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!

Repair vs. New Installation: Make the Right Choice for Your AC

August 27th, 2014

If your formerly reliable air conditioning system does not seem to run as well as it once did, you have a tough choice to make. Sure, air conditioning repair may take care of the problem, but what if another larger problem occurs in the near future? On the other hand, why would you schedule air conditioning replacement if a repair may keep it running for a couple of years longer?

If you are not an AC technician, this is a difficult situation. Air conditioning installation may be more costly, but what if it’s the right choice for your home? The best person to contact about this question is a professional trained to recognize when your system is too worn to run for much longer. However, we’ve made this guide to help you decide whether it may be the right time for air conditioning installation.

When to Repair Your System

Is your air conditioner less than ten years old? Is this your first major repair need? If so, you may only need repairs. Usually, well-maintained systems last about 10-15 years, but this number may vary based on the manufacturer and type of system, whether you schedule regular maintenance, and how often you run your unit. Generally, small problems should not be too much of a cause for alarm.

Installation

However, if your older system has needed many repairs recently, or if a larger component of your old air conditioner fails, it’s probably time for replacement. Older air conditioners are simply more likely to break down when you need them most. And replacing a broken down system may be more costly than replacing it now.

Furthermore, new air conditioning installation offers you the opportunity to find an energy efficient system that may save you a lot of money every year. Air conditioners remain energy efficient for several years with proper maintenance, but with enough wear and tear even the best system may significantly increase your bills.

If you call the experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, we can examine your system to help you determine whether it’s time for air conditioning installation in Anderson. When you need the opinion of an experienced professional, call us today!

Horizontal vs. Vertical Loops: Which Is Better for My Geothermal System?

August 20th, 2014

Geothermal heating and cooling systems for homes do not come in “one size fits all” options. Each geothermal installation is different and designed to match the comfort needs of the customer, the space available for the loops, the average outdoor temperature, and the soil conditions. This is why it is so important to rely on experienced geothermal professionals for installation: it’s the only way you know that you’ll receive the system that will do the job you expect, and keep doing it for many years.

Two of the basic options available for geothermal systems are horizontal or vertical ground loop configurations. These loops carry the refrigerant that allows the geothermal heat pump to carry out heat exchange. Which loop layout will work for your home depends on a number of factors. Call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning and speak to our specialists in Cincinnati, OH about geothermal installation, and they will set up an appointment to decide the right type of loop configuration for your home and property.

Horizontal loops

This is the most common type of loop configuration for homes. The installers dig shallow trenches into the property, usually 4–10 feet deep. Afterwards, they lower the loops and lay them flush along the bottom of the trenches and then fill them in. Horizontal loops take up a large amount of space, but they work very efficiently do not require difficult installation. If the ground conditions are correct and your property has sufficient space, you should choose a horizontal loop configuration.

Vertical loops

Where horizontal loops lie close to the surface, vertical loops drop down 300–400 feet into the ground. To install them, technicians must use drills to bore shafts straight down into the ground, then lower the loops and connect them along the top to a horizontal pipe. Vertical loops take up much less ground space than horizontal ones and are therefore better suited for smaller properties. They are also the superior choice when the temperature level near the surface does not remain as stable. However, their installation process is more expensive than for horizontal loops.

There are a number of other choices you will need to make regarding installing a geothermal comfort system, such as whether you want an open- or closed-loop set-up. Don’t worry if these choices feel a bit overwhelming: when you call in professionals from the beginning, they will guide you toward the option that will give you the ideal installation and a system that will last you for decades.

At RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, we take pride in our Cincinnati, OH geothermal services. If you are ready to gain the numerous benefits of using a geothermal system to heat and cool your house, call our service team.

Signs You Need Commercial HVAC Repair

August 13th, 2014

If you have a commercial property in Anderson, you work hard to make sure the people in your building are happy and comfortable. So when you start to hear complaints about the temperatures in your building, you want to get your system back to normal as quickly as possible. But how can you catch commercial HVAC system problems before it’s too late? How do you know if a problem is serious enough to call for immediate repairs?

Here at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, we know you want every part of your business to run smoothly throughout the years. We detailed a few of the reasons you may need to call a professional to look at your commercial HVAC system.

  • Unfamiliar Noises: Loud noises often indicate a problem with any large commercial system. If you hear noises from the ductwork, don’t try to diagnose the problem on your own. Turn off the system and call a professional immediately so you can get your system up and running as soon as possible.
  • Uneven Temperatures: A professionally installed commercial HVAC system should allow temperatures to remain comfortable throughout the building. If the building’s occupants complain about the temperatures in one part of your commercial property but you notice even temperatures elsewhere, a commercial technician can locate the problem and make repairs. Uneven temperatures may indicate problems with the thermostat, the zone control system, blower fan problems, or other repair needs, including a dirty air filter.
  • Unusually High Bills: You run your heating and air conditioning system as long as is necessary to keep the people in the building cool, so any commercial HVAC system will likely take up a large portion of your bills. But if bills become too high, it may mean that there is a failed or damaged component somewhere in your system. A technician can inspect the parts for problems and let you know whether repair or replacement is a better option.

Commercial HVAC repair is a job best left to professionals with experience dealing with larger systems. If you need commercial HVAC services in Anderson, call the professionals at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning.

 

How Much Repair Work Do Geothermal Systems Need?

August 6th, 2014

A geothermal system helps you to save money every month and reduces the amount of pollutants released into the air. These systems use a complex set of pipes buried deep into the earth to absorb the earth’s thermal energy in the winter and release heat into the earth in the cooling season. Geothermal systems are an efficient source of both heating and cooling throughout the year, but won’t such a unique system require frequent repairs?

Actually, geothermal systems generally need fewer repairs over time than standard air conditioners. We’ve detailed the reasons why in this quick guide.

How It Works

With geothermal installation, a technician buries a set of pipes deep into the ground. Holes are drilled into the earth to accommodate vertical installation, or, if you have a large space available, a technician sets the pipes horizontally in a trench dug by a backhoe. Refrigerant flows through this piping system and absorbs heat from the earth in the heating season. In the winter, refrigerant absorbs heat from your home, and is cooled as it moves underground. A fan blows the cool or warm air into your home through the ducts.

How You Save

A geothermal system needs fewer repairs because it simply does not have to work as hard as a conventional system. The system does not actually create heat or conditioned air, but instead moves heat back and forth. It only really needs electricity to move refrigerant and power the fan. Furthermore, there is no outdoor component that is exposed to outside elements. The compressor, pump, and fan, are all indoors, which means there is less wear and tear over time. In fact, most conventional air conditioners last about 10-15 years with regular maintenance. Geothermal heat pumps, on the other hand, often last more than twice as long.

Although geothermal units cost more than other systems initially, you’ll see that money come back to you within 5 to 10 years due to the high efficiency of the unit and the lower number of repairs. Like any appliance with moving parts, however, it may eventually run into the occasional problem. If you need geothermal repair in Cincinnati, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today!

No, You Can’t Repair Your Own Ducts, and Here’s Why

July 31st, 2014

Maintaining the integrity of the ventilation ducts in your home is crucial to keeping the HVAC system operating at its best. If ductwork begins to develop leaks and loose connections, it will trigger a drop in air pressure that will force the air conditioner and heater to overwork to compensate. The comfort level in the house will drop while utility bills will rise. The ductwork damage will start to allow dust and other contamination into the ventilation channels, leading to it entering the air you breathe. Ductwork damage can also cause spikes in humidity that will encourage dangerous mold growth inside the ventilation system.

When you start to detect signs of duct damage (like those elevated bills combined with drops in airflow), you need to contact professionals in Anderson, OH for duct repair. Don’t delay with this job: every moment those ducts go without sealing or replacement wastes money and lowers your indoor air quality. RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning has a superb duct repair service team to take care of your problems.

What’s Wrong With Doing the Job Myself?

Consider the extent of the ventilation system in your home: it runs through the walls and the ceiling out of your sight most of the time. Now ask yourself if you can identify where the duct damage and leaks are occurring. Unless the damaged duct is visibly exposed, or its damage came from some catastrophe that broke through a wall to break the duct, you probably won’t know exactly where the problems are. That’s the first major impediment toward trying to fix a duct on your own.

The next consideration is reaching the damaged area in the ducts. Again, most of the ducts in a home run through hidden places between the walls and the floors. Accessing these ducts without special equipment is difficult, unless you plan to try to remove sections of building material to reach them—and we don’t advise you do this.

Finally, how will you repair the ducts when you reach them? The answer isn’t “duct tape,” since this cloth-backed tape is not actually designed for ducts and will quickly fall apart when exposed to the temperature changes inside ducts. (The name “duct tape” came about as something of an accident during the long history of this generally useful adhesive.) Duct repairs require special tools such as metallic tapes and mastic sealant.

All these factors combine to make duct repair a job that only trained professionals with the right tools can handle. Save yourself from additional damage and wasted time, and call for expert indoor air quality service in Anderson, OH from RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning. We also handle other air quality services, such as installing air filters, air cleaners, humidifiers, UV germicidal lights, and energy recovery ventilators.

The Principles Behind Electromechanical Air Conditioning

July 25th, 2014

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration are all part of electromechanical technologies. This term applies to appliances and/or machinery that are both mechanical and electrical, like your air conditioning system in Cincinnati. However, understanding that your air conditioner is electromechanical in nature only gives you a small piece of the puzzle as to how it works. To truly understand how your AC keeps you comfortable, you need to understand the principles behind its operation.

How Your Air Conditioner Cools

Your air conditioner is a closed system. It uses a chemical called refrigerant to transfer heat from the inside of your home to the outside. Refrigerant can do this because it easily changes from a liquid to a gas and vice-versa. So how does this help cool you?

There are many parts in your air conditioning system, but the 3 main ones are the compressor, condenser and evaporator. The condenser and compressor are housed in the outside unit while the evaporator is placed inside.

As the cycle of your air conditioner begins, the refrigerant moves into the compressor as a cool, low pressure gas. Inside the compressor, the refrigerant is pressurized and changes from a cool, low pressure gas to a hot, high pressure gas. Once the refrigerant is pressurized, it flows into the condenser of your air conditioner; as it does this, it cools and releases heat through the condenser fins. When the refrigerant leaves the condenser, it is cooler (but still warm) and has changed from a gas to a liquid. This warm liquid then flows into the evaporator unit through a tiny hole known as a valve. When the liquid refrigerant exits the valve, its pressure has been reduced, and it begins to evaporate into a gas because the cool liquid starts to absorb the heat in the surrounding air; this heat energy turns the refrigerant back into a gas. When the refrigerant leaves the evaporator and heads back to the compressor, it is once again a cool gas, and the cycle starts again.

Where does the cool air come from? The return ducts in your air conditioning system suck in the warm air from your indoors and blow it over the evaporator coils where the refrigerant gas is. The refrigerant extracts the heat from this air and the air becomes cooled. The blower on the indoor unit blows this cool air into your home until the desired temperature is released.

Air conditioners are amazing feats of engineering, which is why it’s always best to have a trained professional attend to any issues you may have with your air conditioning system in Cincinnati.

Have questions about your air conditioning? Call RineAir today and schedule an appointment with one of our air conditioning service experts.

3 Problems That Require Duct Repair

July 15th, 2014

The air ducts of a home are not a system that can “get by” with a couple of holes, gaps, or leaks in them. The construction of the ducts is designed to maintain an airtight seal along their length, and if the ducts began to deteriorate, loosen, corrode, or sustain any kind of damage, it will compromise that crucial seal and cause numerous problems for your air conditioner, heater, and indoor air quality.

The job of repairing ducts is one that must be reserved for trained professionals. Leave aside the rolls of duct tape (which aren’t designed for ducts anyway) and instead contact RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning and speak to our experts that provide professional duct repair in Anderson, OH. We will fix your ducts, whether the problems come from minor leaks or from major breaks.

Here are three problems your home can suffer that professional duct repairs can remedy:

Loss of Air Pressure From the Vents

When your home starts to feel much less comfortable than it should—too hot during the summer, too cold during the winter—one of the first things you should check is the flow of air from the different room vents. If the air pressure feels too low, you may have leaks in the ductwork allowing air pressure to escape. There are other possibilities for this, so call HVAC specialists who can determine what needs to be done and take care of the duct repairs if that will solve the problem.

Heavy Levels of Dust and Dirt Contamination

Leaks along ducts are one of the main causes of sudden drops in indoor air quality inside a home. Because ductwork runs through closed-in areas of a house, such as between walls, it will draw in the dust trapped in these areas and then blow it out into the living spaces. Should you encounter heavy dust and dirt levels in your house and a rise in coughing, congestion, skin- and eye-irritation, it’s time to see if the ducts need repairs.

High Heating and Cooling Bills

As a result of the drop in air pressure due to leaky ducts, an air conditioner or forced-air heater will start to work harder to reach its regular level of performance. This will lead to an increase in your heating and cooling bills. Each time you see a spike in your utility bills due to your air conditioner or heater for which you cannot account, you need to call for technicians to investigate. If they find that a faulty ventilation system is the cause, they will handle the necessary repair work.

Make sure that you hire the finest indoor air quality experts in Anderson, OH you can find. A great place to start is to make a call to RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer 24-hour emergency service for all your needs when it comes to heating, cooling, and indoor air quality. Contact us today to schedule your next service appointment with us.

Commercial HVAC Repair Issues in Cincinnati

July 10th, 2014

Cincinnati is a major center of business that hosts the headquarters of numerous corporations, including 9 Fortune 500 companies. It’s a city connected with business and business success. At RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, we take pride in helping companies’ in Cincinnati succeed through keeping their HVAC systems in the best shape possible.

If you need repairs for your light commercial HVAC in Cincinnati, OH, you can depend on our professionalism to handle the job. You can reach our team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service.

Some Common Commercial Repairs

  • Recharging refrigerant: The refrigerant in an HVAC system is necessary for the unit to move heat from one place to another. If refrigerant starts to leak, it will affect the system’s ability to both heat and cool. Technicians will use special equipment, such as pressure sensors, to locate where the leaks are occurring and then seal them. Afterwards, they will recharge the refrigerant to the correct level.
  • Thermostat repairs: The thermostats in a business are far more complicated than those found in homes, since they must monitor and control a larger space. Often, issues with uneven or insufficient heating and cooling aren’t originating from the HVAC cabinet, but from miscalibration and connection problems inside the thermostats. Technicians will track down the specific troubles with the thermostats and find the best way to fix them.
  • Compressor repairs: At the heart of the standard rooftop package unit of a commercial HVAC system is the compressor. The compressor acts similar to a motor, and like a motor it can wear down due to dust and dirt on its components, a lack of lubrication, or excess stress. If a compressor overheats and burns out, it usually must be replaced. If compressor issues are caught in time (usually because of a noticeable drop in cooling/heating inside the building) technicians can usually restore them to working order without needing to replace them.

Our team at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning places a high value on honesty, commitment, respect, and teamwork: the qualities we know you as a professional will appreciate in any company you hire. You can depend on us for repairs on your light commercial HVAC in Cincinnati, OH. Give us a call today to schedule your next service appointment with us.