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Why HVAC maintenance plans are a must

Why HVAC maintenance plans are a must

By Maintenance, Miscellaneous, Residential

What is a maintenance plan, and why is it important?

Why is an HVAC maintenance plan important if you can just call us to repair what’s needed? HVAC maintenance plans are important because they help to ensure that your HVAC system operates efficiently and reliably. Regular maintenance can prevent breakdowns and costly repairs, extend the lifespan of your system, and improve indoor air quality. Our Home Comfort Protection plans help ensure that your HVAC equipment is all up to par on a regular basis, minimizing the likelihood of issues coming up when you will need them most, during extremely hot or wintry weather.

With plans starting at just $23 a month, it’s a no-brainer.

What do maintenance plans usually cover?

At Hauck Bros we’ve come up with more than your typical maintenance plan. We offer 3 levels of a home comfort protection plan which all include a minimum of:

  • Checking the thermostat
  • Tightening all electrical connections
  • Lubricating all moving parts
  • Checking and inspecting the condensate drain
  • Checking the air filter
  • Checking the blower wheel and capacitor
  • Checking the heat exchanger
  • Checking for gas leaks
  • And so much more

There are also additional add-ons for things like Humidifiers, hot water tanks, and more. Each tier plan covers up to two units, usually heating and cooling, and comes with a wide variety of benefits. Investing in an HVAC maintenance plan can help you save money in the long run and improve the performance of your HVAC system. Learn more and sign up today!

FAQs about conventional HVAC systems

FAQs About Conventional HVAC Systems

By Air Conditioning, Cooling, Furnaces, Heating, Residential

At Hauck Bros, we pride ourselves on being experts in the HVAC field. After more than 100 years of experience in the industry, we feel confident making that claim. But we understand that many of our customers are not at all familiar with how HVAC systems work or how to properly maintain them for a long lifespan.

We believe that the better informed our customers are about their HVAC systems, the better they’ll be able to care for and efficiently use them. That’s why we’ve put together this list of conventional HVAC system FAQs to help you make the most out of your equipment.

What is a conventional HVAC system?

A conventional HVAC system typically consists of a central air conditioner and a furnace. With its outdoor and indoor equipment, the AC uses electricity to circulate cool air through your home. Your furnace uses either natural gas, electricity, or propane to provide heat.

Both systems are used in combination to cool and heat your home, utilizing the same air ducts and thermostat. In combination, this system is used to control your home’s heat, air quality, and humidity.

When will my HVAC system need a replacement?

Generally, conventional HVAC equipment will last at least 10-15 years. This is provided you keep up with regular inspections and maintenance. But if you notice consistent problems with your equipment or climbing energy bills, that could be an indication that it’s time for a replacement.

Take note of any strange sounds or odors coming from your system, or a spike in your energy bills. If you suspect any issues, reach out to a professional HVAC company to diagnose the problem.

What are common problems with conventional HVAC systems, and how can I avoid them?

Conventional HVAC systems commonly experience issues like clogged air filters and condensate drains, malfunctioning thermostats, low refrigerant, and poor air flow. Most of these problems have simple and low-cost solutions that your HVAC contractor can assist with.

To avoid these issues, check equipment like your thermostat and air filters regularly and keep up with professional HVAC maintenance. Identifying issues early can help you avoid larger system problems leading to costly repairs and replacements.

How can I increase my system’s efficiency?

There are several ways to increase your conventional HVAC system’s efficiency. First, you should change your air filters on a regular basis to prevent clogs and air quality problems. You can also get your air ductwork sealed or upgrade to a smart or programmable thermostat.

Additionally, be sure to schedule regular HVAC maintenance with a professional. These methods can help lower your monthly bills and keep your equipment functioning properly.

How often should you change your air filters?

Depending on several factors, your air filters should be changed once every 30-90 days. If you have pets or are highly sensitive to allergens, changing your filter once a month may be necessary.

If not, you can go as long as 90 days before your filter needs to be replaced. But it’s good practice to check your filter once every month. This will allow you to keep your filters fresh and efficient year-round.

When should you get professional HVAC maintenance?

You should schedule a maintenance appointment with a certified HVAC company at least once per year. Ideally, you should set up your service before the cooling or heating season begins. This will help to make sure your system is working properly, detect any issues, and prevent unexpected breakdowns before the weather changes.

If you’re in the Springfield, Ohio area, reach out to us at Hauck Brothers. Our HVAC experts provide residential and commercial HVAC maintenance and repair to extend the life of your equipment and keep you comfortable year-round. Since 1921, we’ve been providing AC and heating services to customers in Springfield, Clark County, and Miami Valley. View our commercial and residential HVAC plans or schedule a service here!

Any other questions?

Have more questions about your conventional HVAC system that we haven’t answered here? Reach out to Hauck Brothers via our contact form or call 934-325-0636. We’re always happy to help!

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How to Choose an HVAC Contractor

How to Choose an HVAC Contractor

By Air Conditioning, Commercial, Cooling, Furnaces, Heating, Maintenance, Residential

For both commercial and residential customers, finding the right HVAC contractor can be a difficult task. There are many different factors to consider, including the company’s reputation, certification, and quality. To help you choose the right contractor for your specific needs, we’ve put together this list of tips.

Start researching

First, conduct some basic research on different HVAC contractors in your area. You can search Google for information and read online reviews to get an idea of the services they provide. Getting recommendations from friends and family or checking for any complaints with organizations like the BBB can help narrow down your search.

Check for licenses and certifications

The contractor you choose should be licensed and certified by the state. Ensuring that the company meets these requirements confirms that they have the right qualifications and knowledge to assist you. With HVAC technology advancing at a rapid rate, technicians should also receive continuous training in the field.

Similarly, check that the contractor is insured and bonded. In case of any accidents or damage, these will protect your home or business.

Ask for professional references

A trustworthy HVAC contractor will be able to provide you with a list of references. You can call these references to verify past work they have completed. This can help to better understand how they work and their quality of service.

Additionally, some contractors will offer photos and visuals of their previous work. Referencing these photos can also give you an idea of the level of service they provide in closer detail.

Request multiple quotes

Shopping around will help you compare different contractors on a by-the-numbers level. You’ll be able to see what services are included in the price you pay, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. A reputable contractor will provide details like labor costs, warranties, guarantees, and materials used.

Take experience into account

Undoubtedly, the number of years a company has been in business is a major influence on the quality of their work. But you should also consider the type of HVAC system you use. Not all HVAC companies will have expertise in all areas or types of equipment. Check that the contractor you select has experience installing or repairing the specific equipment you need.

Consider their communication

Sometimes companies look good on paper but don’t deliver on their promises. When working with an HVAC contractor, consider their communication skills. You want to find a contractor that communicates with you easily and consistently throughout the process. They should listen to your questions and concerns as well as communicate expectations. By establishing a strong relationship with you, they’ll be able to effectively resolve your problems and address any concerns.

Look for quality service

A superior HVAC contractor will provide high-quality service and support. They’ll also use quality products and materials to ensure the best possible results.

Ask about their warranty

Look for a contractor who offers a warranty or guarantee on their work. This will ensure that you’re protected if there are any unexpected issues with your HVAC system in the future.

Ensure they offer maintenance services

Along with a warranty, they should also offer maintenance services. Consistent maintenance is the key to maximizing your system’s longevity and efficiency. It can also reduce future repair costs and keep your home or business comfortable year-round.

Of course, at Hauck Brothers, we always hope you choose us for your HVAC contracting needs. We’re a licensed and certified company with over 100 years of experience providing HVAC services to customers in Springfield, Clark County, and Miami Valley, Ohio. We offer commercial and residential maintenance plans and use only high-quality materials for all our services. Contact us today to learn more!

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8 Ways to Raise Your Home's Humidity

8 Ways to Raise Your Home’s Humidity

By Humidifiers, Residential

In the winter, humidity levels in your home can reach uncomfortable lows due to the combination of your heating unit and the dry outdoor air. This can cause a slew of problems like dry, cracked skin, dry eyes, and even respiratory issues. Luckily, there are lots of tricks and methods you can use to raise your home’s humidity. Check out 8 of our best tips for keeping your home’s humidity levels comfortable all season long.

1. Boil water on your stove

One simple, tried-and-true way to increase your home’s humidity is to boil a pot of water on your stove. As the water heats up, moisture is released into the air. Similarly, you can place bowls or cups filled with water around your home, on top of radiators or other sources of heat. This will allow the water to evaporate and increase humidity.

2. Air-dry your laundry

Instead of using your dryer, try air-drying your clothes in the winter. Get a drying rack to hang your recently washed items and set it near a radiator. With this method, you’re killing two birds with one stone – drying your clothes and adding humidity to your home at the same time. Plus, you’ll likely save money on your energy bills from the reduced dryer usage.

3. Get some houseplants

Adding indoor plants to your home isn’t just for decoration. Houseplants help purify the air in your home and raise humidity through transpiration. This process occurs when water absorbed by the plant’s roots is circulated through the stem and up to the leaves. At that point, it gets released into the air, adding moisture. Keep your plants hydrated by watering and misting regularly for the best results.

4. Utilize your shower steam

When you shower, the steam adds plenty of humidity to your bathroom. Take advantage of this steam by leaving your bathroom door open during showers, if possible, to disperse the moisture through a wider area of your home. In addition, keeping the bathroom fan turned off will keep moisture levels high. If you take baths, consider leaving the water in the tub to cool before draining. This will allow water vapor to further humidify your home.

5. Cook at home often

Like the boiling water tip, cooking meals can also boost your home’s humidity levels. Whenever you cook food at home, especially when it involves boiling something like pasta or potatoes, moisture is released into the air. Leave the lids off pots and pans as you cook to allow the condensation to accumulate and increase humidity.

6. Upgrade your doors and windows

Inefficient windows and doors let out both heat and moisture from the inside of your house. Installing newer doors and windows can resolve this issue, keeping that humidity from leaking outside. For a less costly option, you can use sealants or weather stripping to seal cracks and leaks.

7. Install a humidifier

By far, the most effective way to raise your home’s humidity is to install a humidifier. While single-room, portable humidifiers can provide some relief, a whole-house humidifier is the most efficient option.

There are different types of whole-house humidifiers that can raise your entire home’s humidity, like bypass humidifiers or powered humidifiers. The kind that will work best for you depends on your home, your needs, and your budget. Guidance from a professional HVAC company can help you determine the best fit.

8. Get professional assistance

If you’re struggling with low humidity in your home, reach out to an HVAC professional. Apart from a humidifier installation, many of these tips will only take you so far. HVAC experts An HVAC expert like Hauck Brothers can examine your home and identify the best options for your specific needs. Contact us today to learn how we can help raise your home’s humidity and keep your family comfortable this winter.

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6 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for a Snowstorm - Hauck Bros

6 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for a Snowstorm

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With winter weather just around the corner in Springfield, Ohio, ensuring your HVAC unit is prepared in the case of a snowstorm is critical. No matter the type of heater you use, a bad snowstorm can lead to power outages, system breakdowns, and a frigid, uninhabitable home or business.

Preparing your home heating unit using these simple tips can prevent frustrating, expensive repairs. Plus, it will help keep you and your family comfortable all winter long. Read on to learn more about how you can safeguard your HVAC unit from harsh winter snowstorms.

1. Check your air filters

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’re already aware of how important it is to check and replace your air filters regularly. This is especially important during snowstorms when your HVAC equipment is working overtime. The extra work can cause more buildup of dirt and debris on your filter, leading to a clogged, inefficient system. Check your filter often and replace as needed during the winter months to ensure maximum performance.

2. Consider a programmable thermostat

Before any storms, be sure to test your thermostat to ensure it’s working properly. If it’s older than 10 or 15 years or not functioning correctly, look at switching to a programmable thermostat. With a programmable or smart thermostat, you can set daily routines and have better control over your indoor temperature. This will improve your energy efficiency and save money on your monthly bills along the way.

3. Clean your registers

To make your HVAC unit as efficient during a snowstorm as possible, clean your registers and remove any blockages. This includes dirt and debris buildup, as well as furniture or other items in front of your grilles. Blockages prevent heat from circulating effectively. This can cause uneven temperatures throughout your home or business, meaning your system will need to work overtime to heat it properly.

4. Examine your insulation

Buildings without adequate insulation also cause your HVAC system to work harder to generate heat. During a snowstorm, this can lead to a significant jump in your bills. In addition, it causes more wear and tear to your system, resulting in a shorter equipment lifespan. Check the insulation throughout your home or business for air leaks and add insulation where needed. You should also check the weather strips on your windows and doors to prevent drafts. The more insulated your home, the more efficient your system will be.

5. Invest in a backup generator

Even with the right preparation, a heavy snowstorm can knock out your power and leave you without heat. It’s worth it to consider investing in a backup generator for peace of mind in the case of an outage. Before making a purchase, take the time to research your options. You can reach out to a professional HVAC company like Hauck Brothers for generator recommendations and guidance.

6. Schedule a maintenance appointment

Regular maintenance of your HVAC equipment is crucial for an efficient, long-lasting system. In the winter, this is particularly important due to ice and snow that can cause damage or problems with your unit. Before any winter storms hit, you should schedule a maintenance appointment with a local HVAC professional. This will help prevent any surprises and help safeguard your system in the case of a storm.

If you’re in the Springfield, Clark County, or Miami Valley, Ohio area, reach out to us at Hauck Brothers to schedule a residential or commercial maintenance appointment. Our experts can thoroughly inspect your system to make sure it’s in the best working order ahead of the snowy season. Schedule a service request with us at Hauck Brothers today!

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With winter quickly approaching, you may be considering an upgrade to your home’s heating and cooling systems. Due to rising utility bills and the increasing threat of climate change, many homeowners are looking to more sustainable HVAC technologies like geothermal heating for their homes.

Although not a new technology, geothermal heating and cooling systems have been rising in popularity in recent years. But what is geothermal heating, and how can it benefit you and your family? Here, we’ll look at some frequently asked questions to help you decide if geothermal heating is right for you.

What is geothermal heating?

When heat from the sun warms the Earth’s surface, that heat is stored underground as thermal energy. Even with freezing temperatures, the underground temperature remains stable year-round. Geothermal systems tap into this consistent thermal energy source to heat or cool your home.

A common misconception is that geothermal systems can only be installed in specific geographic regions. However, they can be installed anywhere, so all homeowners can take advantage of this promising energy source. Since geothermal heating systems run on renewable energy and can be used for both heating and cooling purposes, they are one of the most efficient HVAC systems available.

How does geothermal heating work?

Geothermal heating systems consist of a ground loop, a heat pump, and a distribution system. First, the ground loop is installed under your home’s property and filled with liquid to absorb the underground heat. Loops can be installed vertically, horizontally, or in ponds and lakes, or well water systems can be utilized.

Next, that fluid is circulated through the ground loop and your geothermal heat pump. Located inside the home, the heat pump’s fluid-to-refrigerant exchanger uses thermal energy to heat the air that flows through the system. Lastly, the distribution system delivers and circulates the air through your home via your ductwork. Some systems can even power your hot water heater with minimal additional costs.

What are the benefits of geothermal heating?

Renewable energy

Geothermal energy is a natural, renewable, sustainable resource. Unlike wind or solar power, it is always available in the ground, so it’s highly reliable. In addition, since it does not use fossil fuels of any kind, its carbon imprint is substantially smaller than other systems that use traditional fossil fuels. For these reasons, geothermal heating is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly methods of heating your home.

Cost savings

Due to their high levels of efficiency, geothermal systems can help you save money over the long term with reduced energy bills. Plus, geothermal systems are long-lasting and require less maintenance. Your indoor equipment lasts for about 25 years, while the loop system underground will last for 50-plus years. This will help you save even further by reducing replacement, repair, and maintenance costs.

Is geothermal heating expensive?

Because the installation process is much different than for standard systems, installation costs for geothermal heaters are often higher. However, it typically pays off in the long run. As mentioned above, homeowners save money on their monthly energy bills thanks to its higher efficiency.

Additionally, the price of installation can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Your home’s size, lot size, insulation, and existing ductwork are just some of the elements that play into the cost. Plus, you may qualify for local or state incentives or rebates that can help you save thousands on installation. In fact, some federal tax credits can cover up to 30% of the installation price.

How can I start using geothermal heating in my home?

If you’re considering installing a geothermal heating or cooling system, reach out to a professional HVAC company. They can guide you through the process, from selecting the right system to installation to maintenance services.

At Hauck Bros, our HVAC experts can help set up a geothermal heating system that works best for your home. We also provide maintenance plans to maximize your equipment’s lifespan and efficiency as well as your family’s overall comfort.

Want to learn more about geothermal heating options for your home? Contact us online or call 973-325-0636 to speak with our professionals!

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Reasons to Use a Programmable Thermostat

5 Reasons to Use a Programmable Thermostat

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With a programmable thermostat, you can maximize the comfort and efficiency of your home or business. A programmable thermostat, like a smart thermostat, provides you with custom programming options for your HVAC system. This allows you to align your automated temperature settings with your regular daily routine.

Depending on the model, you can set a heating or cooling schedule for the week, weekend, or each individual day. If you opt for a smart thermostat, you can even control your home or office temperature right from your mobile device.

By switching to a programmable thermostat, you can improve your energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. Plus, you’ll be able to optimize the comfort of your home or business with better control over the temperature and a longer equipment lifespan.

Thinking about making the switch? Here are 5 reasons to upgrade to a programmable model.

1. Gives you better control over temperature

A programmable thermostat improves your control over the temperature of your home or business. Rather than having to manually change the temperature at certain times of the day, it automatically adjusts.

By setting a schedule, you can maintain a more consistent temperature in your home and spend less time making changes. If you have a zone control system, you can optimize the temperature in different areas of your space even further.

2. Improves your energy efficiency

Using a programmable thermostat means you can set your equipment to turn on or off at set times. That way, you don’t have to remember to turn your system off when you leave – it will automatically adjust, resulting in better efficiency. You’re not wasting energy heating or cooling your home or business when no one is around.

In addition, a programmable thermostat can help keep your home’s temperature at moderate levels during the nighttime. Improving your energy efficiency can reduce your environmental impact and help you save money.

3. Cuts your energy costs

Although they require a minimal upfront investment for installation, programmable thermostats can cut costs in the long term. With a more efficient system, your monthly energy bills are likely to go down.

A smart thermostat can save you up to $145 a year, along with potential rebates and offers. Over time, these savings can be significant.

4. Extends your HVAC system’s lifespan

Less overall usage also helps extend the lifespan of your HVAC equipment. With less wear and tear, your systems will require fewer repairs and maintenance services over time. This results in longer-lasting equipment with lower maintenance costs.

5. Maximizes your comfort

Using a programmable thermostat allows you to maximize the comfort of your home or office. Your indoor temperature will automatically adjust based on each season’s schedule, so you can spend less time making changes and experiencing uncomfortable temperatures.

This is especially true with a smart thermostat. Many models can even make adjustments based on the current weather patterns and fluctuations.

Install a programmable thermostat for better overall performance

Overall, a programmable thermostat will allow your HVAC system to perform better and keep your comfort levels high. More advanced models and smart thermostats often include additional settings and features, like integration with your indoor air quality systems and maintenance reminders.

Considering installing a programmable thermostat in your home or business? Reach out to us at Hauck Brothers. For over 100 years, we have served residential and commercial customers in the Springfield, Ohio and Miami Valley area. Our experts can help you select the right model and provide installation services, as well as regular HVAC maintenance. Contact us to learn more!

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In 2018 the Miami Valley probably used their heating and cooling systems a lot. According to Wunderground, we had 178 days with temperature highs below 60° Fahrenheit, and 108 days…

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8 Signs it’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Heating Unit

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As summer turns to fall, there’s no better time to check if your home heating unit needs an upgrade. The approaching cooler months provide the perfect opportunity to test your system before it’s too chilly indoors. Even with proper HVAC maintenance, there may be issues that indicate it’s time for a replacement.

While a heating upgrade is an investment, it can save you money in the long run with better efficiency and lower maintenance costs. Here, we’ll look at 8 reasons why it might be time to consider an upgrade to your home heating unit.

1. Your heating unit is older than 15 years

On average, home heating systems last between 15 and 25 years. Depending on the type of heating unit you use, that number can change. For instance, gas furnaces typically last from 15 to 20 years, while electric furnaces can last from 20 to 30 years. For most heat pumps, the average lifespan goes down to 15 years.

2. Your energy costs are rising

As your heating system ages, it tends to require more effort to thoroughly heat your home. This extra work can lead to higher energy bills. If you see a sharp spike in your monthly statement, it could indicate that there’s a break in your system.

3. Your heating unit is not efficient

Your gas or electric system’s energy efficiency is measured by its AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating.  A high-efficiency heating system has an AFUE rating of 90% to 98.5%. A mid-efficiency heating system has an AFUE rating of 80% to 83%, and any AFUE rating lower than that is considered a low-efficiency heating system. The more efficient system, the more money you will save on your monthly bill.

4. Your system needs regular repairs

If your system is frequently in need of repair, those costs can add up quickly. In many cases, you are better off investing in a more efficient system than continuing to pour money into a broken unit.

5. Your equipment is producing loud or unusual sounds

Sometimes, a loud noise coming from your unit is due to a simple problem like a clogged filter or a loose return air filter grille. But if you’re hearing persistent, strange noises like banging, rattling, or scraping, it could indicate a larger issue.

6. You’re experiencing unpleasant odors

Along with odd noises, your heating unit can give off a strange, unpleasant odor if it is malfunctioning. A smell like burning, chemicals, mold, or soot coming from your heater may point to a problem like overheating of your system’s internal parts or wiring. If you experience any alarming odors coming from your heater, call your HVAC service provider right away.

7. Your indoor temperature is uneven

An old, damaged, or defective system can cause fluctuations in your home’s temperature. It may struggle to properly heat a particular room or area of your house, resulting in an uneven overall temperature.

8. Your circuit breaker keeps tripping

While it’s normal for your circuit breaker to trip occasionally, if your heating unit is causing it to trip often, it’s a sign that your system is malfunctioning. Most likely, this is due to normal wear and tear. In some cases, a repair may solve the issue, but usually, a full replacement is the best long-term solution.

Is it time for an upgrade?

If you’ve experienced any of these issues with your home heating system, it might be time to consider a newer, more efficient model. But a heating system replacement is a major investment, so before you take action, it’s best to consult with a pro.

At Hauck Brothers, we have over 100 years of experience working with home heating units. Our highly trained technicians can examine your equipment and discuss with you if it’s time to replace it.  Our knowledgeable salesforce can then provide recommendations to find the best replacement for your needs. Get help with your home heating upgrade by reaching out to us today!

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How a Zone Control System Can Save You Money

How a Zone Control System Will Save You Money

By Air Conditioning, Cooling, Furnaces, Heating, Home Automation

When it comes to your home’s energy costs, every little bit of savings counts. Keeping your entire house cool during the summer or cozy in the winter can be an expensive undertaking.

One effective way of lowering your bills and improving your overall comfort is by installing a zone control system. With a zone control system, or zoning, you have full control of the heating and cooling of every room in your house.

Each room’s temperature can be adjusted separately, using individual thermostats that all connect to a central panel. Valves and shutters are installed within your ductwork to separate your property into sections. This allows different automated dampers to open and shut in each designated area, raising or lowering the temperature of each room as needed.

Read on to learn more about how a zone control system can save you money and maximize comfort for the whole family.

It lowers your energy usage

With a typical HVAC system, your entire home is heated or cooled to the same temperature. But by installing a zone control system, you can control the temperature in each individual room. Depending on your equipment, you can even automate your settings to heat or cool certain rooms at specific periods of the day.

This allows you to adjust the temperature only in the rooms currently in use, lowering your overall energy usage. Your AC or heater doesn’t have to work to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home and can instead use energy only in the rooms you regularly spend time in. With better energy efficiency, you can lower your monthly bills while enjoying a higher level of comfort.

It reduces strain on your system

Because your HVAC system is only using energy in certain rooms or floors, this helps reduce the strain on your overall system. Your equipment doesn’t have to work as hard all day every day, so it doesn’t go through as much wear and tear.

Plus, in areas where your equipment’s location or insulation causes issues with maintaining a consistent temperature, you can zero in on problem areas by using energy only in the rooms that need it. With lower overall usage, your system will last longer and require less maintenance. Your need for costly repairs and replacements will also go down. This can create significant savings over the long term.

It provides greater comfort

Most of us have been there – your spouse or child likes a balmy temperature, while you prefer to keep things cool. When only some people in the home are at a comfortable temperature, this can cause frustration or regular bickering over the thermostat.

But with a zone control system, you can ensure everyone in your household is at their optimal temperature. A zoning system is perfect for a family or living situation where different people have different preferences. The areas of your house can be adjusted to the exact preference of the person in each room, keeping everyone happy.

It raises your home’s value

In addition to the cost savings and improved comfort, installing a zone control system also boosts the value of your home. If you decide to sell your home in the future, it will maintain a higher value due utilizing to a more advanced, modern system.

Interested in learning how a zone control system could fit into your home and save you money in the Springfield, Ohio area? Reach out to us at Hauck Bros. Our professional HVAC technicians have the knowledge and skill to equip your home with a zoning system that will satisfy your entire household. Contact us today to learn more!

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Prevent Costly Repairs With These Monthly HVAC Maintenance Tips

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It’s no surprise that HVAC system repair and replacement can be costly. And when you’re in the middle of a hot, humid summer or frigid winter, the last thing you want is an unexpected breakdown.

To prevent frustrating, expensive repairs, a monthly maintenance check of various components of your HVAC system is recommended.

Here, we’ll go over a simple routine you can conduct each month to ensure your equipment runs smoothly over the long haul. We’ll also explain why it’s important to enlist a professional for regular maintenance checks.

Check your air filters

You likely already know that you should replace your air filters regularly to keep your equipment in the best working order. But if you’re like 82% of Americans, you’re probably not changing them often enough.

In general, your air filters only need to be changed about once every 90 days. But this can fluctuate depending on your region, the type of filter you use, the age of your system, and other factors like pets and allergies.

A monthly inspection for dirt and buildup allows you to change your filter right when it’s needed and helps avoid excess strain on your HVAC system.

Tidy the area around your outdoor AC unit

Since it’s exposed to the elements year-round, your outdoor AC unit can get grimy and clogged with debris like leaves, twigs, and dirt. These types of clogs can do major damage to the components of your unit such as the condenser coil and can even cause system failures.

To prevent rubble and litter from creating blockages, sweep the area around your outdoor unit frequently. A quick clean at least once a month is ideal. Maintaining a clean space of at least 2 feet around the unit at all times helps stop rubbish from getting inside and causing damage.

Inspect your refrigerant lines

A refrigerant leak is a common cause of problems with your AC, like weak or warm air. But it’s also a highly toxic substance, so it’s critical that you don’t touch or get too close to any leaks.

Instead, visually check your lines for any holes, ice crystal formation on your evaporator coil, or water gathering around your unit from melted ice. If you spot an issue, reach out to an HVAC professional immediately.

Test your batteries

It’s recommended that the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors be changed once every six months.

That said, a monthly test of your batteries is a smart way to make sure these critical devices are always working properly in case of an emergency.

Get professional maintenance

While these simple tips can help prevent damage, there are many more components of your HVAC system that should be inspected. From your AC to your furnace to your heat pump, a thorough examination of your equipment can spot and fix potential issues the moment they occur.

This way, you can maximize the performance of your system and prolong the life of your equipment. But due to safety and technical concerns, you should not run these checks on your own.

Instead, an HVAC contractor can perform these maintenance checks for you, with the knowledge and skills of a professional.

With a maintenance plan, you can ensure that your HVAC units are always in top condition to keep your home or business comfortable. It will also help improve your energy efficiency for lower utility costs, keep your warranties valid, and enhance your indoor air quality.

At Hauck Bros, we offer a number of residential and commercial maintenance plans starting at just $21/month to keep your HVAC system in the best working order possible.

Reach out to us to learn how our plans can help you prevent pricey repairs today.

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