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Check out the heat early!

Fall is in the air! The heat is gone and it really feels good to finally get some cooler temperatures. The leaves are turning and it's cold at night. So far, daytime temperatures have not quite been cold enough to need the furnace or heat pump -- but heating season is just around the corner. Don’t wait for a frigid day to test your heating system. Give it a spin early so we can be sure it will work when needed. It's a good idea to open the windows in your house when you first test your heating system after it's been idle all summer long. You may smell a burning smell when you first run the furnace that dissipates soon enough. This happens when the dust that has built up on the heating coils over the summer is burnt off. This should only happen the first time you fire it up. If you find that your heating system is not heating well, give us a call -- we're here to help!

 

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Question: What about Dual Fuel heating systems?

A dual Fuel System combines a Heat Pump with a conventional Gas/Electric System.  In the Heating Mode, the heat pump will be used until the temperature outside drops below about 35ºF.  Below 35º, the system will switch to gas.  Comfort wise, this type of system is the best of both worlds; combining the energy efficiency of a Heat Pump during mild weather and the warm air comfort of Gas when it’s cold outside.  I usually recommend dual Fuel for Propane users.  The high cost of Propane is minimized by only using it when it is really cold outside.  Temperatures in East Tennessee are typically below 35º less than 1000 hours per year.  The rest of the heating duty is handled by the heat pump.
Changing your system to a High Efficiency dual Fuel will typically pay for itself in energy savings in about 5 years.

 

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Question: What does the new higher efficiency equipment mean in terms of $$$$$

I drove my '71 Chevy until 2005.  When I replaced it, my gas mileage improved enough to pay for the new one in reduced fuel cost.  If your Heating and Air Conditioning System is older, you can probably pay for an upgrade with reduced energy cost over the next several years.  I’ve seen some old Rheem Systems around Blount County that are nearly as old as that Chevy.  As energy costs continues to rise, new Heating and Cooling Equipment could easily pay for itself in reduced utility cost.  Improving your system efficiency from an 8 SEER to a 13 SEER Air Conditioner or Heat Pump should result in a 25% reduction in operating cost.  Going to a 15 or 16 SEER would give an additional 10% reduction in electric cost.  The new Furnaces are as much as 20% more efficient.  Would cutting your Gas and Electric bill by 20 to 25% be worth considering?  Call us to review your options.

 

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Question: Should I change to a Tankless Water Heater?

Significant improvements in tankless water heaters have come in the last few years.  Higher efficiencies and better systems can be custom tailored to fit your needs.  The benefits are obvious.  The tankless only heats when there someone turns on the hot water.  This reduces the cost VS. a tank type heater.  This is especially true in situations where hot water use is occasional.  Some of the drawbacks are:


-higher initial cost than tank type
-additional delay in getting hot water to the point of use

Tankless Water Heaters come in several efficiencies.  Some are as low as 65%.  This is the same efficiency as your tank type.  I would recommend sticking with a 90 or 95% efficiency rated tankless.  Call us to size up your situation and see if a Tankless Water Heater can meet your needs.

 

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865-856-0030 (Blount, Knox, Loudon, Sevier, Monroe Counties)


Question: When should I plan to change out my Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment?

Typical life cycle for a Heating and Cooling System is 15 to 20 years.  Usually they start having parts replacement issues at around 10 years and more serious problems as they near the end of their life cycle.  If you are facing an expensive repair, say a compressor replacement or a furnace heat exchanger, you should give consideration to new equipment.  If you decide to do the $1000 repair, you may just be postponing the inevitable replacement by a year or two.  You may have another expensive repair come up again soon.  Reasons to move ahead with the system replacement would be:

-All new Equipment 
-New Equipment Warranty (ten years on parts)
-Higher energy efficiency of the new equipment
 

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