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.

The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th—although many years later.

Our family at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

Stages of Geothermal System Installation

June 27th, 2014

“I’d really like to have a geothermal heat pump for my home—I know they’re reliable, can last for decades, and cost less to run than other air conditioners and heat pumps—but it just sounds like so much time and work to have them put in.”

This is a common the responses that homeowners give when they explain why they don’t want to make the big leap to having a geothermal comfort system installed. We understand the concerns… but installation for geothermal heat pumps isn’t as rough as many think. We’ll guide you through the process of how we perform geothermal installation in Anderson, OH to show you what’s actually involved.

And remember, you won’t be doing the job yourself: it’s up to the skilled installers at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning to set up your house for all the benefits of a geothermal heat pump. Your comfort is our business, and we take it very seriously!

The Stages of Geothermal Installation

  • Property evaluation and system sizing: The planning stage is the most detailed part of installation. The geothermal experts look over your property and determine the right type of ground-loop configuration to use, vertical or horizontal, and then decide on the necessary size of the system to properly heat and cool your living spaces. In most situations, a 3-ton (heating tons, not weight) will do the job. The experts will make adjustments based on soil and the local terrain. This is a complex process, and one of the reasons you only want the most experienced technicians involved.
  • Water-to-water heat pump installation: The next step is placing the actual heat pump sections of the system inside the house. This is hooked up to your ductwork (usually in the same location as your last heat pump/air conditioner) and the process is not much different from setting up a standard air-source heat pump.
  • Placing the ground loops: This is the most labor-intensive step, and usually takes a few days to complete. The installers fit and fasten together the plastic pipes that will carry that water through the earth to collect or deposit heat into loop configurations. Then they dig out the trenches and lower these loops down to rest at the trenches’ bottom. The end of the loops are connected to the indoor heat pump, and the system is tested to make certain that there are no leaks anywhere. The installers then fill in the trenches, leaving the loops buried.

From start-to-finish the process takes about 2 weeks, but most of that time doesn’t involve heavy physical work that will create disruptions; the actual setting of the loops will go much faster than you imagine… and those loops can last for more than 50 years! The few days it takes to install them will pay off with a lifetime of low-cost heating and cooling.

RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning takes pride in our services to Anderson, OH for geothermal installation. We are committed to living up to your highest expectations. Contact us today to schedule your next service appointment with us.

Why Sizing Matters with Air Conditioning Installation

June 20th, 2014

Installing a new air conditioner is a big decision and requires careful preparation before the actual procedure begins. In matters of air conditioning installation, Cincinnati, OH has plenty of services that can provide sound advice for you. Among the foremost decisions you need to make is the size of the air conditioner itself. By “size” we mean its power capacity: the amount of cooling power it can output into your home. A lot of factors go into that decision. Including square footage, the presence of insulation in your attic, sunlight exposure and the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of the air conditioner itself. A trained technician can make those calculations for you, but why is it so important? Here’s why sizing matters with air conditioning installation.

It’s not hard to see the trouble that an insufficiently powered unit will do. It won’t be able to heat your home adequately, and the strain on it will increase the chances of a serious breakdown somewhere along the line. Your air conditioner needs to be able to carry the load adequately in order to work.

Most people assume that the most powerful unit they can buy is perfect. After all, it will cool the air much more quickly than a smaller unit, won’t it? It will indeed, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Air conditioners use exponentially more power turning on and off than they do when they’re just running. Because of that, you want your air conditioner to run for at least fifteen minutes every time it turns on. Otherwise, it engages in what we call rapid cycling: switching on and off multiple times during the day and increasing strain on the unit in the process. (It gobbles up a lot of unnecessary energy too.)

Sizing matters with air conditioning installation because you need to hit the sweet spot between a unit that is too large and one that is too small. That way, the air conditioner is the most efficient and reliable for your space. When it comes to air conditioning services in Cincinnati, OH, you have a reliable expert in RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!