Groundhog Day – 6 More Weeks of Furnace or Time to Kick on the AC?

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Cincinnati may not be Punxsutawney, but we still wait on “Phil” to let us know if we’ll see a warm-up or stay cool. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Either way, this is a good time to set up an HVAC maintenance plan for your systems.  

Regardless of whether you’ll need your AC or your furnace more, Apollo Home provides you peace of mind by focusing on the health, comfort, safety and efficiency of your home with an HVAC maintenance plan for your needs. We take a proactive approach to maintaining your home because properly maintained equipment operates safely and at maximum efficiency, saving you money on utility costs and extending the life of your systems.

A typical maintenance inspection includes:

  • Checking the thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable while you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • Tightening all electrical connections and measuring voltage and current on motors, as faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
  • Lubricating all moving parts because parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.  
  • Inspecting the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). When a drain gets clogged up it can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.  
  • Checking controls of your system to ensure proper and safe operation.
  • Finally, checking the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates and shuts off properly.

When you look at it, there really is a lot of tasks best left up to the professionals.  The Apollo Care Plan guarantees your home is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way and provides the peace of mind that your HVAC system will run properly and efficiently. The Apollo Care Plan includes two maintenance visits, one for heating and one for cooling, as well as a plumbing evaluation, electrical evaluation, priority service, discounted trip charge and discount on any repairs needed. Properly maintained equipment will operate safely and at maximum efficiency saving you on utility costs and extending the life of your systems.

Apollo Home has been helping homeowners find the best solutions to their heating and cooling needs in Greater Cincinnati for more than 100 years, whether it’s repairing  furnaces or air conditioners or improving indoor air quality (IAQ). Our trained and insured technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year! Schedule your Apollo Home HVAC maintenance plan today by calling (513) 268-8400!

"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.



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