Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

What to Consider Before a New AC Installation

September 17th, 2018

AC-outdoor-unitWe are just about ready to put the pin in another long, hot summer season. You know what that means? Sure, it means that you should start thinking about your heating system, getting it tuned up, etc. However, it also means that you should take some time to reflect upon your experience with your air conditioning system this past season. We’re going to give you some tips about the sort of questions you may want to ask yourself.

You may be wondering why we are advocating for this type of assessment. Well, the answer is quite simple. You may come to realize that your air conditioner is not really going to cut it for another summer. That means that it may be time for an air conditioning installation before next summer starts. For now, let our Middletown, OH HVAC pros guide you through some pre-installation questions.

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End of the AC Season? Time for an Assessment

September 3rd, 2018

AC-toolsAs our hot Midwestern summer winds down, you’re relying on your air conditioning less and you’ll be shifting your focus to heating soon. Although you might think it’s a little late in the summer for an air conditioner maintenance appointment, you shouldn’t just brush it aside until Spring. You need an AC tune-up. Cincinnati stays hot and muggy into the fall, getting a system assessment now will ensure that you’ll be cool in this lingering heat and it will give you an opportunity to fine-tune your heating system before temperatures cool off. If you need a professional team to assess your HVAC system in Cincinnati, OH have our team at Bartels Heating & Cooling do the job.

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Here’s Why You Need to Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor

August 20th, 2018

HVAC-installerDIY enthusiasts take note—there are a lot of jobs out there that simply demand the level of skill and expertise that only trained professionals can deliver. Don’t take this as a challenge. We’ve only got your best interest in mind. Working with a professional HVAC contractor in Cincinnati, OH is the best way in which to ensure that your HVAC system continues to work at peak performance and efficiency levels.

We understand that you may be a bit skeptical, especially in this day and age when it seems like everything you need to know can be condensed into a 3-minute internet tutorial video. Chances are that the individuals behind such tutorials are not really qualified to be doling out that kind of instruction either, though. If you’re serious about getting the very best that your air conditioner and/or heating system has to offer, then keep reading to learn why working with a pro is always the way to go.

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Have You Explored Your AC Options?

August 6th, 2018

thumbs-upHow is your air conditioner holding up so far this year? Is it starting to suggest that this may be its final year of service? Has it broken down on you, unexpectedly or otherwise? Do you think that you are just finally ready to invest in a more efficient and reliable system? Whatever your reasoning, regardless of whether you’re replacing your AC or investing in your very first system, you want to be sure to explore your options thoroughly.

There is no law stating that you’ve got to stick with what you’ve always known, and you certainly don’t want to pass up the chance to get the system of your dreams just because you are not aware of it and the benefits that it has to offer. So today, we are going to be giving you a primer on available AC systems, and why you may want to give each of them some thought. There is no single AC system that is a perfect fit for everyone. Our Lebanon, OH HVAC pros are here to help you find the one that’s perfect for you, though!

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Is Your AC Leaving Hot Spots in Your Home?

July 23rd, 2018

man-with-fanThe whole point of using a whole-house cooling system is to cool your whole house with just one cooling system, right? That means cooling the entire house evenly. If your air conditioner is failing to do this, then it is failing in one of the most basic areas of its expectations. Do not allow your AC to come up short, and do not settle for anything less than a great performance from your system throughout your entire home.

There are a few different reasons as to why your air conditioner may fail to cool your entire house evenly. Whatever the cause of the problem, however, our West Chester, OH HVAC professionals are here to help. You shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to your comfort, even if it is an issue in “just” one area of your home. One is one too many, so contact us with any concerns that you may have!

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Simple Tips for Boosting AC Efficiency

July 9th, 2018

house-money-seesawWhile temperatures in our area may not quite as blistering as those in, say, Arizona, the fact remains that it gets plenty hot enough for you to be running your air conditioner in heavy rotation throughout the summer season. Much as we’d love to tell you otherwise, that comfort you’re after does come at a cost. While we cannot somehow procure you free air conditioning,  however, we do have some tips that should help you to enjoy more efficient and affordable air conditioning.

Now, we know what some of you may be thinking. Oh, great. Here comes the sales pitch. Quite the opposite, don’t you worry! We are not going to tell you that the only way to enjoy a more affordable AC performance is to replace your entire system with a high-efficiency AC. That is one great course of action if you can swing it, but today we’re looking at some very easy ways to boost AC instead!

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What Conditions Cause Poor Indoor Air Quality?

June 25th, 2018

woman-blowing-noseDuring the summer season, most homeowners think first and foremost of their air conditioning systems when it comes to keeping their homes comfortable. In the winter, that focus obviously shifts over to the heating system that they use to warm up their homes for comfortable living.  While maintaining comfortable temperatures is important, however, it really is just a part of the picture.  There is one influencing factor that is both very important to comfort all year long, as well as frequently overlooked.

That factor is indoor air quality. Now, you may assume that the air in your home is at least of a higher quality than the air outside. However,  that is not true. You may also think that there is not really much that you can do in order to improve indoor air quality. That too is wrong, though. With the use of devices such as air purifiers in Cincinnati, OH, you really can boost the quality of the air that surrounds you at home.

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Fixing an AC Water Leak

June 11th, 2018

red-thermometerA heating system like a gas furnace or an old oil boiler creates new heat by combusting fuel. An air conditioner, on the other hand, doesn’t create new “coolness”. That coolness that you feel as the AC circulates cooled air throughout your home is actually the lack of heat. How does an air conditioner remove heat from the air in your home? Through the evaporation of refrigerant.

At no point in the process does an air conditioner (with the exception of an evaporative cooler) use water in its operation. So how is it that you’ve noticed water leaking from your air conditioner? Are you seeing things that aren’t there? Fortunately, no. It is entirely possible for water to be “leaking” from your AC. However,  it is not really a “leak” in the terms that you’re thinking of. Read on to learn more about this phenomenon, its causes, and when to schedule air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, OH.

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AC Tip: Even Small Refrigerant Leaks Are Big Trouble

May 28th, 2018

AC-toolsWe always make a point of stressing that, really, there is no such thing as a “minor” problem with one’s air conditioning system. Sure, there are those problems that are not quite emergencies, but the fact of the matter is that even relatively “minor” problems with your air conditioner are going to do real damage to your system if given the time. The fact that this damage is not instantaneous does not mean that it’s not worth fixing the problem immediately.

Now, that being said, there are also those problems that absolutely must be dealt with as swiftly as possible. This is certainly the case when it comes to refrigerant leaks with your air conditioning system. A refrigerant may not render your air conditioner inoperable as soon as it develops. Ignore the problem long enough,  though, and the results can be so damaging that you may need to replace your system entirely. Read on to learn more about why refrigerant leaks demand immediate AC repair in Middletown, OH.

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Is It Time to Replace My Air Conditioner Yet?

May 14th, 2018

AC-technicianWhen it comes time to replace your air conditioner in Hamilton, OH, you obviously want the job done promptly. You also want it to be done correctly every step of the way, so that you can enjoy the very best performance that your new air conditioner has to offer. That means picking up the phone to schedule your AC installation with qualified professionals—just like the ones on our team! All of this does beg the question, though, of when to schedule an AC replacement.

The obvious answer is not always the right one, and in this case, “when it breaks down, of course” is definitely not the right answer. Don’t get us wrong. Sometimes an air conditioner will break down with very little warning, necessitating an unplanned replacement. That being said,  it is always in your best interest to get out ahead of your air conditioning replacement. So read on, keep the following information in mind, and remember to contact us when you think the time for an AC replacement is approaching.

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