Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Energy Savings’

Types of Geothermal Piping

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

With a geothermal heating and cooling system you can heat and cool your Raleigh home with greater efficiency than ever before. Whether you want to reduce your energy costs or are looking for a more environmentally friendly way to keep your home comfortable, a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the answer. By utilizing a heat pump, geothermal systems are able to transfer existing heat into or out of your home using just a small amount of electricity. Do this, though, a geothermal loop system must be installed. The type of loop system used in your home will depend on a number of factors. Call Raleigh Heating & Air for more information about the different types of geothermal loop systems.

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The most popular and common type of geothermal loop systems is a horizontal closed loop system. Trenches are dug on your property and a system of pipes is buried in the trenches. These pipes circulate and antifreeze solution throughout the system, allowing it to absorb the heat necessary to keep your home comfortable. Not all homes and properties can accommodate this type of system, though. If you do not have the necessary amount of space for a horizontal installation, a vertical installation may be your best option.

A vertical installation requires geothermal drilling, which makes it a little more expensive. Pipes are buried vertically into the deep holes that are drilled. This requires much less space than a horizontal loop system, though, and is particularly popular in commercial settings. Our professional team will help determine if a vertical installation is necessary on your property.

If there is an adequate water supply on your property an open loop system may be installed. In this type of system water itself is used as the heat transfer fluid. Once it has done its job it simply empties back into the water source. This is a very affordable loop system option, but your water supply must meet a variety of requirements.

For more information about geothermal loop systems in Raleigh call Raleigh Heating & Air. We’ll make sure that your geothermal heating and cooling system installation is a success. Contact us today with any questions you may have.

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Lower Energy Bills with a Programmable Thermostat

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Your thermostat is probably the component of your heating and air conditioning system that you have the most direct contact with. Many homeowners, though, fail to realize just how important their thermostat can be in heating and cooling their homes in Raleigh efficiently. Are you making the best use of your thermostat? Contact Raleigh Heating & Air today with any questions you have about using your thermostat more efficiently. We offer a great variety of programmable thermostats for installation in your home. Take advantage of this great technology to heat and cool your home with greater efficiency.

Programmable Thermostats | Raleigh Heating & Air

There is nothing wrong with a manual or basic digital thermostat. They perform their function fine. By using a programmable thermostat with a greater variety of options for use, though, you can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home while actually enjoying greater comfort. With a programmable thermostat you have the option of creating heating and cooling programs specific to your schedule. During the day when the house is empty you can program your thermostat to maintain a more moderate temperature. It can be programmed to kick into a higher gear shortly before you get home from work or the kids are due home from school. This allows you to return home to a comfortable environment without maintaining that temperature all day.

A smart thermostat gives you even more control options. With this type of advanced thermostat you can control the temperature and energy use in your home remotely. Access your thermostat via a computer or even your smart phone to manage energy and temperatures no matter where you are. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to set the thermostat again. There are a lot of different features and options with this type of technology, so make sure that you discuss the operation of your new thermostat with your professional heating and cooling technician.

If you have any questions about the benefits of smart thermostats contact the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air. We want to help you heat and cool your home more efficiently. Call today for the help you need to achieve that goal.

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Getting the Most from Your Heat Pump

Monday, February 11th, 2013

With energy prices constantly on the rise, homeowners everywhere are looking for every opportunity to reduce their energy consumption. If you have a heat pump in your home in Raleigh, then you are likely enjoying comfortable heating and cooling all year long. But if you’ve started to notice that your utility bill is increasing, you probably are interested to know why and how to reduce it. At Raleigh Heating & Air, we want our customers to be comfortable in their homes and to get good efficient heating and cooling from their heat pumps. Here are some of the ways that you can get the most out of your heat pump in Raleigh.

Regular Heat Pump Maintenance in Raleigh

Perhaps one of the best ways to get the most out of your heat pump is to get it regularly maintained by a professional contractor in Raleigh. There are huge benefits for homeowners who have their heat pumps regularly tuned up. During regular maintenance visits your heat pump technician will thoroughly inspect and clean every aspect of your system. This will allow them to find any small issues and repair them before they cause your system to start performing poorly. This can potentially increase the efficiency of your system. It might also be able to extend the life of your heat pump. Small problems are often the cause of homeowners needing heat pump replacement.

Thermostat Upgrades

Another great way to potentially improve the performance of your heat pump is to upgrade your thermostats. The thermostats in your home control when your heat pump turns on and for how long. If you were to upgrade to a web enabled thermostat you may be able to gain more control over your home’s energy consumption. Web enabled thermostats connect to your home’s internet connection. You can access them from anywhere in the world using a computer or your smartphone. You can control when they turn on and when they turn off. They can also send you email alerts when your home starts to use too much energy.

Blower Door Testing

Blower door testing is a great way to find out exactly how efficient your home is. During these types of tests, technicians will seal off your home and attach a blower to your front door. This will create pressure in your home and allow us to find out exactly where any leaks are.

If you’re interested in getting the most out of your heat pump in Raleigh, call the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today.

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