The Man Who Invented A/C

Ever think about what your life would be like without air conditioning? It’s probably something you never want to imagine and it might even scare the heck out of you. Well, thanks to Willis Carrier, most of us don’t have to live life in the heat so we’re taking some time to reflect on his marvelous accomplishments.

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Looking Back at the Life of Willis Carrier:

  • It all started back in Angola, New York – Willis Carrier was born in November of 1876.
  • He earned his engineering degree from Cornell University in 1901 and then went on to design the world’s first modern A/C system the following year.
  • In 1911, he developed the Rational Psychrometric Formulae.
  • Founded the Carrier Engineering Corporation in 1915.
  • In 1935 he was awarded his honorary doctorates from Lehigh University and then Alfred University in 1942.
  • Willis passed away on October 7th, 1050 in New York City.

From an early age, Willis Carrier realized that climate, comfort and production requirements would all lend a hand in determining the value of air conditioning. In the beginning, he developed a network of international dealers, distributors and customers that led to the roaring success of the air conditioning industry.

Carrier now leads the industry with highly energy-efficient products and manufacturing processes and we’re excited to see where it all goes!

The right Cincinnati, OH, AC repair professional can fix your air conditioner quickly. If you want fast service and friendly technicians, come to Rusk Heating & Cooling. Call us today at 859-431-4040.

5 Common Household Items To Get Rid Of Right Away

Did you know that May is National Clean Air month? This may not come as a surprise knowing that springtime allergies tend to be at their peak during the month of May. With that said, there are dozens of household items you might use on a daily basis that actually pollute the air inside your home. See below to find out what you should get rid of right away to avoid dealing with the consequences:

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  1. Aerosol Sprays: check the ingredient lists on your bathroom sprays, air fresheners and hairsprays. If they contain aerosols, it’s best to get rid of them. Chances are, they emit VOCs which are known to be very dangerous.

  2. Paint, Paint Thinners and Stains: similar to aerosol sprays, lots of paints, paint thinners are stains contain VOCs. If you’re in the market for any of the above, be sure to look for non-toxic versions.

  3. Candles: especially those made from paraffin wax. Burning paraffin wax can give off carcinogens like benzene and toluene, so look for soy-based candles instead.

  4. Chlorine Bleach: not only can it irritate your eyes and your nose, chlorine bleach is made from some of the same ingredients used in chemical warfare. You don’t want to be releasing that stuff into your own home, right?

  5. Dryer Sheets: believe it or not, the waxy substance you feel on your dryer sheets has been linked to asthma. Additionally, some of the products used to create that pleasant scent aren’t so “pleasant.” They have been known to produce carcinogens and other toxins although there’s no way of knowing for sure due to trade secrets.

At Rusk Heating & Cooling, we offer a variety of products and solutions designed to fit your budget and improve the quality of the air inside your home.

Simply call or click to contact us for a FREE Indoor Air Quality Proposal. We will customize an air quality solution to make your home as clean and healthy as it can be, so you can breathe easier.

3 HVAC Mistakes To Avoid Like The Plague

Ever wonder what your life would be like without an hvac system in your home? You probably don’t even want to think about that, right? Well, if you like having your heating and cooling system there for you when you’re feeling a little uncomfortable, stay away from these common mistakes!

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  1. Subjecting your thermostat to heat – this can happen if your thermostat is in the path of direct sunlight or it’s surrounded by heat-producing electronics. Things like televisions, stereo systems or larger appliances like the refrigerator, stove or oven call all contribute to inaccurate temperature readings.

  2. Choosing the wrong filter – this goes for both super-efficient models as well as the cheapest option on the shelf, neither choice is a good one. Cheap, flimsy air filters can lead to poor indoor air quality while a very efficient model could produce too much drag for your system. For best performance, it’s vital to match the filter to the type and size of the system you have.

  3. Forgoing regular maintenance – you wouldn’t go years without getting the oil changed in your car, right? Well, the same theory goes for your hvac system. Regular maintenance is imperative if you want to keep your system running at peak performance and avoid costly repairs.

When was the last time you had your system serviced? For superior heating and air conditioning maintenance in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas, call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling. We’ll keep you comfortable all year ‘round.

The Coolest Names at the Kentucky Derby

Whether your favorite horse is the front runner or the long shot, we’re gearing up for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby this weekend. For those of you who are attending the race, it’s looking like the forecast is calling for rain, so those who plan on watching in the comfort of their living room seemingly have the upper hand. Regardless, you can count on horse racing for super cool names and this year will not disappoint.

Here’s a quick look at the projected top 15 contenders running in this year’s derby. Which of these names do you think are the coolest?

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When you choose Rusk Heating & Cooling, you’ll never be out of the running. Call on us for superior air conditioning service, repairs and maintenance all spring and summer long!

Air Conditioner Trouble: Repair or Replace?

“My air conditioner just doesn’t seem to be working like it used to, is it worthwhile to repair it or should I consider replacing the entire system?” This is a question we receive quite often as the cooling season approaches and it’s a common concern for lots of homeowners in our area. While there’s not one concrete answer, there are lots of things to consider and we’re breaking them down for you, below:

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While age is often a strong consideration when it comes to whether or not you should replace your air conditioning system, we feel that efficiency is a better determining factor. Even if your system is 10 years old, but it was an efficient system when you bought it, it could still consume less energy than a new low-end system would.

Assess the efficiency of your current system and take this into account when shopping around for a new one. Keep in mind that efficiency is based off of the SEER system, with higher SEER ratings being more efficient.


Even if you upgrade to the best system on the market, if your ducts aren’t in great condition you won’t be saving any money in the long run. It’s important to make sure all of the equipment is in good shape before jumping to any conclusions.


If your current system was never sized according your home’s square footage, and there’s an issue with its performance, we recommend upgrading to a new system. Have an expert HVAC specialist help you decide on a system based on a load calculation. This will make sure you’re not wasting money on a system that’s too big or too small.

There is no reason to wait long to get your air conditioner fixed, or to try to do it yourself. Instead of taking risks with your AC, we encourage you to come to us for help. Call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today at 859-431-4040.


5 Quick Ways To Cut Cooling Costs

Staying cool can be expensive, we all know that. But quite frankly, it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of ways you can cut cooling costs by making a few simple changes around your home. While there are lots of things you might already be doing, like cleaning your air filter regularly, there are others, like changing your light bulbs, that may not be so intuitive.

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1. Switch out your old light bulbs. Why? Traditional incandescent bulbs give off lots of heat which in turn, makes your home feel much warmer than it needs to. Replacing them with CFLs or LEDs, which give off virtually no heat, will give your home’s cooling system a much-needed rest.

2. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Why? If you’re still walking over to change the temperature manually, you’re wasting lots of time and energy. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature for various times of the day or week so you don’t have to remember to change it by hand later on.

3. Find and fix leaky ducts. Why? If cool air is escaping through cracks or gaps in the ducts, it’s not making it to the areas of your home that need it most. You can use aluminum foil tape as a temporary solution, but we highly recommend having them fixed or replaced by an expert.

4. Utilize blinds or shades during the day. Why? The sun’s penetrating rays can heat your home 10 – 20 degrees in as little as eight hours. Keep the blinds closed during the day and you’ll come home to a much cooler house.

5. Use nature to your advantage. Why? Not only is it vital to shade the inside of your home using blinds, it’s also important to keep the outside areas shaded as well. Use leafy trees and bushes to block direct sunlight from beating down on the roof and windows.


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 experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling should your air conditioning system fail you this season.

150 Year Tradition of Quality Service

Tired of hiring contractors and technicians that just aren’t working up to your standards? We don’t blame you. There are tons of companies out there that simply don’t strive to meet the needs of their customers and that’s not good for anyone. When you choose Rusk Heating & Cooling, you won’t have to worry because we hold onto a tradition of quality service that dates back over 150 years.

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Steve Morrison, our owner and president said it best, “I take a personal interest in every job. Your comfort and satisfaction is my top priority. Every home has different heating and cooling issues. Rusk Heating and Cooling has the experience and expertise to find the right solution for your home and budget. “

Our Commitment To You

We have a tradition of meeting customer needs. From the most complex installation to routine service and maintenance, Rusk has the tools, the people and the products to provide a home comfort system that fits your lifestyle and budget.

On top of that, we won the Best of Covington Award for 2015 for the Heating Contractors & Specialties category by the Covington Award Program.

Each year, the Covington Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Covington area a great place to live, work and play.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t hire another company that’s not going to live up to your expectations. Call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today!

Chill Out With Rusk Heating & Cooling

Picture this: you wake up one warm spring or summer morning only to find out that your home’s air conditioning system has malfunctioned. There’s never a good time for your A/C to give out, especially when temperatures are expected to rise each day for the rest of the week. But there’s no need to sweat, because you have the expert A/C repair specialists at Rusk Heating & Cooling on your side. Find out how we can help, below:

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Fast and Friendly Service

At Rusk, we strive to get your HVAC problems solved as quickly and as efficiently as possible because we know there’s not much time to waste. So, what does it take to get your issue fixed right away? It starts with the right technician. Our techs are put through rigorous training programs so you can rest assured knowing they have the skills and expertise needed to solve just about any A/C problem. On top of that, we offer 24/7 emergency services because we know that things don’t always happen at opportune times.

Repairs are 100% Guaranteed

Worried that our techs won’t be able to fix your problem correctly? Don’t be. Our repairs are 100% guaranteed, which should give you some peace of mind. In addition to that, we offer flexible financing options with approved credit and an open line of credit so you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay for the cost of the repair.

Additional Air Conditioning Services:

  • Complete analysis of your current system
  • New system installation and repair
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Flexible financing options

There is no reason to wait long to get your air conditioner fixed, or to try to do it yourself. Instead of taking risks with your AC, we encourage you to come to the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling for help. Call us today at 859-431-4040 and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

How To Spring Clean Your HVAC System

You wouldn’t go months on end without vacuuming your floors or cleaning the bathroom, right? So why would you go so long without giving your home’s HVAC system a little attention? Now that temperatures are warming up and spring is here to stay, you’re going to be flipping your thermostat from “heat” to “cool” in no time. Here’s what you need to do in order to get your A/C system ready for the season:

How To Spring Clean Your HVAC System

  1. Turn off the power to the system and then head outside to inspect the outdoor unit. Get rid of dirt and debris that may have collected over the winter. We recommend removing the cage or fan grill and then using a wet/dry vacuum to suck up leaves and anything else that may have gotten in there.

  2. Spray off the fins with a garden hose. You may want to use a sprayer nozzle to blast out dirt that has built up over the off-season. Just refrain from using a pressure washer as it could damage the fins or other parts of the system.

  3. Take a look around the outside of the unit. Keep in mind that at least 3 feet of space should be kept clear so rake away leaves and sticks and cut back shrubbery that has grown too large.

  4. Once the outside is cleaned, you can head back inside to clean or replace the filter. Remember that most of the air you’ll be breathing in this season passes through the filter so you’ll want to make sure it’s spick and span.

If you haven’t done so already, we highly suggest a professional tune-up. The experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling will help extend the life of your equipment and make sure you’ve got comfort when you need it. Call us today at 859-431-4040 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook.

4 Natural Ways to Rid Your Home of Pollutants

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “pollution?” You probably think about automobiles, smog, or airborne chemicals outside, right? Well, did you know that the air inside your very own home could actually be more contaminated than the air outdoors? Find out how you can get rid of toxic chemicals and allergens in your home, naturally.

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  1. Keep Your Floors Clean: break out the broom, fire up the vacuum or get the mop in motion. It’s vital to keep your floors free of dust and dirt and all of the other harmful things that land on them. We recommend giving your floor some attention at least twice a week.

  2. Ventilate Daily: open up your windows on nice days to allow fresh air to come in and toxic air to escape. Remember to turn on exhaust fans while cooking and bathing and allow them to run for at least 15 minutes after you’re done.

  3. Replace Furnace and A/C Filters Regularly: after all, most of the air you breathe passes through these filters before it goes into your lungs so it’s important to keep them clean. Not to mention, it will help make your equipment last longer and run more efficiently.

  4. Consider an Indoor Air Quality Solution: managing your indoor air quality can be a complex task. Indoor air quality is a three-sided battle: Filtration (removal of particulates from air flowing through heating and air conditioning equipment), Humidity (important for respiratory comfort, furniture and artwork preservation) and Infiltration (air that leaks into your house in an uncontrolled manner). An indoor air quality solution should address all three of these areas.

We offer a variety of products and solutions designed to fit your budget and improve the quality of the air inside your home.

Simply call Rusk Heating & Cooling for a FREE Indoor Air Quality Proposal. We will customize an air quality solution to make your home as clean and healthy as it can be, so you can breathe easier.