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MN Heat Pump Installation & Repair Minneapolis MN

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Furnace or AC System, Heat Pump Installation & Repair, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

Heat Pump Installation MN | Heat Pump Repair Heating your home accounts for the biggest portion of a typical utility bill. In fact, heating and cooling costs the average homeowner more than $1,000 a year. If you want to make a big dent in rising heating costs this winter, bring them back to earth with a high efficiency heat pump. Cut Your Home Heating and Cooling Costs With A Heat Pump A heat pump is designed to move heat from one place to another, transferring heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer. You win two ways. By drastically cutting your heating AND your cooling costs. If you know how air conditioners work, you already know a little about how heat pumps work. A heat pump works like a normal central air conditioning system. The main difference is that instead of taking the colder months off, the unit must work all year long. When your thermostat senses a need for cooling, the fan in the furnace or air handler comes to life. This fan blows air over a coil containing refrigerant. The outdoor unit contains a pump which is called a compressor. This compressor pumps the refrigerant to the air handler where heat from the air is transferred to the refrigerant. Then the refrigerant is returned to the outdoor unit. Here another fan pulls air over another coil and the heat is transferred to the outdoor air. This process is repeated over and over until the home is cool. To provide heat to the home a few components are added to the basic air conditioner. A reversing valve is added to change the direction of refrigerant flow. In the heating mode, this makes the refrigerant temperature higher than the indoor temperature. Therefore, when the refrigerant flows to the indoor unit, heat is transferred to the homes’ air. There are both air conditioners and heat pumps that meet the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR web site explains that “Though these products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills.” Purchasing efficient appliances is the most effective way to control energy costs. Products with the ENERGY STAR® symbol use less energy, save you money and help protect the environment. Discover The Benefits Of A Heat Pump System Low heating costs Low cooling costs Dependability Comfort Low maintenance Easy operation Environmentally friendly and safe Heat and Cool Your Home Efficiently Heat pumps efficiently heat your home in winter and cool your home in summer. During winter, an electric or gas furnace supplements your heat pump by providing the additional heat needed to keep you comfortable when outside temperatures are low. If your furnace and air conditioner are 15 years or older, you can save even more with a heat pump system. A typical 1,500-square-foot, ranch-style home could have the following annual heating and cooling costs: 60% AFUE* gas furnace and 6 SEER air conditioner $1,307 80% AFUE* gas furnace and 13 SEER heat pump $455 Annual Heating & Cooling Savings $852 or 65% Actual costs depend on the number of people in your household, your lifestyle, the size of your home, the efficiency of your duct system, heating and cooling equipment and the insulation levels in your home. How heat pumps achieve energy savings and CO2 emissions reduction Heat pumps offer the most energy-efficient way to provide heating and cooling in many applications, as they can use renewable heat sources in our surroundings. Read about how Heat Pumps can save energy and reduce...

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Minnesota Heat Pump Installation & Repair MN

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Furnace or AC System, Heat Pump Installation & Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning System, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

Minnesota Heat Pump Systems Minneapolis MN A heat pump is an air conditioning system that both heats and cools. It uses electric energy to move the heat that already exists. During the winter, the heat pump extracts the heat present in cold winter air and pumps the heat into your home. (Even in the coldest weather there’s heat in the air.) In the summertime, it functions as a conventional air conditioner, pulling the heat out of your home and releasing it outside. A heat pump also filters and dehumidifies. When the heat pump circulates air, it also filters it. And since the heat pump is an air conditioner, it extracts excess moisture from the home, to help control humidity in hot summer months. With the cost of home heating fuel constantly on the rise, there’s never been a better time to explore alternative means of controlling temperature in your home. Heat Pump Sizing Sizing Decisions regarding the sizing of a heat-pump-based system require an accurate evaluation of heating requirements: overestimation, with an oversized heat pump, entails an increase in system costs and consequently a reduction in the economic benefits which derive from its use. It is wise, therefore, to have a qualified Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor evaluate the appropriate dimensions. Maintenance A heat pump is not a household appliance. It’s a self-contained system that requires professional maintenance and repair. That’s why attempts at “do-it-yourself” repairs on an in-warranty unit may void the remainder of your warranty. Other than performing the simple maintenance recommended in this manual, you should not attempt to make any adjustments to your heat pump system. Your dealer will be able to take care of any questions or problems you may have.   Heat Pump A heat pump system should be inspected regularly by a properly trained HVAC technician. The inspection (preferably twice each year, but at least once a year) should include the following: Routine inspection of air filter(s). Replacement or cleaning as required. Inspection and cleaning of the blower wheel, housing, and motor as required. Inspection and, if required, cleaning of indoor and outdoor coils. Inspection of the indoor coil drain pan, plus the primary and secondary drain lines. If supplied, the auxiliary drain pan and line should be inspected at this time. Service should include cleaning, if required. How Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning Work It is important to know just how air conditioners and heat pumps operate, before making any final decisions. Howstuffworks.com provides a concise walkthrough for the basics of air conditioner and heat pump operation. By following these links, you’ll find that both products have inherent benefits, but the obvious difference is that you gain additional warming options by installing a heat...

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MN HVAC Ductwork Installation | HVAC Systems and Service MN

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Furnace or AC System, Minnesota Furnace and AC Repair Service MN, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

HVAC Ductwork Installation Minneapolis St Paul MN Thinking about that cold air blowing into your home? Fed up with air leakage coming from doors, windows and floors? Concerned about CO levels or the possibility of a furnace failure? A home performance analysis is the best way to find out how safe your home is and how well it’s being cooled, heated and ventilated. The quality of the air we breathe indoors has become an increasingly important environmental concern. Following are facts that have been determined by recognized authorities in the fields of health and air quality: Air Quality and Your Family’s Health Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors. (American Lung Association) 20% of all illnesses are either caused by, or aggravated by, polluted indoor air. (American College of Allergists) The levels of some hazardous pollutants in indoor air has been found to be up to 70 times greater than in outdoor air. (USEPA) Studies have shown that two out of three indoor air quality problems involve the HVAC/Air Duct System. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. One out of six people who suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to fungi and bacteria in air duct systems. (Total Health and Better Health Magazines) 10-12 million Americans suffer from Asthma. (American College of Allergists) Children and the elderly are especially affected by polluted indoor air. (Department of Consumer Affairs) Most commercially available fiberglass furnace filters are less than 7% efficient. (ASHRAE) Protect Your Home & Your Health Also, poorly installed or corroded ductwork can account for up to 30 percent of your heating and cooling costs, costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your residence or building. Whether you need ductwork service or installation, contact an experienced MN Cooling, Ventilation & Heating...

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Air Exchange Systems MN | Heat Recovery and Energy Recovery Ventilators

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Air Exchange Systems, Furnace or AC System, Heating and Air Conditioning System, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

Improving Indoor Air Quality Since the 1970s, when we started building tighter energy-efficient homes, the level of indoor air pollutants has steadily increased. Why? Contaminated air which once escaped through cracks around windows and doors is now trapped inside with you and your family. Today’s energy efficient construction methods make homes so tight that mechanical ventilation is needed to remove contaminants which cause mold, mildew or poor air quality. An energy saving Heat Recovery or Energy Recovery Ventilator is an ideal choice to bring a continuous supply of fresh, filtered air into your home while expelling stale air. Did You Know?  Everyday Activities add to Indoor Air Pollution Studies have found that simple things like mopping the kitchen floor, taking a shower, doing the laundry or just breathing can generate enough moisture in your home to raise the relative humidity to an unhealthy level. Increased humidity and moisture inside your home can lead to severe structural damage that you can’t see until it’s too late. Increased moisture levels can also dramatically affect your family’s health due to increased mold and mildew. Heat Recovery and Energy Recovery Ventilators Heat Recovery and Energy Recovery Ventilators are the next step in creating a clean, healthy environment for your family. What Are HRVs and ERVs? To understand these products and their functions, here are a few things to remember. Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) are recommended for colder areas of the country that have longer heating seasons as well as drier desert areas of the South. Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) are designed for warmer, humid climates with longer cooling seasons. Over a period of time, older homes began to sport new, tight windows and doors, insulation and vapor-barrier improvements, modern siding, and caulk for every crack through which air might pass. New homes left the drawing board designed to be tight, and builders became familiar with the new materials and skills needed to meet market demand and updated regulations. Homes were finally becoming thermally efficient. What some began to wonder, though, was whether they were livable. It turns out that those heat-robbing drafts had a role in the ecosystem of the home—they provided fresh air to breathe. Without realizing it, builders before the energy crisis had been installing an effective ventilation system. If you could afford the heating bills, it worked. How Do They Work? Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) An HRV is designed to bring a continuous supply of fresh air into a home while exhausting an equal amount of contaminated air. HRVs use what is called a “sensible” heat recovery core. This special aluminum core transfers heat from the exhaust air stream to the incoming air stream. Fresh incoming air is tempered by the heat that is transferred from the outgoing air so you save on energy costs. Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) Energy Recovery Ventilators work much like the HRV but it is designed with a different type core. The enthalpic core at the center of the unit transfers heat and moisture from the incoming air to the outgoing air. The air brought into the living area is cooled and the humidity is reduced for maximum comfort. The load on your air conditioner is less and you save on cooling costs. Depending on the model, HRVs can recover up to 85 percent of the heat in the outgoing airstream, making these ventilators a lot easier on your budget than opening a few windows. And, an HRV contains filters that keep particulates such as pollen or dust from entering the house. Although an HRV can be effective in the summer months, when it will...

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Minnesota Furnace and AC Repair, Replacement and Installation

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Furnace or AC System, Heating and Air Conditioning System, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

The Weather In Minnesota Is getting Colder … Is Your Furnace Ready? The heating season has begun, and it’s time to have a thorough inspection and servicing of your furnace and heating system. A professional furnace service in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area is a must for safety and economical reasons. Don’t let your heating dollars go up the chimney or risk your family’s safety. Your heating and cooling system is a major investment in comfort. So why wouldn’t you spend a little bit of money each year to keep it running properly? Avoiding A Furnace Fire This Winter Living in the Minneapolis St Paul metro area means that your home’s heating system needs to be in top condition to handle our frigid winters without breaking the bank, and to eliminate health and safety risks for your family. After six months or more of being idle, your furnace and heating systems needs to be inspected and serviced before you turn up the thermostat and crank up the heat. Even if you’ve already started using your heating system, it’s not too late to have it inspected and any problems repaired. Putting off this important chore can lead to sudden heating system failures in the middle of a Minnesota winter, when furnace repair companies are extremely busy. Don’t risk having an emergency heating crisis by neglecting an annual furnace inspection and evaluation. Your Family’s Safety First Few homeowners have the skills, experience, and equipment needed to perform an adequate heating system inspection. Only a Minnesota professional heating and cooling contractor can properly inspect and service your furnace. For your family’s safety, this annual inspection is a must. A defective furnace can expose you and your family to deadly carbon monoxide gas. In addition, proper maintenance cuts down on the amount of allergens, toxic substances, and even germs that circulating through your home. Minnesota Furnace and AC Replacement Has your current heating and cooling system lived in your home longer than you? If an old outdated system has finally gone out, replacement is often a better option than repair. You don’t have to wait until that is the case though! Upgrading your heating and cooling system not only raises the value of your home, it can save you money and make your home more...

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Heating and Air Conditioning Sales, Service and Installation MN

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Furnace or AC System, Heating and Air Conditioning System, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

Minnesota Heating and Cooling Systems Whatever the condition might be outside, people can enjoy the comforts of their homes with heating and air conditioning units. But finding the right unit would basically depend on the dimensions of the house, where it is located and of course, your budget. Heating and conditioning equally work based on the tenet that the movement of heat always starts from an area of higher heat concentration to a lower one. So heaters and furnaces would raise the heat levels in order to make an area warmer whereas the air conditioner would eliminate the heat to make the area cooler. The common factor here is that, in doing this, heating and air conditioning units would utilize energy. Air conditioners would primarily use electricity while the majority of heating systems would make use of fuel oil or gas. Although, there are heating systems using electricity nowadays. A device called a heat pump can heat and cool air by extracting heated air inside the house during summer and pulling in heat from outside during winter. There are several types of heating systems in the market today. One system is the central heating which utilizes a heat pump or furnace to produce heat from a central location. It uses the process called hydronics where water is a heat transport channel and uses a ductwork and radiator to transfer heat into the air. Forced air system, on the other hand, propel heat via a ductwork system where it can be filtered. Alternatively, the heat provided by an electrical source uses a filament that turns hot once electricity passes through it. Air conditioners remove heat by either radiation or convection. The medium used, like water, air or chemicals are refrigerants. When these mediums will evaporate, it takes up the heat and returns it to the compressor to be cooled again. Common types are the window type air conditioner or the box-type. Another popular style is the central air conditioner type. This is difficult to install especially if the building was not built for it because of its cumbersome duct system. To install a standard ductwork would be too expensive or too wasteful to install. A ductless central-air approach is now feasible. These systems are popular where building styles prevent ductwork. Both heating and air conditioning units use a thermostat, a switch sensitive to heat, to control the amount of heat or cold air being generated. This will respond to any change in the temperature of the room where it is used. Modern thermostats are using solid-state electronics to control the air temperature bi-metallic strips used in older models. These are more accurate and quicker to respond to temperature changes. But the problem is, once the solid-state is damaged, it would indicate a need for replacement. Many heat and air conditioning systems today in the market have been modified to cater to the needs of the users. Most of these new units are designed to be energy efficient and are eco-friendly. In choosing the right system for use, make sure to have the area assessed so a correctly sized unit will be installed and for it to work efficiently. Remember that a more expensive unit is more cost-effective in the long run… So choose wisely. Minnesota Furnace and AC Installation & Replacement Do you have questions or concerns about the health of your home or HVAC system? Worried about Carbon Monoxide problems? Need specifics on how to lower your heating costs? Do you have any other questions on heating, air conditioning equipment, indoor air quality solutions, or HVAC maintenance and repair?...

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