Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

Heat Pump Reminder: It Does Need a Fall Tune-Up!

Monday, October 10th, 2016

We’ve been addressing the importance of regular heating maintenance during the fall over the last couple of weeks. This week, we want to look into a specific issue about fall maintenance that often catches people by surprise. Homes that use heat pumps for both summer and winter comfort must schedule a maintenance visit in the fall, even if they already scheduled one in the spring. (more…)

Help! It’s the Middle of Summer, And My Heat Pump Is Sending Out Hot Air!

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Heat pumps are one of the best types of home comfort systems for the North Carolina climate: they deliver powerful air conditioning for the hot and humid summers, and then switch over into energy-efficient heater for the winters.

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Why Isn’t My Heat Pump Cooling?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Have you noticed that your heat pump isn’t cooling as it needs to? Heat pumps blow air in a continuous, low-volume way, but if the air coming through your vents isn’t cool enough or seems too low in volume, there’s a problem happening. You don’t want to handle a heat pump if you don’t know what you are doing; your best option is to call a specialist for help, like the HVAC professionals at Comfort Central, Inc. (more…)

Refrigerant and Your Heat Pump

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Your heat pump depends upon refrigerant to do its job. Beginning as a gas, the refrigerant cycles through a series of valves and coils that first convert it into a liquid form (which releases heat into the air outside) then return it to a gaseous form (which absorbs heat from the air inside your home). The cooled air can then be blown into your home via a series of fans. The principle is the same as traditional air conditioners. The only difference is that air conditioners aren’t able to reverse that process to heat your home in the winter. Here in Brevard,  many people have heat pumps in their homes, since it works well in places with mild winters like North Carolina. Understanding how refrigerant and your heat pump work together also helps explain what happens when refrigerant levels drop.

The refrigerant in your heat pump cycles through a closed system, cycling through the valves and coils in a continuous loop. Sometimes, however, leaks can spring up and lead to a loss of refrigerant. In order for the heating or cooling process to work, refrigerant needs to be at a specific set level. (The exact level depends on the precise make and model of heat pump.) When those levels drop, the heat pump can’t work the way it needs to. Its heating and cooling capacity is diminished, meaning that it needs to work harder in order to do its job (costing you additional money in monthly bills). Frost tends to form on the evaporator coils, which acts as insulation between the remaining refrigerant and the air it’s supposed to absorb heat from. The issue is compounded, and will only get worse until refrigerant levels are restored.

That’s where trained technicians like the experts at Comfort Central, Inc. come in. We understand the link between refrigerant and your heat pump, and can clear up leaks and other problems before recharging the refrigerant to its proper levels. Call us today to schedule heat pump service in Brevard, NC or the surrounding areas.

Why Dual Fuel Hybrid Heating Systems Are a Good Option

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Dual fuel hybrid heating combines the technology of two distinct heating systems – a heat pump and a furnace – in order to keep your home comfortable. Heat pumps use a closed loop system that circulates refrigerant through a series of valves and coils. It doesn’t generate heat on its own, it merely transfers heat from the outside to the inside your home (and vice versa in the summer). The furnace usually burns natural gas to create heat, serving as a backup for the heat pump when it is very cold outside. Here’s why dual fuel hybrid heating systems are a good option for heating in Asheville, NC.

In and of themselves, heat pumps are extremely efficient, since they don’t need to use energy to generate heat themselves. And because they function as both a heater and an air conditioner, you can use them at any time of the year. That makes them very cost effective as well, saving you a great deal of money on your monthly energy bills.

There’s just one hitch: heat pumps become less effective when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The colder the weather, the less efficiently they are able to transfer heat. North Carolina benefits from fairly mild winters, but we have our share of cold days when the heat pump’s backup electric resistance coils will need to turn on to heat your home, which use a lot of energy.

Dual fuel hybrid heating systems make the perfect solution. The auxiliary furnace kicks in when temperatures drop to make up the difference,  providing the heat needed to make your home cozy and comfortable. Because the heat pump provides the heating during the milder weather, this can save you a lot of money compared to just heating your home with a furnace the entire winter.

For installation and other issues regarding heating in Asheville, NC, Comfort Central Inc. can help.  We know why dual fuel hybrid heating systems are a good option, and we can discuss your choices with you before performing an expert installation. Give us a call to set up a consultation. You’ll be glad that you did!

Asheville, NC Air Conditioning Question: Are Heat Pumps Good Air Conditioning Options?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Heat pumps are comprehensive heating and cooling systems that work year-round to provide exceptional comfort in your home. Many customers in the market for new air conditioning options are considering heat pumps because of their versatility, but are concerned about whether they can adequately cool during the hottest days of the year. The heat pump experts at Comfort Central are committed to informing its customers about the variety of cooling options out there. In this post, we’d like to show you what a heat pump is, how it works, and, most importantly, how it can keep you cool this summer. For heat pump installation in Asheville, NC, call Comfort Central today!

A heat pump works by transferring heat from the inside of your home to the unit where it dissipates into the outside air, and is therefore only subtly different from an air conditioner. Both use a pressurized refrigeration cycle to cool air and move hot air out of your home, and they are each split between outdoor and indoor units, which house the condenser/compressor and evaporator/air handler, respectively. They even both use ductwork.  The only major difference between them is that the heat pump can also heat your home in the winter, whereas an air conditioner only provides cooling. Because of the moderate temperatures of the Asheville, NC winter, heat pumps offer a versatile combination of heating and cooling.

While air conditioners tend to be slightly more efficient when very cool temperatures are need, heat pumps tend to be more energy-efficient overall. They use much less electricity than conventional AC. This is important when you’re considering not only the effectiveness of a cooling system, but also its efficiency. During the summer, cooling costs often make up about 70% of your utility budget.

Whatever system you end up going, whether a conventional AC or a heat pump, make sure it’s installed by a professional. This will ensure that your system works well for years to come. For heat pump installation in Asheville, NC, call Comfort Central today!

For Health And Wealth, A Tune Up Is A Worthwhile Investment

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

( North Carolina, Pisgah Forest), March 20, 2013–Air, whether indoor or outdoor, contains pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, grease, mold, bacteria or moisture.  As the air moves through your cooling equipment the pollutants adhere to surfaces, greatly impacting your comfort system.  A priority of your Spring To Do List, should be cleaning or replacing your air filters.    However, it is also strongly recommended that you consider having your cooling system professionally tuned up.

According to a study conducted by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E,) a dirty outside unit can increase your monthly electric bill as much as 30%. The unit’s cooling performance is also decreased because it limits the coils ability to transfer heat.  This causes your compressor to work harder, and that generates heat.  On the hottest days, the PG&E study revealed you can lose up to 30% of your cooling capacity as well—leaving you feeling clammy and uncomfortable.

This extra work that the compressor is doing can actually create conditions that reduce the life expectancy of your unit.  Running hot continually affects internal lubrication, leading to acid formation that will eventually compromise the compressor.  And that is a very expensive repair that can be avoided with a little maintenance.

Another significant benefit of maintenance on your cooling system is ensuring your indoor coil and fan are clean and refrigerant levels are optimal.  All three can restrict air flow, causing similar concerns as stated with dirty condenser coils.  Since your indoor coil is a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria, there’s a health impact too.

Studies by both a Vermont Utility and the California Energy Commission stated that incorrect or improper refrigerant levels were found in 66-75% of systems surveyed.  Refrigerant levels should not be adjusted unless the indoor/outdoor coils and the fan are clean.

Your savings from proper maintenance through lower utility costs, peak equipment efficiency, enhanced reliability, longer system life and improved indoor air quality will exceed the cost of a professional tune up in as little as two months according to a US Department of Energy Study.

When you do your part for yourself, society benefits too.  Summer air conditioning accounts for 60% of peak electricity load.  Power from peak generation typically costs a multiple of base load generation.  When more people keep their cooling equipment in good condition, peak power needs are slashed.  This benefits the environment as well as our wallets.

Comfort Central, Inc. provides Heating, Cooling, Indoor Environmental and Energy Services as well as installations and maintenance for the Western North Carolina Region.  To find out more, or to receive cited sources, please visit www.comfort-central.com.

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Arden, NC Heat Pump Guide: Benefits of Heat Pumps

Monday, March 11th, 2013

A lot of Arden, NC homeowners are growing more and more concerned about the efficiency levels of their home heating and cooling systems. This comes as no surprise, considering the high costs of energy these days. Many homeowners are looking for ways in which they can reduce their impact on the environment without sacrificing comfort in their Arden, NC home. Here at Comfort Central we think that both of these goals are worthwhile, and we can help you achieve them. Contact us today to learn more about the many benefits of heating and cooling your home with a heat pump.

Heat pumps are able to operate with outstanding levels of efficiency thanks to the fact that they do not need to consume a fuel source in order to heat and cool your home. This is because they instead utilize a heat transfer process, in which ambient heat is transferred into or out of your home in order to warm or cool it. Only small amount of energy is used in this operation, greatly reducing the amount of energy you use to keep your home comfortable. This high level of energy efficiency is not only great for the environment, but can also help you reduce the cost of keeping your home comfortable throughout the year.

Heat pumps are also a great way to supplement a heating system, as in the case of a dual fuel hybrid system. If you like the efficiency with which a heat pump works but you do not want to give up the dependability offered by a gas furnace, simply don’t. Contact Comfort Central and ask us about the installation of a dual fuel hybrid system in your home. Enjoy the great efficiency and environmental friendliness of a heat pump. Then, if the cold gets a little too harsh for your heat pump to handle, the gas furnace can kick on and make up the difference.

To learn more about the benefits that a heat pump can bring to your home, call Comfort Central. Our expert heating and cooling service technicians can help you decide if a heat pump is the right home comfort system choice for your Arden, NC home.