Archive for January, 2014

Reasons Your Heat Pump Is Inefficient

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Many homes in Florida have heat pumps, since January temperatures are mild and their unique capabilities fit our climate well. If you are looking for a new heating system for your Merritt Island home, heat pumps are an attractive option: they combine the features of a heating system and an air conditioner into one, and they tend to be more energy efficient than traditional furnaces.

If you already have a heat pump and that efficiency drops off, you want to correct the issue immediately – but what causes that drop? Here are a few reasons your heat pump is inefficient:

  • Very cold outside temperatures. Heat pumps work very well when temperatures stay above freezing, which isn’t normally a problem in areas like ours. When temperatures drop below 30 degrees, the heat pump labors to warm your home efficiently.  It doesn’t happen often here, but when it does, you’re likely to notice. Most heat pumps will have electric resistance coils that will turn on when the heat pumps stops heating efficiently, however, these use more energy and you might see an increase in your heating bills.
  • Refrigerant is leaking. Like air conditioning systems, heat pumps rely on refrigerant to do their job, and the refrigerant has to remain at certain levels. When leaks spring up, those levels drop and the heat pump labors to perform its job like it should. You can spot this most readily by thick ice forming on the evaporator coils or decreased heating from your unit.
  • General wear and tear. Like all piece of equipment, heat pumps rely on individual components functioning at peak efficiency. As time goes on, dirt and grime build up on their surface, and general wear and tear can lead to increased inefficiency. Regular maintenance visits from a trained technician can keep the interior of the heat pump clean and functioning as efficiently as it can.

If you spot some of the reasons your heat pump is inefficient, contact the experts at Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning right away. We can handle all issues related to heating in Merritt Island, FL and we’re completely dedicated to your satisfaction. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

How Come My Heat Pump is Icing Up?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Heat pumps operate according to the same principles as air conditioners, and can be used to both warm your Merritt Island house in the winter and cool it in the summer. They work especially well here on the Florida coast, which features warm winters. If you have a heat pump, you may have noticed ice developing on the evaporator coils, which can be a big problem.

Ice can form when he refrigerant that is responsible for heating and cooling process is not at the proper levels or there is an issue with air flow. Normally, the refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coils, absorbing heat from the nearby air, and during the winter that heat is transferred to the air inside your home. If the refrigerant levels aren’t where they need to be, that pressure will be too low, and the air temperature around the coils will get very cold, causing frost to form.  This compounds the problem by further insulating the refrigerant in the coils from the air, and preventing them from absorbing heat. Low air flow can cause a similar issue, when the temperature around the coils is too low and ice forms.

Fixing the problem involves more than just scraping the ice off (which can damage the coils and won’t address the core of the issue either). You need to hunt down the source of the leak and recharge the refrigerant levels to their specified amount, or fix the air flow problem.

In short, it means calling in a trained technician who can handle heating repair in Merritt Island, and can fix the heart of the matter instead of just treating the symptoms. Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning has the know-how and experience to fix the problem right the first time, every time. If you’re asking “how come my heat pump is icing up?” give us a call to set up a service appointment today. You’ll be glad that you did!

What You Need to Know About Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Heat pumps are an efficient form both heating and cooling the air in your home. They work especially well in areas with mild winters like here in Florida, where temperatures rarely drop below 40 degrees. A heat pump in Cape Canaveral makes a lot of sense, though it helps to understand how they work, and in particular how they work as part of a ductless system. Here’s what you need to know about ductless mini split heat pumps.

Heat pumps use the same basic system that an air conditioning system does. Refrigerant gas cycles between two sets of coils – one inside the house and one outside – which alternately warm the air and cool it. The system is designed so that the indoor coil cools the surrounding air in the summer and warms it in the winter. Since heat pumps don’t create heat, only transfer it from one location to another, they can be very energy efficient.

With ductless mini split systems, a series of individual indoor units (with the coil and air handler) are placed in different areas around your home, all connected to one outdoor unit. Since there is no one centralized indoor unit producing all the conditioned air, you don’t need ducts to distribute the air throughout your home (hence the name “ductless”). This reduces energy loss and it gives you the ability to easily zone your home comfort. Each indoor unit has its own set of controls, allowing you to tailor the individual temperatures in each part of your home. So someone working cover a hot stove in the kitchen could set a lower temperature than someone enjoying a book in the living room, improving your home’s comfort levels. More importantly, ductless mini split systems allow you to turn down the heat in parts of the home you aren’t using, saving energy and sparing you a great deal of money in monthly heating bills.

For more of what you need to know about ductless mini split heat pumps, or to discuss installation options, call the experts at Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning. We can plan and install a terrific system for your home, with your complete satisfaction in mind every step of the way. Contact us today to see what it can do for you!