4 Heating Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

4 Heating Mistakes that are Costing You Money

Winter is here and with it brings chilly homes, high heating costs, and leaving people to wonder if there are any money-saving steps they could take. The key to improved home comfort (and more money in your pocket) is understanding common heating mistakes you might be making and how to fix them.

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Could a Heat Pump Be the Perfect Comfort System for Your Home?

comfortable-familyA lot of people rely on window AC units and portable heaters for home comfort throughout the year. But this simply is not the best option if you’re looking for long-term efficiency. Most likely, you don’t feel as comfortable as you would like. And you’re spending more than you have to just to cool or heat small portions of your house at a time.

When we hear about homeowner’s year-round home comfort woes, we often recommend a heat pump. Heat pumps are not just for heating. They are actually some of the most efficient air conditioning systems around, that just so happen to be extremely efficient for heat in our climate as well.

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Why St. Augustine Residents Are Choosing Heat Pumps

If you’re looking for the perfect comfort system to get you through the year, you need to hear about why so many local residents are choosing heat pumps over other whole-home cooling systems. Sure, most of the year is hot and humid in our part of Florida. But a heat pump actually provides heating and cooling in one.

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The One Comfort System We Recommend for Any Homeowner

When you hear the term “heat pump” for the first time, you may think that this is not the right whole-house comfort system for someone living in Florida. After all, in our part of the country, we don’t get very much cold weather, and we are typically more concerned about air conditioning.

But we actually recommend heat pumps to homeowners in any part of the country, even here in the Ponte Vedra Beach area. That’s because a heat pump is actually a heating and cooling system in one.

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How a Heat Pump Is Like a Regular Central AC Unit

If you’re shopping around for a new heating and/or air conditioning system, you might have found some information about heat pumps. Heat pumps are heating and air conditioning systems all-in-one. In some areas, homeowners need a backup heater in order to compensate for extremely low outdoor temperatures. But in Florida, it’s the perfect system for any whole-home air conditioning replacement.

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Sizing Your Heat Pump for Installation: What You Should Know

One of the most important parts of the heat pump or air conditioning installation process is determining the proper size of the system you plan to install for your home. A system that is too small will run for too long, which can wear down the parts, raise your bills, and will likely never keep you quite as comfortable as you’d like. One that is too big can short cycle (turn on and off too frequently), which also overworks the main components and could lead to premature failure. Here’s what else you should know about sizing a heat pump for installation.

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How a Heat Pump Can Save You Money Year Round

One of the most important things to look for in a brand new air conditioner is efficiency, as energy bills really tend to skyrocket in the summertime. And when you choose a heat pump, you’ll get efficiency, performance, durability, and more! Heat pumps are some of the most efficient cooling and heating systems there are, especially if you live in a warmer climate. Here’s how you can save money each year by installing this unique unit.

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Your Options for AC Replacement

Are you in the market for a new air conditioning system? There are many options available in a range of prices with plenty of optional features and upgrades. How do you choose? You should always seek the help of a trained HVAC technician when selecting a new system, but we’ve put together this list for some guidance to start.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Choice for AC Replacement?

As the weather heats up more and more, it may be time to ditch that older, ineffective energy hog of an air conditioner and replace it with a high-efficiency AC system. And today, you have so many options from which to choose. One of the more popular choices among homeowners today for air conditioning installation and replacement, especially in the Jacksonville area, is the heat pump. Talk to your local AC technician about your options, but check out a couple of the advantages to heat pumps in this guide.

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When the Heat Pump Won’t Switch Back into Cooling Mode

If you own a heat pump in Daytona Beach, you have one of the most efficient systems available in our area. We don’t use heaters too often, nor do we usually leave ours on for very long when we do need heat. This is why it makes sense to have an air conditioning and heating system in one: a highly efficient heat pump. So if your air conditioner will not go back into cooling mode after keeping it in heating mode for a while, you need service fast. Trust this repair to the technicians at AC Designs Inc, and read more about this issue here.

When the heat pump is in heating mode, refrigerant circulates through the inside and outside portions of your system, absorbing heat from the air outside and moving it indoors. When it has to switch back into cooling mode, a reversing valve activates to help refrigerant flow in the opposite direction. Check valves help the refrigerant to avoid some of the parts it must pass through in heating mode and vice versa in cooling mode.

There are three main components that may be responsible when your unit won’t shift over into cooling mode or into heating mode. The reversing valve is the component responsible for allowing the refrigerant in the heat pump to reverse into heating mode and back into cooling mode again. When you switch the unit into a different mode, a sliding cylinder kicks in and changes the flow of refrigerant. This part may be primarily responsible when it cannot switch back, or it may be due to a problem with one of the check valves.

It is possible, however, that your heat pump will not turn on simply because there is an issue with the thermostat. Faulty thermostat wiring or problems with the programming may be responsible. Check with a technician once you’re certain that all of the correct settings are in place.

Call AC Designs Inc. to schedule repairs for your heat pump in Daytona Beach. Our specialists have experience specifically in the area of heat pump repair, so we’re the company to call for any of your AC and heating needs.