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Why Are Newer Furnaces So Much More Energy Efficient?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The standards for the energy efficiency ratings of natural gas furnaces have increased. The U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program now requires that new gas furnaces are manufactured to meet a rating of 90% AFUE or greater in the South and 95% AFUE or greater in the north in order to receive the ENERGY STAR certification. This isn’t a standard that’s difficult to meet for new furnaces. In fact, the reason that the requirements have gone up is because furnaces simply are more efficient now than they’ve ever been.

What accounts for this better energy performance from furnaces? A number of factors:

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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.

Goethermal Piping Options | Raleigh Heating & Air

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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How is a Geothermal System Installed?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Are you looking for a highly efficient, more environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home for year round comfort? If so, contact the heating and air conditioning experts at Raleigh Heating & Air. We have all the information you need to decide if a geothermal heating and cooling system is the right choice for your home. A geothermal installation is a pretty big job and one that must be completed by extensively trained, skilled professionals. If you decide to schedule a geothermal installation on your property, give us a call. We’ll make sure that the service is completed properly for maximum efficiency and performance levels.

 Goethermal System Installation | Raleigh Heating & Air

A geothermal heating and cooling system uses a heat pump to transfer ambient energy into your home. Because a fuel is not consumed except a bit of electricity during the heat transfer process, geothermal heat pumps are very efficient. They are also very reliable, as the temperature beneath the ground is fairly constant. In order to draw the heat from the ground a geothermal loop system must be installed. Trenches must be dug on your property, and the loop system is buried within these trenches. The loop system circulates an antifreeze solution around, and this solution absorbs heat from the ground.

A lot of different factors must be considered prior to your geothermal installation. The quality of the soil on your property, geological factors and the amount of space available will all determine what type of loop system is used on your property. In order to ensure proper operation of your geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as to make sure all local codes and regulations are met, you must work with a qualified geothermal installation company. Contact Raleigh Heating & Air to handle your geothermal installation with the expertise, skill and exceptional customer service we are known for.

Stop paying high heating and cooling costs to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. A geothermal heating and cooling system, paired with a great installation, can help you heat and cool your home more efficiently. Call Raleigh Heating & Air today to schedule dependable geothermal installation in Raleigh.

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