The 3 Types of Home Heat Pumps and How They Work

November 2, 2023

Heat pumps are energy-efficient alternatives to traditional heating and cooling systems. As appliances, heat pumps work in a manner similar to refrigerators or air conditioners. During a single cycle, a heat pump uses energy to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space. Specifically, this appliance uses electricity along with a refrigerant to “pump” or move heat from one area to another. Just like an air conditioner uses refrigerant and coils to move air, a heat pump uses energy and refrigerant to move heat. Unlike furnaces or boilers, heat pumps do not generate heat. Instead,

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8 Ways to Limit Energy Loss in HVAC Air Ducts

August 30, 2023

According to the University of Florida, between 25% and 40% of heating and cooling energy is lost by ducted HVAC systems. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) asserts that a large portion of these losses exists even when ductwork is well-insulated, well-maintained, and fully sealed. If you’ve been paying a veritable fortune to regulate the temperature in your Seattle, WA home, deficiencies in your air ducts are a likely reason why. Fortunately, there are several effective strategies for limiting this energy loss. The following are eight of them. 1. Add or Improve Air Duct Insulation

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How Efficient Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems?

April 26, 2023

Energy efficiency is currently a top concern when choosing new heating and cooling equipment. If you’re planning to upgrade your heater or air conditioner, you may be curious about ductless mini-splits. Although these systems were first introduced in 1959, they’re fast increasing in popularity as residents of Seattle, WA search for ways to lower their carbon footprints. Read on to discover just how efficient ductless mini-splits are and why. The Benefits of Installing Ductless Mini-Splits in Western Washington Consistently ranked as having one of the longest and heaviest rain seasons in the continental United States, Seattle

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How to Adjust AC Fan Speed and Why It May Be Necessary

September 19, 2022

The blower fan inside your home is one of the most important parts of your air conditioning and heating system. When your HVAC system is on, the fan is what circulates the heated or cooled air throughout the building. If the fan isn’t running at the optimal speed, it can reduce the effectiveness of your heating or cooling system or create other issues such as high indoor humidity. This means that having an HVAC technician adjust the speed of your blower fan could hold the key to improving your home’s comfort and overcoming any AC or

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Reasons Your Home Feels Humid When Your AC Is Running

July 15, 2022

Seattle is one of the most humid cities in the country, and this can make it extremely difficult to properly manage your home’s humidity level. High indoor humidity can create numerous problems. For starters, it will make your home feel hotter and more uncomfortable. It also forces your air conditioner to work much harder, which can lead to increased wear and tear, more frequent need for repairs, and higher energy costs. High humidity can also potentially lead to water damage and allow mold to grow inside the home. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with high

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Ways of Reducing HVAC Noise

June 20, 2022

An HVAC system is designed to keep the entire building cool or warm, depending on the time of the year. To do this, it pumps out a large volume of air. When the air is circulated through the ducts and vents in the ceiling, it is sometimes accompanied by a lot of noise. This noise can come in all shapes and sizes from fans whirring to high-pitched squeaks and whistles as air escapes. The amount of noise your HVAC produces is directly proportional to the amount of air it pumps out, so the more heating or cooling you want, the

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Does My Thermostat’s Location Matter?

April 18, 2022

You use your thermostat to make sure your home is at a comfortable temperature. It’s more than just a switch or dial, though: thermostats read the temperature inside your house and use that to adjust your HVAC accordingly. Your thermostat’s location may prevent it from working properly, keeping your home too hot or too cold. Read on for information about where thermostats should go and why. The Thermostat’s Job First, consider the important job your thermostat performs for your HVAC system. Initially, it measures the temperature in the room. The theory is that the air around

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Should You Use an HVAC Professional or Handyman?

March 10, 2022

When it comes to taking care of your heating and cooling system, you have a couple of options. You can hire a licensed HVAC professional to perform service and repairs, or you can hire a handyman to do the job. If you’re still on the fence about hiring a professional, here are some of the most common reasons you should highly consider doing so. Specialized Training Probably the most obvious reason that you should opt for an HVAC pro over a handyman is that a professional has specialized HVAC knowledge. To receive a license to sell

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A Look at the Best Furnace Filters

February 2, 2022

A furnace filter protects your HVAC system while still improving the air quality inside your home. These air filters are made of various fibers such as polyester, fiberglass, or cotton, and they function by catching particles such as dirt, dust, and dander that otherwise would clog your furnace or sit in your ductwork. If you’re looking to purchase a new furnace filter, continue reading to find out everything you need to know about selecting the best furnace filter for your needs. Types of Furnace Filters Typically installed in a frame, a furnace filter

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When Should You Consider Replacing Your Ductwork

October 20, 2021

HVAC ductwork is quite likely the last thing that comes to your mind as you go about your usual activities within the house. Air ducts are normally hidden; however, they still require attention, maintenance and repair from time to time. Air ducts are fundamental components of your HVAC system because they circulate conditioned air throughout your residence. Because of their importance, it is prudent to be on the lookout for any signs of faulty operation and seek professional repair and maintenance services from experts at a company such as Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning if you notice any. We provide

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