When is a Boiler My Best Heating Installation Choice?

December 3rd, 2014

Boilers and furnaces are the two most common heating systems in the country, and homeowners are always asking which one would serve their needs the best. Boilers have a number of advantages over furnaces. They’re more energy efficient, heat the house more evenly, and solve a lot of the specific issues that furnace-based systems run into. However, boiler-based systems have their own set of issues that must be considered before installing them. Read on for an explanation of when a boiler is your best heating installation choice.

When You’re Installing New Flooring

The most common form of boiler heating is called “radiant heating,” and relies on installing hot water pipes in the walls or subfloor of each room you want heated. This kind of system heats the room much more evenly, as mentioned above. It also avoids the massive heat loss that many furnaces experience by relying on ductwork. However, installing this kind of system can be very involved if you weren’t already planning on tearing up the floor of the rom. If you’re building a house, of course, this is a much easier system to install.

If You’re Trying to Save Money

Despite the increased upfront investment for installation, boiler systems are often extremely energy efficient compared to furnaces. This stems primarily from the issue of ductwork. As mentioned above, furnaces lose a great deal of their heat to leaks in the ductwork of a home. The US Department of Energy estimates that as much as 30% of a system’s heat on average is lost this way.

Radiant systems utilize their own network of pipes for delivery, which are obviously designed to be completely watertight. Add to that the fact that water is a much better thermal conductor than air is, and you end up with a great deal more heat being delivered to the rooms of the house instead of being lost in transit.

Boiler-based systems are a great choice for home heating, just as long as you know what you are getting into when you install one. If you’d like to know more, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment today. We provide quality heating installation service throughout the Anderson area.

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

What Furnace Repairs Can I Do on My Own?

November 19th, 2014

We live a world that emphasizes people take the “Do It Yourself” path for many tasks in their home. Entire websites and online forums are dedicated to assisting homeowners with repairs and improvements their can do on their own. Although there is nothing wrong with DIY in principle, it should not apply to everything in a home. There are repairs for your home’s appliances and systems that you should never undertake unless you have professional training and high-end equipment. Work on a furnace is one of them. Amateur repairs for a furnace risk damaging the system and are potentially highly hazardous—and in many jurisdictions, illegal.

The best advice we can provide if you are thinking of trying DIY repairs for the furnace in your home, no matter its type, is: don’t. Save yourself time, money, and serious injury and instead call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning for repairs for your furnace in Cincinnati. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

Some Steps You Can Take With a Broken Furnace (That Are Not Repairs)

Although you should never try to repair a malfunctioning furnace on your own, you can take a few steps to check on it when it starts to act up. However, if you think that your natural gas furnace is leaking carbon monoxide (you should have CO detectors installed to warn you), don’t wait to call for help: shut off the gas to the furnace and get on the phone to summon professionals.

If your furnace is experiencing problems with turning on and off at the wrong times, you should investigate the settings on the central thermostat. Sometimes, user error results in mistakes on the thermostat that can cause the furnace to behave erratically. You might also find the thermostat is broken, which will help you narrow down the work the technicians need to do when they arrive. If you have a zone control system, one or more of the individual thermostats controlling the dampers may be mis-set.

If your furnace won’t come on at all, check on the circuit breakers at the central electrical panel to see if any have tripped. (Keep in mind that gas furnaces still require electricity to run the igniters and fan motors.) Reset the breakers; if they trip again when the furnace comes on, call for repairs to see what the problem might be.

In the case of low air flow from the furnace, check on the air filter for the unit to see if it is clogged and needs to be cleaned (if it uses a permanent filter) or replaced (if it uses a temporary filter). You should clean/change the filter once a month whenever the furnace runs on a regular basis.

For all other situations, leave your furnace alone and make the call to professionals repair technicians. RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning has the skills necessary to keep your furnace running safely and effectively, and you can reach us any time of the day or night. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Causes a Rusty Furnace?

November 12th, 2014

Rust on a furnace is usually indicative of an existing problem. This is because furnaces don’t use or need water for the heating process, so if rust is present, water is present and it shouldn’t be. Diagnosing the problem can be challenging, and if there’s enough rust on the unit you may need to consider the installation of a new furnace. In either scenario it’s best to get the help of a trained professional. RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning has the trained and certified professionals who can help with any heating needs you may have with your furnace in Anderson, so call us today!

Reasons Your Furnace Can Rust

Here are some of the reasons why your furnace can develop rust:

  • Problems with ventilation (gas furnaces) – the combustion gas in a gas furnace can turn to liquid as it cools down. When this liquid interacts with the metal of your exhaust flue, it can cause the development of rust. However, this scenario can be avoided if your system has the proper ventilation.
  • Moisture from ductwork – moisture can get inside your ductwork from excessive humidity and even rain, particularly if there are holes and cracks in your ductwork system. This excess water can make its way down to your furnace and the furnace cabinet, allowing rust to develop. Once rust starts it doesn’t stop, so if rust is visible on your furnace cabinet, call a technician to assess how bad the situation is.
  • Leaking air conditioner – in many homes with air conditioning systems, the indoor unit of the AC system sits on top of the furnace. The air conditioner has a set of components called a condensate array that manages the excess moisture that occurs while your air conditioner is cycling. Should something malfunction with the condensate tray or drain pipe, the draining water can back up and spill onto your furnace. This kind of situation will only become worse with time, so if you see your air conditioner leaking onto your furnace, call for help right away.

A rusty furnace can be a dangerous one as cracks and holes can lead to the escape of toxic fumes that are byproducts of the combustion process. If your furnace in Anderson is excessively rusty, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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.