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How to Best Maintain Your Heat Pump

Monday, December 31st, 2018

How to Best Maintain Your Heat PumpFirst, make sure you’re changing your air filter! Too many homeowners assume two things about the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system—that it’s there for their indoor air quality and that it only needs to be changed a couple times a year, during professional maintenance.

The air filter is in place to protect the HVAC system itself from dirt, dust, and debris that can infiltrate it and reduce system efficiency, leading to a plethora of costly problems for you. Depending on the type of air filter you have in place and the level of contaminants in your home—i.e. someone with pets or someone who smokes will have to deal with excessive pet dander as well as smoke particles—the air filter should be changed every 1–3 months during periods of use. And considering that heat pumps are year round systems, they are almost always in use. Therefore, you should stay on top of this DIY-maintenance task.

For everything else—meaning, for a full and comprehensive tune-up that ensures the effectiveness of your heat pump—you want to call our staff for professional maintenance.

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Tips for Caring for Your Heat Pump System

Monday, January 1st, 2018

hvac return vent on wall inside homeIf you have a heat pump system, then you know how great of a heating and cooling system it makes. Your heat pump uses the same components for both heating and air conditioning, and it does so efficiently. But this also means that instead of working hard for just one season, it’s working hard all year long, which results in a higher need for care.

Our winters may be mild and short, but when it comes to caring for your heat pump system, our first word of advice is to schedule your HVAC maintenance biannually, versus once a year like you would a conventional Boynton Beach, FL air conditioning system or heating system.

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Why Should I Consider Using a Heat Pump?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

If you are getting ready to invest in a new heating or air conditioning system, whether this is your first foray into the market or you are ready to replace an ailing system, we strongly recommend that you consider all available system options carefully. Remember, there is no reason as to why you should have to continue using the same type of system that you always have previously. Take the heat pump, for instance. Heat pumps have a lot to offer homeowners that other systems simply cannot match. Below you’ll find some information regarding the operation of heat pumps, as well as the benefits that you can expect to enjoy by using a heat pump in Wellington, FL. Just remember to schedule any and all heat pump services with Envirotech Air Quality Services.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Option for Cooling My Home?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Recent years have seen a lot of advancements in the residential cooling industry. With this in mind, modern homeowners really must stop and carefully consider their next move when trying to determine how best too cool their homes. One option that the professional HVAC technicians at Envirotech Air Quality Services often recommend to our valued clients in the West Palm Beach, FL area is the heat pump. Heat pumps offer a number of unique benefits to homeowners seeking the ideal residential cooling system. Consider the information below, and contact a member of our staff with any further questions that you may have. If, after careful consideration, you decide that a heat pump is the right option for your home, know that you can count on us to install and service your heat pump with the greatest of care.

In terms of whole-house cooling, heat pumps operate much like a traditional split central air conditioning system. Heat is removed from the air in your home, and the cooled air is then redistributed throughout the house via a system of air ducts. Heat pumps are a bit more advanced in their operation, though, and are actually able to reverse their refrigerant cycle with the use of a component called the reversing valve. This is what really sets this type of air conditioning system apart.

In truth, calling a heat pump an air conditioning system is only half right. Reversing the refrigerant cycle means that a heat pump can actually use the ambient heat in the air outside in order to heat a home during the winter season. Not only is this incredibly convenient, allowing for year round comfort while using just one system, but it also allows you to heat your house with great efficiency. The heat in the air outside is the main source of heat, and only a small amount of electricity is used in order to facilitate the heat transfer process. Because our winters are relatively mild, a heat pump is actually a very appropriate heating system as well.

Heat pumps are a great option for any homeowner in this area to consider, but they are not for everyone; no HVAC system is. Weigh your options carefully, and remember to enlist the help of a trained professional to guarantee that you make your choice wisely. If you decide that a heat pump is ideal for your home, Envirotech Air Quality Services is here to help you get the very best performance that yours has to offer.

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How to Get Your Heat Pump Ready for Summer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Unlike other home comfort systems, the heat pump works for you around the year. Air conditioners hibernate during winter, and furnaces and boilers take a summer siesta. But the heat pump, acting as both an air conditioner and a forced-air heater, operates throughout the calendar, usually only getting some vacation time during brief temperate periods in spring and fall.

So with the winter weather gone, your heat pump is about to take on the hardest part of its job: the Florida summer. Here’s how you can help prepare your heat pump to run the gauntlet so it will make it through without problems—and help you make it through as well.

When you need assistance to bolster your system with maintenance or heat pump repair in Wellington, FL, call the 24-hour technicians at Envirotech Air Quality Services.

Change the air filter

During the height of both heating and cooling seasons, you might need to change the filter for the heat pump as often as once a month to make sure it receives proper airflow and no contamination enters the cabinet. During the spring, you use the heat pump less, so you probably haven’t changed the filter recently. Before the heat pump comes on for steady cooling, change the filter to start the season fresh. (And keep up with those regular changes.)

Any operating oddities? Get those repairs done now!

As the winter season closed out, did you notice any irregularities with your heat pump’s operation? This could include odd sounds from the cabinet, uneven heating and cold spots in the house, strange smells from the vents, periods of low airflow, or the appearance of ice on the outdoor coil. If so, call for repairs before the summer haul: your heat pump needs some work done, and ignoring this could lead to a major breakdown during a sweltering Florida summer day.

Schedule regular maintenance

Your heat pump requires two maintenance visits per year: a fall check-up to prepare for winter, and a spring check-up to prepare for summer. Maintenance will investigate to see if there are any repairs or replacements that need to be done, and adjust, clean, and prep the unit to make it through to fall. Don’t wait for the summer to get this done! HVAC technicians have tighter schedules during extreme hot weather, so use the transition time to find a convenient appointment.

Get started with taking care of your heat pump right now. Call Envirotech Air Quality Services to take care of the heat pump repair in Wellington, FL that you need. While on the phone with us, arrange for your regular maintenance. With all this taken care of, you and your heat pump will be ready for any heat wave.

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How Is Heating Efficiency Measured?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Trying to understand the features of the different types of heating systems now on the market can make many consumers feel overwhelmed. The technical information available on each of the units adds to the trouble in deciphering just exactly what you are getting when make a choice for installation.

For example, how can you tell how efficiently a heating system uses energy? This is an important concern for homeowners who want a unit that won’t put an unnecessary strain on their bank account. We’ll give you a short guide to the measurements of heating efficiency in this post.

Keep in mind, the best way to navigate the labyrinth of heating choices and reduce the stress is to turn to the advice of professionals. Envirotech Air Quality Services will help you make the best choice for heating in West Palm Beach, FL.

AFUE

AFUE stands for “annual fuel utilization efficiency,” and is the rating used to determine the energy efficiency of the majority of heating systems, such as boilers and furnaces. AFUE is expressed as a percentage, which tells you how much fuel the system converts into heat, measured over a year. So a heater with an AFUE of 90% generates 90 units of heat for every 100 units of fuel it consumes. Most modern heating systems score over 78%, and many attain the 90s.

HSPF

Heat pumps use a different rating system than other heaters, because they operate in a manner similar to air conditioners and need a rating for both heating a cooling. Instead of a percentage rating, they have a ratio: HSPF, “heating seasonal performance factor.” Expressed as a whole number, it is the ratio of total amount of heat required to the energy consumed in watt-hours, as measured over a single season. The higher the HSPF, the more efficiently the heat pump runs in heating mode. You can expect the best heat pumps to have an HSPF close to 10. (A heat pump’s cooling rating is SEER, “seasonal energy efficiency, and is also a ratio. Most heat pumps will have a SEER of 14 or above.)

Understanding a heater’s energy efficiency is only part of deciding what system you want installed in your home. Although energy efficiency is a key factor in making this choice, there are other considerations, such as your available fuel source and how effectively the system will heat your home. After all, a heating system that efficiently uses energy won’t mean much to you if it can’t get that heat out to all the rooms in your house.

This is why having professionals assisting you in the installation process from the beginning is crucial. Envirotech Air Quality Services will steer you toward the system that will give you the optimal heating in West Palm Beach, FL. Contact us today when you want to get your home on the path toward efficient—and effective—warmth for the colder months.

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Important Heat Pump Components

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

A heat pump works in the same manner as a stand-alone air conditioner: it transfers heat from one location to another. Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump can run the process in two directions. During warm weather when you need your home cooled down, a heat pump functions as an air conditioner and absorbs heat from indoors. During cold weather when you need a warm house, the process flips around, and heat extracted from outdoors gets moved indoors.

Because they function like air conditioners, heat pumps have similar components: fans, motors, coils (which switch between acting as condensers and evaporators), and capacitors. However, there are two important components that set heat pumps apart from standard air conditioners.

If you need help with your heat pump in Wellington, FL with either of these parts—or anything else that may ail your heating system—contact Envirotech Air Quality Services.

The key heat pump components

Reversing valve: This valve controls the direction of the refrigerant, and the refrigerant must be able to move in two directions for the heat pump to carry out both its functions. A reversing valve has two states, relaxed and energized. In the second state, an electric current runs through the valve. The manufacturer may make the relaxed state for cooling, and the energized state for heating, but it can also be designed the other way.

Two expansion valves: Since your indoor and outdoor coil need to both be able to absorb and dissipate heat, you need an expansion device at each coil. One will work during heating, and the other during cooling. Expansion valves regulate the amount of refrigerant that flows into the evaporator coil and absorbs heat from the air.

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Failure of either of any components will mean a heat pump that will only provide you with one of its functions—or may not work at all. Professional technicians must handle replacing these parts, since they are complex pieces of equipment, and different heat pump models use different types.

If you depend on a heat pump in Wellington, FL, you will need fast and reliable repairs done when a malfunction occurs in any of its components. You can call on Envirotech Air Quality Services any time of the day or night for top-quality repairs.

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Lake Worth, FL Heat Pump Guide: How to Make Your Heat Pump Clean Your Air

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If you live in Lake Worth, Florida and you have a heat pump, you likely use the cooling mode much more often than the heating mode. We are fortunate to have such warm weather and to have cooling equipment to keep our homes comfortable. But air quality is still an issue for many homes in the Lake Worth, FL area. In fact, the EPA suggests that indoor air quality is one of the top 5 leading threats to respiratory health in the United States. Ask anyone who suffers from allergies and they’ll tell you that even when they run their AC all year long, they still have problems with their air quality. While heat pumps do offer a degree of humidity control, by themselves they probably aren’t very good at filtering your air. At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we want our customers to be as comfortable as possible. That’s why we thought it would be helpful if we explained what you can do to make your heat pump work to clean your air.

How Does Air Quality Suffer in Lake Worth, FL?

Most of us keep our homes closed up tightly because we run our AC systems so much. We want to keep that cool air inside as much as possible. Because of that, air pollutants like dust, mold, pet dander and pollen can start to build up inside your air. This has a negative impact on the quality of air that you breath inside your home.

How Your Heat Pump Can Help

Your heat pump is responsible for cooling and heating all of the air in your home. The fan inside of it blows that air through your ductwork to each of your rooms. Your heat pump is perfectly situated to filter the air moving through your home. A whole home filtration system that works in conjunction with your heat pump is a terrific way to greatly increase the quality of air that you breathe in your home.

How Whole Home Air Filtration and Purification Works

Air filtration systems use either a mechanical or electronic filter to remove unwanted particles from the air. These filters are normally installed in the air handler or in the duct work of your home. Depending upon what kind of contaminants you want to remove, you can choose which type of filter you want.

Air purification is only slightly different than air filtration. Air purification systems actually work by destroying organic particles in the air. These types of systems include ultra violet germicidal lights that are placed inside your ducts. While ultra-violet light is virtually harmless to humans (unless you stand in the sun for too long) it is deadly to organisms like bacteria, mold spores and viruses. When you install UV lights in your ducts they can destroy these contaminants before they reach your lungs.

If you’re interested in learning more about home air filtration systems for the heat pump in your Lake Worth, FL home, contact the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services. We have years of experience installing air filters and air purification systems. We would love to talk with you about the options that are available to you. Give us a call today!

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West Palm Beach HVAC Guide: Heat Pump Refrigeration Problems

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Your West Palm Beach heat pump is a very complicated piece of equipment that uses a number of moving parts to compress and circulate refrigerant and extract heat from one environment and place it in another. So, if your heat pump has refrigeration problems, it will almost certainly cause problems for the heating or cooling of your home.

Common Refrigeration Problems

There are a number of potential problems your heat pump might face, especially as it begins to age and components become worn. Some common issues include:

  • Compressor Issues – The compressor is a component in your heat pump that compresses the refrigerant gas into a liquid. This liquid is what circulates through the device and extracts heat from the outside air (or inside your home when in cooling mode). If the heat pump doesn’t turn on properly, isn’t producing enough heat or is using a large amount of electricity suddenly, it may be a compressor problem.
  • Refrigerant Leaks – Your heat pump doesn’t consume any refrigerant during operation. So, if it starts to leak refrigerant, there is likely another problem and it should be repaired immediately (for health and environmental reasons). Common signs of a leak include suddenly higher electrical bills, inefficient heating and possibly even a faint odor near the device.
  • Freezing Up – If your heat pump freezes, you should check for any blocked air vents or registers, check the condensate line and check your filter for blockage. Most often, a freezing problem is directly related to something being clogged and is a relatively easy fix. The only way to know for sure is to call a professional to investigate, however.

A heat pump is a very complex piece of machinery with a number of moving parts that can all cause issues if not properly maintained. If your heat pump stops heating or cooling effectively and it is not a simple fix such as a filter or belt, you should call a West Palm Beach HVAC professional to inspect for more significant problems such as the compressor or refrigerant. Call Envirotech Air Quality Services today if you need any maintenance or repair on any of your HVAC equipment!

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