Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

What Is My Best Option: Heat Pump or Furnace?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The heating season in Florida, the time of year when we shut off our air conditioners and switch to our heaters, is much shorter than it is for much of the rest of the country. However, we still need our heaters to work for us on those cold days and nights that can strike during the season. You want the best heating you can for your home… but what is the best heating system?

The choice often comes down to a furnace or a heat pump. We’ll break down these two options for you so you’ll have a better idea what is right for your Melbourne, FL home. However, nothing will help you make the decision more than the expert advice of the staff at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. Not only will we help you choose the best heating system for you, but we’ll also provide excellent heating installation service.

Furnace vs. Heat Pump

Furnaces: The main advantage that furnaces have is their flexibility. There are furnace models for different types of fuel source (electricity, gas, propane) and for any size of house. Furnaces provide a high level of heating for any kind of weather, and the gas models are particularly energy-efficient. A specific advantage of the natural gas furnace that can mean a lot in Florida is that they can still provide heat even if the power goes out; this is a great assurance during the stormy season.

Heat Pumps: The big attraction of heat pumps is that they solve two problems at once, since they function as both air conditioners and heaters, eliminating the need to have a separate air conditioner. Heat pumps use only small amounts of electricity to provide heat (and they don’t burn fuel to create heat, the instead move heat from one place to another). The only drawback for heat pumps is that they struggle with extremely low temperatures… but this is rarely a problem for homes in Florida.

How to Decide

Although one of the above options may sound like the right one for you, every home is different and has specific requirements for heating it. To make sure you get the best option, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. to help you with installation from the beginning. Our heating specialists will figure out how best to heat your home and the right sized heater to do it. Whether you need a furnace or a heat pump in Melbourne, FL you can trust that we’ll find the right one for you.

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HVAC Contractor Tip: Furnace Air Temperature

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

When your furnace turns on every day and warms your Orlando home, just how hot is the air being blown through your vents? It’s a common question and while it varies depending on the type of furnace you have and the length of your ductwork, normally, the air is about the same temperature in most homes.

The Heating Process

When you turn on your furnace, it ignites fuel (gas or oil) or heats elements (electricity). A blower fan blows air through the heat exchanger and then into ductwork that distributes the heated air to vents around your home. When the combustion occurs and air is first heated, the temperature is between 140 degrees F and 170 degrees F.

This is extremely warm and could be dangerous to anyone if they got too close to it or it was blown directly into your home. However, as the heated air is distributed into your home it starts to cool. In some cases, it loses a significant amount of its energy in the ductwork.

This is intended, of course, because the temperature would be much too high if it was distributed directly to your rooms. That’s why high velocity ductwork often requires regulation to avoid overheating of the air. Cooling like this is normal and results in a better, more evenly distributed airflow.

When Something’s Wrong

To know something is wrong with your heating system, you must first understand what temperature air normally is when distributed through the vents. This will vary depending on which room you are in and how big your home (and furnace) are. However, if you notice a sharp drop off in comfort level in your home, it takes longer to heat rooms when cold or if that heating is suddenly uneven, it may be time for someone to inspect your furnace and check for potential problems.

A technician will then check to see if the air is being heated to the target 140-170 degrees F or if heat is being lost in the air handler or ductwork. There are a number of issues that can contribute to lost heat in your heating system – the easiest way to be sure the problem is solved properly is to call an Orlando heating and air conditioning contractor when you notice the problem.

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What is a Matched HVAC System? A Question From Eau Gallie

Monday, September 19th, 2011

It has been about 200 years since the arrival of interchangeable parts during the Industrial Revolution. Today in Eau Gallie, we laud being able to take a malfunctioning part from a car, computer or vacuum cleaner, replace it with a newly minted part from any number of manufacturers, then keep right on plugging along.

Although this is a blessing in most arenas, when it comes to an HVAC system, it is not necessarily a good practice. Heating and cooling systems work best when they are matched – but what does that mean? And why does it matter?

Why Matched Parts Matter in HVAC Systems

When referring to HVAC systems, a matched system is one in which various components are designed to work together. For example, an air conditioner and furnace made by the same manufacturer can be matched, as can a furnace and a heat pump.

Typically, the matching is done in such a way that the “outdoor” components, such as air conditioners and heat pumps are designed to work best with their “indoor” partners, like air handlers and furnaces. There are also matched systems in which every component is matched to every other.

Efficiency Boosts

While this may seem to make maintenance and repairs a pain, the practice provides a big boost to the efficiency of the system. Because the components were designed and manufactured by the same team to work in harmony, the system performs optimally. Although you can often replace one component of a matched system with one from another manufacturer and have it work fine, the system can lose efficiency, often to a significant and noticeable extent.

For these reasons, it is best to make use of matched systems in your home whenever possible. This means choosing a new matched system to install, replacing broken parts with ones that match the rest of the system and even replacing older systems with newer ones to properly match, when necessary.

It may seem like a hassle at first, but it saves money in the long run by adding increased efficiency over unmatched systems.

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