Ideal Services Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

All the Reasons to Love a Heat Pump

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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We love heat pumps at Ideal Services Heating and Cooling. It is one of the most efficient, cost-effective, and versatile investments you can make to get a more comfortable home all year. All it takes is a flip of the switch, and it can go from cooling in the summer to providing you toasty heat during the winter.

This amazing system has several benefits for homeowners that can make them better alternatives to traditional ACs or furnaces. We will discuss what this system is and the benefits of a heat pump. And when you need someone for heat pump installation, you can get in touch with us to do it for you.

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Why Isn’t My Heat Pump Heating?

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Here in Durham, NC, using heat pumps makes sense. The system is an ideal investment that provides you with both a heater and an air conditioner.

Heat pumps can keep you cool on the hottest summer days and cozy in the coldest winter nights. They are efficient systems that use a reversible refrigerant cycle to provide you with energy-efficient cooling and heating.

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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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Thinking About Replacing Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, February 13th, 2017

the-thermostat-is-risingTemperatures have been a bit all over the place lately, haven’t they? One day we’ll be creeping up toward 80, and the next we’re all the way back down into the 50’s. While there is still some chilly weather ahead of us, it is becoming more and more clear that the heat of summer is heading our way once more. How confident are you in the air conditioner that you use your home? If you don’t really think that your air conditioner has another year of quality cooling left in it, you had better give us a call sooner rather than later.

Nobody wants to waste money replacing an air conditioning system when doing so is not really necessary. However, you really don’t want to wait for your AC to break down completely before you replace it. Take these tips into consideration, along with these brief descriptions of available air conditioners. When the time comes for an AC replacement in Holly Springs, NC, be sure to dial our number. 

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Why Heat Your Home with a Heat Pump?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

We install and service a lot of different heating systems, and we take the time necessary to ensure that every one of our clients winds up with the ideal heater for his or her particular needs and user preferences. Since we’ve got your attention, let us tell you about an option that you may not have considered quite yet, but which could benefit you greatly: the heat pump. Over the years, residential heat pumps have grown more and more popular. As you’ll see below, there are many good reasons for this. If you think that you’d like to heat your home with a heat pump in Apex, NC, just give us a call. Ideal Services Heating & Cooling will ensure that your system is installed and serviced properly. 

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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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Reasons to Install a Heat Pump

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

If you are ready to replace an old air conditioning system during the summer, why not opt for a heat pump instead? You may not have realized this was a viable option (the word “heat” can be a deceptive) but it’s one that we often recommend to our customers who are looking for a year-round way to keep their family comfortable.

Heat pumps do cost more than a standard standalone air conditioner, and that’s a reason that some customers shy away from making the change. However, we have a few reasons why you should give a heat pump in Fuquay Varina, NC some serious consideration for your new home comfort installation. To learn more about what’s involved in heat pump installation and whether it is the best option for your home, call up the company that’s heated and cooled the greater Raleigh Triangle Area for more than 20 years: Ideal Services Heating & Cooling.

Some of the Advantages a Heat Pump Can Bring You

  • Cooling and heating in one unit: This is the major reason that people become interested in heat pumps as a replacement for an air conditioner. You can retire your old AC and heating system at the same time, because a heat pump does both jobs. Using the same principles as an air conditioning (moving heat from one place to another), a heat pump can both remove heat from your house or bring heat into it. It only requires one change on the thermostat to shift from one mode to the other.
  • Efficient heating: A key part of the efficiency of a heat pump when in heating mode is that it does not burn fuel to create heat the way that other heating systems do. The heat pump instead uses electricity to power components the bring heat from outside: no fuel burning, and much less energy used. Studies have shown that a family can save 30% on their heating bills if they change from a furnace to a heat pump. (And of course they’re getting cooling as well.)
  • Safety: This is another important part about the heat pump in heating mode: it’s far safer than any gas or propane-powered heating system like a furnace or a boiler. Not only does the heat pump make no use of toxic gases or release dangerous exhaust, it also has no hot surfaces that children might accidentally touch. You will have few worries for your family’s safety with a heat pump working in the house.

See If a Heat Pump is Right for You

Not every home will benefit from having installation of a heat pump. Whether one works for you or not will depend on a number of factors like your insulation and long-term budget plans. However, you can always call Ideal Services Heating & Cooling for a professional opinion on the viability of a heat pump in Fuquay Varina, NC. Our air conditioner and heat pump specialists will be glad to answer all your questions and to handle the installation of whatever system you finally decide is best for you.

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How to Maintain Your Heat Pump at the End of the Heating Season

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

In regards to heat pumps, Morrisville NC residents tend to know what they’re talking about. Our comparatively mild climate makes heat pump technology an attractive alternative to more traditional forms of heating: combining the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into a single unit. They use less energy than forced-air furnaces and tend to save you money over the long run. We have more than our share of heat pumps here. But like most appliances, they require periodic upkeep in order to function at their best. And the end of winter is one of the most important times of the year for this. Here’s how to maintain your heat pump at the end of heating season.

Start by replacing the air filter with a fresh one. Air filters are designed to be replaceable as the dust and dirt slowly build up on their surface. They keep the rest of the heat pump clean, but if they’re not periodically changed, the dust will build up regardless. Some air filters are designed to be cleaned and put back rather than flat-out replaced, but regardless, the end of heating season makes an ideal period to address the issue.

Then there’s the question to refrigerant levels. Heat pumps rely on refrigerant gas to do their jobs, and while the gas theoretically moves through a closed system leaks are inevitable. Gas levels are designed to be set as a certain specific point. When they drop, the heat pump’s efficiency goes with it. A trained technician can track down the leak and recharge refrigerant levels to their current position. You can spot signs of low refrigerant by looking for ice forming on the evaporator coils, a sure sign that something is wrong.

The best way to maintain your heat pump and the end of the heating season is to schedule a routine service call from the experts at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling. We can take care of all the steps needed to maintain your heat pump and ensure that it’s in top shape before cooling season starts. In matters of heat pumps or other heating services in Morrisville, NC, residents shouldn’t have to depend on unreliable help. Call us today and we’ll make sure your system stays up to speed!

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Signs That Your Heat Pump Needs to Be Replaced

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Here in Durham, NC heat pump technology makes a lot of sense. The system serves as both a heater and an air conditioner, often combined with a smaller furnace to help handle the very coldest days. Heat pumps are very efficient since they facilitate a heat exchange with the refrigerant in their system, rather than flat-out creating the heat themselves. If properly maintained, they can last for many years, but sooner or later every appliance breaks down and your heat pump is no exception.

Here are some signs that you need a heat pump replacement:

  • Inefficient heating
    Heat pumps struggle when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, which is why they are often included as part of a hybrid heating system. If you have a hybrid system and you find that the furnace is carrying much more of the load than it should, or if your stand-alone heat pump isn’t making for comfortable air during the heating cycle, it may be time to look for a replacement.
  • Higher energy bills
    Going hand in hand with that is a preponderance of higher monthly energy bills, which can get out of hand in heat pumps that are ready to be replaced. If you find your bills rising higher than you anticipated, despite the fact that you’re not using the heat pump more often than normal, it’s probably time to get the unit replaced.
  • Multiple repairs
    Repair sessions can be a tricky thing, and if you don’t have to make a lot of major repairs, they’re usually the smart choice. If you find yourself making multiple repairs in a short amount of time and/or you’re looking at a repair that seems like more than it’s worth, retiring the existing unit may be the best option.

These signs that your heat pump needs to be replaced can be exacerbated if your unit is more than ten years old. If you’d like to discuss options for a new heat pump, then call upon Ideal Services Heating & Cooling. Heat pumps are part of our regular heating system services in Durham, NC, and we’re ready to either fix your old unit or install a new one as circumstances dictate. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

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