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FAQs about Geothermal Heating

FAQs about Geothermal Heating

By Heating, Residential

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

By Heat Pumps, Heating, Residential

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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Cleaning Your AC Vents

By Air Conditioning, Residential

How to Clean Your Air Conditioning Vents

As the cooler weather transitions into the warmer months, you’re likely getting ready to turn on your air conditioner for the first time in a while. Since it probably hasn’t seen much action recently, it’s the perfect chance to do a deep cleaning of your supply and return vents.

The supply vents are typically covered with registers that can be controlled by an adjustable damper.  These are usually rolling lever-type guides, or levers on the side of the vent, that open and close the damper to manage supply air flow from the supply ducts.  You do not want to close these completely, or the system may become unbalanced.

The return vents are covered with grilles, which are permanent metal coverings.  They are found in walls, ceilings, and floors.

Your vents can harbor a lot of hidden dirt and lint. By ensuring your AC unit and vents are clean from dust, allergens, indoor chemicals, and other debris, you can keep your indoor air quality levels high. This helps you and your family stay healthy and breathe crisp, clean air through the warm seasons.

Luckily, cleaning your vents is a simple and straightforward process. Ready to start? Follow these steps below.

Cleaning Your AC Vents

  1. Turn off your unit

Make sure your HVAC unit is turned off before you begin any cleaning. Both the furnace and the air conditioner should be off for safety purposes. We also recommend wearing a mask throughout the process to prevent breathing in dust and other particles as you work.

  1. Remove registers and grilles

In order to remove your air registers and grilles, you may need to use a screwdriver. If required, unscrew them, and then remove them from the walls or ceiling.

If they are high up on the ceiling and can’t be easily unscrewed, use a duster or a broom to reach them and remove as much dust and debris as possible.

  1. Dust off registers and grilles

Once the registers and grilles have been removed, use a duster, cleaning brush, or towel to get as much dirt off as possible. To prevent dust from dispersing into the air and recirculating, dust off the registers and grilles directly into a garbage bag.

  1. Wash with soap and water

After dusting, use a damp cloth to carefully wash them with soap and water. This helps to remove tougher grime, dirt, and particles clinging to your registers and grilles. Let them air dry completely after they’ve been washed.

  1. Replace registers and grilles

When the registers and grilles have fully dried, screw them in place if needed.

  1. Change your air filter

If you’re like most people, chances are, you’re overdue for an air filter replacement. The frequency that you change your filter varies depending on your usage and the type of filter you use, but if you’re just starting to use your AC again after winter, it’s likely time to switch yours out.

A clean filter will help keep your HVAC system in top shape and reduce the amount of debris clogging up your vents and ducts.

  1. Turn on your AC

Now that everything has been cleaned and your filter has been replaced, it’s time to turn on your AC.

Even if it’s not quite the appropriate weather for air conditioning, a quick test of your system to ensure it’s running properly is a good idea at this point. In case your system is having any issues, you have time to schedule a maintenance appointment before the hot weather starts to hit.

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7-Point Spring Checklist for Your HVAC System

With the beginning of spring on the horizon, there’s no better time to check on the state of your HVAC system. After a long, harsh winter that can put stress on your equipment, a good spring cleaning and maintenance check is the perfect way to make sure your system is ready for the warmer spring months.

Ready to start cleaning? Check out these 8 tips to prepare your home for spring.

  1. Change your air filter

If you haven’t changed your air filter in a while, make it a priority for spring. A dirty air filter can spread dust, dander, and bacteria throughout your house, causing health problems like asthma and allergies.

Additionally, a clogged filter restricts airflow, meaning your HVAC system has to work harder to heat and cool your house. Check and replace your filter to increase your energy efficiency and start circulating clean, breathable air in your home.

  1. Clean your air vents

Your air vents accumulate dust, pet hair, mold, and other debris, especially during winter. Remove the vents on your floor and ceiling with a screwdriver and use a vacuum to clean out the dirt.

Then, wash your vents with soap and water and let them air dry before replacing them. This helps to ensure that the dust and dirt on your vents don’t get blown around when it’s time to turn on the AC.

  1. Dust your ceiling fans

The blades of your ceiling fans are another place where dust and hair tend to collect. Since you don’t want that dirt to fling around the room once you turn them on, make sure to dust and wash your fans’ blades.

Use a ladder to reach all surfaces and a cloth or sponge to gently wash each blade. Just don’t turn the fan on before the blades dry – dust clings to damp blades.

  1. Install an air purifier

Spring is an ideal time of the year to install an air purifier. Air purifiers like ionizers can eliminate germs, mold, and allergens that have been lingering in your home all winter.

They also help to neutralize odors, get rid of harmful indoor chemicals, and improve your sleep. Air purifiers have even been shown to increase life expectancy by improving indoor air quality.

  1. Test and clean your air conditioner

As the weather gets warmer and you switch to using your AC, run a quick test to ensure it’s working properly. You don’t want to end up on a 90+ degree day with a broken or inefficient AC unit.

Also, make sure to clean the area around your unit outside. Debris like leaves, shrubs, and grime can accumulate and block airflow. There should be two feet of clear space around your unit for it to function properly, so remove any weeds and trim shrubs in the area. Clean the coils and the condenser with a soft-brush vacuum and a hose to wash away dirt. Once it’s completely dry, you can turn on the power.

  1. Upgrade to a smart thermostat

If you haven’t already changed to a smart thermostat, this spring is a great opportunity to make the switch. Smart thermostats can save you up to 20% a year on energy costs, so you’ll likely lower your AC bill after it’s installed. With the current rising prices on gas, food, and more, every bit of savings counts.

Plus, with a smart thermostat, you can adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere, anytime, from your smartphone. On a transitional spring day, you can turn off the heat and turn up the AC, all while you’re at work. When you get home, your house will be comfortable and cool.

  1. Schedule a maintenance appointment

Regular professional maintenance is essential to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly throughout the year. By scheduling a maintenance appointment for the spring, you can avoid the risk of working your system too hard once the hot weather hits.

Preventive maintenance can help keep your home’s air clean, lower utility and repair costs, extend the life of your equipment, and improve your home’s overall comfort. Reach out to our skilled technicians at Hauck Bros. to schedule your maintenance services today!

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Sometimes solutions to HVAC comfort problems are tougher to solve than just replacing a furnace or a condensing unit. Running ductwork in a finished home or business can involve demolition to add ductwork, upgrading the furnace and condensing unit to a bigger size, and potentially having to upgrade the utilities to accommodate the new units. Some residential comfort issues that a ductless system might solve include, hard to heat and hard to cool areas, basement heating, adding a detached building, garage heating and cooling, and add-on’s.

How It Works

For most applications, exactly the same as a traditional system! Cooling coils carrying refrigerant help to remove heat and humidity from your home’s air, and your unit’s blower fan helps disperse the cold air. The hot air is released to the outside from the condenser. The compressor helps move the refrigerant through the coils and the condenser to cool the air for the blower to send into your home! Another fan sends the hot air through the condenser, while a filter removes things like dust and dander from the air. Finally, the thermostat regulates the amount of cold air that is being distributed to your home. Learn more about how duct free systems work here

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10 reasons to choose Hauck Bros., Inc.

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10 Reasons to Choose Hauck Bros., Inc. Whether you’re looking for Commercial HVAC assistance, or you need service for your home, we can help. From Maintenance, Service, and Installation we have you covered.

99 Years and Counting!

Hauck Bros., Inc., has been serving the Miami Valley since 1921. We are proud to serve our community and all the homes, businesses, industries, and other residential and commercial establishments year after year.   What makes us different and unique from other HVAC contractors in the area?

      1. Industry experience

        Our staff has over 350 years of combined experience in HVAC.  We have serviced, maintained, and installed residential, commercial, and industrial HVAC equipment in a lot of applications and configurations.  If one of us has to troubleshoot an issue, odds are that someone else has had that issue before and we will solve the issue without having the customer wait.  You can have peace of mind knowing that an expert took care of your HVAC and more experts wait to handle any situation that comes up.

      2. Neighborhood experience

        Not only do we have industry experience, we have neighborhood experience.  Condos, multi-family homes, apartments, and senior living communities are a few examples of buildings that may share similar designs in HVAC systems. In a lot of cases, Hauck Bros., Inc. installed them so we know how to maintain, service, and replace these systems more efficiently than any other company.

      3. Customer site experience

        We have served the Miami Valley for so long that we build not only a history with customers, but with addresses as well. We have all our records from the past to use at each address to make sure you get a history of your HVAC equipment to use in your determination of future service, maintenance, and installation.  Whether you just moved into a house or have been there for years, we will thoroughly go over your HVAC systems past in detail to help make your best decision.

      4. Customer service

        Since we are independent and operate like a family, we are able to build one-on-one relationships with our customers. Our commercial accounts assign the same technician for that account and you can request to have the same residential technician for your house. This ensures that the same technician you saw last season will be the same technician you see this season. Our technicians are not only highly trained experts, but also members of the community. When you call us during normal hours, our own employees answer the phone. When you call us for an emergency, our employees return the call.  You can trust they will do the best for you and offer recommendations and solutions that are based on your happiness and comfort, not for individual profit.

      5. We offer emergency service 24/7

        We are always there for you when you need us, even after normal office hours. Even better, all of our technicians live within the Miami Valley, so they have a quick response time in case your HVAC system stops working.  We want to be there when you need us, even if it is Christmas day.

      6. Quality is never compromised

        At Hauck Bros., Inc., we take pride in doing the job right the first time and making sure we don’t have to come back out after a job is finished. We pay a high attention to detail, cleanliness, and quality of craftsmanship. We constantly train to stay up to date in new equipment, service techniques, and develop new procedures to ensure you are also satisfied with our performance.

      7. We support, sponsor, and live in our community

        All of our employees live and support in the Miami Valley.  At Hauck Bros., Inc., we support and sponsor a large number of local events, charities, and causes. We believe in staying connected to our community.  Every dollar you spend with us goes back into our community as well.  We do business with and support other local companies to ensure our community stays strong. Shop local, stay local!

      8. Accountability

        Every employee at Hauck Bros., Inc. takes immense pride in the work they do.  We constantly train our employees to ensure that best practices and procedures are kept at all times.  When and if a mistake happens, we own up to it, learn from it, and train our employees to hopefully never make that same mistake again.  There is never an acceptable failure rate and we will always make it right.  That is why every installation comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

      9. Safety

        We provide our employees with training in safety, equipment, personal protective gear, codes, rules, regulations, and best practices.  This ensures that not only is the employee safe while they are working, but that you are safe as well.

      10. Energy efficiency

        We reclaim and recycle used refrigerants, recycle old equipment, recycle all of our cardboard, and we offer a full line of equipment that uses environmentally friendly refrigerants.  We are proud to be an Energy Star partner. We feature models for new installations that are Energy Star™ approved.  Our Gold and Platinum Home Comfort Protection plans follow the Energy Star ™ guidelines for maintenance. This makes it easier for our customers to purchase products that save them money and protect the environment. Lean more about our Green commitment here.

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How do UV Lights work?

By Indoor Air Quality, Residential

UV Lights

Advantages of Ultraviolet Lights

UV lights installed in a central HVAC system are proven to provide better Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), reduce maintenance on equipment, and to extend the lifecycle

of your Residential and/or Commercial HVAC system.

Better Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outdoor and represents a significant health risk. UV-C improves indoor air quality by sterilizing mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens from the air as it cycles through the central air system.

Reduce Maintenance on HVAC Equipment

UV is used to keep HVAC systems free of dirt and mold accumulations. Keeping those coils clean means that each unit is operating as efficiently as possible. A thin growth of bio-film on coil surfaces has been proven in lab tests to reduce the free area of heat transfer and increase air velocity up to nine percent. Cleaner coils can also deliver an impressive 30 percent or more increase in cooling capacity when compared to dirty coils.

Extending the lifecycles of HVAC units.

UV lights keep the coils cleaner, which means there is less corrosion and as a result, less unexpected breakdowns. Having cleaner coils may help prevent refrigerant leaks that are costly to repair and may shorten the lifecycle of an outdoor heat pump or air conditioner

Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

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Fresh-Aire UV

Blue Tube UVxt

Fighting Infectious Diseases with UVGI Disinfection of HVAC Systems

How Ultraviolet Lights (UV) Work

Ultraviolet light in the range of 254 NM(UV-C) band has a devastating effect on microbial life, it disrupts the DNA of these organisms which stop them from reproducing and spreading.

UV light disinfection is now widely used in hospitals and laboratories to sanitize instruments and work surfaces and to prevent the spread of potentially lethal airborne infectious diseases. The technology is used by the food industry to sterilize food before packaging and water treatment systems large and small now incorporate UV light as a chemical-free means of purification.

Because the frequency of UV-C light is filtered out by the Earth’s atmosphere microorganisms have no defense against it. It works by scrambling their DNA, which prevents them from reproducing.

According to the EPA indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outdoor and represents a significant health risk. UV-C improves indoor air quality by sterilizing mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens from the air as it cycles through the central air system.

In the past, UV light has been shown to be effective against influenza strains (including ‘bird’ flu andH1N1 ‘swine’ flu) as well as SARS, legionella, TB, pneumonia, German measles, and many other airborne infectious diseases.Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Types we offer

Single Bulb with one or two year lamp life expectancy

Bryant’s Preferred UV Lamp attacks and kills mold and bacteria that can grow in moist heating and cooling systems, and then circulate through your home. Silent operation enhances your family’s comfort and health.

Blue-Tube UV is the single most popular germicidal UV light product for HVAC systems in the world. Homeowners breathe easy knowing that the air their family breathes is protected by this proven technology. Blue-Tube UV is the simple, safe, and effective way to keep your air system clean and improve indoor air quality. This UV light model comes with a choice of bulb that lasts for either one or two years.

Single bulb with Carbon Cells, one or two-year lamp life expectancy

APCO® reduces odors (volatile organic compounds) and biological contaminants such as mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens in indoor air. The system is installed in the duct work of the central air system. The award winning design of APCO® uses a unique combination UVC light and activated carbon cells to clean the air. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Did you know?

  • 50% of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. A study cited by Kimberly-Clark Corporation found that for every 10 workers, poor indoor air quality caused an additional 6 sick days per year.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) states poor indoor air quality can cost businesses up to $168 billion annually. Medical care and absenteeism contribute significantly to those costs.
  • Employers can increase workforce performance by roughly 10 % by implementing indoor air quality solutions – DOE.
  • By controlling contaminants such as dust mites, asthma cases can be reduced by 55 to 60% – The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Comfort

Homes and businesses can greatly benefit from the use of a HVAC system installed with an ultraviolet (UV) light. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can greatly be improved with the use of a UV light that can eliminate contaminants such as, mold, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and odors. Properly installed, UV systems have been tested and achieve up to a *99.999% reduction on microorganisms. UV disinfection systems for room, surface & HVAC are an ideal proactive measure to complement filtration. Microorganisms, particularly viruses, are so small that filters are mostly ineffective. The UV systems have also been shown to reduce problematic molds and pathogens that are found within the HVAC system and drain pan that would otherwise be introduced and distributed throughout the envelope of the building. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

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How do Ionizers work?

By Indoor Air Quality, Residential

Advantages of iWave

iWave® brings a new, advanced air purification technology to the HVACR market. This patented technology, called needle-point bi-polar ionization, uses carbon fiber brushes to produce a refined electrical charge to proactively and safely clean the air in residential and commercial buildings. The iWave approach produces equal amounts of positive and negative ions (combined charge neutral) that react and break down pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke, odors and VOCs in the air, creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful byproducts like ozone or unstable ROS (Reactive Oxidation Species) molecules that result in the use of PCO technologies.

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons.

Advantages of iWave Technology Over Two Common Market Approaches:

FeatureiWaveUVPCO IonizersUV Lights
Kills pathogens downstream?YesYesOnly line-of-sight pathogens
Controls odors?YesYesNo
Reduces airborne particles?YesPoorNo
Replacement parts?NoUV cell replaced every 1-2 yearsBulb replaced every 1-2 years
Self-cleaning options?YesNoNo
PerformanceSelf-cleaning provides continual peak performanceFades with UV outputFades with UV output
Harmful byproducts?NoCreates ozone & other byproductsSome bulbs emit ozone
Cleans entire depth of coil?YesYesCleans only one side
Mercury in airstream?NoYesYes
Energy required< 60 watts> 60 watts> 60 watts
Universal voltage?Most modelsMost models don’tNo
Robust construction?Solid state designUV bulbs can breakUV bulbs can break
UV material breakdown?NoUV lights hard on materialsUV lights hard on materials
Contains Titanium Dioxide?NoMaybeNo
Three Year WarrantyYesReplace parts in 1-2 yearsReplace parts in 1-2 years

Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Disclaimer – At this time COVID-19 virus has not been made available for testing. However, The iWave family of products have been proven through independent lab testing to significantly reduce a wide variety of pathogens and viruses similar to coronavirus in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.

Source: https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

iWave Products

Hauck Bros., Inc. has been committed to serving our customers in the Miami Valley, since 1921. We understand people are concerned about the recent outbreak of COVID-19, just as we are. We offer HVAC products that help to keep your home or business more comfortable and safer. Indoor air quality (IAQ) products are products that can be added to most HVAC systems. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

iWave is an air purifying device that installs in any duct air conditioning system. When air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air, creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful by products.

When the ions come in contact with viruses, bacteria or mold, they remove the hydrogen molecules – without them, the pathogens have no source of energy and will die. The ions also attach to allergens like pollen and other particles, causing them to band together until they are large enough to be caught by your ventilation system’s air filter. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons.

Contact us today to set up an appointment to have one installed in your house or business.

Source: https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

*Disclaimer- At this time COVID-19 virus has not been made available for testing. However, the iWave family of products have been proven through independent lab testing to significantly reduce a wide variety of pathogens and viruses similar to coronavirus in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.

Source: https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

iWave-R

Typically used in residential HVAC systems, the iWave-R is the world’s first self-cleaning, no maintenance needlepoint bi-polar ionization generator designed specifically for treating air in residential duct A/C systems. As the air flows past the iWave-R, positive and negative ions actively purify the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.

iWave-R treats the air in any brand of residential duct air conditioning systems up to 6 tons (2400 CFM) in size with no maintenance and no replacement parts. Designed for universal mounting, the iWave-R typically installs inside or outside of duct, or it attaches magnetically near the indoor fan in the air handler. iWave-R always works at peak performance, producing over 160 million ions/cc, more than any other ionizer product on the market. Its patent-pending self-cleaning design includes a programmable cleaning cycle that can clean the emitter brushes every 1, 3, 5 or 10 days. The iWave-R is factory set to clean every third day, which is adequate for a typical installation. iWave-R does not create “black walls” as negative-only ionizer products will do.

  • Patent-pending self-cleaning design ensures ongoing peak performance
  • Needle point ionization actively treats air in the living space
  • For duct systems up to 6 tons (2400 CFM)
  • Universal voltage input – 24VAC to 240VAC!
  • Universal mounting with magnets
  • Flexible design with no replacement parts
  • Kills mold, bacteria and viruses
  • Reduces allergens, odors, smoke, static electricity and other airborne particles
  • Keeps coil cleaner
  • Programmable cleaning cycle
  • Alarm contact option for secondary notification
  • UL and cUL approved
  • Three-year warranty

At Hauck Bros., Inc., we offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These ionizers are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn more about the iWave-R.

Sources:

https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

iWave-C

iWave-C is a self-cleaning, bi-polar ionization generator for actively treating a building’s air quality that does not require replacement parts in a year or two like competing UV lights or other ionizer technologies. In addition, the iWave-C produces and maintains unparalleled ionization output and capabilities. As the air flows past the iWave-C, the device emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

Although suitable for residential applications, the original iWave-C is specially designed for light commercial systems up to 12 tons (4800 CFM) with no maintenance or replacement parts needed. iWave-C can be duct-mounted indoors or outdoors, depending on the application. iWave-C always works at peak performance, producing over 200 million ions/cc, making it superior to other market approaches. Special features include a programmable self-cleaning cycle, waterproof housing, digital display (for on-site visual monitoring) and integral alarm contact (for remote monitoring). In the event the ion emitters become damaged or wear out (after years of service), they can be replaced on the iWave-C model.

  • World’s first patent-pending self-cleaning design
  • Needle point ionization actively treats air in homes and buildings
  • Duct-mount install for systems up to 12 tons (4800 CFM)
  • Includes waterproof housing for installation indoors or outdoors
  • Universal voltage input – 24VAC, 120VAC or 240VAC
  • Kills mold, bacteria and viruses
  • Reduces allergens, odors, smoke, static electricity and other airborne particles
  • Keeps coil cleaner
  • Programmable cleaning cycle with digital display
  • Integral alarm contact for remote monitoring
  • UL and cUL approved
  • Three-year warranty

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor or to learn more about the iWave-C.

Sources:

https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

iWave-M

Ideal for Ductless HVAC systems, the iWave-M is a flexible ion-generating bar that can treat IAQ in nearly any HVAC application. The air purifier provides the highest level of ionization energy in the most compact size available in the market, producing 240 million ions/cc per linear feet. The highly versatile iWave-M is low maintenance with no replacement parts. As the air flows past the iWave-M, the device emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that purifies the air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

iWave-M’s revolutionary circuit bar with special integrated ion-generating needles fits any HVAC cooling coil up to 36″ wide. The circuit bar is chemical resistant and highly durable for long service life. Plus, it can be folded to length in the field to any size and uses hook/loop fasteners for the flexible bar and power pack for easy installation. It is perfect for ductless HVAC systems – specifically mini-splits, commercial VRF coils, PTAC systems – plus some residential and commercial duct systems, packaged systems, transport cooling coils or even in ice machines. The iWave-M is the most versatile and novel product on the market to address air quality for any HVAC system, in particular to solve mold issues common in hard-to-clean ductless systems.

    • Special ion needles routed in a flexible bar circuit
    • Compact design applicable for HVAC cooling coils up to 36″ wide
    • Can flex easily in the field to accommodate virtually any application – ideal for ductless systems
    • Chemical and temperature resistant; durable for long service life
    • No replacement parts
    • Flexible voltage input – 110VAC to 240VAC
    • Kills mold, bacteria and viruses
    • Reduces allergens, odors, smoke, static electricity and airborne particles
    • Keeps coil cleaner
    • UL and cUL approved
    • Three-year warranty

    We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor or to learn more about the iWave-M.

    Sources:

    https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

    https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

Did you know?

  • 50% of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. A study cited by Kimberly-Clark Corporation found that for every 10 workers, poor indoor air quality caused an additional 6 sick days per year.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) states poor indoor air quality can cost businesses up to $168 billion annually. Medical care and absenteeism contribute significantly to those costs.
  • Employers can increase workforce performance by roughly 10 % by implementing indoor air quality solutions – DOE.
  • By controlling contaminants such as dust mites, asthma cases can be reduced by 55 to 60% – The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

iWave Effectiveness

iWave devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

EMSL Labs, a laboratory rated as “Elite” by the Center for Disease Control, has tested the effectiveness of iWave™ products against the pathogens listed below. All testing was done in a large environmental chamber in an effort to simulate a home environment. The testing resulted in very high kill rates “in the space,” as shown below.

  • Staph – Reduced 96.24% after 30 minutes of iWave purification
  • MRSA – Reduced 96.24 after 30 minutes of iWave purification
  • E.Coli – Reduced 99.68 after 15 minutes of iWave purification
  • Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff) – Reduced 86.87 after 30 minutes of iWave purification
  • Tuberculosis (TB) – Reduced 69.01% after 60 minutes of iWave purification
  • Airborne Mold Spores – Reduced 99.5% by iWave as tested by Green Clean Air
  • Legionella Pneumophila – Reduced 99.71% from a solid surface after 30 mimutes of iWave
  • purification

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Helpful PDF:
iWave Effectiveness

Sources:
https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information
https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

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Choosing right HVAC contractor

Choosing the right HVAC contractor for your home or business

By Commercial, Residential

Answering the 5 W’s. Who, What, Where, When, Why

Why?

It’s what we love to do! We have been locally owned for over 99 years.  Hauck Bros., Inc. has built its business by offering superior HVAC service, maintenance, installation, and products. We do this with a team of highly trained and conscientious employees that are loyal to our valued customer base and are proud of the company’s rich history in this area.

Who do we serve?

We serve homes, small businesses, churches, large businesses, and other commercial and residential applications. We serve residential and commercial clients in the Miami Valley. We cover counties as far as Clark, Champaign, Greene, Montgomery, Miami, Logan, and more. View our service areas here. If you’re unsure if you’re in our service areas, contact us to find out!

What do we offer?

Professional HVAC services, more specifically, we offer maintenance, repairs, replacements, installation, indoor air quality control, residential service, commercial service, and Energy Star qualified HVAC equipment and protection plans.

What type of equipment do we offer?

Heat Pumps, Central Air Conditioners, Boilers, Duct Fee Systems, Gas Furnaces, Oil furnaces, Electric Furnaces, Thermostats, Humidifiers, Air Purification products, Air Filtration products, Storage Tank water heaters, Tankless Water heaters, Dehumidifiers, Rooftop units, packaged units, and more!

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Where do we provide service?

We serve most clients at their home or business.  We also serve clients at our office, on the phone, social media, and on our website.

When?

We are here for you at any time, any day. Our normal business hours are Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:00pm. However, you can call our normal phone number, 937-325-0636, after hours and we always have a qualified service technician on call to be ready to handle any issues when needed.

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During the Summer in the Miami Valley, air conditioners get used a lot. According to U.S. Climate Data, from May 29th to Sept 18th, our average high is over 75°F. That’s 113 straight potential days of Air Conditioning use.  Then of course, there is the summer high humidity. Humidity levels of 60% or higher can lead to adverse health effects – Bacteria, Viruses, Mold, Fungi, Mites, Asthma, and Allergic Rhinitis all thrive in higher humidity. Central air conditioning systems not only take takes away the heat from inside the house, but removes the humidity as well in the heat transfer process. With proper Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products, Air Filtration, Ultraviolet Lights, Ionizers, and Dehumidifiers, all of these health issues can be addressed as part of your HVAC system.

How it Works

The basic concept of central air conditioning is pretty simple, remove heat and moisture from the interior of an occupied space to improve the comfort level of the occupants. When the thermostat registers that it needs to turn the air conditioning on to maintain the set temperature, the system is turned on or charged. The blower on the furnace turns on and moves air through the duct system and through the filter. This air is blown across the indoor evaporator coil which uses refrigerant to remove heat and humidity. That heat is transferred outside by the lineset and outdoor compressor. A fan on the outdoor unit pulls air over the condenser coils which releases the heat into the outdoor air. The cooled refrigerant then moves back through the lineset to repeat the process until the thermostat temperature is met.

Types

Single Stage
A single stage air conditioner turns on when indoor temperatures exceed the temperature setting on your thermostat. Once the temperature set on the thermostat is reached it turns off again. Single stage air conditioners always operate at 100% capacity.

Two Stage
More efficient than single stage units, two stage air conditioners vary their output between two levels: high and low. Ideally, the low stage would satisfy the thermostat most of the time. When necessary, the high stage would turn on. This helps eliminate temperature swings and helps to dehumidify the air, making you feel more comfortable for longer periods of time.

Variable Speed
Variable speed air conditioners precisely control the airflow throughout your home in order to maintain the highest level of comfort. This allows the air conditioner to run continuously, while consuming far less electricity than a single stage air conditioner. The constant airflow has some key benefits: maximum air filtration, dehumidification, minimum cold spots and quieter operation.

Comfort

Air conditioners play a big role in keeping homes and businesses comfortable during hot days. Being able to lower the temperature inside allows for people to stay cool and comfortable.
The temperature that feels comfortable may be different for everyone. With a variable speed air conditioner, having the air move constantly allows for better dehumidification, better filtration, and lessening of hot and cold spots.  Even with the two speed air conditioner, having the low speed on the majority of the time makes the air feel more comfortable.

Energy Efficiency

If you’re looking at replacing your air conditioner, high efficiency systems can help lower utility bills, be environmentally friendly and maintain your comfort level.  There are also rebates and incentives from some manufacturers and utility companies for higher efficiency air conditioners.

EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio)
EER is calculated by dividing the input electrical power (measured in watts) by the amount of cooling created (measured in British Thermal Units or BTU’s) under a single set of conditions.

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating)
SEER is a ratio of the amount of cooling produced (BTU) divided by the amount of electricity (watts) used.  The difference between SEER and EER is that SEER accounts for changes in outside temperature instead of just one temperature. EER should be used as a comparison when the outside temperature is consistently over 95 degrees F.
The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s efficiency could be. Generally, most single stage air conditioners rate from 13 to 19 SEER. Two Stage units rate from 17 to 21. Variable speed units rate from 19 to 26. Comparing against a 10 SEER air conditioner over 15 years*, a 13 SEER could save $1,125, a 16 SEER could save $1,830, a 20 SEER could save $2,430, and a 25 SEER could save $2,835.
*based on 2016 US National Average

Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. By choosing ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment and taking steps to optimize its performance, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy and cost. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect our climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases. Air Conditioner split systems and packaged units over 15 SEER qualify for ENERGY STAR.

DIY

Just like your car, your air conditioner needs maintenance at least once a year to keep operating as efficiently as possible to provide the comfort you and your family deserve.  Things you can do yourself include:

  • Replace or clean your air filters regularly – this lowers your unit’s energy consumption by at least 5%.
  • Clean the evaporator coil as needed, typically once a year.
  • If any coil fins are bent, you can straighten them with a “fin comb.”
  • Clean debris from the fan, compressor and condenser of your split system.
  • Prevent drain clogs in your unit by passing a stiff wire through the channels once in a while.
  • Inspect the window seals around your window unit to make sure air is not escaping.
  • Be sure your thermostat is set properly.
  • Make sure the drain isn’t clogged and that the filter isn’t dirty.

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