Jan 25 2016

High-Tech Heat Pumps and FurnacesInnovations in HVAC products have brought about new heat pumps and furnaces that are more efficient than ever. The new heat pump and furnace technology available gives you more control over the temperature in your Annapolis home while saving you money. Whether you’re looking to replace your heating system or want to redo all your HVAC components, let us help you find the perfect solution.

Variable-Speed Furnaces

The most common type of furnaces uses gas or oil to heat the air it forces into your home during the winter. Older furnaces are often inefficient, in part because their blower runs at only one speed. This means you get the same level of heating regardless of whether the temperature is below freezing or it is simply a little chilly.

On the other hand, a variable speed furnace does not always have to run at 100 percent capacity. The latest in variable speed furnaces link up with smart thermostats to provide more efficient temperature control, for greater savings. Sometimes as little as 40 percent capacity is required to keep your home comfortable. Check out Carrier’s Infinity 98 furnace with Greenspeed Intelligence.

Energy-Efficient Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are clever pieces of HVAC technology that can both heat and cool, depending on your needs. Heat pumps run on electricity, but they are extremely energy-efficient because they run on heat exchange. They source the heat or coolness either from the air or, in the case of geothermal heat pumps, from the ground. Air-source heat pumps are the most common type. In winter, they operate by drawing heat from the outside air, and in summer, they extract heat from your home and move it to the outside, providing your home with cooler air instead.

Carrier has improved heat pump efficiency even more by adding that same variable speed that’s available in furnaces to heat pumps, too. The same smart technology determines how much energy the heat pump needs to expend to get your home cooled or heated to your optimum temperature while still saving you money. You also get a quieter HVAC experience with a heat pump, since Greenspeed allows them to run more quietly than typical AC units or furnaces.

Hybrid Systems

Older heat pumps alone aren’t good heating solutions for climates like Maryland, as they lose efficiency when the temperature goes lower than 40 degrees. A hybrid heating and cooling solution combines a heat pump and a furnace to get the most energy-efficiency for the temperature. The heat pump does all the cooling work in summer and does the mild heating work in winter. When the temperature is too low for the heat pump, you switch to the furnace, which is more energy-efficient than older heat pumps in cold temperatures.

The latest technology in hybrid systems uses a smart thermostat to regulate the heat pump and the furnace. These smart thermostats will monitor both the indoor and outdoor temperatures and switch between the heat pump and furnace without you having to do anything. They also control humidity and air quality — other factors that affect the performance of your system.

Zoned Temperature Control

Some of these smart thermostats come with zoning control. Save even more money and energy by zoning your heating and cooling. Not only can you program the thermostat to adapt to your schedule, you can decide which rooms you’d like to spend time in and not waste energy heating and cooling the others when not in use. Combine zoned temperature control with variable speeds in your heat pump and furnace for some serious savings.

Here at Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning, we are authorized factory Carrier dealers. This means that apart from our ability to service HVAC equipment in general, we have the skills and expertise specific to properly service, repair, install, and maintain all types of Carrier HVAC equipment. Call us today at 410-919-0110.

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