Category: Heating

Why is R-22 Being Phased Out and What Will Replace it?

R-22 is rated to have both high Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) and high Global Warming Potential (GWP). While it is still widely used in developing countries, the United States and other countries have imposed regulations governing its use and import until it may be completely phased out. There is a target date of 2020, before…

Some Rooms in my House Don’t Get Cool Enough. Can this be Fixed?

Uneven cooling (or heating) in a home can be the result of several different circumstances. While insulation of the rooms themselves or a system’s fan speed could be the culprits, it is more likely that the dampers to the air ducts need some adjustment to balance the flow of forced air between the rooms. A…

What is A Geothermal Heat Pump?

Sometimes referred to as a ground source heat pump (GSHP), a geothermal heat pump is a central heating and cooling system that transfers heat to or from the ground. Rather than use air, a geothermal system uses the earth or the water underground as a source for heat exchange. The earth itself becomes a heat source in colder seasons, and…

What is Hybrid Heating?

Hybrid heating is a system that combines a furnace and a heat pump to heat or cool a home. It reacts to changing temperatures and automatically adjusts to use the most efficient method available to keep your home comfortable. Despite its name, the heat pump is the component responsible for cooling your home in warm…

Does It Cost More to Run Emergency Heat?

If your heating system works with an all-electric heat pump, then yes, it will cost considerably more to run emergency heat. The cost of running an emergency backup that runs on oil or gas may depend upon the cost of the fuel used and how much of it is required. While an oil or gas…

When Should I Use Emergency Heat?

Emergency heat is supplemental to your system’s first-stage heating, which is generally the heat pump. As the name implies, it is used in an emergency situation. A heat pump may get iced over and freeze up. Emergency heat can come on in conjunction with the heat pump and provide a backup to the primary system….

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