Hybrid Heating Systems for Southern Indiana and Louisville HVAC Systems

Saving money on heating and coolingIf we told you that you can save 30-50% on your heating and cooling in a single year, would you believe us? With hybrid systems this is a reality. Technology allows for such higher efficiencies now. You’ve probably heard of hybrid cars that use both gas and electricity. When a hybrid car gets too low on electrical power, the gasoline engine kicks in and gives the vehicle additional power when needed. Most hybrid vehicles get unbelievable mileage because so little fuel is needed and you can charge the batteries over night when not in use.

Hybrid HVAC systems work much the same way. Heat pump technology is a great way to heat and cool your home. It extracts heat from the air and is an extremely efficient way to heat and cool except when the outside conditions are extreme hot or cold. That is why the hybrid HVAC systems are so great. When the outside conditions become extreme the hybrid system kicks in and heats the air with traditional electric or natural gas methods. The traditional mode only kicks in when the conditions are extreme and the efficiency of the heat pump is not effective. The ability for your system to switch when the weather requires it is where the real savings happen. Just like with hybrid vehicles, the gasoline is not used until it is needed to charge the battery or there is a sudden need for additional power.

Now, just as hybrid cars cost a little bit more than standard gasoline-powered vehicles, hybrid heating systems cost more than their counterparts. But the cost savings are usually enough to convince consumers it is the better choice. Let’s say your hybrid system cost is 30% more than a traditional system and most systems are not replaced for 15-20 years. If you save the minimum of 30% annually on your bill, when would the break even point occur for you? Let’s say your annual heating and cooling cost is $1,500 and you save 30% each year, that would be an annual savings of $450. Hybrid systems average to be about $1,000-$2,000 more than traditional systems so you should break even between 1-2 years and then you reap all the savings benefits for the life of the system. Give us a call with your questions about your system and if a hybrid system is right for you.

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Warming Up to Wood Floors: Dispelling the Myths of Carpeting

Louisville heating and coolingWith winter creeping in, you may be kicking yourself for choosing hardwood floors for your house. Maybe you visualize the warmth of a cozy shag rug underneath your fuzzy knee socks. While those are comforting thoughts, the belief that carpeting keeps your house warmer is not always accurate. Most people believe that carpeting holds heat in, but it actually reduces the flow of energy and forces your furnace to work harder to push heat through your carpets and warm your house.

The fact is, carpet is an insulator and wood is a conductor. So, in simpler terms, the carpet will stop heat from moving fluidly and wood absorbs heat and allows it to circulate freely. Wood improves heat circulation and maintains heat longer than carpet.

Wood and all solid material reduces temperature fluctuation because it absorbs and stores heat while carpet fibers become a barrier. Ceramic, tile, and laminate also function in the same way that wood does.

Besides the appeal of the wood floor appearance, homeowners receive the bonus of saving money on utilities because the temperature stays more consistent and the furnace doesn’t have to work so hard to maintain consistent heat or cool temperatures.

Of course, adding an area rug to your hardwood floors for the winter may make the room more cozy, but it won’t necessarily save you money on your utility bill. Hardwood floors are a solid purchase for saving money on utilities and keeping you warmer this season.

Furnace Tune-Up, But It’s Still Hot Out?

Louisville furnace repairIt is the perfect time to get your furnace tune-up now before we hit the cooler fall months, or have a cold snap that takes you by surprise. Manufacturers recommend annual maintenance on your heating and cooling products because it will extend the overall life of your system. We have had some beautiful days this week and hopefully the 90 and 100 degree days will be a memory for us. So as the cool down of fall is inching closer, here are a few reasons you should get your system tuned-up now.

  • Extended system life
  • Avoid health risks
  • Save money
  • Avoid potential larger system problems

Annual maintenance will extend the life of your furnace. A huge benefit you get from annual tune-ups is helping your system run at the highest level of efficiency possible. Higher efficiency will always lead to less energy use. Less energy use always leads to lower energy bills and that is usually reason enough. When you have a professional tune-up to your furnace, you are also getting the added benefit of making sure there are no carbon monoxide leaks or fire risks. Another benefit is having small repairs done that could turn into larger and more costly repairs or replacements. Annual tune-ups give us the opportunity to diagnose those and in essence perform much-needed preventative measures so you do not have larger problems down the road.

Be sure to contact us by phone to schedule your furnace tune-up. A little prevention and regular attention to your furnace now will give you many benefits going forward. We look forward to serving you soon.

 

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