Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati’

How Does a High-Efficiency AC Work?

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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This is the time of year when many homeowners think about making changes to their central air conditioning systems. The hotter weather is on the way, and if you have an aging AC (greater than 15 years old) or one that’s costing more to run than it used to, you may want to upgrade to a new, high-efficiency air conditioning system. 

Current high-efficiency air conditioners have SEER ratings of 20 and above, whereas the standard mid-efficiency system is around 15 SEER. This can make a big difference in what you pay annually to cool your home. You’ll need to have professionals help you with choosing the unit and then take care of the installation. 

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How a Clogged Filter Can Damage Your Furnace

Monday, February 14th, 2022

man-with-filterThe most common nugget of wisdom we impart to our customers to help them help their furnaces is to regularly change the furnace filter. This filter is usually located on the HVAC cabinet at the point where the return air ducts connect to where the blower is located. The filter does the job of blocking debris coming through the return air ducts so it won’t enter the cabinet and contaminant the furnace, blower, and other parts of the HVAC system. This filter isn’t self-cleaning, and after one to three months the congestion in the filter will start to cause problems and even lead to damage to the furnace. 

We want you to have a healthy and reliable furnace. We’re always ready to assist with heating repair in Cincinnati, OH when you need it, but we know you’d much rather not have to call us in the first place. Regularly changing the furnace filter goes a long way toward preventing needless furnace problems. To help you better grasp why changing the filter is so important, we’ll list how a clogged filter can damage a furnace.

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Is Your Furnace Already Having Trouble Heating Your House? Let’s See Why…

Monday, December 20th, 2021

cold-manYou never want to start the cold weather months with a furnace that doesn’t seem up to the job. You want to know that after you turn the furnace on for the season and make the adjustment to the thermostat that you’ll receive the right amount of warmth for your family’s comfort. If your furnace isn’t keeping up the cold, there may be something wrong. It might be minor. Or it might be something that will require you to call us for furnace repair in Cincinnati, OH or even a full furnace replacement. 

To help you get started, we’re going to look at several of the reasons a furnace might get into the problem your furnace is currently in. Please don’t attempt any actual repair yourself, however, unless it’s something simple (we’ll point those out below).

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Do Colder Days Force Your Furnace to Work Harder?

Monday, October 25th, 2021

woman-freezing-coldThis post is going to be a bit of deflection, because the answer to the question is a simple one: Yes, your furnace works harder on colder days. It doesn’t work differently when it’s colder—the same principles of how the furnace heats and distributes air are at work. What makes the furnace work harder in cold weather is that it must run for longer to raise the interior temperature of your house to the target you need for comfort. 

Now here’s where we deflect, because talking about your furnace working longer during cold weather needs some examination. The, ahem, cold fact we’re looking at is that you are probably making your furnace work harder than necessary on those cold days. This leads to higher energy bills, but it can also lead to a furnace that fails abruptly in the middle of one of the coldest days of the year. Knowing more about your furnace running on cold days can help you avoid emergency heating repair in Cincinnati, OH.

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The Benefits of Fall Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Monday, September 27th, 2021

commercia-HVAC-unit-cloudy-skyWith October almost here, it’s time to think seriously about the change in the weather. Before you know it, the air will turn crisp and cool—and then suddenly it will be winter and the temperatures will plummet. Is your business ready to handle the seasonal change? Or, to be more specific, is your Cincinnati, OH, commercial HVAC system prepared to deal with the colder weather?

You don’t have to have an immediate answer to this. Few people who own or operate a business know the exact details of how their heating and cooling systems work. That’s why you have commercial HVAC professionals like us to handle the service. 

We can tell you this: an HVAC system isn’t prepared for winter if it doesn’t have fall maintenance. This is an essential step to protect your investment in your business. 

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Warning Signs You May Need Commercial AC Repairs

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

air-conditiong-units-on-roofThe signs of air conditioning problems in a house aren’t often difficult to spot. Residential ACs are smaller and handle cooling limited areas, so when anything goes wrong, it will result in quick changes in indoor temperature and humidity. Even if the trouble with the home’s AC isn’t causing temperature changes yet, it’s easy to notice something going wrong with a unit when half of its components are sitting in the house itself.

Commercial spaces face a different situation with air conditioning systems on the fritz. Commercial ACs are larger, more powerful, and modular, and may start to fail in specific areas of a business rather than the whole working space at the same time. Because commercial ACs units are usually housed entirely on the roof in packaged units (in other words, they don’t have major components housed inside the building), it can be tricky to pick up on faults right away. 

How can you tell the early signs of a faulty commercial air conditioning system so you know to call for repairs? Below we’ll go over three major signs to look for. 

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Why Won’t My Gas Furnace’s Burners Light?

Monday, February 1st, 2021

natural-gas-burners-flame-furnaceWhen a gas furnace comes on, it makes a distinct whoosh sound as the electronic ignition system or standing pilot light ignites the gas jets on the burners. It’s a comforting noise that tells you the furnace is doing its job, generate heating, and the sound of the blower fan will tell you that the heat will soon move through the ventilation system to reach the rooms.

But what if the burners don’t light? This is a problem you may run across, and if the burners aren’t igniting, it will usually cause the furnace to shut down entirely as part of safety precaution built into it. Why is this happening, and what can be done about it?

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Considering Radiant Heating? Here Are Some Pros and Cons

Monday, December 7th, 2020

radiant-heating-tubesWe offer HVAC service in Cincinnati, OH for a wide range of heating system types, including radiant heating systems. Radiant heating covers a type of heating that most people associate with boilers: water is heated in a boiler tank then pumped to different parts of the house where it heats up objects in rooms, such as radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor tubing. In-floor radiant heating is a popular option for new homes and remodels, and if you’re currently considering a new heating system for your house, radiant heating may be on the list.

But is it the right choice? The best way to find out is to call our heating experts for a consultation. We can help you navigate the choices to locate the right HVAC system for your house. 

Below we’re going to look at some of the basic pros and cons of residential radiant heating systems. This will help you start thinking about your options.

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6 Signs You Have Dying Furnace

Monday, October 26th, 2020

furnaceAs a general rule, it’s best to have a furnace replaced before it has a chance to fail completely. It’s not much different than with a car—you don’t want the car’s final moments to be when you’re on the road. Getting ahead of a furnace that’s in its final year or two is more convenient, and it also means you’ll start enjoying better heating performance and energy efficiency from a new system.

The trick is determining when you need Cincinnati, OH, furnace service to put in a new furnace. We’ve listed 6 common signs that your furnace is approaching the end and it’s time to make arrangements for a replacement.

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How a Faulty Thermostat Can Harm Your Home’s Cooling

Monday, September 14th, 2020

technician-working-on-thermostatAir conditioning systems are complicated machines, so there are numerous ways they can malfunction and lose cooling capacity. Thankfully, they are also durable machines, so most homeowners won’t need to call for air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, OH more often than a few times during their AC’s service life—and most of those will be during the last few years.

But there’s an important part of a home’s cooling that can malfunction that’s outside of the air conditioner: the thermostat. The thermostat is part of the overall HVAC system of a home, and when it develops faults, it can have serious effects on home comfort. It’s easy for a non-professional to misdiagnose a thermostat problem as a different issue with the AC. This is why we recommend you always call HVAC pros when you’ve got issues with your cooling: only skilled technicians can find out what’s actually wrong and fix it.

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