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3 Important Things to Consider When Installing a Heat Pump

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Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. In recent years, the popularity of heat pumps has greatly increased due to their unique capability of heating and cooling with efficiency. Many homeowners favour them over oil or gas sources while heating their homes in winter months.

People are less familiar with how a heat pump works, although they understand air conditioners and furnaces. While an air conditioner can only move temperature in one direction, a heat pump, in fact, can move temperature in both directions for providing heating and cooling options.

Because heat pumps can perform both heating and cooling functions and can do it with great SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating much more efficiently than other options, many consumers in moderate climatic regions prefer heat pumps installation in their homes. With heat pumps, people can be able to save more amounts on their energy bills.

Here are some key important things to consider when installing a heat pump so you can avoid hassles and troubles later:

Choosing a right-sized heat pump

Calculating your heating and cooling needs is crucial to help get a correctly-sized heat pump before installation. Smaller heat pumps may be cheaper, but it will have to work too hard if you have a larger area. This will result in higher energy bills but the reduced lifespan of the system. To evaluate your heating needs, you need considering two main factors, including calculating the square footage in your residence where you want to heat as well as water heating needs during winter. With a right size heat pump, you will be able to save a significant amount on the running energy costs.

Insulate your home

One of the most crucial things before installing a heat pump is the full-proof insulation of your entire house. It helps control moisture, minimize heat transfer while making your home more liveable. Seal up the doors and windows leaks. Attic and basement entrances should be fully insulated by installing insulated lid on the scuttle opening. Also seal all the penetrations concerning cable TV, plumbing, ductworks, etc. This may help save big, about 20 to 30 per cent off your monthly energy bills.

Use a qualified and insured technician

Installing the heat pump by yourself is not recommended. You should always look for a professional installer because a correct setup and installation are crucial to the efficiency and effectiveness of your heat pump as well as to protect the manufacturer’s warranty. A professional installer will use the sound practices to install your new heat pump as per manufacturer’s recommendation.

If you live in Melbourne and are looking for an HVAC professional to help measure your heating needs and get you a right-sized heat pump installed correctly, then contact Heater Repairs, Albert Park. Our skilled technicians can provide custom quotations for new installations and service all heating systems, makes and models.

 

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What to Do If Your Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On

Homeowners in Melbourne experience air conditioning problem from time to time. Finding your air conditioning unit won’t turn on when the summer heat soars can be highly frustrating. It is recommended to engage professional technicians to solve the issue because they can ensure the safety and integrity of your AC unit. There may be various reasons for the problem and if not handled correctly it may further put you in more extensive repairs.

However, before calling a qualified air conditioner repair Melbourne services; there are few simple DIY steps homeowners can follow to possibly troubleshoot and fix the issues if they are minor.

Check the thermostat

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If the thermostat is set to “heat”, your air conditioner will not kick. So, make sure that the thermostat is set to “cool” and try turning it on.

Check the air filter

air conditioning serviceIf the air filter is dirty, it may block air from returning to the air conditioner, resulting in low airflow over the evaporator coil that eventually makes it freeze. This may cause a low-pressure switch to trip and cease the compressor of your air conditioner. So, check your AC’s air filter; clean-up or replace it if necessary. Regular maintenance can help check the filter is dirty and fix it before turning into big issues.

Check the circuit breakers

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If the circuit breaker is tripped, it may block the electric current from the power system. Check for any tripped breakers in the electric panel. If you find any, reset the tripped breaker into OFF position and then turn it into ON position. However, if the breakers trips immediately again, do not try to reset it; because, you may end up either with a grounded circuit or a short circuit. It is time to call a qualified technician for help.

Check the condensate drain

If the condensate drain is blocked with gunk, the drain float switch will shut down your AC to avoid any potential damages associated with water overflow. So, if the drain line is found clogged, you can use a wet-dry vacuum to suck out the gunk and free the blockages.

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If your air conditioner does not turn on even after applying the above DIY methods then, it is crucial to engage a professional air conditioner service in Melbourne. Let our expert air conditioner technicians diagnose your AC problems and provide you with the required fix quickly.

 

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Why Should I Service My Heater?

Dust, dirt, and debris are a heaters worst nightmare. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor unit, you must keep all filters clean and heat exchangers and coils free of restrictions.

We recommend that your heating and cooling system be checked and serviced twice a year; ideally a spring and autumn tune-up. Also, we recommend that you change your filter regularly, depending on the type of filter you have. This alone can eliminate many of the most common heating problems that need fixing and can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious breakdown.

You need to change your filter regularly to help your heating system operate at peak levels and improve indoor air quality. It is important to change filters regularly to ensure proper airflow and to keep your home free from dust, allergens and germs. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may require regular filter replacements.

You should check your filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month. We recommend that you visually check filters and filtering equipment monthly. If air filters look dirty, they need to be cleaned or replaced.

In addition to changing your filters, maintenance should be performed only by a qualified heater service technician. But here are some things that you can do to assure optimal performance:

  • Keep ground mounted outdoor units clear of debris, clutter and weeds; they can reduce the airflow to the unit.
  • Use caution with weed trimmers around the unit to prevent damaging control wiring.
  • Keep pets away from the unit; pet urine can cause expensive damage.

You know if your system is not working properly and needs to go for heater service by the following:

  • Is the heater making strange noises?
  • Is it cooling or heating all areas of your home sufficiently?
  • Has it been taking longer to cool down or heat up?
  • Have your utility bills been rising for no apparent reason?

This has been a guest post by Quick Air Australia.

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Things to Consider When Purchasing a Heater

Purchasing a new heater for your home is a big buying decision. You may be trying to heat a single room or ducted central heating options. Regardless, thought should be given to a number of factors before making your decision.

What heater is the best for you?

Many people get the wrong heater for their area. You need to consider all the available options, for example, is there access to natural gas in your area? Do you have a free supply of firewood if you live in a rural area?

What type of climate do you live in?

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Does the temperature outside mean your house needs to be heated 24 hours a day or does it just get a bit cold on some nights? What’s the variation between summer and winter?

  • Do you live in a moderate climate where your heating needs will be minimal? If so it might be best to get a small electric heater, but beware, even moderate use of an electric element or fan heaters will quickly add up to expensive utility bills.
  • If it’s hot in summer and cold in winter a split system air conditioner may be the best for you.
  • If you live in a cold climate where you will need to heat your whole home regularly it is probably best to get gas ducted central heating. Gas ducted heating will heat your home quickly and evenly and will have much cheaper utility bills than electric heating. Top end units will also allow zoning allowing you to control the heating levels in different areas of your home.

How much room do you need to heat?

If you only want to heat a small room for short periods you’re better off buying a cheap heater even if its running costs are high per hour. If you want to heat the whole house it’s worth investing in a heater that is efficient and has low running costs – the initial outlay will be higher (although not as high as some might suspect. You can have gas ducted heating installed for as little as $3000) but it will be cheaper in the long term. Ducted gas heating is the best option for whole home heating.

How much will it cost?

You need to consider the initial purchase price, any installation costs and the running costs of the heating system. If you can afford it, it is better to spend slightly more for a higher rated efficiency system as this will save you a lot of money in the long run.

  • Electric heating will always be more expensive than gas per hour
  • If you will be using your heater regularly gas heating is recommended
  • Gas ducted heating repairs are reasonable and will be cheaper than split system air conditioner repairs.

Pros and cons of different heaters?

You need to consider the design of your home itself. If you are building a new home you might like to include central heating in the design. Also consider insulation, ventilation, curtains and blinds, size of windows. These all impact on how well the heat is contained in your home. When building a new home you should also look into high rated insulation and double glazed windows, the extra outlay on insulating materials will keep your house cooler in summer and warmer in winter and will drastically reduce the heating and cooling expenses over the lifetime of your home.

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Heater running costs and tips to reduce your energy bills

With winter around the corner, it’s important to understand how much electricity or gas your heater is going to use and how you can reduce the cost. This is also crucial information for deciding on the right type of heating to have installed in a new home.

There are a number of factors which will affect the cost of heating your home.

Gas vs Electric Heating Cost

The first factor to consider when purchasing a new unit is whether to get gas or electric heating. In almost all cases gas heating will be the least expensive option for heating a whole home. In many cases, it will be cheaper to heat your whole home with gas than to just heat one room in your home with a portable electric heater.

Sustainability Victoria estimates that the cost of heating a medium sized room (30-40m2) with an electric panel or fan (4 kW) would cost $825 per year, compared to gas heating at almost a quarter of the cost at $225. The price to heat an entire home (160-170 m2) with gas still comes in cheaper at $670 with an efficient system.1

However, not all electric heating is so expensive to run. A split system air conditioner can provide electric heating at approximately the same cost as gas heating which can be the best option if gas is not an option available to you, although reverse cycle systems have a significantly higher upfront cost. If we compare the cost of the units of two 20 kW ducted systems a gas system can be purchased for approximately $20002 compared to $60003 for a 20 kW electric ducted split system.

Energy efficient systems

Another factor to consider when choosing between heaters is the efficiency of the unit. The energy efficiency of the heating unit can make a major difference in your annual power usage.

High-efficiency heaters will attract a higher price at the point of sale, however, this extra investment can be paid back by reduced power and gas bills in the years to come. Inefficient systems could cost you up to $200 per year in increased utility bills.

Your unit requires maintenance

Your heater requires maintenance to remain efficient. It is recommended to have your heater serviced every 12-18 months. Part of a standard service will include cleaning out all of the dust and dirt that has accumulated in the unit, cleaning the filters and cleaning the vents. A professional technician will also check the air intakes and the internal workings of the heater and ensure that everything is running smoothly and stop any minor problems from developing into serious breakdowns.

Regular servicing can reduce your energy consumption by up to 10%. Contact a local professional heating company to organized scheduled maintenance at the start of each winter season.

Tips to reduce running costs

  • set your thermostat to between 18 and 20°C in winter. Each degree higher can increase your running costs by up to 10%.
  • close doors to rooms that don’t need heating
  • shut the curtains and blinds at night
  • make sure the system is turned off when no one is home
  • take advantage of automatic timers built into the system to ensure the heating is only running when needed and automatically turning off during times when you know no one will be home or awake
  • close the vents in rooms you do not need heated
  • ensure your heating is regularly serviced and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Quick Air offers Australia wide scheduled maintenance for heating.

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