How to Choose the Right Heating System

January 4, 2018

Space heating is one of the largest single components of home energy consumption in the US today. Choosing the right heating system enables you to save on energy costs and maximize your comfort. Here are some of the factors to consider while choosing the right heating system; Energy Source It is vital to consider the readily available fuel sources in your locality and their relative cost.  Choosing the right energy or fuel source is not only reliable but also cuts down your heating costs. For the residents of the greater Dayton area, our team of experts can help you determine the right energy source for your heating system. Efficiency The heating system’s efficiency should be a key consideration for any homeowner. The level of efficiency is judged by the systems ability to perform at an optimal level for longer.  The most common system efficiency ratings based on its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and Heating Season Performance Factor for electric heat pumps. The higher the rating of a system the higher its efficiency and will save you more money on heating costs. System’s cost The initial systems cost is essential, but it’s even more vital to consider the long-term costs...

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Whats the Difference Between a Boiler & a Furnace?

December 29, 2017

A lot of people use the word furnace when they are talking about a boiler, but a boiler and furnace are two different things. Both are used to heat a place, but the similarity ends there. What’s the Difference? The main difference between a furnace and a boiler is that a boiler uses hot water or steam to heat your building while a furnace uses warm air to produce heat. Boilers and furnaces also have different ways of sending heat through a house. How does a furnace work? A furnace heats up air, and then uses a blower to force the hot air through ducts. The warm air enters the home through vents or registers. It’s very common for older homes to be heated with a furnace. Older furnaces were often heated with coal and wood. Modern furnaces can run on electricity, gas, or propane. It’s also quite common for furnaces to share their ducts with air conditioners to avoid having to take up extra space. How does a boiler work? A traditional boiler heats up water that circulates around its combustion chamber. This hot water is then sent through small hot water pipes that heat baseboards, cast iron radiators, or radiant floor heating systems. The water returns back to...

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How to Bleed a Boiler

November 13, 2017

Do you randomly hear a bubbling noises when you use your central heating system kicks on? Does it feel as if you are losing heat when the boiler is hard at work? The likely issue is going to be air bubbles in your heat unit. You will need the bleed the boiler before it worsens and you require heating repair or an installation. Bleeding Because Of Bubbles Air bubbles in your heat unit are not unusual.  The air could remain from the last time you topped off your boiler. Other causes are leaks or poorly fitted ducts. Whatever the reason, your boiler needs to be bled to ensure the radiator works efficiently and prevents ducts from oxidizing. You will also notice a change of electricity bill once the unit’s maintenance comes to completion. Bleeding The Boiler If you attempt to drain the boiler on your own, you require several supplies. You need a radiator bleed-key or screwdriver, a tray to collect liquid, and a towel. You also have steps you must follow for your safety and without damaging your boiler. Set radiator to the maximum heat setting and ensure the boiler begins to circulate water. Leave the boiler at the setting for at least fifteen minutes....

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How Do Pets Affect Indoor Air Quality in Springboro?

October 26, 2017

It has been estimated that more than 70 percent of all households in the United States have a dog or a cat. While owning a pet can provide a wide range of health advantages, unfortunately, animals can also adversely have an effect on your home’s indoor air quality. A pet can introduce airborne irritants into your home and trigger allergy symptoms, even if your family isn’t allergic to your pet. Fall is the air, temperatures are changing and soon Springboro, OH AC units will be turned off and they will start preparing to turn on their furnace, both of which can be affected by pet dander. If you are a pet owner, it’s important to know that not only can your furry family member’s fur have an effect on the indoor air quality, but on the entire air conditioning and heating system, so here are a few tips on how to improve the air quality in your home. What Exactly is Pet Dander? First, it’s important to note that while pet dander and pet hair can generally create similar problems, they are not the same thing. Pet dander is microscopic flakes of skin that are produced by dogs, cats, and...

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Is Your Miami Valley Furnace High Efficiency?

September 19, 2017

Winters in Ohio can be brutal, especially on your heating bill! With a high-efficiency furnace, these costs can be alleviated significantly. But you don’t need to get a whole new unit to have an efficient furnace. Here are some ways that you can be sure your furnace is efficient: Schedule regular maintenance and tune-ups on your system. With Butler Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians are very thorough and check all aspects of your system. This includes checking for dirt and debris within your unit and the filter, inspecting for rust or corrosion on all mechanical components, and ensuring that it is working properly. We will also run tests for gas leaks and carbon monoxide. Have your home checked for leaks and drafts and have them professionally repaired. This could be letting unwanted cold air into your home and letting the warm air escape. If your unit is more than 10 years old you may want to consider an upgrade on your unit. Upgrading would allow for less expensive monthly bills and you can nix the costly repairs. We can help you find a system that suits all of your specific needs. If you are in need of furnace service...

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Keep Your Dayton Home Energy Efficient

August 16, 2017

Boosting your home’s energy efficiency overall is one of the best ways to save on cooling costs over the Ohio summer. We’re here to help you make sure that is doable, and to make sure you stay cool and comfortable in your home on the hottest summer days. Try the following:   · Having your air conditioner maintained on a regular basis. Professional maintenance will ensure the system is working at its peak performance and is as efficient as possible. For service for air conditioning Miami Valley locals trust, contact Butler Heating & AC.   · Insulate your home. Make sure your attic, walls, and floors have the recommended R-value for your area. Install low-E windows and fiberglass doors, and make sure windows have sufficient caulking around them and doors have quality weatherstripping around them for a good seal.   · Plant big, shady trees to block the sun from sides of your home that get hit with the most heat. Plant deciduous trees so that in the winter, they lose their leaves and let the sunlight through to warm your home.   · Try to avoid generating any additional heat in your home. Don’t keep all of the lights...

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Make the Smart Choice – Install a New Thermostat!

July 15, 2017

Summer is a good time to start making some changes that will increase the energy efficiency of your Ohio home. With a large portion of your energy budget going to heating and cooling, every little bit of savings helps. One of the easiest ways to do that is to install a programmable thermostat in your home. Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature according to your schedule. In this case, you can keep the house warmer during the day when you’re at work and cooler in the morning and evening when you’re home.  If you’re ready for the next step for your home, consider a smart thermostat installation. Smart thermostats are synced to an online account that allows you to access the system through a computer or your smartphone. You can still create a temperature schedule for regular everyday use, but this access allows you to make changes instantly. Say, for example, your child becomes sick at school. Before you leave the office you can override the temperature schedule ensuring the house is comfortable when you and your child arrive home. Unlike regular programmable thermostats, smart thermostats collect data on your energy use, which can help you make even more changes...

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Installing a New AC in Your Dayton Home

June 16, 2017

If you’re in need of Dayton AC Installation, Butler Heating and Air Conditioning has the solution for you! We know that it’s a big decision and a big investment to purchase a new air conditioning system. We’ll walk you through every step of the process to ensure you get the very best results. One of the first steps that should be taken when getting a new cooling system, is determining the size required. The square footage and the level of insulation and efficiency of your home will be considered. Once you know the recommended size system for your space, the next step is to start looking at units that are in your price range. Next, we need to consider the level of energy efficiency you would like to achieve with your new system. The more energy efficient it is, the more it will likely cost upfront and the more it will save you every month on cooling bills. Often, the additional upfront cost of a more efficient system is balanced out by the reduction in monthly energy costs. We at Butler Heating & AC want you to feel comfortable with the decision you make for your home, and that’s why we’ll...

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5 Summer Preparation Tips for Your Dayton AC

May 14, 2017

Summertime is near in Dayton, and the weather is set to warm up. Are you ready for those sunny days ahead of you? Your AC unit is going to be working overtime to keep you cool but it’s important that you make sure it’s running smoothly. Preparing for summer can make your air conditioning service experience much more pleasant and it’s pretty easy too. At , our top priority is your experience with your air conditioning unit and make sure you’re ready for a summer. We believe proper Miami Valley air conditioning service is key in keeping your home comfortable. Below are 5 ways you can make sure your AC works to the best of its ability this summer. The first thing you can do to make sure your AC unit is in peak condition is to replace your air filters. Over time, filters can start to collect dust and grime which will lead to decreased airflow. Regular air filter replacements are a great way to make sure your Dayton air conditioning unit lasts longer and works better. Another tip is to keep your evaporator and condenser coils clean. After a period of time, dirt can start to overrun your...

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Preparing Your Tool Box: 14 Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own

April 14, 2017

With the right set of tools, any homeowner can be ready for almost anything life throws their way. Regardless of whether or not you’re handy when it comes to building or repair, having a set of basic tools will help ensure that you’re ready for the basic upkeep that is required of every homeowner. If you’re a first time homeowner and are looking for a list of essential tools, this is a comprehensive list that will help save you time and money with basic housework and furniture assembly. Essential tools that all homeowners should have Claw Hammer – From a simple nail in the wall to hang a picture to major renovations, the claw hammer is an absolute must for all homeowners. Almost every project requires a hammer to some extent and thus no toolbox is complete without a claw hammer. Screwdriver Set – As screws come in all shapes and sizes, it helps to have a set of screwdrivers that is ready for any job. Make sure to get a set of tiny screwdrivers for devices such as remotes and smoke detectors. A set will also include your standard phillips head screwdriver as well as a flathead screwdriver so...

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