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. Will smart devices such as Nest help me save on my energy bill?
A. Programmable thermostats can save you money if you use them properly. Typically with a gas furnace if you program in a setback of 5 degrees when you are at work and while you are sleeping you will use less energy in the month. With a Heat Pump you would need a special thermostat that would not bring on the electric backup heat when coming out of setback or you would use what you just saved to get the house back to temperature. In summer, avoid increasing the temperature for work and sleep times during extreme weather because the AC will take a long time to get back to your ideal comfort conditions.
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.