HVAC is all about the use of technology to provide a comfortable indoor climate.
HVAC and Your Home
The ‘heating’ part we all understand as most of us need some kind of heater to keep us warm. Most often that is a forced-air furnace, typically one that burns natural gas or oil, although more and more electrically-fired furnaces are popping up. There are even wood-burning furnaces, some of which include an electric heating element in case the wood supply doesn’t last.
Ventilation is very important too, as it helps control the temperature in our homes and offices. But it is also critical in replenishing the oxygen we breathe, removing excess moisture and controlling odors and bacteria in the air.
Things Just Get Better and Better
Technology is amazing and we all benefit from the vast improvements HVAC delivers. Today’s furnaces use far less fuel than before and are more compact and quieter too. Automated thermostats lower temperatures at night for us, warming our homes up in the morning before we get out of bed. And many new homes have carbon monoxide detectors now, an inexpensive life-saving technology that just wasn’t available in the past.
One of the reasons for the increase in popularity of HVAC is the heat pump. First popularized as an efficient way to control year-round comfort in American and Japanese homes in the 1950s, heat pumps have benefited greatly from new technology.
Why You Should Consider a Heat Pump
In the early days of heat pumps, they were large, expensive and typically used buried pipes to extract heat from the ground (in winter) or to transfer heat to the ground (in summer). 21st century heat pumps are smaller and cheaper than ever before and therefore are a real alternative to other heating systems. The big advantage is that they provide heat in winter and cool air in summer. And many now accomplish both of those functions by exchanging thermal energy (heat) from the outside air, meaning no more expensive buried pipes. And, yes…they work in winter!
You can feel the difference between +5 degrees and -10 degrees, and that is because air at -5 degrees has more thermal energy in it. Modern heat pumps can actually extract that heat and use it to heat your home!
All the brand names of furnaces you have known for years now make heat pumps, including Trane, Lennox, Carrier, LG, Rheem and so on. For more information on how a heat pump can benefit your new home or fit in with upcoming renovations, contact us for more information.
Just as in days of old, furnaces and heat pumps need maintenance, and occasionally repair. Avoiding high repair costs as well as inconvenience is the goal of scheduled maintenance and something you should talk about with one of our representatives.