How a Heating Repair Specialist can Bring new Heat to your home

For some people, procrastination is a way of life. When they were in high school, they didn’t finish their book reports until the night before it was due. Now that they’re adults, they wait until the last minute to do things such as pay their bills. In some instances the effects of procrastination can almost go unnoticed. There are times, however, where the complete opposite circumstance occurs.

One example involves the need for heating repair. When a heating unit goes out, especially during the winter months, it’s important to get it fixed as soon possible. Continually putting this important task on the back burner can produce unfavorable consequences.

In many places, the winter time can be extremely unbearable. People are snowed in for days on end, without the possibility of even taking a trip to the corner store. With the prospect of this type of occurrence, it’s important to have a home that is warm during the cold months of the year. That’s why it’s essential to contact a heating repair specialist as soon as you suspect there may be issues with your unit. Even if you may not have to deal with snow, not having your system fixed could still cause a great deal of discomfort.

When some people are extremely cold, it’s very difficult for them to complete seemingly easy tasks. They would probably be too busy bundled up in a huge blanket. There are even some people who find it hard to sleep when they are nearly freezing. So, not only would they be prevented from doing everyday duties, but they’d also lose valuable sleep.

Not getting a unit fixed by a heating repair professional can also put people at risk of getting sick. One of the most popular sicknesses caused by excessively low temperatures is the common cold. Because there is no cure for this health issue, the symptoms can become extremely persistent and hard to deal with. Hypothermia can also be caused by extremely cold weather. This condition can cause mild symptoms such as shivering and mental confusion. It can also have much more severe consequences such as amnesia or even death.

Some of these instances may sound absurd. However, it’s important to note that if a home or building doesn’t have a heating unit during the winter then the home will basically act as a type of freezer. All of the cold air gets trapped inside. The only outlet would be to open the door or the windows, which would only make it worse because the air is cold outside as well.

So, getting a heating repair specialist to come out and fix a unit during the winter should be a top priority. Not only could ignoring this important fact cause great inconveniences, but it can also pose health risks.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: The Basics

As people throughout the world think and take action to preserve the natural environment, most in developed countries are taking a fresh look at how they use energy to heat and cool their homes.  Furnaces, boilers and air conditioning units are becoming more efficient. Most, however, rely on fossil fuels.  Whether an Oklahoma City homeowner looks at a more efficient air conditioner or an air-source heat pump, they will reduce their energy usage somewhat.  Whether these systems are operated by oil burners, natural gas or electricity, they still rely on fossil fuel.  The alternative, and the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool a home, is a geothermal heat pump.

Use of geothermal heat pumps to heat and cool residential homes is a relatively new phenomenon.  For many, these systems remain too expensive to consider for their homes.  Geothermal units are being installed in an increasing number of homes. Because of their amazing energy-efficiency, geothermal units are worth understanding and considering.  To help you understand these heating/cooling units, here are some of the basic facts.

  • Oklahoma City Geothermal Heat Pump use the heat in the ground to heat or cool water or a liquid coolant. The temperature of the ground is 55°F year round.
  • Geothermal heat pumps handle both heating and air conditioning.
  • Most geothermal heat pumps also provide hot water, eliminating the need for a separate water heater for the home
  • There are three main parts of a geothermal heat pump system: the geothermal heat pump which moves heat between the building and the fluid in the earth connection; the earth connection which transfers heat between the earth and the fluid inside it; and a distribution system which delivers heating and cooling to the building.
  • Geothermal heat pumps use underground pipes filled with either a heat transfer fluid or with water. This fluid carries heat from inside the house and releases it into the ground in summer to cool your home; in winter it draws heat from the ground to heat your home.
  • The exceptional efficiency of the geothermal heat pump is due to the fact that the system must only heat or cool the fluid in the pipes by 15 to 20 degrees. Compare this to a conventional air conditioner which must cool or heat outside air as much as 40-50 degrees in some climates.
  • Oklahoma City Geothermal Heat Pump use 23-44% less energy than the most popular air-source heat pump.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that a Geothermal heat pump can save a typical family 30 – 70% on heating costs and 20 – 50% on cooling costs.
  • Water in the pipes can be drawn from a well or heat transfer fluid.
  • The cost to install a geothermal heat pump system is usually in the $7,500 – $15,000 range. This seems staggering when compared to the $1,500 – $5,000 for installation of a air-source heat pump. But geothermal units pay for themselves quickly in extremely low operating cost.
  • The U.S. Government offers some tax credits and special financing options for purchase and installation of geothermal units.
  • Many utility companies offer rebates on the purchase price of a geothermal system.
  • Many state and local governments offer tax credits and/or rebates on geothermal systems.

Contact your heating contractor for more details about heat pumps.

How Roof and Attic Insulation Can be Part of an Energy Saving Plan

It gets cold and damp in season and homeowners need to keep warm. Many of the homes are older without heating systems and insulation that meet today’s energy saving standards. If the home is poorly insulated using an insufficient heating system, winter heating bills can be very high. There are many simple projects that can reduce the heating bills in every home helping to reduce CO2 gas in the atmosphere.

First, a summation of home defects leading to energy waste. Much of the energy loss comes from poorly designed homes, insufficient insulation, poor, old or insufficient heating systems, older, inefficient appliances, outdated home lighting and finally, poor homeowner energy use habits. Many Oklahoma City homeowners don’t know what is causing the high energy bills, or how to fix it. Public education is of vital importance in saving energy and reducing CO2 gas emissions to the atmosphere.

The homeowner must have all the work done first, then get awarded the grant. A BER assessment is recommended, but optional, before and after the work is done. This used to be required. Work to be done for this grant is:

1. Insulation in attic up to 12 inches
2. Drought proofing in and around windows, doors, walls and roofs.
3. Jacketing hot water cylinders with kits or pink glass wool and kraft paper vapor barrier.
4. Switching to low energy light bulbs like CFL.
5. Cavity wall insulation with blown in glass wool, foam or plastic beads.
6. Energy advice on energy use habits and other ways to save on energy use.

This grant scheme is a good start, but will not cover the homeowner, on a small budget, who wants to do only part of the things needed at a time. A plan still needed, is one that is very attractive to all homeowners and is simple and easy to use. It should have grants for smaller projects, since any change for the better helps the environment.

* Check into roof insulation at the local home goods store. If it is possible for the home owner to install the roof insulation on their own, this is an inexpensive project that will pay for itself in energy savings over the next few years. Roof insulation can be done by local contractors or handy men if the homeowner is not able.

* Attic insulation should be up to 12in thick. It is laid between ceiling joists and over them. Pink glass sheets with paper vapor barrier, come in rolls, and can be used with little mess. Plastic beads, blown in glass wool or sprayed on foam insulation can be used. Heat rises, so attic insulation will stop the heat from being wasted. Lack of attic insulation is one of the biggest energy wasters. It doesn’t make much sense to pay huge heat bills for energy that is going through the roof.

The Most Common Heating Problems Homeowners Encounter

During the colder parts of the year, your home’s heating unit is put under a tremendous amount of pressure, and one of your biggest priorities is keeping it in excellent condition. When the weather reaches its lowest temperatures, you need to know that you can rely on your heating system, and when you do encounter any problems with it, you need prompt and professional repairs. At Advanced Air Specialist, our professional Oklahoma City heating contractors are always able ready and eager to provide you with any heating repairs you need, and we can completely eliminate any problems that your encounter with the system.

Your heating system could need repairs or any number of reason, but some problems are more common than others. If you’ve noticed that your heating system isn’t functioning well, or that your heating costs have been higher than normal, consider whether it’s suffering from some of these common problems:

Lack of Maintenance

Your furnace requires frequent maintenance and prompt repairs. You need your heating system to be in the best condition possible so that it can keep your Oklahoma City home warm throughout the winter months, and having regular maintenance performed on it is the best way to do that. Without regular maintenance, you’ll see significant and unexpected problems crop up.

Our professionals recommend you have a heating tune-up performed at least once a year to prevent any unexpected breakdowns, ensure excellent performance, and keep your energy costs low.

Dirty of Clogged Filters

During the fall and winter, you should replace or clean your air filters about once each month. This is one of the most important things you can do for your heating system. It will extend the life of your furnace and enhance its efficiency. Dirty filters restrict air flow, which means that your heating unit will need to work harder to distribute heated air throughout your home.

Wear and Tear

Your furnace is made up of many smaller mechanical parts. When any of these experience wear-and-tear, it can cause major issues with your heater’s performance. You should have your belts and bearings, fan motors, and heating elements checked during an annual heating inspection.

Pilot or Ignition Control Problems

If your furnace is only providing heat intermittently, or it’s not producing heat at all, you may have a problem with your furnace’s ignition control. Your furnace probably uses one of two types of ignition systems:

  • Hot Surface Ignition, or
  • Intermittent Pilot

Hot surface ignition systems use “resistance heating” elements, which are controlled electronically to ignite the gas burner. The intermittent pilot system is also electronically controlled, but it uses a high voltage electrical spark to ignite the gas pilot, then the main burners, whenever the thermostat calls for heat. When you have problems with your ignition control, it will prevent your heating unit from providing your Oklahoma City home with heat.