AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Santa Monica’

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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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 Types of Heating System Needs the Most Repairs?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Well, in a way the answer to that question all depends on you. Typically, the more complicated a system is, the more possibilities exist for something to go wrong.

However, the real indicator of how prone a heating system is to problems that require repair is how well you take care of that system. The more you maintain and protect your heating system, the better it will perform. This is true regardless of the kind of heating system you use. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways that you can take care of your heating system.

Have a Trusted Professional Install It

There are a ton of heating system problems caused by improper installation, either by homeowners trying to do it themselves or HVAC companies that were not as competent as they seemed to be. Either way, having your heating system installed by an unqualified person is a surefire way to run into problems sooner or later. If you rely on a qualified HVAC technician to take care of your heating installation for you, you can rest assured that a whole slew of future problems will have been prevented.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

If you really want to take good care of your heating system, you need to schedule maintenance for it whether or not it is acting up. Annual preventive maintenance is vital to keeping your heating system in top operating condition. It allows the HVAC technician to isolate and fix any parts that are having problems, before they are able to progress to the point of seriously hindering the heater. Annual maintenance is so important to maintaining the health of a heating system that many warranties require it in order to remain valid. So, don’t wait until your heating system starts acting strange before calling an HVAC technician. Schedule preventive maintenance for your heating system at least once a year.

These two tips are both highly recommended for taking proper care of your heating system. However, there are plenty of other ways for you to avoid heating repair, depending on the system. If you’d like to know more, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide heating repair services throughout Santa Monica.

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