Heat Pumps Are Perfection in the South

Living in the South can include some cool weather during our mild winter.

However, it’s mostly sun and heat that dominate the weather landscape down here.

I don’t live quite far enough south to not experience any type of winter. This region gets about 3 months of cool enough weather that the heat gets turned on occasionally. I’m certainly not complaining given the horror stories I hear about the winter up north. However, I sure am happy about my choice for HVAC systems. It’s also nearly the universal choice of the entire region. Of course, I’m referring to the heat pump. Much of the year is comprised of heat. The heat pump does an excellent job of keeping our house cool. And it does so with an efficiency that is very pleasing to the household utility budget. I am sure to have the heat pump maintained on a semi annual basis. It works hard year round so I like to make sure I’m giving it every chance to keep on doing just that. I have to count of the heat pump for cool and warmth. During the winter, the heat pump simply reverses the refrigerant flow. This way it is able to extract heat energy from the outside air. The heat pump can do this on its own down to about 45 degrees. After that, an electric heating panel supplements the heat energy. But, this system just works like a charm. The heat pump is so versatile and just perfectly suited to where I live.

 

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The Amazing Versatility of Air Source Heat Pumps

A monumental achievement has just taken place for my wife and I.

We have completed the construction of our dream home. Well actually, it is the first home we have ever built from the ground up. We recently retired and moved far away from all the snow and cold we lived with all our lives. Those northern winters can just be brutal. I think both my wife and I had just had enough. It just took too much out of us to live with cold for at least 6 months of the year. I always had a furnace in the homes we owned. But during the construction of our home, I realized that we were now in the land of the heat pump. Or as they are properly called, Air Source Heat Pumps. I was just a tad skeptical if a heat pump could actually keep us warm during our new mild winters. We had a heating and cooling professional who showed us the ropes when it comes to using a heat pump. The efficiency and power of the heat pump is obvious for cooling during the long, hot summer. But I was interested to learn about what the heat pump did during the winter. The heating and cooling pro explained that a heat pump can extract heat energy from chilly air. He further explained that the heat pump can do this on its own down to about 45 degrees. After that, there is a heat panel that helps supplement the heat energy. This sort of thing would so not work where I just came from. But, I am happy to know that I will stay warm through the winter with the heat pump.

 

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Mini Split HVAC Mends Family Fences

I called an HVAC company a good friend had recommended to see what they could do to help me.

We have always done things a bit differently. Our home is no different. My family lives in what once an old retail building from the 50’s. When we purchased it we had great plans to renovate the thing completely. But, our budget didn’t end up allowing to get as far down the renovation road as we had hoped. So, there were some tough choices that had to be made. The first compromise was the heating and cooling system. We actually thought we could get by with the existing HVAC system. The system was an old central air unit and a massive boiler for heat. Both of the heating and cooling components worked but were vastly out of date. Turns out they were vastly inferior as well. The summers here are hot and humid. But, there are no ducts leading to the second floor and that is where my kids bedrooms are. I plugged in some old window air conditioning units but they barely made a dent in the heat. My kids were just sweltering and not sleeping at all through the night. My children are tough kids with great spirits but I could see the heat upstairs was getting to them. I called an HVAC company a good friend had recommended to see what they could do to help me. I was so pleased when this HVAC company came up with an answer on the very first visit. They suggested we install a mini split unit for the upstairs. These heating and cooling units don’t require any ductwork at all to do the job. We have had the mini splits for a week now and my children could not be happier with the results.

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Indoor Fun Best With Good HVAC

Our weather is just so hot right now.

And lucky me, I have a house full of children who don’t want to go outside and play. Not really sure why we went to all the expense of having a pool put in. The kids actually tell me it is too hot outside to go swimming. I can hardly comprehend such a thing. If I had a pool at my house growing up, I would have grown gills because I was in it so much. So, the kids remain inside the house during the heat of the day. Inside is certainly far cooler that it is outside thanks for our state of the art heating and cooling system. However, I attempt to lessen the load on the HVAC system during the peak hours by pushing the thermostat to around 80 degrees. I also cover all the windows that get direct sun light. This helps lessen the ambient heating from the sun’s rays. Normally, we get through most of the afternoon without too much trouble. But, then the athletic equipment comes out and it gets crazy. There is all kinds of tackling and throwing of objects. Too often it leads to somebody getting pegged in the face. This leads to tears and full on physical fighting. Just the other day, I was about to yell at the kids to stop throwing a baseball around the house. The words had not left my lips before I heard the baseball shattering something plastic. I went to investigate only to find the HVAC thermostat in pieces strewn across the floor. The kids had all run to their respective rooms by this point. So now, I get to replace a thermostat and sweat until the HVAC man gets here.

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I had almost a week

Right now, my office is the most comfortable place that I am in throughout the day.

The air conditioner unit I have at home has been dead for almost a week now. It’s not that I don’t have the money to repair it, it’s just that it’s right in the middle of summer and the HVAC company I work with is very busy. Thus, I have come home after work to a hot house for the past five days in a row. The fact that it is now Friday does not give me any encouragement at all. It means that I will not get the benefit of my office’s air conditioner throughout the entire weekend. Seriously, if I could get away with sleeping in my office over the weekend I would totally do it. I guess I never fully appreciated just how effective the air conditioner is in my office at work until I lost my air conditioner at home. It feels absolutely delightful to walk into it in the morning after having to deal with a hot and sweaty bedroom all that previous night. Then, when it comes time to leave late in the afternoon, I linger for as long as I can, enjoying the cooling effect of the air conditioner one last moment before heading home. It really is tragic. As it stands, the HVAC company that I rely on won’t be able to come over for an appointment until Monday. I’m straight up telling them where they can find the house key, so that they can do the job while I sit in my office and wait for them to be done. Then, I can finally come home to a cool house!

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Buying a new vehicle with incredible climate control

I recently bought a new vehicle.

It’s the nicest one I’ve owned yet.

The monthly payment and insurance costs were certainly higher than what I was used to, but I felt it was worth it. It has a little more kick than I’m used to it as well. In short, I don’t have to apply all that much pressure to the gas pedal to really get moving. The steering is tighter and more sensitive as well. These are all good things as far as I’m concerned. Besides the performance of the vehicle, it is also a good deal more comfortable than what I had been used to before it. The seats are a nice leather and quite comfortable and fully adjustable. All this is wonderful, but the climate control system is what really blew me away when it came to comfort. Both the air conditioner and heating are extremely powerful. On the hottest day I have tested it yet, I have only ever needed to turn the air conditioner up halfway to be perfectly cooled. Mind you, it was 90 degrees outside with almost 100% humidity! The heater is like a blast furnace on full power. Okay, maybe it’s not that powerful, but it definitely gets the job done on a much lower setting. The defrost completely melts the ice off of my windshield and windows at a surprising rate in the mornings. If I said that the climate control system in this vehicle did a little more than it should have in convincing me to buy it I wouldn’t be lying! Then again, it is very nice to drive in comfort no matter the temperature or the weather.

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Losing a furnace before winter ended

Last winter, my heating system gave out on me when I still had a couple months to go before things would start warming up. An HVAC technician had fixed it up as best as he could that previous October, but he warned that the unit was quite old and was on it’s way out. I suppose I could have gotten a complete replacement in time for winter, but I just felt that I did not have the money necessary. I decided to gamble on the furnace giving me one more winter before it gave out for good. It breathed it’s last three weeks into January. I had not been saving money in case the furnace had given out prematurely, so I was left with little options. I had to acclimate to some pretty severe freezing temperatures, but I made do as best as I could. I was always bundled up in layer after layer of clothing walking around the house. I invested in many, very thick blankets as well, some of which were electric. I also bought a couple of portable heating units that I could plug into whatever room I was occupying at the time. It surely was not the same as having a working central heating system, but I survived. At least my air conditioner is in pretty decent shape. It’s only 5 years old, and I expect it to not need too much maintenance to prepare for the summertime. However, before next year, I will certainly need to invest in a new furnace!

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A performance at a local theater all but ruined by excessive heat.

There is this really big theater downtown that puts on plays and other shows throughout the year.

We are very happy to have it in our city as it adds culture and affluence to our town. Prices are pretty steep, as you would imagine, so me and my family have only gone to a performance a handful of times since I was younger. I remember them all to be at least somewhat enjoyable. I must say I have fond memories. That’s why I was excited when my mother got tickets for me and my father to go see The Nutcracker Suite this past December. We were really looking forward to it, but we couldn’t have anticipated one of the problems we ended up having once we were seated. Quite simply, it was far too hot in that theater. The heating system was set so high that we were wondering whether or not it was broken. Granted it was a brisk 40 degrees outside, but a cooler temperature on the thermostat would have kept us warm all the same. We shed as much winter clothing as was decently possible and still ended up sweating somewhat. It was unfortunate, because the performance was great. Still, I could not help but wonder just how hot and uncomfortable the performers were, as they were in the same theater after all. I could swear that I could spy sweat glistening on some of their brows and I felt bad for them. Whose idea was it to turn the theater into a furnace? The cold winter air was actually a welcome respite after the show!

 

 

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Everyone is being so friendly

Right now, my office is the most comfortable place that I am in throughout the day.

The air conditioning system unit I have at condo has been dead for almost a month now.

It’s not that I do not have the cash to service it, it’s just that it’s right in the middle of summer time and the Heating and A/C supplier I work with is legitimately busy. Thus, I have come condo after work to a hot condo for the past multiple mornings in a row. The fact that it is now Monday does not provide me any encouragement at all. It means that I will not get the benefit of my office’s air conditioning system throughout the entire weekend. Seriously, if I could get away with sleeping in my office over the weekend I would totally do it. I guess I never fully enjoyed just how effective the air conditioning system is in my office at work until I lost my air conditioning system at home. It feels easily delightful to walk into it in the day after having to deal with a hot and sweaty bedroom all that previous night. Then, when it comes time to leave late in the day, I linger for as long as I can, enjoying the cooling effect of the air conditioning system one last moment before heading home. It entirely is tragic. As it stands, the Heating and A/C supplier that I rely on won’t be able to come over for an appointment until Sunday. I’m straight up telling them where they can find the condo key, so that they can do the task while I rest in my office and wait for them to be done. Then, I can finally come condo to a cool house!

 

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They are holding my accountable

Right now, our office is the most comfortable arena that I am in throughout the morning.

The air conditioner unit I have at house has been dead for almost a month now.

It’s not that I don’t have the money to service it, it’s just that it’s right in the middle of Summer and the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C corporation I work with is absolutely busy. Thus, I have come house after work to a hot house for the past numerous afternoons in a row. The fact that it is now Tuesday does not supply me any encouragement at all. It means that I will not get the benefit of our office’s air conditioner throughout the entire weekend. Seriously, if I could get away with sleeping in our office over the weekend I would totally do it. I feel I never fully enjoyed just how effective the air conditioner is in our office at work until I lost our air conditioner at home. It feels actually delightful to walk into it in the morning after having to deal with a hot and hot home office all that previous night. Then, when it comes time to leave late in the morning, I linger for as long as I can, enjoying the cooling effect of the air conditioner a single last moment before heading home. It absolutely is tragic. As it stands, the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C corporation that I rely on will not be able to come over for an appointment until Sunday. I’m straight up telling them where they can find the house key, so that they can do the task while I rest in our office and wait for them to be done. Then, I can finally come house to a cool house!

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