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Is Your HVAC System Making a Strange Noise?

Normally, a properly functioning air conditioner makes occasional pops, hisses, rattles, and a quiet hum that shouldn't be a cause for concern. However, if you notice loud humming or buzzing noises, your unit may be malfunctioning. Although our office is in Fort Wayne, we proudly service all of New Haven, Indiana, and beyond! Call us today to find out if you live in our service area.

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How Can Air Conditioning Affect Your Skin?

As you enjoy the welcomed relief that air conditioning provides from the sweltering outdoor conditions, don't forget to take the necessary precautions to diminish its drying effects. Here are some of the side-effects that Air Condition can have on your skin:

  • Dry Skin
  • Reduced Oil Production
  • Skin Disorders
  • Prematurely Aging Skin

Many home HVAC systems include built-in humidification. If yours doesn't, not to worry! The technicians at Hartman Brothers can visit your home and give you options to upgrade your home's HVAC equipment so that the proper humidity levels are maintained.

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Is Painting Your Air Conditioner Bad for It?

Painting your air conditioner may improve its aesthetic appeal, but it could cause other issues if it’s not done carefully. Basic surface prep, followed by a couple of coats of spray paint may restore a pleasing appearance to an aging unit. However, it’s important to realize that painting your air conditioner won’t turn back the hands of time when it comes to the system’s cooling performance, efficiency or reliability.

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What is the Difference Between Floor vs Ceiling Heat Ducts?
  • Floor Ducts for Heating
    • According to the natural laws of convection, heated air entering through floor ducts rises. This disperses warmth evenly throughout the room from floor to ceiling. Heat entering through ceiling ducts, however, naturally tends to accumulate at the ceiling, warming the room from top to bottom more slowly than floor ducts. In climates where heating is the predominant HVAC function, floor ducts are usually preferable.
  • Ceiling Ducts for Cooling
    • The physics reverse when it comes to air conditioning. Because cool air naturally sinks, ceiling ducts are preferable where air conditioning takes precedence. Cool air entering through ceiling ducts quickly descends to the lower portion of the room where people are located. Comfort control is more immediate and continuous. Cool air supplied through floor ducts, conversely, tends to settle near the floor until airflow volume fills the entirely space sufficiently to lower the temperature.
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How to Make a HVAC System Scented

Have you ever wanted to quickly add a fresh sent to your home without having to add air freshener to each room? Here is how to make a scented air filter for your HVAC System:

  1. Get a new filter — You're unlikely to smell the essential oil perfectly if you add it to a used, clogged filter. For that reason, start by purchasing a new furnace filter.
  2. Pick your scent — The best thing about making your own scented filter is you can choose whichever scent you want. You can play it safe by selecting a universally acclaimed scent like citrus or go bold by mixing oils, such as eucalyptus and peppermint or lavender and lemon, to create your own scent. If you're combining two oils, place a drop of each one on a paper towel. Let them mix for a few minutes before testing out the mixture. If it appeals to you, you can move to the next step.
  3. Place the chosen scent on the filter — Once you've selected the scent you want for your home, it's time to put it on your filter. Apply 15 to 20 drops of the essential oils to the filter. Make sure you spread the drops out over the entire filter's surface.
  4. Install the filter — Finally, install the scented new filter and start your furnace.
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"Had our a/c quit functioning over the weekend. Called first thing Monday and they were able to get someone out in the morning and had us back up and running before we knew it!! Great service experience from initial phone call to completion of the job couldnt be happier!!"

Bud Brewer
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"Great pleasant staff from the initial phone call to the service tech! Friendly, knowledgeable, and conscientious."

Kimberly B.
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"We didn't have to wait long for them to respond to our call. They fixed the problem, explained to us what happened, and explained to us what to do if the issue should occur again. Also, they have great customer service. We will definitely use them in the future if needed."

John Kravec
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"Extremely pleased with their work! When I say I'm a picky customer, I really mean it (I'm a Training Manager for an HVAC manufacturer). These guys showed up precisely on time, were extremely courteous and professional, and did an outstanding job on my system. They were very careful moving the equipment to my mechanical room (not an easy task), did a very neat job on the install, and cleaned up so that everything was spotless when they left. I even gave them an opportunity to do a "shortcut" on my install, but they refused and said "that's not the way we do it." It was easy to tell that these techs took PRIDE in the work they were doing. I can't even begin to tell you how much I would recommend this small business from New Haven, IN to do any HVAC work. If you want a courteous, professional install at a reasonable price, call Hartman Bros!"

Jay Hammond
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"The technician was knowledgeable and upon request he was nice enough to educate me on the system and it's safety features as he completed his diagnostic and service."

Daniel Burke
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"Hartman Brother Heating & Air is the BEST!!!! When I have an issue they immediately come to help! There employees are very friendly, kind and courtious of your home. They are well trained and have the knowledge to fix the problems in a timely manner! Way to go Hartman Brothers!!!"

Julie Chesney
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"Came home from work to find that my furnace wasn't working. Since the temperatures were extremely mild for November, I just left a message for them to call me the next day. Received a call by 7:25 am and told that the repair man would be there in approximately a half hour. He was at my house by 8:30 and he had it back running within 45 minutes. He went the extra step and made sure that there was no other possible issues before he left. I'd recommend Hartman Brothers Heating to anyone, they are courteous, reliable, knowledgeable and won't gouge you like some companies."

Renee Collins
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"They always let me know when they are on the way and were on time - actually early! Always friendly and professional."

Joan G.
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