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How Does an Air Source Heat Pump Work?

If you are thinking about how to cool down your home, the first thing that comes to mind is not likely to be an air source heat pump. You are more likely to think of an air conditioner or a fan. Investing in a heat pump can be a wise choice, since it can heat and cool your home, as opposed to having separate systems for heating and cooling.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a piece of equipment that is capable of moving heat from one location to another using a small amount of energy. They can pull heat out of the air or the ground to heat your home or office, but they can also be reversed to cool down the interior environment as well.

Advantages of Using a Heat Pump

Along with the advantage of not having to install two HVAC (ventilating and air conditioning) systems in your home, one advantage of choosing a heat pump is that it works very efficiently. Rather than burning fuel to create heat, they simply transfer it, which makes them a more environmentally friendly choice for homeowners.

They are a good choice for homeowners living in moderate climates. You can save money by choosing this option instead of a furnace and air conditioner for your home.

How an Air Source Heat Pump Works

A heat pump works on the principle that heat moves from a location where there is a high temperature to one where there is a lower temperature. The heat pump uses a small amount of energy to switch the process into reverse and pull heat out of a low-temperature area to pump it into a higher temperature one. The heat is transferred from a heat source, such as the ground or the air, into a heat sink, like your home.

Air Source Heat Pump

An air source heat pump is one of the most common types of heat pumps available on the market. It takes heat from the air outside your home or office and pumps it back indie through refrigerant-filled coils. The idea is not that different from what you will find on the back of your refrigerator. It has two fans, refrigerator coils, a reversing valve and a compressor.

To cool your home, the heat pump reverses the flow of refrigerant so that the system operates in the opposite direction from when it is heating. When the refrigerant is reversed, it absorbs heat on the indoor side of the unit and flows back to the outside. The heat is released, allowing the refrigerant to cool down and flow back inside to pick up more heat. The process repeats until the interior of your home is cool.

To schedule your appointment to discuss installation of a new heat pump, contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700.

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What are the Benefits of a High Efficiency HVAC System?

With a significant portion of your energy bill going to paying for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in your home, it makes good sense to find ways to make it more efficient if possible. Saving money is just one reason why it you would want to make the decision to invest in a high efficiency HVAC system.

Benefits of a High Efficiency HVAC System

 

1. Lower Energy Costs

Once you install a high efficiency HVAC system in your home, you can realistically look forward to saving a minimum of hundreds of dollars each year. Paying less for energy costs will free up money in your budget for other purposes.

2. Lower Carbon Footprint

Higher levels of carbon in the atmosphere cause issues for all of the earth’s systems, including air quality, water levels and vegetation. By finding ways to use less energy, you are conserving fossil fuels and putting less carbon into the air.

3. Better Temperature Management

Most homeowners who have older HVAC equipment find that they have spots in their homes where there are warm or cold spots. Once you install a high efficiency HVAC system and it is running at peak efficiency level, the air will be moving at an even flow throughout your home. The rooms should be heated or cooled at an even temperature.

4. Increased Air Quality

Cleaner air means that there will be fewer allergens and dust mites in your home. Regular maintenance of the high efficiency HVAC system and having the filters cleaned regularly as well as having any cracks and holes in your duct system sealed will lower your family’s exposure. If you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or an allergy to dust or any other airborne allergy, better air quality in the home can improve their overall health.

Air Depot is your Cypress HVAC experts. We’ve been serving customers since 1977 and can install, service and provide regular maintenance checks on your new high efficiency HVAC system. Call us today at 281-477-3700 to schedule an appointment.

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Are you Ready for Changes in the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry in 2015?

We live in a time of enormous technological change. When you think back to all the changes that have taken place over the past half-century, there have been some truly mind-boggling accomplishments. We live in a world where most of us have access to desktop computers, cell phones, and microwave ovens. We’re connected through the Internet and can communicate with people from all over the globe in an instant. Space travel is no longer the stuff of science fiction and we’ve made impressive advances in the fields of medicine and science.

Along with our many advances, we’ve also caused damage to our environment far more quickly than previous generations. Carbon dioxide levels are at the highest point since the late 1950s. It’s time to take steps to repair the damage.

Changes in the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reduces Freon Production

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reducing the amount of R22 refrigerant, commonly known as Freon. It is used in the cooling cycle of air conditioning. Scientists found that this chemical was having a negative effect on the ozone layer, and the EPA developed a plan to eliminate it over a number of years.

In 2015, production of R22 will be reduced to 90% below the US baseline. By 2020, the Agency will stop allowing all production and importing of R22. As production goes down, prices will increase dramatically.

Puron a Substitute for Freon

Puron R410a, can be used as a substitute for Freon, but it is on the list of substances that contribute to global warming. It operates at a higher pressure than Freon, which means that homeowners will need to buy new air conditioning equipment to use it.

Since Freon won’t be readily available and any supply will be very expensive, it makes sense to replace your air conditioning system that use R22. If your system needs repairs to its condenser coil or evaporator coil, you would be better off buying a new unit. At this point, continuing to invest in the air conditioning system doesn’t make sense.

Air Depot has been serving Cypress and the surrounding area since 1977. We are your air conditioning and service experts. Call us at 281-477-3700 to discuss your options in upgrading your system.

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Why You Should Hire an Experienced AC Contractor to Service your HVAC System

Cypress homeowners who are having difficulties with their AC system can receive a number of services from an experienced AC contractor, including installation, maintenance checks and repairs if their system is not working as it should. With so many people having to keep a close eye on household spending, it is easy to understand why a consumer may try to save a bit of money by trying to turn this important work over to a local handyman, especially for what appears to be some basic repair work.

While at first glance it may seem as though you are saving some money by hiring someone who will charge you lower rates up front, that “bargain” rate may not end up being such a good deal in the end. Your air conditioner is an important part of your HVAC system and when the warmer weather comes, you’ll want to make sure your family is cool and comfortable. Trusting it to an inexperienced person could end up leading to big problems later on.

Hire an Experienced AC Contractor

If your system is not kept in good repair by an experienced AC contractor, it may not perform properly. Having the work performed by someone who has been trained to perform the work correctly will ensure that your HVAC system maintenance and repair needs are taken care of quickly and efficiently.

When you hire an AC contractor who has been in business for a number of years, you know that the company will be able to dispatch certified technicians who are familiar with your particular brand of equipment. They will be able to diagnose the problem and explain your options to you.

It’s important to find someone who can look after your air conditioning system and make sure that you are satisfied with the service you have received before they leave. A well-established AC contracting business knows that it has a reputation to uphold and must have a track record of providing good customer service.

Air Depot is a family-owned and operated AC contractor business that has been serving Cypress and area since 1977. Our technicians are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) for their consistency and dependability. Call us at 281-477-3700 for all your HVAC repair, maintenance and installation needs.

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No Ducts, No Problem: Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners are an Option

If your part of your home or business does not have existing ductwork, it does not mean that you don’t have any options as far as having an air conditioning system installed. Ductless mini-split air conditioners can be used in a number of applications, including additions where extending or installing ductwork for a central air conditioner system is not feasible.

A mini split is made up of two main components. It has an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. The indoor and outdoor units are joined by a conduit, and it houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners

 

Size and Flexibility

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are small and flexible. If you are looking at cooling a section or an addition to your home, some models have up to four indoor air handling units for four rooms or spaces connected to a single outdoor unit. The number depends on how much cooling is needed for each zone or the building. Each zone can be controlled with a separate thermostat, which means you only need to turn on the air conditioner for the space when it is occupied. This will save you time and money.

Ease of Installation

This type of air conditioner can be easier to install since the hook-up between the indoor and outdoor units generally only needs a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit. Most manufacturers can provide connecting conduits of varying lengths. If necessary, you can place the outdoor unit at the back of the home or building while keeping rooms at the front cool.

Energy Efficient

Mini split air conditioners do not produce the types of energy losses associated with forced air central systems. Losses through ductwork can be responsible for up to 30 percent of energy consumption, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space like an attic.

Multiple Interior Design Options

The indoor air handlers can be mounted onto a wall, mounted flush into a dropped ceiling or suspended from a ceiling to work with any decor. They have a sleek and modern appearance, and many of them come with a remote control to turn the system on and off with the push of a button.

To find out more about ductless mini-split air conditioners, call Air Depot at 281-477-3700. We would be happy to discuss this option with you.

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