Variable Speeds: Air Conditioners & Furnaces

October 10, 2018

People are always looking for ways to save money, and the best way to start is to review your current bills. The power bill is usually one of the first places to look, as a few lifestyle changes can cut down on energy use. That’s not to say your home must remain uncomfortable as you clearly want to maintain control over the temperature inside your home, but new technologies allow for the house to be comfortable while conserving energy which doesn’t have to be used. Variable Speed Compressor and Fan One new technology is the variable speed HVAC compressor and fan so instead of either being on or off, the system can run at partial speed and still maintain the ambient temperature in the home without using as much power. Late spring weather or even a rainy summer day may not need the full force of the compressor’s cooling efficiency, so running it at half power can still keep the ambient temperature comfortable and even. On a hot sunny day, it may be more efficient to run at full speed for maximum effective cooling. Likewise, the fan doesn’t need to run at full speed on most days. You still need...

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Should I Buy a Heat Pump or Furnace?

February 27, 2018

A heating solution is necessary in the winter. Many homes will need some type of centralized heating system. There are two common systems that would meet this requirement: a heat pump or a furnace. Understanding the differences between the two will allow anyone to decide which is best for them. Heat Pumps vs. Furnaces Heat pumps and furnaces both heat homes. However, they are not the same. Some things to consider are: • Heat pumps double as an air conditioner in the summer. • Furnaces are generally better once temperatures go below freezing. • Heat pumps are considered the “green” option due to using natural warm air. • Furnaces operate mostly in the winter, which can prolong their lifespan. These facets are a great starting point when considering which is a better option. Heat Pumps Because a heat pump provides both coolness and warmth, there is only one system to maintain. The lack of a furnace will give the homeowner extra space in the home. Heat pumps are located outside. Therefore, they use the warmth found in the outdoor air. Furnaces A furnace is focused only on heating. Therefore, they can be more efficient during freezing temperatures by circulating heat throughout...

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