The Catastrophic Effects of Heat Pump Refrigerant Leaks

February 11th, 2016

One of the unique things about heat pumps is their construction, especially when compared to more traditional home heating systems. Heat pumps don’t burn any kind of fuel to generate heat, instead relying on refrigerant to move preexisting heat from one place to another. Refrigerant is vital to the operation of the entire system, which is why a refrigerant leak is such a big threat to the heat pump. Let’s take a look at what can happen when a refrigerant leak occurs in your heat pump. Continue Reading

Is a Heat Pump Efficient Enough to Warm My Home This Winter?

February 8th, 2016

Heat pumps don’t operate the same way that traditional home heating systems do. Instead of burning fuel to generate their own heat, they use refrigerant to move preexisting heat between the home and the outside environment. This helps to make them energy efficient, but it also comes with a couple of drawbacks. A common feeling about heat pumps is that they start to suffer serious drops in heating efficiency the lower the temperature gets. We’d like to address that idea now. Read on to find out more about heat pump operation, and whether it is actually able to keep your home comfortably warm this winter. Continue Reading

What Happens if You Don’t Size Your Furnace Properly

February 1st, 2016

It’s always tempting to go for the biggest, “best” option when looking for things like home appliances. The market has been telling us that “bigger is better” for decades, and many people have bought into that misconception. When it comes to furnaces, though, this line of thinking can actually be incredibly harmful. Buying a furnace that is the wrong size, whether too small or too large, can result in all sorts of problems that would otherwise be avoided. Let’s take a look at what can happen if you don’t size your furnace properly. Continue Reading

Be Sure to Schedule Furnace Maintenance

January 25th, 2016

In an effort to save money, far too many homeowners wait to call for repairs until they notice something wrong with their system. Prompt repairs are certainly a good idea for keeping your furnace in good condition, but waiting for a problem to present itself before acting can make things worse. Let’s take a look at the benefits of furnace maintenance, and why you should schedule it at least once a year. Continue Reading

Air Purifiers to Consider This Winter

January 18th, 2016

Every time you take a breath, you are inhaling millions and millions of microscopic contaminants. These contaminants cover a wide range of materials, such as dust, pollen, dander, viruses, bacteria and mold spores. Breathing in all of these contaminants over a long period of time can cause flu symptoms, allergy attacks, or even more serious conditions like asthma. Things get worse during the winter, as people close their doors and shut their windows to keep out the cold. This just traps all of those contaminants inside the home, which increases the chances of negative effects. In order to combat these contaminants, you’re going to need an air purifier. Let’s take a look at some of the most common air purifiers available. Continue Reading

When is it Time for Ductwork Replacement?

January 11th, 2016

You probably don’t think about the ductwork in your home that often. That’s no surprise, considering that ductwork is typically designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. However, that doesn’t mean that ducts never experience problems. There are all sorts of issues that can afflict the ducts in your home. Some of these issues can be repaired, but some cannot. Read on for more information on when you may have to have your ducts replaced. Continue Reading

Why is My Heat Pump Stuck in Air Conditioning Mode?

January 4th, 2016

Heat pumps are designed to be able to switch back and forth between heating and cooling modes. It’s one of the major advantages that they provide over other systems, and the reason that many homeowners install them in the first place. So, it can be more than a little irritating when you turn on your heat pump expecting heat and get a blast of cold air instead. Let’s take a look at how heat pumps switch between modes, and what kind of problem can prevent that from happening. Continue Reading

Signs That Your Heat Pump Needs Replacing

December 28th, 2015

Heat pumps can last a fairly long time, under the right circumstances. They can’t last forever, though. Sooner or later you’re going to have to replace your heat pump. The important thing is that you be able to recognize when your heat pump is near the end of its life. You don’t want your system to die on you in the middle of winter, after all. Read on to find out more about the signs that your heat pump needs replacing. Continue Reading

Why Your Furnace Output is Dropping

December 21st, 2015

Winter is the time of year when it is most likely for furnaces to develop problems, mainly because they are under more stress than at any other time. It is important to be vigilant for any sort of weird behavior coming from your furnace during the winter, as it could indicate a serious problem with the system. One of the most common symptoms of an issue with your furnace is a drop in output. Let’s take a look at one of the most obvious signs that your furnace is in trouble: drops in output. Continue Reading

Consider Installing a Heat Pump to Keep Warm This Winter

December 14th, 2015

When you think of a home heating system, odds are the first thing that comes to mind is a furnace of some kind. Those are definitely the most popular home heating type in the country, but that doesn’t make them the only option. If you’re in the market for a new home heating system, consider installing a heat pump this winter. Let’s take a look at what a heat pump actually is, and the benefits that it can provide. Continue Reading