Q. I have an old gas furnace and central air conditioner. Should I consider replacing them with a heat pump?
A. This is a possibility. Thanks to innovations in tecnology, such as the hyper-heating inverter, heat pumps can now keep a home toasty warm even if outdoor temperatures drop to 0ºF! That's a big improvement over the heat pumps of the past, which became ineffective when outdoor temperatures reached the freezing point (32ºF).
Q. Should I close the registers or ducts for areas of my home that I do not use on a regular basis?
A. You can close some vents in unused areas of the home but be aware that your insulation is the exterior walls, if you let the room get too warm or cool you will still need to overcome that in the adjoining rooms. Closing off too many vents may also cause issues with the furnace or air conditioner.
The heat of a West Chester summer takes a lot out of an air conditioner. By investing in air conditioning service early in the cooling season, you'll gain the peace of mind of knowing your system can handle the hottest weather without springing any costly surprises on you.
Over time, myths about using HVAC systems have developed. While some are harmless, others can drive up energy costs and cause system problems. Here are five myths you shouldn't fall for this summer.