable trims. Finally, lensed trims have covers that can protect interior components from moisture; these would be ideal for bathrooms or outdoor patios.

For bulbs, the new trend is to use LEDs because of their efficiency and brightness. At Lion Home Service, we can install these for you or present you with other options.

A Reputable Business

At Lion Home Service in Fort Collins, we’ve built our company from the ground up. We’re focused on keeping our customers satisfied and proud to offer discounts for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. In addition to working with heating and cooling systems, we offer services related to electrical systems, radon mitigators, and water heaters. Give us a call today to schedule a service.