iAir Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

Alternative Types of HVAC System

Monday, January 29th, 2018

alternative-heating-systems.Most people in the area use traditional centralized heating and air conditioning systems to keep their homes comfortable. A furnace generates hot air and an AC cold air—both in a centralized location—which is then blown through the ducts in the house with a fan. They’re inexpensive, comparatively simple, and easy to operate, which is what makes them so popular.

They’re not the only means of keeping a home comfortable, however, and in some cases an alternative system might work better. Older houses may not be able to support the ducts necessary for a centralized system, while larger homes may struggle to feel as warm or as cool as they should with a centralized system. If your home can’t support a centralized system or has experienced recurring problems with its effectiveness, you might want to consider other options. We’ve laid out a few below for you to consider.

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Keep Your Outdoor HAVC System Clear of Debris

Monday, January 25th, 2016

If you own a heat pump here in Austin, TX, it probably contains an outdoor compressor unit which vents air out of the system in order to facilitate the heating or cooling process. The same holds true with a more traditional air conditioner, which likely hasn’t seen much use in the past few months, but similarly uses an outdoor compressor unit to vent warm air out of your home. In both cases, it’s very important to keep the unit clear of bushes, shrubs, and other debris. That means not only ensuring that there’s a good two feet of space between the unit and any foliage, but preventing anyone from stacking items nearby or otherwise blocking the system. Always go out and clear any debris away after a storm or rainfall, and it’s probably a good idea to check for weeds and any other growth every few weeks in the winter. Why? Because they can have a detrimental effect on your system.

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Common Problems with Heat Pumps This Season

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Austin, TX is an ideal place for a heat pump, which combines the effects of a heater and an air conditioner into one single unit. Heat pumps work well in areas with mild winters like ours, but which still need a reliable heating source for the occasional cold day in the winter months. They can save you a great deal of heating costs and with regular maintenance should last a long time. But like any other system, it suffers problems from time to time, and when it does, you should contact a trained professional to have it addressed. Here’s a list of common problems with heat pumps this season that you should look into.

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What Makes a Heat Pump Different from a Standard Air Conditioner?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

When it comes to residential heating and air conditioning in Austin, TX, a heat pump is a great installation. Heat pumps use the basic operating principles as an air conditioner to siphon heat from one location and release it in another. (A process known as heat exchange.) The major difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump is that a heat pump can move heat both directions: it can release it outdoors or release it indoors. With only a change on the thermostat, a heat pump changes from an air conditioner into a heater.

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How Do Heat Pumps Heat and Cool a Home?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The widespread availability of heat pumps is an exciting trend in the HVAC industry because these units are such highly effective and efficient heating and air conditioning systems.

It surprises many homeowners with any knowledge of traditional heating and air conditioning units, because an air conditioning system is usually installed independently from a furnace. But owning a heat pump essentially eliminates the need for a furnace, as a heat pump is an air conditioner in which the refrigeration cycle also works in reverse.

How Does Air Conditioning Work?

Air conditioners operate via refrigeration, which involves the use of a chemical blend called refrigerant, a set of coils, a compressor, the expansion valve, and a fan, among other vital parts. Refrigerant absorbs heat from a home inside at the evaporator coil, when it evaporates into a gas. It lets off heat at the condenser unit outside as it condenses into a liquid. A fan blowing over the indoor coil moves cool air into the room.

A heat pump has an extra component known as a reversing valve that allows refrigerant to move the opposite direction, absorbing heat from the outside to bring into your home. The indoor coil becomes a condenser while the outside coil is for evaporation. Check valves help redirect the refrigerant so it flows through components the right way and so that it can avoid certain parts, like the expansion valve.

Why Are Heat Pumps Efficient?

Heat pumps do have a balance point at which it struggles to gather enough heat from the outside air to heat a home. That’s why most installers add on strips of electric heating elements (that resemble the inside of a toaster) as a backup heating source, although a furnace may also be used in some cases.

The thermostat is programmed to recognize when the heating strips are needed, but it’s important to note that these use a lot of energy to use and should be in use sparingly. Heat pumps are efficient because they only use electricity to move heat from place to place, but the additional heating strips are inefficient because they actually generate heat.

Call the heating and cooling experts at Intelligent Air Services for more information, professional installation, and service for heat pumps in Austin, TX.

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3 Benefits of Heat Pumps

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The name “heat pump” can be a confusing word, especially when it comes to air conditioning. Heat pumps have been around since the 1940s, but it’s only been over the last 10 years that they’ve become a popular choice for property owners. How can a heat pump benefit you and your air conditioning? There are several reasons why a heat pump is a good choice for air conditioning in Austin, TX, but it’s important to know how it works.

How a Heat Pump Works

Heat pumps are electrical devices that transfer (move) heat from one location to another, so they can provide both heating and cooling. During the winter, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your home, and, during summer, they move heat from inside your home into the outdoors. Heat pumps can provide heating and cooling with or without ductwork, making them an option for many different households.

Benefits of Using a Heat Pump

There are a number of benefits when using a heat pump for your cooling:

  • Energy efficiency – there are a couple of ways heat pumps can be very energy efficient: first, they use 25-50% less electricity to operate than traditional air conditioners (and furnaces). Second, they do not use fossil fuel to operate, eliminating the need for oil or natural gas.
  • Longevity – the average lifespan of an air conditioning system is 10-12 years, while the average lifespan of a heat pump is 20-25.
  • Comfort – heat pumps cool uniformly, helping to reduce and eliminate hot and cold spots. Additionally, the humidity level stays fairly constant because there is no forced air component.

Geography Can Make a Difference

Heat pumps tend to work best in geographical areas that don’t have winter temperatures less than 40 degrees. If you do live in an area where it gets cold during the winter, you can still use a heat pump but you may need to use it in conjunction with a second heat source.

The best way to decide if a heat pump is a good option for your air conditioning is to work with an HVAC expert, so call Intelligent Air Services today and schedule air conditioning service in Austin, TX.

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Why Choose a Heat Pump in Austin, TX?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

One of the great things about owning a home today is the great variety of gadgets, appliances and HVAC equipment available to make your life more comfortable. Of course, choosing how to heat and cool your home is a more difficult decision to make than deciding on the right coffee maker. The Austin, TX heating and air conditioning specialists at Intelligent Air Services, though, are here to ensure that your home is warm all winter long and that you are able to beat the heat during the hottest days of summer. You may not know it yet, but a quality heat pump could be just what you need for efficient year round comfort.

A heat pump is a great HVAC option for a few different reasons. First of all, these systems are able to both heat and cool your home, something that a furnace or traditional central air conditioning system simply cannot aspire to. During the summer months the heat pump works just like an air conditioner, removing heat from the air in your home and then redistributing that heat throughout the building. Once the cooler weather arrives, though, a heat pump in Austin, TX can just as easily work in the opposite fashion, reversing its operation to heat your home back up. The way it does so is the big selling point of heat pump technology.

Heat pumps do not generate heat the way a system such as a furnace does. Instead, heat pumps make use of the ambient heat in the air outside to warm your house up. How is this possible? Well, even when it is not that hot out, the air outside retains some heat. By absorbing that heat and utilizing the heat transfer process to bring it into your home, heat pumps are able to use just a small amount of electricity to keep you warm and cozy. Our fairly mild winter weather helps to ensure that a quality heat pump in Austin, TX can handle anything that the heating season can throw at you.

To learn more about heat pumps in Austin, TX, call a member of our staff today. We have the answers you need to determine if a heat pump is the right option for you. When it comes to heat pumps, you can’t go wrong with Intelligent Air Services.

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