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  • SEER Efficiency Rating - What it is, what it means for you - HVACDirect.com Video

    Posted 10/16/2019

  • What is a Furnace and Air Conditioning Split System? HVACDirect.com Video

    Posted 10/16/2019

  • What is a DIY Ductless Mini-Split - HVACDirect.com Video

    Posted October 15, 2019

  • What is a Packaged or Rooftop HVAC System - HVACDirect.com Video

    Posted October 15, 2019

  • What is AFUE & Furnace Staging?

    Now that winter is coming let us help explain the difference between AFUE & Furnace Staging. What is a multi-speed motor? What is a variable speed motor? Does this all sound complicated? It really doesn't have to be. Let us break it down so it is easy to understand.

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  • Choosing the Right Air Conditioning System to Install

    Choosing the right type of air conditioning system can be overwhelming, but we're here to make it easy for you.  The most common AC system out there is a split system.  You probably have one, but don't even know it.  The split system has indoor and outdoor components working together to regulate the temperature in the living areas.  Refrigerant is compressed in the outside unit, known as a condenser or compressor, and transferred via a copper line to the inside unit, which delivers chilled air to the rooms through a duct system. HVACDirect.com has a large variety of AC systems to choose from. This video will explain the different system available at HVACDirect.com and how to make an educated purchase.  If you need more assistance, you can always call our experts at 1-800-397-1392.

  • What is a Dual Fuel HVAC Home Heating and Cooling System?

    Traditional heating methods, like electric or gas furnaces can definitely do the job of heating the house, but often wreck the family budget. With the best of both worlds, dual fuel HVAC systems provide you with the most energy-efficient home heating and cooling system by pairing an electric heat pump with a traditional gas furnace.

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  • What is a Heat Pump?

    Most people are familiar with the term heat pump. Millions own one, but ask them to explain how it works, and the great majority would shrug their shoulders. A heat pump is an energy efficient way to cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter. We often get the question of what is a heat pump and is it right for my home?

     

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  • Mobile Home AC & Furnace Buyers Guide

    There’s a lot to consider when updating your mobile home furnace system. To get started in understanding how to approach the buying process, our experts have put together this guide of questions and considerations. Write down the answers as you go and at the end you’ll have your list for what you need.

     

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  • New Product Spotlight: Ventless Fireplace

    There are many various types of fireplaces, and each one operates uniquely, has specific safety features, and particular costs associated with it. Keep reading to learn more about today's spotlight product: ventless fireplaces.

    The Difference

    mThere are many reasons consumers are switching to a ventless fireplace; some of the features are:

    • No need for vent or chimney
    • No need for extra floor accommodations
    • No need for a toolset
    • Creates low-cost heat to warm the room
    • Beautiful natural flame look
    • Helps maintain an energy efficient home

    How It Works

    Also known as vent-free or unvented units, ventless indoor fireplaces are fueled by natural gas or propane. These fireplaces utilize gas pushed through a dispersing unit that allows flames to show through strategic gaps in artificial logs made of ceramic fiber.

    Each fireplace has a heat resistant box that has a control panel that runs the pilot line and a striker button.

    Unlike traditional fireplaces that vent smoke through a tube or chimney that goes outside, ventless gas fireplaces take in oxygen to help the fire burn and then return warm air into the room.

    Safety

    Ventless fireplaces are safe because they burn such a low quantity of gas that the emissions produced are not hazardous. Most ventless gas fireplaces have a safety feature back up called the Oxygen Detection System. This gas detector is a feature that will turn off the ventless fireplace if the oxygen levels in a room drop below a limit that is safe.

    The Costs

    jWhen looking at the costs of fireplaces, you want to consider the costs associated with the following aspects of each unit:

    • Installation:

    When looking to get a gas line put in for any gas fireplace, the price will depend on how much gas line will have to be placed in your home. The addition of a gas line can cost from $200 to $3000.

    • Maintenance:

    With a gas stove, there is no need for ash removal or added chimney cleaning fees. It can cost $60 to $300 each year to clean a vent pipe on a wood burning stove.

    • Running:

    The cost of running a gas fireplace will depend on the area in which you live. You can calculate these costs by utilizing the following formula: (BTU rating X gas cost per Therm) / 100,000 = Cost of running your fireplace per hour Let’s use the Vent-free Empire Cast Iron Stove as an example. It utilizes an average of 27,000 BTUs per hour, and the current national average of gas is just under $0.87/therm. (27,000 BTUs X .87/ Therm)/100,000=$0.23/hour This means that to run the Vent-free Empire Cast Iron Stove in an area where gas costs are around the national average, it would cost approximately $0.23/hour to run this model of fireplace.

    HVACdirect.com and Your Ventless Fireplace

    FireplaceInsertHere at HVAC Direct, we offer a variety of different fireplaces. Here are a few of the vent-free models that we offer.

    You can view our entire vent free fireplace selection on our website.

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