Rusk Heating & Cooling: Our 150-Year History

We at Rusk Heating & Cooling are immensely proud of our 150-year history of honest, quality service. That’s right — we were founded back in 1865, but back then people knew us as The Montgomery Coal Company. While our name has changed, our commitment to our customers hasn’t.

In the mid-19th century, The Montgomery Coal Company supplied most of Northern Kentucky with coal and fuel oil for business and home furnaces. Business thrived up until World War II.

By 1946, Fred Dietz, Jr., Thomas Rankin “Doc” Rusk and Leonard “Bo” Badenberg formed The Montgomery Coal Company’s heating division. In 1949, they began servicing residential and commercial air conditioning units as well.

The Montgomery Coal Company sold its coal and oil business in 1973 and changed its name to Doc Rusk Heating and Air Conditioning. The business also relocated, granting easier access to locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

In 1999, Roto-Rooter, in the midst of a nationwide expansion into the home heating and air conditioning business, made an offer that the family couldn’t pass up. Doc Rusk Heating and Air Conditioning was sold — temporarily.

As it turns out, managing a locally-driven heating and air conditioning business wasn’t so easy for Roto-Rooter. That’s why in February 2002, Steve Morrison, fourth generation owner, bought back Rusk Heating and Air Conditioning. He still runs it today!

To learn more about Rusk Heating & Cooling and our 150-year history, give us a call:

Northern Kentucky: 859-431-4040
Greater Cincinnati: 513-771-4040
Indiana: 812-926-3939

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Rusk Heating and Cooling: Client Testimonials

What better way to learn about a business than to hear straight from its customers? We at Rusk Heating & Cooling have a 150-year tradition of quality service. It’s no surprise that our customers have a few kind things to say about us. Read some of our client testimonials below.

I want to thank you and Russ, your technician, for your prompt response to our request today. Within 30 minutes of my call, Russ was at my mother’s door to fix her A/C. Several hours later, he was finished, having ascertained that the part that needed replacing was under warranty, replacing it, closing the windows we had opened in hopes of some breeze. Mom was very pleased with the service and I wanted to let you know that I can now go to sleep tonight knowing she is not smothering in this heat. Thank you for all you did today to remedy this critical situation.

–Linda D., Cincinnati, OH

Steve was most helpful, cooperative and accommodating during troubling situation. Workers were careful and methodical and pleasant. 

–John S., Union, IN

Thank you for the excellent service we received recently from you and your company. Your professionalism and quick action provided us with the best possible service we could’ve asked for. We will highly recommend you and your company to our family and friends. God bless you and your family.  

–Rob & Anne-Marie G., Hyde Park, OH

To see all of Rusk Heating & Cooling’s client testimonials, visit us online. You can read even more five-star reviews at

We’d love to hear from you, too! Get in touch with Rusk Heating & Cooling by dialing one of the following:

Northern Kentucky: 859-431-4040
Greater Cincinnati: 513-771-4040
Indiana: 812-926-3939

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What Is Geothermal Heating?

Looking to become more eco-friendly and save some money? If so, geothermal heating might be right for you. A new geothermal system can provide your family the perfect indoor environment while protecting our natural environment. So what is geothermal heating?

Geothermal heating draws energy from our planet, which absorbs almost 50 percent of all solar energy. At about four feet beneath the surface, our Earth’s temperature stays relatively moderate and consistent year round — about 50-70 degrees.

Rusk Heating & Cooling installs underground loop systems to allow geothermal units to exchange energy between your home and the earth as needed for heating and cooling.

During the winter, water circulating inside a sealed loop absorbs heat from the ground and carries it to the unit. The heat is then compressed to a higher temperature and sent as warm air to your indoor system for distribution throughout your home.

In the summer, the system reverses and expels heat from your home to the cooler Earth via the loop system. This heat exchange process is not only natural, but is a truly ingenious!

To learn more about geothermal heating and whether or not you qualify, call Rusk Heating & Cooling today.

Northern Kentucky: 859-431-4040
Greater Cincinnati: 513-771-4040
Indiana: 812-926-3939
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How to Find the Best Temperature for Sleep

The key to getting a good night’s sleep might be as simple as adjusting your thermostat. According to WebMD, “If insomnia is a problem, maybe your bedroom is too hot or too cold. Both can affect sleep.” We at Rusk Heating & Cooling want you to be as comfortable as possible, even when you’re in bed. Here’s how to find the best temperature for sleep:

If your bedroom is uncomfortably warm or cold, it can lead to an unwelcome wake-up call. However, there’s no one temperature range that’s ideal for everyone. Generally speaking, keeping your room between 65 and 72 degrees should do the trick.

However, if you’re not getting enough shut-eye with the thermostat set somewhere in this range, you’ll need to experiment. Pay attention to what temperature your thermostat is programmed at, and make a note of how you slept. Do this until you’ve found the best temperature for sleep!

Dr. Christopher Winter told the Huffington Post that there are also products that can help:

  • Performance bedding, which is designed to wick away moisture and heat to  make you feel cooler
  • Gel mats, which lie over your mattress to keep you cool
  • ChiliPad, which uses temperature-controlled water to keep your bed at a comfortable temperature

Still can’t achieve the best temperature for sleep? Rusk Heating & Cooling can help you find a dependable, high-quality indoor comfort system. Visit us online or give us a call:

Northern Kentucky: 859-431-4040
Greater Cincinnati: 513-771-4040
Indiana: 812-926-3939
Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

3 Home Heating Myths Debunked

As we head deeper into winter, we’re all looking for ways to save on home heating. Having said that, it’s important to be wary of home heating myths, some which can actually be counterproductive.

Three home heating myths, debunked by Rusk Heating & Cooling:

MYTH 1: The higher you set your thermostat, the faster your home will warm up

It doesn’t matter if you set your thermostat to 70 degrees or 85 degrees, your heating system will produce air at the same rate. It works just as hard to warm a house, no matter what the desired temperature. Set your thermostat to room temperature and you should be OK!

MYTH 2: You can save money by using space heaters

If you think you can save money on home heating by using space heaters to heat up a few rooms, you’re wrong. Fox News reports: “Using electricity to heat your home can cost between three to five times what it costs to heat the same space with a gas furnace, which means it might cost the same to heat just a few rooms.” Electricity is far more expensive than natural gas!

MYTH 3: Your ceiling fan is of no use

Most of us have cooled down under a ceiling fan in the hot summer months. What you may not know is that ceiling fans can boost your home’s energy efficiency in the winter, too! Change its settings to turn clockwise, and your ceiling fan will actually work to keep warm air where it’s needed — down by you.

To learn more about your home heating options, visit Rusk Heating & Cooling on the web or give us a call:

Northern Kentucky: 859-431-4040
Greater Cincinnati: 513-771-4040
Indiana: 812-926-3939

Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

How to Handle a Heating Emergency

Unfortunately, at one point or another, most of us will find ourselves in a heating emergency. Whether your heating system stops functioning for a few hours or a few days, it can be serious if temperatures dip low enough. It’s best to familiarize yourself with what to do before such an incident occurs. That’s why today we’re going over how to handle a heating emergency.

1. Plan ahead

Plan now so that you’ll feel confident and comfortable if and when a heating emergency arises. For some, this means investing in a back up heating device. However, remember that if it burns fuel, it needs to vent to the outdoors. If you need help setting up a secondary heating device, reach out to Rusk Heating & Cooling.

2. Conserve heat

Perhaps most obviously, dig out whatever winter apparel you have. If you have a heating emergency and no back up, then you need to bundle up to prevent hypothermia. During the day, let the sun in for natural warmth. South-facing windows are the best for this.

3. Keep a professional’s number on-hand

Emergency service is available when you need it from Rusk Heating & Cooling. We understand that heating emergencies do not always wait until normal business hours. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency help! We’ll come to your home at any time of day or night.

To learn more about emergency service from Rusk Heating & Cooling, visit us on the web or give us a call:

Northern Kentucky: 859-431-4040
Greater Cincinnati: 513-771-4040
Indiana: 812-926-3939
Don’t forget to connect with Rusk Heating & Cooling on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

Peace of mind is about prevention. It’s something we at Rusk Heating & Cooling tell our clients time and time again. Professionally cleaning and maintaining your cooling system helps to increase its longevity and maintain its efficiency. Let’s take an in-depth look at the importance of preventative maintenance:

1. For peace of mind

When your system is properly maintained, you can rest easy. Emergencies may still pop up here and there, but they’ll certainly be less frequent. Imagine how relaxed you’ll feel when you no longer have to worry about repairs and breakdowns!

2. To extend the life of your system

As with anything else, your heating and cooling system will live a longer life if you take care of it. What does this mean for you? It means you won’t have to invest in a new system for a long, long time!

3. To reduce expenses

Preventative maintenance not only prolongs the life of your heating and cooling system, but also all but eliminates costly repairs. That’s because potentially serious problems can be caught early, preventing a great deal of damage. What’s better than fewer and less expensive repair bills?

What’s the best way to keep your heating and cooling system maintained? Rusk Heating & Cooling invites you to become a Maintenance Agreement Customer. Signing up offers the following benefits:

  • Priority emergency care
  • 10% off all repairs
  • Reduced fuel bills
  • Prolonged equipment life
  • 20-point clean and/or safety check
  • Overtime starting at 8:00 p.m. (as opposed to 5:00 p.m.)

To learn more about the importance of preventative maintenance, visit Rusk Heating & Cooling online or give us a call at 513-771-4040, 812-926-3939 and 859-431-4040. Don’t forget to connect with Rusk Heating & Cooling on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

3 Tips on Keeping Your Home Warm For Less

Let’s be honest: The only thing that might be important than staying warm is how much it’s going to cost. Far too many homeowners choose to keep their houses cold in the winter months because they have a budget. However, you can have a comfortable house and a fat wallet! Below are three tips on keeping your home warm for less:

1. Try not to use the fire place

This one may surprise you. According to This Old House, “An open fireplace damper lets the same amount of heated air escape up the chimney as a wide-open 48-inch window lets out.” Wow! That’s why it’s so important to keep your flu closed when your fire place isn’t in use.

2. Keep your blinds open

South-facing windows are hit with warm sunlight during the day. In the winter, keep the drapes and blinds on these windows open to naturally warm your home. Once nighttime falls, close them up again to ease the chill you might feel from cold windows.

3. Clean your filters

If your home’s heat uses a furnace, be sure to clean its filters regularly. This will ensure that air continues to flow at an ideal rate. You should also clean out filters within your air duct system.

Looking for more tips on keeping your home warm for less? We’re happy to help! Give Rusk Heating & Cooling a call at 513-771-4040, 812-926-3939 or 859-431-4040 today. Don’t forget to connect with Rusk Heating & Cooling on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

Learn More About Rusk Heating & Cooling

Your family deserves the best service possible — especially when it comes to heating and cooling. Don’t choose just anyone to ensure your comfort! We are a fourth-generation family-owned and run company that has been providing home comfort solutions for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area homes for 150 years. We invite you to learn more about Rusk Heating & Cooling:

Experience and expertise

We have a 150-year tradition of quality service. Our team of factory-trained professionals can handle just about any and cooling need, including routine maintenance, emergency repair, replacement equipment and installing completely new systems. We make it our business to make your home as comfortable as it can be.

Commitment to our clients

It’s no coincidence that Rusk Heating & Cooling consistently receives five-star reviews. We have a tradition of meeting customer needs. In fact, we’re so confident in our customer service that we offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee!

Best of Convington

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been selected for the 2014 Best of Covington Award in the Heating Contractors & Specialties category. Each year, the Covington Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. We’re thrilled to have been chosen!

Learn even more about Rusk Heating & Cooling by visiting us on the web or giving us a call at 513-771-4040, 812-926-3939 or 859-431-4040. Don’t forget to connect with Rusk Heating & Cooling on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

Heat Pump Troubleshooting

Sometimes heat pumps fail to heat and cool properly, causing discomfort for you and your family. Diagnosing and repairing your heat pump as soon as possible is important, especially during the frigid winter months. Keep reading for tips on heat pump troubleshooting from Rusk Heating & Cooling:

If your heat pump doesn’t turn on, check the following:

  • Is the thermostat set to the proper temperature?
  • Is the heat pump receiving power?
  • Is the power switch turned on?
  • Have the circuit breakers and fuses blown?

If your heat pump isn’t heating or cooling properly, here’s what to look for:

  • Are the room-heating registers open?
  • Does your filter need to be changed?
  • Do you need to clean the coils?

 If your heat pump’s blower isn’t functioning, do the following:

  • Inspect your thermostat and make sure the “fan” switch is turned on.
  • Check to see if the belt is broken.
    • If it is, turn off the power and get the serial number off your heat pump blower’s belt — this number is needed for purchasing a replacement.

Of course, if you’re unsure about how to proceed, don’t hesitate to call Rusk Heating & Cooling at 859-431-4040 or 513-771-4040. We can take care of heat pump troubleshooting fast, so you can get back to the things that matter. Don’t forget to connect with Rusk Heating & Cooling on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips!