Heat Pumps vs. Hybrid Heating in Cincinnati

April 11th, 2014

Heat pumps act as a viable alternative to more traditional heating systems like boilers and furnaces. They use the same principles as air conditioning: circulating refrigerant gas through a series of valves and coils that alternative heat and cool the air. They are easy to use and very efficient. In some cases, heat pumps can be connected to a smaller furnace for use as a hybrid heating, which makes a lot of sense in our part of the world. Here in Cincinnati, heat pump technology most often appears as a part of a hybrid heating system. Why? Here’s the breakdown on heat pumps vs. hybrid heating in Cincinnati.

The refrigerant in the heat pump starts by moving through a condenser valve, which puts it under a great deal of heat and pressure. It then moves through the compressor coils, which bleed off the heat and reduce the refrigerant to a liquid. That heat moves into the surrounding air and can then be blown into your house with the fan. The liquid refrigerant then moves through an expansion valve, which releases a set amount into the evaporator coils. Inside the coils, the liquid reverts to a gaseous state, pulling heat from the surrounding air in the process. As with the compressor coils, the cool air can then be sent into your home with a fan. Thus, the heat pump has the capacity to both warm and cool your home depending on what you need.

There’s just one problem. Though a heat pump is very efficient, that efficiency drops a great deal once temperatures outside drop below 40 degrees. And here in Cincinnati, we get a lot of days like that.  The hybrid heating system makes a perfect solution. The smaller furnace can be activated on cold days, to help the heat pump provide a comfortable home for you. Heat pumps cost less to run than traditional furnaces, and even with a hybrid unit, your monthly bills are likely to be much lower as a result.

For more on heat pumps vs. hybrid heating in Cincinnati, contact the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning. Heat pump installation and other heating services in Cincinnati are just a few of our areas of specialty and we devote ourselves to your complete satisfaction. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

3 Boiler Problems You Should Check For

April 4th, 2014

Winter is finally receding and spring is in the air. That means it’s a good time to check on your boiler for any problems that might have arisen over the past few months. It can be tough to schedule repairs when winter snows are falling – especially if the repair in question isn’t dire. But now that spring is here, you have a lot more flexibility in planning your boiler repairs, and can do so with confidence and convenience. This is a particularly good time because things still aren’t too hot outside, which means your air conditioning system won’t become a priority for another little while. In Anderson, boiler problems can be addressed by qualified repair personnel. Here are 3 boiler problems you should check for before giving them a call.

  • Leaks
    Leaks can occur anywhere within the system, but especially at seals and fittings where one length of pipe connects to another. Check the pipes for any drips or puddles, but small breaches may not leave a leak, since the hot water will just evaporate. In addition to a visual inspect, you should check the pressure in your boiler for any unexpected drops. A drop in pressure can also indicate problems with the pressure relief valve.
  • Kettling
    Kettling is the presence of weird sounds in your boiler: bubbling, gurgling and similar noises. It indicates build-up in your heat exchange, usually lime, scaling and similar bits of ickiness. A qualified technician can clear up the build-up for you.
  • Blockages
    Blocks in the line will prevent hot water from getting to the radiator, preventing the boiler from doing its job. Blockages can also cause pressure problems and can even cascade to create all kinds of issues throughout your boiler system.

Once you know the kinds of boiler problems you should check for, the next step is to call a qualified service to take care of it. Boiler and other heating services in Anderson can be handled by RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning: a company of trained experts with the experience to do the job right. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do.

Factors to Consider When Installing a New Furnace

March 28th, 2014

With the arrival of spring comes a chance to assess your old furnace and decide if it’s time to install a new one. When a furnace is ready to go and you don’t replace it, it can cost you a great deal in monthly energy bills just to keep it running. A new furnace will ultimately save you with those monthly costs, as well as improving the resale value of your house if you choose to sell. Heating installation in Montgomery is a common service offered by many HVAC companies, but before you pull the trigger you need to properly prepare. Here are some factors to consider when installing a new furnace.

  • Sizing
    A furnace’s power load needs to match the needs of your home, which can involve the square footage, the amount of insulation, the amount of sunlight exposure and similar factors. If the furnace isn’t powerful enough, it won’t warm your home sufficiently. If it’s too powerful, it will cycle on and off rapidly, which is wasteful and puts excessive strain on your furnace. Have your new furnace properly sized before you set about installing it.
  • Efficiency
    Furnace efficiency is measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating or AFUE. It tells you how much of its energy goes into heating your home and how much is wasted. When installing a new furnace, make sure you get one with a higher AFUE rating than your old furnace. You’ll see the difference on your monthly bills.
  • Bells and whistles
    Though not strictly necessary, you may want to use this opportunity to upgrade your system overall. For instance, consider installing a zone control system, which lets you only heat those sections of the house you’re occupying or a new smart thermostat, which helps you cater your heating and cooling experience to match your personal proclivities.

A good installation service can help you with any factors to consider when installing a new furnace. For comprehensive heating services in Montgomery, contact the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning. We have the knowledge and experience to perform according to the highest expectations, so give us a call today!

What to Expect with Geothermal Drilling

March 21st, 2014

Geothermal heating systems take an innovative approach to warming your home. They run coils through the ground, which doesn’t change temperature no matter what the weather is like outside, then pump a mixture of water and antifreeze through them to facilitate a heat exchange. It saves a lot of money in monthly costs and provides a reduced carbon footprint for the environmentally minded. But installation can be an undertaking, especially since it involves drilling into the ground. Here in Hyde Park, geothermal drilling can be conducted by professionals with experience in setting up these kinds of systems. But it helps if you, the homeowner, have some idea of what to expect with geothermal drilling.

It begins with a survey of your property to determine the best points to place the system, as well as an examination of your home to determine the exact level of heating required. Geothermal heating usually involves coiled loops of the tubing, which need to be laced at least six feet below the ground in order to escape the temperature variations above. This can translate into a large field of space required for the system, though specifics can vary. From there, the technician digs a series of trenches, which can require significant construction equipment and up to several days’ worth of work. Once the coils are laid out, the main system will be installed in your home. In many cases, this can be integrated into your existing system: using ducts and similar elements that are already present in your home. When that’s done and the system is functioning as it should, the trenches will be reburied and your yard will be restored. It doesn’t make sense to do that until the system has been successfully tested because you need access to the coils in case there’s a problem.

For more on what to expect with geothermal drilling, or to schedule an appointment to discuss available HVAC services in Hyde Park, contact the experts at RineAir Heating & Air conditioning. We can talk about the specifics with you and make a plan that fits your particular needs. We’re eager to show you what our people can do, so give us a call today.

How Heating Maintenance Can Help Prevent Repairs for Your System

March 12th, 2014

Heating repair in Milford can handle all kinds of issues that your furnace or heating system may suffer from. But far better than repairing those problems is preventing them in the first place by scheduling periodic maintenance sessions from a qualified professional. Maintenance session aren’t the same as repairs. Rather, they involve a lot of little steps such as cleaning internal components and tightening loose screws to help keep your heater running as smoothly as possible. They also can help spot signs of trouble early on, allowing you to schedule a repair session and fix a big problem while it’s still a relatively small one. Here’s how heating maintenance can help prevent repairs for your system.

On a general level, maintenance sessions are designed to improve the longevity and efficiency of your heater. Dust and dirt build up over time, increasing friction on moving parts and clogging key components such as the burners. Loose screws can cause individual components to rattle in their housings, furthering wear and tear and hastening the day when that component will need to be replaced. Maintenance sessions alleviate those conditions, reducing the risk of a serious breakdown and helping your heater’s various parts last longer.

Then there’s the issue of spotting the need for repairs early. Say the fan belt in your blow is looking a little frayed. A maintenance session can spot it and replace it with little fuss. But if you leave it in place and it snaps while the heater is running, it can get caught in the fan motor, causing a short and necessitating a much more expensive repair. Spotting and fixing the fan belt earlier is the smart play, but it won’t happen unless you schedule a maintenance session to check it out.

If you know how heating maintenance can help prevent repairs for your system, the next step is to contact the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning for help. We handle heating system services in Milford including maintenance, repair, and replacements, but can also help you stop system problems before they start. Call us today to schedule a maintenance session. You’ll be glad you did!

How Repairing Breached Ducts Can Save You Money

March 7th, 2014

Centralized heating and cooling systems usually rely on ductwork to carry the conditioned air throughout your home. Ducts are usually placed in hidden places like your attic or crawlspaces, where they can do their job without drawing attention to themselves. Theoretically, the ducts constitute a closed system, but breaches can sometimes occur, either through direct damage to the ducts or through worn connecting sections and links. Here in Anderson, duct repair services can usually repair a breached duct, but some homeowner may balk at having to pay a professional to do such a thing. That attitude is usually a mistake. Here’s how repairing breached ducts can save you money.

The closed system is vital to quality heating and cooling. As conduits for conditioned air, closed ducts ensure that it reaches your house as hot or as cool as the HVAC system created it. That changes with a breach, however. In some cases, the breach allows the conditioned air to escape. In others, it pulls unconditioned outside air in. Either way, the result is the same. The air isn’t as hot or as cool as it’s supposed to be and the HVAC system will thus take longer to reach the desired temperature for your home. In extreme cases, with a major breach involved, it can also reduce the flow of air through the ducts, which also necessitates a longer period of time for the HVAC system to hit its target.

How does this cost you money? By forcing the system to work harder, it also demands that the system expend more energy in order to do its job. That means higher monthly bills, which means more money out of your pocket. Repairing breached ducts can save you money by eliminating those problems and restoring your system to its former efficiency. Duct repair and other indoor air quality services in Anderson are provided by the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning. We can track down the location of most duct breaches, then repair the damaged section with courtesy and care. Give us a call today to make an appointment and let us show you what we can do!

What Happens When Furnace Burners Malfunction?

February 28th, 2014

Furnace burners use lit gas to start the heating process, passing the gas over a heat exchange which removes trace toxins while warming the air to be blown into your home. When they malfunction, it can cause serious problems to your furnace, which need to be dealt with quickly if you want to keep your home cozy and warm. Home and business heating services in Hyde Park can correct any problems with your burners. But what happens when furnace burners malfunction? And more importantly, what kind of impact do they have on your heating?

In most cases, “malfunction” means that the burners simply do not work. It may be that their heads are covered in grime, or there is some difficulty with the internal mechanism. Regardless of the cause, the burner will either work at a reduce capacity or refuse to burn completely. In extreme cases (i.e., all the burners fail to work in this manner), it will halt heat to your home completely. If the burners are only incompletely blocked, or only one or two burners are affected, the furnace will still work, but it won’t be ass efficient. It will need more energy to heat your home as you expect and your monthly heating bills will go up accordingly.

On a more dire note, in some cases a malfunction will shoot lit gas outside of the system or somewhere else it isn’t supposed to go. In those cases, a limit switch will detect the problem and automatically shut off the furnace rather than creating the risk of a fire. If your furnace suddenly refuses to turn on, this may be the source of the problem.

In either case, what happens when furnace burners malfunction is less important than what you do about it. The moment you detect an issue with your burner, shut off the system and contact RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning right away. We’re based in Hyde Park and we do heating repair and maintenance issues of all varieties as part of our service plan, and we have considerable experience with repairing and replacing faulty burners. Give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

Why are Commercial HVAC Systems Modular

February 19th, 2014

In towns like Loveland, commercial HVAC systems are as much a part of the landscape as traffic lights and parking lots. Commercial spaces have different needs than residential spaces, which necessitates a different kind of heating and cooling system.  Most such systems are installed on the roof of the buildings, for example, which allows businesses to save on space in the parking lot or around the building itself. Modular development plays a key part in that, allowing employers and space managers to tailor the system to suit their particular needs. Why are commercial HVAC systems modular? The answers can be found below.

In plainest terms, businesses can’t sit still. They constantly need to grow and change: adding personnel and new spaces, as well as adjust their operating terms to match new conditions. The modular nature of commercial HVAC systems fits right into that. Each unit delivers a set amount of heating and cooling potential, enough to allow you to determine your exact needs with a few informed calculations. That allows you to add more units very quickly and easily to match your needs, then subtract them again in the event you no longer require them. Residential spaces can afford to size a unit to specifically match their space. The modular nature of commercial HVAC systems retains that customization while eliminating the need for a lengthy installation (and re-installation) process.

A modular system also allows multiple business to occupy the same space – a strip mall, for example or an office building with multiple floors – while keeping their energy costs separate and easy to track. Modular units can be set up to account for each business – with more units used for companies with a larger space – and never wonder about which occupant is using how much energy.

All of that translates into sensible solutions for standard business problems. You want your employees to work in an area with proper heating systems and air conditioning in Loveland, and the comfort of a good commercial HVAC system means that your customers will want to come back as well. In Loveland, commercial HVAC systems can be installed by the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning. We can explain why commercial HVAC systems are modular, then set up an installation plan that meets your needs. Give us a call today!

Who Wrote the First Valentine’s Day Love Poem?

February 14th, 2014

The celebration of Valentine’s Day is often seen as a modern institution, even if the roots of the holiday go back to Late Antiquity and the figures of St. Valentine of Rome and St. Valentine of Terni. It’s difficult to separate our view of February 14th from the more recent phenomenon of greeting cards, comical cupids, and specialty treats from candy companies.

However, not only are some of these traditions older than we might think (mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards were an enormous success in early 19th-century England), but the earliest Valentine’s Day love poem comes from none other than the first great English author, Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote in the second half of the 14th-century.

Chaucer’s most famous work is The Canterbury Tales, an enormous collection of linked stories in poetry and prose. But his 700-line poem “Parlement of Foules” has the special distinction of being the first surviving record of a connection between Valentine’s Day and romantic love. Chaucer probably composed the poem in 1381–82. At the time, he was a member of the court of King Richard II, holding an important bureaucratic position in London. The date suggests that Chaucer wrote “Parelment of Foules” to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of the English king to Princess Anne of Bohemia.

The poem follows the dream of the narrator, where he walks through Venus’s temple and discovers a meeting of birds where they all choose their mates. This is where the mention of St. Valentine’s Day appears (English modernized):

For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,

When every bird cometh there to choose his mate.

The poem also contains a familiar Valentine’s image, Cupid with his arrows:

Under a tree, beside a well, I saw

Cupid our lord his arrows forge and file;

And at his feet his bow already lay.

When Chaucer mentions St. Valentine’s Day, is he referring specifically to February 14th? Late winter isn’t a time when birds in England would mate. However, the date for the start of spring—when some birds would have started nesting in England—was on February 23rd in the calendars of the time, certainly close enough for Chaucer to take poetic license and nudge it a bit to match with Valentine’s Day.

Love birds remain a popular symbol of Valentine’s Day even now, and for this we can thank Chaucer. In fact, he may very well have invented the link between love and Valentine’s Day, although we will probably never know for certain.

Whoever started these traditions, all of us here at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning hope you have a pleasant February 14th.

Why Geothermal Systems Can Be Placed in Either the Ground or the Water

February 5th, 2014

Geothermal energy in Montgomery means a viable alternative to more traditional heating systems. A geothermal heater uses tubes planted below the ground or in a body of water to facilitate a heat exchange, which more efficient than forced air furnaces. It may seem strange that both earth and water can facilitate this process. If you look closely, however, it really does make sense. Here’s why geothermal systems can be placed in either the ground or water.

Geothermal heaters base their process on the notion of a heat exchange, and the constant temperature of the area surrounding the coils. Liquid is circulated through the tubes that either releases heat into the surrounding material or pulls heat in from the surrounding material. That exchange works because the temperature beneath the earth stays the same no matter what the temperature is on the surface. That constant allows the heating system to warm or cool the air accordingly.

Water can work the same way as the earth does, though temperatures fluctuate a lot more the closer one gets to the surface of the water. Accordingly, a given body of water needs to meet certain conditions before it can support a geothermal system. The tubes need to be placed at least eight feet below the surface and the overall breadth and body of the water need to meet a certain size based on the need of your heating system. If it does, then the heat exchange works well enough to use. Otherwise, the body of water isn’t enough to support the system.

So why use water for this process? Mainly because it’s easier to deploy the tubes when the system is installed and to reach them again when you need to repair or upgrade them. Obviously, it’s a lot easier to do that with water than to perform an excavation to get at coils buried in the ground. If you need more information on why geothermal systems can be placed in either the ground or the water, or you want to install or repair a geothermal system, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning immediately. We handle all kinds of issues related to geothermal energy in Montgomery and we’re ready to help you make yours the best it can be!

Contact us today and ask one of our HVAC specialists about geothermal systems in Montgomery.