Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for January, 2015

Why You Should Consider Ductless Heating Installation

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Ductless cooling has gained a lot of popularity, but with heat pump technology, a ductless system can heat your home, too. There are a few reasons to consider the installation of a ductless system in your Fairfield home, but first let’s take a look at how a ductless system heats your home.

How It Works

With a ductless heating system, heat pump technology is used to both heat and cool your home. The key component that allows the heat pump to both heat and cool is the reversing valve. The reversing valve can change the directional flow of the refrigerant in your system, which is what allows the system to offer both heating and cooling. During the winter, the heat pump, which the outdoor unit, absorbs heat from the air and concentrates it; the heat pump then disperses this concentrated heat into your home’s living spaces. In the summer months, the opposite happens: the heat pump absorbs the heat in your living spaces and transfers it outside.

Why Consider a Ductless Heating System?

If you’ve used combustion heating systems in the past that needed fossil fuels to operate, you know how much money can be spent every winter heating your home; with a heat pump, this expense is entirely eliminated. Why? Heat pumps don’t generate heat; they transfer it from one location to another with the help of refrigerant. As such, they don’t need fossil fuels and use only a small amount of electricity to operate. Another great benefit of a ductless system is that you don’t have to worry about air loss from ductwork because you don’t have any ductwork. The indoor blowers are connected directly to the outdoor unit via a conduit in an exterior wall, and the heating process doesn’t begin until you start the indoor blower. The indoor blowers are also benefit because they operate individually; each one can be set at its own temperature, giving you zone control in your home. Lastly, heat pumps have a longer lifespan than combustion heating systems: combustion systems have an average lifespan of 15-20 years, while heat pumps have an average lifespan of 20-25 years.

If you’ve been looking for an efficient, quiet heating system for your Fairfield home, you may want to consider installing a ductless heating system. Call Bartels Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment for professional heating installation service!

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Ways to Determine That Your House Needs Duct Cleaning

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A disturbing percentage of homeowners with forced air systems are completely unaware that their ducts need to be cleaned on a semi-regular basis. If you’re asking this question, then you probably already know that your ducts need to be cleaned, but are unsure of when to act on that knowledge. There are a few ways to determine that your house needs duct cleaning. Let’s examine some of those ways together.

You Haven’t Had Your Ducts Cleaned Before

If you have just recently become aware of the need for duct cleaning, but you haven’t had it done yet, get it done as soon as possible. Some pretty frightening things have likely built up in your ducts over the years that they haven’t been cleaned, and you’ll want to get rid of those things as quickly as possible. There’s no point in waiting until a preset time; ducts have no optimal time of year for cleaning, like heating systems do. Just get it done as soon as you can to start reaping the benefits of duct cleaning. Ducts should be cleaned every 1-3 years after the first time.

Frequent Allergy Attacks and/or Illnesses

The primary reason that duct cleaning is necessary is that all the microscopic contaminants that circulate through the air often find a home and a means of transportation in the ducts. Things like dust, pollen, viruses, bacteria, insect dander, and mold are all common pollutants that can be found in the common home’s air ducts. These pollutants are circulated throughout the house whenever the air conditioning or heating is turned on, infecting the occupants of the house in the process. If you are an allergy sufferer, or if you find that you get sick often throughout the year, then you could definitely reap the benefits of having your ducts cleaned out. That’s not to say that duct cleaning will solve all of your health problems, but it can remove a lot of the organisms that contribute to things like the common cold and the flu.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, call Bartels Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment today. We provide professional duct cleaning services throughout West Chester.

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Can a Furnace Be Damaged by Clogged Filters?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

You may know that the filter(s) used along with your HVAC equipment help to eliminate contaminants from the air that you breathe. Forced-air systems would recirculate dirty air if there was not a barrier set in place, but a furnace filter can trap particles like dust and bacteria so that you can feel a little better about the indoor air quality.

If you wait to change a dirty filter for too long, it may affect the quality of the air. But more likely, you’ll notice the effects on your heating system first. A dirty furnace filter restricts airflow to the furnace, leading to higher energy spending, poor heating performance, and even a potential heating breakdown.

Your furnace requires a certain amount of airflow in order to operate properly. When your unit was first installed, technicians made precise measurements to make sure that the heating capacity of the furnace was enough to heat the home completely without using excessive amounts of energy. When not enough airflow can make its way into the furnace to be heated, the unit will consume too much energy in an attempt to get your home to the desired temperature.

But the high energy spending is not necessarily the biggest problem you may face. If your furnace takes longer to meet heating demands, parts can begin to become overworked. Your furnace may break down well before its expected lifespan and you’ll probably notice reduced heating in one or more areas of the house.

If your heating system is already struggling to heat your home, changing the filter may not be enough. While it is possible that the clogged filter contributed to the problems with your HVAC system, it’s also likely that the other parts have begun to break down as well and will require professional service.

Changing the filters every one to three months is a job you can do on your own, but heating repair is best left to professionals. You can also ensure your unit is working properly by scheduling maintenance annually and calling for repairs at the first sign of trouble. We offer professional heating services in the Hamilton area. Call Bartels Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment with us.

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Reasons Your Boiler Isn’t Giving You Heat

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Boilers are one of the most dependable ways to provide warmth to a home through a long winter. Thanks to their small number of mechanical parts, boilers suffer from a reduced level of wear due to use, and that means an extended lifespan and few repair issues.

Of course, no heating system can work entirely without problems, and a boiler may encounter malfunctions that will lead it to stop providing heat. When your house grows cold because the boiler is no longer working, it requires the assistance of trained HVAC technicians to fix it. You will find quality boiler repair service in Fairfield, OH that will get your house warm once more at Bartels Heating & Cooling. We have 24-hour emergency service for when that troublesome boiler problem cannot wait.

Possible Reasons for a Boilers Not Providing Heat

Please note that these causes of boiler failure are for your information to help you better understand the heating system. Do not attempt to diagnose or fix the problems on your own.

  • Burner won’t ignite: This is the most common cause of a boiler failing to provide heat. If the gas jets on the burner will not ignite, no heat will warm up the water in the tank. The trouble may be due to a failed electronic igniter/pilot light, or perhaps trouble in the gas line. Because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning from tampering with a gas main, only call on professionals to find out what is wrong with the burner.
  • Broken circulator pump: This pump is one of the small number of mechanical components required for a boiler to operate. The pump removes the heated water from the tank and sends it to the baseboard heaters and radiators throughout the house. If the pump should break, no hot water will circulate. Repair technicians will need to replace the pump.
  • Failed heating elements: In electrical heat pumps, a pair of heating elements inside the tank is responsible for raising the water temperature. If these elements fail, you will need to call for professionals to replace them before the boiler will provide warmth again.
  • Thermostat malfunction: Sometimes the source of heating system failure can be traced to the thermostat on the wall. A thermostat that loses its connection to the boiler will fail to turn on. You should always check your thermostat first when a heating system isn’t working to make sure that a mistaken setting isn’t responsible. However, if the thermostat problem runs deeper, it will require professionals to fix it.

Make sure you look out for early warning signs that the boiler is having problems, such as difficulty igniting the burner or odd sounds coming from the tank. This will help you know to call for repairs before a full failure occurs. Our technicians at Bartels Heating & Cooling are standing by to deliver boiler repair in Fairfield, OH whenever you need it. Give us a call today.

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How Can a Humidifier Keep You Comfortable and Healthy?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

In the summer, you often hear people complain about the relative humidity. The amount of moisture in the air can have a major impact on how comfortable you feel, and this impact is probably most noticeable when humidity levels are high and you feel hot and sticky.

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12 Grapes for 12 Months: An Unusual New Year’s Tradition

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at Bartels Heating & Cooling hope you have a great start to the year and a, uhm, fruitful 2015.

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