Troubleshooting Common Heat Pump Problems

Heat pumps are a fairly recent innovation over traditional furnaces and air conditioners. Diagrams make them appear deceptively simple, although they run into problems like any other HVAC unit. Thankfully, many of these issues are easy to repair. The following are some common malfunctions, their possible causes, and the best solutions. A Note on Thermostats … Continue reading “Troubleshooting Common Heat Pump Problems”

HVAC Terminology 101

Once upon a time, home environments were regulated using little more than a furnace and fans. Times have changed immensely in the past few decades, and now HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) is a complicated profession covering a wide variety of options and technologies. Whether you are planning to upgrade your HVAC system or merely … Continue reading “HVAC Terminology 101”

Furnace Leaking Water: Troubleshooting and Repair

It might seem more logical for a basement leak to be coming from the water heater or washer, but modern furnaces can also sprout leaks. Thus, finding a puddle of water beneath your furnace may indicate a problem with the furnace or adjacent portion of your HVAC system. By performing some basic checks, you can determine … Continue reading “Furnace Leaking Water: Troubleshooting and Repair”

Crawl Space Encapsulation: Pros, Cons, Cost, & DIY Info

Many homes which lack a basement often leave crawl spaces underneath the ground floor. This is not only true of mobile homes, but ranch style and even large homes that lack a full-sized basement. These areas are left unseen, and therefore tend to be ignored. In cases where a basement has a dirt floor, encapsulation … Continue reading “Crawl Space Encapsulation: Pros, Cons, Cost, & DIY Info”

Oil vs. Propane Heating for Your Home

If heating with natural gas isn’t an option for you, both oil and propane provide affordable alternatives for keeping your home cozy affordably. As with any heating method, though, oil and propane each have their benefits and drawbacks. Neither is always the best choice, so you’ll need an understanding of what each fuel has to … Continue reading “Oil vs. Propane Heating for Your Home”

Heat Pump vs. Furnace: What’s Best for Your Home?

Whether your old furnace needs replacing or you are constructing a new home, the topic of heat pumps may have arisen. However, you may not understand what a heat pump is or how it stacks up against various furnace options. Knowing the differences and comparisons will help you make the best choice for your project. How … Continue reading “Heat Pump vs. Furnace: What’s Best for Your Home?”