Category Archives: HVAC Equipment

Furnace Maintenance Recommendations

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?
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What Are the Benefits of Keeping Your Equipment Maintained?

  • We catch potential issues and breakdowns BEFORE they happen
  • Documented maintenance will validate manufacturer warranties
  • Peace of mind when verifying safe operation of your equipment
  • One year warranty on all repairs
  • 30 day operation guarantee. If your units breaks down with 30 days of your tune-up you do NOT pay any trip charges.

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What Size HVAC Unit Is Right for Me?

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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.

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What Does the R-22 (Refrigerant) Phase-Out Mean for Your HVAC System?

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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.

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Question: Why should I get an A/C Tune-up?

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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…

Pros

  1. A clean coil equals $$$ saved both on life span of the system and conserving energy.
  2. Allows a professional to see your system and provide answers for any questions.
  3. 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.
  4. Helps maintain factory warranties to assure that all repairs are made to their specifications.
  5. Provides peace of mind for the customer that the system is prepared during peak usage.
  6. Evaluation of the coolant level to help maintain peak operating performance.

Cons

  1. Cost of maintenance, although the money saved is worth the money spent.
  2. 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!

Do I Need a Furnace Tune-up?

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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.

Why should I schedule a safety inspection or tune up on my furnace?

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.
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14 Things You Should Know About Your Air Conditioner

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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.

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Ductless Heat Pumps/Mini-Splits

ductless heating solutionHeating your home with electric heat is one of the most costly heating system on the market. High monthly utility bills can now be a thing of the past.

Ductless Heat Pumps are the most efficient heating and air conditioning system on the market. They are quiet, comfortable, and can help cut your homes heating bill up to 60%. With utility incentives and tax credits that can help pay for your homes upgrades, a Ductless Heating & Air Conditioning system is the perfect solution for you and your home.

A ductless heating and cooling systems consists of an outdoor unit, with one or more indoor air handling units typically mounted high on a wall or ceiling with individual remotes that control your system. Ductless units have the advantage of being zone systems which enable you to heat and cool the areas you want, which reduces your utility bills, savings up to 60%. Perfect for replacing electric heat, new construction, adding a room, or those hard to heat or cool areas such as an upstairs. Ductless Heat Pumps have a variable speed compressor, providing more efficient operation to match the heating and cooling needs of your house and ultra quiet fan which allows to have more even temperatures throughout your home.

Top Benefits:

  • Quick Installation
  • Duct Free units
  • Efficient operation down to 0 degrees without auxiliary heat
  • Save up to 60% off your heating bill
  • Zone system heat and cool only the rooms you want
  • Environmentally friendly 410 a refrigerant
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Even temperatures throughout your home
  • Variable speed compressor

Call today for a free quote at (513) 777-7979.