Heat pumps are a good money-saving alternative to other heating systems throughout the cold winter months. However, it is important to understand what size your system needs before you make a purchase. Installing a heat pump that is too large for your home will increase its wear and tear due to overworking. Similarly, a pump too small may not be able to maintain coolness for as long as it is needed, increasing discomfort. In both scenarios, your system ends up costing you more money and energy. In order to buy the proper size pump, it is integral to understand how a heat pump works before trying to calculate the necessary size on your own.
Heat pumps are climate-control systems that function similar to an air conditioner. They primarily utilize a refrigeration mechanism for heating and cooling rather than the standard fuel combustion method. In simple terms, the heat pump extracts warm air on a cold day and cold air on a warm day from outside to regulate the internal climate of your home.
The ability to perfectly size a heat pump requires knowledge and skill that only a certified technician will have. Unfortunately, not every heat pump installer is professionally skilled, which is why people occasionally end up with poor-functioning or ill-fitting heat pumps. The basic information all homeowners should know is that heat pumps range from 6Kw – 15Kw, with an industry standard temperature of seven or thirty-five degrees Celsius. Your choice in heat pump will also rely on three key factors:
Sizing a heat pump is not easy, and sizing it correctly is vital in ensuring that it performs at its highest capacity. Although you can attempt measuring a heat pump on your own, it is recommended that you hire an experienced HVAC technician who will be able to confidently size and install your equipment. In addition to helping you select the proper pump, they can also provide maintenance and repair services should your heating system need it later on down the road. By hiring a professional, you’ll get the perfect heat pump that works efficiently and doesn’t cost unnecessary expenses.
Now that the season is getting colder and the air is getting drier, you may be grabbing more moisturizers off the shelves at your local market. During the colder months, it is common for skin to get drier, redder, and more irritated. If you want to enjoy the winter season without having to wrap up your dry and itchy neck in a big scarf, then you’ll need to use a humidifier to freshen up your home.
Humidifiers are tools that help add moisture to the air around your house and reduce the dryness usually experienced during the autumn and winter. According to Healthline, humidifiers are used to relieve dryness of the skin, throat, and nose. They are also used to help alleviate symptoms related to the common cold or the flu.
The way a humidifier works is by releasing water vapor into the air in your home. This raises the level of humidity around you. Have you ever had nose bleeds due to dry nasal passages during the winter? Well, humidifiers can alleviate this problem! Additionally, humidifiers can reduce snoring and other common symptoms of a dry nasal system. Below are a number of other significant benefits of using humidifiers during the dry, cold months.
Some of the largest benefits you will find when using a humidifier include the alleviation of skin and respiratory symptoms. Humidifiers will help you if you suffer from dry skin, allergies, throat or nasal passage dryness, coughing, cracked lips, bloody noses, dry and itchy eyes, and/or sinus headaches. During the cold winter months, air is more likely to be dry and lead to worsening symptoms for the lungs, nose, lips, and skin. As such, humidifiers are necessary to keep the air moist. One study has even found that humidifiers play a role in reducing your risk of getting the flu. In the study, it was found that humidity levels above 40% quickly deactivated flu virus particles.
In addition, adding moisture to the air through a humidifier can make a cough more productive. With more moisture in the airways, a cough can actually release trapped phlegm. Additionally, since dry nasal passages make snoring during the night worse, adding a humidifier overnight could alleviate these symptoms. Individuals with allergy or asthma symptoms that flare up during the winter can also benefit from humidifiers. Adding more moisture to the nasal and throat passageways will make a big difference by alleviating symptoms.
Although winter is the most well-known time to use a humidifier as the weather is colder and drier, it is not the only season in which you should be using them. During the spring, there is an increase of pollen in the air resulting in more allergic reactions. Viruses may also be floating in the atmosphere and once people begin turning on their air conditioners to battle the warmer temperatures, they risk drying out the air in their home.
Humidifiers can play a major role in alleviating dry air during both the cold and warm seasons. Essentially, it is useful to keep a humidifier working year-round in order to keep your skin and nasal passages from drying out. Overall, humidifiers will help your home retain more moisture and alleviate a number of health-related symptoms. Contact us to find the right humidifier for your home’s needs, whether they be seasonal or year-round.
Winter is drawing to a close, but chilly days and cold nights are still ahead for San Diego residents. If your heating system isn’t functioning properly, your comfort will suffer. There are many reasons your HVAC system might not be working – here are four of the most common problems your heating system could be experiencing: system making unusual noises, wear and tear, dirty filters, and lack of maintenance.
If your heating system makes loud rumbles, squeaking, rattling, or other sounds while it is running, it could be an indication of a mechanical problem. Fan blades and blower wheels tend to get out of balance especially if you haven’t performed routine maintenance. These types of malfunctions need to be professionally diagnosed and repaired; trying to fix the equipment yourself could void the warranty or cause additional problems.
Over time, regular use of your HVAC system causes normal wear and tear. This gradual degeneration of your equipment can cause heat-control problems, including overheating, as well as airflow issues and mechanical problems. The average HVAC unit has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years so if yours is older, it may be time to replace it. Installing a high efficiency system extends that life expectancy and decreases the rate of efficiency loss keeping your electric bill lower for a longer period of time.
Dirty or clogged air filters impede your HVAC system’s ability to circulate air properly. This makes the system work harder in order to function, putting additional strain on the equipment and damaging both the heating and cooling components. You should check your air filters monthly and clean or replace them as needed, especially before and after the heavy use of a hot San Diego summer or chilly winter. Having a qualified maintenance technician inspect your system in the spring and fall before it gets hot or cold is the best way to avoid system breakdowns when you need it during the peak season.
A lack of maintenance can make your heating system function inefficiently, costing you more to run over time, and increases the risk of a costly breakdown. Regular maintenance helps spot and prevent potential issues with your heating system before they become big problems and can help improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, saving you money in the long run.
Precision Temperature’s certified technicians are your local, San Diego-area HVAC experts. Call us today at (619) 588-5321 for service or advice with any home heating problem you encounter!
Though far from frigid, winters in the San Diego area can get downright chilly, especially away from the coast! Here are three tips to help keep your home warm this winter without sending your energy bills through the roof.
One way to warm up your home without turning up the heat is by opening your blinds and allowing the sunlight to warm the room’s air. Once direct sunlight is no longer hitting the window, closing the curtains or blinds can help prevent any heat gained from being lost again.
Insulation limits the transfer of heat into or out of your home, reducing the amount of energy required to maintain your desired interior temperature. If your heating costs are rising, your home may not be properly insulated, allowing the heat from your carefully warmed home to transfer away into the cold outdoor air.
Preventing indoor air from leaking out of and outdoor air from leaking into your home helps maintain a constant interior temperature. Caulking cracks and around doors and windows and weatherstripping doors helps reduce air leakage.
Fall is the best time to prepare your home and heating system for the winter. Clean or replace your air filter and test your system now to ensure it works when you need it.
If your heating costs are rising, you might need a more efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Precision Temperature can help you find the best system for your home and wallet. We can also help keep your system running at peak efficiency with regular maintenance service. Give us a call today at 619-588-5321.