Give Air Conditioners a Break
Dehumidifiers and ductless air conditioners share the load
Summer brings heat and humidity, easily overtaxing your cooling system. Luckily, HVAC contractors like Cincinnati’s Apollo Home are ready to help homeowners with their air conditioners and apply solutions.
To prevent air conditioners from excess wear and tear, try a dehumidifier, a ceiling fan, or ductless air conditioners.
Dehumidifiers Remove the Feeling of Heat
While a high temperature makes you feel hot, the sense of real discomfort is the humidity. When people describe the air as “muggy,” it’s because the moisture saturation in the air is above normal.
Cincinnati is situated on the river, adding to the relative humidity in the air. To combat this in your home, install a dehumidifier. Air conditioners remove some moisture from the air during the cooling process. Dehumidifiers remove even more, so your AC unit doesn’t have to work as hard.
Ideally, indoor humidity levels measure between 30 – 50 percent. Above 55 – 60 percent, and your home is vulnerable to mold and mildew. Dust mites also multiply at a higher humidity level. All of these trigger allergies and aggravate respiratory conditions.
Install a dehumidifier and control the level of humidity in your home.
Ceiling Fans Keep Air Moving
Ceiling fans can’t “condition” the air, of course. They make you feel “cooler” by providing a bit of a wind chill. Also, they pull warm air up toward the ceiling, if set correctly. Reverse the direction in the winter to “push” the rising warm air back down to the living space.
According to Energystar.gov, Energy Star-rated fans are 40 percent more efficient than traditional fan/light units. They can lower the feel of a room’s temperature by eight degrees. This allows you raise the thermostat. When air conditioners run less, utility bills go down.
Ductless Air Conditioners Save the Day
These quiet and efficient cooling units are all over European and Asian homes. A serious upgrade from the noisy window units, ductless air conditioners mount on the wall or near the ceiling. Use a remote control for convenience. Installation is quick, easy, and secure. It only requires a three-inch hole to connect the refrigerant lines between the inside and outside units.
Talk to Apollo Home for a free estimate and to determine which model makes the most economical sense for your family’s use.
Invest in a Maintenance Plan for Convenience and Reliability
The best way to extend the life of air conditioners is to care for them with a preventative maintenance plan, like the Apollo Care Plan. The Plan is specially designed to preserve your home’s systems and to reduce quality time lost to inconvenient repairs.
Call the Cincinnati heating and air leader – Apollo Home. We’re eager to share our expertise about air conditioners and the benefits of our Apollo Care Plan with you.
Our friendly NATE-certified technicians are licensed, insured, and background-checked for your peace of mind. They receive ongoing training to repair any brand. They are glad to answer any questions about the service process and how to care for your equipment. Follow us on social media and call Apollo Home today!
"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."
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"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."
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