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  • How Does A Heat Pump Work?

    Heat pumps are widely popular across the country, providing both efficient heating and cooling. Learn more about how they work and the advantages of heat pump systems.

    How does a heat pump work?

    Heat pumps can either heat or cool a space. The system is composed of an indoor air handling unit and an outdoor compressor. Heat pumps transport heat from one place to another, rather than creating it as a furnace or other types of heating systems do.

    To heat a home or business, heat pumps pull warmth from outdoors and transfers it indoors. When outdoor temperatures are at or higher than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, there is plenty of heat energy outside to sufficiently heat most homes and offices.

    To cool, heat pumps are reversed. Excess heat indoors is extracted by the heat pump and expelled outside. This causes the interiors to drop in temperature, essentially cooling the home or business.

    Heat pump advantages

    Heat pumps require little electricity to operate, eliminating the need for costly heating fuels. They also cool interiors more efficiently than air conditioners, lowering cooling costs. Lower energy consumption and no fossil fuel use make heat pumps a more environmentally-friendly HVAC choice.

    Compared to combustion heat systems, heat pumps have fewer working parts. Thus, they are easier to maintain and offer a longer service life when maintained properly.

    Is a heat pump right for my home or business?

    Heat pumps can be used solely to efficiently heat and cool homes and businesses in mild climates, with winter temperatures dipping only into the 40s. Once outdoor temperatures fall below 40 degrees, heat pumps are not the most efficient heating option – in these climates, heat pumps are paired with a backup heat source, such as a gas furnace, which will kick on when the system detects it is most appropriate for use.

    HVAC Direct has a wide selection of heat pump heating and cooling systems, available online. Shop our heat pump systems to find the right fit for your home or business.

  • What Are Packaged HVAC Systems?

    When searching for a new heating or cooling system, there are many different types of equipment for home and business owners to select. One economic choice which is well-suited for most residential and commercial applications is a packaged unit.

    Packaged Units for Heating and Cooling

    Packaged units are HVAC systems which contain all system components in one metal cabinet – the “package.” In traditional split systems, components such as the furnace, air conditioner, and air handler are installed separately.

    They are installed on the exterior of the home or building, either on the ground or up on the roof. There are many different configurations of packaged units available, which can provide heating, cooling, or both.

    • Hybrid packaged heating systems combine a heat pump and gas heating system to offer highly efficient heating as well as cooling in the summer.

    • Heat pump packaged systems combine the heat pump with its necessary air handler.

    • Packaged heating and cooling systems combine gas heating with electric cooling.

    • Packaged cooling systems combine electric air conditioning with its necessary air handler.

    Advantages of Packaged HVAC Systems

    Choosing a packaged HVAC system offers several advantages to the home or business owner, including:

    • Minimal footprint. With all system components housed together, they require less space for installation. They are a good choice for applications with limited installation space. They can also be installed on the rooftop of a building, saving business owners valuable indoor production space.
    • Convenience in accessibility. Packaged systems house all components in one cabinet, making it more convenient for technicians to perform HVAC repairs and service. With everything located in one place, it’s easy to perform necessary system maintenance.
    • Security. With their ability to be installed on a building’s rooftop, packaged systems offer added security from theft and vandalism. A unit on the rooftop is not an easy target for those looking to steal valuable copper components or cause damage.

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  • HVAC Damage Caused by Winter Weather

    Winter weather causes problems across the country, from poor road conditions, slips and falls, and even HVAC system damage! Many homeowners think their furnaces are safe because they’re not exposed to the elements, and their air conditioners are protected because they’re not in use. Here’s how winter weather can hurt your HVAC systems.

    Falling ice Air conditioners and heat pumps are exposed to all winter elements, and are often positioned right below a run of guttering on a house. Sticks, leaves, and even ice can cause gutters to block, allowing moisture to drip below. Icicles can form, gaining weight as more water trickles down. When they become heavy enough, they’ll break off, crashing into your HVAC components. A heavy icicle can severely damage the exterior cabinet of a heat pump or air conditioner, and harm system components housed inside.

    Melting snow As temperatures gradually warm, snow melts slowly. When a sudden warm front moves in after heavy snowfall, you may see fast melting. Snow melting can cause water to accumulate around your exterior HVAC equipment and it may even back up into the house, flooding basements, crawl spaces, and garages where furnaces are installed. Exposure to water can cause your HVAC units to corrode and form rust, greatly harming components. If temperatures drastically drop, water can freeze inside the equipment, expanding and breaking your heating or cooling units.

    Ice and snow accumulation When ice forms on your exterior heat pump unit, it can greatly affect operation. The weight of the ice can increase vibrations as the system runs, causing components such as the refrigerant lines to fail, forming leaks. Snow and ice blockages also restrict airflow – operating your heat pump continuously without proper airflow can severely damage the system.

    HVAC Direct has a wide selection of heating and cooling equipment, available online! If winter weather has damaged your systems beyond repair, let us help you find the perfect new furnace, air conditioner, heat pump, or mini-split that will bring you comfort for many years to come.

  • Ductless Heating and Cooling for Residential and Commercial Use

    Ductless Heating and Cooling - Home and business owners are turning to ductless mini-split heating and cooling systems for greater control over comfort and energy savings. These systems are the perfect solution for applications where installing ductwork is not possible, due to space or even financial constraints.

    What is a ductless mini-split?

    Ductless mini-split heating and cooling systems are split systems which utilize no ductwork. An outdoor heat pump unit is connected to one or more individual air handling units, strategically placed throughout the home or building. Each air handler supplies the zone with heating or cooling, and can be independently controlled to adjust comfort in a single zone only without affecting conditions throughout the building.

    Why go ductless?

    Ductless mini-splits are quite versatile – they can be used in a number of applications, and offer distinct advantages. Ductless heating and cooling systems are often chosen to replace inefficient, aged systems, such as baseboard heating and window A/C units, especially when there is no existing ductwork. These systems are ideal for single family homes, multifamily housing, offices, and other applications which demand individualized temperature control.

    Compared to forced air heating and cooling systems, ductless mini-splits consume less energy – this generates notable energy savings throughout the year. With the power to zone heating and cooling, energy use can further be controlled, cutting energy waste and lowering utility bills.

    With a multi-zone ductless mini-split heating and cooling system, occupants can control temperatures in a single zone without affecting the rest of the home or building. In a household or workplace where everyone has differing temperature preferences, ductless heating and cooling can create comfort and peace for all. They’re great for homes and buildings where certain areas don’t require the same level of heating and cooling as others, such as unused workspaces and living rooms versus bedrooms.

    The energy savings, accessibility, and superior comfort control make ductless mini-split HVAC systems a smart choice for many home and business owners. Working with a qualified HVAC contractor to install your new system will ensure you gain the maximum benefits from your new ductless HVAC system.

    HVACDirect has everything you need to create single or multi-zoned comfort in your home or workplace. Shop our selection of ductless mini-split heating and cooling systems today!

  • Should You Repair Or Replace Your Furnace?

    Should You Repair Or Replace Your Furnace? When a furnace breaks down, the owner may question whether it’s a better decision to repair it or replace it? Several factors should be considered when weighing the financial and comfort impacts of this decision. The following will help you best examine the situation to make the right call for your family, business, or tenants. Ask yourself:

    "How old is the furnace?" Generally, furnaces have a service life of 15 to 20 years. If the furnace is newer, warranty coverage may apply to cover certain repair costs. Making lesser repairs to newer units is typically chosen, as there is still many years of service expected from the unit. Regarding older units, funds may be wiser spent investing in a new furnace rather than repairing an aging system. If a furnace is over 75% of its expected service life, consider replacement.

    "How has the furnace been maintained?" Furnace service life can be greatly affected by preventative maintenance and filter changes, or lack thereof. Neglecting maintenance augments the effects of wear and tear to the system, damaging numerous components and decreasing system efficiency. If the furnace has been poorly maintained over the years, it’s more likely to suffer multiple and more frequent breakdowns. Starting over with a new, high-efficiency furnace upgrade – and an annual preventative maintenance agreement with your HVAC contractor – may be the best decision when weighed with other factors.

    "What's the Expense of needed repairs" Repairing a furnace can be costly, especially when replacing major system components. You’ll need to weigh whether your funds are best spent repairing the existing unit, or investing in an upgraded new furnace. If the cost of repairs is greater than a third of replacement costs, and your unit is older, replacing the furnace is often the best route to take.

    The above factors offer the information you need to settle the repair or replace question. Evaluate them individually and together to make the best decision for your situation.

    When it’s time to replace your furnace, shop HVAC Direct! We offer an expansive selection of furnaces and other heating equipment, manufactured by the brands you know and trust. Our wholesale pricing and free shipping on most equipment are advantages of shopping direct for your new heating system.

  • Single Stage, Two Stage, and Modulating Furnaces

    There are many types of furnaces available today with many different options. One option that you need to consider is how many stages your furnace should have. Below we have outlined each stage option that is currently available to help you decide which option might be best for your home.
  • Upflow, Downflow, and Horizontal. What do they mean?

    Upflow, downflow, and horizontal are very important factors when purchasing your HVAC equipment, however you might be wondering what these terms actually mean. These terms are used to explain the direction of airflow through your system and how your furnace is installed.
  • How Do Air Conditioners Work?

    We all know that air conditioners can provide you cool air during even the hottest months, but you might be wondering how they actually work. Air conditioners consist of three main components. These components are the compressor, condenser, and an evaporator coil. The compressor and condenser are usually located outside the house while the evaporator coil is located in the house, usually attached to the furnace or air handler.
  • SEER Ratings Explained

    SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and was defined by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. The SEER rating of a unit is the cooling output of the system during a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy used in that same period.
  • Programmable Thermostats Reduce Utility Bills

    Programmable thermostats can reduce your utility bills if you use them correctly. According to the department, you could save around $180 in energy costs depending on how you set your thermostat. To help you save as much as possible, we have some of the best tips below to help you get started.

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