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Does an Electric Heat Pump Save Money?

Whether it’s used during the cold months of the Pacific Northwest winter or it’s used to cool things down in the summer, an electric heat pump can be a great way to save money, cut carbon emissions, and keep your energy needs simple and affordable. The professionals at Entek have the information you need. How Does a Heat Pump Work? Heat pumps are designed to run all year long. They have three settings, including summer, winter, and defrost. They’re designed to optimize heating and cooling depending on the temperature and pressure set for the unit. In order to warm the […]

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What Is a Mini-Split Heat Pump and How Does It Work?

If your home is in need of a heating and cooling unit, you’ve probably considered a variety of options. Air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces are some of the most popular ways to heat your home, but in your search, you may have come across mini-split heat pumps. If you’re wondering what a mini-split heat pump is or how it differs from traditional heat pumps, you’re not alone. Though different in some aspects, a mini-split heat pump has tremendous benefits depending on the size and age of your home and your specific heating needs. Their technology is advanced, and they […]

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Help! My Heat Pump Is Not Heating Enough

Of the many different methods for heating your home, perhaps the most versatile, is a heat pump. You’ll be able to use a heat pump throughout the year: During the summer, it pumps cold air through the home and acts as your home’s air conditioning. During the winter, your heat pump draws heat in from the outside and leaves your home nice and toasty. This versatility comes from the heat pump’s method of operation. It makes use of a refrigerant to either draw heat from the outside (to heat the home) or to disperse the heat that’s inside (thus cooling […]

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Troubleshooting Heat Pump Cooling Problems

It’s understandable to assume that a heat pump is only capable of heating your home, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a heat pump is an ideal way to keep your house at a comfortable temperature all year long. In the winter, the pump is absorbing heat from outside no matter how cold it may be and creating the perfectly cozy winter night. In the summer, the pump is grabbing that hot air from inside your house, moving it outside, and creating a cool retreat from the sun’s harsh rays. A heat pump is a wonderfully diverse […]

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7 Facts About Owning a Ductless Heat Pump

Ductless heat pumps are gaining popularity throughout the country because of their improved energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and ease of installation. While they’re not a new invention by any means, today’s emphasis on “green” heating and cooling sources has caused their popularity to skyrocket and left many homeowners clamoring for one. They are especially sought after in newly constructed homes, probably due to the fact that they can be set up very quickly and can be used in rooms that traditional heating systems cannot easily access, such as garages and guest rooms. They are also great for installing in older buildings […]

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Pros and Cons of an Electric Heat Pump

Modern technology has given us several options for heating and cooling our homes, and while gas furnaces remain the most popular, many homeowners are opting to make the switch to an electric heat pump. This type of heating system has a number of advantages, though it’s not without its limitations. Before making your final choice as to how you will heat and cool your home, we recommend taking a look at the pros and cons of an electric heat pump. What Is an Electric Heat Pump? Despite the name, electric heat pumps are not used for simply heating the home. […]

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5 Indicators You May Need a Heat Pump Repair

Heat pumps can be a smart way to heat your home here in the Pacific Northwest. However, just like any other appliance in your home, you’ll occasionally need heat pump repair to keep it well maintained and operating as it should. How a Heat Pump Works A heat pump works differently than a furnace. Instead of sitting inside in your basement or crawlspace, you’ll find a heat pump sitting outside in a metal box. During the winter months, a heat pump will extract heat from the outside and transfer it inside to heat your home. In the summer, it reverses […]

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Let’s Compare the Best Heating System in Pacific Northwest to Choose for Your Portland Home

There is nothing like snuggling up under the covers and sipping hot chocolate at home while it snows outside on a cold winter night, but what happens when your home is not equipped with the best heating system to get you through the harsh winters? What a pity it would be to not come back to a warm and cozy home! One of the most important aspects of your home is its heating system. Did you know that space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. household and accounts for around 45% of energy bills? You need […]

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When is it Time to Buy a New Furnace?

Modern high efficiency furnaces use at least 30% less energy and fossil fuel than furnaces of the past, meaning swapping out old models for new technology would cut energy bills and lower your home’s carbon footprint. The U.S. government even offers tax credits to homeowners who install high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. As global oil and natural gas costs rise and sources diminish, it’s time to audit your home’s future energy consumption. How Gas Furnaces Work Forced-air heating systems are controlled by a thermostat that detects changes in room temperature. When the thermostat reads below a set temperature, it alerts […]

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How Much Energy Do You Save With Heat Pumps

Looking for a new way to heat and cool your home? Maybe it’s time to look at a heat pump. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular because of their high efficiency and “clean” energy capabilities. Originally installed to provide heating, they are increasingly used for summer cooling as well. What Is A Heat Pump? A heat pump operates in a similar manner to your refrigerator. Refrigerant flows through connected indoor and outdoor coils. To heat your home, liquid refrigerant flows to the outdoor coil. It passes through an expansion valve that creates rapid expansion of the liquid, causing it to […]

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