Tips, tricks and home energy saving advice from the professionals at National Heating and Air Conditioning Company...

Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

Posted on August 22, 2017

Geothermal energy was once a rarity, but it’s growing in popularity today as more homeowners look for less traditional ways to heat and cool their homes for less. If you’re interested in trading in your furnace and air conditioner for a geothermal heat pump, first consider the advantages and disadvantages of this eco-friendly HVAC system. Advantages of Geothermal Energy Highly efficient heating and cooling: Because geothermal energy is all about moving heat rather than creating it, the equipment can operate at 300 to 500 percent efficiency. This means that for every unit of electricity a geothermal heat pump consumes, it...

Why Is Air Sealing Important?

Posted on July 31, 2017

Many homes in the Cincinnati area have air leaks from things like drafty windows or poorly-installed dryer vents. Even if they are minor, once all the small leaks are added together, it can be like leaving a large window open. These air leaks can allow conditioned air to escape and outside air to come inside, along with all the pollutants it may carry. Not only is this bad for your heating and cooling costs, but it can also affect your indoor air quality and your overall comfort. Finding Air Leaks Air leaks can be found throughout the average home, especially...

What Air Conditioner Temperature Is Best?

Posted on June 13, 2017

Cincinnati is well-known for its hot and humid summers, but a reliable air conditioning system can make those summers much more enjoyable. The average air conditioning system, however, uses a significant amount of electricity, which can be quite costly over the cooling season. By choosing a thermostat temperature that balances comfort and energy usage, you can minimize your utility costs while enjoying the cool air after a long day outside or at work. Choosing the Best Temperature for Your Air Conditioner For many people, a temperature setting from 72 to 78 degrees is optimal, but that depends on several factors,...

Are All Air Conditioner Filters the Same?

Posted on June 6, 2017

Heating and cooling systems incorporate an air filter to clean the incoming air before it is conditioned and distributed throughout the home. In many HVAC systems, the air filter has two distinct jobs. The first is to protect the HVAC system. Dust and other particles can easily cause component wear and can adhere parts like the blower fan or evaporator, reducing system efficiency. The second job to remove dust, pollen, pet dander other pollutants from the air, which improves indoor air quality and can reduce the symptoms of conditions like asthma and allergies. Some air filters are designed mainly to protect...

How Do Energy Monitoring Devices Work?

Posted on May 15, 2017

Is your energy bill sky high and you want to find out why? You can find out which appliances in your home or business are using more than their fair share of electricity with energy monitoring. Energy monitors record the electricity use in your home or building and let you see firsthand exactly how much is energy each appliance is using. Several kinds of energy monitors are on the market and they all work in slightly different ways. Two popular kinds are: Individual-device monitors: These monitors gauge the real-time electrical use of individual appliances and other electrical devices. Whole-house monitors:...

Is Air Conditioner Maintenance Necessary?

Posted on April 12, 2017

As a homeowner, it's important to perform certain routine maintenance for various systems and areas of your home. Just like you would periodically change the oil and rotate the tires of your car, there are many responsibilities that come with owning a home. There's never a shortage of things to do when it comes to home maintenance. From gutters to appliances, the list of things-to-do is always full.  Many homeowners may be tempted to skip some tasks to try and save time and/or money. But should the routine maintenance for your air conditioner be on the skip list? For homeowners, the biggest...

Why Is My House Drafty?

Posted on March 14, 2017

With Cincinnati’s sweltering summers and frigid winters, drafts don’t only make you uncomfortable inside your home. Drafts suck your energy dollars right through the cracks and crevices you didn’t even know you had. You might think old doors and windows are the culprit, but hidden problems with your insulation and ductwork are probably to blame for costly air leakage. At National Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ll identify air leaks and offer affordable solutions to keep your conditioned air where it should be—inside your home. What Is an Energy Audit? Don’t worry about the negative reaction you get when you hear...

Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

Posted on February 17, 2017

Air duct cleaning is often advertised these days—but would the service do your Cincinnati home any good? There are certainly HVAC companies that try to sell air duct cleaning services to every customer, but in some cases it’s an unnecessary add-on. The fact is that not all homes will benefit from cleaning air ducts. So how do you know if you should hire professional duct cleaners? At National Heating and Air Conditioning, we're here to help you decide if duct cleaning is right for you. How Do Air Ducts Function? Air ducts are the large conduits within walls and under floors that...

How Can I Prevent Ice Dams from Forming?

Posted on January 25, 2017

When the weather gets cold, turning up the thermostat is a natural reaction. Your HVAC system helps keep the interior of your Cincinnati home comfortable in any weather. With the interior temperature spiking upwards and the temperature outside dropping, any precipitation could spell bad news in the form of ice dams. What Are Ice Dams? When your roof is covered with snow and the roof warms up under the snow, it can cause a layer of ice to form as the snow melts and refreezes. You get a wall of ice around the edge of your roof, preventing melt-off from...

What’s the Most Cost Effective Type of Heating: Propane, Electric, or Geothermal Heat Pumps?

Posted on December 27, 2016

Heat pumps can be a great way to heat your home. There are several types available—including electric, propane, and geothermal—and it can be difficult to determine which will be the most cost-effective for your home. This overview will describe the benefits of each, helping you select the best option for your needs. At National Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer maintenance, repair, and installation services for all types of heat pumps. We have been serving the Cincinnati area since 1930! Contact our team at 513-399-5757 today to learn more about our heat pump services! Electric Heat Pumps Electric heat pumps...

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