The Different Kinds of Geothermal Installations

November 5th, 2014

Geothermal systems have been around since the 1940s, but they’ve recently become more popular among homeowners. There can be some concerns about installing a geothermal system, one of which is having enough yard space to accommodate the ground loop. There are several ways the ground loop can be installed, allowing those with small yards to move forward with a geothermal installation in Cincinnati. Geothermal systems require proper installation, so it’s important to hire professionals with experience, like the ones at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning.

Types of Geothermal Installations

Closed Loop

There are 4 main types of geothermal installations, and three of them are known as “closed-loop” systems. Closed-loop geothermal systems have a continuous loop that circulates a heat-absorbing fluid to the heat pump and back out again. The three types of closed-loop systems are:

  • Horizontal
  • Vertical
  • Pond/Lake

Open Loop

Open-loop geothermal systems are used with on-site wells or surface water. In an open-loop system, the water serves as the heat exchange fluid. The loop circulates the water directly through the heat pump, then discharges to a discharge well or surface discharge, depending on the water source.

Both systems are equally efficient. Determining which type would be best for your property will depend on things like water access and yard size. This is one of the reasons why working with a trained professional is so important: he/she can help you determine which system will fit best with your home.

Benefits of Geothermal Systems

  • Very energy efficient – geothermal systems use the thermal energy in water and/or in the ground to heat your home; a small amount of electricity is used to power the heat pump.
  • Long lifespan – the heat pumps for a geothermal system have an average lifespan of 20-25 years, and the loops have an average lifespan of 25-50 years.
  • Comfortable heating and cooling – heat pumps provide air in a low-volume, continuous way, which many people find comfortable.

Geothermal systems have long lifespans, are incredibly energy efficient and use a sustainable resource to both heat and cool your home. If you are interested in a geothermal installation in Cincinnati, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Anderson Boiler Question: Does Rust on My Boiler Mean I Must Replace It?

October 29th, 2014

Boilers remain a popular heating choice in homes because they offer optimal performance, incredible efficiency, and a chance at fewer breakdowns than some other systems. Furnaces are the most popular heating option in homes today, but these rely on potentially faulty ductwork and several moving mechanical parts in order to operate, meaning there is a high risk of repairs. Boilers only need to generate heat and circulate hot water, which means your system may go a long time without needing any repairs.

However, one risk of owning a water heating system is rust. Most boilers have safety measures in place to prevent rust and corrosion from occurring in the first place. However, if your boiler is not protected and corrosion begins to affect your system, it may be time for replacement.

Rust occurs when iron and oxygen react with one another in the presence of water. So, if oxygen gets into your boiler tank which is made of steel, an iron alloy, it can cause rust to form, which eventually causes the tank to corrode. In many boilers, the water is alkalized to reduce the chances of oxidization. However, when there is no feedwater treatment for the water that enters your boiler, you may be out of luck.

Sometimes, you can simply replace one component that has begun to rust if the issue is caught early on. However, when one component of your boiler begins to rust, other parts are generally soon to follow. It may be safest to replace the entire boiler than to replace one component, so that you can prevent leaks from damaging your home.

The best way to tell whether your boiler needs replacement is to ask a heating specialist. Heating experts know what to look for when inspecting your system for rust, and can let you know if your system is at a high risk for corrosion. Schedule heating system maintenance every year for some peace of mind that your system won’t suddenly break down when you need it most.

Call the heating experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule professional boiler services in Anderson, OH or if you’d like more information about what rust means for your boiler. We’re here to help!

Get the Most from Your Heating This Season with a Thermostat Upgrade

October 22nd, 2014

Your heating system may be one of the most efficient systems available on the market, but it still won’t run as well as it could without a proper thermostat. The thermostat is one of the smallest but also one of the most important components of your heater, signaling when it is time for your system to switch on and off. In this regard, it may seem as though every thermostat is relatively similar. However, your older, outdated thermostat may be costing you more every month.

Let’s say you have a manual thermostat: the type that uses dials and sliders to set the temperature rather than buttons and a digital screen. These dials and sliders are somewhat helpful, but you may not be able to gauge when it is exactly at the right temperature. If you are trying to heat your home to a certain temperature, you may end up setting the dial or slider one or two degrees above what was intended. Even a couple degrees difference forces your heater to utilize extra energy, and this can cost you a lot more than you intended. Besides, an overworked heating system can wear down quickly and break down sooner than it should.

Thermostat Upgrades

You don’t need to install a new heater to save money every month. You can get more out of your heating system this season with a thermostat upgrade. Here are a few ways this can benefit you.

  • Digital: A digital display is far more accurate than a manual thermostat and helps you to keep track of exactly how warm your home is every day.
  • Programmable: Use the programmable features of your new thermostat to set the thermostat in advance. Some homeowners want to ensure their home is heated when they arrive from work, so they may keep the system on throughout the day. With a programmable thermostat, you can save energy by setting it to come on 30 minutes before you arrive home instead.
  • Wireless: Finally, ask your technician about installing a wireless thermostats, one of the most effective models available today.

Considering a thermostat upgrade for your heating in Cincinnati, OH? Call the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment!

Are Heat Pumps Effective Enough for the Winter?

October 15th, 2014

Heat pumps in Anderson have become very popular systems for a number of reasons, but there is some concern about their ability to properly heat during the coldest months of the winter. Understanding how a heat pump works can help to answer some of the questions of its effectiveness during winter. RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning technicians have the expertise to help you with any heat pump issue, so call us today for quality heat pump services in Anderson, OH.

How Does a Heat Pump Heat?

Heat pumps can offer both heating and cooling because of a special component they have called a reversing valve. This valve changes the flow of refrigerant, allowing the heat pump to switch between heating and cooling. During the winter, the refrigerant in the heat pump absorbs the heat from the surrounding area, concentrates it, then distributes it to your home. For cooling, the process is reversed. The concern with heat pumps comes when the temperatures runs below freezing. This is because the amount of heat that can be extracted from the air decreases, and it can force the heat pump to work harder to achieve your set temperature. If you are in an area where the temperature frequently runs below the freezing point, you may need to use a supplemental system with your heat pump. You can address this and any other concerns about using a heat pump with a trained professional.

Benefits of Heat Pumps

As we discussed above, heat pumps are 2-in-1 devices, offering both heating and cooling for your home. But there are some other benefits worth considering:

  • Better energy efficiency – heat pumps do not use any fossil fuels, and only need a small amount of electricity to operate. This makes them very energy efficient.
  • Comfortable heating – the low, continuous output of a heat pump can be more comfortable for some people as compared to forced air systems.
  • Long lifespan – the average lifespan of a heat pump is 20-25 years; the average lifespan of a furnace is 15-20.

A heat pump in Anderson can be a great choice for your home, but the best way to assess this is to work with an expert. Call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

 

Furnace, Boiler, Heat Pump: Choices for New Heating Installation

October 8th, 2014

A well maintained heating system can last for decades. Unfortunately, even the best kept system will eventually fail from age and use. When that happens, it’s good to know the options you have available for new heating systems. Read on to find out which heating installation option is right for you.

Furnace

Furnaces are the core of the traditional forced air heating system. They burn wood, oil, or gas to heat the air. The warm air is then circulated around the house by a fan and duct system. This is one of the most common heating systems, which makes it easy to service and find replacement parts for it. Furnaces also work well in any kind of climate. They are not the most efficient of systems, however, and require a quality exhaust flue system to vent dangerous combustion gases out of the house.

Boiler

Boilers are another common heating system across the country, though not as widespread as furnaces in most places. A boiler uses water to transport heat instead of air. The hot water is usually distributed through pipes installed in the subfloor of each room. The heat radiates up through the floor, heating the rest of the room. This is referred to as a hydronic radiant heating system. Radiant heating can deliver more heat more efficiently than forced air systems can. They have a slightly more involved installation process, however.

Heat Pump

A heat pump is a combination of both heating and air conditioning systems. It is comprised of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. A reversing valve controls which way the refrigerant flows in the system, determining whether it is in heating or cooling mode. In heating mode, the outdoor unit draws thermal energy from the air around it. This energy is then directed to the indoor unit to heat and circulate air through the house. Utilizing this thermal energy from the environment makes the heat pump an efficient system. You will very likely save money on your heating bills if you decide to install a heat pump system. Be advised, however, that heat pumps can lose efficiency in prolonged sub-freezing temperatures.

If you are considering installing new heating in Cincinnati, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a service appointment. We’re experts when it comes to heating installation and we provide services in the surrounding Cincinnati area.

How Heating Repair Saves You Money

October 1st, 2014

It’s started to get chilly, and while your heating system may not yet be on full-time, we’re betting you’ve fired it up once or twice in the past couple of weeks. If you ended last heating season knowing there were problems with your heating system, or you’ve noticed some strange things in this early season, don’t ignore them: schedule heating repair in Anderson, OH. As always, the trained technicians at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help you with any heating repair you may have, so call us as soon as you see signs of potential problems.

Why It’s Important to Schedule Heating Repair

Here are some reasons why it is important to schedule heating repair now instead of waiting:

  • Energy efficiency – a heating system that runs in an impaired state requires more energy to do its job. As such, it will cost more money to operate. Repairing your system in a timely manner means you aren’t running a system that can, and will, use more energy.
  • Helps prevent future repairs – scheduling repair for your system not only addresses the existing problem, but can also lead to the repair of other potential problems. This can save you money because fixing developing problems immediately can help you get ahead of a repair that, with time, could become costly.
  • Helps extend life of equipment – operating a system with malfunctioning components can prematurely age your system. By attending to repairs in a timely manner, you remove this extra stress from your system and allow it to function optimally.

There are a couple of other benefits worth considering in addition to the ones listed above:

  • Safety – most heating systems use combustion to create heat. As such, they emit dangerous fumes that are vented, and use highly-flammable fuels. When you operate your heating system with dirty components or cracks in your flue, you put yourself, your family and your home at risk.
  • Temporary loss of heat – at some point, that repair may cause your heating system to breakdown. No one wants to be without heat on a cold day, so it’s best to take care of repairs as they happen, and not when they shut down your heating system.

Don’t let your heating repair in Anderson, OH wait. Call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained experts.

When Should I Schedule Maintenance for My Furnace?

September 24th, 2014

Your furnace runs throughout the season to keep you comfortable, so it’s vulnerable to a lot of wear and tear in the winter. Each year, it’s important to schedule professional furnace maintenance to ensure that your furnace continues to run as effectively and efficiently as possible. But many homeowners don’t think about calling for service until it’s too late and their unit needs major repairs. To help you decide to make the important call for furnace maintenance, the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning have put together this list of a few of the major reasons to call a technician today.

  • Reduced Repairs: If you schedule furnace maintenance early on in the heating season, you’re far less likely to need any repairs throughout winter. A maintenance technician clears off any debris lodged in your system that may lead to problems, checks for air leaks, and makes minor adjustments, all of which help to keep major repairs at bay. The technician will also let you know if further repairs should be scheduled, so you won’t run into unexpected problems later on.
  • Energy Savings: Dust on your furnace may reduce its efficiency, as will a clogged filter or a faulty power source. Technicians check for and correct these problems and others that reduce efficiency during annual maintenance. In fact, homeowners who call for maintenance may see their energy bills lowered immediately after a maintenance visit.
  • Longer Lifespan: Finally, maintenance may actually extend the lifespan of your unit. Unaddressed repair needs can cause excessive damage to your unit, to the point that it may require premature replacement.

During maintenance, the technician cleans several components of your unit and makes any adjustments that can be completed without major repair. However, you will be informed if your unit needs any additional service, so you can learn about problems before a sudden breakdown leaves your home without any heating on a cold day. If you want to make sure your furnace is in top working condition throughout the heating season, contact RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning for repairs or maintenance for your furnace in Cincinnati. Give our experts a call today and schedule an appointment.

Forced Air vs. Ductless: Which Is the Best HVAC System for Your Business?

September 17th, 2014

There are a lot of choices available to property owners when it comes to choosing a commercial HVAC system. In fact, there are enough choices as to cause some challenges in determining the system that will best fit your property. When it comes to comparing two HVAC systems, such as forcedair versus ductless, the main question to keep in mind is: which system will best meet your needs? One of the best ways to determine this is to work with a trained professional. RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in commercial HVAC services in Anderson, and our expertise and knowledge can help you with the installation, maintenance and repair of any commercial HVAC system.

Advantages of Both Systems

One of the ways to determine if a system is a good fit for your property is to review the advantages and disadvantages of each system. We will first review the advantages:

Forced Air:

  • Lower costs – forced air systems typically cost less than other systems, sometimes as much as 40%
  • Widely available – forced air systems are very popular, and as such, there are many models and options available for property owners.
  • Good energy efficiency – forced air systems can provide 90-95% efficiency when using gas or oil for fuel, and 100% when using electricity.

Ductless Systems:

  • No need for ductwork – as per the name, ductless heat pumps do not need air ducts to deliver the heat; instead, they use indoor blowers. This helps with both maintenance and eliminates the possibility of air loss through faulty ductwork.
  • Customized cooling and heating – the indoor blowers of a ductless system operate independently, allowing you to cool and heat only the areas that need it. This helps with comfort and energy efficiency.
  • Easy expansion – because there is no ductwork, it is easy to add on to a ductless system: just mount another blower and attach it to the outdoor unit.

Disadvantages of Both Systems

Forced Air:

  • Ductwork is needed for expansion
  • Single-temperature thermostat
  • Longer installation process

Ductless:

  • May need several outdoor units to support blowers
  • Ductless systems usually cost more
  • Blowers don’t have a “built-in” look

As we mentioned above, working with a specialist is the best way to ensure your cooling and heating needs are met. Call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts to discuss your commercial HVAC needs in Anderson.

How to Tell That You Need Duct Sealing

September 10th, 2014

The vent work in your home is made to be durable, but that doesn’t mean it won’t experience wear or damage during its lifespan. Faulty ductwork can lead to multiple problems, and once a crack or hole develops, it doesn’t go away and typically gets worse over time. One of the best ways to manage holes and cracks in your ductwork in Cincinnati is by scheduling a professional duct sealing appointment with RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning.

How Are Ducts Sealed?

Hint: it’s not with duct tape. In fact, you should never try to cover up cracks and holes in your ductwork with duct tape; it won’t hold, and the glue can break down and make a mess. So how do professionals seal ducts?

The technician will begin the process by conducting a thorough inspection of your ductwork to assess the areas that need sealing. To seal the cracks and holes, he/she will brush a fibrous adhesive called mastic onto the cracked area. Once the area is fully covered with mastic, the technician will lay a piece of foil or fiberglass tape on top to secure the seal. Mastic needs time to cure, but once it does, the seal is hard and permanent.

For disconnected sections of ductwork, the technician will brush both ends of the pieces of ductwork with mastic, then wrap a metal binding around the connected pieces. The binding is secured with sheet metal nails, and the mastic forms a hardseal once it dries.

Benefits of Sealed Ductwork

There are several important benefits to gain from scheduling professional duct sealing:

  • Better energy efficiency – air loss can be significant with faulty ductwork. Your AC will work to compensate for any lost air, and as it does so, it uses more energy. When your ductwork is sealed, your AC no longer has to work as hard to achieve the set temperature.
  • Better indoor air quality – holes and cracks in your ducts allow particles, fumes and other pollutants into your system. By sealing these holes and cracks, you can stop the flow of outside pollutants into your ductwork.
  • Less strain on your AC – as we mentioned above, air loss can force your air conditioner to work harder. If your AC operates for a long period of time under stress, the rate at which it ages can increase. By sealing your ductwork, you can reduce the level of strain under which your AC is operating.

Professional duct sealing in Cincinnati can help you be more comfortable and energy efficient, and put less strain on your system. Call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!