Addressing Heat Pump Problems

 

People rely on their heat pumps to be running without problems during the winter time. Even if the weather sometimes is mild during the day it can get extremely cold at night, and that is the wrong time for the heat pump to malfunction. However, there are times when heat pump service is not as good as it could be.

 

Erratic Temperature

 

The most common problem that will arise is when the thermostat is set for a given temperature and yet the house registers a few degrees cooler. While this is not a state of emergency, it is a condition of inconvenience and the heat pump may not be working efficiently. The homeowner may want to take a look at the environment surrounding the heat pump first. It may be possible that the house is poorly insulated or snow and ice is covering the outside unit. Both require very easy maintenance to correct. If after adding insulation or removing the ice there still is some difficulty with the temperature that might be the heat pump mechanism itself.

 

The Need for Professional Attention

 

Anything that involves the internal workings of a heat pump is something that may be above and beyond the capabilities of a homeowner. It is possible a new thermostat may be needed because the present one has some calibration problems. Refrigerant is a serious matter because there may be leakage and that can affect the environment. The compressor valves could be malfunctioning or compressor itself may not be running. These are all situations where an HVAC technician is the best alternative. That individual has the skill set and the tools necessary to see to it that the heat pump service is back to where it should be.

 

Maintenance of the heat pump during the winter can be easy or require experienced hands. The first thing is to always check to see whether or not it is the heat pump or something in the house such as poor insulation that is creating the chill. The inner workings of a heat pump should be something that only an HVAC technician should address. A homeowner could make a mistake in trying to fix heat pump and cause even greater problems as a consequence.

Getting Better Heat Efficiency in the Cold Months

The not so good news is that we still have a few more weeks of winter. There will still be a chance of very cold nights or when that will drive the wind chill factor down. Yet, a homeowner still can do a little energy efficient work in the house that will allow for better use of heat. The good news is this kind of maintenance isn’t all that expensive.

Do the Easy Things

Greater energy efficiency can be obtained just by changing the furnace filters. A homeowner may want to consider using a permanent filter insert disposable ones. The difference is that an electrostatic filter can trap twice as much dirt as a disposable fiberglass one. Ceiling fans can circulate warm air simply moving switched to running clockwise, and that brings the warm air down into the living space from the ceiling. Tune-ups are recommended and it is possible that the local public utility will provide a free annual checkup. There may be a few appointment openings left, and make sense just to call and find out. Window insulation as a buffer against drafts and a kit is easy to buy at the local hardware store.

Consider Some Routine Maintenance

Putting insulation in the attics encourages efficiency. The ductwork may need to be sealed and cleaned so that less energy is used to create heat. Putting in a programmable thermostat will also help maintain the right level of temperature at a reasonable cost. Some other home improvements may need the assistance of an HVAC contractor. Those who are certified through the ENERGY STAR program are proficient in improving the use of energy in the house. They can provide not just assistance but also advice on how to further economize on energy during the winter months.

Winter will soon be over and it will not be as much need for heat. Just a few tweaks can the house be a little bit more energy efficient as the colder months draw to a close. There is no need to waste a lot of energy keeping the house comfortable. Some minor adjustments can provide all the work that is necessary and conserve energy at same time.

Geothermal Heat the House

 Modern consumers are looking for a way to not only reduce the amount of carbon emissions but also to have needed energy at a reasonable price. The house still needs to be warmed and cooled properly, and simply opening or closing a window is not sufficient replacement for the old fossil burning furnace. Technology has advanced and HVAC systems can offer alternatives that use little or no carbon-based fuel. Geothermal heat pumps can provide both the heat and cool air are necessary to keep the house comfortable.

The Mechanics of Geothermal Heat Pumps

The geothermal system moves heat through liquid fill pipes buried in the ground. Below the surface the temperature of the earth is somewhere around 50°F. Geothermal heat pumps will take this heat from out of the ground through the pipes and process it either for cooling air or for heating purposes. A major benefit is that the amount of electricity needed for the geothermal heat pump to work is a fraction of what a standard heat pump would need. This type of HVAC equipment ordinarily comes with warranties of up to 10 years, and the lifespan is much more. Overall, they are considered much more energy-efficient than standard air-conditioners or gas furnaces.

Something to Keep In Mind

Geothermal heat pumps will ultimately pay for themselves and more, but the installment will require hundreds of feet of piping to be buried deep in the soil. Soil conditions will influence the overall cost of installation, and small lots will require drilling hundreds of feet straight down to reach the heat source. The cost overall is fairly high, and a homeowner should expect to pay as much as $20,000 or more for geothermal heat pump. All this understood these heat pumps will pay for themselves over period of time, substantially reduce utility bills, and the carbon emission created by geothermal heat pumps is almost nil. This is definitely an option for those people who have a great concern about carbon emission and are willing to pay for installation.

Dangers of Winter Carbon Monoxide

 

 

Winter is the season when families close the windows to shut out the cold drafts and stay inside to take advantage of the warmth coming from the furnace. There is no problem for this in ordinary circumstances but a defective furnace is a source of very serious health hazards. The worst is carbon monoxide. This is a gas that has no odor but it is poisonous. The possibility of carbon monoxide leaking from the furnace is a reason why a homeowner should take precautions during the winter.

Furnace service can be as simple as having a common monoxide alarm installed. It must be remembered these are not smoke detectors, and will only activate when carbon monoxide is noticed. If there is evidence of carbon monoxide the heat exchanger in the furnace needs to be replaced. Heat exchangers over period of time can develop cracks and that allows the gas to escape. Replacing the heat exchanger, by the way, is the kind of repair work that an HVAC professional ought to be doing. This is not a do-it-yourself project at all because of the danger of the gas that’s involved. It is also possible that the heating system of the house is not venting the flue gases out of the home properly. Again, an HVAC professional needs to inspect to see where any gas leakage is happening.

If a carbon monoxide alarm has not been installed, evidence of carbon monoxide can be symptoms of ill health the residents of the house may have. This can include nausea and drowsiness for which there is no explanation. If these symptoms become apparent it is time to the contact an HVAC technician to inspect the furnace. Winter is a time when people are indoors and the furnace is working at maximum capacity. Some safety precautions to guard against carbon monoxide gas can prevent serious and tragedy from happening during what should be a holiday season.

Fall Maintenance of HVAC Systems

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Autumn checkups keep the system in top shape

Autumn is here and there still is time to make sure the furnace and the other heating appliances in the house are in proper shape. It may seem funny to worry about winter when the house happens not to be in Minnesota or Vermont, but every house owner has to keep something in mind: there doesn’t have to be one speck of snow on the ground for winter to be unbearably cold. Nights can get frigid, and the heating system in Mesa  still has to produce to keep things comfortable. Maintenance in the weeks before winter officially begins can help prevent a person feeling like a Popsicle in January.

 

The maintenance does not have to be a major overhaul. The important thing is to be sure that there is nothing to clog the airways, the filters have been replaced, and there is no damage in the combustion chambers of the furnace and the area is clear of any debris. A professional furnace technician can also check to make sure there is no chance of carbon monoxide back drafting into the house due to a clog in the system. Air ducts can also be checked to make sure that they are free of any obstructions, and that the heat gets into the living space. The maintenance work done in the autumn can actually cut energy costs, since less energy has to be expended to generate and conduct heat if everything is in good shape.

 

A professional is perhaps the best person to do all this work. It is important that there is no chance of carbon monoxide accidentally leaking from the furnaces, and an HVAC professional will be on the lookout for that. The cost of a routine maintenance job is not that expensive, but it will get costly if a person waits until winter to do the maintenance work. Winter can still bring in cold wind, and the discomfort can be avoided with just a routine maintenance job performed on HVAC heating.

 

 

Purchasing The Perfect Air Conditioner

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Tips on How to Purchase the Perfect Air Conditioning Unit

There are many different factors that are important to consider when choosing an air conditioning unit for a home In Mesa, Arizona. There are also numerous types of air conditioning units to consider. There are window units, HVAC systems, and portable units to consider. The size of the room or home can be the most important factor to keep in mind when choosing an air conditioning unit. Other factors to consider when purchasing an air conditioning unit can include the following:

  • Number of windows that are located in the area.
  • The exposure of the room.
  • Quality of the room’s insulation

Purchasing the Perfect AC Unit

Air conditioning units are measured in British Thermal Units, which are often referred to as BTUs. Energy efficiency ratio measures the cooling efficiency of a model per hour in watts. It is best to get the smallest BTU rating that will suit the size of the room and the highest EER rating. Energy Star models are often the best systems to choose because they have great efficiency ratings and can help lower heating and cooling bills. It is recommended that consumers purchase air conditioning units and HVAC systems during the off season to save more money. These systems and units are in high demand during the summer.

2013 Tax Credit for New AC Unit Purchases

There is currently a tax credit offered for mesa homeowners that purchase Energy Star HVAC systems during the 2013 tax year. This credit can help homeowners save as much as five hundred dollars on their taxes. Some HVAC Energy Star purchases made during 2012 may even be eligible for this federal tax credit currently being offered. This tax credit only applies to Energy Star HVAC systems. An AC unit that is too small will not efficiently control the humidity and comfort of a room. This credit also only applies to homeowners.

Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostat

Smart Thermostat

What Consumers Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

The thermostat of an air conditioning unit in Mesa AZ is more than likely the farthest thing from busy consumers’ minds. It may seem like an unimportant part of an air conditioning unit, but it in fact plays a vital role in the functionality of a unit. Consumers probably do not give these items a second thought, but a thermostat plays a huge role in the overall comfort of the home and the efficiency of the unit. Thermostats are the devices that regulate the overall temperature of a central air unit. When the unit has a reached a specified temperature, the thermostat will stop the unit from continuing to cool.

Thermostat Installation Services and So Much More

We has a long history of providing thermostat installation, service, and repair to their customers. Air Care is more than willing to help their customers decide whether or not their thermostat needs to be replaced. An air conditioner will not kick on or maintain a consistent temperature if the thermostat has gone bad. There are ways to determine this, but this task is best left to the professionals.  There are many different types of air conditioning thermostats on the market. The newest technology that has been released are “smart thermostats.” These thermostats are said to have a lot of nifty new features that other models do not.

Smart Thermostats: Are They Worth the Extra Cash?

Air Care is always up to date on all of the latest advances in the field so that they can provide their customers with the very best. Smart thermostats can be set just like any other type of thermostat. Many consumers are wondering why these models are so special. Smart thermostats do more than just digitally display the temperature and control the comfort level of a home with the power of a remote. These types of thermostats can “learn” from the user’s behaviors to automatically set themselves. Users do not have to worry about a thing. Smart thermostats can be managed by apps or Android devices. These devices work a lot better at cooling the home than to turn the thermostat way down in hopes that it cools off method. That does not work at all. All that theory does it run up energy bills. Smart thermostats use less energy.

We can handle the Installation of Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats can also be programmed manually. The best models allow consumers to manually program the settings and learn from the user’s behavior. These models are some of the most expensive on the market, but smart thermostats pay for themselves with the savings and perks that they provide. We are up to date with the latest line of smart thermostats. Our staff can help customers learn the ins, out, ups, and downs of their new smart thermostat. Our company knows how to install smart thermostats with ease. Do not delay in contacting a trained professional. We know how to leave a customer satisfied.

Heating Repair Mesa Arizona

Heating Repair Mesa Arizona

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Duct cleaning & heating repair in mesa

 

Did you know that this winter so far has produced the coldest days within the last 3 years. Heating cost have sky rocketed in the last week and heating units have been working overtime. Your heating cost in an average home has a total annual usage of 14% ! One of the main suggestions for helping reduce utility costs are to check your ducts. They say you should check to ensure that as much warm air as possible is being delivered to your central system. Also check to ensure you have no leaks or even any blockage going on. Also having your bi-annual check up done is another recommendation for helping reduce your heating costs. Heating repair in Mesa Arizona is expensive but cost is greatly reduced with a regular checkup

             Not only is winter a good time to start thinking about having your ducts cleaned, but it is a good time to have your provider out to check other issues that raise your utility costs. For instance having your system checked to ensure you have no air leaks in the duct and ventilation system can prevent any problems from occurring than to wait until something goes wrong and have to fix them, which will be a headache not only for you but your wallet. Did you know that the amount of air lost while being transported from your furnace through your duct work to the vents is almost 30%. Not only getting your air leaks sealed can help you feel more warmth coming into your home but it also plays another factor in help with the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

              Duct cleaning is a must when it comes to your yearly maintenance. Like a daily chore it needs to be cleaned. Just because you don’t think about it doesn’t mean it wont have an effect on the air your breathing. The duct system is the heart of your system, which means if its not functioning correctly it effects your whole system. A typical duct system looses 25% to 40% of the heating and cooling energy of your home system. One way your air ducts loose energy is by an air leakage. An air leakage is a poorly connected duct system or accidental holes in the ducts. The energy it takes to make up for the leakage not only adds to your bill, but it takes more energy to heat the cold air than it would if the ducts were clean and circulating properly. Therefore the cold air will pull out and the warm air will come in making your system put in more work than its actually putting out. Aside from energy loss it can become a health problem.

                 Allergies are a big factor of having your ducts cleaned. The air your breathing inside may be worse than the air your breathing outside if you have dirty ducts. Its surprising how dirty they can get. They can get anywhere from pet hair to mold, from fumes from the insulation particles and households chemicals. Sealing your ducts helps stop the pollutants from entering your home. This has a bigger effect with those who already have allergy problems. Especially with a basement or a garage, the fumes that return from a leaky air duct can bring in gas fumes which are very hazardous for they may contain carbon monoxide. Which is a big factor when it comes to the air you and your loved ones will be breathing in. It could also bring musty odors into your home. Cleaning your filters is another step in maintaining your system. Keeping your air filters clean also helps keep up proper air quality in your home. It is important to keep your filters clean because it helps keep out the germs and dust from entering you air system. Its very easy to maintain your filters also they air very cheap. I buy my filters for air conditioning mesa at the local home depot. By keeping up with the filters you can prolongs the lifetime of your Heating / Air conditioning system. If they look dirty they need to be cleaned. Some filters may be reusable and there are some that are disposable and may need to be replaced, if that is the case get the type of filters and let your provider know so they can get that taken care of for you. In addition to your air ducts and filter cleaning your condensing and evaporator coils is another good way to keep your system running properly. It doesn’t necessarily effect the air quality in your home but it does have an effect on how your system will perform. Cleaning the condenser coils and evaporator coils are basic maintenance that should be cleaned as if it were to clean your kitchen floor. This cleaning is not of the easiest among others, whether its in a tight dark spot, or 20feet up ahead it is still there and still needs to be taken care of. That’s part of the cleansing like your ducts, when you have your service maintenenced on.

               So if your not wanting to spend thousands of dollars worth to get a new a.c unit then it may be time to get the proper maintenance that is available for you. Just remember to think about your air ducts, filters, and coils as they may be building up not only dust, germs and fumes, they’re also building you up for a monthly price that can be preventable with your basic yearly maintenance.