Whether you’re renovating, discovering long-term issues or are new to home ownership, you may confront these four common HVAC problems. In this blog, we’ll review issues homeowners face with the comfort and energy efficiency of heating and air including zone control, uneven temperatures and more.
We’ll also share how ductless mini splits work and why they provide solutions to these common HVAC problems for Cincinnati and N. Kentucky residents.
Common HVAC Problems: Uneven Temperatures in the House
One of the most common HVAC problems we find is uneven temperatures in a home. This means it’s hot upstairs and comfortable downstairs. Other times it’s different temperatures within the same floor of the home.
Some homes have a south-facing kitchen or sunroom with a lot of direct sunlight. Different seasons also present different common HVAC problems.
The sunroom, for example, might be pleasant during the spring and fall but too hot during the summer or too chilly during the winter. Spoiler – ductless mini splits often solve this problem.
Common HVAC Problems: Older Homes and Poor or No Insulation
Another one of the common HVAC problems we see is inefficient or uncomfortable heating and air in older homes. This is also true for newer homes with poor insulation.
Older homes were simply built with far fewer energy-efficient building codes than those today. Even those ten or fifteen years old were built with different requirements. In some cases, blown-in insulation settles over the years.
This reduces energy efficiency and some rooms feel cooler or warmer than others. Spoiler – ductless mini splits solve this problem too.
Common HVAC Problems: Zone Control and Air Quality
Homeowners find zone control attractive for many reasons.
1. Empty Nesters
Sometimes, a couple in a large house find they prefer to run the central heating and air warmer in the summer and lower in the winter to save utility expenses.
Ductless mini splits installed in the two or three rooms where they spend the most time increase the comfort when they’re home and actively using those rooms. This is better than shutting off certain rooms or vents. Doing so disrupts the pressure balance and stresses your equipment.
2. Different Climate Preferences
Also, one member of the household may prefer the temperature to be noticeably different than another. Ductless heating and cooling allow for this zone control.
3. Allergen and Asthma Triggers
Air quality is a big concern for people who live with allergies, asthma, COPD and certain cardiac conditions. Typical central air systems circulate air through a series of ductwork along with dust, dander, pollen and other allergens sucked into the HVAC system.
A ductless system is contained to one room. This means allergens, including odors, are contained and do not circulate through the home via central ductwork. Room-specific air conditioning also controls humidity better.
Check and change the filter regularly and you’ll enjoy superior indoor air quality. Spoiler – ductless mini splits solve all of these common HVAC problems.
Common HVAC Problems: Tricky Home Renovations and Additions
If you plan to renovate or add onto your home, common HVAC problems arise, such as how to connect the space to the existing ductwork or if the current system has the capacity to heat and cool the new space well.
If you decide to finish the garage, an attic apartment, turn a deck into an enclosed sunroom, or if you have an older home with a complex HVAC system or architecture, a ductless mini split is usually the answer.
Spoiler – a ductless mini system eliminates complicated ductwork and capacity issues.
The Basics – How a Ductless Mini Split Works
A ductless mini split can be either a heat pump or an air conditioner. Ductless heat pumps both heat and cool. Ductless AC units just cool. They consist of an indoor air handler and an outdoor AC compressor unit.
The indoor air handler mounts on the ceiling or on the wall and connects to the outdoor unit through a small three-inch hole in the wall. This alone places it miles ahead of the security concerns with the old-fashioned window units.
Ductless systems are quiet, many are ENERGY STAR-certified for energy efficiency and users control them with a remote. They don’t connect to ductwork, so they are independent of the central air system and fit in places where ductwork installation might be costly.
Ductless systems require maintenance, just like a central air conditioner or heat pump. In between tune ups, check and change the air filter as needed.
Prevent Common HVAC Problems with the Apollo Care Plan
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky homeowners find the Apollo Care Plan is a great investment. It includes seasonal tune ups of your heating and air equipment as well as annual evaluations of your plumbing and electrical systems.
This annual evaluation is a great opportunity to ask questions and to check your home mechanicals and systems to ensure they are in good shape. Prevention, after all, is the best cure. Care Plan members also receive perks like priority scheduling, discounts and a VIP phone number.
In Conclusion: Common HVAC Problems are No Match for Apollo Home
Since 1910 Cincinnati homeowners have looked to Apollo Home for home comfort needs. Whether it’s heating, air conditioning, electrical or plumbing services, Apollo Home strives to improve and maintain the health of your whole home.
Apollo Home has received awards such as “Best in Cincinnati” for Home Services, Contractors of the Year from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Angie’s List Super Service Award, and an A+ Accredited Business rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Contact us today for help with your common HVAC problems. We’re happy to provide free estimates, second opinions and more.
Our team serves homes in communities such as Fort Mitchell, Erlanger, Edgewood, Delhi, Crestview Hills, Covington, Blue Ash and Bridgetown.
Our NATE-certified HVAC techs also serve Crescent Springs, Dry Run, Forestville, Fort Thomas, Fort Wright, Francisville, Hyde Park, Independence and Union.
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.