Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

The Flame Sensor: The Rundown on a Key Furnace Part

October 11th, 2021

natural-gas-burners-flame-furnaceDuring fall, we stress the importance of our customers having maintenance for their gas furnaces. Maintenance takes care of many important steps to ensure the best performance from a furnace, but the most important benefit of maintenance is ensuring a furnace works safely. 

Gas furnaces aren’t inherently dangerous unless they suffer from neglect. Furnace manufacturers design their products with several vital safety measures, and during maintenance, our technicians carefully check each of them. One of the key safety features in a gas furnace is the flame sensor. Today we’ll give you the basics of what you need to know about this essential part of your furnace and how it protects you.

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The Benefits of Fall Commercial HVAC Maintenance

September 27th, 2021

commercia-HVAC-unit-cloudy-skyWith October almost here, it’s time to think seriously about the change in the weather. Before you know it, the air will turn crisp and cool—and then suddenly it will be winter and the temperatures will plummet. Is your business ready to handle the seasonal change? Or, to be more specific, is your Cincinnati, OH, commercial HVAC system prepared to deal with the colder weather?

You don’t have to have an immediate answer to this. Few people who own or operate a business know the exact details of how their heating and cooling systems work. That’s why you have commercial HVAC professionals like us to handle the service. 

We can tell you this: an HVAC system isn’t prepared for winter if it doesn’t have fall maintenance. This is an essential step to protect your investment in your business. 

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Repair Prevention for Your Furnace That Goes Beyond Maintenance

September 13th, 2021

natural-gas-burners-flame-furnaceIn our last post, we recommended you start thinking about arranging for maintenance for your heating system, even though it’s technically still summer and the fall weather hasn’t arrived. Maintenance is simply the all-around best service you can have done for your home’s HVAC system, and you’ll be thankful you had it taken care of early when the cold finally sets in. For one thing, it means less chance you’ll need furnace repair in West Chester, OH over the season. 

We want to focus more on repair prevention for your home’s furnace. Routine maintenance isn’t the only way you can stop damage to the furnace and avoid expensive repairs or a safety hazard. Follow us below as we delve into some more ways to stop the need for furnace repairs as well as an early system replacement.

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It Isn’t Too Early to Think About HVAC Maintenance for Winter

August 16th, 2021

dont-forget-post-itAs we’re writing this post, the temperature outside in West Chester is 82°F. Prime summer weather. Nobody wants to think about their home’s heating system at a time like this. The idea of turning on a furnace during a balmy summer day seems crazy. 

But we’re not asking you to turn on your furnace right now, only give some consideration to when you will need to have it turn on. This is the middle of August, and the official start of fall is a bit more than a month away. Fall is when we recommend our customers arrange for winter-prep HVAC maintenance. It’s not too early to start planning, since the best time to catch our technicians for this service is during the fall lull. 

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Warning Signs You May Need Commercial AC Repairs

August 2nd, 2021

air-conditiong-units-on-roofThe signs of air conditioning problems in a house aren’t often difficult to spot. Residential ACs are smaller and handle cooling limited areas, so when anything goes wrong, it will result in quick changes in indoor temperature and humidity. Even if the trouble with the home’s AC isn’t causing temperature changes yet, it’s easy to notice something going wrong with a unit when half of its components are sitting in the house itself.

Commercial spaces face a different situation with air conditioning systems on the fritz. Commercial ACs are larger, more powerful, and modular, and may start to fail in specific areas of a business rather than the whole working space at the same time. Because commercial ACs units are usually housed entirely on the roof in packaged units (in other words, they don’t have major components housed inside the building), it can be tricky to pick up on faults right away. 

How can you tell the early signs of a faulty commercial air conditioning system so you know to call for repairs? Below we’ll go over three major signs to look for. 

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Ways We Can Improve Your HVAC System in Summer

July 19th, 2021

family-in-homeAlthough you may not list “air conditioner” as one of the great pleasures of the summer, you still connect the two in your mind. You just can’t relax and enjoy the hot months without having the retreat of a comfortably cool home.

If you’re wondering if you can make your AC better, we have some suggestions. We can help your AC provide you with better and more energy-efficient cooling. The right improvements depend on the current situation you have with your AC, but here are some suggestions.

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Do You Have a Maintenance Plan for Your Commercial HVAC System?

July 5th, 2021

rooftop-unit-commercialThe HVAC system for your business works for you each day of operations, no matter the weather outside. That’s an amazing amount of stress to place on the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. You can always call for repairs when you have problems with part of the system, but wouldn’t you rather not have to do that?

Avoiding unnecessary repairs is only one of the reasons why we recommend you arrange for regular maintenance for your commercial HVAC in Fairfield, OH. A maintenance plan for your heating, cooling, and ventilation system is an important part of protecting your investment in this equipment, which is also an investment in the ongoing success of your business. If you have ever had to deal with a failed AC during a summer day, you’ll understand why this is so important. 

Below we’ll go over the benefits of arranging for a maintenance program with our commercial HVAC technicians. 

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Types of Pollutants an Air Purifier Can Manage

June 21st, 2021

virus-cellsThere are several different types of indoor air quality solutions for homes, but the two most common are air filters and air purifiers. Air filters are effective at stopping larger particles moving through the HVAC system, such as dust, lint, and dander. Higher-strength filters can trap even smaller particles, but the stronger the filter, the more resistance it places against airflow. Most residential HVAC systems can’t tolerate filters this powerful, and this is where air purifiers are especially beneficial. 

Air purifiers don’t trap airborne contaminants in a mesh, but instead, create ionization fields or use UV lights to remove them. They can trap many of the pollutants that will slip through air filters, which is why we often recommend a combination of air filters with an air purifier in Cincinnati, OH for our clients.

If you’re curious about how effective an air purifier can be, below we’ll look at the kinds of pollutants it can mitigate in your home. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and not all air purifiers affect the same range of pollutants—please always rely on professionals when it comes to selecting and installing air purifiers.

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Important Info for Our Customers About Current HVAC Equipment Shortages

June 9th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitThe HVAC and home services industry is currently facing challenges due to a shortage of equipment from manufacturers. Disruptions in the supply chain because of various factors have affected most brands, and manufacturers have increased equipment costs to contractors like us by 6–10%. All this is happening during an extremely busy season for air conditioning contractors when many people are looking to catch up on services they may have skipped during the pandemic. Many contractors are running into low available inventory and facing difficulties meeting the needs of their customers at this busy time.

What This Means for You

We want you to know that we’re dedicated to providing the best services for our customers in the Hamilton, OH area so they can keep their homes comfortable around the year. Because of equipment shortages, we encourage you to plan ahead for your summer comfort needs and schedule early for services such as repairs or new equipment installation. That way we can provide timely service with the best products.

Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to meet the needs of all our customers. Reach out to us today if you have any questions or if you wish to schedule service.

Call Bartels Heating & Cooling “For a Comfortable Way of Life”!

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Heat Gain—And How You Can Slow It Down in Your House This Summer

June 7th, 2021

sunshineWhat’s the biggest enemy of your indoor comfort during the summer? If you said “heat,” you’re mostly right. But the heat itself is only part of the problem when it comes to maintaining indoor comfort. The heat getting inside your house, which is called heat gain, is a major reason for discomfort and one that often gets overlooked. As long as the temperature inside your home is lower than the temperature outside it, heat will continue to move indoors. This can make it harder for you to stay comfortable, even with a good air conditioning system. 

In this post, we’re going to look at the heat gain problem and the best ways you can slow it down for better and more inexpensive summer cooling. 

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