Heat Pump in the Summer?

How a Heat Pump doubles as an AC

When you hear the term heat pump, you probably think of an HVAC unit used to heat your home. That’s correct, but did you know that a heat pump can also cool your home during warmer months? Heat pumps are an energy-efficient way to keep your home warm … and cool. While they run on electricity, they can significantly reduce your energy costs throughout the year. The experts at Atlas Butler can discuss the pros and cons of installing a heat pump with you and determine if one would be a good solution for your heating and cooling needs.

The premise of a heat pump is simple. There are two units; one is outside your house and the other is inside, usually in the basement. The heat pump has an evaporator and condenser coils that connect the two units. During the winter, cold air from outside is drawn through the heat pump, which warms the air and moves it throughout your home, just like a furnace. The process is reversed when it’s hot outside. Hot air passes through the coils and is cooled, which in turn, cools down your house.

Trust Atlas Butler with Your Heating & Cooling Needs

Atlas Butler installs heat pumps and you can contact us at 614-681-2167 for an estimate. Same-day appointments are available, and our customer service team is available 24/7/365. Want to take the stress out of HVAC maintenance? Ask us about the Atlas Butler Comfort Club. For an annual membership fee, you get safety inspections, tune-ups, cleanings, and discounts on repairs and parts. 

2022-04-22T15:11:42-04:00April 16th, 2022|home energy efficiency, HVAC Topics|

Uses for a Mini-Split Ductless System

Discover the Value of a Mini-Ductless System

Looking for an alternative HVAC system for your garage, sun-room or pole-barn? A mini-ductless system may be the right option for your heating and cooling needs. These compact units are ideal for regulating temperature in spaces such as an attic, basement, garage, man cave, or she-shed. They operate on the same premise as an AC or furnace as they draw air in from the outdoors and heat or cool it accordingly. The interior component of the mini-split is installed on a wall inside your home and distributes air throughout your desired space. The ‘fan’ component is installed on the outside of your home to draw the air and push it to the ductless component inside your home. 

Economics of Mini-Split Ductless Systems

Mini-splits are economical and good for the environment, as they save on energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions typically found with older HVAC systems. Unlike a central AC/Furnace that pumps the air through ducts in your home, the mini-ductless system pushes air directly into the rooms that are connected. A thermostat allows you to manage the temperature for the zones you are trying to heat or cool.

Atlas Butler Installs Mini-Split Ductless Systems

Atlas Butler can help you decide if a ductless mini-split system will accomplish the heating and cooling needs of your home. Call us at 614-681-2167 to schedule an appointment with one of our install professionals. We have proudly served Central Ohio for more than 100 years and you can trust us with your HVAC and plumbing needs. 

2022-04-22T14:50:28-04:00March 21st, 2022|HVAC Topics|

Different Types of Furnace Systems

In the winter, it’s easy to take your furnace for granted. As long as it’s keeping everybody warm and comfortable, that is. If your furnace goes out and it’s beyond repair, did you know you have options? The majority of U.S. homes employ a gas/forced air furnace, which means that natural gas heats the air, which is then “forced” through your home via the duct system. And while natural gas prices have recently risen, it is still the most economical heating fuel. 

Another heating option is an electric furnace. As the name implies, this type of furnace uses electricity to heat the air. While the units themselves are less expensive than gas furnaces, they are much more expensive to operate. But when combined with solar panels, electric furnaces can quickly recoup their operating costs. There are no associated threats of carbon monoxide and electricity is available practically everywhere.

A third option is a heat pump. These units are located outside the house and provide both heating and cooling. Simply put, they “pump” heat from one area to another by extracting heat from cold outdoor air and circulating it through your home. The system uses a refrigerant to cool hot air in the summer. The advantages to a heat pump are that they are environmentally friendly and eliminate the need for separate AC and furnace units. The drawbacks are that heat pumps can be expensive and don’t always work that well in climates with extreme temperature swings.

The team at Atlas Butler can help you choose which type of furnace or heat pump is best for your home. We have proudly served Central Ohio for more than 100 years, and you can call on us 24/7 for any heating system problem or to schedule a furnace checkup. A system review can quickly determine if your faulty furnace can be repaired or needs to be replaced. Call us today at 614-681-2167.

2022-03-21T10:16:42-04:00February 25th, 2022|HVAC Vlogs|

Common Winter Furnace Emergencies

Don’t let a furnace emergency leave you in the cold

Central Ohio is in the throes of winter right now, so the furnaces are cranked, but a winter furnace emergency can hit at the worst times. You want to make sure that your heating system is running properly and safely to get you through the cold months. Atlas Butler offers furnace safety inspections and tuneups along with maintenance services. To ensure peace of mind for you and your family, here are some common winter furnace emergencies plus some safety tips and action steps if you feel that your furnace is malfunctioning.

Carbon monoxide

Whenever you are dealing with a gas furnace, especially an older one, there is the risk of carbon monoxide leakage. That’s why it’s important to make sure your ventilation system is in good working order. That means that ductwork should be intact and not rusting and corroded. If you see water around the furnace area, that’s a tip that your furnace needs attention. Also, make sure that your home has working CO2 monitors.

Electrical issues

In addition to natural gas, your furnace is powered by electricity. Oftentimes, when you first turn your furnace on for the season, you may smell a burning odor. That’s usually dust burning off after the unit has been dormant during the spring and summer. However, if you smell a burning electrical smell while your furnace is in operation, shut the system and breaker off and call for service. If it’s an emergency situation, call 911.

Gas leaks

If you smell gas, evacuate immediately and call either 911 or the gas company. Once they have assessed the situation and determined it’s safe, then go ahead and call us. We’ll come out and figure out the problem and whether it’s in your furnace or your gas line.

Furnace isn’t running

There are a number of reasons that may cause your furnace to not kick on, but when its 5 degrees outside, none of those reasons really matter. You need prompt service from an HVAC company that will fix it right and get your home warm again. 

We Service Furnace Emergencies

Atlas Butler is available 24/7/365, including weekends and holidays and there are never any overtime or after-hours charges. We have proudly served Central Ohio for more than 100 years, and our clients can attest to our responsiveness and professionalism. Call us at 614-681-2167 to schedule an emergency furnace appointment.

2022-02-13T16:27:13-05:00January 27th, 2022|Furnace Maintenance, HVAC Topics|

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Winter is officially here in Ohio, which means your furnace is probably working hard to keep your home warm. With the costs of energy soaring nationwide, you want to take advantage of every opportunity to save money. If the air ducts in your home are dirty, the efficiency of your furnace can be reduced by as much as 20%. If you have never had your air ducts cleaned, or it’s been a while, consult with the service pros at Atlas Butler to see if now’s the time.

Your air ducts can collect dust, pollen, dirt, pet dander and more. When your furnace kicks on, all of this debris blows around the rooms of your house. This can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies and other respiratory conditions. Your furnace is forced to work harder to deliver warm air, and the result is higher heating bills.

Atlas Butler Offers Duct Cleaning

The team at Atlas Butler will vacuum your air ducts and clean other components of your furnace including the heat exchange, air blower, grills, and diffusers. You’ll be left with a clean ductwork system that allows more efficient airflow and cleaner, healthier air. Call us at 614-681-2167 to schedule a consultation. Our phones are answered by a live person 24/7. 

2022-02-13T16:26:38-05:00January 18th, 2022|duct cleaning, home energy efficiency, HVAC Topics, HVAC Vlogs|

How to Safely Supplement Your Furnace Heat

Tips for heating cold zones in your home

Winter made an early arrival in many parts of the nation, and this preview may have you thinking about how you’re going to keep your house warm when winter really sets in. Ohio winters can be unpredictable and harsh, so it’s a good idea to start planning for colder days now. If you have specific zones in your house that are cold, even when the furnace is running, you may want to look into some supplemental heating sources. The service team at Atlas Butler can help you prepare for winter by doing an inspection and tune-up of your furnace, as well as recommend supplemental heating systems.

Fireplaces

There is nothing more relaxing than a crackling fireplace in the winter. Fireplaces can help heat rooms as well as lend a cozy ambiance. Traditional wood-burning fireplaces require annual maintenance for safety and functionality, and the chimney also needs inspection and cleaning in order to avoid chimney fires. If you don’t have a fireplace in your house, there are ways you can “fake it.” Gas and electric fireplaces can also add heat without the mess and upkeep of their traditional counterparts. Wood-burning fireplaces can be converted to gas and as a plus, gas fireplaces actually add more warmth to your rooms. The downside is increased gas or electric bills, depending on which model you choose.

Space heaters

Space heaters often get a bad rap because they are one of the most prevalent causes of winter house fires. However, if you use common sense and take safety precautions, a space heater can be a satisfactory and economical source of extra heating for your home. There are various types of space heaters.

  • Convection space heaters are the most common, and they heat up and disperse air throughout the room, are fan-driven and run on electricity.
  • Radiant space heaters heat up the element itself and “radiates” heat; they are better suited for small areas. Filled space heaters run on electricity and are filled with a substance, such as oil. Once they heat up, they will warm the area for longer periods of time compared to other space heaters.

Pellet stoves

Pellet stoves are the next generation of wood-burning stoves. Depending on the size, one of these stoves can heat an entire house. They burn organic wood-based pellets that emit clean energy. Pellet stoves are often less expensive than fireplaces and are easier to install. The drawbacks are that they need ongoing maintenance, such as being filled and cleaned out on a daily basis. They also require annual servicing.

Keep Your Furnace Running Smoothly

The goal of supplemental heat sources should always be to supplement the heat that your furnace puts out – not replace it. If your furnace is not working properly, the supplemental heat will be less effective and cost you more. Atlas Butler has been proudly serving Central Ohio for decades, and we can make sure that your furnace is running properly.  Schedule an appointment to have one of our heating technicians take a look at your furnace or call us at 614-681-2167.

2022-04-27T00:57:18-04:00December 21st, 2021|Furnace Maintenance|

Running Your AC Unit

Knowing When to Run Your AC

With summer is in full throttle, hopefully, your AC is keeping your home cool and comfortable. With the high heat of July/August, you want to keep your AC running to keep your home cool and combat the heat. If you turn your AC on and off to correspond with temperatures, you may be overworking your unit on hot days to keep up. We recommend you at least keep your thermostat at a moderately high setting (around 75-80) rather than turning it off, to avoid overworking the system.  

When the temperatures start to drop, you’ll want to adjust the thermostat and eventually turn it off when temperatures consistently reach the low 60’s. Your AC unit was not designed to run in cold temperatures and running it when temperatures are below 60 may damage the compressor, which can be a costly repair. 

If your air conditioner is not keeping your house cool, you may have an issue. You don’t want to wait too long to address the problem. If your AC isn’t cooling your home properly, give the service pros at Atlas Butler a call at 614-681-2167. With our AC repair service, we’ll inspect your AC and address whatever needs to be fixed to get your home cool again. We are available 24/7.

2022-02-13T16:28:13-05:00August 15th, 2021|Air Conditioner Maintenance, HVAC Topics|

Optimize Air Flow in the Summer

Now that it’s summer, A/Cs are running full blast in most parts of the country and Central Ohio is no exception. If you want to lessen the strain on your air conditioning unit, as well as lower your utility bills, there are several steps you can take to improve the airflow inside your house. The first and easiest is to make sure the filters on your HVAC system are changed monthly. This will make a huge difference in indoor air quality. You can also take advantage of cooler mornings and evenings and open the windows and doors to let the air circulate after the house has been shut up all day. Exhaust fans, ceiling fans, and attic fans all work to circulate air through your home and remove any humidity. Also, make sure that the vents and returns are clear; remove any furniture that may be blocking air vents. If despite your best efforts, your home still feels too warm, call Atlas Butler at 614-681-2167. We can look at your AC unit to make sure it is running properly or it may be that your ducts need cleaning.

2021-12-09T11:53:28-05:00July 10th, 2021|home energy efficiency, Indoor Air Quality|

The Benefits of Having Your Ducts Cleaned

Did you know that you should have the duct work in your home cleaned every 7 years? During that time, your air ducts pick up dust, dander and particles that can cause a few issues. 

First, the air quality in your home is impacted by the build up in your ducts. Your air filter will catch some of those particles, but depending on the type of house filter you have, some of those particles may be re-entering the air in your home. Air quality is a big reason that our customers schedule to have their ducts cleaned.

Secondly, dust build up in your ducts decreases air flow to the rooms in your house. Your HVAC system, including your duct work, was designed to push the air throughout your home. A layer of dust reduces the duct capacity to hold the air, resulting in less efficient air flow and forcing your system to work harder to achieve the target temperature. 

If you haven’t had your ducts professionally cleaned recently, or if you have pets that shed, you are probably due. Atlas Butler has you covered with our whole house duct cleaning service. One of our techs will spend between 4-6 hours working our brush and vacuum equipment through the ducts in your home to clean out the debris and buildup. Schedule a duct cleaning appointment today, or call our support team at 614-681-2167

2022-02-13T16:31:26-05:00April 30th, 2021|duct cleaning, Indoor Air Quality|

Tips for Maximizing A/C Efficiency

Did you know that only 1/20” of dust on your air conditioner coils can decrease the unit’s efficiency by 15-20 percent? You can do the math and see the impact that has on our energy bills. That minute amount of dust is invisible to the naked eye, but you will definitely feel it inside your house as the temperature rises. Your AC will run and run and run, but the indoor temperature won’t budge and may even increase.

Plus, if your AC unit has to work harder than is necessary, the wear and tear on your air conditioner may wear down more quickly and require expensive repairs or even a replacement before you are ready. 

That is why it’s important to have a complete AC tune-up each spring before you turn on the unit for the next several months. The service pros at Atlas Butler will inspect your air conditioner and thoroughly clean the coils and other components to remove dust and debris that has accumulated during the winter.

Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system is a good investment in terms of comfort and cost. What you spend on the service call will pay for itself in increased efficiency and longevity of the AC unit itself, as well as maintaining a cool home during the hot Ohio summers. Schedule your spring AC tune-up today by calling Atlas Butler at 614-681-2167. You can also schedule an appointment online for faster service.

2022-02-13T16:28:57-05:00April 15th, 2021|Air Conditioner Maintenance|
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