What Is Geothermal HVAC?

geothermal energy diagram

When it comes to environmentally friendly HVAC systems, geothermal heat pumps are a promising and increasingly popular option. Baby boomer customers are attracted to the energy savings geothermal HVAC systems offer. Millennials consider going geothermal because it’s better for the planet. In fact, geothermal is expected to supply 10 to 20 percent of the world’s energy by 2050. Geothermal HVAC and power systems use Earth temperature for heat exchange. While some areas of the country experiences extreme climates, temperatures underground remain constant.

Geothermal heat pumps are considered a form of high efficiency heat pump. These systems rely on heat transfers between the air and the ground to provide heating and cooling to homes and buildings. Two other forms of geothermal systems are direct use geothermal and deep and enhanced geothermal. Direct use geothermal systems are common in regions with volcanic or tectonic activity that results in naturally heated groundwater. In these systems, hot water is pumped to use in its current state or in heat exchangers to condition the air in the building.

Deep and enhanced geothermal systems are generally used to create electricity for large commercial, agricultural, and industrial applications. They rely on steam located far below the Earth’s surface that is accessed by drilling.

How Do Geothermal HVAC Systems Work?

Geothermal HVAC systems use the same science of refrigeration that other HVAC/R equipment relies on. Under the Second Law of Thermodynamics, heat naturally travels from hot or warm locations to cold ones. In a geothermal HVAC system, an electrically powered heat pump cycles fluid, usually water or refrigerant, through long loops of underground pipes. It is through this process that heat is transferred from ambient air in the building to the ground and vice versa.

During the winter, the heat pump sends fluid through the pipes where the warmer rock, soil, or water underground increases the temperature of the fluid. The warm fluid is then pumped back to the building. A heat exchanger can then transfer the heat from the fluid to the building’s heating system to warm the air. A desuperheater can be used to increase the temperature of water for use in the building. The process is then repeated, with the cooler fluid being pumped back into the ground to be warmed and then returned to the building for heating.

In the summer, the same process occurs, but this time the fluid absorbs heat in the air and disperses it into the ground. The cycle works to continually remove heat from the air in the building, thereby cooling it.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Geothermal?

Home and building owners will usually recoup the upfront cost of these systems through energy savings, as they can cut utility bills by 30 to 70 percent. Studies have shown that customers see a return on their investment in seven to eight years on average. Also, there is the benefit to the environment. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of installing a geothermal HVAC system is equivalent to removing two vehicles from the road or planting 750 trees.

Reds Opening Day Parade

2018 opening day parade

Howie the Bear knows all about…BASEBALL. A huge Cincinnati Reds fan, Howie will be leading the Hauser Air team as we participate in this year’s Opening Day Parade!

The parade steps off from Findlay Market at noon on Monday, April 2 and lasts about 2 hours. The parade travels south from the market on Race Street for about 10 blocks then heads east on Fifth Street for about 5 blocks. Come join us!

Opening Day is baseball’s annual festival and nowhere is it experienced like it is in the Queen City. Before the first home game each season, Cincinnati celebrates our team with a parade of floats, music and dancing. Plus, an opportunity to hang with all of your favorite mascots! Some revelers will even go to the game afterwards, to watch the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs.

Guide to Getting There:

Parade route map
Parade parking and viewing locations

Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector ($157)

lyric water leak and freeze detectorPeace of mind wherever you go: At the first signs of leaks, freezes, or excess humidity, The Lyric™ Wi-Fi Leak & Freeze Detector can alert your smartphone.

Leaks and frozen pipes can cause serious damage to your home. With Lyric Water Leak and Freeze detectors, you can get early warning. By catching it early, you may be able to avoid expensive repairs and loss of treasured items. They can be placed near trouble spots like the sump pump, water heater, washer and under sinks. Each can be individually named and registered in the Lyric App and easily connect to your home Wi-Fi network. If a leak is detected or pipe begins to freeze, the Lyric App on your phone will alert you wherever you are.

Exciting Features!

  • Works with the Honeywell Lyric App
  • Battery operated – Lasting up to three years (Batteries included)
  • Connects to standard Home Wi-Fi directly – no need for an extra hub
  • Status LED lights and an industry leading 100 dB buzzer helps notify a leak detection
  • Temperature, Humidity and Water Leak measurement
  • 4ft cable sensor (included) can be used to extend sensor capability
  • The entire length of cable sensor detects water
  • Additional cables can be added to extend the sensor length to 500ft. (sold separately). Ideal for looping in an entire area
  • DIY installation and can be setup in minutes

Welcome to Cincinnati!

2018 cincinnati newcomer guideRelocating to Cincinnati and need a helpful guide to assist you in your move?

The Greater Cincinnati Relocation & Newcomer Guide is full of the information you want and need!  Flip through its pages to learn how to live a happy life in Cincinnati, from day one.

Request your FREE copy, offered here from Cincy Magazine.

The best part?  Exclusive deals from Hauser Air!  That’s right.  Hauser Air appears in The Greater Cincinnati Relocation & Newcomer Guide as a friendly local heating and air provider.  We are here to help fresh Cincinnatians to feel comfortable in their new homes.  Welcome to Cincinnati, from Hauser Air!

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Is a Humidifier Important?

YES! Especially in the winter. Here are just 7 important reasons why:

home humidifiers

In the warmer seasons, it’s not always the heat that gets intolerable, it’s the humidity! In the search for a comfortable indoor temperature, though, humidity is often the component which is neglected. The fact is, the amount of moisture in the air is just as important to the temperature as it is to your health. ALL year around.

Using a humidifier when it’s cold outside is not only one of the better ways to regulate your home’s temperature, it’s a great way to promote improved health for you and your family. It can even lend benefits to your house itself, as well as the plants, animals and humans that inhabitants. Consider these seven reasons when trying to decide if adding a humidifier is important for your home.

1. Better Skin, Better Healing

Dry air is capable of wreaking havoc on your skin. Many people are familiar with the effects of biting winter cold, from chapped lips to dry, cracking knuckles, all problems which can be caused or made worse when insufficient moisture is present in the air. Before you invest in bulk quantities of lotion and lip balm to rehydrate your skin, think about rehydrating your air. Humidifiers add that crucial humidity back into the air to reduce the painful symptoms described above. While those with more sensitive skin will still need to keep the aloe handy, humid air is a great first step toward lessening dry skin issues.

2. Ease Sinus Congestion

Just as your skin can become parched if the air remains too dry, your respiratory system can suffer as well. Winter is cold and flu season for more than one reason–many people who suffer from sinus problems are victims of the dry, chilly air that circulates. When your throat and nasal passages become dried out, your body has a much tougher time fending off viruses and bacteria. If you wake up on particularly crisp mornings feeling like you’re fighting off a cold, it can very likely be from sleeping in dried-out air.

Running a humidifier not only aids in protecting your body from becoming ill, it’s also a good idea if you’re already sick. The conditions that make it easier to get sick are the same ones that make it harder for you to recover, so make it a point to get that moisture circulating again and you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

3. Spare the Static

Have you ever found your home overrun with static but you just couldn’t figure out the cause? A lack of humidity inside may be to blame. When moisture’s lacking, the air’s more conductive to static electricity. You’ll know it every time you go to get dressed, pet the cat, possibly even brush your hair–and the drier it gets, the worse your shocks are likely to be.

Humidifying the air in your home is an ideal way to put your pets at ease, tame the frizz in your hair, and avoid the annoying stick and snag your clothes and linens encounter.

4. Plants Need Two Things

Your houseplants usually only need two things to thrive: water and sunlight. Obviously there’s no replacement for timely watering of your indoor flora, but not all of their hydration comes through you directly. Just as people and animals do, plants utilize moisture from the air; when insufficient humidity exists, unfortunately many types of plants will feel the effects.

Since houseplants have been shown to offer mental and physical health benefits for people, particularly when they’re healthy, it makes plenty of sense to pay a little extra attention to their wellbeing. Of course, plants aren’t the only inanimate objects that can benefit from additional humidity.

5. This Old House

Does your home seem to make more noise when the temperature drops? If you’re hearing lots of creaks and cracks, it’s likely because dry, frigid air is tough on wooden items. Wood shrinks naturally in the cold, and without adequate moisture, it can split and suffer damage. Cold can have a similar effect on paint, necessitating more frequent home repairs and improvements.

Humidifiers don’t just help the living things within your home–they also help your home itself. They’re ideal for achieving a balance in your indoor atmosphere: Air which is not overly-dry but also not too wet and dewy.

6. Counteract the Cold

Perhaps the greatest impact humidifiers can have is in helping to regulate your indoor temperature. The website for the Old Farmer’s Almanac confirms that adding humidity to the air helps it to feel warmer without actually raising the temperature. This is the same reason that a humid summer day often feels several degrees hotter than the thermometer reports.

There are several alternative strategies for adding moisture into the air without the use of a dedicated appliance. For example, if you enjoy hot baths in the winter, consider leaving the warm water sitting after you’re done. This adds subtle moisture to the air until the water goes tepid (think of hot water giving off steam).

7. Stop Snoring

Last but not least, a healthy amount of humidity in the air is a good way to fight snoring problems. Many people suffer from chronic snoring (as do their bedmates), and for a sizeable portion of those individuals, it’s worse in the winter. Try upping the moisture in your bedroom at night to keep sinuses and nasal passages moistened to fight the effects of snoring.

Closing Thoughts

A humidifier can be one of the most effective and affordable home heating solutions when the cold weather sets in, providing your household with a host of benefits in addition to warmth. When all is said and done, the important thing is to avoid excessive exposure to dry air. You can’t always control the atmosphere in your workplace, and you’re subject to the elements while outside and often while traveling. At home and when you sleep, however, you can assure yourself of better health and comfort with the right level of indoor humidity.

Call us today for a free estimate on installing your whole house humidifier (513) 777-7979!

Why Change Your Furnace Filter?

 

by: Katey Gallagher

I will be the first to admit, that before I met my now husband (Chris Gallagher), I knew nothing about furnaces and air conditioners! I had my own home in Cincinnati and I couldn’t even tell you where my furnace was located! Now that I’ve been in the industry for years, I have a much better grasp of the ins-and-outs of heating and cooling a home. As service manager of our company, I work with our customers on a daily basis who have questions, similar to the ones I had before starting in this business. After hearing all these familiar questions, I felt like it would be helpful to share our knowledge with our customers. Hence why we started this video blog!

One of the comments I get a frequently is, “I didn’t realize I needed to change my filter that often”, and I believe it! I don’t think frequency of filter changing on your furnace or air handler is common knowledge. And I definitely don’t think people understand how much a dirty filter can negatively impact your heating AND cooling system’s operation all year around.

Why is it so important to clean my air filter on my furnace?

The obvious reason to change your furnace filter is because that filter is what is removing all the dust, dander and debris from your air in your home. Remember, there are TWO filters in your house – your furnace filter and your lungs! Let’s make sure the furnace filter is taking the brunt of the dust and allergens, not your body.

The less obvious reason to change your filter, is that dirty filter will negatively impact your furnace operation and in the long run, cause it to break, which may cost a lot of money in repairs.

What happens to your furnace or airhandler when you have a dirty filter?

Since your furnace is what moves the air during heating AND cooling season throughout your home, a dirty air filter can stop that air from moving. What happens is the fan inside your furnace/airhandler can’t pull air it needs from your duct work causing it has to work harder than it should. A good example of this is clothes dryer! If you don’t clean the filter on your dryer it can’t get enough air to dry your cloths and may break. Can you imagine not changing that filter? Well, your furnace filter is equally as important because a dirty furnace filter can cause:

  • It will cost you more money to operate your system because it has to work harder to satisfy your thermostat settings
  • Your home will become dirtier because the filter is full and can’t catch the dirt, so it sends it back into your home.

Costly repairs will occur, such as:

  • Blower motor repair of replacement
  • In cooling season: not getting enough air across your evaporator coil cancause it to ice up and your AC to stop working. The water from the ice may harm expensive electrical components inside your unit
  • In heating mode not getting enough air across your heat exchanger (the fire compartment inside your furnace) causes excess heat and may cause your heat exchanger to crack – releasing harmful carbon monoxide into the air!

With this information in hand, here is our recommendation on the frequency for changing your filter:

1″ Filters – Monthly
2″ Filters – Bimonthly
3″, 4″, and 5″ Filters – Every 4 to 6 months

When in doubt, swap it out!

How do you remember to change it?

You can get a thermostat that will remind you. I personally use my calendar in my phone to remind me. Just make sure you do it! It’s something so simple to maintain that, if neglected, can cause you thousands of dollars in the long run!

Free Ice Cream Friday

Stop by Hauser Air for raffles and fun…did we mention ice cream?!  Nobody loves back to school season as much as our mascot, Howie.  Share a cone with Howie — no RSVP required.

Angie’s List Super Service Award Winners!

Hauser Heating & Air Conditioning Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Hauser Heating & Air Conditioning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service.

“We are honored and to receive this award for the sixth year and believe that honesty and trustworthiness is the right way to serve the customer,” said Josh Hauser.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Hauser Heating & Air Conditioning competes with in Greater Cincinnati are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

AngiesList.com helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

Staying warm…

Just a note for this coming week of frigid temps, furnaces are designed to be efficient for the majority of the year. We size furnaces to heat your home to 72-75° on 0° day. That way it’s not oversized for majority of the winter.

So, when it’s -15°, your furnace or heat pump is gonna be RUNNING!

And may not keep up. It probably isn’t broken. But it should keep it pretty warm still.

You may not want to set it back between now and then. And if you have a closed wood fireplace stove, give your furnace some help.

You may also want to over heat the house before the drop.

Be warm, be safe.

Happy Boxing Day!

I’m married to a British woman so we “celebrate” Boxing Day. I’ve yet to google its origins but my friends and family in England usually sit around in their sweats and eat leftovers and play games. I figure this is a tradition worth keeping!

The term “Boxing Day”, for some reason, always reminded me of when my dad would bring home a furnace box or two and we’d make forts and castles out of them.

So it’s not quite the same but it brings to mind when my daughter was younger and got more fun out of the boxes than the gift within.

Ahh Christmas. Family, fun, food and warm wishes.

I say warm of course because we service and sell furnaces. Don’t pardon the pun.

Seriously Merry Christmas, happy Boxing Day and enjoy your warmth.