Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

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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Does a Failed Compressor Mean I Need to Get a New Air Conditioner?

September 2nd, 2019

old-ac-unitOf the different ways a central AC system might malfunction, nothing is more terrifying than news of a dead compressor. It’s like being told the engine of a car is shot. But while someone who has a classic car may feel it’s worth it to put in a new engine, there’s no such thing as a “classic” air conditioning system! Nobody collects them, nobody holds vintage air conditioning shows. When the compressor dies, an owner must face the question whether it’s more cost-effective to replace the whole AC than just replacing the compressor.

And … is it? The answer is more complicated than “yes” or “no.”

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How Long Is an Air Conditioner Cycle?

August 19th, 2019

air-conditioning-grillA common problem we recommend our customers look for with their central air conditioning systems in West Chester, OH during the summer is short-cycling. This is when the AC becomes trapped in start-up mode and shuts down before completing a standard cooling cycle. Short-cycling does immense damage to an AC over time because of the increased stress. It also makes it harder for the system to evenly cool the home and creates large spikes in electrical bills.

But this leads to a good question: How long is a normal air conditioning cycle? The honest answer is “it depends.”

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Is the Filter in My AC Enough for Cleaning the Air?

August 5th, 2019

air-fliter-cuIf you’re asking this question, you already know that your central air conditioning system has an air filter. We hope you also know that this filter must be changed routinely so it won’t become excessively clogged. We recommend changing the filter for a clean one every one to three months to prevent the blower in the HVAC system from straining too hard and wasting energy.

To answer the actual question: No, the filter is not enough for cleaning your household air—because that isn’t its actual job.

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Heat Loss, Heat Gain, And Your Home’s Thermostat

July 22nd, 2019

thermostat-manual-dialWhen you think about cooling down your house with an air conditioner, do you imagine the AC blowing cool that pushes the hot air outside? It doesn’t quite work like that. The air conditioner actually turns the warm air in the house into cool air by drawing the thermal energy out of along the cooling coils, then blowing this cooled air into the rooms of the house.

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Everything You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

July 8th, 2019

Nest-ThermostatYou may expect an HVAC contractor in Cincinnati, OH, to tell you that you need a brand new HVAC system if you are serious about getting the most efficient and effective performance possible from your air conditioner. That is not always the case, though. Sure, there are instances in which a full system replacement may be necessary. However, there are also plenty of instances in which upgrading a single component can be the fix you’re looking for.

This is frequently the case with thermostats. Specifically, for those homeowners still using outdated manual thermostats or very basic digital models. There is a whole world of advanced thermostat technology out there just waiting for you, so what are you waiting for? Using a smart thermostat is a simple but incredibly effective way to start getting more from your HVAC systems. They require professional installation with compatible systems, though, so be sure to work with a member of our team.

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Don’t Ignore a Faulty Ductless System

June 24th, 2019

ducltess-mini-split-in-roomDuctless mini splits are excellent ways to enjoy year-round cooling and heating without the many inconveniences that ductwork creates. The majority of homes have ducts for central comfort, and they bring plenty of disadvantages:

  • Loss of efficiency because of heat gain through the duct walls in hot weather and heat loss in the cold weather—especially unconditioned places like an attic.
  • Ducts collect dust and other debris that reduces performance and also lowers indoor air quality.
  • Ducts are susceptible to developing leaks, which seriously impair HVAC system performance and waste energy.

Escaping from all these problems is one reason many homeowners elect to have a ductless system installed rather than a standard ducted one. But this doesn’t mean that ductless mini splits are completely free from trouble. We recommend you watch for signs of faults in a ductless system and call for HVAC service in Cincinnati, OH as soon as you suspect something is wrong.

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Are Heat Pumps Really That Great?

June 10th, 2019

cool-house-hot-houseYou probably landed on this blog post because you’re currently thinking about replacing your old AC before the summer heat starts. You’ve heard about heat pumps and how they are an excellent option for an HVAC replacement since they work as both cooling and heating systems. But are heat pumps really good options for you to consider? Are they really as fantastic as you hear?

The answer is “Yes, but …” We’ll explain more below.

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We Are Your 2019 President’s Award Winners!

May 29th, 2019

Our team here at Bartels Heating & Cooling, Inc. is proud to announce that we’ve received the 2019 President’s Award from Carrier for quality and leadership excellence!

What does this mean?

This means that we’ve been recognized by Carrier Corporation, a leader in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, for our commitment to quality, leadership, and excellence in the HVAC industry.

The award is given out each year to a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer who demonstrates technical expertise while serving as leaders for the Carrier brand. The winning dealerships are committed to service excellence and providing exceptional customer care.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without you, our valued customers, so we’d like to say thank you! We’d also like to give a special shoutout to our wonderful technicians, who’ve allowed us to grow into the company we are today.

Thank you for all the support, and we look forward to working with you!

For all your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs, contact the team at Bartels Heating & Cooling, Inc. today! 

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Tips For Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

May 27th, 2019

When temperatures skyrocket, our first instinct is to run our air conditioners at full blast. Though the relief is almost instantaneous (or at least it should be), this is quite problematic. Running your air conditioner at full capacity or at its lowest temperature setting can make a real dent in your wallet. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing high energy bills and increased wear and tear on the system. So, what do you do?

It is quite possible that you can keep your home nice and cool this summer without relying solely on your AC, and below, we are going to tell you how! All you have to do is keep reading to find out more! 

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