Here are few things we think you need to remember this heating season…
1. Keep your furnace filter cleaned
2. Have your furnace maintenance every year
Your 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.
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/air handler can’t pull the air it needs from your ductwork causing it to work harder than it should.
A good example of this is a clothes dryer! If you don’t clean the filter on your dryer it can’t get enough air to dry your clothes and may break. Can you imagine not changing that filter? Continue reading →
When it comes to heating and air conditioning equipment, Hauser Air believes that bigger isn’t always better. You’ll see the best results, longest life and most energy efficiency from a system that’s designed for the space you want to cool and heat.
A knowledgeable Hauser Air technician can help you identify the best fit for your home and budget, but here are just a few of the factors that he or she will consider when making that recommendation:
Square footage of the heated/cooled space. If your HVAC system is designed for a smaller space than you’re heating/cooling, you probably won’t be pleased with its performance. Moreover, it will likely use more energy and experience more wear and tear than a properly sized system. On the other end of the spectrum, a system that’s too powerful could waste energy by cycling on and off too often. Not only would you be paying more than you need to in initial costs, but you’d also use more energy than necessary to maintain the desired temperature.
The Southwest Ohio climate. Temperate areas may not need the most powerful heating and cooling equipment on the market.
Zones! Do you need separate controls for different parts of your house? This is especially important to consider in larger houses.
HCFC-22, commonly known as R-22 freon, has long been used as an efficient, non-flammable, and non-toxic refrigerant. In recent years, this popular refrigerant has been identified as an ozone-depleting substance (ODS) and subject to legislation. Due to its ozone depletion potential (ODP) and a global warming potential (GWP), all HCFCs have been designated “Class II” ODS and subject to phase out per the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Clean Air Act.
The process of ending the U.S. use of R-22 freon refrigerant began in the 1980s. Legislators recognized that R-22 could not be eliminated overnight without severe economic impacts to the private and public sectors. The process is now nearing its completion in 2020. As of January 1, 2020, the production, importation, and installments of all R-22 will be illegal throughout the U.S. Homeowners who have an older AC unit need to be aware of what this means for them.
As a homeowner, whether or not this change will affect you depends on the age of your home’s AC system. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put increasing pressure on manufacturers to reduce the production and importation of R-22, with a goal of reaching a 99.5% reduction rate by 2020. If your unit was replaced or installed within the last 5 to 10 years, you are likely to have a system that uses R-410A, which is a newer acceptable type of refrigerant.
In the case of AC systems installed before 2010, it is likely that these units use R-22 refrigerant to operate. In most cases, you can determine the age of your unit by looking at the serial number. Usually the first four digits of the serial number indicate the date of manufacture. If you are unsure of how to determine the age of you unit, Hauser Air will be happy to help.
If you do have an older R-22 AC unit, now is the time to plan your home’s transition to a new compliant system. While freon will be available for some time even after the ban is imposed, the supply will be limited and likely to become very expensive. In some cases, the installation of an R-410A converter will be an option. This retrofit could solve the problem for some specific units, but not all.
While you may continue to use an R-22 AC unit even after the ban, be aware that it will inevitably need service or repair at some point in the future. Though maximizing the service life of your current unit may seem sensible, taking a proactive approach to replacement could spare you the headache and expensive of an emergency down the road.
Hauser Air is highly knowledgeable and ready to assist you with determining the best options for your AC system and home comfort needs. Contact us today!
Hauser Air service manager, Jim Webster, has the answer!
This month’s question: “Why should I get an air conditioning tune-up?” is answered by our service manager, Jim Webster.
Jim’s answer: It depends on your needs and concerns. I like to look at my options using a pros and cons list, so I will provide that as follows…
A clean coil equals $$$ saved both on life span of the system and conserving energy.
Allows a professional to see your system and provide answers for any questions.
Continued tune-ups allows us to give you an idea of the life left in all the components of the system. Which can allow time to financially prepare for any issues that may arise and hopefully keep you from an outage situation.
Helps maintain factory warranties to assure that all repairs are made to their specifications.
Provides peace of mind for the customer that the system is prepared during peak usage.
Evaluation of the coolant level to help maintain peak operating performance.
Cost of maintenance, although the money saved is worth the money spent.
Scheduling, although our scheduling staff can generally meet your needs.
Thanks for the helpful info, Jim! It’s the perfect time of year for an air conditioning tune-up. Go ahead and schedule yours. To book your A/C tune-up, call a friendly Hauser Air representative at 513-777-7979 or contact us today!
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Every year at about this time, you probably receive several direct mail pieces from every different Cincinnati area heating and cooling company telling you to schedule a furnace tune-up or a coupon for one. But what many companies fail to tell you (and the reason most of those offers are ignored) is exactly why a furnace maintenance is essential.
At Hauser Air, we won’t sell you something you don’t need. So here is a list of a few of the reasons an annual tune-up is so important to the efficiency of your furnace and the safety of your home.
Ensures proper airflow – During the furnace tune-up, the heating technician should check your heating system to ensure it is receiving the proper airflow- Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shortened lifespan.
Keeps you safe – Furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. This combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency and safety. Even a small problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Don’t take a chance with the health and safety of you and your family.
Reduces repairs – Every winter, we receive calls from customers with heating problems that could have been easily prevented with regular maintenance. A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into major repairs.
Saves time – Getting a VIP furnace tune-up, before the weather is cold, is much more convenient than waiting for a repairman during the winter in a cold home without heat. It is also cheaper.
Improves energy efficiency – A furnace tune-up should include the cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner and heat exchanger. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep your furnace running efficiently all winter.
Maintains manufacturer’s warranty – If your furnace or heat pump is under a manufacturer’s warranty, it is especially important for you to get an annual furnace tune-up. Most manufacturers stipulate that their warranty becomes void if the heater is not regularly maintained. A furnace tune-up can satisfy that requirement and maintain your warranty.
All of these benefits of a furnace tune-up boil down to two things: keeping you safe and saving you money. For more information or to schedule your furnace tune up, please call one of our product specialists at (513) 777-7979.
Cold weather is coming, so it’s very important to think about scheduling your furnace inspection. An annual inspection ensures that your furnace will work when you need it and prevents costly emergency repairs and health risks in your home.
Having your furnace inspected or “tuned up” gives a technician an opportunity to check for possible issues and correct them before they turn into problems (or emergencies). Here are seven reasons why you should schedule your furnace inspection now.
Prolong the Life of Your Furnace
The longer you put off having an annual inspection done on your furnace, the more likely you’re going to have a breakdown (usually when you need your furnace the most). During an inspection, a technician may very well find small problems that if left unchecked could result in a major repair. Preventive maintenance on your furnace guarantees that all the parts in your furnace work together to heat your home safely and reliably for years to come.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Leaks
When the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes cracked, gases like carbon monoxide can escape into your home.
Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. For your family’s safety, important to inspect your furnace regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector outside of each bedroom to protect and alert family members.
Clean Built-Up Rust and Dirt
A proper inspection includes checking for rust and dirt that can build up on the burners in your furnace. This type of buildup can create pockets that trap gas and cause hot spots on your furnace’s heat exchanger.
Neglecting your furnace’s annual inspections, and particles like dust and dirt can accumulate on any moving parts. This causes your furnace to work harder than necessary to maintain the heat in your home, which compromises efficiency.
During an annual inspection, a technician will clean your furnace’s parts and make sure they work together properly. Your furnace is at its most efficient when its parts are clean, without anything preventing it from working correctly.
Keep Your Warranty Valid
Some manufacturers require a furnace owner to keep up with regular maintenance in order to keep their warranty valid. If you haven’t been getting an inspection on your furnace every year and something goes wrong, the manufacturer could potentially ask to see your maintenance records. If you don’t have any, your warranty could be invalid, meaning you have to pay for repairs yourself within the warranty period.
In an unexpected emergency, you want to make sure that furnace repair or replacement costs will be covered by warranty. Your annual furnace inspection prevents problems and keeps your warranty valid in case of a breakdown.
Clean Air Filters
During your annual furnace inspection, the technician should replace or clean your furnace’s air filters. A clean furnace filter catches dust and debris before it has a chance to circulate through your house, which can affect your indoor air quality. However, this isn’t the only time your furnace’s air filter should be replaced or cleaned during the winter you should check your furnace filter every month.
Whether your furnace is old or new, there are benefits to having it inspected annually by a qualified technician. It will not only save you money, but it keeps your furnace working for years to come while also protecting your home and family.
1.If your A/C is not cooling enough, the easiest and most important thing you can do on your own is: check /change your filter. If this does not remedy the problem, Call for service. Note: there is a possibility that your A/C system may be doing all it can do during extreme heat conditions.
2. Air Conditioners must have a filter. The filter will be located inside your home either with the equipment or behind a grille inside your home perhaps a hallway. It is very important that the filter is changed or cleaned regularly in order to filter the air properly and prevent the indoor coil from getting dirty. 1″ filters=change every month; 2″ filters=change every 2 months; 4-5″ filters=change every 6-12 months. Filters will get dirtier faster if: there are multiple pets, there is a dusty outdoor environment such as dirt roads, fields, construction, etc; if carpets are infrequently vacuumed. We sell all types of filters and offer special savings on buying three. You can call the office to order yours at: (513) 777-7979. We recommend to keep them on hand to change.
3.Be sure to keep the outdoor condenser clean. This means ALL sides should have nothing clinging to them (the sides look like radiator fins or sometimes they are “spiny” looking). If you do see dirt, leaves, grass clippings, cottonwood, you can use a water hose with spray nozzle to rinse the sides off starting at the top and working your way down. Turn off the power first. We recommend having a tune up & cleaning on your A/C once a year.
4. During the summer, if you see frost on the outdoor or indoor pipes, your system is frozen and will not cool properly. The system must be thawed in order to solve this issue. The quickest way to thaw the system is to turn the ac off at the thermostat but turn the FAN to ON. This will force warm air over the ice to thaw it quicker. It may still take 2 hours to thaw. NOTE: once the air conditioner is thawed, when you turn it on, it may start cooling again and continue to cool until it freezes up again- maybe a day or two. This freezing up and thawing will continue until the root problem is resolved. It is not good for this to continue for days. The root problem could be a dirty filter. If changing your filter does not remedy the situation, Call for service.
5.Do not set your thermostat below 70 degrees as it will not cool any faster and could freeze up the system causing more problems.
6.Understand that there is generally a 20 degree difference between indoor air and outside temperatures. So when it is 92 degrees outside, you can expect to get your indoor temperature to 72 degrees if desired. However, if it is 102 degrees outside, your air conditioner may struggle to meet 72 or run all the time trying to meet the demand.
7.If you see water leaking from an outdoor pipe or pipe located above a bathtub, this means that your primary condensate drain has a problem and the water is traveling through the emergency drain system. This pipe is usually located in a conspicuous area so that you will easily see the water dripping and know that there is a problem. Call for service.
8.Plant NEW bushes or plants at least 24-36 inches from the outdoor unit. If you have mature bushes near the outdoor unit, keep them trimmed to 12-18″ away. The outdoor unit needs to “breathe” freely without any hindrance. If you already have bushes planted around the a/c, be sure to keep them trimmed to allow the recommended clearance.
9.Do not place anything above your outdoor unit such as a shade, awning, fence, etc. Air blows out the top of the air conditioner and it must be able to blow out freely without any hindrance whatsoever.
10.If you have a basic programmable thermostat, do not “off-set” it more than 5 degrees while away (during extreme weather temperatures). Otherwise it will work too hard to bring the temperature to the desired point thus defeating the energy saved.
11.Keep curtains and blinds closed on west side of house during the summer.
12.Air conditioning systems do not require “freon” every year. They may need it if there is a leak, but the “freon” is not consumed. Some leaks are very very small and difficult to detect while some are larger and easier to detect and locate.
13. If you have a refrigerant leak, the leak may be located at the indoor equipment, the outdoor equipment or in the copper lines that connect the two pieces of equipment. Some leaks are repairable while some are not.
14.Be careful using a weed eater around the outdoor unit. If the wires or piping are cut, call for service.
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