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Using Air Filters for Cincinnati Air Pollution

The EPA reports that last year more than 70 million tons of pollution were emitted into the atmosphere in the United States. While we love living in the Cincinnati area, we know that a lot of that pollution is in larger cities like ours. And what’s in the air will eventually end up in your home and, if you’re not careful, your lungs. With numbers like these, the importance of IAQ is very clear: For the sake of your health, you need to make sure you’re taking care of the air in your home!

So, what role does the air filter located in your home’s HVAC system play in this? It may surprise you, but a pretty big one! Read on to find out more, and learn why air filter installation might be the right call for you.

What Does an HVAC Air Filter Do?

Air filters installed in a heating and cooling system are designed to filter out harmful particles from the air. This includes dust, pollen, mold spores, dander, smoke, and a few others. Filters are rated according to the MERV rating system, which essentially states the smallest diameter of particles the filter can trap, measured in microns.

When you have a good, clean air filter, you can expect it to trap a good percentage of the particles present in your air. This protects the HVAC system from clogging, and protects your respiratory system, too! For the best results, air filters should be changed every two months at a minimum, and in higher-pollution areas like a city, monthly is better.

There are also a lot of benefits to be had from upgrading your standard HVAC air filter to a polyester pleated air filter. These filters have a higher rating, last longer, and trap far more pollutants. We don’t typically recommend HEPA air filters for residential HVAC systems, however. These can actually over-filter to the point of restricting airflow in a standard heating and cooling system, potentially leading to overheating.

What Is an Air Cleaner?

Air filters play a big part in keeping your home air free of dust and debris. However, they can only do so much all on their own. If you’re looking to truly clean the air in your Cincinnati home, an air cleaner might be the long-term solution you’re looking for. An air cleaner is an electronic air filter that is installed directly within your HVAC duct system. From here, the electrostatic filter pulls dust and pollution from the air, attracting them and effectively trapping them.

An electronic air filter installation can provide a bunch of big benefits, including:

  • Removing up to 99.98% of particles down to 0.1 micron
  • Eliminating common home odors
  • Reducing the presence of VOCs from indoor air
  • Protecting your HVAC system from airflow restriction

Boost Indoor Air Quality with Schneller & Knochelmann in Cincinnati, Ohio

For homeowners in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, having clean air is a must. Unfortunately, modern air pollution challenges don’t always make it easy! That’s why at Schneller & Knochelmann, we’re happy to be able to provide top-class indoor air quality services to our clients. Whether you’re interested in electric air filter installation or you want to learn more about the powerful advantages of an air scrubber, we’re always glad to be of service.

Contact us online to find out more about air filter installation, or call (513) 407-4424 to talk to an IAQ contractor in Cincinnati, Ohio! 

Can I Shower During a Power Outage?

When the power kicks off in your Cincinnati home, it robs you of tons of amenities and comforts. Now you can’t cook, you can’t clean, can’t watch the television—depending on what device you use to do so you might not even be able to read. So what’s left to do? You might find yourself asking, “Can I shower during a power outage?”

Can you take a shower when the power is out? Follow along with the plumbers at Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air for the answer! Read More

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Spring sure took its sweet time getting here, but it’s finally starting to warm up (and mostly stay that way). Pretty soon it’ll be barbeques, sunshine, and pleasant evenings. But before you run off to enjoy the season there are some things you need to do—namely for your AC system. Spring in Cincinnati tends to be wonderful, but it’s also quite short. Then it’ll be summer, and you’ll need every edge you can get to beat the heat.

Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to help! Follow along with this simple spring maintenance checklist and you’ll be well on your way to an efficient and effective air conditioner this year.

Need some help getting your cooling system set up for success? Contact the certified HVAC professionals at Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air online to set an appointment!

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7 Heating Facts You Need to Know

We rely on our heating systems on a daily basis when the weather gets like it has been. But how much, would you say, do you actually know about your home heating system? If you’re like most the answer is probably not much! At Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air our team is passionate about two things: helping our clients, and teaching folks about their equipment. Well-informed homeowners tend to stay more comfortable!

That’s why today we’re going to tackle a list of home heating facts you need to know. Some are practical, some are fun, but they’re all handy.

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Why Do I Need to Flush More Than Once?

Toilets are one of those household items that really barely even register on your radar. We use them on a daily basis, but it’s typically just do your business, flush, move on. Until that flush doesn’t get the job done. Then you’re stumped and annoyed, and you might even have a mess on your hands. Want to know what’s causing the need for multiple flushes (or constant plunger reliance)? The plumbing team at Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to help.

Dealing with a problematic toilet or have a different plumbing problem entirely? Contact our plumbing repair team online today!

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How to Prep Your Home’s Plumbing System for the Holidays

It’s hard to find time to accomplish pretty much anything at all once the holidays start swinging in earnest. You’ve got family, friends, dinners, parties, travel (ugh!), and approximately 500 other things on your mind. That’s why the holidays are prime for cramming in as much crisis prevention and planning as possible! Don’t want a plumbing problem ruining your good times? Then you’ve come to the right team.

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Spooky Signs Indicating You Need a Furnace Repair

The month of October brings a whole lot of festivity and fun to our Cincinnati neighborhoods for sure. Within weeks we’ll have ghosts, ghouls, goblins—the whole gang will be back in town! But sometimes that “something wicked” we all want can be compromised by something a little less festive. With the season comes cooler days and cold nights, and your furnace might not be all that enthusiastic.

Is your furnace making some spooky sounds, or creating a bit of unplanned panic? The heating experts at Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air are here to help you out, providing our compendium of spooky furnace problems!

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Importance of End of Season AC Maintenance

We’ve still got a few warmer days ahead of us, but fairly soon your air conditioner will be taking a long, well-deserved rest. Are you planning on scheduling an end of season maintenance visit? If not you should! You stand to gain a lot of great perks by doing so, which is what we’re here to talk about today.

Set a date for your post-summer AC maintenance today by contacting the licensed specialists at Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air!

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The Dangers of Liquid Drain Cleaners

Dealing with a clog in your Cincinnati home can be extremely frustrating, and can even put a halt to your daily life. So naturally, you look to finding the fastest solution possible. Usually this means a plunger, which is fine enough. But sometimes folks start reaching for commercial drain cleaners.

And this is where we simply must object! Liquid drain cleaners are actually quite ineffective for most clogs, but beyond that they pose quite a few dangers. Read on and find out why you should leave it to more trusted methods.

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10 Common Plumbing Problems

Stressed out about a plumbing issue in your Cincinnati home, or struggling to decide whether or not it’s time to call in an expert for plumbing repairs? We totally understand! The unknown factor when it comes to plumbing contributes a lot to this. That’s why Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to detail some of the most common plumbing problems we come across!

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