Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon’

Ways We Can Improve Your HVAC System in Summer

Monday, July 19th, 2021

family-in-homeAlthough you may not list “air conditioner” as one of the great pleasures of the summer, you still connect the two in your mind. You just can’t relax and enjoy the hot months without having the retreat of a comfortably cool home.

If you’re wondering if you can make your AC better, we have some suggestions. We can help your AC provide you with better and more energy-efficient cooling. The right improvements depend on the current situation you have with your AC, but here are some suggestions.

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Is a High-Efficiency AC Worth It?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

air-conditioner-on-leavesIf you are thinking of making upgrades for your home’s HVAC in Lebanon, OH before the big summer heat, you’ve probably already considered the option of installing a high-efficiency air conditioning system. (After all, you landed on this page!) High-efficiency ACs are increasingly popular, but homeowners often have second thoughts about installing them because they cost more than standard efficiency ACs. 

A bit of hesitancy when making an upgrade is a good thing: we recommend customers always work with us to help them make the choice that’s best for their home, and the highest-efficiency AC is not always ideal. We can’t give you a definite answer to the question in the title in a blog post because we don’t know your customized cooling requirements. You’ll need to consult with us to find an answer. But we can provide you with some important information about high-efficiency air conditioning systems that will help you start to focus on your needs.

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March Report Card: Grade Your Heater’s Performance

Monday, March 1st, 2021

thumbs-upMarch doesn’t mean we’re through with cold weather. But it’s when winter officially ends and we start the build toward summer. Now is a good time to think about how your heater performed during the winter so you’ll have an idea if you need to make any updates, repairs, or even a full replacement for it during the spring or summer. 

We’ll go with a grading system you’re familiar with—school report card grades! Consider how well your heater worked over the past winter. Take into account your comfort, how often you needed to run the heater, if it required any repairs, its age, and your sense of its reliability. Give it a grade from “A” to “F” and look at our handy guide below:

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Is This Furnace Repair Worth the Cost?

Monday, November 9th, 2020

furnace-heater-repairYou keep a close watch on your budget so you know when you’re sinking too much money into any one item. When winter weather comes around, you want to pay special attention to your furnace, since your family’s comfort and safety relies on its steady operation. At some point, you may need a furnace repair in Lebanon, OH to keep your furnace running, and that repair may come this winter. When confronting any large furnace repair, you’ll ask yourself if the price is worth it. Is it better to have the repair done or have a new furnace put in?

Sometimes you won’t have trouble with the question, especially if the furnace is relatively young (under ten years) and the repair is covered by the warranty. But we’re going to look at some of the more borderline cases. 

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It’s Fall—And Your Heater Is Ready for Its Maintenance Close-Up!

Monday, September 28th, 2020

service-blue-markerNow that fall has started, you have plenty of planning ahead for the seasonal weather shift. One of the most important steps to take is to schedule a maintenance appointment for your heating system. Whether your house has a gas furnace, electric furnace, boiler, or heat pump to provide vital winter warmth, it must have a professional Lebanon, OH, HVAC technician gives it a thorough inspection and tune-up.

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Is Duct Sealing Really Helpful?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

duct-sealing-with-caulkingNot only is duct sealing helpful, in situations of major duct leakage it’s a necessity. Going without it means paying more to heat and cool your house, creating extra strain on the HVAC system, a shorter life for the heater and AC, unhealthy and poor-smelling air in the house, and other problems.

We know why people wonder about the usefulness of duct sealing. It’s because ducts are hard to see. This makes it difficult to visualize the ducts needing to have any repairs in the first place. When you see damage to a wall or dying grass on the lawn, it’s a signal to do something about it. The only warning signs you’ll have that your ducts are in trouble are second-hand issues that might be from other troubles. These include higher energy bills and hot/cold spots around the house.

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What a Clogged Filter Can Do to Your Furnace

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

pleated-air-filterThe air filter on the HVAC cabinet of your home has a vital job to do—and it isn’t connected to the quality of the air circulating through the house. People often have this misunderstanding: they hear the word filter an imagine the mesh of the filter trapping unhealthy particles in it. You can have HVAC technicians install special indoor air quality filters into the ductwork to remove contaminants from the house—but the one already in place isn’t doing that job.

So what is the filter for? It protects the furnace and air conditioner inside the HVAC cabinet from the dust, lint, and other debris that comes through the return air ducts. After one to three months, the filter will collect enough debris that it must be replaced with a clean one. It’s easy to forget to do this, but we strongly urge you to set reminders for yourself about it. If you leave a clogged filter in place this winter, it can have negative effects on your furnace and lead to furnace repair in Lebanon, OH.

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Providing Enough Heat?

Monday, October 28th, 2019

cold-manThe weather is cooling down at the end of October—we’re finally in the full fall weather. That means furnaces are going to start coming on for the first time since early spring.

Unfortunately, sometimes furnaces might have a surprise in store for a home—not delivering enough heat to keep people warm. If this is happening in your house, you can at least be thankful you caught the problem early in the season. With professional furnace repair in Lebanon, OH from our experts, you can have the system back in great shape before the worst cold of winter arrives.

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The Benefits of Packaged Rooftop HVAC Units

Monday, September 30th, 2019

rooftop-unit-commercialWhen it comes to providing heating and air conditioning to commercial spaces, the most popular option is the packaged rooftop unit. You’re familiar with these—you see them on top of most commercial buildings, and they’re popular locations for chases and shootouts in movies. But rooftop units are common for a reason, and it’s not just to give movie heroes a place to run for cover during an action scene.

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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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