Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Reasons Your AC Is Already Having Trouble

Monday, May 25th, 2020

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedYou’ve turned on your air conditioner at least once this season, and you can expect it to remain running during most days for the near future. That can make it extra worrying if the AC already appears to be having problems. This happens sometimes: an air conditioner begins the summer seasons a few steps behind. It may be a minor issue—or the air conditioning system may soon be many steps behind and in danger of failing when you need it the most.

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Why Skipping AC Maintenance Can Cost You

Monday, May 11th, 2020

ac-with-maintenance-toolsWhen we say that scheduling AC maintenance is mandatory, we don’t mean that there is some type of city regulation that will issue you a fine if you don’t have it done. It’s mandatory if you want the best service and longest system life for your central air conditioner. That’s important, especially when you consider how rough the summer can be, and how much you’ll rely on your home cooling system to keep your family comfortable and healthy.

But how bad can it be? you may ask. What’s the real cost of skipping spring maintenance now and then?

The answer: Pretty bad and pretty high. We’ll go into what can happen if you don’t schedule this vital air conditioning service in Cincinnati, OH each spring.

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March Is a Great Time to Enroll in Our Maintenance Plan

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

service-timeSpring starts in late March, although that doesn’t mean we automatically receive warmer weather. This is a fickle month where temperatures can swing from extremes, and the heating system warming your home will still need to run on the regular.

But March is also a good month to make plans for the coming warmer weather. You can get your air conditioning system in shape early by arranging for professionals to inspect the AC and give it a proper tune-up.

The easiest way to have quality air conditioning maintenance in Oxford, OH and the surrounding areas is to call Bartels Heating & Cooling and ask about our maintenance plan.

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Why You Should Always Install New AC Equipment

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Tips For Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

Monday, 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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