Clean Your A/C Condenser Unit

How to Keep Your A/C Unit Running Efficiently

Chances are if you’ve neglected a spring checkup, your air conditioner isn’t cooling nearly as well as it could. A year’s worth of dirt and debris clogging the cooling fins, a low coolant level, a dirty blower fan filter and a number of other simple problems can significantly reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and wear it out faster.

We’ll show you how to clean the outdoor unit (called the condenser) and the accessible parts of the indoor unit (called the evaporator). All the steps are simple and straightforward and will take you only a few hours total. If you feel this job is better suited for a professional call Morehart Air and Heating 623-566-0005.

You may have a different type of air conditioner or a unit mounted horizontally in the attic. However, you can still carry out most maintenance procedures we show here, because each system will have a condenser outside and an evaporator inside.

Steps:

  1. Clean the condenser – Begin by shutting off the electrical power to the unit. Normally you’ll find a shutoff nearby. It may be a switch in a box, a pull lever or a fuse block that you pull out.
  2. Vacuum the fins clean with a soft brush. On many units you’ll have to unscrew and lift off a metal box to get at them. Check your owner’s manual for directions and lift off the box carefully to avoid bumping the fins. Occasionally you’ll find fins that have been bent. You can buy a special set of fin combs to straighten them.
  3. Unscrew the fan to gain access to the interior of the condenser.
  4. After you hose off the fins, check the fan motor for lubrication ports. Most newer motors have sealed bearings and can’t be lubricated. Check your owner’s manual to be sure. If you find ports, add five drops of electric motor oil. Don’t use penetrating oil or all-purpose oil.
  5. Clean the indoor unit – The evaporator usually sits in an inaccessible spot inside a metal duct downstream from the blower. If you can get to it, gently vacuum its fins with a soft brush as you did with the condenser. However, the best way to keep it clean is to keep the air stream from the blower clean.
    Begin by turning off the power to the furnace or blower. Usually you’ll find a simple toggle switch nearby in a metal box, otherwise turn the power off at the main panel. If you have trouble opening the blower unit or finding the filter, check your owner’s manual for help. The manual will also list the filter type, but if it’s your first time, take the old one with you when buying a new one to make sure you get the right size. Be sure to keep the power to the blower off whenever you remove the filter. Otherwise you’ll blow dust into the evaporator fins.
  6. The evaporator fins dehumidify the air as they cool it, so you’ll find a tube to drain the condensation. The water collects in a pan and drains out the side. Most tubes are flexible plastic and are easy to pull off and clean. But if they’re rigid plastic, you’ll probably have to unscrew or cut off with a saw to check. Reapply glue to the rigid tubes using a coupling, or replace them with flexible plastic tubes.

We here at Morehart Air and Heating like to provide our customers with as much knowledge as possible when it comes to your heating and cooling units. If you would like to clean your system yourself the tips are here. If you feel a professional is better suited we are waiting for your call. Here to help….Always.

What Each Component of an A/C Unit Does

Understanding how your cooling system within your home works will not only help when talking with an HVAC tech, but also helps you understand the importance of having your A/C system inspected and maintained each year to keep it running efficiently.

The technology behind cooling the most occupied rooms in our home is ingenious and simple. It’s based on using a chemical refrigerant, which easily converts from gas to liquid, to transfer heat out of your home. An air conditioner cycles the refrigerant through its system, removing heat with each cycle, until your home has reached the desired temperature.

We all know how important A/C is to our survival during the hot Phoenix AZ summers but most of us never stop to think what each main component of our units are and what each ones does. Having a better understanding of them will help you trouble shoot any future issues or at least make an air and heating tech’s explanation not seem so foreign should you have to call one out to the house.

Here are the components:

Condenser – The condenser houses several parts. It is found outside the house when it used in a central air conditioning system. You need to place it in a cool, shaded location. If the condenser were to be placed in a warm location, the machinery would have to work harder and your energy costs rise.

Air Compressor – The air compressor consists of a motor that pumps the refrigerant gas from the components inside the building into the compressor outside. This is where the gas is condensed. As the pressure rises, so does the temperature. The refrigerant gas is sent into the condensing coil.

Condensing Coil – The condensing coil allows the gas to expand and cool. Excess heat is removed by a fan that blows air across the coils to the outdoors. The cool refrigerant continues to move through the coils.

Fan – The fan is a very important aspect of the air conditioning system. Without it, the coolant would stay warm and the building would never cool. If you are having problems with your air conditioner, this is one of the first components you should check.

Belts – The motor belts should be checked regularly. If they become loose, the motor will not work as effectively and it will take longer to cool the building. The belts should always be replaced if they are frayed or cracked.

Filters – Without filters, outdoor allergens can easily pollute your home. This will cause added stress to any allergy sufferers. Filters also help reduce a home’s humidity, reducing the viability of any mold spores, making your home healthier. All the filters should be changed periodically. They also need to be cleaned. This prevents dust from collecting on the evaporator coil and encourages more energy consumption.

Thermostat – Another important element is the thermostat. This allows you to choose how cool you want your house. Setting it at a higher temperature will save you more money than setting it at a very low temperature. Be sure your thermostat also shows you the indoor temperature. This will help you asses any possible problems. You will know if it is taking to long for your house to cool down, if it becomes to cool or if it doesn’t become cool enough.

When it comes to air conditioning Morehart Air and Heating is your go to company. We have the experience and trust of our customers to get the job done right while providing the best customer experience possible. If you need a hand with your cooling system or want to schedule routine service please call our office at 623-566-0005 or visit us online.

Why AC Service is Important in Phoenix AZ

Phoenix Arizona is Hot During the Summer

Having an air conditioning system for your home in Phoenix AZ is a must. On any given day during our summers temperatures can reach 115 degrees. Can you imagine coming home from work, it’s 115 degrees out and you walk into your home and it’s almost 95 degrees inside? That would be awful!!! That’s why it’s so important to keep on top of your air and heating maintenance each year, and when needed, having ac repairs completed.

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Morehart Air and Heating knows how important having annual maintenance done to your air conditioning unit. Most of us generally ignore our unit the majority of the time, not realizing that you need to have annual maintenance done on your unit. Each Spring we know that it’s time to have our cooling system checked and yet we brush it aside. When the unit breaks down, we then realize “I should have had my air conditioning system serviced.” Prevention is ALWAYS cheaper and more cost effective in the long run.

AC Repair in Phoenix

Our HVAC technicians are experts in all your air conditioner repair needs in Phoenix, Arizona. Our professionally trained techs can help with air conditioner repair for all brands of air conditioning equipment. We have years of experience helping with all different types of air conditioner repair needs. When our techs are at your home or office they will tell you if there’s a part of your cooling system that is starting to go or if it should be replaced as soon as possible. Putting part replacement off can lead to bigger repairs down the road, not to mention breakdowns within a couple weeks. During our summers take care of all ac repairs and make sure you’re having ac service annually. Call Us Now to schedule service 623-566-0005!


Contact Arizona’s Air Conditioning & Heating Experts

Contact us at Morehart Air and Heating by calling 623-566-0005. We will be happy to review the details of our services and programs and schedule a time for one of our heating and air conditioning repair experts to come to your home or business. You can also reach us with any questions that you may about HVAC services and air conditioning replacement in Phoenix by submitting an email through our contact page.

Addressing Home Air Quality Concerns

Nasal allergies affect some 50 million Americans each year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Making sure your indoor living environment is free of dust, mold and bacteria is one way to keep your allergy sniffles away this spring. Josh Morehart, president of Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating, offers a few home air quality tips for the coming spring season.

Air Filter Basics

For years, Morehart has told customers to use the electric bill as a monthly reminder to change the home air filter. However, the type of filter used could be a major factor in the life span of your furnace or heat exchanger as well as the overall air quality in your home.

Filters that claim to only need changing every three months can be hard on furnace motors, constricting air and the system’s ability to circulate air throughout the home. “These filters are good, but they’re almost too good,” he adds. Morehart suggest a high-quality pleated 30-day filter. Glasfloss is one brand he trusts.

Morehart also tells customers to evaluate a filter’s MERV (Minimal Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, which is an indicator of the size of the holes in the filter that allow particles to pass through. Rated from one to 16, the higher the rating the smaller the holes and the fewer the number of particles and airborne contaminants there are that can pass through the filter. However, a very high rating can still restrict adequate airflow to your heating and cooling system. That’s why adequate MERV ratings for home use range between seven and 12, while surgery centers and hospitals with higher powered systems are more likely to use ratings between 13 and 16.

Homeowners can also opt for quality electrostatic filter products that come with a lifetime guarantee and can be cleaned each month for re-use.

Air Filtration and UV Light Systems

From HEPA filtration to air-ionization products, the market is abuzz with air filtration systems, many of which claim major reductions in dust, dander, mold and bacteria in your home. Morehart recommends the Air Scrubber Plus system, a technology developed in cooperation with NASA for use on the International Space Station. It uses germicidal UV light along with a unique catalytic process to create oxygen and hydrogen molecules that actually clean the environment, including hard surfaces.

There are other UV light air purifying systems offered by major brands like Honeywell, Morehart added, that can be beneficial, too. UV purifiers must be installed near the coil inside a furnace or heat exchanger and shine directly on the downstream (cool) side of it in order to eliminate bacteria, dust and mold before it enters your ducts.

“With condensation naturally occurring in coils, it’s an ideal place for bacteria and mold to grow, so the UV systems can be very helpful,” he added.

Duct Cleaning Done Right

If you live near an open desert area, keep doors and windows closed as much as possible to keep dust and allergens down, Morehart adds. He also says small dust streaks on vents can be a tip-off that it’s time for a duct cleaning.

Unfortunately, the duct cleaning industry is rife with unscrupulous service providers. Poor service starts by cutting corners and it’s not uncommon for some duct cleaners to skip removing some air vents. Also, ask about equipment, the HVAC pro noted. Morehart uses a roto-brush system that literally walks the ducts with a camera mounted to it. He also uses a medical grade sporicide.

“This is something that should take two guys two to three hours to do,” he added. “If it’s done right, you really only need it cleaned every three to five years.”
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Contact Morehart’s Team

Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating enjoys an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about energy efficiency solutions, air quality, and AC and heating system safety for your home call 623-566-0005 or visit our indoor air quality page.

HVAC for Auto Dealerships in Phoenix

So you say you don’t see the connection between professional HVAC services and auto dealerships in Phoenix, Arizona? It’s not much of a stretch to say that there’s a fairly strong association between the two, or at least there should be, because all those hot Phoenix days keep area residents scurrying indoors to find relief from the blazing heat outside.

The Temps in the Showroom Should Be Comfortable

When residents are out shopping for a new or used vehicle, they probably won’t stay for too long at a showroom which lacks adequately conditioned air, providing cool and de-humidified surroundings. An auto dealership which doesn’t have proper Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) service could have the best vehicles on the market on-site, but if the air quality isn’t up to snuff and makes customers uncomfortable, they might well take their business elsewhere.

Here are some of the reasons why Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating service is needed at your auto dealership in Phoenix, AZ.

High-Quality HVAC Benefits for Phoenix Auto Dealerships

In Phoenix, as in many other parts of the country, auto dealerships can get to be very busy places of business, especially at certain times of the year. With so many people on the premises at any given time, including customers and employees, heating and cooling systems are under greater stress to keep indoor air quality breathable and comfortable for all. Unless your dealership HVAC system is being regularly serviced and maintained, those moments of greater stress become the likeliest times for a failure.

With so many potential customers and your own employees constantly going back and forth between the outside lots and indoor show areas, it’s always a lot harder for an HVAC system to keep that air cool and refreshing. Yet, this summer traffic pattern between outside and inside, makes it even more crucial that there’s a comfortable setting indoors, where business can be conducted at a natural and relaxed pace.

Most auto dealerships include at least one very large room for the display of new models, and where a number of dealer offices can be maintained to service customers. These large rooms are particularly difficult for a cooling system to handle, because there is so much air space which requires conditioning. That often means that the air conditioning will be running non-stop, and that kind of operation only increases the likelihood of mechanical failure – unless it is being professionally maintained.

Sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, breakdowns will still occur to HVAC equipment, especially in cases where that equipment is getting on the older side, when things are more likely to wear out. When that happens, it’s great to have the peace of mind provided by having a reliable and trusted HVAC contractor available to your dealership, so repairs can be dealt with swiftly and effectively – before you start losing customers.

Quality Products, Quality Installation, Quality Service

In short, it just plain makes great sense to have an ongoing relationship with a reputable HVAC contractor, whom you can count on for the installation of top-notch products, completely professional servicing, and a professional attitude about doing them all. That’s why Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating is one of the best choices you can make for your auto dealership.

When you need a new air conditioning unit installed, you can rely on it being sized correctly for your dealership environment, that it will have the correct SEER rating for efficiency of operation, and that it will be maintained up to and beyond the manufacturer’s specifications, so that optimal performance can be expected at all times.

Your HVAC equipment is one critical component of your auto dealership’s success, and it just might be the one which separates your business from everyone else’s. Don’t take chances with your indoor air quality – contact Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating.

Evaporative Cooler Repair in Phoenix

Evaporative Coolers Require Regular Maintenance

Just like any other component of your HVAC equipment, your evaporative cooler in Phoenix requires regular up-keep in order for it to operate properly. An evaporative cooler, also known as a desert or swamp cooler, is a device designed to cool off the air through the evaporation of water. It works a bit differently than a standard air conditioner, which relies on vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycles to produce cold air. With an evaporative cooler, the temperature can cool down much more quickly when spurred on by the water turning to vapor. This method is preferred in very dry climates like Phoenix, providing an extra benefit to your home through the addition of moisture in the air.

Maintenance is Key

Just like any other AC system, you need to maintain your evaporative cooler so it’s always working at its best as well as to avoid repairs. For top-notch efficiency, Home Advisor suggests waiting until the temperature reaches at least 85 degrees, which saves about 50 percent on water usage. Then, turn on the water pump a few minutes before switching on the fan to saturate the pads and make for a more efficient cooling process. You may even want to put on your ceiling fans to aid in the circulation.

  • Before the summer begins, take off the panels from the unit and clean out any debris that has collected in the water pan. Take a look at the fan belt to make sure it has enough tension. As long as it doesn’t move more than an inch or so in either direction, you should be all set. You may need to replace the belt if it’s sagging, torn, cracked or worn.
  • Replace the cooler pads if they have suffered wear and tear.
  • Oil up the blower assembly bearing and the motor if necessary.
  • Run a test by switching the motor on. Are the cooling pads getting enough water evenly? Are there any leaks in the tray? Are there any cracks, holes or rust spots anywhere in the unit? If so, you may have to call in a professional for help.

Morehart Air and Heating specializes in evaporative cooler repair and maintenance. We are one of the go-to air and heating contractors to call for evaporative cooler service. For more information, please call Morehart’s office at 623-566-0005 or visit https://morehartac.com.

Spring Time is for Air Filters and Eliminating Allergens

Nasal allergies affect some 50 million Americans each year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Making sure your indoor living environment is free of dust, mold and bacteria is one way to keep your allergy sniffles away this spring. Josh Morehart, president of Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating, offers a few home air quality tips for the coming spring season.

Air filter basics

For years, Morehart has told customers to use the electric bill as a monthly reminder to change the home air filter. However, the type of filter used could be a major factor in the life span of your furnace or heat exchanger as well as the overall air quality in your home.

Filters that claim to only need changing every three months can be hard on furnace motors, constricting air and the system’s ability to circulate air throughout the home. “These filters are good, but they’re almost too good,” he adds. Morehart suggest a high-quality pleated 30-day filter. Glasfloss is one brand he trusts.

Morehart also tells customers to evaluate a filter’s MERV (Minimal Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, which is an indicator of the size of the holes in the filter that allow particles to pass through. Rated from one to 16, the higher the rating the smaller the holes and the fewer the number of particles and airborne contaminants there are that can pass through the filter. However, a very high rating can still restrict adequate airflow to your heating and cooling system. That’s why adequate MERV ratings for home use range between seven and 12, while surgery centers and hospitals with higher powered systems are more likely to use ratings between 13 and 16.

Homeowners can also opt for quality electrostatic filter products that come with a lifetime guarantee and can be cleaned each month for re-use.

Air filtration and UV light systems

From HEPA filtration to air-ionization products, the market is abuzz with air filtration systems, many of which claim major reductions in dust, dander, mold and bacteria in your home. Morehart recommends the Air Scrubber Plus system, a technology developed in cooperation with NASA for use on the International Space Station. It uses germicidal UV light along with a unique catalytic process to create oxygen and hydrogen molecules that actually clean the environment, including hard surfaces.

There are other UV light air purifying systems offered by major brands like Honeywell, Morehart added, that can be beneficial, too. UV purifiers must be installed near the coil inside a furnace or heat exchanger and shine directly on the downstream (cool) side of it in order to eliminate bacteria, dust and mold before it enters your ducts.

“With condensation naturally occurring in coils, it’s an ideal place for bacteria and mold to grow, so the UV systems can be very helpful,” he added.

Duct cleaning done right

If you live near an open desert area, keep doors and windows closed as much as possible to keep dust and allergens down, Morehart adds. He also says small dust streaks on vents can be a tip off that it’s time for a duct cleaning.

Unfortunately, the duct cleaning industry is rife with unscrupulous service providers. Poor service starts by cutting corners and it’s not uncommon for some duct cleaners to skip removing some air vents. Also, ask about equipment, the HVAC pro noted. Morehart uses a roto-brush system that literally walks the ducts with a camera mounted to it. He also uses a medical grade sporicide.

“This is something that should take two guys two to three hours to do,” he added. “If it’s done right, you really only need it cleaned every three to five years.” Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating enjoys an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about energy efficiency solutions, air quality, and AC and heating system safety for your home, visit us online or call 623-566-0005.

Modern A/C Technology Shows Old Tech the Door

This summer, Robert Krein’s floundering home air conditioning unit was clunking and gurgling towards another expensive repair. It was becoming an annual occurrence for Krein, who openly regrets the purchase of a cheap system four years ago. So, this summer the Surprise retiree, and his wife, opted for something very different.

The Kreins purchased an Amana AVXC20 high efficiency air conditioner from Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating. At first thought, the make and model may mean little to a consumer who hears plenty of marketing noise out there about energy efficiency. But in his conversation with the Morehart team, one word caught Krein’s attention, and it was ultimately the dealmaker. That word was: inverter.

“I’m not a technical genius by any means, but I knew what that meant,” Krein recalled. “I knew it would be more reliable and run quieter.”

The DC power advantage

With the AVXC20’s inverter system, AC (alternating current) power is converted to DC (direct current) power – a more efficient and stable current.

From there, the unit relies on circuit boards to efficiently control the amount of electricity the system uses. The variable-speed compressor consumes the absolute minimum amount of energy needed to maintain a consistent temperature in the home, running more frequently, but using less wattage overall.

“Think of a dimmer switch on a light bulb, using the bare minimum amount of electricity,” adds Josh Morehart, founder of Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating.

A standard system, the A/C pro explained, operates a lot like a roller coaster, with peaks and valleys, using all the energy it can at once to achieve its goal of reaching a certain temperature programmed into a thermostat.

“This really is like the difference between a gas guzzling V8 and a Tesla (electric car),” Morehart noted.

DC and air conditioners

In the late 1800s, DC power was the go-to source in the U.S. DC electricity, which moves in one direction, however, loses power when traveling long distances. The more volatile AC current, which could move in many different directions, was better for long distance power transmission. So, America grew up with AC power distributed to its homes and businesses.

However, through the years, experts and consumers realized the more efficient DC current was better suited for home electronics and small appliances, particularly those with imbedded microchips and semiconductors. Cords that changed AC power coming into homes from the electrical grid to DC power for machines and appliances quietly became the norm. Think of your computer charger today; that’s an inverter that converts AC power to DC power for your machine.

Using inverters in air conditioning systems still hasn’t caught on in America the way it has in Europe and Asia, said Morehart. But Amana has been perfecting the practice in Europe for years, and it’s now making its energy efficiency case with A/C compressor inverter technology in the US.

“This, more or less, is going to be the standard. Solid State compressors will be phased out. This is what will help us meet stricter guidelines from the Department of Energy.” – Josh Morehart

20 SEER on a bad day

Krein is expected to save about 40 percent over an expected 15-year life for the unit, Morehart says. He paid a bit more up front, but between using DC power and other efficiencies built into the system, Amana third-party verifies that savings will pile up the moment Krein first sets his thermostat.

“This, more or less, is going to be the standard. Solid State compressors will be phased out. This is what will help us meet stricter guidelines from the Department of Energy,” Morehart added.

The Amana system comes with a 20 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, well above today’s national minimum of 14. However, it’s important to note that the AVXC20 operates at 20 SEER when the air temperature hits 115 degrees. “The rest of the time it’s running at an even higher efficiency,” Morehart noted.

The product is getting favorable reviews, even though it comes with sticker shock during the sales process. Morehart draws a parallel to buying solar panels today.

“They see the price and they’re concerned, but if the math is explained properly then the customer understands what this can do for them,” he added.

For Krein, paying more now means spending less later, but also hearing a lot less today, too.

“The system is very, very quiet. The only thing you ever hear is the wind noise from the cooling fan. You never hear the fan motor itself,” he added.

To learn more about the Amana AVXC20 system or other energy efficiency solutions for your home, visit Morehart Air Conditioning & Heating at morehartac.com or call 623-566-0005.

A New Heating System for the Holidays

What’s on your Christmas list? How about investing in something that can really pay you back over time? We’re talking about a new heating system just in time for the holidays. If your existing home heating system is more than 15 years old, you’re very likely losing energy efficiency and paying much more than you should for electricity and fuel. Let’s take a look at the many reasons why a new heating system can benefit you.

Fewer Repairs

Just like anything else, as your heating system ages, components tend to break down. You may find yourself replacing parts every year or getting extensive maintenance done just to get it to work properly. These repairs bills are unexpected and can really eat into your household budget. A new system will cost you outright, of course, but at least you know you can rely on that unit to do its job when called on.

Efficient Airflow

A new heating system can boost the airflow through the ducts in your home, ensuring every room gets equal and adequate heat distribution. It’s this reliability that you can count on when you replace your old system with a new one. If you’re not getting the airflow you want, your old model could be on its way out. The efficiency of older furnace and boiler systems is only between 60 and 70 percent, compared with modern heating systems that can achieve efficiencies as high as 99 percent, according to Energy.gov. This means your new unit is converting almost all the fuel to useful heat!

Increased Efficiency

Think of your heating system purchase as a long-term commitment that will pay off for many years down the road. You’re not buying a toaster oven here. According to HGTV, when you buy the highest energy efficiency rating possible now, you can avoid the high energy prices that come later.

Installing a new heating system is a great idea for the holidays. Having family to your home for Thanksgiving and Christmas and keeping everyone warm and happy is the gift that keeps on giving. Morehart AC has been serving the valley for many years. We will provide your home with a system made from some of our industry’s top heating manufacturers and give you a nice, warm home to relax in during the colder months. Give us a call today 623-566-0005 or visit our site at https://www.morehartac.com.

Is a Heat Pump Right for You?

When it comes to heating your home, you have several options, but two of the most common choices are either a heat pump or a furnace. There are pros and cons to both, and the final decision depends upon the local utility cost comparisons for electricity vs. natural gas or other fossil fuels.

Here in Phoenix, where winter temperatures can get cold at night, it rarely makes sense to install a heat pump. Rather, homeowners can choose to adapt their gas furnace to a heat pump, called a hybrid heat system, to maximize energy savings during both extreme and temperate weather days.

Heat Pump Basics

A heat pump does double-duty, serving as both a heating and cooling unit. It is essentially a heat transfer machine. To heat your home, it extracts heat from outside air, concentrates that energy—thereby raising the temperature—and then transfers this energy to the inside of the structure. The process is reversed during the warm months, in which the heat pump essentially replaces the air conditioner. In this case, the heat is removed from the inside and transferred outside to accomplish the desired reduction in temperature we call cooling. Their compressors can be noisy, so they need to be installed properly and maintained by licensed HVAC technicians, such as Morehart Air and Heating.

When temperatures dip below 39° F during the nights, it becomes impossible for heat pumps to extract heat from exterior air, so the hybridized mini-furnace system kicks in using electric or gas-fired heating coils.

Geothermal Heat Pumps Increase Energy Efficiency

Eco-conscious homeowners also have the option to install geothermal heat pumps, which place the compressor deep in the ground where ambient earth temperatures are consistent. While the initial investment is steep, it pays for itself over time, providing reduced utility bills year-round. As of 2015, the government is still offering tax credits for qualifying geothermal heat pumps, which can further offset the investment.

To optimize the efficiency of a new heating and/or cooling system, contact Morehart Air and Heating. We’ll determine whether a furnace or hybrid heat system makes the most sense for your home.