Deciding to Seek Help For Your AC Unit

By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.

Air Conditioner Vs. Heat Pump: Which Is The Better Value?

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Heat can make a home uncomfortable and unhealthy. Thus, having a system in place to keep your home cool is a critical part of summer survival. On the other hand, the dangers of overheating only plague a home for half the year. Traditionally, homeowners in a temperate zone use a combination of an AC unit and a furnace to both heat and cool a home. In some cases, you can get better value for your money if you install an air-source heat pump or a combination of heat pump and furnace.

What Is a Heat Pump?

In basic terms, a heat pump is a variation of an air conditioner. The main difference is that an AC unit will circulate refrigerant in one direction: from the condenser coils located outside your house to the evaporator coils located inside your house and then back to the condenser coils. This allows your unit to absorb heat flowing into your house and then expel that heat outside your home. A heat pump has the capability to reverse the flow of refrigerant so that it absorbs heat from the air outside your home and expels it into your home. Thus, you can use one piece of machinery to both heat and cool your home.

When Is a Heat Pump the Only Cooling Machinery You Will Need?

Heat pumps run most efficiently when the outside temperature is around 50 degrees. In fact, using a heat pump to heat your home when the outside temperature is within this ideal range will allow you to hit up to 250% efficiency. The most efficient furnaces—condensing furnaces—will only reach 98% efficiency. Clearly, air-source heat pumps have an advantage over a furnace when the outside temperatures are only moderately cold. However, as the temperature dips toward freezing, your heat pump will lose efficiency until finally, it will struggle to heat your home at all. 

When Should You Use a Heat Pump with a Furnace?

Biting cold temperatures typically happen only during a couple of months during the darkest part of winter. During fall, spring, and some of the winter months, you may only have to cope with moderate temperatures. Thus, you can install a heat pump to cool your home through the summer and heat your home through the fall and spring months but still install a furnace to help you cool a home when your heat pump just won't cut it. 

You need some sort of air conditioner to keep your home cool through the summer. If you live in a tropical or sub-tropical zone, an air conditioner might be the only piece of HVAC equipment that you need. On the other hand, if you live in an area that has a cold winter, you should upgrade your air conditioner to a heat pump. 

To learn more, contact a company like A/C Repairs, Inc

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15 June 2015