Cool mornings mean it’s time to get your heater ready for another winter season. With a few relatively simple steps, you can reduce your chances of having an emergency service call due to an unwanted heater repair. Step #1 – Change your filter The first step is actually something you should do every couple of months – clean or change your furnace filter. A clean filter will improve air flow through your heating system and help to keep it clean. A dirty filter can cut down airflow so much that your furnace will shut itself down on a high temperature limit switch. Step #2 – Light the pilot (if necessary) Pilot lights are becoming a thing of the past, but there are still a few out there. If your heater uses a pilot light, you should really consider upgrading to a new furnace with electronic ignition. The new furnaces are much ...Read More
If you’re considering upgrading your heating and air system, remember that its performance doesn’t end at the source. Well-maintained ductwork is key to delivering conditioned air from your A/C and furnace throughout your home. That’s why an experienced comfort consultant should check your existing ductwork before that upgrade. Many older Fort Smith-area homes have ducting that is incompatible with today’s energy-efficient equipment. A consultation can help you make an informed decision about the equipment that is best for your home. A consultant also can help pinpoint any current problems in your ductwork. A few of the situations he or she should look out for: Leaking ducts. If your ducts are adequate for a new system, they still need to be inspected for leaks. Highly efficient heating and cooling equipment will not work properly and may cause backdrafting if the ductwork is not sealed. Size. Ducts that are not properly sized ...Read More
Geothermal Heat Pumps – Highly Efficient and the Feds will Help Pay for It Geothermal heat pumps have gotten more attention over the last few years than any other single source of home heating and cooling. Why? Because they’re extremely efficient AND the federal government is willing to pay for 30% of the cost to install them in your home! Geothermal heat pumps provide both heating and cooling to your home. What this means is that it is going to reduce your utility bills year round – not just during the winter or summer. Additionally, with an option called a “desuperheater”, a geothermal heat pump can provide free heat for your domestic water during parts of the year. Air Source Heat Pumps Struggle in Extreme Weather Traditional air-source heat pumps use the outside air as a source of energy. The unit that sets outside most homes has a bunch of ...Read More
I love my heat pump. It’s efficient. It’s quiet. It’s comfortable. Yet many people don’t really know what a heat pump is. I’ll be spending the next week or two trying to answer a few of the basic questions about heat pumps. To make it as simple as possible, a heat pump is a unit that sets outside your house, looks just like an air conditioner, but also heats the home in the winter. Not only does it heat the home, it can do so quite efficiently as well. Instead of using natural gas or propane, its’ only energy source is electricity. Most homes in our area are currently heated with natural gas. Natural gas is certainly a good option if available, as it burns cleanly and the price of it is predicted to be relatively stable in the short term future. That said, heat pumps can still save homeowners ...Read More
Over the past few years there has been a great deal of talk about the efficiency improvements in air conditioners, primarily because of significant tax credits that were offered by the government. What didn’t get quite as much attention were the similar improvements made in home heating technology. 20 years ago, the most common home furnaces were approximately 60% efficient. This means for every 100 ccf of natural gas that was purchased, 60 ccf of gas was actually used to heat the home, while the remaining 40 ccf of gas was wasted out the exhaust pipe. In 1992, the minimum efficiency for the central furnace was increased to 78%, which brings us to today’s most common furnace which operates at an efficiency level of about 80%. As you can imagine, since 1992 heating technology has continued to improve. Today, homeowners have the option of investing in furnaces that reach efficiencies ...Read More
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