Furnace Capacity: Understanding the Heating Power of Your Furnace

Does your furnace capacity have what it takes to keep you warm this winter? While indoor comfort in cold weather is dependent upon several factors including outdoor temperature, furnace capacity is the biggest key in determining whether your household will be warm and energy-efficient all winter long. The capacity of a furnace refers to the amount of heat it produces (measured in BTUs), varies by [...]

What to Know about Furnace Preventative Maintenance

Fall is the season to think about furnace preventative maintenance. Don’t risk a major heating outage during the worst cold spell later this winter — that’s the time when a poorly maintained furnace is most likely to fail completely. Furnace preventative maintenance lowers operating costs due to improved energy efficiency, as well as delivering more effective heating performance. Because a g [...]

Dirty Jobs: Tips to Avoid Sewer Clogs

If you need any more reasons to avoid sewer clogs, consider this fact: most standard homeowner’s insurance policies specifically exclude coverage for damage and cleanup if raw sewage backs up into your home due to a clog. The homeowner gets stuck with the entire bill. According to the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, sewage backups are increasing at a rate of 3 percent annually — mostly [...]

Closing Air Vents: Energy Saving Fact or Fiction?

Closing air vents in unoccupied rooms to save money sounds like a no-brainer. The theory is that simply shutting vents in empty rooms during winter makes your furnace run less and thus reduces monthly heating costs. Like many theories that sound too good to be true, however, the scientific facts say otherwise. Closing air vents can actually reduce energy efficiency as well as disrupt the proper di [...]

Cracked Toilet: Can it Be Saved?

Is there any hope for a cracked toilet? If there is, does it make financial sense to attempt to fix it versus upgrading to a new model? Toilets can crack for a variety of reasons — sometimes there’s not even an obvious cause. The degree to which a cracked toilet is repairable largely depends on where the crack is located and how much time and trouble you’re willing to expend getting it done. [...]

Installing Light Fixtures: When You Need a Pro

Are installing light fixtures a DIY project or something better left to a qualified pro? In certain circumstances, simply replacing an existing fixture with another of the exact same type and wiring is doable yourself if you’re handy and follow basic electrical safety rules. In other cases, however, a trained professional is the better choice for installing light fixtures when certain variables [...]

Preventing Damage to Your Electrical System from Rodents

One of the frequent calls we get for electrical services in Cincinnati is for problems stemming from rodent electrical damage. Rats, mice and squirrels like to munch on electrical wiring routed through attics and inside wall voids. Experiments to formulate wire insulation that was distasteful to rodents have been largely unsuccessful. Therefore, most experts believe it’s not because rodents like [...]

Is it Safe to Snake My Own Drain?

If you need drain clearing and cleaning in Cincinnati, maybe you’re considering doing it yourself, instead. Of course, utilizing caustic drain chemicals is a bad idea; while dissolving a clog, these corrosive substances can also permanently damage household plumbing. The common drain snake is another method of opening a clogged drain. Whether it’s right for you — or whether calling in profes [...]

3 Ways to Avoid Sewer Clogs (And the Messy Aftermath!)

Anything you can do to avoid sewer clogs is easier and more pleasant than cleanup after one happens. Few plumbing problems are more disruptive to normal household life than a blocked sewer. It can also be a major cause of property damage as well as a health issue — raw sewage is a biohazard and professional treatment may be required to decontaminate the premises and restore a safe indoor environ [...]

Proper Attic Ventilation is Essential in the Summer Months

Maintaining proper attic ventilation is a year-round issue, but it’s particularly important during the summer months. Solar energy radiating through your roof accumulates inside an enclosed attic, causing temperatures to soar as high as 150 degrees on an Ohio summer day. The attic often remains excessively hot well into the night, even after the outside air has cooled. This continuous reservoir [...]

Add a Home Dehumidifier to Stay Cool this Summer

One of the ways to help stay cool in a hot Ohio summer is choosing a home dehumidifier. Moist, humid air holds heat energy very efficiently and thus feels warmer. Dry air, on the other hand, doesn’t hold heat well, so the indoor environment feels cooler. That’s probably why the first A/C developed in 1902 by Willis Carrier was called an “air conditioner” — not simply an air cooler. It wa [...]

What is a Pinhole Leak?

How does a tiny pinhole leak turn into a big plumbing problem? Pinholes may leak continuously or dribble intermittently, apparently sealing themselves only to begin leaking again later. What’s most important about pinhole leaks is not what you see, but what you don’t see. Very often, pinhole leaks in a water supply line are external evidence of much more extensive internal deterioration. No le [...]

Common Injuries from DIY Electrical Work

Professionals who provide electrical services in Cincinnati are trained and certified in proper procedures. Safety is a big part of that training. While taking on do-it-yourself household projects like painting or carpentry can save money and increase your skills, the fact is most electrical work doesn’t belong in the DIY category because of the considerable safety risks. Leaving electrical serv [...]

Common Signs of an Electrical System Malfunction

Is your home telling you that you need electrical services in Cincinnati? Electrical components such as wiring, switches and power panels incur wear and tear over time, just like plumbing or any other system in your home. At some point, malfunctions result and require professional electrical services in Cincinnati. Because safety is a crucial issue with electricity, signs that electrical system ma [...]

Summer Safety: Watch Out for Downed Lines after a Storm

Promoting safety is an important part of the electrical services in Cincinnati provided by Apollo Heating, Cooling, Electric and Plumbing. In summer, the danger from power lines downed by a storm or other causes is real. People are out and about more in warm conditions. Meanwhile, pleasant summer weather can rapidly turn severe with heavy rains and wind, as well as lightning. All these factors ma [...]

Toilet Maintenance: Checking for Signs of Trouble

Are you seeing signs that you might need toilet repair in Cincinnati? Toilets generally aren’t a source of major malfunctions unless they become clogged. More minor toilet problems are usually related to water waste and annoyance. In fact, a toilet that “runs” continuously or intermittently is more than an irritation: it can consume as much as 4,000 gallons of water a year. A toilet incorpo [...]

Using Ceiling Fans to Keep Cool in the Summer

Using ceiling fans can give your air conditioner a helping hand this summer, in addition to lowering your cooling costs. For the average American home, the ideal perceived indoor temperature should be somewhere around 75 degrees. There are two ways to reach that desired comfort level: You can keep turning your thermostat down until the actual air temperature matches that reading, meanwhile raising [...]

What is a NATE Certified Technician (And Why You Should Care)

Is the person who comes to your home to perform HVAC installation, maintenance or repair a NATE certified technician? It’s important to ask before you schedule a service call with any HVAC contractor. Today’s cooling and heating systems incorporate complex technology that requires trained, certified field technicians. The published energy-efficiency and performance specifications of air condit [...]

3 Ways to Prevent a Clogged Drain in the Bathroom

The most effective technique for a clogged drain is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Bathroom drain clogs don’t happen out of the blue. In fact, they’re a very predictable result of daily events that eventually create a clog that requires a service call from a qualified professional plumber. Because the bathroom incorporates some of the most utilized plumbing fixtures in the ho [...]

Why You Might Need to Replace Your Air Filter More Often in the Summer

HVAC air filter replacement is important no matter what the season. There’s no more vital upkeep you can perform on your heating or cooling system than regular filter maintenance. It’s an easy DIY procedure that only takes a few moments. If your heating or cooling system is running on a daily basis, the filter should be checked and changed according to a regular schedule. Generally speaking, t [...]