What is SEER & Why Does it Matter?

Ever wonder how your air conditioner stacks up in regards to efficiency? Well, there is in fact, an actual energy efficiency rating system that measures how efficient your system is. So, when you’re shopping for a new system, or trying to determine if it’s time to replace your old system, you need to pay close attention to the SEER.

What is SEER & Why Does it Matter?

What is SEER?

The acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and this is the rating given to an air conditioner to let consumers know how efficient it is. It will help you get the most bang for your buck and let you know how much energy the unit will consume. The higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner which means the less energy it will take to cool your home.

What is a Good SEER?

Ratings can earn a number anywhere from 13 to 21. 13 is the current minimum rating available for air conditioners on the market but we suggest looking for one no lower than 14. 14 is the lowest rating a system can have in order for it to qualify for an Energy Star rating, but in most cases, it makes sense to go even higher than that.

So, while an air conditioner with a higher SEER will usually cost a bit more upfront, it’ll be worth it in the long run. After all, you want to see your energy bills decline, right?

Need help choosing the right air conditioning system for your home? That’s where we come in! Call on the expert technicians at Rusk Heating & Cooling – we specialize in finding a system that will meet your needs AND save you money.

Do Window Treatments Really Help You Save on Cooling Bills?

You’ve been putting off walking to the mailbox for a few days because you know that dreaded energy bill has arrived. Sound like you? You’re not alone. Homeowners across the country are constantly looking for ways to stay cool during the summer months without running to the thermostat.

Do Window Treatments Really Help You Save on Cooling Bills? | Northern Kentucky HVAC | Rusk Heating & Cooling

So, you’ve heard people talking about the benefits of window treatments when it comes to keeping your house cool, but do they really work? Find out below!

The short answer is, YES! They do in fact, help keep your home cool by blocking out the sun’s warm, penetrating rays throughout the day. But, what are the best types? Here’s a quick guide:

 

  • Blinds – they reduce heat gain in any area of your home by blocking out the sun. In fact, you can reduce gain by up to 45% by keeping blinds closed during the hottest portion of the day.
  • Shades – they work in a similar fashion as blinds, but could be a bit too much if you like to allow some natural light in. Keep this in mind while shopping as they do not have openable slats.
  • Drapes – drapes are great for both the winter and summer months. During the winter, thicker drapes can help keep heat inside, while they can help keep cool air inside during the summer.
  • Awnings – these are great when installed on west and south-facing windows. They can reduce heat gain anywhere from 65% – 75% and they won’t block the view like shades or blinds.

Paired with an energy efficient cooling system, the right window treatments can really make a positive impact on your cooling bills. Call on the cooling experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today to find out how we can help you find the right cooling system for your home.

Treat Dad To Ductless!

Has your father or husband ever come home from a long day’s work complaining about how hot, sweaty and tired he is? It’s not uncommon here in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky during the hot summer months and with Father’s Day just a few days away, we’ve got the perfect gift idea! Treat Dad to a ductless HVAC system this year and he’ll be comfortable all year ‘round.

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Why Go Ductless?

For starters, a ductless HVAC system is the perfect solution if you’re a bit short on space. With no need for large, bulky ducts you won’t have to worry about cramping your living quarters. In addition to that, they’re very easy to install so you won’t have to deal with a mess inside your home and they’re quite efficient.

Additional Ductless AC System Benefits Include:

  • Easy Installation – Since no ductwork or air distribution system is needed with a ductless system, there are few places where these systems cannot be installed.
  • Easy Maintenance – Many indoor units have washable filters and require only periodical cleaning. Outdoor units are designed for easy access for your contractor for those routine maintenance calls.
  • Quiet Operation – Indoor units are typically quiet enough for libraries, classrooms, boardrooms, and the most sensitive room in the house, the bedroom. Outdoor units are generally quiet enough to be installed under a window or near a patio so sleeping or the entertaining of guests is not disrupted.
  • Simple Control – They can be controlled by a thermostat or it can be regulated by an infra-red remote control, like a TV remote. Attractive and Efficient Design – Indoor units blend well into interior spaces and you don’t have to sacrifice a window as window type air conditioning units.

So, what are you waiting for? Time’s running out and we know Dad will really appreciate coming home to a cool, comfortable home this summer. Call the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today to learn more about our ductless AC installation service!

 

2 Quick Air Conditioner Fixes For Homeowners

Quite frankly, not every air conditioner problem requires the knowledge and expertise of a professional HVAC technician. In fact, there are a number of A/C issues that can be fixed by most homeowners in a matter of minutes. If your A/C won’t turn on, or it it’s not blowing cool air, see below – you just might be able to take care of it without picking up the phone.

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My A/C Won’t Turn On

Ever wake up to a hot house and wonder why your air conditioning system hasn’t kicked on? First, check the thermostat. Make sure the unit has power and that the batteries haven’t worn out. Then check the settings – make sure it’s set to “cool” and that the temperature is set below your home’s current temperature.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, head over to the air filter. Sometimes when an air filter is clogged, it will prevent the system from firing up. Why? Clogged filters limit airflow and can cause the system to overheat. If your filter is covered in dust, dirt or debris clean it off or replace it right away.

My A/C Isn’t Blowing Cool Air

This could also be a result of a dirty filter. Restricted airflow means not enough cool air will travel through your ducts which can leave you with a warm house.

It’s also vital to check your ducts for leaks. Cracks, gaps or holes can allow cool air to leak out and never make it to the areas of your house where you need it most. You may be able to seal minor leaks on your own, but remember, duct tape is NOT the answer!

When you need a more serious fix, don’t hesitate to give the heating and cooling experts at Rusk a call! After all, we’ve been serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for years, so you know you can count on us!

Here’s What Those Loud HVAC Noises Mean

Ever have to turn up the volume on the television because your hvac system was making so much noise you couldn’t hear it? That’s never a good sign and in fact, it could mean there’s a serious problem. From rattling and banging to hissing and clanking, we’re dissecting a few of the most common sounds your hvac system makes, below:

Here's What Those Loud HVAC Noises Mean | Rusk Heating & Cooling

Rattling

If the noises are coming from outdoor unit, there’s a good chance some debris got into the equipment. Turn off the power and then remove the debris. Notice visible damage? Call on your hvac technician right away.

Clanking

While it’s normal for your system to make a low humming noise while it’s on, it’s not normal to hear any type of clanking. It could be a variety of issues ranging from the blower motor fan to loose blades or loose pipes rubbing together.

Hissing

Hissing noises are common in snakes, not your hvac system. Most of the time it means air is leaking or escaping from your system. Notice it’s coming from behind a wall or in the ceiling? This is a good indication that your ducts need repair.

Whatever unusual sounds you might be hearing, the hvac experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling will take care of it for you! Simply give us a call at 859-431-4040 and we’ll be on our way!

Rusk’s Employees Are The Real Heroes

In honor of Superman’s birthday, we feel it’s necessary to take some time to thank our very own employees – you guys are the real heroes! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to keeping our Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati residents comfortable all year ‘round.

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You can rely on our team of factory-trained professionals to provide prompt expert service whether you need routine maintenance, emergency repair, replacement equipment, or a completely new system. We make it our business to make your home as comfortable as it can be. See below for a list of some of our services:

    • Air Conditioners: we understand the need for fast help for your AC, since we do not advise you to simply suffer while your house heats up. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency services, allowing us to come out and repair the issue immediately. Even if you do not need emergency help, it is good to keep in mind that our schedule is flexible, as we have appointments available on both weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Ductless Mini Split Systems: when you need to beat the heat during the hottest summer months, it is crucial for your cooling systems to be working properly. If they are not, you can call us for repairs or, if needed, a new installation to help get your living space back to normal.
    • Duct Cleaning: having or adding high efficiency air cleaning products in your home may not work if the problem is really in your ducts. Most household dust contains dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen and animal dander. Duct Cleaning, even in a new home, can result in a cleaner, more dust-free indoor living environment. 
  • Indoor Air Quality: 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.

It’s not fun to have a problem with your heating or cooling system. You don’t want to think about it. You just expect to be cool and comfortable on hot summer days, and warm and cozy on cold winter nights. You expect to be comfortable year-round.

That’s why you should call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling for all of your HVAC needs. Whether it’s routine maintenance, emergency repair, replacement equipment or anything in between, we’ve got you covered!

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:

Fresh Air

  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?

The Coolest Names at the Kentucky Derby | HVAC Kentucky | Rusk Heating & Cooling
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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!