Design Comfort Blog: Archive for March, 2013

Heating Tip: What to do before switching your heat pump from heating to cooling mode

Monday, March 25th, 2013

When you live in the Salt Lake City, UT area have a heat pump is a great option. It provides efficient and comfortable heating and cooling in one simple unit. Over the last winter you’ve probably been using your heat pump in heating mode much more than the cooling function. As we move into the spring and summer you’ll probably be tempted soon to start turning on your air conditioning.  Before you do that you may want to think about preforming a few tasks on your heat pump to make sure that it lasts throughout the summer. Contact the Salt Lake City heating technicians at Design Comfort for all your heat pump services. Check out a few of the things that you may want to get done to your heat pump.

Benefits of Heat Pump Maintenance in Salt Lake City UT

Heat pumps are fantastic and efficient heating and cooling systems. But because they provide both heat and cooling they get used a lot throughout the year. This can lead to the development of problems or issues that usually require repair. Also, because the cooling function of your heat pump hasn’t been used in quite some time, it could cause other problems if you just started pumping out cooling all the time. A great idea is to call for heat pump maintenance for your system this spring before the summer hits. There are huge potential benefits to getting regular maintenance.

  • Potentially Reduce Heat Pump Repair – When you call the Salt Lake City, UT heating maintenance experts at Design Comfort, we’ll send out one of our exprt Salt Lake City heating repair technicians to your home to thoroughly inspect every component of your heat pump. This will allow them to find small problems and repairs and fix them before they balloon into larger, more costly repairs.
  • Increase efficiency – The small problems that your heat pump can develop could cause it to work harder to heat and cool your home. This means that it will reduce its efficiency. When you get regular maintenance for your heat pump our technicians will find those things and repair them.
  • Extend equipment life – We often see heat pumps that developed a small problem that eventually destroyed the entire system. Getting regular inspections might be able to help you avoid that.

Contact the Salt Lake City, UT heating experts at Design Comfort for all your heat pump repair and maintenance. Call Design Comfort today!

Continue Reading

Heating Tip: How To Tell If I Have Air Flow Problems

Monday, March 18th, 2013

You depend upon your heating system to provide excellent airflow throughout your home, no matter what type of system you have. But, at times, airflow throughout your ductwork can become impeded, or something breaks down within your heater that causes it to heat inadequately or unevenly. It’s important to monitor your heating system to make sure that you notice when such things occurs. That way, you are ready to call a professional heating repair expert. Airflow problems can negatively impact your comfort and your energy efficiency. Call Design Comfort  today for Salt Lake City heating service!

Here are some indications that may be alerting you to an airflow problem:

  • Inadequate heating. If your heater no longer heats as well as it once did, or if you notice a sharp decrease in the amount of heat that emerges from your ductwork, then you should take heed. There might be a fault within the mechanical components of your heater, or there may be debris blocking your duct vents or registers.
  • Uneven heating. Depending upon what type of system you have and how it circulates heated air into and through your home, uneven heating can also indicate airflow problems. If certain aspects of your ductwork become clogged or even partially blocked, then the corresponding section of your home may suffer from cold spots. This can also indicate a thermostat problem.
  • Clogged air filter. Occasionally, you may not really notice a change in your airflow if it occurs gradually. But checking the air filter of your system can often be revealing. If your air filter is dirty or clogged, then replacing it will not only improve your indoor air quality, it will also boost your energy efficiency.
  • Cracked or leaky ductwork. If your ductwork is cracked or loose, your heated air may be lost within the walls of your home, or even returned to the cold air outside.

Airflow problems can be irritating and costly. Fortunately, your local Salt Lake City heating professional is here to help. Call Design Comfort today for comprehensive Salt Lake City heating services, from installation to repair.

Continue Reading

Heating FAQ: What are Some of the Heating Options My Home?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

If you are trying to decide which heating option is best for your Salt Lake City area home, there are a lot of different factors to consider. When choosing the right heating system for your needs and particular home, you’ll have to think about the layout, size, and location of your home, in addition to the fuel sources that are available in the area. There’s also figuring in how efficient your home is, as well as how warm you prefer your home to be.

At Design Comfort, we are here to help you out with your decision. Whether you are replacing an older heater, or this is your first time purchasing a new heating system, it is an investment in your home. And it is an investment that you want to be sure that you get the most out of. That’s why this week, we’re providing some professional advice in our blog post. Use this as a general guide in helping you get started by looking at the different options, but you can always call us, and one of our Salt Lake City heating experts will be glad to walk you through the selection process.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces can be highly efficient, especially the newer models with high AFUE ratings. Depending on whether or not you already have a gas hook-up, you will need to think about the cost of adding a new gas line. Ventilation is another factor to consider, so call a heating professional to assess your home if you are considering a gas furnace.

Electric Furnace

Because they do not need ventilation, and there’s no potential energy loss from that, electric furnaces can get even higher efficiency ratings; however, you will need to think about the cost of electricity in your area. Keep track of your electric bills to give you a better idea.

Heat Pump

Heat pumps are another option, but if temperatures often get below freezing, you may have to get a backup furnace. Heat pumps can also cool your home, so they have an added bonus. A professional contractor should be able to help you decide on the most cost-effective system for your home.

Call the Salt Lake City heating professionals at Design Comfort today for expert advice about purchasing a new heating system! Contact Design Comfort today!

Continue Reading

Heating FAQ: Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator Right for Me?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

If you’re like most other homeowners then you’re looking for any way to reduce the amount of energy that you use to heat your home. Many homeowners have started looking into energy recovery ventilators (ERV) to try to reduce the energy demands of their heating systems in Salt Lake City. These types of systems require very little energy to run but can result in huge increases in efficiency. At Design Comfort, we offer complete energy recovery ventilator installation and repair in Salt Lake City. Our technicians have years of experience working with all different kinds of ERVs and can help you pick out a great system for your home. We thought it would be a good idea to put together a quick explanation of how they work and the potential benefits.

How Do Energy Recovery Ventilators Work?

ERVs are normally installed in the ductwork of your home. In heating mode, your furnace or heat pump pulls in cool air from the outside, heats it up and then pushes it into your home. After that hot air travels through your home and cools down, some of it gets pulled back be re-heated while the rest gets exhausted outside. The air that gets exhausted still has some heat energy in it. An ERV allows the cool, incoming air to acquire some of that heat energy by pushing it over a heat exchanger. The two air streams aren’t allowed to mix so that the new, fresh air isn’t contaminated by the stale, outgoing air. Some ERVs have humidity recovery systems that allow you to recover some of the moisture that would be lost in the outgoing air.

What Are The Benefits of Energy Recovery Ventilators?

So what’s the bottom line with ERVs—how much can you save? That question is difficult to answer because each system has its own efficiency ratings and capabilities. Some ERVs can achieve up to 85% heat transfer efficiency. That translates to a significant amount of energy savings for your home. But some systems can have as low as 50% transfer efficiency. But in most cases, the electricity required to run the ERV is much less than the energy savings that they can achieve.

If you’re interested in energy recovery ventilator installation, call Design Comfort. We are the Salt Lake City heating experts and can help you pick out a good system for your home.

Continue Reading