Last updated 5 days ago
Heat pumps, at bottom, deliver hot or cool air from one location to another. Heat pumps are able to work both as heaters and air conditioners, which makes them easier to install than a conventional residential or commercial heating system. So how exactly does a heat pump work, and is it the best option for your home? You can find out by reading this article.
Unlike traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units, heat pumps do not turn on and off repeatedly. The parts of a heat pump are designed to work continuously, year round. This is part of the reason why heat pumps use less energy than HVAC systems.
Drawing In and Warming Air
Heat pumps draw outside air in and send it over the outdoor coil, which sucks the heat out. The captured heat is sent to the refrigerant. Eventually the heat warms the refrigerant so much that it turns into vapor. Once in vaporous form, it travels to the indoor coil inside the home. When the indoor air makes contact with the heat in the indoor coil, it warms up. This warm air travels through the vents, where it is circulated throughout the home.
The Advantages of the Heat Pump Design
Many Austin homeowners are able to save a great deal of money on their energy bills by using a heat pump. But heat pumps are less effective when the air temperature is close to or below freezing. And, for better or for worse, heat pumps produce a milder heat than gas-powered HVAC systems. Heat pumps also distribute heat quite evenly throughout the house, which means you won’t have pockets of cool or warm air.
Before installing a heat pump, consult a heating specialist to learn more about the best types of heat pumps for the climate in your area. In some cases, an HVAC system will be more efficient or more comfortable for your home. For expert advice on the best heating and cooling solution for your Austin home, call Texas AC Specialist at (512) 236-5789. Visit our website to learn about the commercial and residential heating and AC services we offer.
Last updated 14 days ago
Many of today’s modern homes equipped with central air-conditioning and heating are equipped with Trane gas furnaces. If you want the most durable, long-lasting, and efficient gas furnace for your home, you won’t be disappointed with what Trane has to offer.
One of the most cutting-edge Trane furnaces is the XC95m with ComfortLink II, a feature that allows the unit to self-calibrate to maintain optimal efficiency and heating performance over time. The XC95m also offers an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of up to 97.3 percent, which means it is able to produce heat from more than 97 percent of its fuel. The XL95 has a 96 percent AFUE, two-stage heating, and even a four-speed blower motor. The XB80, one of Trane’s most affordable furnaces, offers an 80 percent AFUE, a four-speed blower motor, and single-stage heating.
To discuss your Trane furnace heating options with a heating installation expert, call Texas Air Conditioning Specialist at (512) 236-5789. Since 2005 we have been repairing, maintaining, and installing furnaces and air conditioners in the Austin area. Visit us online to find out how we can keep your home warmer this winter.
Last updated 19 days ago
Did you know that indoor air pollution can be a direct cause of infections, asthma attacks, and even lung cancer? Indoor air pollution can also cause ailments such as headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and fatigue. Stay healthy and keep your family safe by reading this article about the causes of indoor air pollution.
Mold and pollen are some of the most common biological indoor pollutants. Other common pollutants include animal dander, and debris from cockroaches and dust mites. Infections, allergy symptoms, and even asthma attacks can result from indoor biological pollutants. Regular cleaning of the floors, bed sheets, furniture upholstery, pets, and furnace filters will help keep biological irritants at bay.
These pollutants come from appliances, heaters, and furnaces that use gas, wood, coal, and other types of fuel. Exposure to carbon dioxide (CO) can cause headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and even confusion. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exposure can cause infections and symptoms such as shortness of breath. To ensure your furnace does not emit these combustion pollutants into your home, have your furnace inspected and maintained routinely.
Exposure to indoor radon is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. This naturally occurring gas can seep into the home through various cracks and openings, so be sure to have your home tested for radon gas to guarantee your safety.
Asbestos and Formaldehyde
Inhaling microfibers produced by asbestos can cause a variety of diseases, including lung cancer. Formaldehyde particles in the air can cause a range of health problems, including rashes, coughing, and dizziness. Have your home tested for asbestos, and make sure that there is adequate ventilation when you use chemical products, solvents, and paints indoors.
At Texas Air Conditioning Specialist of Austin, we are licensed to repair and install both air filters and cleaners. We can even repair or maintain your furnace, heater, and air conditioner to ensure you are breathing clean air indoors. Call us at (512) 236-5789 or visit our website to learn more about how we can reduce indoor air pollution in your home.
Last updated 27 days ago
Is your furnace acting strangely or failing to heat your home? Furnaces will sometimes stop functioning for a wide variety of reasons. To find out about the most common furnace problems and how they can be fixed, read this article.
Little or No Heat Coming From Furnace
A dirty filter or clogged blower can prevent a furnace from supplying enough heat. Other common problems that a heating repair expert can fix include a dirty burner, an unbalanced system, a broken or loose blower belt, and registers that are either closed or blocked.
Furnace Not Running
A blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker, or a power switch turned off on or near the furnace is usually the reason behind a non-function furnace. Other possible problems include a motor overload, a snuffed pilot light, or no gas for the furnace.
Pilot Light Won’t Light
There are two main problems that prevent the pilot light from lighting: no gas, or a blocked pilot opening. To fix this, a heating repair mechanic will clean the pilot opening, ensure that the pilot light button is pressed, and check to see that the gas valve connected to the furnace is open.
Furnace Is Making Noises
An improperly lubricated motor or blower, dirty burner, improperly secured blower belt, or loose access panel can cause the furnace to make loud, strange noises. Worn, damaged, or sticking drive belts can also cause a furnace to produce noise.
Blower Won’t Stop Running
If the furnace blower won’t stop running, it’s likely because the blower control on the thermostat is set to ON when it should be set to AUTO. A wrongly set limit switch or limit control can also cause a blower to stop running.
Is your furnace breaking down frequently? If so, you can cut your costs in the long run and enjoy a warmer home by replacing your furnace with a more efficient one. To speak with a heating expert about your furnace questions, call Texas Air Conditioning Specialist of Austin at (512) 236-5789. To learn more about the furnace repair and installation services we offer, visit our website.
Last updated 1 month ago
Indoor air quality is a hot topic these days, in part because research has shown that poor indoor air quality can result in allergy symptoms and even diseases such as lung cancer. But how exactly do we measure indoor air quality? Watch this video to find out more about how indoor air quality is defined.
Lots of characteristics are taken into account when determining indoor air quality. The humidity level, air temperature, airborne particles, and chemical contaminants are just a few of the traits that are used to measure indoor air quality. In all, indoor air quality measures how the aforementioned particles and characteristics affect the health and comfort of people indoors.
Texas Air Conditioning Specialist can improve the air quality of your Austin home in a number of ways. We are licensed to install and repair air cleaners and filters, and can even maintain or repair your heating or air conditioning system to ensure that it circulates only clean air. Click on the link to browse our website, or call us at (512) 236-5789 for more information.