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Grogg’s donated, installed AC and Furnace at House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Grogg’s donated and installed new heating and air conditioning systems Friday at House to Home.

“We haven’t had air conditioning this year,” said Jessy Towner, director of operations at House to Home on Eighth Street in Parkersburg. “It was 91 degrees inside the house the other day. It was miserable.”

The home serves 40-45 people daily, most coming from evening shelters such as the Salvation Army and the Latrobe Street Mission. This week the home has averaged about 50 people checking in, and as more people come into the house and use laundry and shower facilities, the temperature rises.

“The numbers have not gone down,” she said. Towner and other employees brought in fans to help circulate air, but officials were working to find a more permanent solution. Replacements and repairs were estimated at several thousand dollars, Towner said.

“We have to do what we have to do,” she said.

In 2014, Grogg’s donated and installed a new coil in the house’s air conditioning system. Grogg’s owner Tim Hanlon said Friday the old air conditioning unit was now “beyond repair,” and when he spoke to Towner about purchasing a new system, he and his wife and co-owner Carma Hanlon decided to donate the units instead.

Tim Hanlon said by installing a new system, House to Home would have a 10-year warranty on parts and maintenance.

“That’ll save them some money in their budget,” he said.

The new units were installed Friday, and Tim Hanlon said there was no cost to House to Home for the units or installation.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said. “We’ve had a string of good years. It’s a way to give back to those less fortunate than us.”

Credit: Michael Erb, Reporter, News and Sentinel merb@newsandsentinel.com

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In 1996, Tim Hanlon and his wife, Carma, took a leap of faith in purchasing Grogg’s Home Services, a heating-and-air-conditioning business founded by her father, Leon Grogg. Operating first out of their home, Tim learned the trade while working a second job, and Carma juggled phone calls and scheduling with raising their children. They dispatched service calls from their kitchen, and on one occasion, the neighbor’s dog stole a pair of their employee’s work boots off the porch. “He had to get to the job, so I gave him $50 to buy a pair of boots on his way to the customer’s house,” Tim recalls. Their hard work and philosophy of exceeding expectations have made Grogg’s Home Services a success.

The company has been online since 2006. While Tim admits he resisted technology at first, “eventually, I became the driving force behind totally getting out of the yellow pages,” he shares. Today AdWords, Google’s advertising program, accounts for 80 percent of their online sales, according to Director of Finance and IT Adam McDowell. They use insights from Google Analytics to optimize their ad campaigns, improve web traffic, and keep customers engaged. The Internet has allowed the company to expand their service area from West Virginia into Ohio, and informs customers about new service offerings. “Online advertising has helped us reach further than what typical print media will allow us to reach,” says Adam. “And having that online presence to say we now provide these other services has been huge.”

Grogg’s Home Services has long since outgrown the Hanlons’ kitchen, adding a Clarksburg branch to their location in Parkersburg. They service nearly 10,000 customers a year, and have expanded into electrical, plumbing, and other services. Despite their growth, Adam says, “Grogg’s is still very much a family environment.” They offer extensive training—75 to 100 hours a year—to their employees. “We invest in them because we want them to stay here, and to have the tools they need to be successful,” he explains. They also give back to the community by donating to charities and supporting local families in need. “We always try to do the right thing, even if it costs us money to do so,” Tim says, which has earned Grogg’s a reputation for providing reliable, quality service, and for doing right by customers and employees alike.

Winterize Your Home

Here are some winter home preparation tips that could prevent a plumbing disaster when the temperatures start plummeting.

1. Remove all your garden hoses from spigots and store away
2. Shut off water to outside spigots where possible
3. Close crawl space foundation vents
4. Seal air leaks at the perimeter of your home
5. Check the condition of your insulation and weather-stripping
6. Check the condition of all pipe insulation
7. Plug in your heat tape and make sure it is functional

This list is by no means all-inclusive but it is a great place to start. Also, test all Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors. Replace their batteries and remember that if the detector is older than five years, chances are you need to throw it away and get yourself a new one.

Ceiling Fans

During the summer months a ceiling fan should be blowing straight down (blades turning counter-clockwise) to help cool you off via a wind chill effect. Fan speed should be on medium or high.

During the winter months the fan speed should be set to low and reversed (blades turning clockwise) to help draw room air up towards the ceiling and force the warm air out and down.

A ceiling fan is just like a light, it won’t do you much good if you are not in the room so make sure you turn it off if you are leaving the room for any length of time.

Excess Humidity

Moisture and excess humidity in your home can cause irreversible damage to your home, and even worse may put your health at risk. We have a solution! Our dehumidifier will drastically outperform the ones you buy in the store. On average ours removes 2 ½ more gallons of water per day than the average portable. When you control the humidity in your home you will feel cooler allowing you to raise the temperature inside your home by a degree or two which can save you money on the electric bill as well.

 One of the best things you can do for your and your home’s health is to control the indoor humidity.

A/C Efficiency

The performance of the air conditioner depends on efficient outdoor heat dispersal, which relies upon adequate air circulation into and out of the condenser coil. Nearby walls, fences or vegetation may interfere with the free flow of air into the unit. Decks or other overhanging structures above the unit may hinder the dispersal of exhausted air. These can degrade the air conditioner’s performance and efficiency and even affect its service life. Allow 1 to 3 feet of open horizontal space next to intake grilles of the outdoor unit to allow optimum air intake. To avoid excessive heat buildup inside the condenser coil and ensure proper heat dispersal, leave 4 to 6 feet of vertical clearance above the unit.

Stay Comfortable this Summer

The top things you can do in this hot weather to help your air conditioner keep you comfortable. (In no particular order)

  1. Keep window blinds closed as much as possible
  2. Keep windows closed. Opening windows in the evening just allows the humidity in the home to build back up
  3. Turn off the lights when leaving the room
  4. Check your home’s insulation. Especially in the attic
  5. Change your filter
  6. Get the a/c system serviced and cleaned
  7. Get a programmable thermostat (avoid wide temperature swings however)
  8. Wear light clothing around the house
  9. Reduce the temperatures of your baths and showers
  10. Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation

A/C Run Times

Now that it’s hotter outside, it’s normal for a central air conditioner to run without cycling on and off as often. Also, running with fewer cycles (turning on and off) is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, running longer can be positive because it:  Helps dehumidify your home, and can decrease wear and tear on your system from less starting and stopping. Ask yourself this: Are you staying comfortable? (home is reaching thermostat temp on very hot days and airflow from vents is normal) Are your energy bills about the same as they were last year? If you answered yes to these, there’s probably not a problem.