Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

A Guide to Choosing the Right Heating System

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Every day, we help homeowners make choices that keep them more comfortable. Sometimes, these are small decisions that make a big difference, like upgrading an older thermostat to one that works with your Wi-Fi and an app on your phone. Other times, the decision is a much more serious one.

Selecting a new heating system can be tough, and it requires careful thought and consideration. You must have a system that is the right size for your home, but you can let a trusted technician handle this part.

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What’s most important, first and foremost, is that you select the right type of heating system for your home. But you may need a little information about what’s out there first, and why you might choose one type of heating system over another.

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Replace Outdated HVAC Equipment Today with an Efficient Heat Pump

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

If you keep your failing heating and cooling equipment around for too long, you may end up paying for it. With high energy bills and costly emergency repairs, delaying HVAC system replacement may not be your best option. We recommend that you replace your decades-old heating and air conditioning system as soon as you start to notice problems, in order to keep monthly costs low. And what better time than now? Here’s why we think it’s the perfect time to upgrade to a heat pump.

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Should You Schedule Heat Pump Installation over a Traditional AC?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

If you are looking for an efficient air conditioner for a new home or to replace a broken AC, a heat pump may be the right choice for you. A heat pump is a heating and air conditioning system together as one system, with an outdoor compressor and indoor air handler just like a conventional air conditioner. While a heat pump may not be right for every homeowner, it can be installed in nearly any home. Ask an air conditioning technician if a heat pump is right for your next air conditioning installation.

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The Benefits of Choosing Radiant Heating in Valrico

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Radiant heating is one of the most efficient, effective heating systems on the market. Though the technology has its roots in ancient Rome, however, a lot of homeowners in this day and age don’t really know what it is. Keep reading to discover what radiant heating does, why it’s effective, and why you may want to consider installing one.

What is Radiant Heating?

Radiant heating is a boiler-based system designed to heat a home through the distribution of hot water. It begins with the installation of water pipes in the subfloor or walls of each room that needs heat. This pipe network is then connected to the main boiler. The boiler heats and pumps water throughout this network when the heat is on. As the hot water flows through the pipes, it releases thermal energy through the walls or floor and out into the room.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

To understand the benefits of radiant heating, you must first understand how forced air heaters operate. When a forced air heater pumps warm air into a room, the air rises to the ceiling. This makes it pretty useless to those who actually in the room, unless they have some reason for spending all their time on ladders. As the warm air cools, it sinks to the floor of the room. This results in the formation of uncomfortable striations in each room, areas where it is warmer near the top of the room while still being quite cold near the floor.

Radiant heating solves this issue by heating from the bottom of the room upwards. Since it is not relying on air to transport heat, it doesn’t have the same cold spots caused by warm air rising to the ceiling. Instead, rooms heated by radiant heating remain warm in the spaces that people actually occupy.

Radiant systems are also a great deal more energy efficient than forced air systems. Duct leaks contribute to a heat loss of up to 30% in most forced air systems. Radiant systems avoid this problem by eschewing ducts of any kind.

If you’d like to know more, call Air Conditioning Experts. We install radiant heating throughout Valrico.

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Is a Heat Pump A Good Choice for AC Replacement in Lakeland?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

When you think of home air conditioners, “heat pump” is likely not the first term that comes to mind. But a heat pump is actually a very efficient air conditioning system that could make a huge difference in your home. This is because heat pumps have one main advantage over a typical AC—they can both cool and heat a space. The dual function of an air source heat pump combined with its high efficiency means this system is perfect for many homeowners looking to replace their older systems. Let’s take a look at some of the features.

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One of the major reasons homeowners choose to replace their AC with a heat pump is the heating and cooling capabilities. Here in Florida, we don’t get too much use out of our heating systems. So why install a separate heater entirely when it can come built in to your air conditioner?

Heat pumps use the same technology as other air conditioners, but with one added component, the reversing valve. With most central air, the refrigerant can flow in only one direction, removing heat from the indoor air and releasing it outside. But in the case of a particularly cold night, switching into heating mode sets off the reversing valve which allows refrigerant to move in the opposite direction. In this setting, refrigerant removes heat from the air outside and moves it into your house.

Energy Efficiency

The way this works makes it an extremely efficient heating system. Most heaters generate heat, consuming a lot of energy in the process, while a heat pump only moves heat from place to place, using very little energy to do so. Heat pumps are also very efficient air conditioning systems as well, and may have a longer lifespan. Ask a technician to help you locate a system with a high SEER and the ENERGY STAR label. These are both indicators that your unit has met U.S. governmental standards for efficiency while still indicating high performance.

Deciding what type of air conditioner is right for your home may require the help of a trained expert.

When you decide to talk with a professional air conditioning technician about heat pumps in Lakeland, call Air Conditioning Experts.

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How Heat Pumps Provide Both Heating and Cooling

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Often, when people hear that heat pumps can work as both air conditioners and heaters, they first assume that heat pumps are packaged units that contain a separate heating and cooling system, much the same way that furnaces and air conditioners are often placed into a single cabinet and then use the same blower motor for air distribution. However, heat pumps are single devices that use the same action to provide hot and cold air to a house. In this post, we’ll explain how this works.

If you are interested installation of a heat pump in Lakeland, FL, or if you need repairs or maintenance for your current heat pump, then Air Conditioning Experts has you covered. Our technicians are on-call 24 hours a day to make sure your heat pump keeps you comfortable, no matter the weather.

The best way to understand how a heat pump operates is to first think of it as an air conditioner, because it works in the same way. An air conditioner cycles a chemical blend called refrigerant through its indoor and outdoor units. When it passes through the indoor coil, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the indoors through evaporation, making the indoor air feel cooler. When the refrigerant then goes through the outdoor coil, it releases that heat through condensation. The compressor, which changes refrigerant into a high pressure, high temperature gas, is the engine that provides the energy to the refrigerant and moves it through the air conditioner.

In order to bring heat from outside to the inside, we would have to reverse the air conditioner. Instead of physically turning it around, we instead switch the direction the refrigerant moves through the unit. Now the outdoor coil absorbs heat through evaporation, and the indoor coil releases it through condensation.

This is what a heat pump does: it cycles refrigerant one way to act as an air conditioner; and then, through the action of a component called a reversing valve, it sends the refrigerant the opposite direction and acts as a heater.

“But how does the heat pump extract heat from the outdoors when it’s cold?” This is the most common question people ask about heat pumps once they hear how they work. The answer is that, as long as there is some molecular motion in the air, there is heat available no matter the temperature. However, heat pumps are less efficient at heating than cooling, and so they are better suited for climates with mild winters… like Florida’s.

At Air Conditioning Experts, we often recommend heat pumps to our customers. If you think a heat pump in Lakeland, FL might be your best comfort option, give us a call today.

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Why Heat Pump Maintenance is Important

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

If you want the most efficient and effective heat pump possible in your home, then you really should consider professional maintenance. During the course of its service life, your heat pump ensures a significant amount of wear and tear to its system components. When neglected, your heat pump may no longer be able to function properly nor efficiently. This can cause serious damage in the long run and also cut down on your system’s longevity. There are plenty of reasons why heat pump maintenance is not only important but also strictly necessary if you want your system to function at all. Call us today if you need any heat pump service in Lakeland, FL.

When you had your heat pump installed, you probably learned about the importance of keeping your air filter clean. This is typically a task that the homeowner performs him- or herself. It’s crucial to the operation of your system because having dirty air filters can lead to significant airflow issues. Swapping out dirty air filters for new ones can prevent frozen coils and high energy bills, and can also reduce any extra wear and tear to the blower motor and compressor. But this is only a fraction of the maintenance that should be performed on your heat pump from time to time.

Professional heat pump maintenance is much more comprehensive and detailed than merely changing an air filter or two. For example, when you become a member of our Comfort Club, your heat pump receives a detailed annual tune-up to ensure that every components is in good working order. The inspection phase alone is highly important as it allows our technicians the time to get in there to look for any signs that your system is no longer functioning properly. We also make sure that your entire system is thoroughly cleaned for maximum efficiency and performance. While any major repairs are typically done separate from the maintenance, we can also adjust your system so that it has everything it needs to keep you warm all winter long.

Let Air Conditioning Experts take care of your Lakeland, FL heat pump maintenance service. Call us today. 

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What is a Heat Pump and Do I Need One?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Are you in the market for a new heating and cooling system? Are you curious about heat pumps? As a leading HVAC provider in the area, we can sympathize with homeowners who want to improve their home comfort but don’t know how to determine what is best for their home. First things first, you need a professional to guide you every step of the way and help you find a heating and cooling system that will work for your home. A good option for many in our area is a heat pump.

You might have heard of heat pumps, but you might not be clear on how they work or why they are such a good choice. Essentially, a heat pump works just like an AC during the summer. It is a split system with both an indoor and outdoor unit that circulates a refrigerant through two sets of coils, an expansion valve, and a compressor. It removes heat from the air in your home and dissipates it in the outside air. During this process, the air that is cooled is distributed throughout the home by means of ductwork.

But a heat pump has another function. It also heats your home during the winter months by using the same refrigerant cycle in reverse. Ambient thermal energy is drawn in from the moderate Florida winter temperatures and used to heat your indoor air. Because of its year-round versatility and high energy efficiency, a heat pump may be an ideal HVAC system for your home. And when it comes to Lakeland, FL heat pump services, look no further than Air Conditioning Experts. We install, replace, repair and maintain heat pumps of all sizes and brands. Give us a call today. 

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