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.
Heating 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.
Duct Free units
Efficient operation down to 0 degrees without auxiliary heat
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.
Peace 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.
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
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YES! Especially in the winter. Here are just 7 important reasons why:
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.
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!
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