Heating and cooling systems are necessities for most homes. Depending on where you live, you may discover that you need a furnace that can adapt to the weather. Conventional heating solutions use either gas or electricity to control temperature. Electric-powered furnaces can generate great levels of heat, which makes them excellent for very cold climates. However, they can be expensive to run; heat pumps, on the other hand, cost very little to operate. You needn’t choose, however, between the raw power of a forced-air furnace and the efficiency of a heat pump: it’s possible to have the best of both […]Read More
Heating With a Heat Pump Has Never Been Easier
Has your fuel bill been high lately? Do you want to help with climate change and be a little greener? Consider switching your home heating system. It sounds like it could be a daunting task to upgrade to a new heating system, but heating with a heat pump has never been easier. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of heating with a heat pump and the ease of making the switch. How Heat Pumps Are Efficient Heat pumps, sometimes called mini-splits, have become incredibly popular because they are very energy efficient. A heat pump is a unique device that […]Read More
Heat Pump vs. Electric Furnace Comparison
Recent trends in home heating systems have tended away from the use of fossil fuels, as more people seek environmentally friendly alternatives for their HVAC needs. There’s also the question of access: not every home has a natural gas main or propane tank connected to it, although, of course, the vast majority of homes do have access to electricity. This need for alternative heating has led to the increased popularity of two unique methods of home heating: the electric furnace and the heat pump. Both utilize electricity for power, but their methods of heating are completely different. Is either of […]Read More
Is a Heat Pump the Same as a Mini-Split?
Everyone’s home is different meaning everyone will have different solutions for maintaining their optimal indoor temperature. As we head toward the colder part of the year, you may be in the process of figuring out exactly what your ideal home setup is. Between taking stock of your insulation, thinking about your outdoor climate, and deciding just how cozy you want to be this winter, you may have one question at the forefront of your mind: is a heat pump the same as a mini-split? The answer isn’t really yes or no; things are a bit more complicated. Read on to […]Read More
What Does a Heat Pump Cost?
Heat pumps are a relatively new method of heating and cooling that have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years. This is in no small part due to their energy efficiency. That is, their ability to use significantly less power to achieve the same result as a less technologically advanced system. This, of course, directly translates to cost savings for the owner of the heat pump, but are these newfangled devices really all they are cracked up to be? After the up-front cost of the device itself and its installation, will they really save you money? What does […]Read More
Does a Mini-Split Heat and Cool Your Home?
These days, there are many different heating and cooling devices on the market. Naturally, you want to make sure your HVAC system meets all your needs before buying. If you’re unfamiliar with a mini-split, you probably have some questions, such as, does a mini-split heat and cool your home? That’s where the HVAC experts at Entek can help. Read on to find out more about this system and it can both heat and cool your home. What Is a Mini-Split? A mini-split is an HVAC system that works for individual rooms and spaces in your home. For this reason, they […]Read More
How Efficient Are Heat Pumps?
“Energy efficiency” refers to the amount of energy a device needs to perform a certain task. With regards to heating, a more efficient system requires less power to generate usable heat energy. There are plenty of reasons to opt for a more energy-efficient HVAC system, with the cost-benefit being the most obvious. The more efficient your furnace or air conditioner is, the lower your overall energy costs will be.One of the most popular new technologies for heating the home is the heat pump. How do these newfangled systems measure up, though? How efficient are heat pumps? Is it worth installing […]Read More
What Is the Difference Between Forced-Air Heating and a Heat Pump?
These days, it seems as if home and business owners face something of an embarrassment of riches with regard to home heating options. With so many different methods of generating heat and circulating it throughout the building, modern-day homeowners have the luxury of comparing all their choices carefully deciding which is the most cost-effective system for their building. Two of the most common methods of home heating are forced-air heating, where a large fan distributes heated air through a system of ducts, and heat pumps, which transfer ambient heat from the outside environment to the inside of the home. Choosing […]Read More
At What Temperature Can I Turn My Heat Pump Off in Spring?
If you’re used to owning a traditional furnace, you may have the habit of turning it off in the spring. The variability of the outside temperature can cause your thermostat to fluctuate all day, wasting energy and actually driving up utility costs. However, if you’re new to owning a heat pump or you’re thinking of having one installed, it is time to change up your spring routine. As you’ll see, the name “heat pump” is a bit of a misnomer. It’s true that heat pumps provide your home with warmth in the winter, but they also provide you with cool […]Read More
Can You Add a Heat Pump to an Existing Furnace?
Today, one of the most advanced methods of modern heating is the heat pump. By making use of electricity to transfer heat from place to place, heat pumps can dramatically reduce a home’s energy usage while still keeping it comfortable during the cold winter months. Even better, your heat pump can also double as an air conditioner during the summer, as it’s also able to transfer heat outside of the home, cooling it down. You can install a heat pump directly, which is often all a home needs to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year. But can you add […]Read More