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Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

January 11, 2020

Most of us tend to take our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for granted. As long as they are working, it’s easy to go on day after day without thinking about them. But, like most other things, taking care of your HVAC system through regular maintenance is critical to keeping it in good…

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Heat Pump Maintenance

October 12, 2019

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Heat Pump or Air Conditioner — Which is Right for You?

April 29, 2019

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Heat Pump vs. Furnace

February 11, 2019

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Why Is My Heat Pump Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

November 26, 2018

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Why Is My Heat Pump Making Loud Noises?

October 22, 2018

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How Do I Know When I’m Using My Heat Pump’s Auxiliary Heat?

January 29, 2018

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Why Does My Heat Pump Smell Like It’s Burning?

January 15, 2018

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Dual Fuel Systems

December 12, 2017

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Heating System: Furnace vs. Heat Pump

November 8, 2017

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Transitioning Your Heat Pump

September 20, 2017

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Transitioning a Heat Pump from Cool to Hot

October 6, 2016

As cooler Colorado temperatures approach, you will need to transition your heat pump from a cooling source to a source heat. It is time to schedule maintenance before temperatures drop and you need the heating system to function properly. Here are things that you can do at home: Replace the air filter. Remove any growth…

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How Much Value Will a Geothermal Heat Pump Add to my Home?

May 9, 2016

Geothermal is a significant investment for any homeowner, and you never know if you might move before you reach your payback period. What most people want to know is how much value will a geothermal system add to the value of their home. Geothermal is an amenity that appraisers will refer to as contributory value.…

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Geothermal Basics

April 1, 2016

Geothermal Heating capitalizes on the fact that temperatures in the earth remain fairly constant when you dig just a few feet below the surface. Whether you live somewhere that temperatures fluctuate or somewhere with a more constant temperature, the temperature below the surface stays relatively the same. This is because the ground absorbs 47% of…

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What is a Heat Pump and How Does it Work?

March 30, 2016

A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from in to out or from out to in. In the winter it works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the summer the process reverses and it will remove heat from your home and…

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Active & Passive Solar Heating: What’s the Difference?

April 28, 2015

There are several methods available today to capture the sun’s energy and use it to heat your Fort Collins home partially, or even completely. Many homes use a combination of both passive and active solar heating to accomplish the task. Passive Solar Heating Passive solar heating takes advantage of a building’s design and construction to…

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Maintain Your Heat Pump for Full Efficiency and Comfort

March 10, 2015

Heat pumps are a terrific innovation that have been used for many years across the country in various climates. Installing a heat pump in your home can save you more energy and money provided it’s maintained and operated properly. The following are some keys to operating your heat pump and keeping it maintained: Maintaining filters can’t be stressed enough: Make…

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Important Considerations to Make Before Replacing a Home Heat Pump

January 20, 2015

If your home isn’t as cool as you’d like it to be in the summer or warm enough in the winter, your heat pump system may be experiencing some problems. Make sure you consider the following five factors before you replace your home heat pump. Does Your Heat Pump Actually Need Replacing? If your home heat pump needs repairs every…

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Steps For Transitioning Your Heat Pump From Cooling to Heating

October 16, 2014

As cooler temperatures approach, you will be transitioning your heat pump to supply heat during the winter months. This is the time to schedule maintenance tasks before temperatures drop and you need the heating system to function properly. Several tasks can be done by the homeowner inexpensively and quickly. Maintenance Tasks for the Homeowner Replace the air…

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Planning a New Home? Consider These 4 Types of HVAC Systems

July 3, 2014

Building a new home in the Fort Collins area (or anywhere really) is exciting for a number of reasons. One important reason is the chance to do everything right, creating the home environment you (or your buyers) truly want. Among the many decisions you’ll need to make is how to heat and cool the house.…

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It’s Summertime, and the Savings Are Easier With Energy Star

June 5, 2014

We are all looking to save a little money where we can and when it comes to keeping your home cool during the summer, the place to begin is with an Energy Star cooling system. Because these appliances are designed with efficiency in mind, they are not only better for the environment, they are better for…

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Some of These Myths About Electricity Use May be Costing You

March 4, 2014

Cutting your home’s electricity use starts with your HVAC system, since in most households, it’s responsible for half of the energy you use. These are the most commonly held myths about heating and cooling that many homeowners perceive will lower consumption, but in reality, they increase it. Buying efficient HVAC equipment automatically saves money. While…

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Why a Variable Capacity Gas Furnace or Heat Pump Are Good Options For Our Cold Climate

February 20, 2014

Variable capacity furnaces and heat pumps are a great long-term investment for those of us living in cold climates. They heat your home more efficiently, making it cozier with less energy. Though they cost more up front, variable capacity furnaces and heat pumps save you money in the long run by reducing energy costs. What…

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Energy Star Appliances Offer Year-Round Savings

January 16, 2014

Need to purchase a new HVAC system for your home? Look for the Energy Star label on heating and cooling systems and you’ll save energy, which is good for both the world and your wallet. Before you begin your search for an Energy Star appliance, here are some terms that you should become familiar with.…

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Those 25C Energy Tax Credits: the Time to Use Them Is Running Out

November 28, 2013

If you’ve been putting off one or more energy-efficiency upgrades, now is the time to get going. The sizable 25C energy tax credits are set to expire on Dec. 31. Delay much longer, and you’ll lose these incentives. You can qualify for tax credits equaling 10 percent of your cost–up to $300–if you install a…

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Size Your Heat Pump Appropriately for Optimal Performance and Comfort

August 15, 2013

A heat pump is one of the most energy efficient ways to cool and heat a home in our area, as it simply moves heat from one place to another. But it requires precise sizing. HVAC contractors use a software tool called Manual J to calculate the cooling and heating load of a home. It…

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Getting Optimal Heat Pump Performance in Your New Home

June 13, 2013

If you’re building a home in northern Colorado, you need to decide what type of heating and cooling system to install. One of your options is a heat pump. This two-in-one system provides heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Choosing a system andsizing it correctly are the first steps, but you…

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Get A Head Start With The Electronically Commutated Motor

February 19, 2013

Fifteen years ago, blower-fan motors in most furnaces were inherently inefficient. These permanent-split capacitor motors are now largely a thing of the past, thanks to the electronically commutated motor. If you’re looking for an HVAC upgrade, an ECM will give you a good start. How ECMs boost efficiency The PSC motor was always somewhat inefficient…

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Choosing The Energy Star Most-Efficient Label

February 12, 2013

Most homeowners know the value of choosing products with the Energy Star logo. Since 1992, it has been the go-to beacon, helping homeowners differentiate more-efficient home heating and cooling equipment, electronics and appliances from less-efficient products. But the Energy Star program is evolving. Motivated by multiple factors, the program has unveiled its Most-Efficient label, a…

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Buying A Heat Pump? Here’s How To Cover All The Bases

February 5, 2013

To maximize your investment when you’re buying a heat pump, it’s necessary to take more than just the price into consideration. Multiple factors, such as the various features on a heat pump, dictate the price. In addition, expert sizing and installation ensure that your heat pump will perform and deliver a high return on investment.…

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