Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

How to Lower Your Heating Bills

January 9th, 2017

Heating bills in Hamilton, OH can spiral out of control rather quickly. You can lower your heating bills, however, for a long time to come when you take the right steps to keep your heater running in the most efficient ways. Check out our tips, and call our experts to schedule an appointment today.

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3 Things to Know about Replacing an Older Furnace

January 2nd, 2017

We do not recommend keeping a furnace around for longer than about 15 years. Some can still run just fine after this point, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. After this time, furnaces struggle to work efficiently, and the safety switches may not work properly. If it’s just about time for your new furnace, we have advice that may help you know a little bit more about the transition.

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Feed the Town in December and Get a Discount!

December 21st, 2016

Bartels Heating & Cooling is participating in this year’s Feed the Town initiative in Cincinnati. We want to help folks give back while getting the services they need to stay comfortable all season long.

Simply drop off some non-perishable food with the Bartel’s Heating & Cooling team. We’ll give you $5 off any service call!

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Should You Replace that Older Boiler Already?

December 19th, 2016

You expect your home’s boiler to last a long time. After all, boilers are not cheap—and that’s because they are made to be durable and to resist corrosion and other issues. The good news is that boilers do last longer than many other types of heating systems.

However, you should not assume a boiler will last much longer than 15-20 years. If your boiler is experiencing issues repairs may be possible. And a good technician will look for the most cost-effective solution first and foremost.

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4 Steps Toward More Efficient Heating

December 12th, 2016

Everybody wants to save some money, but life’s comforts and necessities come with a cost. Heating, for example, can account for nearly half of your monthly utilities!

These tips can help you save more money on heating over the years, although you may need to make an investment upfront. Call our friendly office staff for more information!

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3 Reasons to Schedule Furnace Maintenance Today

December 5th, 2016

If your furnace fails in the middle of winter, what will you do? Will you be able to bear the chilly temperatures that hit your home for more than a few hours? In most cases, a call to an emergency heating technician is necessary. But that means unexpected costs and a lot of stress that you were not prepared to deal with.

But when you schedule furnace maintenance each year, you may never have to worry about this possibility. In today’s blog, find out how furnace maintenance makes your life a lot easier.

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Take a Stand This Cold and Flu Season

November 28th, 2016

All of the hand sanitizer you own could not protect you from germs and particulate in the air that make you sick. During cold and flu season, which typically starts around December, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants and irritants certainly don’t help the situation.

Your heating system has a blower fan that sucks in air from your home before heating it and blowing warm air back out. And with it, a lot of contaminants can recirculate as well.

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The Truth about Electric Heating Systems

November 21st, 2016

People find lots of different ways to stay warm when the cold picks up. While you might love to huddle up by the fire with a blanket on, many homeowners don’t have this option. And so, they have to seek out an alternative.

Electric heating systems are sometimes preferable to gas heating, due to the lower risk to your home and family, since you don’t have to worry so much about carbon monoxide or gas leaks. But there are some things we think you should know about the different kinds of electric heating systems available to you.

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Can I Skip a Boiler Tune Up This Year?

November 14th, 2016

We get this question often, from homeowners who aren’t too certain this service is really necessary each year. Others think that, since their boiler is new, it shouldn’t have any problems yet. And others simply don’t want to pay for a service if they aren’t sure it’s necessary.

But annual boiler service is preventative. It’s not meant to solve any problems that are noticeable now, but to prevent issues from coming up when you need the heat to work the most—the middle of winter. And too many homeowners learn this the hard way.

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What You Should Know about the Heat Exchanger in Your Furnace

November 7th, 2016

We focus on educating homeowners about the importance of regular heating maintenance, changing air filters, and gas and carbon monoxide safety. But for the most part, we don’t expect our clients to know very much about the various parts of the heating systems in their homes. That’s why we’re here.

Still, it may be helpful for you to know a bit about a key component of your furnace—the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is responsible for transferring heat to the air moving into your home. But it can be responsible for a major safety concern as well.

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