Tuesday, March 17, 2015
FOX59 recently talked about the extreme winter that has again hit Indiana and gave tips on maximizing the heat inside the home. Many parts of the state battled heavy snows and below zero temperatures. As the previous winter also brought such extreme conditions, heating and air conditioning experts say that these consecutive cold winters put extra demands upon indoor heating systems. The report by FOX59 included advice on fully utilizing the heat produced by home heating systems. Here’s a summary of said tips:
Sunday, March 15, 2015
During the winter season, home furnaces are expected to work harder. Across Indiana, the extreme nighttime temperatures were enough to bring down furnaces in hundreds of homes, as reported by WANE-TV. This is because some systems just couldn’t handle the cold, while others need outright replacement. The need for repair or replacement is an urgent task for furnaces that break down in the middle of winter, but it takes time. Because repairs or replacements can take some time to complete families and commercial property owners must rely on less convenient heating measures.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Heating and cooling systems experience near constant use, and thus can encounter some hiccups over time. This is why it is important to have them checked regularly and take the necessary maintenance steps to ensure that they will continue to perform well. One way to maximize these systems is by repairing air leaks, which has the added benefit of reducing a building’s carbon footprint and utility costs. When it comes to leaks, the homeowner or property manager needs to pinpoint the area where there is the greatest air transfer. This is when a small leak can result in the unintentional expulsion of a large amount of cooled or heated air, or taking in unconditioned air from the outside. For instance, in a forced air system, this area would be the plenum (the box that houses the heating and cooling elements as well as the fan).
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Heat pumps have risen in popularity among homes and commercial installations alike over the past few years. Aside from their high-energy efficient ratings, pumps are also wanted for their convenience, practicality, and environmental benefits. Their eco-friendliness comes from the fact that they do not need to burn anything at the energy source, which means that there is no additional carbon emissions besides the residue from the electrical energy required to operate the compressor. Heat pumps move heat from the outside to the inside for heating, and from the inside to the outside for cooling. They can reduce the amount of electricity used by as much as 40 percent. Heat pumps have proven to be energy-efficient alternatives to air conditioners and furnaces when it comes to heating and cooling in Indianapolis.