Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump’

Why Heat Pumps Are A Great Option For Our Area

Monday, January 11th, 2021

ductless-air-handler-being-turned-on-by-remoteLiving around here means you need a good system that can keep your home comfortably cool throughout the majority of the year. Of course, you also need a reliable system that can help you keep warm during those weeks that the temperatures drop lower than you’d like. While a central AC unit is a great solution to keep you cool, a furnace heater may seem like overkill considering how little you may use it.

Heat pumps can be a great solution to this. Why? Because this system will keep your home comfortable all year long without any energy or money wasted. Let us tell you a bit more about why a heat pump in West Palm Beach, FL could be the best match for you.

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 3 Ways to Help Your Heat Pump

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Heat pumps are highly popular around this area because they offer twice the comfort without sacrificing any efficiency. Just like any system that you use though there are plenty of issues that can mess with its efficiency and its ability to do its job. You wouldn’t expect your car to run well if you left it to run with old oil and never checked the tire pressure. Similarly, you shouldn’t expect your heat pump to work well consistently if it doesn’t get help with issues that it might encounter.

When it comes to keeping an HVAC system in Wellington, FL running right, you can trust our team to give you the information you need and to offer the services that address the problems at the source.

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Interested in a Heat Pump?

Monday, September 7th, 2020

woman-operating-heat-pumpWhen you live in West Palm Beach, it isn’t really an option to be without a good air conditioning system. Sure you can try to do without one but your home certainly isn’t going to be comfortable in any way. If you don’t have a reliable AC system in your home just yet or you need to find a new unit to replace an old AC that has failed, you may want to consider the option of a heat pump mini split system.

If you are looking for someone to perform a heat pump air conditioning installation in West Palm Beach, FL, you will need a professional to accomplish the job. But first, let’s look at why a heat pump may be a great match for your home cooling needs.

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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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