What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About These Common Heating Problems

Your home’s heating system isn’t working and the temperature inside is dropping quickly. We’re going to take a guess and say that you’re probably headed to your computer for answers, right? While you can find lots of vital information online these days, there are a few things Wikipedia or other common search results won’t tell you about these common heating problems:

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  1. The furnace isn’t producing warm air: this problem could be a result of three things. One, you may have a clogged air filter which is restricting proper airflow through the system. Two, your furnace may be the wrong size for the space you’re trying to heat. This is not a one-size-fits-all application. Three, there could be an issue with your thermostat settings. Check to make sure it’s set to “heat” and then go through the temperature settings if you have a programmable thermostat.

  2. The furnace won’t kick on at all: this could mean there is an issue with the power supply to the system or it could mean the pilot light went out. Either way, you should call in a professional to diagnose this problem as dealing with power sources and flammable gas can be major hazards for homeowners.

  3. The blower is running continuously: sure, you could cut the power to the system but that would defeat the purpose of having a heating system in your home during the colder months, right? Instead, this problem likely indicates the limit switch has malfunctioned. If this is the case, an HVAC specialist may need to replace the switch.

And that’s where we come in! No matter what the problem is, an expert heating specialist at Rusk Heating & Cooling will always be there to solve it. Just give us a call at 859-431-4040 and we’ll get your system back up and running in no time.

Maintenance Agreement Plan Benefits

If you’ve never had a problem with your home’s heating or cooling system, consider yourself very lucky. While it’s our goal to provide you and your family with top-of-the-line equipment, nothing lasts forever. With that said, we’re here to help make sure your system stays reliable and efficient for a very long time and our preventative maintenance program is here to do just that!

Preventative Maintenance Program Benefits

  • Less frequent repairs and breakdowns
  • Longer equipment lifespan
  • Improved system reliability
  • Comfort when you need it
  • Increased heating and cooling capacities
  • Reduced monthly heating and cooling costs
  • Same day service
  • Adds value to your home
  • 24 hour emergency service
  • Peace-of-mind

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How To Become A Member:

All you need to do if give our office a call and speak with our friendly customer service team. You can also download our maintenance agreement form, fill it out, and mail or fax it back to us.

What are you waiting for? Give Rusk Heating & Cooling a call today at 859-431-4040 and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

 

Why Is My Boiler Leaking?

Picture this: you head down the stairs into your basement and notice there’s a pool of water on the floor around your boiler. You grab a towel to wipe up the mess only to return a few hours later to water on the floor, yet again. You ask yourself “why is my boiler leaking and what needs to be done to get it fixed?”

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What Causes Boilers To Leak?

In most situations, a boiler leak is due to an internal component that has failed. Oftentimes, it’s a broken seal or a faulty valve that causes water to spill out of the equipment, but there are a number of other reasons that we’ll discuss below.

  • Pressure Problems: all boilers come equipped with a pressure outlet pipe. It’s the job of this pipe to allow pressure built up inside the boiler to escape and as a result, water may drip out from time to time. If you find substantial amounts of water coming from this pipe, check the pressure gauge on the side of the tank which will tell you if the pressure is the root of the problem.

  • Faulty Seals: with a broken or damaged seal, water can escape even under normal conditions. Check the seals and have them replaced in order to fix the problem.

  • Cracks in the Metal: just like many other pieces of equipment in your home, boilers won’t last forever. As they age, the metal can undergo stress and fatigue and can ultimately crack. If you notice cracks, it may be a wiser decision to have the system replaced rather than have it repaired.

At Rusk Heating & Cooling, we specialize in hot water and steam boilers as well as cast iron and copper fin tube radiation. We have been providing complete hot water boiler installation, replacement, repair and maintenance services to our Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky clients for over 145 years!

Keep Those Darn Pests Out!

Hear rodents scurrying around? See bugs flying from room to room? Find droppings scattered throughout? Fall is officially here and that means temperatures will begin dropping rather quickly. And when temperatures drop, pests often look for warmer places to hang out which makes your house the perfect target. See below to find out how to keep intruders away this season:

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It all starts with giving your home so much-needed reinforcement at its most vulnerable spots…

Seal Windows & Doors

Take a look around windows and doors. Notice the weatherstripping is worn out? If so, it’s time to replace it. By doing that and repairing soft spots in wood sills and frames, you’ll create a barrier against pests and save on energy bills by keeping warm air inside and cool air out.

Inspect The Roof

Take some time while the weather’s still nice to check on the roof. Look for gaps in eaves and flashing joints and fill holes in soffits and fascia. It’s also a good idea to trim trees back to eliminate access paths for animals that like to climb.

Check The Foundation

Similar to the roof, you’ll want to check for gaps or cracks in your home’s foundation. You’d be surprised at how easily animals can slip through even the smallest holes.

For all of your heating needs this season, call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling. We’ve got years of experience under our belts and it’s our goal to keep you and your family comfortable all year ‘round.

Do Salt Lamps Really Improve Indoor Air Quality?

You’ve probably heard about the Himalayan Salt Lamp craze at some point during the last two or three years, but do they really work? Lots of people are making claims that they produce tons of benefits to you and your home, but are they all true? Let’s take some time to discuss some of the alleged benefits of salt lamps to find out if you should really use them in your home.

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What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

For those who may not be familiar, salt lamps are simply large pieces of pure Himalayan salt with a small bulb inside. They’ve gained massive popularity in recent years because of the alleged benefits attributed to them.

Benefits of Salt Lamps

  • Night Lights: you’ve probably heard that you should avoid blue light when it’s time to go to sleep. Well, salt lamps produce a warm orange glow that can actually help you fall asleep. For this reason, they also make great night lights.

  • Indoor Air Quality: while most studies have yet to produce concrete results, salt lamps may improve indoor air quality. They may not be the best source of negative ions, but they can attract pollutants in the air and help neutralize the effects of electronics.

  • Soothe Allergies: some allergy sufferers have stated they found some relief from their symptoms when salt lamps were used regularly. You can place salt lamps throughout your home or office to help fight your allergy symptoms.

For a more permanent solution to poor indoor air quality, we do recommend considering a whole-house air purification system. Rusk Heating & Cooling offers a variety of products and solutions designed to fit your budget and improve the quality of the air inside your home. Call us today at 859-431-4040 to find out how we can help!

Fall Festivals and Events in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

There’s nothing to do now that summer’s over, right? Wrong! Fall brings with it some of our favorite weather and it’s the perfect season to get outside and enjoy the outdoors before we’re trapped inside for winter. See below for a list of autumn-inspired activities and events to take advantage of all season long:

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Lawrenceburg Fall Fest

If you’re not much of a fan of spending time in a hay field or pumpkin patch, this is the perfect fall event for you. The street festival features top-name entertainment, carnival rides, food booths, a beer garden, a car show and much more! It’s taking place now through September 30th.

Kinman Farms Fall Fest

If hayrides and corn mazes are your thing, you won’t want to be anywhere else. In addition, you and your family will enjoy music, games, kiddie train rides, face painting, a petting zoo and pumpkins as far as the eye can see. It’s taking place now through October 29th.

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

Looking for live German music, dance performances and a wide selection of food and drinks? Come sample over 25 German and domestic beers and a pit-roasted Bavarian pig and chicken sausage. Taking place October 6th through 8th.

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Craft vendors from more than 25 states: cabbage rolls, reubens, sauerkraut sundaes, pizza… need we say more? It’s taking place October 14th and 15th.

It’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating system while you enjoy the wonderful fall activities listed above. Need some help? That’s what we’re here for. Give the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling a call today at 513-771-4040.

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.

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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.

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  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!