The Complete Guide To Heat Pump Systems

The official first start of fall is only a few days away and even though temperatures are still quite pleasant, it’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating system. Was it failing to create a comfortable indoor environment toward the end of winter? Is it just not throwing heat like it used to? If so, it may be worth considering a heat pump system this season.

The Complete Guide To Heat Pump Systems | Rusk Heating & Cooling

What is a Heat Pump?

Put simply, a heat pump system is a more energy-efficient alternative to a furnace. Why? Well, furnaces create heat by burning fuel and then distribute it throughout the house. A heat pump, on the other hand, does not create heat. It simply transfers heat from one area to another.

But there’s more to it than that. Contrary to popular belief, heat pumps aren’t restricted to heating homes. They can also be used to cool homes by moving heat outside of the house. It’s a win-win if you ask us!

Two Main Types of Heat Pumps:

  1. Air-Source: this type of heat pump absorbs warmth from outdoor air, even when it’s cold outside, and transfers it inside your home. Under optimal conditions, air-source heat pumps can reduce a home’s energy usage by nearly 40%.

  2. Geothermal: instead of taking heat from the air, geothermal heat pumps use the ground as the main source. These systems work via a system of fluid-filled piping that takes heat from the ground and moves it up to the heat pump, where it’s then transferred indoors.

Ready to get some more information about heat pump systems before you make the switch? Contact the friendly staff at Rusk Heating & Cooling today and we’d be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have! Give us a call at 859-431-4040.

 

The Best Way To Clean HVAC Filters In 5 Easy Steps

The same thing that keeps you comfortable all year long can also make you sick. That’s right we’re talking about your home’s HVAC system and although it can seem like a lifesaver when temperatures get too hot or too cold, it can actually cause severe health problems if you don’t maintain it properly. Today, we’re talking about how to properly clean washable air filters – a vital component of any maintenance regimen.

The Best Way To Clean HVAC Filters | Rusk Heating & Cooling

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Vacuum
  • Screwdriver
  • Rag
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Towel

Here’s What You’ll Need To Do:

  1. In most cases, the filter will be secured behind a register with a few screws. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws and take out the filter.

  2. Check the filter for overt signs of wear and tear. Be on the lookout for rips or snaps and if you spot them, don’t bother cleaning the filter. It’s to replace it.

  3. If all looks good, aside from dust and dirt, vacuum up the grime. Just be careful not to rip or tear the filter (we recommending using a soft brush attachment on the vacuum).

  4. It’s a good idea to sanitize the filter once it’s cleaned off. To do so, fill a small basin with a mild cleaning detergent, or a bit of vinegar, and water. Let it soak for an hour or two and then remove the filter and drain it.

  5. Allow the filter to dry naturally and then place it back into your HVAC system.

A heating and cooling system is a huge investment that you depend on daily. Our Maintenance Agreements can help make sure your system stays reliable and efficient for a long, long time. Call Rusk Heating & Cooling today to find out how we can help!

4 Clever Ways To Hide Your Outdoor A/C Unit

Summer is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean the projects around the house are going to stop. Fall tends to be the best time of year to get work done outside because temperatures aren’t too hot or too cold. So, if you’re looking for ways to improve your home in the upcoming months, we’ve got the perfect weekend project for you – disguising that outdoor air conditioner condensing unit.

How To Hide Your Outdoor A/C Unit | Rusk Heating & Cooling

  1. Build An A/C House: why not build your condenser unit its very own house? You can create a house-like covering using lattice for the sides and plywood or plastic sheets for the roof. If you want to get really creative, model it after your own home.

  2. Build A Mosaic Screen: instead of throwing broken glass in the trash, use it to create a screen around your A/C unit. We recommend glueing the pieces onto sections of PVC fencing.

  3. Build A Fence: have extra pieces of wooden fence lying around? Cut them down to size and place them around the unit. Just be sure to leave enough room around the condenser (at least 2-3 feet of space) so air can flow through the system adequately.

  4. Build A Vertical Garden: if you want to take your lattice covering to the next level, use it to plant a vertical garden. This is a great way to have your air conditioner blend in with the greenery in your yard.

Need end-of-season service on your home’s cooling system? We’ve got you covered. Call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Things To Do on Labor Day Weekend in Cincinnati

Take a moment to think about how hard your air conditioning system has been working all summer. It’s time to give it a much needed rest. And with that said, this is the perfect weekend to get out of the house and take advantage of the local events Cincinnati has to offer. After all, it is a holiday weekend and Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer.

Things To Do On Labor Day Weekend In Cincinnati | Rusk Heating & Cooling

The Ohio Renaissance Festival

Come out and celebrate merry old England this weekend. The festival will be full of historic costumes, jousting and yes, massive turkey legs. In addition, there will be 100 shows daily, over 150 arts and crafts shops and rides and games of all shapes and sizes.

Saturday-Monday. Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville. Also runs every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. For general admission prices visit www.renfestival.com.

Sporting Events

Get out and cheer on your favorite teams! Cincy is hosting lots of sporting events this weekend from Florence Freedom to the Cincinnati Reds and FC Cincinnati. A few of the events even have post-game concerts and fun activities for the whole family.

Outdoor Performances

Check out the PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain Square or Friday Flow at Washington Park. On Saturday evening, there’s Park After Dark at Balterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center and you can sip delicious beer at the Craft Beer Series & Music at Findlay Market.

While you’re out on the town this weekend, your air conditioner will be thanking you for the rest. And if you need your HVAC system serviced or repaired, know that Rusk Heating & Cooling is only one call away!

Why Is My Window Air Conditioner So Loud?

Air conditioner causing a raucous? We’ve been in your shoes. While lots of homeowners depend on window air conditioners to keep them cool during the summer months, they can be quite the headache. The biggest problem? The noise – it can be downright disturbing. See below to find out why your window air conditioner is so loud:

Why Is My Window Air Conditioner So Loud? | Rusk Heating & Cooling

  1. The Fan Blades Are Bent – sometimes foreign objects can get into the air conditioning using causing the fan blades to bend. Check to make sure they’re all straight – if they’re not, you can straighten them until they are properly aligned.

  2. There’s Something Inside – no, we’re not talking about a creature of some sort, but we are talking about foreign objects that could get into the system. After all, the majority of the unit hangs out the window so there’s a good chance things like sticks, rocks or leaves can find their way inside. You can look for and remove these objects by opening up the front grill.

  3. Loose Grill – hearing excessive vibrations or rattling? It could be coming from the front grill if it’s not sitting securely. Most of the time, they’re held in by a simple locking mechanism so if the grill isn’t put back properly, or if it’s not locked into place it could cause noises to occur.

Tired of dealing with noisy window air conditioners that only cool one room at a time? Ready to make the switch to an energy-efficient ductless HVAC system or a quieter central air system? You’ve come to the right place!

There are lots of choices when it comes to your heating and cooling systems and picking the right company to do business with is key. You can rely on the team of factory-trained professionals at Rusk Heating & Cooling to provide prompt expert service whether you need routine maintenance, emergency repair, replacement equipment, or a completely new system.

4 Things You Need To Clean Air Ducts Yourself

Every so often, your air ducts will need to be cleaned professionally. Why? Well, most homeowners don’t have the necessary tools or the knowledge it takes to give ducts a thorough cleaning. But with that said, there are a few things just about anybody can do to keep them clean in the meantime. We’re going to take a guess and say that you probably have these four items lying around your home:

duct cleaning

  1. A Vacuum: you’ll need a vacuum to suck up dust and dirt from your air registers. We recommend unscrewing the vents, vacuuming them off thoroughly and pushing the hose into the duct as far as it will allow in order to suck any loose dust or dirt.

  2. A Brush: you’ll use the brush to dislodge any debris that may be stuck to the vents or duct walls. Something that resembles a toilet brush will work well, but if you don’t have one of those handy, a stiff bristled paint brush will do the trick.

  3. A Screwdriver: this will come in handy when it’s time to unscrew the vents for cleaning. You may also need to use it to gain access to dirty return registers. Remember, it’s important to clean both the outside and the inside components.

  4. Paper Towels: unless you want to do more cleaning when you’re finished cleaning, paper towels will be very useful. Use them to cover supply registers to prevent dust from shooting out while cleaning. You can use dampen them to pick up loose dust that may have escaped.

Simply call Rusk Heating & Cooling today to learn more about energy efficient, comfortable, environmentally friendly and low maintenance heating and cooling solutions for your home.

3 Simple Ways To Keep Pests Out Of Your Air Conditioner

Chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons – sure, they’re all cute little animals when they’re out in the wild, but they’re not so cute when they wind up inside your air conditioning equipment. Pesky pests can be a nuisance to homeowners and business owners alike and they can cause some severe problems when they wind up in places they shouldn’t be. Sure, you can hire a pest control specialist to get rid of them, but there are a few things you can do on your end to keep pests out of your HVAC components.

3 Simple Ways To Keep Pests Out Of Your Air Conditioner | Rusk Heating & Cooling

  1. Conceal Your Condenser – this is the outdoor component of your air conditioning system so it’s not uncommon for animals to wind up inside. We recommend using screens or building a fence to keep them out and it also helps hide that bulky piece of equipment – we’re calling it a win-win.

  2. Spray The Area – you can use a pet repellant spray on the condenser itself and over the area surrounding it to deter animals from getting too close. These types of sprays contain smells that are unattractive to pests so it’ll keep them a safe distance away.

  3. Seal Your Ducts – cracks or gaps in your ductwork serve as easy points of entry for pests. It’s vital to take the time to seal them up to keep bugs, bees and other small pests out.

With that said, it’s important to have your ducts cleaned regularly. Duct cleaning helps restore efficiency of both furnaces and air conditioning systems. The shorter running time helps lower your cost, while the improved air distribution maintains uniform temperatures throughout your home.

Give Rusk Heating & Cooling a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment. 859-431-4040.

4 Pro Tips To Follow When Shopping For An HVAC System

Today kicks off National Bargain Hunting week and there’s no better time to begin shopping for a new HVAC system. However, before you start comparing different pieces of equipment, prices and like, it’s important to understand what you need to be looking for in the first place. Below, we’ve put together some pro tips that will help you identify your needs and save the most money during the process:

4 Pro Tips To Follow When Shopping For An HVAC System | Rusk Heating & Cooling

  1. Check For Local Rebates: some cities/towns offer localized rebates on certain HVAC models that meet a variety of energy-efficiency standards. You can look up rebates and incentives by state which is a great first step in the buying process.
  2. Check For Manufacturer Rebates: now that you’ve found out which rebates are available in your area, it’s time to check in with the manufacturer’s. Oftentimes, special rebates and incentives only apply to their most expensive models, but it’s always worth doing some research.
  3. Size Matters: don’t simply go for the largest or smallest unit just because you think that’s what you need. Using a system that’s too large or too small for a specific area of your house can actually cost you much more in energy bills than an appropriately sized system. This is where a professional HVAC technician can really help you out.
  4. Look For The Energy Star Label: one of the main reasons you’re upgrading your system in the first place is to save money on energy bills, right? Well, then it’s vital to look for the Energy Star label which tells you how efficient the system is. We recommend choosing a system with a SEER rating of at least 15.

There are a lot of choices. Picking the right company to do business with is key. You can rely on the team of factory-trained professionals at Rusk Heating & Cooling to provide prompt expert service whether you need routine maintenance, emergency repair, replacement equipment, or a completely new system. Call us today at 859-431-4040.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Air Conditioning

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! When it comes to your air conditioning system, we understand that not all of the terms, parts and pieces of equipment are common English. For that reason, we’re compiling a list of frequently asked questions. We hope it will help clear up some confusion!

4 Things You Didn't Know About Air Conditioning | Rusk Heating & Cooling

  1. Are humidity levels important indoors? Yes, yes they are. When humidity levels are too low, it can cause sinus and lung problems in addition to dry skin and bloody noses. Not to mention it can damage wood floors and furniture and can foster an environment where certain types of bacteria and viruses grow.

  2. What does OEM mean? When it comes to your equipment, you may have heard the term “OEM” being tossed around. It simply means original equipment manufacturer and it refers to products that are made specifically from the original manufacturer. Non-OEM parts are often cheaper, but they do not always work best.

  3. What are the major signs of poor indoor air quality? For starters, be on the lookout for mold. Musty air and constant headaches and congestion are also key indicators.

  4. Why won’t my air conditioner turn on? In most cases, an air conditioner won’t turn on if the power source isn’t in the correct position. Check to make sure all switches on the condenser, air handler, thermostat and circuit breakers are turned “on”. Then, make sure your thermostat is set properly – it should be in “cool” mode.

Having problems with your air conditioning system? We are experienced at handling just about any system, so you can rest assured that we can fix nearly any problem. In fact, our repairs are 100% guaranteed, which should give you some peace of mind. Call Rusk Heating & Cooling today at 859-431-4040 to learn more about our services.

3 Common Summer Air Conditioning Repairs

Picture this: you wake up one hot summer morning dripping in sweat. You remember setting the thermostat so that the air conditioning would kick on during the night, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Temperatures are expected to skyrocket over the next couple of hours and it’s looking more and more like your air conditioner has a serious problem. Time to panic, right?

3 Common Summer A/C Repairs | Air Conditioning Repair | Rusk Heating & Cooling

Not so fast! Of course, air conditioners get the most use during the summer months and we couldn’t be more thankful for them when temperatures are on the rise. With that said, however, there are a few common issues we come across with air conditioning systems this time of year and we want to share a few of them with you:

  1. Leaky Refrigerant Lines: ever hear somebody say they need more freon in the air conditioner? Freon is the brand name for a type of refrigerant, but needing “more” of it is never the actual answer. When refrigerant lines leak, you have a real problem that results in your home not feeling as cool. Call in a technician to evaluate the problem.

  2. Clogged Condensate Lines: notice water leaking from your air conditioner? A few drips here and there coming from the outdoor unit is normal, but if you notice a serious leak it’s likely due to a clogged condensate line. Dirt and debris can build up causing water to back up into your home.

  3. Malfunctioning Thermostat: since the thermostat ultimately controls the temperature in your home, if it’s malfunctioning, everything can be thrown off. Oftentimes, thermostats need to be recalibrated to function properly. If you change the temperature frequently or if somebody or something bumps into it, a calibration could be the simple solution you need.

We are experienced at handling air conditioning systems, so you can rest assured that we can fix nearly any problem. In fact, our repairs are 100% guaranteed, which should give you some peace of mind. Call on the cooling experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling for all of your air conditioning repair needs today!