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Why Does the Outside Unit of the Heat Pump Run in the Winter?

January 23rd, 2017

This is a question that puzzles many homeowners. If you’ve ever found it odd that the outside unit of your comfort system runs when you turn on the heat, you are not alone. It’s not something most people are used to, especially if they grew up with a furnace to heat the home. A furnace is separate from an air conditioner, and it contains an indoor unit only (with no outside portion).

But a heat pump is different. A heat pump is an all-in-one heating and air conditioning system. And most of the same components that are used for air conditioning are also used for heating. That means that you can expect to hear the outside unit running when the heat is on.

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What makes the outdoor unit necessary for heating your home with a centralized heat pump? We’ll go over the basics here. For more information about heat pumps or to schedule service in Savannah, GA, contact our team.

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What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Home Air Filter

January 16th, 2017

Most technicians recommend that homeowners replace the air filters in their home once a month, or at least every couple of months. But many homeowners neglect this task because they don’t really see the problem. If the air quality in the home seems fine, why bother?

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Why Does the Outside Unit for the Heat Pump Run in Winter?

January 9th, 2017

Many of us grew up with conventional furnaces as whole-house heating systems. This system is separate from an air conditioner, which means that—of course—the air conditioning unit does not run when the heater does.

However, a heat pump is different. It’s an all-in-one heating and air conditioning system that utilizes refrigerant in a process that completes two different tasks, heating and cooling. You may be surprised to hear your outdoor unit running when the heat comes on—but that’s just how it works.

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A Quick Guide to Picking Out a New Heat Pump for the New Year

January 2nd, 2017

A heat pump is a heating and cooling system all-in-one. It’s the perfect heating and cooling system for so many reasons: the fact that you only need to keep up with maintenance for a single system, their high efficiency ratings, long lifespans, and much more.

If you’re considering a heat pump for the first time, it may seem a bit overwhelming. Our experts are here to help with a quick guide to finding a heat pump that works for your space.

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How We Keep Ductless Homes Comfortable

December 26th, 2016

Air ducts are a necessity for most conventional home heating and cooling systems. Most of these are “forced-air” systems, meaning they use a blower fan and a set of air ducts to circulate cooled or warmed air throughout a building.

But not all homes are built with air ducts. Older homes, smaller spaces, or room additions in an existing home may be without ducts, and that means homeowners find varying solutions for heating and cooling—like portable AC and heat or noisy window units. But these are often inefficient and of a poor quality.

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Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Safety for Winter Weather

December 19th, 2016

Temperatures can be a bit unpredictable in our part of the country as we move into winter, but those cold days are becoming more and more frequent. Many people are relieved to turn their heaters on, without really thinking about whether the heating system is operating safely.

Since you use the heater so infrequently for much of the year, it may seem as if there is little that could go wrong. But if you have a heater that uses natural gas, you must use caution.

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Saving Money around the Home during the Holidays

December 12th, 2016

Saving money around the holidays can be difficult when you’re traveling, and when the spirit of the season is uniquely focused on giving to loved ones and those in need. Save money around the house without skimping on the presents with a few of our favorite holiday tips for the home.

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Sign Up for a Maintenance Program and Save Big

December 5th, 2016

Have you scheduled maintenance for your air conditioning and heating systems this year? If not, take the time today to sign up for a local maintenance program, and start saving big time on heating and air conditioning repairs and your monthly bills.

Heating and air conditioning maintenance contracts vary from company to company. But they all have the same basic goal: to make sure you get the service you need each year to keep your HVAC equipment running as smoothly as possible.

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A New Thermostat Makes Your HVAC System Easier to Use

November 28th, 2016

An article in the Washington Post reveals that many people do not really know how to operate their thermostats. The traditional digital wall thermostat can be difficult, especially if you inherited it with the home and you’ve never had a technician walk you through it.

In addition, many older thermostats can have a lot of limitations. An older thermostat may not allow you to make variations in the temperature schedule from day to day, even if your work schedule varies. If this is the case in your home, or if you’ve ever had trouble figuring out the programming on your system, it may be time for a change. A new Wi-Fi thermostat can make things so much easier!

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Can You Afford a New Heating System?

November 21st, 2016

This year, we want to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible throughout the winter. We’re helping homeowners save money on their monthly heating (and cooling) costs with our maintenance programs. And we offer 24-hour service at a fair price if you need quick heating system repairs.

But what if you need an entirely new heating system before the winter? Is this something you can afford? We think so. Here are some things you should look into when you’re seeking out heating system replacement services. Call our friendly team for more information about financing, warranties, and more!

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