3 Reasons to Consider Heat Pump Installation for the fall

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Heat pumps are effective and efficient heating systems. What makes them a better choice than all the other heating options out there, though? If you’re considering installing a new heating system this fall, read on to discover the 3 reasons why a heat pump may be right for you.

Energy Efficiency

A heat pump consists of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. When the heat pump is in heating mode, the outdoor unit draws thermal energy from the air around it. This energy is transferred to the refrigerant line, which runs from the outdoor unit to the indoor unit. The indoor unit then uses this thermal energy to heat and distribute air throughout the house. By moving thermal energy in this way, the heat pump expends less energy on heating than other systems. It does not require the use of a gas-burning furnace to heat the air.

Versatility

A heat pump is actually capable of both heating and cooling. It does this through the use of a part called a “reversing valve.” This valve reverses the flow of refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor unit, depending on which mode the heat pump is in. By combining both heating and cooling into one unit, the heat pump saves you the time and space of installing a separate air conditioning system for the summer months.

Savings

The combination of both energy efficiency and versatility results in sizeable savings on your heating bill, compared to other heating systems. Over time, the unit will eventually pay for itself with these savings. The installation procedure and investment is comparable to more traditional systems, so there isn’t a drastic increase in initial cost. These savings tend to be the number 1 reason that people switch to heat pumps from other systems.

If you want to gain all of these advantages by installing a new heat pump, call Cool Air Mechanical today. Our HVAC technicians are all professionals when it comes to heat pump installation in the Atlanta area.

 

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3 Things to Consider Before Your Heat Pump Installation

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Heat pumps are an innovative and versatile means of conditioning the air in your house. They utilize the same basic system as an air conditioner, which cycles refrigerant gas through a series of valves and coils to change the temperature in the surrounding air. But while air conditioners are set up to simply cool your home, heat pumps can use the same system to reverse the process and heat it as well. They work best in areas with mild winters, which is why Atlanta heat pump installation makes a lot of sense. If you’re thinking about placing a heat pump system in your home, you want to prepare for the operation properly.

Here are 3 things to consider before your heat pump installation:

  • Ducted or Ductless: Some heat pump are forced air systems, designed to work in conjunction with a duct system. Others work as part of a ductless system, deploying multiple indoor units throughout your house to heat or cool each space individually. Which one works best depends on the specifics of you house. If you have an existing duct system, a centralized heat pump might work best. If you don’t, then you might want to look into a ductless heat pump system.
  • Sizing is key: Like other HVAC systems, heat pumps need to generate just the right amount of power to work best. If it’s too small, it won’t heat or cool your home adequately. If it’s too large, it will cycle on and off rapidly, wasting considerable energy in the process. A technician can inspect your home and provide a precise estimate of the right sized heat pump for your space.
  • Select locations carefully: Heat pumps depend on both indoor and outdoor components to do their job. You’ll need to find spots in the right location (or locations) in your house and make sure they have the right dimension for the unit. Heat pumps do make some noise, so that might affect the placement of your unit as well.

The experts at Cool Air Mechanical can help with Atlanta heat pump installation, as well as giving you more things to consider before your heat pump installation begins. Careful planning is the key to installing a new heating system, and we have the expertise to do the job right. Call us today to set up an appointment!

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Heat Pump Installation Question: Will a Heat Pump Work with My Air Ducts?

Friday, November 15th, 2013

If you’ve done research into heat pumps in your quest to get the best comfort for your home, you already know the huge advantages they offer: a heater and air conditioner combined, high energy-efficient performance, lowered indoor humidity. Heat pumps don’t work in every part of the country since their heating function can encounter difficulty with winter temperatures below freezing, but for Georgia’s weather they are ideal.

However, if you’re replacing a central air conditioner that uses ducts, or a forced-air heater like a furnace, you might have some concerns about whether a heat pump will work with this existing ductwork. We’ll address this in this post. For professional advice and expert heat pump installation in Marietta, GA, schedule an appointment with the technicians at Cool Air Mechanical.

Heat pumps and your ducts

Heat pumps operate similarly to air conditioners, so they must use forced air to move around heated and cooled air to your house. If you already have ducts from an air conditioner, then your new heat pump will hook right up to them when it replaces your AC.

However, while you won’t encounter much difference with cooling your home with that same set of ducts, you may have issues with heating, especially if you didn’t use the ducts for heating because you had a system like a boiler that didn’t use forced air. Your ducts might not be optimized to handle the heat from an air pump.

This is why you need to contact professionals when you want to have a heat pump installed—even before you choose a system. Technicians can inspect your home’s current ductwork to see if it will work with the new demands a heat pump will put on it. If there are any repairs required before the installation starts, these technicians will take care of it. You will probably experience few difficulties in your ducts when you make the switch to a heat pump.

However, if a heat pump won’t work with your existing ducts for some reason, you don’t have to worry about abandoning the heat pump as an option entirely. Heat pumps come in ductless models that used mounted air handlers in different rooms of your home to provide heating and cooling. Ask professionals about the feasibility of going with a ductless system.

Call in the experts

Getting any home comfort system installed requires a great deal of work with attention to detail applied at each stage of the process. You need highly trained HVAC specialists to take care of this. If you contact Cool Air Mechanical when you think heat pump installation in Marietta, GA is the best choice, you’ll find out if the new system will work with your ducts. When it comes time to do the installation, Cool Air Mechanical will make sure your new system hooks up seamlessly with your old ductwork so you’ll get years of quality comfort from your heat pump.

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How Much Room Is Needed for a Heat Pump Installation?

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

For a city with a climate like Atlanta’s, one of the best options you can choose for year-round comfort is a heat pump. Heat pumps operate like air conditioners, except they can switch the direction of heat exchange so that they remove heat from the outside air and put it into your home—you get a heater and air conditioner in one unit. Heat pumps can have difficulty removing ambient heat from the outdoors during extremely cold temperatures… but that’s rarely a problem during mild Georgia winters.

If you are interested in getting a heat pump in Atlanta, GA for your home, you don’t want to rely on amateurs or newcomers to the HVAC business. Cool Air Mechanical has the years of experience that make us a trusted name in home heating and cooling, so turn to us when you have questions or concerns about getting a heat pump installed for the coming season.

How much room will a heat pump take up?

A question we often hear from customers about heat pumps is how much room they will need for an installation. We know this will probably be a major concern if you’re replacing a different system like a furnace, boiler, or central AC.

The first things to know is that when it comes to heat pumps, there is no “one size fits all” option. A heat pump must be sized for your home: based on the heating requirements of your house (square footage, insulation, number of windows, number of people who live there, etc.), installers will determine how large a heat pump you’ll need. So there’s no simple answer to the question of how much space a new heat pump will take up.

However, you probably already have in your home a good benchmark for how much room your heat pump will require: your air conditioner. A heat pump uses indoor and outdoor units to operate that are almost identical to your air conditioner’s, and so it will take up a similar amount of space. However, even if the heat pump will need additional space, keep in mind that you most likely will no longer need your old heating system—furnace, boiler, or other unit—because the heat pump will perform both the job of the AC and the heater. A heat pump will save you space.

Get professional installers involved with the process from the earliest stages. When technicians from Cool Air Mechanical come to your home, they will find the right spot to fit your new heat pump and figure out exactly what size you will need to best serve you with effective heating and cooling. When you’re ready for a heat pump in Atlanta, GA, contact Cool Air Mechanical.

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Common Heat Pump Problems in Atlanta

Monday, February 4th, 2013

When you schedule a professional heat pump installation and routine maintenance service  in Atlanta, you are taking the steps necessary to ensure the efficient, effective operation of that system. Even with a great heat pump model and regular maintenance service, though, you have to expect to run into a problem or two here and there. Heat pumps, like any other mechanical system, experience some common problems. Not all of them are terribly serious, but any time your heat pump seems to be experiencing issues you should call your local service technician. If you live in Atlanta, just call the heat pump experts at Cool Air Mechanical.

One of the more obvious problems that you may experience with your heat pump is a lack of heat in your home. There are many different causes of this issue. Before you assume there is a serious problem take a quick look around at the registers and grilles of your ductwork system. There is a possibility that these were blocked off by shifting furniture or other items. This may account for the ineffectiveness of your heat pump.

If your registers are free of obstruction but your heat pump is not performing effectively you may have a faulty thermostat. If your thermostat is not able to accurately read temperatures and relay that information to your heat pump,then you cannot expect the system to respond properly.

It is also possible that there is a problem with your outdoor unit. Have a look at the unit to see if it is covered with debris, visibly damaged or iced over. Never attempt to service the compressor or condenser of your heat pump yourself. Most heat pumps have a defrost cycle to deal with icing on the coils, but a serious icing problem or other issues can compromise the performance of the system.

Regardless of what issues your heat pump is experiencing, contact Cool Air Mechanical for the professional maintenance and repair services you need. Our expert technicians can have the heat pump in your Atlanta home working again in no time. Call us as soon as you notice a heat pump problem.

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Atlanta Heating Installation Tip: Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

If you are considering a heat pump installation for your Atlanta area home, call the HVAC experts at Cool Air Mechanical. We can provide you with information about the different types of heat pumps available and help you decide whether or not this is a cost-effective choice for your home.

Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump system, and they provide both heating and air conditioning for your home. They are highly efficient at both in the right conditions because they draw in the air from outside the home and either warm it up or cool it. This means that the only energy used is the electricity to operate the compressor, which uses refrigerant to compress or evaporate the air depending on the time of year.

Typically, ductwork is connected to the indoor unit, and then the air is distributed throughout the home through the supply vents. The main disadvantage is the expense of installing ductwork if your home does not already have a heat pump system or furnace.

Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

If your home does not have existing ductwork, you can also choose to install a ductless heat pump system. These are also called mini split systems because they are not “split” into just the indoor and outdoor units. They consist of many smaller units installed throughout the home that are connected to the main compressor through conduits inside the walls. They are efficient mainly because there’s no chance of air loss through leaky ductwork.

The next time you are in the market for a new heater, call the Atlanta heating specialists at Cool Air Mechanical. We take pride in our installation services, and we can help you make an informed decision about which heating system is right for you.

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