AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Archive for March, 2015

How a Heat Pump can Improve Your Home Heating

Monday, March 30th, 2015

When most people think of a home heating system, they imagine either a furnace or a boiler. This is because those two systems are by far the most popular home heating systems in the country. That’s all well and good, but those two systems aren’t the only options when it comes to heating your home. Heat pumps are a great alternative to more traditional system, and offer a number of distinct advantages.

Let’s take a closer look at heat pumps, how they work, and how they can improve your home heating.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a system that doesn’t burn fuel to create heat. Instead, it evaporates and condenses refrigerant to absorb heat from the outside air and bring it inside. Think of it as operating a bit like an air conditioner, but in reverse. Far from just being a backwards air conditioner, however, a heat pump is also equipped with a reversing valve. This reversing valve allows the system to reverse the flow of refrigerant through the system. By doing this, a heat pump can switch back and forth between heating and cooling modes.

What are the Advantages of a Heat Pump?

For one thing, by installing a heat pump you save hundreds of dollars and a lot of space that would otherwise be dedicated to a separate air conditioning system. The savings don’t end there, however. The vast majority of your heating system’s operating cost is paying for the fuel that it burns. With a heat pump, all you need to pay for is the electricity it uses to operate. After a couple of years, a heat pump will completely pay itself off in savings and start putting money directly into your pocket. Heat pumps also happen to be quite environmentally friendly, as they don’t burn fossil fuels like other heating systems do. If you decide to install a heat pump in your home, you’ll be garnering a lot of advantages that other systems won’t be able to match.

If you would like to know more about the advantages of heat pumps, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide heating services throughout Santa Monica.

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When is a Good Time for New Heating Installation?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Everyone wants their heating systems to last forever. After going through all the hassle of researching available heating systems, selecting one that fits your needs, finding a contractor, tearing out your old heating system, and installing a new one, it’s no wonder that you don’t want to repeat the process ever again.

Unfortunately, no matter how well-constructed or well-maintained your heating system is, you will eventually have to replace it. When will that time arrive, though? Well, there’s no way to pinpoint exactly when your heating system will reach the end of its life. However, there are signs that will indicate that it is getting close. Read on for a list of signs that indicate it’s time for a new heating installation.

Increase in Heating Bills

As your heating system gets older, it will slowly accumulate wear and tear on the parts inside it. This causes your heater to slowly lose efficiency over the years. Eventually, this wear and tear will become severe enough that the efficiency loss will be reflected in your monthly heating bills. If you start to notice your monthly bills rising consistently over the course of a few months, it’s a sign that the wear and tear on your system has reached significant levels. There’s nothing you can do to repair parts that are that worn out, so it’s better to replace the system.

Rise in Repairs

Another symptom of advanced wear on your heating system is an increase in repair needs. A part that gets that worn out will eventually break and require replacement. As each part accumulates wear and tear at a slightly different rate, this will cause parts to start failing in rapid succession. If your heating system starts requiring repairs every few months instead of once or twice a year, it means that most of the parts inside it are worn out. You could just replace every part inside the system, but that would almost certainly end up being more expensive than getting an entirely new system.

If you think it may be time for a new heating installation, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide heating installation services throughout Pasadena.

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What Are My Options for Heating Installation?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Spring can be a great time to install a new heating system, but the amount of options homeowners have for new heating systems can be overwhelming.

The experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can help you with your new heating installation from beginning to end, including reviewing your heating options with you. Your heating system is going to be with you for a long time, so it’s important to choose wisely. Understanding how certain systems work and what they can offer you are important to your heating installation in Santa Monica, so here are some of the options available to you from AZ Air Conditioning and Heating:

Furnaces

Furnaces are very common heating systems in homes; it’s estimated that 60% of homes across the nation use a furnace for heating. There are two types of furnaces available to homeowners: gas or electric. Both types need ductwork to operate. There are a number of similar parts between the two types, but they generate heat differently.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are 2-in-1 devices because they offer your home both heating and cooling. They work by transferring heat from one location to another; this means they do not generate heating or cooling, and therefore do not use any fossil fuels nor do they require a great amount of electricity. Heat pumps can work with ductless or ducted systems.

Which System Is Best for Me?

Deciding which heating system is best for your home is going to depend on your needs, whether or not you have ductwork and lastly, what your preferences are. For instance, a gas furnace won’t be an option for you if you don’t have access to a natural gas line. As another example, a heat pump may not be for you as you may just have installed a new air conditioning system and don’t require a 2-in-1 type of device.

Working with a trained heating expert, like the ones at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating, can help you determine which heating system will be best for heating installation in your Santa Monica home. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.

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What is the Sacrificial Anode Rod?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The most common type of water heater in the United States is of the tank water heater variety. These are heaters that make use of large tanks to store up to over 100 gallons of hot water. While this is very convenient for homeowners, it does expose the water heater to increased wear and tear. Constantly being in contact with so much water makes it possible for the water heater to rust much faster, and possibly even rupture.

In order to counter this increased rate of oxidization, tank water heaters are equipped with a special safety part: the sacrificial anode rod. Let’s examine what the sacrificial anode rod is, how it works, and why you need to keep a close eye on the condition of yours.

The Sacrificial Anode Rod

The sacrificial anode rod, or anode rod for short, is a long metal rod that is inserted into the storage tank of the water heater. The rod is made of either aluminum or magnesium, forged around a thin steel wire. Utilizing a chemical process called “electrolysis” the anode rod attracts rust to itself so that the lining of the tank is spared. Think of the anode rod as operating like a lightning rod, drawing the strike to itself in order to protect the surrounding area.

Unfortunately, this means that the anode rod will eventually rust away itself. This is where it gets the “sacrificial” part of its name. Once the rod rusts away, the lining of the tank will begin to rust.

Why You Need to Check Your Anode Rod

Once the anode rod has rusted down to the steel wire, it will no longer be able to prevent the tank from rusting. If the lining of the tank rusts far enough, it can start to spring leaks. Eventually, the tank may even rupture, causing thousands of dollars in water damage to the surrounding area. This is why you need to check your sacrificial anode rod at least once a year. That way, you can replace it with a new rod so the protective effect isn’t interrupted.

If you aren’t sure how to replace your sacrificial anode rod, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide water heaters throughout Los Angeles.

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