Q. What is the difference between a heat pump and a furnace?
A. The Heat Pump takes the heat from the home and releases it outside in the summer to cool the home. In the winter it removes the heat in the outdoor air and releases it inside to warm the home. A furnace only produces heat by burning a fuel or using electric and also moves the air inside.
Q. Could my allergies be getting worse from not changing my HVAC filter?
A. Yes, as your filter gets too dirty its ability to capture and hold particles decreases and more dust and dirt can come through the filter. It’s important to use a good quality filter, typically in the 8-12 MERV range. Below MERV 8 it does not capture enough particles and above MERV 12 it is too restrictive to air flow.
When it comes to a residential heat pump, homeowners can expect one to last 10 to 20 years with proper maintenance. Learning how to maintain your home's heat pump isn't difficult and will save you money now and in the future.
Is a lack of whole-house humidification causing problems for your household? Low humidity can cause uncomfortable health issues like dry sinuses, allergy flare-ups and itchy skin. Dry air also has a damaging effect on your home's structure and furnishings, causing cracked trim and floorboards, furniture that may fall apart as solvents dry, or cracks that emerge in protective coatings or the wood itself.