Spring Clean Your Air Ducts

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Spring is less than two weeks away and that means homeowners across the country will be kicking “spring cleaning” into high gear. As you organize the kitchen and clean out the garage, don’t forget about your air ducts. After all, you’ll be turning your air conditioning system on shortly and you want to be breathing fresh, clean air, right?

Is My Indoor Air Actually Dirty?

Sure, you can add high efficiency air cleaning products in your home, but they’re not going to do much if the problem actually lies in your ducts. Believe it or not, most household dust contains dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen and animal dander and guess what – you’re breathing all of this stuff in.

Duct Cleaning – What We Do:

We provide thorough expert duct cleaning, so the air circulating inside your home is clean, conditioned and filtered properly.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, we thoroughly sweep and vacuum your entire duct system. From the vents to the furnace, we use specialized tools to dislodge debris, we then remove them with our high-powered vacuum cleaner.

Why Is It Important?

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.

If breathing clean, pure air sounds like something you’d be interested in, give the duct cleaning specialists at Rusk Heating & Cooling a call today – don’t wait until spring!

Which Water Heating System is BEST For You?

Did you know that the average United States household spends roughly $500 each year on water heating? With a price tag like that, it’s no wonder water heating is the second largest expense in your home, making up roughly 18% of your utility bills. In order to keep these bills in check, it’s important to invest in an energy-saving water heater for your home.

Which Water Heating System is BEST For You? | Rusk Heating & Cooling

With that being said, there are lots of different water heater types out there and they work in very different ways. While a certain model or type might be best for your neighbor’s house, the same may not be true for yours.

Types of Water Heaters:

  • Storage: this type of water heater holds a reservoir of hot water and releases it when you turn on the faucet. These models tend to have lower purchase costs but standby heat loss can occur which wastes energy even when you’re not using hot water. 
  • Tankless: these water heaters provide hot water whenever you need it, and only as needed. In other words, there’s no tank or reservoir that holds water while it’s not being used. They’re much more efficient than storage models but cost a bit more upfront. 
  • Tankless Coil: similar to a regular tankless water heater, this type of equipment provides hot water on demand when you turn on the faucet. Water is heated as it flows through a heating coil, but it’s inefficient in lots of homes especially in warmer climates. 
  • Heat Pump: these water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating it directly. You can save nearly $300 a year on electricity bills via ENERGY STAR models, but they work best in areas that remain between 40°F and 90°F year-round.

Simply call 859-431-4040 to contact our office today to learn more about energy efficient, comfortable, environmentally friendly and low maintenance heating and cooling solutions for your home. At Rusk Heating & Cooling, we always have energy-efficiency and cost savings top-of-mind.

What To Do With Your Old Thermostat

Now that you’ve purchased a brand new smart thermostat, what are you going to do with that old hunk of equipment? Throw it in the trash? Not so fast! Depending on the type of thermostat you’re looking to get rid of, you’ve got some options.

What To Do With Your Old Thermostat | Rusk Heating & Cooling

Hand It Down

If your thermostat isn’t too old and is still in good working condition, consider passing it along to a friend or family member. If they’re currently using a mercury-based thermostat, yours will likely be a much safer alternative and can potentially save them lots of money on energy bills.

Recycle It

If you are getting your own mercury-based thermostat, it’s better to recycle it than to give to anyone else. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can pollute both the air we breathe and the water we drink. In fact, just one measly gram of mercury can contaminate 80,000 square meters of water.

Luckily, The Thermostat Recycling Corporation has over 3,400 collection locations across the United States. All you need to do is enter your zip code to find the thermostat recycling center nearest you.

Need help installing your new high-tech thermostat? That’s what we’re here for! Give the HVAC experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today and we’ll get it up and running for you in no time. 513-771-4040.

Tracking Your Energy Savings: There’s An App For That

Now that we’re well into 2017, it’s time to track your energy savings to see if you’re actually making any progress this year. Have you made a conscious effort to use less energy so far? I you have, we applaud you. If you haven’t, it’s not too late.

Tracking Your Energy Savings: There's An App For That

“How can I keep track of my energy consumption,” you might be asking. In 2017, it’s simpler than ever. Take a look below at a few of our favorite apps that will help you keep a close eye on how much you’re using and how much you’re spending.

  1. Green Outlet: this app is designed to determine which appliances in your home are using up the most energy. This way, you can be sure to cut back on these items whenever possible. It also has a cool feature that sends you an alert if you’re exceeding the recommended carbon usage.

  2. Energy Cost Calculator: you can find out how much you’re paying for energy with this app and it even breaks it down by day, week, month, and year.

  3. Nest Mobile: have a Nest Learning Thermostat? Keep track of the temperature inside your home and find out how much you’re saving with the mobile app. It’ll also show you your energy history so you can compare usage by year.

  4. MeterPlug: simply plug a meter between your appliance and the outlet and this app will send energy usage info to your mobile app. It has a range of roughly 100 feet and has built-in memory.

We hope these mobile apps help you stay on track when it comes to your energy consumption this year. And if it’s time to upgrade your home heating and air conditioning equipment, you’ve come to the right place. Give the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling a call today at (859) 431-4040.

Top Energy Saving Secrets for New Homeowners

Top Energy Saving Secrets for New Homeowners | Energy Saving Tips | Rusk Heating & Cooling

So you just purchased your first home, congratulations! That’s a big and exciting step in anyone’s life, but it can come with lots of challenges and unexpected costs. However, if you’re prepared there’s no need to worry and we’re going to help you get started on the right foot. See below for a few top energy saving secrets to take advantage of in your new home:

  1. Keep your heating and cooling system pristine! What do we mean by this? We mean that it’s final to keep it clean, change the filters often and schedule regular maintenance.

  2. Invest in a programmable or smart thermostat. Why? Even though it may cost a bit upfront, these types of thermostats allow you to set temperatures for the week so you don’t have to worry about adjusting them manually. The result? Huge savings on energy bills.

  3. Check for air leaks around windows and doors and have them fixed right away. A few quick solutions include installing a door sweep and caulking cracks and gaps.

  4. If your home has a fireplace, be sure to close the damper when you’re not using it. An open flue provides a great escape passageway for warm air during the winter and cool air during the summer.

  5. Use your ceiling fan all year long! Why? Spinning the blades in reverse during the winter can help bring warm air down from the ceiling to the living spaces and they can help circulate cool air during the warmer months.

Looking for a new heating and cooling contractor you can trust? Look no further! Rusk Heating & Cooling is here to help with all of your hvac needs. Give us a call today at 859-431-4040 to find out how we can help.

Hidden Dangers of Leaky Air Ducts

You’ve got enough to worry about on a daily basis, you don’t need the added stress of not knowing what you’re breathing in inside your very own home. Even if you’ve taken proactive measures to increase your indoor air quality, it won’t serve much of a purpose if you have leaky air ducts. Why? Find out below:

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The Purpose of Air Ducts

What are air ducts there for anyway? It’s their job to carry heated and cooled air throughout your home, sending it through the vents so you can enjoy a comfortable home all year long. But lots of issues arise if the ducts aren’t functioning properly.

Dangers of Leaky Ducts

  1. Leaky air ducts can cause an imbalance in pressure between the interior and exterior of your home.
  2. Pressure imbalances cause the air from outside to be pulled inside. This can be major problem during the summer with warm, humid air being pulled in and during the winter when cold, dry air comes rushing inside.
  3. Have a fireplace? Leaky ducts can cause what is known as a backdraft – where dangerous carbon monoxide is pulled down the chimney and into your home instead of escaping through the top.
  4. You never know what’s hiding up in your roof or attic where air ducts are often located. If you have leaky ducts, foul odors from dead animals could potentially make their way into the air you’re breathing in.
  5. Leaky ducts means air is likely escaping. This can cause heating and cooling bills to rise unexpectedly.

Suspect an issue with leaky ducts in your Northern Kentucky home? That’s where we come in. Contact the hvac specialists at Rusk Heating & Cooling today and we’ll come by to take care of the problem fast!

What To Look For When Buying A Furnace

Your furnace is old. It’s just not heating the house up to your comfort standards and it’s time for a new one. You’re getting ready to head out to the store to shop around because you just can’t take a cold house any longer. Wait, not so fast! There are a few things you need to know before you begin the process:

What To Look For When Buying A Furnace | Heating Installation Northern Kentucky | Rusk Heating & Cooling

  1. Type of System: there are two main types of heating systems: packaged and split. Split systems are made up of a condensing unit, furnace and coil and tend to be the more common type of system for homeowners with basements, crawlspaces or attics. For those without extra room, packaged systems are the better option.

  2. Fuel Source: in addition to the type of system, there are three main fuel sources: gas, oil and electric. When temperatures drop below freezing, natural gas furnaces are the most economical way to heat your home, but you must have access to natural gas. Oil or propane furnaces are powerful as well, but require more room for storage. If you prefer to stay away from gas or oil, electric furnaces will get the job done, but they tend to cause spikes in electric bills.

  3. Fuel Efficiency: furnace efficiencies are measured using an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. Most of the time, you’ll be able to find this rating posted on a yellow “EnergyGuide” label and it will be anywhere from 80 percent to 98.5 percent. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system is.

  4. Zoning: do you find that different rooms of your home get hotter or colder faster than others? If so, you may want to consider having a zoned system installed. This way you can control the heat at different locations to keep your home comfortable.

Want to learn more about the different types of home heating systems? That’s where we come in! The experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling have years of experience under their belts and look forward to helping you find the perfect solution for your home.

Do I Need Heat & AC in the Basement?

2017 is the year you’re finally going to redo that outdated basement of yours. After years of putting it off, you’ve finally saved up some money and now it’s time to get to work. But before you start moving furniture, knocking down walls or deciding on the finishing touches, you’ll need to think about heating and cooling the space.

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Is it necessary to have heat and air conditioning in the basement? This is a question you must ask yourself and to answer it, you can ask yourself this: do you need to throw on a few extra layers before you go down there in the winter? Do you use it as an entertainment area in the summer?

Why Cool the Basement?

Even though the basement of a house tends to be much cooler than other floors due to its location virtually underground, lots of homeowners skip the air conditioning. But, if you’ve used this space to entertain guests or as a playroom for your children in the past and noticed that it can get quite warm down there, AC should be considered.

Additionally, if you use your basement for storage and want to keep certain items protected, AC is a must. After all, climate plays a major role when it comes to the preservation of valuable and collectible items.

Why Heat the Basement?

For starters, heating the basement can help keep the rest of the house warm. After all, heat does rise. And for the same reason as mentioned above, you may need to warm up the basement in the cooler months of winter to protect stored items.

Have specific questions about whether or not you should consider hvac downstairs? Contact the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling today! We’ve been serving Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area for years so you know you can count on us.

3 Benefits of Geothermal Heating

3 Benefits of Geothermal Heating | Geothermal Heat Installation | Rusk Heating & CoolingIt’s time you found a more efficient way to heat your home, wouldn’t you say? Luckily for you, we’ve got the perfect solution. See below to find out how a Geothermal Home Heating System can benefit you and your home in a variety of different ways:

Benefits

  1. A Geothermal Heating System helps protects our natural environment. Rather than burning fossil fuels and giving off harmful chemicals, these environmentally friendly systems draw energy from the Earth and utilizes an underground loop system to exchange energy between the ground and your home.

  2. You’ll keep money in your wallet. A new comfort system can help reduce your family’s heating and cooling costs by as much as 50 to 60%.

  3. Optional hot water generators can help provide your family’s domestic hot water needs at a fraction of the cost of electric or gas water heaters.

How It Works

Geothermal renewable energy draws upon the Earth’s constant temperature. Yes, the average Greater Cincinnati air temperature ranges from 16˚ to 89˚ throughout the year with peaks and valleys that can result in 100+˚ days in the heat of Summer and sub-zero days in the dead of Winter.

However, the Earth absorbs almost 50% of all solar energy and about 4 to 6 feet below the surface, the temperature remains relatively moderate and consistent all year, about 50˚F to 70°F depending on geographic location.

Utilizing an underground loop system, a geothermal unit uses this constant temperature to exchange energy between your home and the earth as needed for heating and cooling.

Want to learn more about geothermal heating systems? Contact our office today – the staff at Rusk Heating & Cooling is friendly and knowledgeable and we’re waiting to hear from you!

3 Quick Fixes to Save on Heating Costs This Winter

3 Quick Fixes to Save on Heating Costs this Winter

Is the chilly Kentucky winter running up your utility bills? While free heating is unrealistic, there are some simple ways to cut costs and improve the efficiency of your system. All it takes is a few extra hours this weekend and you could save anywhere from 10-25% of the warm air that your home is losing right now!

Plastic Film

Science says that air wants to move from where it is hot to where it is cold and that is one of the main reasons drafts occur. One popular way homeowners have found to stop this scientific process is plastic film. It’s cheap, simple to apply, and it is effective in locking in the heat you pay for. Just press the film down to the window and use a hair dryer to seal it.

Draft Snakes

This one is fairly common and it can be used on windows or doors to help stop drafts. You can buy one in the store or you can make one yourself following the directions below:

  • Take an old tube of fabric, like a sock or rolled up pillowcase.
  • Fill it with rice.
  • Add a rubber band to the open end and close it up.
  • Voila, your very own draft snake!

Caulk

When we install doors and windows, they often don’t fit perfectly in their frames and this leaves small cracks that air can enter and escape from. To seal these cracks, go to the local hardware store and purchase some caulk and a caulk gun. After a few hours of careful application, your home should be operating more efficiently than it was before.

Drafts might not seem like a big deal, but they are costing you money and no homeowner should take that lightly. Another thing that could be costing you is an inefficient heating system and we can help get you back on track. Just call the heating experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling at 859-431-4040 or click around on our website!