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

Heat Pump Guide: Heat Pumps and Environmentally Friendly Refrigerant

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Heat pumps are an incredibly efficient way to heat and cool your home in Melbourne, FL. Instead of creating heat by burning a fuel source, as is the case with a gas-fired furnace, heat pumps simply move heat from one place to another. The heat pumps move heat using a refrigerant that is pumped through a series of coils. That refrigerant can be potentially harmful to the environment. But in recent years, there have been technological developments with the refrigerant that makes it more friendly to the environment. Here is some information about that new refrigerant.

How Heat Pumps Use Refrigerants

Refrigerant liquids are very sensitive to heat and have a low boiling point. It is this property that allows them to absorb and release heat very quickly. That property makes it ideal for systems that need to transport heat: like your car’s radiator and a heat pump. Your heat pump circulates the refrigerant between two sets of evaporator coils: one set inside your home and the other outside in the condensing unit.

Old Refrigerant

The old refrigerant that has been used in air conditioning units and heat pumps was called R22. The brand name for R22 was Freon, and it was commonly used for many years.  However, due to its high ozone depletion potential, it was phased out in the United States and Canada. There are still systems in existence that use R22, however manufacturers are no longer allowed to produce systems that use R22.

The New Refrigerant

A new refrigerant, called R-410A, do not contain chlorine, as was the case with R22, and thus do not contribute to ozone depletion. This new type of refrigerant is used in most new heat pumps and can be serviced by your local Melbourne heating contractor.

If you have a heat pump at your Melbourne home and would like to get it serviced, contact the experts at Next Generation. Our trained technicians have experience working with all types and brands of heat pumps. Give us a call today.

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HVAC Guide: High Efficiency Home Comfort Equipment

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Don’t let high energy costs disrupt your comfort. Do your research, work out a budget, and invest in equipment with the highest efficiency levels that you can afford. It’s true that the higher the efficiency of a heating or cooling system the higher the initial costs generally are, but you can offset that purchasing price by saving money on utility costs down the road. Here is some information to help you heat and cool your Melbourne home more efficiently.

  • Efficiency Ratings– Heaters, air conditioners and air filters all have different efficiency ratings. It is important that you understand what each of them mean so that you can know what sort of performance you can expect from your home comfort systems.
    • AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency measures the efficiency of gas and oil-fired furnaces. It is a percentage that tells you how much of the fuel consumed actually goes towards heating your home and how much is wasted. Industry minimum AFUE requirement is 78%.
    • SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps when cooling your home. The higher the SEER number the more efficient the machine. Regulations require a minimum of 13.0 SEER.
    • HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor measures the efficiency of heat pumps when being used for heating. Again, the higher the number the more efficient the heat pump. Today’s heat pumps are required to have at least 6.8 HSPF.
  • Energy Management Systems – Modern technology lets you take more control than ever over how you use energy in your home. With a home energy management system you can control temperature settings and power use in your home remotely from a smartphone or laptop. Shut off small appliances, adjust temperatures and more no matter where you are. You can ensure that you’re always coming home to a comfortable environment while using less energy with greater control.
  • When to Purchase – It can be tempting to stick with your existing home comfort systems rather than investing in new, higher efficiency models. However, frequent maintenance and repair costs plus higher operational costs can actually wind up costing you more. Take into consideration the quality of your system, its age and, of course, your budget. High efficiency home comfort equipment may have a higher price tag, but the energy savings translate into financial savings. When you’re ready to replace your home comfort systems make sure that you get the most efficiency for your money.

This information should help you understand the benefits and points to consider when contemplating a new home comfort system. Get the most efficient performance you can afford from your Melbourne heating and air conditioning systems. For more information, give Next Generation Air & Heat Inc a call!

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