Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

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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Is a High-Efficiency AC Worth It?

May 24th, 2021

air-conditioner-on-leavesIf you are thinking of making upgrades for your home’s HVAC in Lebanon, OH before the big summer heat, you’ve probably already considered the option of installing a high-efficiency air conditioning system. (After all, you landed on this page!) High-efficiency ACs are increasingly popular, but homeowners often have second thoughts about installing them because they cost more than standard efficiency ACs. 

A bit of hesitancy when making an upgrade is a good thing: we recommend customers always work with us to help them make the choice that’s best for their home, and the highest-efficiency AC is not always ideal. We can’t give you a definite answer to the question in the title in a blog post because we don’t know your customized cooling requirements. You’ll need to consult with us to find an answer. But we can provide you with some important information about high-efficiency air conditioning systems that will help you start to focus on your needs.

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How Much Cooling Can Your AC Provide?

May 19th, 2021

thermostat-and-woman-72-degreesIf you look at the thermostat settings for your AC, you’ll find the lowest you can set it is 60°F. That’s more cooling than most people are comfortable with. But looking at that setting brings up a question: what is the limit on how much cooling an air conditioner can provide for a home? Is the 60°F limit on the thermostat arbitrary, or is it possible for an AC to make a home even cooler?

We’ll answer these questions, which will help explain how best to set the thermostat to avoid heavily taxing your air conditioning in Mason, OH.

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Time to Schedule AC Maintenance to Prep for Summer

April 26th, 2021

AC-technician-cleaning-unitThe weather may not be warm enough for you to use your air conditioning in West Chester, OH quite yet, but we’re already into the middle of spring and the summer heat will be here before we know it. Your air conditioning system needs to be ready to handle anything. So… do you know how you can prepare it for anything?

It’s easy! Arrange for professional air conditioning maintenance with the Bartels’ team. You can sign up for our Heating and Cooling Maintenance Plan if you haven’t already, and then schedule a convenient time for one of our technicians to come to your home and give your AC the inspection and tune-up it needs for a great summer.

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Want to Skip AC Repairs This Summer? Schedule AC Maintenance!

April 12th, 2021

air-conditioner-condenser-3D-renderSpringtime! The weather is already warmer, and you may have even turned on your air conditioning system for a few hours to cool down. That’s great because it means we’re nearing the relaxing days of summer.

Now, how often do you want to schedule air conditioning repair in Fairfield, OH this summer? Yes, that’s a trick question. The answer is zero. Nobody wants to need to repair a major appliance in their home, especially not an air conditioner during the summer heat. 

Now, what if we told you that there’s a secret to avoiding the need for AC repairs this summer? And the next summer? Well, it’s not so much a “secret.” It’s more like something people often forget to do. It’s scheduling air conditioning maintenance with professionals during the spring. 

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Why Your Furnace Is Shutting Down Early

March 29th, 2021

cold-manWhen your furnace turns on to warm up your house, you expect it to run long enough to deliver an even distribution of heat throughout the rooms. If it starts to shut down early, the house will have cold spots. When a furnace behaves this way, it’s called short-cycling, and it’s a common problem we see in residential furnaces. In some cases, there’s a simple solution to short-cycling. Other times, you’ll need to call us for furnace repair in Mason, OH. When in doubt, always err on the safer side when it comes to a furnace and rely on professionals. 

Below are some of the possible sources of a furnace quitting before it gets the job done:

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