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Cleaning Your AC Vents

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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Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Spring HVAC Checklist

By Air Conditioning, Heating, Home Automation, Indoor Air Quality, Maintenance, Residential, Thermostats

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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Ductless

By Commercial, Duct Free Systems, Indoor Air Quality, Residential

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. 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.

Helpful PDFs:

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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ionizers

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
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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.

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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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Air Conditioning – How does it work?

By Air Conditioning, Commercial, Cooling, Residential

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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Air Filtration

By Indoor Air Quality, Residential

Many people overlook the importance of air filtration when considering indoor air quality (IAQ). A proper HVAC system should have a filter as part of the system.  The air filters job in the HVAC system is to keep the units clean and help to avoid breakdowns caused by dirt and debris.  Without a filter, the HVAC system may have problems draining water away as dirt gets trapped in the drain. There may be indoor coil issues that arise as unfiltered air blows across the wet coils and dirt and debris get stuck in the condensate and stick to the coil. The same problem applies to ductwork as the dirty air travels past the unit and into the ductwork. The dirty air catches in the ductwork and can cause improper airflow. In each case, water can be trapped and this in turn might allow mold and other allergens to grow and flourish.  Even the most basic filter is better than no filter, not only your HVAC system but for your family in residential settings and employees in commercial settings. In 2018, Miami Valley residents used their heating and cooling systems a lot. In fact, according to Wunderground, we had 178 days with temperature highs below 60° and 108 days with temperature highs over 80° F. Meaning, most people used their HVAC systems over 75% of the year! That is a lot of time your filter is being used.

How it Works

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describes indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental health risks. For people with allergies, scientific studies have shown that air filtration reduces these airborne allergens and may provide some relief.

The World Health Organization has provided recommended standards covering three ranges of particle sizes, specifying guidelines for acceptable particulate matter concentrations. The human eye can only see particles as small as 25 to 60 microns – or the diameter of a human hair – but the particles that are most dangerous to human health are significantly smaller and invisible to the human eye (PM 2.5 and PM 1).

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating is determined by measuring particle counts upstream and downstream of the air-cleaning device being tested, the more particles removed by the filter, the higher the MERV rating. There are 12 particle sizes being tested. Dust spot efficiency is used to show how effective is at filtering smaller particle atmospheric dust from the air. Arrestance is the ability to filter to remove larger particles of dust. A High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can accomplish over 99.97% arrestance of these finer air particles.

CAUTION: As the MERV rating goes up it can affect the performance of your HVAC system. Adding a 15MERV filter to a system that was designed for 4 MERV increases resistance. The blower in the furnace or air handler is rated for a certain amount of pressure drop and increasing resistance increases the pressure drop which may cause reduced airflow throughout the system leading to reduced filtration, reduced comfort, the air conditioning coil to freeze up, and even the furnace heat exchanger to crack. Make sure your system is able to accept a higher MERV rated filter before installing. When considering replacing a HVAC system or just the filtration make sure a professional considers and verifies the system operation is correct.

Types


1-4 MERV

Setting for use: Standard Residential and  Standard Light Commercial

Effectiveness: Use for up to 80% of larger particles and under 20% of smaller particles filtered

Examples of particles filtered effectively: Sanding dust, spray paint dust, and carpet fibers

Common filter types in this range: flat-panel fiberglass and washable/reusable


5-7 MERV

Setting For Use: Good Residential, Better Light Commercial, Industrial Workplaces

Effectiveness: Up to 90% of larger particles and up to 30% of smaller particles filtered.

Examples of particles filtered effectively:  Pollen, pet dander, and hair spray

Common filter types in this range: 1-2” cotton pleated and flat-panel fiberglass


8-12 MERV

Setting for Use: Superior Residential, Good Light Commercial, Commercial, Good Industrial Workplaces

Effectiveness: Up to 95% of larger particles and up to 75% of smaller particles filtered

Examples of particles filtered effectively: Welding fumes, auto emissions, milled flour, lead dust, pollen, household dust, lint, mold spores, Legionella, and dust mites

Common filter types in this range: 1-2” cotton pleated, media panel filter, and extended surface deep pleated


13-16 MERV

Setting for Use: Hospitals and Health Care Facilities, Superior Residential, Superior Commercial, Superior Industrial Workplaces

Effectiveness: Greater than 95% of larger particles and greater than 98% of smaller particles filtered.

Examples of particles filtered effectively: Tobacco smoke, general smoke, all bacteria, Droplet Nuclei (sneeze), cooking oil, smog, virus carriers.

Common filter types in this range: Media panel filter, extended surface deep pleated


17-20 MERV

Setting for Use: Specific Commercial Applications; Cleanrooms, Radioactive Materials, Pharmaceuticals, Carcinogenetic Materials

Effectiveness: 100% of larger particles and 99.97% or greater of smaller particles filtered.

Examples of particles filtered effectively:  All combustion smoke, carbon dust, viruses

Common filter types in this range: Fiberglass and nonwoven fabric material

View MERV Rating Chart

Comfort

When it comes to comfort and air filtration, a proper analysis by an advisor needs to be made. Many factors come into play such as: what type of building is it, does anyone have any allergies, does anyone have a weak immune system, and can the MERV be increased without compromising the airflow?   Other factors that play a role in comfort are cost of installation and the cost of replacement filters.

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.

DIY

Using an air filter is just one step toward improving the overall quality of indoor treated air. Here are some other things you can do to help IAQ:

  • Do not smoke in the building
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to reduce dust, dander, and other allergens
  • Keep humidity in your home below 50% year round
  • If you have a pet, groom the pet outside the home to reduce the amount of pet dander in the air.
  • If you have tiled floors or walls, make sure to they are kept clean to reduce the potential for mold growth.
  • Check and/or change your filter regularly, check at least once a month, if you have pets, once every two weeks.
  • Use Zero and Low VOC paint indoors
  • Spray paint in garage or outdoors
  • Plants, natural air purifiers, but beware if you suffer from allergies, they may hurt more than help.
  • Candles, limit use or use beeswax candles, which let off less smoke.
  • Professional carpet cleaning, they can treat for pets and allergens in the carpet as well.
  • Make sure to turn on the exhaust when you are cooking, this can greatly reduce oil and smoke.

Service

Make sure to check and/or change the filter regularly, with pets every two weeks, no pets, check once am month

At Hauck Bros., Inc., our Gold and Platinum Home Comfort Protection Plans come with Media Filter replacement included in the plan at the time of the maintenance inspection. Media Filter Replacement can also be added to the Silver plan for as low as $7 per month.

Accessories

Thermostat, Some models have maintenance features that will remind you to check/replace the filter

Ionizer, uses high voltage to ionize (electrically charge) air molecules. Negative ions, or anions, are particles with one or more extra electron, conferring a net negative charge to the particle. Effective against other particles normally reserved for a higher MERV count. Examples, viruses, bacteria, mod spores, and smoke.

Ultraviolet (UV) Light, designed to help eliminate mold, bacteria, viruses, and other allergens that can be circulated in the air.

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Home Comfort Protection Plans

By Residential

In the Greater Springfield and the Miami Valley, one of the most important steps home and business owners take is to make sure their HVAC equipment are properly maintained. Proper maintenance involves making sure your system is efficient and helps to prevent failure that may cause unwanted and unexpected costs. The best time to check the cooling system is in the spring and the best time to check the heating system is in the fall.  It is important that these systems support a comfortable and healthy indoor environment and that each unit operate as efficiently as possible throughout its lifecycle. Regular annual maintenance also promotes higher equipment longevity, lower utility costs, guarding against unexpected failures, and in some cases, keeps the manufacturer warranty valid. At Hauck Bros. Inc. we feature three levels of Residential Home Comfort Protection Plans; Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Some benefits of all these residential programs are pre-season maintenance scheduling, 2-3 years parts and labor warranty, 24 Hour priority status for repairs, and a minimum 15% discount on repair parts. To learn more about these residential plans and their benefits visit our Service Plan page. We also offer a custom quoted commercial preventive maintenance plan tailored to your business needs.

How it Works

Depending on your HVAC equipment a preventative maintenance check for heating and cooling equipment should include (if applicable) 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, checking the flame sensor, testing safety controls, checking the compressor, testing temperature drop, inspecting for refrigerant leaks, checking the condenser fan motor and more. See the full list for each type of equipment at out Service Plan page. Our Gold and Platinum plans meet Energy Star recommendations. Our Platinum Plan meets the ACCA National Standard Task list qualification as  well.

Types

  • Residential

    • Silver, Starting at $21 per month and covering 2 units, typically one heating and one cooling, this plan offers an annual maintenance check on each unit, a 2 year parts and warranty, no service charge, 24 priority status for repairs, pre-season scheduling, and a minimum 15% discount on repair parts.
    • Gold, Starting at $32.50 per month and covering two units, this protection plan offers an annual maintenance check on each unit, a 3 year parts and labor warranty, no service charge, same day priority status for repairs, pre-season scheduling, a minimum 15% discount on repair parts, media filter replacement on each check, and $25 a year purchase accrual credit towards new equipment as long as you maintain the Gold Plan each year.
    • Platinum, Starting at $57.25 per month and covering two units, this protection plan offers an annual maintenance check on each unit, a 3 year parts and labor warranty, no service charge, same day priority status for repairs, pre-season scheduling, a minimum 15% discount on repair parts, media filter replacement on each check,  $50 a year purchase accrual credit towards new equipment as long as you maintain the Platinum Plan each year, 2 Year Inflation Protection, water heater maintenance, humidifier maintenance, refrigerant adjustments included, and waxing the outdoor unit.
    • Other, We also offer additional items al a carte, Generators, Hot Water Heaters, Humidifiers, Media Filters, and Gas Logs.
  • Commercial

    • Hauck Bros., Inc.  offers custom quoted commercial protection plans to cover heating, cooling, filtration, and other equipment that makes up your unique HVAC system. These maintenance checks can extend the lifespan of your commercial equipment and ensures they operate efficiently as possible all year.

See all the details of each plan at our Service Plan page.

Comfort

Regular maintenance of your HVAC equipment can play a dramatic role in how comfortable you are at home or at the office. Dirty and clogged filters can impact your airflow and reduce the amount of filtration of the air through the system.  Units with humidifiers need proper airflow to ensure the humidity level set is obtained as well. During the summer months proper airflow is necessary to remove humidity to increase comfort levels. By maintaining your HVAC system and changing filters as recommended, the indoor air quality will be better and the air flow will be improved, ensuring your as comfortable as possible. Having annual maintenance on each unit also can help reduce repair costs, extend equipment life, and lower utility costs.

DIY

  • Insulate and air seal your home properly, leaks or loss of insulation cause losses in efficiency and higher utility costs.
  • Make sure the area around your HVAC units is clear of obstructions, flammable substances, and other debris.
  • Make sure to use carbon monoxide and smoke alarms for your families and facility’s safety.
  • Clear all registers of dust and debris and make sure they are not blocked.
  • If you change your filters, make sure to check and/or change filters at least once a month.
  • If you have a humidifier, make sure to change the pad/cartridge before the heating season and check it every month when in use to ensure proper operation.
  • Visually inspect and listen to your system, check for leaks, listen for unusual noises from your HVAC equipment, these can be signs of problems.