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Schmidt Heating and Cooling has been making Greater Cincinnati comfortable in their homes since 1953. We are a family owned and operated company that treats our customer's like part of our extended family.

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  • At Schmidt Heating & Cooling we want you to "Live Comfortably"

    At Schmidt Heating & Cooling we want you to "Live Comfortably"

  • We want to save you green, while choosing green HVAC systems

    We want to save you green, while choosing green HVAC systems

Do You Want To Be More Green?

Do You Want To Be More Green?

...And save money doing it? You may want to consider installing a solar ready HVAC system. We offer new air conditioning and furnace units that are not only good for the environment by utilizing the sun's energy, but they will save you money. In fact, right now you can get 30% back from Uncle Sam on the cost of a new system.
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Are you ready for a Geothermal System?

Are you ready for a Geothermal System?

Geothermal is an excellent way to efficiently heat your home. Check out 6 benefits of installing a geothermal heating unit in your new or existing home today!
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Is it time to replace?

Is it time to replace?

At some point you have to decide, do I repair my HVAC system or do I just replace it with a new one. There may still be life in your existing system, but it may not be the most efficient.
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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer?

Sweltering temperatures are here or just around the corner, and your best defense is a central air-conditioning system. If you have one at your house, here’s what you should do to make sure it’s tuned up and ready to go.

Is your A/C ready for summer?

Before you start tinkering with your central air-conditioning system, it’s important to understand the basics of how it works. The system consists of three main parts: the condenser, the blower unit and the ductwork.

The condenser is the large outdoor unit that is probably tucked behind your garage. Its role is to manage the temperature of the refrigerant, usually Freon, which travels back and forth from the house. The condenser does this by pressurizing the Freon gas as it arrives, turning it into a high-temperature liquid. The Freon in its new state then travels back to the house and to the blower unit.

Once it enters the blower unit, the Freon is changed into a gas and becomes dramatically colder. This cold gas then gets piped through a coil in the ductwork. Air blows through the coil, which is how it cools down before it continues into the house. The blower unit is constantly pulling air from the house through return ducts, forcing it through the cooling coil and then back to the house through supply ducts. Once the Freon has done its job, it travels to the condenser, where it is pressurized back into a liquid, and the cycle starts again.

You should leave some of the more delicate parts of the system, such as the refrigerant lines, to the professionals. But there are easy things you can do to maintain the system, particularly before summer heats up.

Change the filters
These are located at the blower unit and are usually placed where the return duct meets the unit. You should check your filters once a month. A badly clogged filter slows down the airflow through the blower unit, allowing the cooling coil to ice up. This could cause your unit to shut down.

Many grades of filter are available. If you use the kind that reduces allergens, know that they’re going to clog up faster, so they should be checked more often.

Check the condensate-removal system
When warm air passes through the cooling coil, condensation occurs. Air-conditioning systems have a variety of ways of dealing with this. Depending on where your blower unit is located, this moisture may go into a gravity-fed drain, or it may go into a pan under the blower unit. If it’s in a basement, the pan may have a small pump to move the water to a drain. If the unit is in an attic, the water may just enter the pan and evaporate.

If you have a pump, test it to make sure it’s functioning properly. It likely has a float attached to it that engages the unit; move the float up and down to see if it works. If you don’t have a pump and there is no drain in the pan, check to see if there is a kill switch. This is a wired water sensor set to a certain height in the pan. If water touches it, the system shuts down. If your unit is in the attic, pay particular attention to testing the kill switch — you don’t want the pan to overflow and have water dripping on your ceiling.

Clear the debris
For the exterior condenser to work properly, it needs a nice, unobstructed flow of air around it. Make sure that there is at least 2 feet of clear space around the unit, free of shrubs, wood piles and low-hanging branches.

 

The condenser’s fan spent all of last summer sucking in air, leaves, debris and pollen. So give the unit a spring cleaning. For this, it’s best to wash it with a garden hose. If things look really gummed up you could use a chemical cleaner, but those are harsh and usually unnecessary.

Check the ductwork
First, check the registers in your house. Make sure that no rugs or furnishings obstruct the airflow. Then open them up and see if anything has gotten into the ductwork that could cause problems. If you have toddlers around, it’s anyone’s guess what’s in there.

If you find mold growing in your ducts, contact a duct-cleaning company. For a little cash, they can thoroughly clean your entire system.

Next, check the ductwork that travels through your attic or basement. All of the connections and seams should be sealed, and the ductwork should have no holes or corrosion. To cover any holes and seal the joints, use silver aluminum-foil tape, as opposed to the traditional duct tape.

If you have an attic system, pay close attention to the insulation on the supply duct — the one that brings the cool air back to your house. With no insulation, that cold metal will start to sweat in your hot attic and the condensation will drip onto your ceilings.

Is Your Furnace Ready For Winter?

Preparing your furnace for winter

Regular maintenance along with periodic checkups by a licensed heating professional are essential for continued safe and efficient operation of your furnace. But don’t wait until the first cold snap hits to make sure your furnace is ready for winter.

Here are some simple steps you can perform, plus some things you can ask your contractor to do, to make sure your natural gas furnace will keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long.

1. Clean or replace the filter.
A clogged filter restricts the flow of heated air from your furnace, causing it to work harder and deliver less heat.

2. Check the blower belt and oil the blower motor.
Loose belts can increase furnace operating time. Replace frayed or cracked belts. Two or three drops of oil in the motor will keep it running smoothly. (Sealed blower motors require no lubrication. If you have questions, check your owner’s manual or call a heating professional.)

3. Make sure blower doors are replaced properly.
This keeps combustion byproducts such as carbon monoxide separate from the warm air circulated through your home.

4. Check to see that vents in the house are unobstructed.
Air in your home needs to circulate easily through the vents. Your furnace works less when heated air is not blocked and the cooler air can circulate back freely.

5. Check to see that the exhaust flue to the outside is clear of obstructions and in good condition from the furnace to the roof cap with all connections securely fastened.
You can check it by removing the flue cap near the furnace and water heater and looking through the flue to the outside. Make sure you replace the flue cap securely. If the furnace or water heater are in an enclosed room or closet, make sure they get plenty of air. These appliances need ten cubic feet of air for one cubit foot of natural gas to operate properly. Furnace rooms or closets should have door louvers or vents or a duct directly to the outside to provide sufficient combustion air.

6. Remove all flammable objects from around your furnace and water heater.
Boxes, clothes, paints, aerosols, gasoline, motorized yard tools, and any other flammable products should not be stored near the furnace or water heater.

 

Of course, Schmidt Heating and Cooling can perform all of these tasks with a simple maintenance check up.  Don’t be stuck “out in the cold” this winter, give us a call and we will come take a look at your system.

 

Give us a call today!