The Importance of Professional HVAC System Installation and What to Look for in an HVAC Contractor

Your HVAC system is a major investment in your home, and you want it to last a long time. That’s why it’s important to have a professional HVAC contractor install the system for you. This is a major undertaking for even the most experienced DIY-er, and mistakes can be costly, not only in terms of dollars and cents but as well as comfort in your home. HVAC systems have a lot of intricate, interrelated components; if you screw one part up, it can result in a domino effect that impacts the entire system. There are also advanced electrical issues to deal with, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, the results could be catastrophic or even deadly. The same can be said if you try to cut costs by hiring a “jack-of-all-trades” from an online referral site.

Here are some benefits of hiring an HVAC contractor to do your install:

1. Experience and expertise.

HVAC contractors are trained in HVAC systems, understand how they work, and know how to install them. In fact, in most cases, HVAC installations and servicing are all that they do. Why trust the job to anyone else?

2. To maintain the warranty.

Most HVAC manufacturers have a clause in their contracts that the system must be installed by a professional. If you don’t heed this requirement and something goes wrong, your warranty might not cover the repair.

3. For safety purposes.

As stated, HVAC installations are complicated and involve practically all major systems of your home. HVAC technicians have the training and licenses necessary to work with electricity, gas, etc.

4. Licensed and insured.

HVAC technicians working for any reputable company will be licensed and insured. This means they meet state and local requirements to perform the job. Also, should there be any accidents, property damage, equipment failure, etc., it will all be covered by the company’s insurance, thus reducing your liability as a homeowner.

How to find a reputable HVAC contractor:

1. Reputation.

Word-of-mouth is the best source of referrals. If somebody you know and trust has had a great experience with an HVAC contractor, it’s a solid lead worth following up on. You can also look at online reviews but read them from a variety of sites to form a more well-rounded opinion. Check the Better Business Bureau as well.

2. Certification, licensure, and insurance.

A good HVAC company will require its technicians to have adequate training, experience, and licenses and certificates to perform the job.

3. Customer service.

How are you treated when you contact the company by phone or online? How quickly are you able to get an appointment for an estimate? Did the technician perform a thorough service? How were their communication skills? Develop a mental or written checklist with your customer service requirements to form accurate comparisons between companies.

4. Fair pricing.

The most expensive company might not be the best one and vice versa. When comparing prices, ask about money-back guarantees, and other financial considerations that are important to you.

5. Emergency service.

Does the company offer emergency services? Are there extra fees for after-hours or weekend service calls? You want to know that you aren’t stranded if an emergency occurs in the evening or during the weekend.

The HVAC technicians at Atlas Butler are licensed and have the training and expertise necessary to perform a professional HVAC installation while causing minimum downtime for your household. Give us a call at 614-681-2167 to schedule an appointment to discuss your HVAC system selection and installation. Our phone is answered 24/7 and there are never any after-hours or overtime fees.

2023-04-22T18:34:26-04:00April 19th, 2023|AC Installs, Home Energy Efficiency, Home Humidity, HVAC Topics|

Common Causes of AC System Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them

With summer quickly approaching, now is the time to make sure your AC can handle hot, humid Central Ohio weather. The last thing you want is to come home from work to a steamy house or to have your AC go out in the middle of a sweltering night. There are several causes of AC failure and it’s important to pay attention to your AC’s performance, so you don’t face a situation where you need emergency service during the peak of summer when HVAC technicians are swamped and possibly unable to get to you quickly.

Here are some common reasons behind AC breakdowns:

1. Air Conditioner is running but the house isn’t cool. 

This usually means that the AC filters are dirty and need changing. Another cause is that the unit is low on coolant. 

2. Freezing up. 

This is another possible result of a dirty filter. When the AC “freezes up,” a layer of frost develops on the evaporator coil. This causes the unit to run continuously until it breaks down.

3. Broken blower motor.

If you turn on your AC and nothing happens, the fan doesn’t kick on. The cause could be a tripped circuit breaker or a worn-out fan motor.

4. AC won’t shut off. 

If your AC is running continuously but not cooling your home, you might have an issue with the condenser or fan.

5. Faulty thermostat. 

Sometimes, AC malfunction isn’t the AC at all, but the thermostat. The solution is to replace the thermostat, especially with a smart thermostat, which could alert you to AC performance problems. 

If your AC isn’t cooling your home, then call Atlas Butler at 614-681-2167. Our phone is answered 24/7 by a live person and in most cases, you can get a same-day appointment. The HVAC technician will troubleshoot your system and make recommendations for repairs. For peace of mind, consider membership in Atlas Butler’s Comfort Club. For a monthly fee, we’ll cover your system’s annual safety inspection and you’ll receive discounts on parts and service. Three membership tiers are available.  

2023-04-22T17:53:24-04:00April 17th, 2023|Air Conditioner Maintenance, Home Humidity, HVAC Topics|

Time for a New HVAC System?

Upgrading Your HVAC System

With winter on the horizon, now is a good time to assess the health of your HVAC system. If your heating and air conditioning units are more than 10 years old, it’s a good idea to have them serviced and evaluated before cold and wet weather settles in. The service pros at Atlas Butler can come to your home and perform routine seasonal maintenance and give you a frank assessment of how many more years of service you can expect out of your HVAC system. In many cases, it makes more sense to just bite the bullet and replace everything, especially if you’ve been spending a lot of money on ongoing repairs. Here are three ways a new HVAC system can save you money:

  1. Efficiency. If you’ve found that your AC or furnace just isn’t performing satisfactorily, a new system would fix that. Modern HVAC systems are engineered to run more efficiently and reduce your heating and cooling costs. In some instances, you may even be eligible for a tax credit.
  2. Fewer repairs. Goes without saying. A new furnace or AC will need few to no repairs, and if it does, you’ll be covered under the warranty. Another consideration is that as an HVAC system ages, it can become increasingly difficult to find parts and you’ll pay for it.
  3. Smart thermostat. A smart thermostat can save you money and keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature. You can program the thermostat to keep your home warmer or cooler when you’re away, then adjust the temperature to your preference by the time you arrive home. By not running your HVAC at full capacity during peak usage seasons when nobody is home saves money and energy.

So, if it’s time to replace your HVAC system, call Atlas Butler at 614-681-2167. We can get you scheduled, evaluate the system, and make recommendations. Keep your new HVAC system performing at its best. When you join the Atlas Butler Comfort Club, we’ll keep your new system maintained and running for years to come. Ask your service technician and select the service level that best fits your needs and budget.

2023-05-08T03:36:56-04:00August 20th, 2022|Home Humidity, HVAC Topics, Indoor Air Quality|

Pros and Cons of Programmable Thermostats

Considering a Programmable Thermostat?

If you, like everybody else, are tired of soaring utility bills, fight back. Installing a programmable thermostat may be the solution to stay on top of your gas and electric costs. Programmable thermostats are a popular option for maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures and are relatively easy to obtain and install. The service pros at Atlas Butler can help you choose the right model and install it for you. We carry a complete line of programmable thermostats and will show you how to use one.

If this sounds good to you, here are some of the pros and cons of programmable thermostats.


Saves money on utility bills. This is the obvious reason for having a programmable thermostat in the first place — economy. You can turn the AC up (or heat down) during the day while you’re at work. Then, the thermostat will be programmed to raise or lower the temperature accordingly so it’s nice and warm (or cool) when you get home. That way, the AC or furnace isn’t running full blast all day in an empty house, thus reducing energy expenditures.

Can be adjusted from anywhere. Suppose a sudden winter storm is brewing that nobody anticipated when you’ve landed at the airport after a tropical vacation. Your thermostat isn’t programmed to start heating back up until later in the day. Don’t want to come home to a chilly house? Simple. Go into your app and adjust the temperature from your mobile device.

Maintenance reminders. Some programmable thermostats will alert you when it’s time to change furnace filters. It can also give you other maintenance reminders, so you can call Atlas Butler to schedule your seasonal HVAC tune-up.


Upfront costs. Some people find the initial outlay of $75-$200 (estimate) for a programmable thermostat to be steep. That’s understandable but realize that the unit will pay for itself over time through reduced utility bills, especially if you live in an older home.

Use by multiple residents. If you have family members who are home at all hours of the day, then a programmable thermostat may not work. People want to be comfortable while they’re at home, so there is no point in automatically adjusting the thermostat.

Hacking. Believe it or not, bad actors have found a way to infiltrate home thermostats. This is more of a possibility when the thermostat is tied into other programs, but occurs, nonetheless. Luckily, this isn’t a huge threat, but something to at least have on your radar.

If you are looking for a way to manage energy expenses during a time of rising inflation, a programmable thermostat is a good investment to keep ahead of the curve. Call Atlas Butler at 614-681-2167 to learn how a programmable thermostat would work for you. We will help you choose the right model for your family’s lifestyle to provide the best HVAC services in Central Ohio.




2023-05-08T03:34:47-04:00July 20th, 2022|Home Humidity, HVAC Topics, Indoor Air Quality|

The Role Humidity Plays in Your Home

How Humidity Affects Cooling Your Home

During summer, humidity can soar, which can lead to dangerous heat indices. While your AC is working hard to control the temperature, during days with high humidity, it’s pulling double-duty to remove moisture from the air. Some indoor humidity is beneficial. Otherwise, you’d be suffering from dry skin, breathing difficulties, as well as drying out your furniture and other household items. Signs of excessive indoor humidity include condensation on glasses of cold beverages, fogged-up windows and mirrors, and a musty odor. More common is the experience of feeling “clammy” and generally uncomfortable. Causes of a humid home are numerous, but the first step a licensed plumber at Atlas Butler will take is to examine your AC unit.

When your AC is running to cool the air in your home, it’s also removing moisture from the air. That moisture has to go somewhere and it should drain into a condenser drip pan. In an underperforming air conditioner, when the fan shuts off, the moisture has nowhere to go but back into the air inside your home. So not only do you feel physically uncomfortable, but another pain point is high energy bills. Also, an AC system that is too small for your home or not pulling moisture out of the air can result in more frequent service calls, which can add up moneywise.

The service pros at Atlas Butler can figure out why your home feels humid. It could be as simple as needed to change filters more often or as costly as needing a new condenser or bigger AC unit. We can help you figure out what works best for your home and comfort levels. Give us a call at 614-681-2167; our phones are answered 24/7/365 by a live person. Ensure year-round comfort. Ask about Atlas Butler’s Comfort Club, featuring different levels of membership, which include annual maintenance and discounts on parts and repairs.

2023-05-08T04:00:42-04:00June 18th, 2022|Home Humidity, HVAC Topics, Indoor Air Quality|

Important Alert: 5.6 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled

If you own a dehumidifier purchased between January 2005 and August 2013, it may be subject to a safety recall. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 5.6 million dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree® and Midea® and sold under many popular retail brands.

Gree-manufactured units have reportedly caught fire, causing a reported $19 million in damage, and Midea-manufactured units have caused a reported $4.8 million in damage.

If you purchased a dehumidifier between January 2005 and August 2013, follow these steps immediately:

1. Locate the model number.

The model number is typically found on the front, side, or back of the unit on a nameplate sticker.

2. Check if your model is affected by visiting each manufacturer’s website or by calling them. It is important to check each website or call each number.

Click here to check the Gree website.
Or call 1-866-853-2802 from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Click here to check the Midea website.
Or call 1-800-600-3055 from 8am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

Click here to check the Midea—GE and Professional Series brands website.
Or call 1-800-638-2772 from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

3. If your unit is on any recall list, unplug it immediately.

Call the manufacturer using the phone numbers above for further safety instructions and to determine if you’re eligible for a refund.

The list below contains affected brands. Please visit the manufacturers’ websites for up-to-date information.

Gree Recall Brands:


Midea Recall Brands:

Arctic King
Comfort Star
Continental Electric
Danby Designer
Forest Air
Ideal Air
Ocean Breeze
Perfect Aire
Perfect Home
Polar Wind
Professional Series
Royal Sovereign
Touch Point

Right now Atlas Butler is offering $100 on your purchase of an Aprilaire Humidfier and installation. Click here for special offer.

2021-12-09T11:53:49-05:00May 11th, 2017|Community, Home Humidity|
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