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You 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 Specifically, for those homeowners still using outdated manual thermostats or very basic digital models.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.

I Already Have a Programmable Thermostat, Though

Okay—but that’s not the same thing. Don’t get us wrong. Programmable thermostats are great. They are certainly a lot better than your standard dial or slide manual thermostats. With a programmable model, you can set temperatures easily and accurately, and you can set up heating and cooling programs that make living comfortably more efficient and convenient. A smart thermostat really takes things to the next level, though.

With a smart thermostat, you never have to worry about forgetting to adjust the temperature before you leave the house. Why? Because you can access your thermostat and set it remotely through the use of a smartphone, tablet, or PC. You get all of the programmability that you could want, too, and you can even integrate your smart thermostat into a bigger home automation system if and when you are ready.

Smart thermostats are the clear choice if you are very efficiency minded, too. Not only do you eliminate the need for fiddling with the thermostat thanks to its programmability, and not only can you control it remotely in order to make adjustments on the fly, but some smart thermostats actually learn your heating and cooling preferences. They can sense when the house is empty. They’ll know when you’re coming home. And they can automate your comfort programs to keep everything just the way you like it in the most efficient manner possible!

Schedule Your Smart Thermostat Services with Us

Not all HVAC systems are going to be compatible with all smart thermostats. In some cases, system upgrades may be necessary if you’re going to use a smart thermostat to its fullest capabilities. The good news is that the smart thermostat pros on our team are here to help. We’ll help you to determine if a smart thermostat is right for you, which smart thermostat is right for your system, and if any further adjustments to existing equipment are necessary. Call today to get started.

Schedule all of your smart thermostat and HVAC services with Bartels Heating & Cooling.

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Ductless 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.

Failed air handler

A ductless mini split system sends conditioned air into the living spaces through wall-mounted air handlers, each of which connects to the outdoor condenser unit through lines that pass through the wall. If one of the air handlers stops working, it’s usually not a major emergency because the other air handlers will continue to operate. But you’ll still want this fixed as soon as possible. Not only will it restore cooling, but the problem may be from a refrigerant leak, and this will eventually affect the rest of the system.

Signs of water damage

Make an occasional check around each air handler to see if there are traces of water damage, such as warped wallpaper or mold. This can indicate a condensate line leak. This is a risk because it will weaken the wall material and allow the wall unit to tear away and fall.

A general drop in heating and cooling power

Because each air handler can be manipulated separately, you can control the level of cooling/heating they put out. But if you notice that you’re having trouble keeping rooms around the house sufficiently conditioned, this points toward something wrong with the outdoor condenser or a loss of refrigerant—both situations will cause all the air handlers to lose conditioning power. You may even have a compressor in danger of failing, and replacing a busted compressor is one of the most expensive repairs to schedule.

Low airflow

If one of the air handlers has low airflow coming from it, the first thing you should do is clean its filter. Each air handler has a permanent plastic filter you can access by opening the front compartment. Clean the filter in the sink, allow it to air dry, then put it back in place. We recommend doing this every 1–3 months. If a clogged filter isn’t the problem, you may need to have professionals check on the unit’s motor.

Our technicians at Bartels are ready to help with all your heating and cooling needs, and they are standing by 24/7 to help!

Call Bartels Heating & Cooling “For a Comfortable Way of Life.”

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You probably landed on this blog post because you’re currently thinking about replacing your old AC before the summer heat starts. You’ve heard about heat pumps and how they are an excellent option for an HVAC replacement since they work as both cooling and heating systems. But are heat pumps really good options for you to consider? Are they really as fantastic as you hear?

The answer is “Yes, but …” We’ll explain more below.

Heat Pumps Offer Superb Benefits

Yes, heat pumps are fantastic appliances that can completely change the way you provide comfort to your house. A heat pump isn’t much different from the central air conditioning system you currently have. It uses the same process of circulating refrigerant to move heat from one place to another that an AC uses. Unlike an AC, a heat pump can switch the direction it moves heat so it can either remove heat from the house (cooling mode) or bring heat into the house from outside (heating mode). All it takes to go from one mode to the other is a change on the thermostat.

There are other heat pumps benefits. They have much higher energy efficiency in heating mode than other types of electrically powered heaters, like electric furnaces. They also send around a heat that’s much more cozy-feeling than the heat from forced-air furnaces.

Heat Pumps Are Not Ideal for All Situations

Here’s the second part of “Yes, but …” Although heat pumps are great for many homes, they are not the right unit for all homes and all situations. For example:

  • Heat pumps are more expensive than standard air conditioners. If you are only planning to replace your air conditioner rather than both your air conditioner and heater, a heat pump isn’t a cost-effective choice. To get a proper return on investment on a heat pump, it needs to work around the year to heat and cool, not just one of those jobs.
  • Homes that use natural gas to power their furnaces are probably best staying with natural gas heaters. Natural gas is an inexpensive fuel source that burns cleanly, and gas furnaces create high levels of heat. Heat pumps work best as heaters for homes that rely exclusively on electricity.
  • Heat pumps can lose their energy efficiency in heat mode when the temperatures outdoor are extremely cold—and we often experience cold days that can put a heat pump to the test. There’s an option to have a dual fuel heat pump put in, but please ask a professional about the most cost-effective and comfortable solution for your needs.
Let the Experts Help You

For any air conditioning service in Cincinnati, OH—and that includes installing a heat pump—always ask for the assistance of a licensed expert. Our technicians will make sure you have a new AC or heat pump that matches your home, budget, and other requirements. We have more than 40 years of history keeping our customers happy and comfortable in their homes.

“For a Comfortable Way of Life” call on Bartels Heating & Cooling! We install heat pump and dual fuel systems.

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Our team here at Bartels Heating & Cooling, Inc. is proud to announce that we’ve received the 2019 President’s Award from Carrier for quality and leadership excellence!

What does this mean?

This means that we’ve been recognized by Carrier Corporation, a leader in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, for our commitment to quality, leadership, and excellence in the HVAC industry.

The award is given out each year to a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer who demonstrates technical expertise while serving as leaders for the Carrier brand. The winning dealerships are committed to service excellence and providing exceptional customer care.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without you, our valued customers, so we’d like to say thank you! We’d also like to give a special shoutout to our wonderful technicians, who’ve allowed us to grow into the company we are today.

Thank you for all the support, and we look forward to working with you!

For all your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs, contact the team at Bartels Heating & Cooling, Inc. today! 

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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! 

Here’s What You Can Do

There are plenty of ways to make your home feel nice and cool, even when temperatures outside soar. Here’s what you can do:

1) Use Your Curtains

It’s no secret that the sun is hot, and if it’s shining in through your windows, it’s going to bring in a lot of excess heat. All this excess heat is going to make your home feel extra warm and force your air conditioner to work harder to do its job. One thing you can do to keep excess heat out of your home is close your curtains on your south and west-facing windows. This is a great way to keep out the sun’s hot rays and keep your home feeling nice and cool.

2) Turn on Your Ceiling Fan

If you’ve got ceiling fans in your home, turn them on! Your ceiling fan works to better circulate cool, conditioned air throughout your home so that your AC doesn’t have to do all the work. Not only will this lower your monthly cooling costs, but it will make you feel much cooler and much more comfortable as a result.

3) Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to preset your desired comfort levels for certain hours of the day. This will allow your AC to maintain temperature during milder periods of the day and reduce the need for your system to play “catch up” during the hottest part of the day. This is a great way to keep your home cool, comfortable, and energy efficient!

4) Minimize Indoor Cooking

Stoves and ovens generate a lot of heat… even boiling water can make your home feel quite warm! Therefore, one way you can keep your home cool this summer is by taking your cooking outdoors. Who doesn’t love a good barbeque?

5) Enjoy a Quicker, Cooler Shower

Taking a cooler, quicker shower is a great way to reduce the level of humidity in your home, which can have a huge impact on comfort and efficiency. Additionally, be sure to run your bathroom exhaust fan during and after showering.

6) Schedule AC Maintenance

Annual preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is working efficiently and effectively all summer long! During your maintenance visit, your technician will thoroughly inspect your system to locate and correct minor issues before they become major. This is key to ensuring you and your family stay cool and comfortable, even during the hottest heatwave.

For all things air conditioning in Cincinnati, OH, trust the team at Bartels Heating & Cooling. Contact us today! 

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With 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!

Signs That Your AC is in Trouble

Here are a couple of tell-tale signs that your air conditioner is need of repairs:

One: Low Airflow

Low airflow indicates that there is cool air trapped somewhere in the system. Though this may not seem like a big deal, it can certainly be a big problem in terms of efficiency. When there is air trapped in the system, coils can freeze over and your system will have to work much harder to do its job, increasing strain on the components. If left ignored, this can lead to costly repairs and high energy costs.

Two: Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your air conditioner repeatedly turns on and off without ever completing a full cooling cycle. If this is happening in your home, your best bet is to turn off the system and contact your local HVAC pro. Short cycling is not only super inefficient, but it also places a ton of excess wear and tear on the system. So, if your system keeps turning on and off every few minutes, don’t hesitate to schedule your repairs.

Three: Uneven Cooling

Uneven cooling is one of the more subtle signs of an AC problem and often gets ignored. However, when one or more rooms in a home aren’t receiving the same level of cooling as others, it is definitely a sign that your system is operating as it should. This sign often suggests that you’ve got poor insulation, windows in need of caulking, or leaky ductwork.

Four: Strange Noises

Your air conditioner is not inherently noisy. In fact, the only sound you should ever hear coming from your AC is the sound of air gently whooshing through the vents. Therefore, sounds that resemble screeching, clanking, humming, rattling, and moaning are definitely a cause for concern. A professional AC technician will be able to accurately diagnose and repair this issue in no time!

Five: Increased Bills

We always recommend keeping a close eye on your monthly energy bills. If you find that you are paying more and more each month to keep your home cool, it is likely that there is an issue making your air conditioner inefficient. Of course, you don’t want to pay more than you should have to, so it is important to address this issue ASAP!

To schedule your AC repairs this summer, contact the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling. 

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It’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! 

Here’s Why You Need to Schedule Your Tune-Up Now: Efficiency

Perhaps the most important reason to schedule your air conditioning maintenance services now is energy efficiency. When your AC is energy efficient, you won’t have to worry about costly repairs and sky-high energy bills. Trust us, you don’t want to pay more than you have to to keep your home cool throughout the summer.

During your annual maintenance visit, your technician will thoroughly inspect your system to locate and correct minor issues before they become major. Additionally, he or she will make minor adjustments when necessary to boost efficiency and performance.

Reliability

When you schedule your AC services before summer begins, you can be sure that it is equipped to keep your home cool and comfortable, even during the hottest heatwave. Surely, there is nothing quite worse than having to deal with a system breakdown during the time of year you depend on your system most, as a system breakdown can leave you feeling quite uncomfortable.

Convenience

Far too many homeowners wait until the last minute to schedule their air conditioning services, leaving HVAC technicians all over the area quite busy responding to dozens of service calls. Though this is great for business, it can make it quite difficult for you to schedule a visit that works with your schedule. But when you call early, you are sure to find a time that is convenient for you.

Additionally, scheduling early ensures that there is plenty of time to take care of any repairs necessary before temperatures soar.

Be Sure to Hire a Professional

It is important that you hire a professional for your annual tune-up and inspection. Your HVAC in Cincinnati, OH requires the hands of a knowledgable, well-trained, and experienced professional to ensure that it is both efficient and safe to use.

Sure, there are going to be plenty of amateurs willing to service your system, however, we advise you against scheduling with an amateur, as an attempt to save money can end up costing you much more in the long run. When you need professional services, be sure to trust our team!

To schedule your AC maintenance services this Spring, contact the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling. For a comfortable way of life. 

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Many homeowners across the country are opting to have heat pumps installed in their homes, and if you are one of those homeowners, you are well aware of the benefits: heat pumps are efficient, effective, and quite versatile. In fact, heat pumps are one of the few HVAC systems in the market that allow for both summertime cooling and wintertime heating, making them a convenient and cost-effective choice. But, no matter how great your system is, it is going to require repairs at some point. And when this happens, you are going to need a team of expert HVAC contractors in Hamilton, OH to service your system.

If you own a heat pump, it is important that you schedule your repairs at the first sign of a problem to prevent it from growing worse. That is why it is important to be aware of some of the most common repairs that your system may experience. So below, we have outlined a few of them for you. Keep reading to find out more!  

The Most Common Heat Pump Repairs Refrigerant Leaks

Your heat pump works much like an air conditioner, utilizing the flow of refrigerant to transfer heat from one place to another. Refrigerant is necessary for the operation of your heat pump in both the winter and the summer, so when there is a leak, you can surely expect some issues to follow. A leak in the refrigerant line means that there isn’t enough to properly absorb and transfer heat, which can cause damage to the compressor and impact your comfort.

An HVAC professional will be able to seal up any leaks in the refrigerant line and recharge the refrigerant so that your system works efficiently and effectively again. Do not hesitate to contact a professional if you notice a decline in heating/cooling power or hear any strange hissing sounds.

Outdoor Unit Iced Over

The outdoor coil is where heat is released in the winter and absorbed in the summer. In the winter, it is quite common for a layer of frost to develop on the outdoor unit. However, your heat pump should be running a defrost cycle to get rid of this frost because if too much ice builds up, it can block the unit entirely, leading to all sorts of issues. If this happens, it is important that you contact a professional right away, as this issue puts immense strain on your system and can eventually lead to a system break down.

Broken Reversing Valve

The reversing valve is what allows the heat pump to reverse the flow of refrigerant, granting you the ability to switch between “heating mode” and “cooling mode”. Sometimes though, the reversing valve may fail and end up getting stuck in one position, which will prevent you from switching between heating and cooling modes. If this happens, be sure to hire an expert who can replace the faulty valve for you.

Electrical Failure

Your heat pump uses electricity to power the compressor and the fan motors. Therefore, electrical failure is a quite common reason for heat pump repairs. Sometimes, certain electrical components will need to be replaced, and when this happens, you are going to need to hire a professional who knows what they are doing.

For all your heat pump and HVAC repair needs, contact the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling. 

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When you turn on your furnace on a cold winter day, you don’t expect to hear a symphony of strange sounds. In fact, the only sound you should ever hear coming from your furnace is the gentle sound of air whooshing through the vents. Therefore, if you are noticing any bizarre, out of the ordinary noises coming from your system, it is definitely time to schedule your repairs with an HVAC contractor in Fairfield, OH.

There are a number of concerning sounds that you may hear from your furnace at some point during its service life. If you would like to find out what some of these sounds mean, then keep reading below! We have provided a quick guide to odd noises. 

Here Are Some Noises You Definitely Don’t Want to Hear: Screeching

A loud screeching sound is often a sign that your furnace’s blower motor is not working as it should. A malfunctioning blower means that the heat produced by your furnace will not be able to successfully circulate throughout your home.

Sometimes, screeching indicates that the motor is in desperate need of lubrication, but on the other hand, it might mean that it has stopped working altogether. This is why it is important to have a professional take a look at your system to determine the cause of the sound.

Clanking

If the noise you are hearing sounds like metal-on-metal, this could be an indication of a serious problem with the blower wheel. If this is the case, it is important to shut the system off and contact an expert right away. This way, you can prevent further damage to the wheel, for more damage to the wheel means more damage to your wallet!

Bangs and Booms

Often, the banging or the booming you may hear coming from your furnace is indicative of a dirty burner, which can definitely be dangerous. The noise you hear is caused by a delay in ignition due to dirt build-up. The gas builds up, and when it finally ignites, a small explosion occurs inside your furnace.

We do not recommend cleaning the burners yourself. During your annual maintenance visit, your technician should clean out the burners to ensure the safety of your furnace.

Rattling

Sure, rattling may not seem like the most threatening sound, however, a rattling furnace is definitely a sign that something is seriously wrong with your system. A broken heat exchanger may just be the culprit, and this is something that needs to be addressed right away!

Excess heat in your furnace can cause the heat exchanger to crack, which has the potential to allow carbon monoxide and other hazardous gasses into your home. So, if you hear rattling, be sure to turn off your furnace and contact a professional right away.

The Importance of Maintenance

Annual preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that your furnace keeps working as it should, reducing the need for repairs and lowering the risks associated with operating a faulty furnace. Be sure to schedule your maintenance with a professional soon!

To schedule your maintenance or repair services, contact the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling today.

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If you are like many homeowners, you’ve likely spent hundreds of dollars on your heating system. From installation to repairs, you’ve dealt with it all. So, why not do all you can to get the most out of it? Changing the way in which you are able to interact with your heater can give your system the boost it needs to function more efficiently and effectively.

Of course, your primary means of interacting with your heater is through your thermostat. Though it may not seem like a big deal, owning a smart, up-to-date thermostat can end up saving you a lot of money on annual heating costs.  In this week’s blog, we are going to be discussing three of the most important reasons why you should consider upgrading your thermostat. Keep reading below.

Smart Thermostats Are… 1) Accurate

A manual thermostat is any thermostat that you set manually by using a dial or a sliding switch. These traditional thermostats are often inaccurate, as it can be quite hard to tell where things line up. Often the temperature reading does not match how you actually feel, causing you to make minor adjustments all day long.

Though it may not seem like a big deal, the difference between just one or two degrees can put a lot of strain on your system. Smart thermostats have digital, easy-to-read displays, eliminating the confusion altogether! This makes for the most effective heating in Fairfield, OH. 

2) Programmable

Far too often, homeowners waste tons of energy heating unused spaces. In fact, just by lowering your temperature by a couple of degrees at night or while you’re at work, you can drastically cut your heating bills.

A smart, programmable thermostat can create a heating program based around your personal schedule, so there is no need to worry about forgetting to lower the temperature when you step out for the day.

3) WiFi Compatible

Nowadays, almost all devices are able to connect to your home’s WiFi — even your coffee maker! Smart thermostats are also WiFi compatible, meaning that you can access them remotely from anywhere in the world just as long as you have a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

4) Smart

And yes, of course, smart thermostats are smart! Some of these thermostats have the ability to learn your heating preferences and create the perfect program for you, highlighting opportunities for you to be even more energy efficient.

Some smart thermostats can even analyze local weather conditions in order to make adjustments to ensure you are comfortable and warm inside your home.

Call in a Professional

If you are interested in upgrading your thermostat, be sure to consult with a professional HVAC technician first. Only a professional can determine exactly which thermostat is going to best meet your family’s specific needs.

It is important that your new thermostat is properly installed and integrated to work seamlessly with your heating and cooling systems. Never hire an amateur for your HVAC services because sometimes an attempt to save money can end up costing you much more in the long run.

To learn more about upgrading your thermostat, contact Bartels Heating & Cooling, Inc. 

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