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Best Heating Units For Energy Efficiency

Aug 24, 2020

Has the summer heat got you sweating? The most essential component of an energy-efficient home heating system isn’t the system itself, but how well your home uses its output.

Your first priority should be to seal leaks in the doors, windows, walls, and floors. Check the insulation, caulk, and weatherstripping around windows, doors, or other drafty spots. These small measures are worth the investment.

If you’re thinking of making a change to your home’s heating and cooling system, it pays to research your options.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps use sustainable heat emanating from the earth to make efficient heating for its inhabitants. Also known as a ground source heat pump, it works by gathering solar heat stored in the ground or water.

The refrigerant in the system condenses the heat, which warms home during cold seasons. Throughout the summer, it works by obtaining the heat from your home and expelling it to the ground through a reverse process.

Like all heat pumps, a ground source system collects heat that is already present. It doesn’t burn fossil fuel or use electric resistance heat like a space heater. Because temperatures remain much higher below the earth’s surface than in winter-time air, it is far easier to collect heat.

In summer, the cool earth or water receives heat much more readily than hot summer air. These temperature variations make geothermal much more efficient.

Mini Split Heat Pumps

A mini-split heat pump, also known as a ductless pump, is a system that relies on outside air. Meaning it gets heat from the air system located outside of your home and processes it for the cooled air.

It works in a way that is the contrary principle of a geothermal system. It includes an outdoor unit that can cater to as many as 8 indoor units. It utilizes a blower going to the indoor unit to disperse the heat-processed from its outdoor appliance.

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These systems don’t create heat but instead, collect and move it with refrigerant. Secondly, they use inverter technology that adjusts heating and cooling capacity precisely, so there is no overheating or over-cooling.

No treated air is wasted by leaking from ducts since they are part of most systems. Finally, mini-split heat pumps require a minimal amount of electricity to run.

Standard Split Heat Pump System

A standard split heat pump system is the most affordable HVAC system in the market. It works by circulating the refrigerant through an indoor and outdoor unit. The indoor unit handles the air cooling and heating of the house. Still, you can add a gas furnace if you need additional heat during the winter season.

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Like other heat pump types, heat is gathered and moved from one place to another. Just a small quantity of power is needed to circulate the refrigerant that carries the heat. Inverter compressors in variable-capacity units make heat pumps even more efficient, and some new units can provide sufficient heat in temperatures well below freezing.

At Will-Air, we believe that the key to achieving customer satisfaction is through exceptional service. That is precisely why we compiled a team of dedicated, talented, and professional technicians. They are committed to perfection in all they do. Contact us today to request an estimate.

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"Excellent job in every respect. Clearly explained the various options I could choose from and provided a very competitive price. Then did the whole installation three days later as promised, in a single day. They also replaced some of the inefficient original ductwork instead of simply reconnecting the new system to it. This is a relatively small company so I could always talk directly with the owner, Rob, who has many many years of experience, with any questions."

William Pence May 19, 2020

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"We had a really great experience! We really will be using him again. They’re a small company, but they service all types of heating systems and air conditioners, too. The company that we’d used before sent out different subcontracted people each time, so we wanted something different. We called Will-Air this time and it was a good experience."

Joan Kubrock Robinson May 19, 2020

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"After being out all day and coming home to a hot house, it was refreshing to get an HVAC company
to pick up the phone. Rob answered and I was able to tell him the inside unit was not running and it was frozen but the outside unit was running fine. He gave me his pricing and a ballpark figure for a new blower motor, if that turned out to be the problem. I gave him the information on the HVAC panel and he said he had a motor if that was it. He arrived Sunday morning, replaced the blower motor and a bad relay switch and two hours later the house was cooling off. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant. He didn't mind my two little boys asking all kinds of questions about his tools and what he was doing. I also thought the repairs were going to cost a lot more than what I paid. We have used several different companies through the years but Rob has been by far the best. We will be using him for all our future HVAC needs for sure and I would recommend him to anyone who asks."

Rebecca Lepore May 19, 2020

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