Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

Why Consider a High Velocity Heating System

Monday, December 31st, 2018

woman-relaxed-on-couchIf you’re in a position where you believe you’ll need a new heating and cooling system installed for your house, one option to consider is a high velocity system. These systems can provide numerous benefits for homes, such as a better spread of heating and a reduction in energy bills.

What Is a High Velocity System?

In its basics, a high velocity system is similar to the standard HVAC system you probably already have installed. Air is heated in the unit, then sent into ducts to travel to the various rooms. Most high velocity systems are types of heat pumps, so they offer both heating and cooling.

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Why a Heat Pump May Be the Best Replacement for Your Old AC

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Many conventional homes, at least those with air ducts and vents, have this setup: an air conditioner and furnace to move air and heat through the home. However, this isn’t the only way to set up a home comfort system. In fact, it may not even be the best option for your home.

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Why Does HSPF Matter for My Heat Pump?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

If you own a heat pump in Sudbury, you enjoy some nice benefits of this system: heating and cooling, the ability to use ductwork or ductless indoor blowers, and good energy efficiency year-round. Many homeowners in our area grew up with or even owned at one point a more traditional type of heating system, like a furnace or boiler. With these systems, it is fairly easy to ascertain the level of efficiency, and it is expressed in a percentage. With heat pumps, it is a little different. The efficiency ratings for heat pumps is expressed as a HSPF rating. What’s that? We’ll explain more below.

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How Does a Heat Pump Switch into Heating Mode?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

We have that classic fall New England weather going on: cold in the morning, warm in the afternoons and chilly in the evening. The great news is that your heat pump is perfect for this kind of weather because switching between heating and cooling is very easy thanks to a small component known as the reversing valve.

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How Can a Heat Pump Cool My House?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

It is natural to have some suspicion that a system with the first word of “heat” can also cool your home, but a heat pump system can indeed cool your home in Littleton, MA, and do it well. As with any major home system, the key to good performance is to start with correct installation, and then make sure your system is serviced by specialists with the training and experience to handle it. At Basnett Plumbing & Heating, our cooling experts handle a wide range of cooling systems, including heat pumps, so call us for assistance.

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Why Does the Outdoor Unit of My Heat Pump Run in the Winter?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Heat pumps offer a great two-in-one comfort system for homes. During the summer, a heat pump works as an air conditioner capable of matching any comparably sized standalone cooling system. Then, when winter weather arrives, a heat pump easily shifts into heating mode, working efficiently and safely compared to many other types of heating systems.

If you are interested in installing a heat pump for your home, or if you need heat pump repair in Groton, MA or other parts of MetroWest, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating right away. We have offered excellent services for heating and air conditioning systems since 1987.

Because heat pumps operate differently than other models of heaters when they are warming a house, homeowners often find themselves a bit confused about what’s happening with their heat pump the first time it begins to work during cold weather. For example, people often call for heating repair technicians in the winter when they notice that the outdoor unit of the system is still running. Usually, this doesn’t indicate a problem; it is a normal part of how a heat pump works.

The reason that homeowners sometimes worry about the outdoor unit of a heat pump running during winter is that they are used to air conditioning systems. During the summer, the outdoor unit of an AC must run in order to deposit heat to the outside. After cold weather starts, the air conditioner shuts off for the season. When a heat pump continues to generate noise from its outdoor cabinet after the winter starts, people often think that something must be wrong.

However, this is standard operation for a heat pump. Like air conditioners, they absorb heat from one place and remove it to another. But air conditioners can only remove heat from the indoors and place it in the outdoors; a heat pump can move it in both directions. When a heat pump switches over to heating mode, it absorbs heat from the outdoor unit and moves it to the indoor unit. The sounds coming from the outside cabinet are therefore normal and are not a cause for alarm.

You still need to watch for indications that the outdoor unit is experiencing problems. If you hear unusual noises from the cabinet, such as loud clanging or grinding, you should call for repairs right away. If the outdoor unit is running, but you are not receiving heat indoors, then you should also have technicians investigate right away to see if the unit is losing refrigerant or has experienced some other malfunction that is keeping it from carrying out heat exchange.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has worked on heat pump repair in Groton, MA for almost three decades. Never hesitate to call us if you think your heat pump is in danger of failing or if you are suspicious of strange sounds from either cabinet. It is better to be cautious than to end up trapped with a cold house.

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The Different Types of American Standard Heat Pumps

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Heat pumps have been used as an alternative to forced-air furnaces and boilers for heating in many homes across the US. And while a number of fine manufacturers have heat pumps on the market, American Standard is one brand that we recommend for our customers in the MetroWest area. The company divides their heat pumps into three different types, each of which contains its own features and options. Below is a quick breakdown of the different types of American Standard heat pumps .

  • Silver Series. The Silver Series is a comparatively small heat pump, which makes it work well for smaller homes or in places that don’t have a lot of extra room for an HVAC system. That also makes them a good choice for those hoping to save a little money on installation while still enjoying all of the benefits that a heat pump has to offer.
  • Gold Series. The Gold Series is the “middle ground” option for American Standard heat pumps. They can handle a larger load than the silver series, and tend to run more efficiently as well, thanks to patented American Standard features such as Duration technologies and SpineFin upgrades. Their increase efficiency and ability to handle a bigger workload makes them more expensive than the Silver Series.
  • Platinum Series. The Platinum Series is the top-of-the-line model. They use the same advanced technologies that the Gold Services does, and can support large spaces like the Gold Series does, but they utilize a two-stage heating and cooling process, which provides even more efficiency than the Gold Series.

Obviously, not every type of American Standard heat pump is right for every home, and you need to factor your needs before making a decision on the model that’s right for you. Luckily, for heating in Carlisle, MA and other nearby towns, you can call on the trained experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We have the skills and know-how to help you select the best unit for your circumstances, and will perform the installation with courtesy and care. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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Maynard Heat Pump Tip: Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Heat pumps offer a number of great benefits. For one, they are inclusive heating and cooling solutions, so they can maintain your Maynard home at a comfortable temperature year round without the need for an additional system.

They run on electricity, so you don’t have to worry about the inconvenience of additional bills and keeping a fuel supply around. They are also quiet and relatively easy to maintain—the list goes on and on. The point is, provided you live in a climate where heat pumps can operate properly, they make for great heating and cooling options.

One other huge advantage of heat pumps is that they are very energy efficient, often much more so than other heating and cooling options. For one, the heating efficiency of heat pumps can range from 150-300%, meaning that the amount of heat energy they are able to produce is 1.5 to 3 times greater than the amount of electricity they draw to do it. That is an incredibly efficient exchange.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency awards the EnergyStar to devices and appliances that surpass energy efficiency guidelines. Heat pumps that have earned the EnergyStar are even more efficient than their brethren, sometimes by as much as 9%, according to the EPA. If you have an older heat pump in your home already, a newer EnergyStar rated model may be as much as 20% more efficient.

While these numbers by themselves may not seem Earth shattering, consider two things. First, in an age of constantly escalating energy costs, any savings are welcome. Second, rewarding energy efficient homes has been a focus of the federal government for a few years. To that end, homes with EnergyStar rated heat pumps installed may be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to 30%. So, not only do these devices help you save on your bills, but on your taxes as well.

The benefits of heat pumps are numerous, but perhaps none is a bigger plus than their extremely efficient use of energy. You can save electricity and save money, all while keeping your home comfortable year round.

If you are considering a heat pump for your Maynard home, these benefits are important to keep in mind while making your decision. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today to learn more!

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Helpful Tips from Basnett Plumbing & Heating

Friday, April 13th, 2012

MetroWest | Honeywell | BasnettPrepare for emergencies with natural gas and propane powered generators.

Basnett now supplies and installs natural gas and propane powered generators to protect your home during any powerloss situation.
Wondering how to select a backup generator for you home? Check out this useful chart!

FREE cold weather kit with purchase of Standby Generator

Hidden Ways to Save Energy

While many homeowners are increasingly more aware of ways they can save energy and lower their bills, there are plenty of energy-saving tips that are not as well known. Making a minor change or improvement, such as installing a new thermostat, can make a difference. Even if you’ve just installed a new high-efficiency AC unit, here are some ways you can maintain its performance levels and save on energy bills.

Ductless Vs. Central Heat Pump Systems

Installing a new heat pump system in your home is a significant investment and decision; however, there are many options on the market today, including high-efficiency and ENERGY STAR models. All the different models should be researched before making your choice. Here’s some helpful information about the pros and cons to both ductless and central heat pump systems.

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Question from Wayland: What Is an Air Source Heat Pump?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Most heating systems in Wayland have as their main component some sort of heat generator, such as a furnace or boiler. These machines generate heat through some form of combustion, which obviously converts energy directly to heat, which is then distributed throughout the home. That’s a pretty simplified schematic explanation, but that’s more or less how most heating systems work.

Air source heat pumps are another type of heating solution; one that does not actually produce or generate any actual heat. There is no combustion. What an air source heat pump (ASHP) does instead is regulate the temperature of the home by essentially moving air around.

An air source heat pump use electricity to exchange indoor and outdoor air. Think of it like a more versatile air conditioner. In cooling mode, like an air conditioner, an ASHP will pump warm air from the inside out, using a system of refrigerant-filled coils and a compressor. By turning the ASHP to heating mode, the refrigerant flow is reversed, allowing the outdoor coils to extract heat from the outdoor air and pump it in higher concentrations to the inside.

If it seems like a simple system, that’s because it is. All the heat pump does is move heat either in or out, depending on what you need in the current season. Because this process generates no heat on its own, heat pumps can be very efficient. ASHP efficiency has been estimated at 150% to 300%, meaning that the heat energy produced is up to three times as much as the electricity used. That makes for a very efficient home heating and cooling solution.

Air source heat pumps are not necessarily right for every situation, however. In colder climates, like in Wayland, where temperatures drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit for stretches at a time, a heat pump will likely not be able to keep up on its own. In these situations, you may either need to supplement the ASHP with an additional heating source, or use a different system altogether. Newer so-called “cold climate” heat pumps may also be an option. Under ideal circumstances, an air source heat pump can act as a complete home heating system, as well as providing heat for hot water.

If you are looking for a simple and efficient home heating solution, look into whether an air source heat pump can work for you.

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