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How Does A Heat Pump Work? | Heating Season is Upon Us

By | November 15th, 2016|Heat Pumps|

Switching to a heat pump can be an economical and more energy efficient way for heating and cooling your home. Unlike a furnace, a heat pump does not generate heat. Instead, it heats and cools by transferring thermal energy, very similar to how your refrigerator works. Heat pumps are ideal for moderate climates; however, many systems include an additional heat source to be used when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. There are two different methods that are used to absorb thermal energy depending upon whether you choose to have an air-source heat pump or a geothermal heat pump. […]

Furnace Vs. Heat Pump: Which is the Most Efficient Heating System?

By | December 29th, 2015|Geothermal, Heat Pumps, Heating|

Shopping for a new heating system today takes a little more effort than simply swapping the old system with a new one of the same size and type. There are heat gain/loss factors and add-on features to consider. Advances in heat pump technology could mean that your trusty gas furnace isn’t the most efficient heating system any longer. […]

Consider the Advantages of a Heat Pump Over an Air Conditioner Before You Buy

By | August 11th, 2015|Heat Pumps|

If you’d like to save money on your next HVAC system purchase, you might consider switching from an A/C-furnace set-up to a heat pump. This is an all-in-one heating and cooling system that can save money on both installation and operation. When it comes to heat pump advantages over an air conditioner, this is the main one. […]

What to Expect When Sizing a Geothermal Heat Pump for Your Home

By | June 16th, 2015|Geothermal, Heat Pumps|

If you’re in the market for a highly energy-efficient heating and cooling system for your Northwest Arkansas home, look no further than a geothermal heat pump. However, make sure you work with a trustworthy and experienced professional geothermal system installer. Poor installation, including improperly sizing a geothermal heat pump, will result in long-term negative consequences. […]

What Springdale Homeowners Need to Know to Maintain Geothermal Systems

By | June 2nd, 2015|Geothermal, Heat Pumps|

Geothermal heating and cooling is gaining in popularity in Arkansas and across the United States. It’s an energy-efficient, low-impact alternative for providing comfortable heating and air conditioning. But professional installation is imperative, as is properly maintaining a geothermal system. Following are some important tips for any owner, or potential owner, of a geothermal system. […]

Don’t Fall for These Common Geothermal Myths

By | April 23rd, 2015|Geothermal, Heat Pumps|

When you want the most energy efficient HVAC system available, don’t let these geothermal myths deter you. Not only are geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) the most energy efficient kind of HVAC system, they’re also the quietest and most durable option available.  […]

Maintain Your Heat Pump with Proper Maintenance Tips

By | March 3rd, 2015|Heat Pumps, Service & Maintenance|

How well your heat pump functions can directly impact your comfort at home, so proper maintenance is essential for reliable operation. A neglected heat pump can consume up to 25 percent more energy, so making sure it’s well-maintained can also have a significant impact on your operating costs. […]

Heat Pump Maintenance Tips for Your Arkansas Home

By | January 6th, 2015|Heat Pumps|

Heat pumps are reliable and efficient systems, as long as they’re well maintained. If your heat pump is acting up, or you want to know how to care for it, use the following heat pump maintenance tips to achieve a more efficient system, better home comfort and lower energy bills. […]

5 Reason Why You Should Consider a Dual-Fuel Heat Pump

By | November 4th, 2014|Heat Pumps|

Homeowners are increasingly deciding to choose a dual-fuel heat pump system. These systems use a gas furnace as the backup, or emergency, heating for an air-source heat pump. A dual-fuel heat pump system offers greater efficiency, flexibility and comfort than with a standard air-source heat pump. The standard heat pump comes with an energy-sucking electric-resistance heating element as the backup/emergency heating supply. If you are trying to decide whether to purchase a dual-fuel heat pump, here are some good reasons to consider one: […]

Does the Heat Pump A/C Need Attention? Troubleshooting Tips

By | August 21st, 2014|Heat Pumps|

Keeping cool in your northwest Arkansas home is imperative during the hot and humid summer months as you rely on your heat pump A/C to stay comfortable. However, when your system stops cooling properly, it’s time to take some troubleshooting steps before you call an HVAC professional to diagnose the problem. This can allow you to fix a simple problem yourself, or at the very least, better explain the issue to the technician.  […]

Tips for Programming Your Heat Pump Thermostat

By | January 21st, 2014|Heat Pumps|

Heating your home to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature is unavoidable for several months a year in northwest Arkansas. Fortunately there are ways to keep energy consumption and heating bills at a minimum, such as programming your heat pump thermostat. […]

Don’t Let the Snow Freeze Your Heat Pump

By | January 9th, 2014|Heat Pumps|

Snow and ice damage can leave you without heat in the coldest part of winter, so take steps now to ensure that the outside component of your heat pump is protected. First, make sure the outside condensing unit sits on a properly constructed base above the level of the usual winter snow drifts. This will protect it from damage and keep it operating efficiently. […]

The Copper in Your Heat Pump Condenser: A Potential Gold Mine for Thieves

By | December 31st, 2013|Heat Pumps|

Throughout the country, copper theft is on the rise. Private residences, commercial businesses, restaurants and even churches have been burglarized for copper. Here’s what you need to know to protect your outside A/C or heat pump condenser from copper theft: […]

Your Heat Pump and Its Defrost Cycle

By | December 10th, 2013|Heat Pumps|

When it comes to maintaining your heat pump and your home’s temperature, Arkansas residents can benefit from fully understanding the system’s defrost cycle. Knowing the benefits it provides and precisely how it works will give you a better understanding of how this process is performed.  […]

Heat Pump and A/C Thieves Can Take a Bite Out of Your Pocketbook; Protect Your Property

By | November 12th, 2013|Heat Pumps|

In recent years, copper has become more valuable. As the price for scrap copper rises, thieves are tempted to cash in by stealing any copper they can find that isn’t nailed down. This means that heat pump and air conditioner components, which do typically contain copper wiring and coils, are at risk of being stolen, especially considering that they are often outdoor fixtures more susceptible to casual theft. […]

Heat Pump Replacement: Size Really Matters When It Comes to Efficiency

By | September 17th, 2013|dehumidification, Heat Pumps|

If heat pump replacement is on your to-do list this season, sizing the new system properly to meet your heating and cooling needs is essential when it comes to efficiency and home comfort. In northwest Arkansas, our long, hot and sticky summers make accurate HVAC system sizing particularly important to keep heat, humidity and energy costs under control. Lkewise, you’ll want a system that can turn around and provide energy savings and comfort during our chilly winters. For this reason, be sure that you choose an HVAC contractor who will take the time to conduct a detailed assessment of your home’s heating and cooling loads, rather than estimating what you need based on the size of your home or the equipment you will be replacing. […]

Heat Pump Sizing Affects Humidity in Your NW Arkansas Home

By | August 6th, 2013|Heat Pumps|

Many homeowners aren’t aware of how important heat pump sizing is for efficient humidity removal in the summer. Cooling systems, including heat pumps, remove water from the air when the warm indoor air flows over the evaporator coil inside the air handler. As the refrigerant removes the heat from the air, it chills and the water vapor condenses into a liquid, draining away through a drainpipe.  […]

Keep Your Heat Pump Running Right With Semi-Annual Maintenance

By | July 16th, 2013|Heat Pumps|

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a neglected heat pump operating in your home will consume from 10-25 percent more energy than its well-maintained counterpart. Not only is more energy required to produce the same amount of heating or cooling but the system itself will have to work harder at its job, meaning a shortened lifespan.  […]

Your New Heat Pump: Prep Your Springdale Home, and You’ll Be Happy After It Goes On

By | July 2nd, 2013|Heat Pumps|

If you have recently decided to replace your heat pump, you’ll want to make sure your home is prepped and ready for this important energy-saving installation. Before you have the new heat pump installed, take the time to prep your home to avoid problems from improper installation. A heat pump that is installed properly will deliver efficient heating and cooling, saving you money in the long run. […]

Key Installation Factors That Impact Heat Pump Performance

By | June 20th, 2013|Heat Pumps|

Sooner or later, your heat pump is going to need a replacement. But when it does, do you know how to assure the best heat pump performance possible? A big part of heat pump performance is connected to installation, so if you’re planning a new unit in your northwest Arkansas home, make sure you pay attention to the factors listed below. […]

Keep Your Heat Pump in Top Form With Spring Maintenance

By | May 9th, 2013|Heat Pumps, Service & Maintenance|

Summer can bring a lot of hard work for both your heat pump and HVAC professionals. This makes spring the ideal time to schedule a maintenance visit to get your heat pump ready for the hard work ahead. During the maintenance visit, an HVAC professional will check and tune up the components of your heat pump to ensure small problems don’t become bigger problems during the heavy use of the summer season. It also should save you money on your energy bills; the difference in energy consumption between well-maintained heat pumps and neglected ones can be as high as 25 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. During the maintenance visit an HVAC professional will: […]

Heat Pump Problems and Troubleshooting Tips

By | April 9th, 2013|Heat Pumps|

Heat pump problems can occur at any time, leaving you in an uncomfortable situation and wondering what to do next. It does not matter what the weather is like outside, hot or cold; no one wants to be in a home that is an uncomfortable temperature. There are some common heat pump problems and troubleshooting tips to try before calling a professional. […]

Rescuing Your Heat Pump From A Coat Of Ice

By | March 19th, 2013|Heat Pumps|

During normal operation of your heat pump, you’ll sometimes notice white frost or even a small amount of ice on the heat pump coil. It’s normal for heat pumps to ice up from time to time during the winter, which is why these units run a defrost cycle periodically to de-ice the coils. During the defrost cycle, the unit switches to air conditioning mode, allowing the high-pressure refrigerant to warm up and melt the ice. Backup heating kicks in to offset the cold air coming through the vents until the system returns to normal. […]

A Problem With Your Heat Pump? When To Call Your Contractor

By | September 13th, 2012|Heat Pumps|

Heat pumps do a great job of efficiently and cost-effectively heating and cooling your home, particularly in a climate like ours that doesn’t have a particularly harsh winter. However, like all technology, heat pumps can develop issues, and you may wonder whether it’s a problem that you can troubleshoot, or whether you need to call a professional HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor. […]

4 Heat Pump Efficiency Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

By | July 19th, 2012|Heat Pumps|

One of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your Northwest Arkansas home is to invest in a heat pump. The warm climate of the south adds to heat pump efficiency, meaning it could be the perfect upgrade this summer. As you shop around and compare different models, there are four heat pump efficiency terms with which you should become familiar so that you can be an educated consumer: […]

Buying A Heat Pump? Take A Look At These Advanced Features

By | June 28th, 2012|Geothermal, Heat Pumps, Heating|

Heat pumps for geothermal systems perform dual roles as both air conditioners and furnaces. The technology utilizes the stable temperature of the earth to extract warmth for heating or disburse heat taken from indoor air in the cooling mode. This is accomplished by means of a loop of heat-exchanging liquid buried several feet underground, where the temperature remains a approximately 50 degrees, continuously, year-round. […]

Invest Your Tax Return In A Heat Pump, And You’ll Soon See The Payoff

By | April 5th, 2012|Heat Pumps|

It’s tax season, and if you get money back, it’s always a good idea to invest in something that will benefit you and your home in the long run — such as a new heat pump. […]

How A Dual-Fuel System Maximizes Comfort And Efficiency As Temperatures Rise And Fall

By | February 16th, 2012|dual-fuel systems, Heat Pumps, Heating, Variable-speed blower motors|

If you’re in the market for a new heating and air conditioning system in northwest Arkansas, consider a dual-fuel system. These heating and cooling systems use the heat in the air as the primary fuel until temperatures outdoors drop to the 30s, when they switch to a fuel source. […]

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