More and more we’re getting questions from homeowners about heat pumps. What are they? How do they work? Are they right for me? While heat pumps are fairly common in the warmer states they are less well known in other parts of the country, but that is quickly changing.
Finding a way to evenly manage temperature and humidity control are two main advantages of a modulating system. While a fixed speed system can only run at full speed, a modulating system can have two or more speeds. In terms of temperature control, this means a modulating system will provide consistent air conditioning that is commensurate with the need in the home, as opposed to a fixed speed’s just turning on or off.
Due to the warm climate, homes in the Southeast need efficient cooling and dehumidifying systems as well as an option for light winter heating. While most homes continue to use central cooling and heating systems, heat pumps are also widely used in the Southeast as an ideal solution for the mild winters. The popularity of heat pumps has grown, especially in recent years, as a commonly used cooling and heating technology.
Your HVAC system unfortunately will not last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. Sometimes a simple repair is all that is needed, but there will come a day when the system either dies altogether or it simply isn’t worth it to keep draining money into constant repairs.
Thermocouples are critical components that ensure safe operation of gas-fired appliances inside the home, such as furnaces and hot water heaters. Many older gas-fired appliances use pilot lights, which ignite burners when there is a need for warm air or hot water. If the thermocouple fails to sense the presence of the pilot light, a thermocouple will not allow the gas valve to open preventing any kind of dangerous buildup of gas.
Winter is just around the corner, ushering in frigid temperatures almost overnight. Ensuring your house stays warm is vital for your family’s comfort, and no matter how cozy your blankets and fireplaces are, you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system is ready to switch over to heat. Is your furnace prepared to handle the coldest months?
In comparison, a modulating furnace goes beyond a two-stage furnace and can have dozens of “on” settings. A modulating furnace begins at full speed, and once your house is sufficiently warm adjusts its settings in slight increments to change the amount of heat being put out. This method is more efficient and budget-friendly and ensures your home stays within one to two degrees of the desired temperature throughout the entirety of your day.
Due to the warm climate, homes in the Southwest need efficient cooling and dehumidifying systems as well as an option for light winter heating. While the majority of homes continue to use central cooling and heating systems, heat pumps are also widely used in the Southwest as an ideal solution for the mild winters.
Before you put your AC system away for the winter, you might want to consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it is older or has been giving you problems, you might want to have it replaced. AC replacements done in the fall often have much better outcomes for consumers than those done in the heat of the summer or when you first start your system up in the spring.