Ideal Services Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Do You Need Heat Pump Repair?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

If you own a heat pump, you are certainly aware of its benefits: it’s versatile, efficient, and highly effective at providing you with year-round comfort. This winter has been quite cold, so if you have been experiencing issues with your heat pump, it is best to schedule repairs as soon as possible.

The best way to keep your heat pump running optimally for years to come is to schedule prompt repairs. But, what if you are unsure about whether or not to pick up that phone? Well, you’ve come to the right spot. In today’s blog, we have provided a quick guide to help you determine whether or not you need repair services. In any case, you will have to contact your local HVAC technician who can pinpoint and correct any issue you may be experiencing. Keep reading below to learn more. 

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Is My Heat Pump Leaking Refrigerant?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

chilly-manWith all of the heating and air conditioning systems available to homeowners today, it is totally understandable if you find yourself a bit flummoxed when it comes to deciding which one is right for you. If you are having a tough time making up your mind, though, we strongly recommend that you consider the use of a heat pump on your property. Using a heat pump in Raleigh, NC makes a lot of sense with our climate, and has many benefits to offer.

As great as a heat pump can be, it is important to keep in mind that no HVAC system will ever be 100% reliable. At some point, you are going to find yourself in need of professional heat pump repairs. Learning to spot potential signs of trouble so that you can schedule prompt heat pump repairs is definitely well-worth your time. Timing is of the essence, after all, especially when it comes to more serious problems like refrigerant leaks.

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Why Should You Replace Your AC System with a Heat Pump?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

AC-tools-heat-pumpThank goodness for central air conditioning. Without it, the summers here in Fuquay-Varina, NC would be nearly unbearable. So why, as the title suggests, would we recommend you replace your central air conditioner with something called a “heat” pump?

A heat pump will keep you just as cool as a central air conditioner (if not cooler, since it’s a brand-new system with brand-new parts). The difference is that it can also keep you warm, without the need for the conventional air conditioner and furnace setup. That’s ideal for climates like ours.

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How Can a Heat Pump Both Heat and Cool?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

If you’ve read our blog or explored our site before, you probably know that heat pumps are unique in that they are able to offer homeowners both effective cooling and incredibly efficient heating. This week, we’ll go a little further in depth about how heat pumps are able to manage this feat. You just may find that the heat pump is precisely the type of home comfort system that you’ve been looking for. 

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Option for a Home Cooling System?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

There are many different home cooling systems out there on the market today, and choosing the right one for your home can actually be a pretty daunting process. After all, no one wants to drop the money on a new air conditioning system, only to find before long that they may have made a hasty, uninformed decision. If you are thinking about having a whole-house cooling system installed on your property, we encourage you to give some serious consideration to the use of a heat pump in Raleigh, NC. Heat pumps have some exceptional benefits to offer homeowners in our area.

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What Is a Heat Pump, and How Does It Work?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

We can understand if you feel a bit overwhelmed in looking for a new HVAC system for your home. There are a lot of different systems to choose from, after all, and you need to know that yours is the right fit for your usage habits and personal preferences. If you are indeed in the market for a new heater or air conditioner, we suggest that you consider using a heat pump in Holly Springs, NC. There are a few great benefits that you’ll enjoy with the use of a heat pump which you would otherwise go without. To learn more about our heat pump services, just give us a call. Review the following information, and be sure to contact Ideal Services Heating & Cooling if you think that a heat pump is right for you.

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What Makes a Heat Pump a Good Cooling Option?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Now more than ever, homeowners really have their choice of ways in which to cool their homes throughout the hottest time of the year. Living in Raleigh means that you must choose your air conditioner wisely. There are a lot of hot summer days ahead, and you must be able to cool your home in both an effective and an efficient manner. A heat pump is an option that more and more people are jumping on, and it is not hard to understand why. Consider the information below, and you may just determine that a heat pump is the ideal cooling system for your needs. If you decide to use a heat pump in your home, contact Ideal Services Heating & Cooling for the outstanding services that your system needs to succeed.

How Does a Heat Pump Cool a Home?

A heat pump actually works in much the same way as a traditional split central air conditioning system. An indoor coil absorbs heat from the air in your home, with the refrigerant within that coil facilitating the process. The hot refrigerant then travels through the system to the outdoor unit, with the coil outside venting the heat from the refrigerant to the even hotter air outdoors. The air cooled in this heat transfer process is then distributed throughout your home via a system of air ducts, a very effective means by which to cool an entire household effectively and conveniently. This cooling cycle is then simply repeated until the desired temperature is attained within your home, and will start again when the temperature therein rises back up above the set temperature.

Benefits of Using a Heat Pump

A heat pump is a highly efficient piece of cooling equipment, but there are also very efficient split cooling systems which homeowners may also use to keep their homes comfortable during the summer season. What sets a heat pump apart from the pack is the fact that it offers year round comfort in one convenient package, with its heating mode offering truly superior efficiency when compared to other heating options. A reversing valve in the heat pump allows for it to reverse it refrigerant cycle. This means that, during the colder time of the year, the system can absorb heat from the air outside, rather than from within one’s home. The warmed refrigerant is further compressed, resulting in high temperatures, and is then let loose via the indoor coil. The heat from the refrigerant, largely originating outdoors, is then used to the heat the house. Again, the process is repeated until the desired temperature is met, and you are able to heat your house with the same system you use to cool it in the summer. Only a small amount of electricity is used in the process.

If you want to cool your home effectively via a ducted, forced air distribution based cooling system, while using that very same system in order to efficiently heat your home during the winter, then a heat pump may be right for you. Call Ideal Services Heating & Cooling to schedule service today. We’ll make sure that your heat pump is capable of meeting your year round comfort needs.

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3 Things to Consider When Having a Heat Pump Installed

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

In North Carolina, we have the full range of seasons: warm summers and snowy winters. To equip your home for all weather conditions, a heat pump is one of the best options, since it provides both heating and cooling.

If you are thinking about scheduling a heat pump installation in Morrisville, NC, here are three things you should consider. You can talk to our heating specialists at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling for assistance.

1. Should you use ducts or opt for a ductless mini split system?

If you already have ducts installed in your home, then you won’t have to worry here: the heat pump will hook up to your pre-existing ductwork. However, if your home does not have ducts, or if you are building a new home, you will have to make a choice between installing ducts or using a ductless mini split system, which is a heat pump that uses multiple indoor blower units instead of a central unit connected to ducts. In most cases, it is an easier choice to go with a ductless mini split, but consult with the installers regarding the two options.

2. How powerful and large a heat pump should you get?

The easy—and incorrect—answer is: “As powerful as you can get.” The truth is that a heat pump that is either too small or too large present serious problems. The undersized heater will leave your home with cold spots, while the oversized heater will reach its temperature goal so fast that it will shut off early before completing its cycle, draining energy from continual starts and stops. The ideal sized heater is something your installer can determine using a heat load calculation. Trust to the experts to help you with correctly sizing your system.

3. Should you have a hybrid installed?

Heat pumps do come with one major caution: in extreme cold where the temperature drops below freezing, they can begin to struggle removing adequate amounts of heat from the outdoor air to provide a comfortable indoor temperature. There is a solution, however: a hybrid system that combines the heat pump with a backup furnace that runs on a different fuel source. The backup will come on when the heat pump begins to have difficulty. Hybrid systems do not carry too steep an additional cost to operate because the backup system will only need to run occasionally.

Ideal Services Heating & Cooling has provided quality heat pump installation in Morrisville, NC and all the greater Raleigh Triangle Area for more than two decades. We only install the top brands and models, and our experienced staff will make sure you have a smooth installation that will leave you with great heating and cooling for many years.

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Signs that Your Heat Pump has Low Refrigerant

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Heat pumps rely on refrigerant to operate, the same way that air conditioners do. The refrigerant passes through a closed loop that subjects it to pressure and temperature changes, reverting it back and forth between a liquid and a gaseous state that alternately warms and cools the surrounding air. It uses less energy than more traditional HVAC systems, as well as combining heating and cooling into one single function. In Pittsboro NC, heat pump repair is often the purveyance of air conditioning repair services, since our relatively mild climate makes a good fit for heat pump technology. That often involves recharging low refrigerant levels, which can cause significant problems if left untreated. If you can spot the signs that your heat pump has low refrigerant, you can summon a service technician to correct the issue in a timely fashion.

Low refrigerant levels announce themselves in rather subtle ways. The most obvious is a slow build-up of frost on the evaporator coils – a sign of the cool air that isn’t being generated. Scraping the frost off won’t solve the problem, since the refrigerant needs to be recharged, but the damage it causes can stretch far beyond reduced cooing levels, as the melting ice interferes with other components in the system.

As a result of that, the heat pump needs to work harder to do its job. The frost forms a barrier between the remaining refrigerant in the coils and the air, which means the unit must use much more energy to cool the air like it should. This results in increased wear and tear on the system, as well as raising your monthly energy bills despite not using the heat pump any more than normal. If you find your bills going up, it’s probably a sign that your refrigerant levels are low. At this point, you will need to call an HVAC contractor for AC repair services.

Once you’ve spotted signs that your heat pump has low refrigerant, contact Ideal Services Heating & Cooling to help. We handle Pittsboro NC heat pump repair issues of all varieties, and will track down the leak in your system before recharging refrigerant levels to their former status. Pick up the phone today to schedule an appointment, or learn more about the heating services we offer in Pitsboro, NC!

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How Do Heat Pumps Provide Both Heating and Cooling?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Heat pumps are a terrific option for many homeowners. Heat pumps have numerous benefits including the fact that they provide both heating and cooling. Here at Ideal Services Heating and Cooling we are proud to provide complete Cary, NC heat pump services. We often get asked about how heat pumps are able to provide both heating and cooling. We wanted to clear it up and put together a quick explanation of how they’re able to do that.

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Heat pumps are incredibly efficient and reliable heating and cooling systems. They are unique in that they can provide both heating and cooling in one convenient system. The Cary, NC heat pump professionals at Ideal Services Heating and Cooling provide installation, repair and maintenance for all different kinds of heat pumps. Here is a brief explanation of how heat pumps can provide heating and cooling.

In cooling mode, your heat pump uses a compressed refrigerator to absorb heat out of your home’s air. The refrigerant is then circulated outside where it is exhausted through the outdoor condensing unit.

Heat pumps have a reversing valve that allows them to reverse the flow of that compressed refrigerant. When you flip the switch to heating mode, your heat pump will start absorbing heat from the outside air and carrying it into your home. Heat pumps are one of the most efficient heating systems because they don’t have to consume a fuel source to provide heating to your home.

For all your Cary, NC heat pump installation, repair or maintenance just call the friendly experts at Ideal Services today.

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