Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

Is Duct Sealing Really Helpful?

January 20th, 2020

duct-sealing-with-caulkingNot only is duct sealing helpful, in situations of major duct leakage it’s a necessity. Going without it means paying more to heat and cool your house, creating extra strain on the HVAC system, a shorter life for the heater and AC, unhealthy and poor-smelling air in the house, and other problems.

We know why people wonder about the usefulness of duct sealing. It’s because ducts are hard to see. This makes it difficult to visualize the ducts needing to have any repairs in the first place. When you see damage to a wall or dying grass on the lawn, it’s a signal to do something about it. The only warning signs you’ll have that your ducts are in trouble are second-hand issues that might be from other troubles. These include higher energy bills and hot/cold spots around the house.

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The Cracked Heat Exchanger—A Big Furnace Trouble

January 6th, 2020

furnace-oldFurnace manufacturers design their heating products for durability and dependability. But at the same time, furnaces are complex devices and they can suffer from a range of malfunctions during their service lives. These troubles can be kept to a minimum through regular heating maintenance, but nothing can prevent all possible problems. And no problem with a natural gas furnace is more concerning, and more in need of a speedy response, than a cracked heat exchanger.

Our technicians are experts at furnace repair in Mason, OH. We understand the seriousness of situations like a cracked heat exchanger. We’ll explain below why this issue is urgent, but remember that you need to call on licensed professionals only for a repair like this. It’s a matter of your family’s safety.

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What a Clogged Filter Can Do to Your Furnace

December 23rd, 2019

pleated-air-filterThe air filter on the HVAC cabinet of your home has a vital job to do—and it isn’t connected to the quality of the air circulating through the house. People often have this misunderstanding: they hear the word filter an imagine the mesh of the filter trapping unhealthy particles in it. You can have HVAC technicians install special indoor air quality filters into the ductwork to remove contaminants from the house—but the one already in place isn’t doing that job.

So what is the filter for? It protects the furnace and air conditioner inside the HVAC cabinet from the dust, lint, and other debris that comes through the return air ducts. After one to three months, the filter will collect enough debris that it must be replaced with a clean one. It’s easy to forget to do this, but we strongly urge you to set reminders for yourself about it. If you leave a clogged filter in place this winter, it can have negative effects on your furnace and lead to furnace repair in Lebanon, OH.

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It’s December, But Not Too Late to Tune-Up Your Heating System!

December 9th, 2019

couple-in-pajamas-winterDecember is Winter. The actual season doesn’t officially start until the solstice on 20–21, but winter weather doesn’t run on a strict calendar anyway.

However, just because December has arrived doesn’t mean you missed the window to schedule annual maintenance for your heating system. Your furnace, boiler, or other heater hasn’t put in the main portion of its job yet, and it needs to have a full inspection and tune-up from professionals before then. Although it’s simpler to have the job done in early fall, it’s much better to have it done a bit later than to skip it altogether.

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I Have Air Filters, But My Air Doesn’t Seem Any Cleaner

November 25th, 2019

woman-blowing-noseYou’re concerned about the indoor air quality in your house, and that’s a good place to start. IAQ in homes is often remarkably poor, four or five times worse than that outdoors. But if you have air filters to improve the air quality, why aren’t you noticing any positive results? If you’re still experiencing the same dusty air, the same number of allergens, the same coughing fits, etc., then something must be wrong—but what?

There are several possible answers to why you aren’t getting the results you want. We’ll look at the most common of them.

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Corrosion and Your Boiler: Does This Mean the End?

November 11th, 2019

boiler-residentialAs we prepare our homes for winter, it’s important to assess our heating systems. The best way to do this is to schedule routine maintenance heater service in Loveland, OH. Giving HVAC professionals a chance to analyze a furnace, boiler, or heat pump provides a homeowner with valuable information about the future of the system—if it still has a future. If a heater has years of life left in it, maintenance helps ensure the best performance and energy efficiency over the coming season.

Let’s focus on the future of your heating system—specifically the boiler, if your home is one of the many in the area that relies on a hydronic boiler system. A warning sign of a boiler in jeopardy is the appearance of corrosion, such as rust, along the tank or other components. It looks like bad news… but does it mean the boiler must be replaced?

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Providing Enough Heat?

October 28th, 2019

cold-manThe weather is cooling down at the end of October—we’re finally in the full fall weather. That means furnaces are going to start coming on for the first time since early spring.

Unfortunately, sometimes furnaces might have a surprise in store for a home—not delivering enough heat to keep people warm. If this is happening in your house, you can at least be thankful you caught the problem early in the season. With professional furnace repair in Lebanon, OH from our experts, you can have the system back in great shape before the worst cold of winter arrives.

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Arrange for Your Fall Commercial HVAC Maintenance

October 14th, 2019

commercial-HVAC-unit-refrigerant-rechargeOctober is the first full month of fall and the point when we start to experience cooler weather as a prelude to the winter. It’s also the time when we recommend our Loveland, OH commercial HVAC clients arrange for their annual system inspection and tune-up. This regular maintenance is essential for protecting both an investment in a commercial heating system and the on-going operations of a business through the winter.

If you don’t currently have a commercial HVAC contractor to handle fall maintenance for your business, you’ve found the right people to take on the job. We offer full HVAC maintenance services for commercial systems, regardless of whether we installed the system originally. (Many HVAC contractors only maintain systems they installed.) Our technicians are NATE-certified to ensure you have the professional work you deserve.

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The Benefits of Packaged Rooftop HVAC Units

September 30th, 2019

rooftop-unit-commercialWhen it comes to providing heating and air conditioning to commercial spaces, the most popular option is the packaged rooftop unit. You’re familiar with these—you see them on top of most commercial buildings, and they’re popular locations for chases and shootouts in movies. But rooftop units are common for a reason, and it’s not just to give movie heroes a place to run for cover during an action scene.

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Why You Should Always Install New AC Equipment

September 16th, 2019

ac-junkyardBuying used, or “previously owned,” makes sense in many avenues of daily life. For example, purchasing used books is a great investment. Used furniture is often a terrific bargain, and a smartly bought used car bought can provide many years of service.

But what about purchasing a used air conditioning system? This is a situation where buying used isn’t a bargain. In fact, it can cause many problems and is a money-waster, not a saver. When you call a professional contractor for air conditioning service in Middletown, OH to install a cooling system, they’ll always install a new system because they know the benefits.

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