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Heat Pump or Furnace: It’s Time to Decide!

Monday, December 30th, 2019

You’ve been forgoing a heating replacement for years now, and it’s finally too much to handle. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, we absolutely understand how overwhelming it can be. If you’re not well-acquainted with the HVAC industry, it’s hard to tell what the difference is between a heat pump or a furnace. What matters to you, is that you get proper heating for your home when you need it.

That’s where we, your local Durham HVAC contractor, come in! We’ve got years of experience in both types of equipment, as well as models that we offer ourselves, to give you the right information and accurate advice on fitting your home properly. Since we service both furnaces and heat pumps, we’re not biased one way or the other. We recognize that each home requires a different heating solution.

So, it’s time to weigh the necessary factors and see if a heat pump or furnace is right for you!

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Why Cool My Home with a Heat Pump?

Monday, May 6th, 2019

heat-pumpThere is plenty of hot weather heading our way in the coming weeks and months, and some homeowners may find themselves coming to the realization that their air conditioning systems are not going to cut it for another cooling season. Whether you planned on replacing your air conditioner this spring or if you’ve just accepted that this the end of its road, we’ve got a suggestion for you to consider—using a heat pump to cool your home!

Heat pumps are effective, versatile, and actually ideal for use in warmer climates like our own. We’ll cover what makes the heat pump such a great choice more in the post that follows. First, we want to remind you that the only way to get the most out of any AC system is to schedule your services with an HVAC company in Durham, NC, that you can trust to do the job right. You’re reading this right now, and that means that you’ve already found the company to work with.

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What Makes a Heat Pump So Efficient?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

cold-coupleHere in North Carolina, the heat of the summer season far outweighs the cold of our winters. While mild winters are definitely something that a lot of us love about living here, it is important that you are not lulled into a false sense of security. Sure, you may not be using your home heating system to the same extent that you are your air conditioner. That being said, it is still vitally important that you keep your heater in great working condition.

It is also very important that you choose your home heating system wisely. Living in a relatively warm climate such as ours actually gives you a benefit when choosing your heating system. You see, our weather is perfectly suited to the use of a heat pump, which just so happens to be one of the most efficient home heating options out there. If you are interested in using a heat pump in your home, give the Durham, NC HVAC pros on our team a call.

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HVAC Replacement? Consider a Heat Pump!

Monday, August 14th, 2017

money-in-grassWe are still embroiled in the summer season at the moment, and the hot temperatures that we are experiencing are not going away anytime in the immediate future. How is your air conditioner holding up so far? Are you satisfied with its performance? Do you think it may be time for a new model once this season is passed? Looking ahead to winter, are you confident that you’ll enjoy a great performance from your home heating system? Interested in a more efficient model for more affordable comfort?

If you are not completely satisfied with your AC or confident in your heating system, or if you’re just interested in greater convenience and efficiency, then you should consider making the jump to a heat pump in Knightdale, NC. Heat pumps have much to offer, and the fact that so many homeowners are making the switch proves that this technology has really caught on. Read on to learn more, and contact us if you think that using a heat pump is the right move for your home.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Installation for the Fall?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

A heat pump is one of the best home comfort inventions. Through the same process that an air conditioner uses to cool a house, a heat pump provides forced-air heating and cooling in a single unit. With a heat pump in your home, you no longer need to have a dual air conditioner and heater, and can instead rely on electrical power to handle all your family’s comfort requirements throughout the year. If you are considering replacing your old heating system during the fall in preparation for winter, you should put a heat pump high on your shopping list.

You will want more information about heat pumps, of course, so call our specialists at Raleigh Heating & Air today. We will be glad to assist you with any questions you may have regarding installing a heat pump in Raleigh, NC.

Why Heat Pumps Are Often Excellent Installation Choices for the Fall

Heat pumps sometimes receive a poor—and undeserved—reputation for inefficiency when in heating mode. Because heat pumps must draw heat from the outdoors in order to release it indoors, it seems like they would have trouble doing this efficiently in cold weather. Although it is true that extreme low temperatures will make it more difficult for a heat pump to extract the necessary heat, there is still heat in the air it can use. During the standard low temperatures that North Carolina experiences during the winter, heat pumps are more than up to the task of keeping a home comfortable—and they are more efficient in general than most furnaces, particularly electric models.

Keep in mind that to receive the most benefit from a heat pump, you must use it for both heating and cooling. Don’t purchase a heat pump to only handle one task or the other; that’s not a cost-effective solution. If you plan to replace both an old heater and air conditioner this fall, a heat pump is a very economical choice.

If you don’t have ductwork in your home, heat pumps are still an option, since they are available in ductless mini split models. Ductless heat pumps are among the most energy-efficient heating and cooling systems available.

Like any heating or cooling system, a heat pump is not ideal in every situation. Call on professionals to look over your home and perform a heat load calculation to determine its specific heating needs. The experts can then guide you toward the system that will best see to your family’s comfort throughout the year. You will also need the professionals to take care of the installation work.

Depend on Raleigh Heating & Air for a heat pump in Raleigh, NC. We have helped keep Wake County and the surrounding areas warm (and cool) for more than two decades.

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Benefits of Using a Heat Pump

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Heat pumps form a viable alternative to traditional air conditioning units.  They work on a similar principle to air conditioning units, but their two-part system works well both as a heating and a cooling system. In the summertime, they absorb heat out of your home to cool it down. In the winter, they transfer the heat in from the outside to the inside to warm your home. In Cary, heat pump systems make a great option, since the technology works best with mild winters like the kind you find in North Carolina. Beyond that the benefits of using a heat pump in our kind of environment are numerous.

First and perhaps most importantly, heat pumps can save you money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a reliable heat pump will cut the cost of heating your home by up to 40% if you currently use electricity to heat your home. Heat pumps work best when temperatures are above 30 degrees or so, which fits Cary very well.

Convenience makes another big benefit in using a heat pump. Unlike air conditioners and furnaces, heat pumps are “reversible” systems, which means they use the same equipment for both heating and cooling. In addition, heat pumps tend to be very space efficient, freeing up space in the home that might otherwise be taken up with bulkier equipment.

Heat pumps make for an environmentally friendly technology as well. They don’t burn gas or other fuel the way a furnace does, and since their cycle circulates the air in your home, it can get rid of pollutants like smoke, dust and pet odors from your environment. When combined with their ease of use and energy efficiency, a heat pump can significantly add to the resale value of your home.

If you live in Cary, NC, heat pump technology may be the perfect way to keep your house comfortable. The professionals at Raleigh Heating & Air can help. We’re trained in the installation and repair of heat pump units, and can discuss the options with you to determine what suits your home the best. Call us today to make an appointment!

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Certified Technicians You Can Trust

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

IGSHPA logoDid you know that Raleigh Heating & Air has more IGSHPA certified technicians than any other place in North Carolina? The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association is a non-profit organization established to advance ground source heat pump technology. You can find our technicians on the Accredited Installer list on the IGSHPA site.

Raleigh Heating & Air has been providing heat pump services for more than 20 years. In addition to the high quality products we use from trusted manufacturers, you can also depend on us to deliver top notch customer service. Call us today to get more information or book a service call!

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Heat Pump Tip: Making Sure Your Heat Pump is Ready for Summer

Monday, March 4th, 2013

You rely on your heat pump to cool your home all summer long. Because your heat pump works throughout the year, getting regular heat pump maintenance in Raleigh, NC is critical to ensure successful operation. Here are a few of the things that you can do to make sure that your heat pump works well.

Remember that major maintenance duties and even minor repairs should be carried out by a heat pump expert. The following components should be inspected and cleaned:

  • Air filters. This is one of the most important parts of your heat pump system. While it protects your system from dust, dirt and other foreign debris, it can become clogged and can actually prevent the passage of cool air into your home.
  • Drain line. As with any drain, if it gets clogged, it prevents the passage of wastewater outside the system. This can lead to water leaks which might cause water damage in your home or on your property.
  • Fan blades and fan enclosure area. To work effectively, your heat pump’s fans must rotate freely without restrictions. It’s surprising how much a layer of dust and other debris can inhibit the fan components.
  • Outdoor condenser unit. Making sure nothing obstructs the outdoor condensing unit. This is where heat from inside your home gets exhausted to the outside. The effectiveness of the heat transfer process can be severely disrupted, if leaves, grass or dirt impede the airflow.
  • Indoor coil. If your coil is dirty, it will not adequately cool the air as it moves through its cooling cycle, and will therefore have to work harder.

The best way to make sure your air conditioning system is ready for summer is to get routine heat pump maintenance in Raleigh, NC. Only by ensuring your heat pump and its components receive the best possible professional care, can you expect their consistent performance all summer long. At Raleigh Heating & Air, we are committed to the comfort of our customers. Call us today!


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