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

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 Specifically, for those homeowners still using outdated manual thermostats or very basic digital models.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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Wait!! Does Your AC Need Repairs?

Monday, May 13th, 2019

ac-condenser-moneyWith summer well on its way, you want to be sure that your air conditioner is equipped to take on the heat! Summer temperatures will leave you yearning for the cooling relief that only your air conditioner can provide, so of course, it makes sense to take care of any repairs before the season actually begins!

There are quite a few signs that suggest you are in need of professional air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, OH, and below, we’ve listed some of these signs for you. Remember, it is in your best interest to schedule repairs at the first sign of a problem, so if any of the following apply to you, make sure you pick up the phone and call!

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Make Sure Your AC Is Ready for Summer!

Monday, April 29th, 2019

service-timeIt’s time to get those summer gears grinding, and if that means you still have to schedule your air conditioning services, don’t wait any longer! Temperatures are rising, and before you know it, summer will be here in full-force. Picnics, barbeques, tanning, and eating ice cream are likely at the top of your priority list, but scheduling your AC tune-up is just as important!

Scheduling your air conditioning tune-up now is an important step in ensuring that your system is equipped to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. In fact, there are many reasons to get ahead and have your services done now, and below, we’ve listed some of these reasons for you. So in case you are not yet convinced, keep on reading! 

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What to Consider Before a New AC Installation

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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