4 Reasons to Upgrade to a Geothermal Heat Pump

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4 Reasons to Upgrade to a Geothermal Heat Pump

Sep 27, 2016

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Geothermal heat pumps use the constant temperatures underground to make your home comfortable. They have an indoor air handling unit like conventional heat pumps and a network of pipes filled with water or refrigerant. Installing a geothermal system is expensive, but it’s worth the investment. You can save money over time and raise your Liberty City, Texas, home’s value. A geothermal heat pump can improve your indoor air quality, save energy, help you avoid inconvenient breakdowns, and make your home more comfortable.

Better Indoor Air Quality

Geothermal systems don’t bring in air from outside like conventional heat pumps do, so pollen, dirt, dust, and other contaminants can’t enter your home as easily. And unlike conventional systems, the indoor air handler works constantly instead of turning on when it’s too hot or cold. This prevents the air in your home from becoming too dry or too humid. You will be able to reduce opportunities for fungi growth and improve indoor air quality and temperature control. It also distributes the air in your home more evenly than with conventional systems, preventing warm or drafty areas. Because geothermal heat pumps don’t rely on combustion like furnaces do, soot, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants won’t lower your home’s indoor air quality.

Energy Savings

Because geothermal heat pumps transfer heat instead of creating it, they only need a small amount of electricity. Many people get four times more heat energy than the electrical energy their geothermal system uses. The underground pipes use the same water or refrigerant repeatedly, so a geothermal heat pump won’t increase your water bill. The energy you save will eventually pay for your geothermal system, and federal tax credits make geothermal energy even more economical.

Fewer Breakdowns

Most heat pumps, heaters, and air conditioners last for about 15 years. Since no part of geothermal HVAC systems is exposed to harsh weather, breakdowns are rare, and the system can last at least 25 years. They also don’t need as much maintenance as traditional systems. The underground pipes in a geothermal heat pump are made of polypropylene, the same material used in city gas lines, so they can last as long as 50 years. To save money, leave the pipes in place when you need a new indoor unit.

Improved Comfort and Convenience

You can use many geothermal heat pumps to heat water. With an easy upgrade, you can even heat your pool. With a water-source geothermal heat pump, you won’t need a large water heater, so you can save space indoors. There’s also no outdoor unit to interrupt your landscaping plans. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t make any noise outside, and they’re very quiet inside your home.

Hydronic radiant heating pumps hot water from your geothermal heat pump through tubing under your floor or behind your walls. Add radiant heating to your bathrooms for warm, cozy floors after you step out of a bath or shower. Most people use hydronic heating for extra comfort, but it also works as the only heat source for some homes. Many hydronic systems use zoning. Each area or zone has its own thermostat, so family members can change the temperatures in different zones for more personalized comfort. You can also save energy by avoiding heating empty areas.

Several types of geothermal heat pumps are available. Horizontal loops or pipes are best for new homes because installing them will destroy older homes’ landscaping. Vertical loops are better for small lots and existing homes. Most horizontal systems bury pipes in large shallow trenches, while vertical heat pumps use holes about four inches wide and 100 to 400 feet deep. Open-loop geothermal systems transfer heat to and from water instead of soil. The water returns to a lake, pond, or well after it circulates through the heat pump.

JD’s A/C is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 30 years of experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair your geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as a range of other HVAC systems and equipment. We can also provide heating and cooling for your business. We’re committed to offering our customers personalized attention and excellent service. Call us at (903) 759-7483 for help with choosing the ideal system for your home.

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3 Ways You Benefit from Getting Your Ducts Cleaned

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3 Ways You Benefit from Getting Your Ducts Cleaned

September 19, 2016
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Delivering a gentle breeze of conditioned air into each room, the ductwork in your central HVAC system does a phenomenal job of keeping you comfortable in every season. For optimal health and comfort, it makes sense to keep the hard-working ducts in your Hallsville, Texas, home as clean as possible. From energy savings and enhanced performance to improved indoor air quality, here are three benefits that professional duct cleaning service offers.

A Healthier Home

When it comes to routine housekeeping, air ducts tucked behind walls, floors, and ceilings are out of reach. During the air circulation process, however, ductwork picks up the same airborne dust and debris that collects on other surfaces in your home. Duct cleaning helps rid your home of contaminants so that everyone can breathe a little easier. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends cleaning visibly dirty ducts as an effective way to improve indoor air quality.

Opportunity to Save Energy

Along with regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance, keeping your ductwork clean gives you the chance to save energy and money throughout the year. Ductwork plays a major role when it comes to HVAC energy consumption. Making sure that ducts operate at peak efficiency can lower your monthly energy bills and extend the service life of the entire system.

Enhanced Comfort

Optimizing ductwork is a great way to improve comfort in your home. Dirty ducts not only have a negative impact on air velocity but can also make rooms feel uncomfortably dank, stuffy, and musty. Cleaning the ducts when needed allows you to relax in comfort. You will appreciate knowing that your heater or air conditioner is operating cleanly and efficiently.

You can go for years without ever having to clean your ducts. However, frequent cleaning is essential if anyone in your home suffers from serious respiratory conditions. If you live in an area that is particularly dusty, or you have a lot of pets, you will need to pay more attention to the condition of your ducts.

Serving Longview, Texas, and the surrounding area, JD’s A/C is dedicated to improving your life at home and work. To learn more about duct cleaning and other beneficial services, take a look at our indoor air quality solutions or call (903) 759-7483 today.

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Getting Your Home Ready This Fall

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Getting Your Home Ready This Fall

September 16, 2016
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You can lower your utility bills and make your Longview, Texas, home more comfortable by preparing for the cooler weather that’s in store. Planning ahead also helps you to avoid costly repairs and extends the life of your HVAC system. Get prepared for winter by checking your insulation, installing a programmable thermostat, and maintaining your HVAC system during fall.

Check Your Insulation

Insulation prevents warm air from escaping from your home as you use your heating system. Unfortunately, pests and bad weather create gaps in insulation, and mold lowers indoor air quality. Some types of insulation settle and become less effective over time. Before cold weather starts, check the insulation in your basement or attic for gaps or dark spots that could be caused by mold. Our HVAC technicians can provide advice regarding the type and amount of insulation you need so you can save energy.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

You can set a programmable thermostat to raise or lower the temperature in your home while you’re at work or asleep. Most programmable thermostats can switch between your heater and your air conditioner automatically so that you can stay comfortable easily on warmer days. You can use your smartphone or tablet to control many programmable thermostats from anywhere.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Check your HVAC system’s air filter once per month, and change it when it gets dirty or at least every three months. This saves energy and keeps your indoor air quality high. A dirty filter can’t remove dust, mold, pet dander, or other pollutants from your home. With a clean filter, your system will have better airflow, preventing drafts and chilly areas as well. Have your furnace inspected by a professional before you start using it. You should also have your HVAC system checked if you hear unusual noises or notice performance problems.

JD’s A/C has more than 30 years of heating and air conditioning experience. We can install, maintain, and repair a variety of equipment to help you get your home ready for any season. Call us at (903) 759-7483 to learn more about how our services can enhance indoor comfort.

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