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Monday, 10 February 2014 10:21

Darth Vader Heat Pump Maintenance Lesson VI

Now that we have explored many different aspects of heat pump maintenance, here are some frequently asked questions and answers: How do I know when it's time to replace my Heat Pump? When the system starts giving you more problems than seem cost-effective to fix. If the unit is approaching 10 years in age and major components such as the compressor, reversing valve, accumulator or outdoor coil goes bad, it might makes sense to replace…
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:17

Darth Vader Heat Pump Maintenance Lesson V

We've been exploring Heat Pump Maintenance... There are some things the homeowner can do, but there are times when it's best to call a trained technician. Check air filters monthly. Clean or replace as needed. Keep outdoor unit clear of snow, ice, and debri. This includes the top, sides, bottom, and around the heat pump. Keep the outdoor coils clean. If they get dirty you can use a heavy duty degreaser and hose them down.…
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:15

Darth Vader Heat Pump Maintenance Lesson IV

Here are a few tips to remember:  Set your thermostat at one temperature. Constant adjusting can cause higher utility costs, especially in the Winter.   If using your thermostat as a setback type, limit the setbacks to twice a day such as when you are at work and when you are sleeping.   Only setback the thermostat 6% of desired temperature (approximately five degrees).   During the heating season, try not to set the thermostat…
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:14

Darth Vader Heat Pump Maintenance Lesson III

Heat flows naturally from a higher to a lower temperature. Heat pumps, however, are able to force the heat flow in the other direction, using a relatively small amount of high quality drive energy (electricity, fuel, or high temperature waste heat). Thus heat pumps can transfer heat from natural heat sources in the surroundings, such as the air, ground or water, or even man-made heat sources such as industrial or domestic waste, to a building…
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:01

Darth Vader Heat Pump Maintenance Lesson II

Today, our empirial leader Darth Vader looks at the characteristics of Heat Pump: Heat...A heat pump delivers a lower supply air temperature than a furnace over a longer time to provide more constant heat. It gives the impression that your system "never stops running", or "it feels like cold air". At times, the temperature of the air coming out of the vents in your Millenium Falcon is less than your body temperature so it feels…
Monday, 10 February 2014 09:31

Darth Vader Heat Pump Maintenance

Darth Vader: "These are the Heat Pumps we're looking for" The Heat Pump, that's right, the dreaded Heat Pump. Some people love the dark side, some people hate it. But for all of the heat pumps being used and as long as they have been around, they are still extremely misunderstood, misused and improperly maintained. And because of this, they have been given a bad wrap a long time ago, in a galaxy far... far...…
Sunday, 05 January 2014 17:33

Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money

Did you know that over half of your utility bill can be directly realated to your home heating and cooling?  According to the US Department of Energy, you can reduce monthly utility bills by up to ten percent by installing a programmable thermostat!  That savngs really adds up!  Programmable thermostats are:  Energy Efficient Convenient Environmentally-friendly, as they contain no mercury A good way to lower utility bills, and most will usually pay for themselves by…
When you walk through your home, do notice that some areas are hot and some are cold?  Hot and Cold spots is a common HVAC problem that requires a diagnosis.  Some of the factors that can contribute to this HVAC dilemma are:  HVAC system is not sized correctly-- An HVAC system that is too small may not be efficient enough to heat or cool an entire home.  A system that is too large may cause…
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