You might not know it by the name, but you can actually use a heat pump to help keep your home cool. When it’s time to install a new HVAC system in your home or business, you should consider both a heat pump and a conventional air conditioning system, and weigh your options carefully.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cracking down on air conditioning equipment that uses ozone-depleting chemicals. If your AC is more than 10 years old, it probably relies on a refrigerant called R-22—but not for long. R-22 is being phased out and will no longer be produced in 2020. Sure, that’s two years from now, so you have some time if your system is running well and has no leaks. If your refrigerant level is low, however, repairing it may not be the most reliable or efficient way to go.
Heating and cooling systems can last up to 20 years, and you’ll likely have a few repairs along the way. But how many repairs are too many? The time will come when it’s no longer practical to fix an aging unit, and you’ll need to start shopping for a new one.
While the cost to cool a home in summer is usually lower than the long and costly battle to keep it warm in winter, it can be a significant expense—especially at a time when you’d probably rather be spending any extra dollars on family vacations, festivals, and fun with friends. The experts at Gross Heating & Air Conditioning know that saving money is important for everyone—and we’re happy to share easy tips for cooling down those hot summer energy bills.
If you’re thinking about a new air conditioning system, it’s important to understand the types of internal compressors that are available and how they affect the price and performance of your unit.
It was humidity more than high temperatures that led to the invention of air conditioning. In 1902, Willis Carrier was working in a printing company, and finding that paper would curl and ink would not set properly on humid days. Familiar with the concept of heating objects with steam, he reversed the process for cooling and created his now-famous and indispensable air conditioning system.