The days are warming up, and it’s time for homeowners to make sure that their air conditioning systems are ready for the summer heat. A big part of that preparation is scheduling preventive air conditioner maintenance. Many homeowners believe that as long as they have their air conditioners promptly repaired, their systems will remain in good condition. This isn’t necessarily true. Preventive maintenance is of vital importance if you want your air conditioner to last as long as possible. Read on to find out more about why preventive maintenance is so important to your air conditioner’s health. Continue Reading
Your home’s indoor air quality is probably not as good as you think. Millions of microscopic airborne contaminants are commonly found inside the average home, including dust, mites, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and insect and pet dander. Some of these are lung irritants and allergens, while others are infectious agents that can cause serious illness. In order to combat these contaminants, you’re going to need to install an air purifier in your home. Read on to find out more about a few of the most common air purifier types. Continue Reading
With the weather starting to warm up, now is the time to make sure that your air conditioner is prepared for summer. Part of getting your air conditioning system ready is making sure that there are no problems that could interfere with its operation. Considering that most air conditioning problems get worse the longer they’re allowed to continue, it’s a good idea to address any potential problems as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some air conditioning problems that you should be aware of. Continue Reading
It’s pretty hard to focus on your work when it’s 80+ degrees in your office. That’s why commercial air conditioning is so important. If you want your commercial air conditioner to keep you cool all summer long, though, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for any issues that may be affecting the system. Have a look at some of these signs that you need commercial air conditioning repair. Continue Reading
Summer is coming, and that means it’s time for us to get our air conditioners ready for the hot season. For some of us, however, it will mean replacing our air conditioners. No matter how well you take care of your air conditioning system, there will come a time when you have to replace it. The last thing you want is to have your air conditioner die on you in the middle of a hot summer day. That’s why it’s a good idea to replace it now, before that has a chance to occur. The following are some of the most common signs that you need a new air conditioner. Continue Reading
You may not spend much time worrying about your indoor air quality. After all, you seem to be breathing fine; as long as there isn’t an obviously dangerous substance in the air, what is there to worry about? Well, the air in the average home is actually full of millions upon millions of microscopic contaminants. Things like dust, pollen, insect dander, and pet dander can all provoke allergy attacks. Meanwhile, viruses and bacteria can make you sick with a cold or flu. Read on to find out more about how these contaminants can affect you, and how you can protect yourself. Continue Reading
With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep cool during the coming hot days. While a centralized air conditioning system is the option that most homeowners choose to cool their homes, it has its share of problems. One room may cool down quite quickly, while another in the same house may require more time to reach a comfortable temperature. A central air conditioning system is often controlled by a single thermostat, which makes it unable to compensate for the variations in insulation present in each room. This leads to hot and cold spots, as each room is subject to a one-size-fits-all cooling solution. Central air also tends to waste a lot of energy cooling rooms that don’t have anyone in them to benefit.
An important piece of advice you will hear from heating and cooling contractors is that you must schedule routine maintenance for your home’s comfort system twice a year: spring for the air conditioner, and fall for the heater. This way, you’re prepared for the coming temperature extremes of the upcoming season.
But what if you have a heat pump, which is a single system that handles both heating and cooling? Do you only need to schedule maintenance for it once a year?
The answer is no. You need to treat your home’s heat pump as if it were two separate units—a heater and an air conditioner—for the purposes of maintenance. So, before the summer arrives, take time this spring to call on your local HVAC experts and arrange for spring maintenance service. Then keep up with the twice-a-year schedule for the rest of the service life of the heat pump.
Call on RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and ask about our Maintenance Program to care for your heating and cooling in Anderson, OH.
Although a heat pump isn’t two separate systems packaged into one, but a single mechanism that can switch the direction it works, it still must have maintenance done with the same frequency as if it were two different systems. The reason for this is simple: stress. A heat pump does not get a break for a season the way that a standalone air conditioner or heater does. A furnace will perform steady work from late fall until early spring—and then may not turn on again for months. The same applies to an air conditioner and its long winter vacation.
But a heat pump will need to work during most days of the year, with the exception of some of the milder days of spring and fall. This adds up to an enormous amount of wear and tear on the compressor, the motors, the fans, the electrical system, etc. Maintenance is necessary at the beginning of both the heating and cooling season to alleviate the stress of the previous part of the year.
So, before your heat pump settles into cooling mode for the coming summer, call up RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning and have one of our maintenance technicians give the system an inspection and tune-up. Our Energy Savings Agreement will provide you with maintenance as well as other benefits such as a 15% discount on repairs and no overtime charges.
One of the key parts of an air conditioner is the refrigerant. This is a chemical blend that can easily shift between liquid and gaseous states. The refrigerant is responsible for moving heat from the inside of a home and releasing it to the outside. Each air conditioner comes with a set level of refrigerant, known as its charge; if the air conditioner should lose refrigerant charge, it will impair the system and lead to inferior performance and possibly a complete break down.
If you suspect that your air conditioner is losing its cooling ability because of a loss of refrigerant charge, call for repair help right away. For speedy, 24/7 air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, OH, RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to call.
There are a number of different operating issues that low refrigerant will cause in an air conditioner. But there are two major ones, both of which can result in an AC that will stop working entirely:
- Frozen evaporator coils: As cold refrigerant moves through the evaporator coils in the inside cabinet of the AC, it absorbs heat from the air, cooling the air and warming up the refrigerant. But if the refrigerant level is low, it will not draw sufficient heat to warm it up, and the still cold refrigerant will freeze moisture along the coils. This will further inhibit heat absorption, causing more ice to build up. Eventually, the coil will be entirely covered with ice and will not be able to function.
- Broken compressor: A low refrigerant charge changes the pressure inside the compressor. It can also cause the compressor to overheat. Because the compressor is the “heart” and an AC, the location where energy is passed into the refrigerant and the pump that keeps the heat exchange cycle going, if it breaks the whole system will cease working. A burnt-out compressor is a very expensive malfunction to fix, so make sure you get ahead of the problem when the AC suffers from a low charge.
The refrigerant charge for an air conditioner isn’t like a battery in an appliance or gas in a car: the AC does not deplete the refrigerant as it runs, nor can it continue to do the same job with a lesser amount or refrigerant. The air conditioner is designed to run off a specific charge, and if it changes, it can be catastrophic for the system. You must have professionals find out why the loss of charge occurred (poor initial installation? leaks in the refrigerant lines?) and recharge the unit to restore it.
Get in touch with the experienced HVAC technicians at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning for our quality air conditioning repair in Cincinnati: whether you have low refrigerant or another problem, we will fix it for you, fast and right.
How energy efficient is the heater that warms your home? There’s an easy way to determine how energy efficient it should be: look at the efficiency rating listed on the cabinet. If you use a furnace, the efficiency rating is listed as AFUE. If you use a heat pump, it has two efficiency ratings: SEER and HSPF, one for cooling mode and one for heating mode respectively. Understanding what these ratings mean will help you understand how your heating system works, as well as help you pick out a new unit when it’s time for a replacement installation.
No matter if you use a heat pump or a furnace in Anderson, OH, the team at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning can help you receive the best quality performance from it with our repair and maintenance services. We are also expert installers and will see that you have a heating system with the ideal energy efficiency for your home and budget.
AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
The energy efficiency rating of a furnace is AFUE, which is the percentage of heating fuel that the furnace converts into actual heat as measured over a year. If, for every 100 units of natural gas, a gas furnace generates 85 units of heat, it has an AFUE of 85%. Most modern furnaces fall in a range between 80% and 97% AFUE, with high-efficiency condensing furnaces scoring the best ratings. Higher AFUE usually translates into a costlier unit, but it will also mean significant energy savings over time. Let your furnace installer help you determine the AFUE rating that will work best for your current and future needs.
HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
Because heat pumps do not burn fuel to generate heat the way that furnaces do, instead using electricity to move heat from one place to another, they have a different type of efficiency rating. HSPF is a ratio of the amount of heat a unit produces to the amount of electrical energy it uses as measured over a season; the higher the number, the more efficient it is. A standard HSPF rating for a heat pump is around 9 or 10. HSPF is similar to SEER, which measures a heat pump’s cooling efficiency, but is usually lower. When purchasing a new heat pump, you will need to take both ratings into consideration.
Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t the same as energy output. A system may work at high efficiency but still not produce enough heat to keep a home warm. When you are in the market for a new heating system, make sure that you have heating professional, such as those at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, assist you with determining the right balance of efficiency and heating power to meet your needs. We are here to help you with new installation, repairs, and maintenance for furnaces or heat pumps in Anderson, OH.