What Does a Heat Pump Do?

Simply put, the heat pump uses the outside air to heat a home in the winter months while using the same outside air to cool a home during the summer months. The outdoor unit is referred to as a heat pump.  Heat energy is always present, whether in cold or hot temperatures. The heat pump acts like an air conditioner during the summer, removing heat from your home.

A major advantageous aspect of the heat pump is that it doesn’t generate heat, but moves heat, making it more energy efficient. The HVAC system is powered by electricity. What makes the heat pump more energy-efficient is how they operate. The heat pump uses renewable energy in the form of low temperature heat

The major components of the heat pump include:          

 

1.      The outdoor unit – compressor, reverse valve, fan and motor, defrost control, and electrical components

2.      Air Handler – evaporator coil, blower motor, electric heater pack

 

If it seems time to replace your heat pump, contact the professionals at Expert Air to schedule our installation, your maintenance check, or your repair service.  Heat pumps are on a 240-volt circuit, so severe shock or electrocution is possible without a thorough understanding of electricity, so don’t attempt to do the repair yourself.  Most systems today are so technologically advanced that the complexity of repair is more intensive.

 

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What Does a Boiler Really Do?

The boiler, a magnificent tool making cold winter temperatures more enjoyably endurable. The boiler is the key to central heating system bringing warmth to all parts of your space. Imagine a large fire with an endless supply of natural gas via a pipe.  That’s your boiler.  The electric switch that signals the boiler to turn on, has a valve open where gas enters the sealed combustion chamber via mini jets, and an electric ignition system sets them ‘on fire’. The gas jets connect with a heat exchanger to a pipe that carries cold water. Heat exchanger takes energy from gas jets and heats the water to roughly 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water travels through each hot-water radiator and then returns to the boiler.  Passing through the radiator, heat is given off and warms the room(s) in turn.  On the way back to the boiler, the water cools significantly, so the boiler must keep going with the fire; it keeps the water temperature high enough to heat your home or office.

 

Good Things to Know About Your Boiler:

1.       Standard efficiency or high-efficiency model

a.       Standard – vented in a metal pipe

b.       High-Efficiency – vented in a PVC pipe

2.       Type of Radiation

a.       Fintube

b.       Baseboard

c.       Cast Iron Radiator

3.       Fuel Source

a.       Gas

b.       Oil

c.       Electricity

4.       Annual maintenance ensures efficient operation, contact Expert Air today to schedule your inspection or to join our maintenance program and gain many perks

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