Heat Pump Energy Efficiency Review

Heat pump energy efficiency spells not only comfort to most homeowners but also cost-effectiveness and low demands for maintenance.

Heat pumps make use of energy in order to transfer heat from one place to another.

Unlike those of gas furnaces, heat pumps move air to heat up a room or cool down the atmosphere during summer seasons. Heat pump energy is known to provide an efficient heat source because it can generate heat inside the home four times better than it consumes energy to make it work.

It provides high level of performance without sacrificing household bills and monthly expenses for repair and maintenance that standard heating systems call for every now and then.

Air-source heat pump energy efficiency is most appropriate for places where the weather tends to be warm. This type of heating system transfers heat between the house and that of its surrounding environment.

It also acts as dehumidifier preventing moisture from making the atmosphere inside a room uncomfortable and warm. Air-source heat pumps cannot perform very much during winter seasons because it cannot generate heat better than other gas furnaces.

When shopping for heat pumps be sure to consider the size in order to avoid having bigger heating machines move the air inside continuously more often than necessary. This may just lead the equipment to wear itself out sooner than you expect.

Consult your contractors in order to estimate your home’s heating load and annual cost of having a certain kind of heat pump model. The heating and cooling performance of heat pumps are measured through its own coefficient of efficiency.

Cooling factors are measured through seasonal efficiency rating or SEER. The heating ability of heat pumps is measured through heating seasonal performance factors or HSPF.

Higher HSPF ratings are best for winter months and very cool climates; while high SEER measurements are appropriate for summer seasons and for places where climate tend to be too hot.

Heat pump energy efficiency can be calculated through this ratio in order to properly make an estimation of how much it would benefit the household in terms of its cost and effectiveness in generating heat.

Originally posted 2009-10-11 08:32:30.

Ducane Furnace Parts

Any furnace owner will attest to the fact that keeping spare parts for your unit on-hand can be a godsend when the unit decides to hiccup on the coldest night of the year. Ducane units are no exception, and keeping Ducane furnace parts on-hand is a smart investment. It is easy to choose the most commonly replaced parts to keep stocked.

The number one part replaced on furnace units is the thermostat. It is rare to see the thermostat stop working suddenly. In most cases it slowly grows out of tune with the temperature until one day you realize your unit is running far more frequently and far longer than it should. Having a replacement thermostat on-hand can make replacing it when needed a simple task. Be sure the unit is turned off when you do replace it.

Another Ducane furnace part to keep on hand is filters. Changing your filter once every three months is considered to be good practice for maintaining your unit. However, there are times when a blockage in the filter will cause you to need a replacement filter sooner.

By keeping a few filters on-hand, you can replace it whenever needed. Most hardware stores sell filters in packs, meaning you can purchase three or more at a time.

Consumers say that if small parts on your unit need to be replaced, keep note of which ones you replace and purchase at least one of each to keep in stock. This can come in handy if and when the part breaks a second time.

You can easily find replacement parts online or at a local dealer. Dealers who install Ducane furnace units often have replacement parts on hand. If your unit is still under warranty, you can also contact Ducane directly.

If your furnace is still under warranty, you should not have to pay for many, if any Ducane furnace parts. If you are the second owner of your unit, you can call Ducane to find out if your unit is still covered by or eligible for a warranty. Sometimes you can receive a part under the warranty direct from your local dealer, which makes getting replacement parts simple.

Originally posted 2012-02-24 15:18:34.

How Does A Westinghouse Furnace Compare To Other Brands?

If you are in the market for a new gas or oil furnace, then one of the brands probably on your shopping comparison list is Westinghouse. Before investing a sizable amount of money in a new unit, it is smart to compare brands. Just how does a Westinghouse furnace compare to other furnace brands on the market?

After visiting lots of online review and comparison websites, we were able to conclude that Westinghouse furnaces rate in the top 15 out of approximately 50 available and reviewed brands on the market.

Overall, the majority of first time buyers were satisfied with their purchase. Individuals moving into a home already using a Westinghouse furnace were also quite satisfied, even if having to make minor repairs to the unit.

How does a Westinghouse furnace compare to other brands with warranty? Almost any HVAC professional will recommend a Westinghouse furnace simply because of their warranty. They offer one of the best warranties on the market.

A 20 year warranty on their heavy-gauge aluminized steel heat exchangers, Quality Pledge, and 10 year limited parts warranty make sets Westinghouse apart from other furnace brands.

Aside from warranty, it is relatively easy to find a qualified technician and dealer in your local area. Westinghouse’s website has a dealer finder that will zero you in on the individual or company you’ll want to contact in your area.

Westinghouse units are comparable in price to top brands, and many customers choose them based on the warranties they offer. Consumer reviews are quite comparable to other brands as well. Many consumers owning their units for 15 plus years are extremely satisfied, saying the warranty protection offers great piece of mind and was rarely used.

Customer satisfaction ratings are very comparable to other top brands, such as Trane, American Standard, and Carrier. Approximately 1 in 5 consumers experience some sort of an issue that turns them away from Westinghouse, but the overall success rate indicates a high quality product. Overall, how does a Westinghouse furnace compare to other brands? As you can see, it strongly compares in both quality and value.

Originally posted 2011-07-03 05:28:35.

Is Your Carrier Furnace Blower Not Working?

When you are having problems with your Carrier furnace, you may be wondering if it is something that you can fix yourself or if you will have to call a repair technician.

If your Carrier furnace blower is not working, it could be due to quite a few different problems. Some of the are easy to fix, while others require a bit of expertise.

The first thing you should do if you notice that your Carrier furnace blower is not working is to check to make sure that the furnace switch is in the “on” position. You can do this by looking directly on the furnace for the power switch.

There could be several reasons why the furnace may have turned off, but before you can determine what those may be, you will need to turn your furnace back on and see what happens.

If your furnace works properly once you turn it back on, then it is likely that it was just a fluke that it got turned off. However, if you continue to have problems with the furnace turning itself off, then there is likely a larger problem at hand. At this point you can either check the diagnostic LED light on the front of the furnace or you can go ahead and call a repair technician to check out the problem.

Another thing that you can do is to check your furnace air filter to make sure that it is clean. Most furnaces require that you change out the air filter at least once every 3 to 6 months.

If it has been quite a while since your air filter has been changed, then it’s probably time to go ahead and change it. If you take out your air filter and it is clogged and dirty, this could very well be the problem with your furnace.

No matter what the problem is that is causing your Carrier furnace blower to not work properly, there is likely an easy fix. If you are not the type of person who likes to tinker with mechanics yourself, then calling a repair person is probably your best bet in this case. Be sure that when you do, you call a licensed Carrier furnace technician.

Originally posted 2010-07-25 09:52:59.

Amana Gas Furnace Troubleshooting

There will be a time when it is like a frozen wasteland outside in the dead of winter and your Amana heater decides it will not work. It only happens when it is freezing out. Don’t panic! It is best to do a little homework so let’s check into Amana gas furnace troubleshooting.

First, get out the manual (you know, the thing that came with the install). It will have a suggested procedure for troubleshooting. If you can’t find it, put the model number in at the Amana website and see if you can find it that way.

There are basics for this problem so use the intelligence you have and give this a try. It could be as something as simple as a dirty filter or a simple variation in temperature.

Locate the circuit panel. (That is the unknown box in the unknown location somewhere in your home.) Check the basement or near the location of the furnace and open up the panel door and flip the switch that is marked “furnace” to the off position.

Next, pull the non-louvered door up and slide it out. Locate the filters on the right and left side and remove. You have two filters so make sure you have them both. Look closely at each one and check to see if they are damaged or dirty. This is important and checking your filters should be part of your monthly routine.

If you own permanent filters, and they are beyond cleaning, order new ones from Amana. If you have disposable filters, replace them while you have them out. Set the louvered door back into the unit; reconnect the power at the circuit breaker.

Next, one by one check each register and cold air return in the house, turn on the furnace and allow to run for 15 minutes. Take two thermometers and place one at the heat register and one at the cold air return. Note the temperature at the unit turn on. You will then want to check the temperature rise that is with the spec sheet that came with the unit. If it is not meeting the spec sheet or the rating plate, adjust the blower speed.

If this troubleshooting does not give a positive outcome and fix the issue, call the service center or contractor. Do not attempt to remove parts or any other pieces of the unit. You will be back in a warm temperature soon, as Amana has a good product and repairs are fairly simple! But if you fixed it yourself, you saved a service call.

Originally posted 2011-07-21 09:53:16.