Heat Pump Installation & Repair

Heat Pump Installation MN | Heat Pump Repair

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Heat Pump Installation & Repair, Minnesota Furnace and AC Repair Service MN, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

Minnesota Heat Pump Systems Repair & Installation 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. As your heating system ages, it can lose efficiency or stop working altogether. 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 and Cool Your Home Efficiently Heat pumps have been now increasingly used as an efficient, convenient and cost effective alternative to heat and cool indoors from a single unit. In fact, the installation of a heat pump is a long term investment. It is therefore vital to undertake a thorough research, prior to its purchase. These are some important factors that should be taken into account while purchasing a heat pump. First, compare the efficiency ratings such as SEER and HSPF of different heat pumps now available in the market. The higher the SEER and HSPF ratings, the more efficient the functioning of your heat pump will be. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is used to rate its cooling efficiency while the HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) serves as a way to measure the efficiency of heat pump’s compressor. A reliable heat pump will usually have a SEER rating ranging from 14 to 19. When it comes to HSPF, it will be mostly between 8 and 10. Another important factor that should be considered for the right selection of heat pump is to check whether it is environmental friendly. For best results, opt for a heat pump with ozone friendly refrigerant, R410a. Equally important is to review its unique features. It would be a good option to choose a heat pump with features like two stage compressors as well as motors, and scroll compressor that help for its quieter performance. Further, make sure that your chosen heat pump is covered by excellent warranty options. The EPA has mandated that manufacturers stop making R-22 equipment (that is most likely the refrigerant your current system uses).  This means that if you make a major repair to your existing system, you have made an investment in a piece of equipment that is no longer going to be manufactured after 2009. New systems are installed with R-410a, which is the new refrigerant being used by manufacturers.  This refrigerant is more environmentally friendly than R-22, its predecessor. Because these units provide both heating and cooling, it is even more important that you have the proper size. The wrong size unit will steal money from your pocket the whole year long. That can add up in a hurry! A heat pump’s heating and cooling capacity should match your home’s heating and cooling demands to work most efficiently. An undersized system won’t adequately cool your home, while an oversized one won’t dehumidify properly and can make the house feel drafty in the winter. Ask a licensed Minnesota heating and air conditioning contractor for a heating and cooling load system analysis. With any major repair on your furnace and air conditioner that is older than eight years, you investing money into an old system, there are no guarantees that something else won’t fail in the near...

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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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Heating Pump Installation & Repair MN

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Heat Pump Installation & Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning System, Minnesota Furnace and AC Repair Service MN, Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor | 0 comments

Heat Pump Installation Minneapolis MN | Install Heat Pumps Heat Pumps are a great way to heat your home that draws heat from the air outside your house, just as an air conditioner does.  Heat pumps are the ideal solution for Minnesota climates, where half the year we need heat pumped into our homes and during summer months we need heat extracted out of our homes.  Heat pumps can meet all your cooling and heating needs in one single system, unlike most conventional air conditioning systems that only provide cooling at high costs. Heat Pumps Are Perfect For Minnesota Climates A heat pump is an all in one heating and cooling system.  Heat Pumps Defined: Here’s how Wikipedia describes them: “A heat pump is a machine or device that moves heat from one location (the ‘source’) to another location (the ‘sink’ or ‘heat sink’), using work. Most heat pump technology moves heat from a low temperature ‘heat source to a higher temperature heat sink. Common examples are food refrigerators and freezers, air conditioners, and reversible-cycle heat pumps for providing thermal comfort.” Heat pumps operate most efficiently when outside temperatures range between 30 and 65 degrees. That’s typical of fall and spring weather here in Minnesota, so heat pump technology is ideal for those seasons. When temperatures drop below 30 degrees, your furnace system automatically takes over. A heat pump works as a very efficient air conditioner, in hot weather, with SEER ratings up to 19, and is much more efficient than your furnace to heat your home in cool weather. It’s an ideal hybrid system that helps you make the most of your energy budget and keeps your home even more comfortable. Heat Pumps For Cooling During summer months it works like an air conditioner. They are designed to take heat from inside your home and transfer it to the outdoors. Even on the hottest summer days heat pumps provide maximum cooling while maintaining the highest level of efficiency and comfort. Heat Pump For Heating Heat Pumps will also heat your home when the weather is cooler, it does the exact opposite, extracting heat from outside and moving it indoors. Now that might sound a bit strange to anyone other than a certified Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractor.  After all, how can you find heat outdoors in the winter, right?  Imagine that you took a window air conditioner and flipped it around so that the hot coils would be on the inside of your house and the cold coils would be outside. Now reverse your fan so it blows inside again and you would have a heater. It turns out that this heater works extremely well. Rather than burning a fuel, it is moving heat from outdoors and “pumping” it inside. Heat pumps combined with a gas furnace, it creates a dual-fuel system providing optimal comfort and efficiency. By adding it to your gas furnace it will allow the option of electricity-fueled heating and cooling, in addition to gas furnace heat. When heat pumps are added to gas furnaces it is known as “hybrid heating” or “hybrid heat”. Consider installing a new heat pump when designing your heating and cooling system to cut your heating and cooling costs significantly. What You Should Know about Refrigerants When Purchasing or Repairing a Residential A/C System or Heat Pump From...

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