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:

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  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!

What Does National Grilling Month Have To Do With A/C?

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘summer’? If it’s heading out back to your barbecue grill and throwing some of your favorite meat on the fire, you’re not alone. That’s why July has been named National Grilling Month. But you might be thinking, what does this have to do with hvac?

What Does National Grilling Month Have To Do With A/C? | Rusk Heating & Cooling

For starters, cooking inside your home during the summer months can drive up energy costs. How? Using the oven or stove produces lots of heat in and around the kitchen which can make your air conditioner work harder. For that reason, we strongly encourage you to take full advantage of your grill and enjoy the nice weather outside.

But that’s not the only way to keep energy costs to a minimum this summer. For additional ways to save, see below:

Ways To Save On A/C Costs:

  • There’s no need to stay inside your own home all day. You can give your cooling system a rest by frequenting the local library, coffee shop or other public places with A/C.
  • Utilize exhaust fans in conjunction with your air conditioner especially on humid days.
  • Open up windows and doors on cooler nights to allow some fresh air in, but remember to close them up as the sun rises.
  • Instead of cooking hot meals, opt for cooler things like sandwiches or smoothies.
  • Close the blinds or drapes during the daytime hours to keep the sun’s warm rays out. Check out our blog to find out how window treatments can help you save.
  • Have a programmable thermostat installed for better control over your indoor environment.

Having issues with your cooling system? 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.

What Are My Payment Options?

Time for a new home comfort system but haven’t been adding to the piggy bank lately? We know the feeling. It’s not easy to detect when your hvac system is going to croak and it can be even more difficult to save up some extra money to prepare for things like this. Well, that’s why we offer financing options and special payment plans at Rusk Heating & Cooling.

What Are My Payment Options? | Financing Options | Rusk Heating & Cooling

First off, we focus on convenience. Whether it’s scheduling appointments on your time or working with you to provide affordable options, you always come first. Therefore, we offer a variety of payment options including cash, major credit cards as well as flexible financing with approved credit.

Options For Covering The Cost:

Here is a sample of our financing options and a few things to think about:

  • For your convenience, cash and all major credit cards are accepted, including: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • Consider that special financing may give you the buying power to maximize your comfort system purchase.
  • Finally, financing a comfort system is similar to financing an automobile; except one difference, an automobile depreciates immediately after you drive it off the lot. Your new comfort system comes with years of safe, reliable comfort for your home and family.

Financing is provided with approved credit by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender.

We make these options available exclusively to our customers so that you can pick what is right for you and your family. That way, you can invest in your home’s comfort or respond to an unexpected heating and cooling need without breaking your monthly budget or using up your existing funding sources, like a home equity line of credit, credit card or bank account. They’ll still be available when you need them.

To learn more about our pricing options, give the friendly staff at Rusk Heating & Cooling a call at 859-431-4040. We’re always here to help!

Portable vs. Whole House Dehumidifiers

Hate the feeling of being hot and sticky during the summertime? While lots of us try to escape these conditions by staying indoors, if you don’t have a proper dehumidification system, your house can actually feel more uncomfortable than outside. But which type of dehumidifier is right for you – a portable one or a whole house system? Find out below:

Portable vs. Whole House Dehumidifiers | Dehumidification Systems | Rusk Heating & Cooling

Portable Dehumidifiers

  • Less expensive upfront than whole house systems
  • Can control humidity in one large continuous area
  • Can easily be transported to different rooms or areas of the house
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Most of today’s models come with a digital interface and controls

Whole House Dehumidifiers

  • Automatically controls humidity levels throughout the entire home
  • Hidden from plain sight and extremely quiet operation
  • Can be up to 4 times more energy efficient than portable models
  • No need to worry about emptying a water bucket every couple of hours
  • Have better air filters and hassle-free maintenance
  • Most are made from steel and are more durable than portable units

No matter which option you’re leaning towards, it is important to note that both types have a number of disadvantages as well. That’s where we come in. Give the expert HVAC specialists at Rusk Heating & Cooling a call today and we’ll help you choose the perfect humidity control solution for your Northern Kentucky home.

How To Improve Your A/C System’s Airflow

Air conditioning system not pumping air like it should be? That can be a major problem. Lots of issues can arise without proper airflow – overheating, added stress and excess energy consumption, just to name a few. So, if you notice this is happening with your system, here’s what you can do to get things back up and running smoothly:

How To Improve Your A/C System's Airflow | Air Conditioner Repair | Rusk Heating & Cooling

  1. Check the filter. If you haven’t cleaned or replaced it in a while, now is the time. Clogged filters can severely restrict airflow as dust, dirt and debris makes it nearly impossible for air to pass through. We recommend looking for a filter with a MERV rating of at least 13.

  2. Check all vents and grills. Make sure they are free and clear of things like carpets/rugs, furniture, plants, or any other items. Also check to make sure all vent louvers are set to the open position as your HVAC system is designed to work most efficiently with all vents open.

  3. Check the exterior condenser unit. Keep it free of grass clippings, leaves, sticks and anything else that could block air from flowing freely. Keep all vegetation cut back so there is at least 3 feet of space around the unit. If you wish to conceal it, make sure your surround leaves adequate clearance for air movement.

It’s not fun to have a problem with your cooling system. You don’t want to think about it. You just expect to be cool and comfortable on hot summer days and that’s what we’re here for! Give the air conditioning specialists at Rusk Heating & Cooling a call today to schedule an appointment.

Common Health Issues Associated With Dirty Air Ducts

Common Health Issues Associated With Dirty Air Ducts | Duct Cleaning | Rusk Heating & Cooling

Have you or your family members been suffering from itchy eyes, sneezing or chronic coughing? Are you feeling unwell inside your own home? Your air ducts could be to blame. While their main job is to deliver air throughout different areas of your home, dust, chemicals and pet dander often come along for the ride. The result? Health issues that can often be traced back to dirty ducts.

What Causes Dirty Ducts?

It all begins with a dirty air filter. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned or replaced your HVAC filter, do so immediately. Dirty filters can allow things like dust, pollen, pet dander and other toxic pollutants to flow through your ducts and into the air you breathe. On top of that, it’s not uncommon to find mold spores, fungi and even rodent feces trapped inside your HVAC system.

Health Issues Associated With Dirty Ducts

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Headaches
  • Hives or rashes
  • Throat irritation

Benefits of Clean Ducts

Have a professional pay a visit to check out and clean out your air ducts every 3 – 5 years to combat the health issues listed above and to help keep your HVAC system in good working order. After all, clean ducts can help you save on energy bills while lowering the likelihood of respiratory and allergy problems.

At Rusk Heating & Cooling, we provide thorough expert duct cleaning so the air circulating inside your home is clean, conditioned and filtered properly. Give us a call today at (513) 771-4040 to learn more about our duct cleaning services.