Make the Smart Choice – Install a New Thermostat!

July 15, 2017

Summer is a good time to start making some changes that will increase the energy efficiency of your Ohio home. With a large portion of your energy budget going to heating and cooling, every little bit of savings helps. One of the easiest ways to do that is to install a programmable thermostat in your home. Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature according to your schedule. In this case, you can keep the house warmer during the day when you’re at work and cooler in the morning and evening when you’re home.  If you’re ready for the next step for your home, consider a smart thermostat installation. Smart thermostats are synced to an online account that allows you to access the system through a computer or your smartphone. You can still create a temperature schedule for regular everyday use, but this access allows you to make changes instantly. Say, for example, your child becomes sick at school. Before you leave the office you can override the temperature schedule ensuring the house is comfortable when you and your child arrive home. Unlike regular programmable thermostats, smart thermostats collect data on your energy use, which can help you make even more changes...

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Installing a New AC in Your Dayton Home

June 16, 2017

If you’re in need of Dayton AC Installation, Butler Heating and Air Conditioning has the solution for you! We know that it’s a big decision and a big investment to purchase a new air conditioning system. We’ll walk you through every step of the process to ensure you get the very best results. One of the first steps that should be taken when getting a new cooling system, is determining the size required. The square footage and the level of insulation and efficiency of your home will be considered. Once you know the recommended size system for your space, the next step is to start looking at units that are in your price range. Next, we need to consider the level of energy efficiency you would like to achieve with your new system. The more energy efficient it is, the more it will likely cost upfront and the more it will save you every month on cooling bills. Often, the additional upfront cost of a more efficient system is balanced out by the reduction in monthly energy costs. We at Butler Heating & AC want you to feel comfortable with the decision you make for your home, and that’s why we’ll...

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5 Summer Preparation Tips for Your Dayton AC

May 14, 2017

Summertime is near in Dayton, and the weather is set to warm up. Are you ready for those sunny days ahead of you? Your AC unit is going to be working overtime to keep you cool but it’s important that you make sure it’s running smoothly. Preparing for summer can make your air conditioning service experience much more pleasant and it’s pretty easy too. At , our top priority is your experience with your air conditioning unit and make sure you’re ready for a summer. We believe proper Miami Valley air conditioning service is key in keeping your home comfortable. Below are 5 ways you can make sure your AC works to the best of its ability this summer. The first thing you can do to make sure your AC unit is in peak condition is to replace your air filters. Over time, filters can start to collect dust and grime which will lead to decreased airflow. Regular air filter replacements are a great way to make sure your Dayton air conditioning unit lasts longer and works better. Another tip is to keep your evaporator and condenser coils clean. After a period of time, dirt can start to overrun your...

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Preparing Your Tool Box: 14 Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own

April 14, 2017

With the right set of tools, any homeowner can be ready for almost anything life throws their way. Regardless of whether or not you’re handy when it comes to building or repair, having a set of basic tools will help ensure that you’re ready for the basic upkeep that is required of every homeowner. If you’re a first time homeowner and are looking for a list of essential tools, this is a comprehensive list that will help save you time and money with basic housework and furniture assembly. Essential tools that all homeowners should have Claw Hammer – From a simple nail in the wall to hang a picture to major renovations, the claw hammer is an absolute must for all homeowners. Almost every project requires a hammer to some extent and thus no toolbox is complete without a claw hammer. Screwdriver Set – As screws come in all shapes and sizes, it helps to have a set of screwdrivers that is ready for any job. Make sure to get a set of tiny screwdrivers for devices such as remotes and smoke detectors. A set will also include your standard phillips head screwdriver as well as a flathead screwdriver so...

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Become a Home Improvement Expert by Reading These 5 Blogs

March 15, 2017

Looking for inspiration for your next home improvement project as well as solid DIY advice? It’s hard to sift through all the options that pop up when you do a simple web search for “home improvement,” so we’ve put together a list of the very best and most informative home improvement blogs online today. Top Home Improvement Blogs The home improvement blogs below will help you arm yourself with the right knowledge and tools to start fixing up your home. From garden advice to living room makeovers to total home renovations, these blogs have got all your home improvement needs covered.   One Project Closer This blog is run by a group of talented people who are all equally passionate about home improvement. What they all bring to the table is somewhat different, but blends together to create a comprehensive home improvement info hub. This site seriously has anything and everything you could ever need if you are looking to take on a home improvement project. There are project guides (think bathroom, flooring, lawn, and plumbing), an entire section dedicated to tools that is organized by brand, a section featuring coupons from stores like Lowe’s, Sears, and Home Depot, and...

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5 Fun Hobbies That Will Make You Better at DIY

February 27, 2017

Do you love to DIY? Do-it-yourself culture is taking over the U.S., and many homeowners find that DIY home improvement projects are not only a great way to save money but also give their home a personal touch. There are a few ways that you can hone your skills to become better at DIY home improvement projects. One of those ways is to pick up a hobby that allows you to learn and practice skills that lend well to home improvement. Below, we’ll discuss just a few fun hobbies that you can start learning today to take your DIY projects to the next level. Hobbies to Help You Master DIY Want to become better at DIY home projects, but not sure where to start? You can try out some of these fun hobbies that can give you an upper hand while working on various projects around your home: If you love learning new things about home improvement, home maintenance, DIY, HVAC, and just general home repair, be sure to check back on our blog regularly. Each month, we update it with new articles with helpful tips and tricks for rocking your home improvement projects.

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The Best Home Improvement Tips from Butler Heating and Air Conditioning

January 15, 2017

Since 1949, Butler Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and families in Dayton and the Miami Valley area get comfortable. Along the way, we have learned some of the best tips for home improvement and HVAC maintenance. This month, we have reached deep back into our blog archives to bring you some of our best home improvement advice for Ohio homeowners. Top Home Improvement Tips for Dayton Homeowners Love taking on home improvement projects? Use the tips below to help keep your home safe and comfortable year-round: Know when to call in a professional. No matter how handy you may be, there are some home improvement projects that require a professional contractor. If you do not have the experience, knowledge, or skill set to take on certain projects, you may end up doing more harm than good in the end. Not to mention, the cleanup could be costly! Our post, Home Improvement Projects That Require a Pro will help you better understand which projects you should call in a professional to help with. Share this post with a friend who loves to DIY. Keep up with home HVAC maintenance Your HVAC system works hard to keep you comfortable...

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Why You Need a Home Repair Budget for the New Year

December 14, 2016

2017 is just around the corner! Though your home may be one of the last things on your mind as you begin to make New Year’s resolutions and plan for the year ahead, it’s important to create a home repair budget. Developing a budget just for home repairs and maintenance will help you maintain a safe and comfortable environment for your family year-round. Why You Need a Home Repair Budget for the New Year What would you do if your heater or AC died today? Most homeowners who have not prepared for repairs such as these may find themselves stuck in an uncomfortable situation. Every homeowner should take some time each year to plan and create a budget for any home maintenance or repairs that will need to be completed in the new year. This helps homeowners start the year on the right foot. Much like any other budget, a home repair budget helps you better manage your money throughout the year so that you can take care of home improvement projects that need to be completed. Whether you need to replace your roof, fix the electrical system, or remodel your kitchen, a home maintenance and repair budget can help...

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Why Fall is an Important Season for HVAC

November 5, 2016

Is your current HVAC unit old or unreliable? Have you been putting off necessary repairs on your heating system? There is no better time than now to schedule a service visit with an HVAC technician from Butler Heating and Air Conditioning. Fall is an important season for your HVAC system because your air conditioner has worked hard all summer and is about to work hard again to keep your home comfortable during the winter. To avoid any surprise breakdowns when you need your heater most, homeowners should have their HVAC unit inspected and repaired while the weather is more mild in the fall. Fall HVAC Checklist Here are some things that homeowners should do in the fall to ensure that their home comfort system will last through next fall: Schedule your annual HVAC system tune-up with a technician to ensure that your system is clean and running smoothly. Turn on your heater to make sure it’s working properly, and call an HVAC tech if you notice any issues such as loud noises or burning smells. Make an appointment for necessary repairs as soon as possible to avoid wasting energy or causing further damage to your system. If you have been...

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How to Diagnose HVAC Problems

October 19, 2016

If you’re having an issue with your heating or cooling system, there are some things you as a homeowner can do before deciding whether to call in a professional. Check the Breakers The first step is to check the power. Locate the fuse box and examine the breakers. Look to see if any of them are flipped in a different direction than the rest. Both the furnace and air-conditioning unit should have independent breakers that are (hopefully) labeled. If the breakers look normal, flip the switch for whichever unit is not working properly. Wait about 10 seconds before turning it back on. If you’ve got fuses instead, switch off the main power to the box and replace any blown or burnt fuses. Check the Thermostat If that does not solve the problem, check the power to the thermostat. Most models receive power from your home’s electricity, but some rely on batteries. Switch the batteries if you can. If there is still no power, it may be the cause of the issue. It Could Be the Filters It’s also important to check the filters. If they’re clogged, broken, or incorrectly sized, they could restrict airflow. This puts extra stress on the...

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