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Trust a Heat Pump for Winter and Summer Alike

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Newport Beach, CA has the benefit of being on the coast, where temperatures are milder than they are elsewhere in Southern California. That doesn’t change the fact that we still get our share of hot days, as last week’s heat wave proved. It also means that our winters are cooler than elsewhere in the Southland, since our proximity to the ocean can create some chilly nights. We often recommend heat pumps for our clients in the area, which do the job of a heater and an air conditioner all in one stroke.  Now is the perfect time of year to install one, before winter sets in. Here’s a quick look at how they work.

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How to Maintain a Ductless Heat Pump

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Heat pumps are a clever wrinkle on the traditional notion of air conditioning. If you’ve ever passed by the outdoor portion of a traditional centralized air conditioner and felt the hot air blowing out of the vents, you can see the concept in action. Air conditioners need to release that heat as part of the cooling process. Heat pumps simply “reverse” the cycle when it gets chilly: releasing the cool air outside and the warm air inside and allowing it to serve as a heater and an air conditioner in one. Ductless heat pumps make a lot of sense here in Newport Beach, CA, helping to warm your home during our mild winters and pocket a great deal of saving in monthly costs in the bargain. But like every other appliance in your home,l a ductless heat pump needs regular maintenance and care to perform properly. Here are some easy steps you can take to do so.

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What HSPF Means for Your Heat Pump

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Rating systems, when used properly, can be extremely helpful. For instance, you probably wouldn’t buy a car without looking at the miles per gallon (mpg). If you are going to install a new heat pump HVAC system, you want to check its rating, which is an HSPF number. The experts from Command A/C can help you decipher what this number means and how it can help you purchase the right heat pump system for your home in Lakewood, FL.

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Why Heat Pumps Are Efficient

Monday, December 7th, 2015

There are a number of benefits to using a heat pump HVAC system in your home. However, there is one benefit that always tops the list: energy efficiency. There are a few reasons why heat pump systems offer very good energy efficiency, and we’ll explain more about that below. Unfortunately, you won’t gain any energy efficiency from a heat pump system that is poorly installed or serviced. This will never be the issue when you work with the pros from Command A/C. Our experts have years of experience with heat pump systems, and we can help you with all of your heat pump needs in Long Beach – just give us a call!

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Can a Heat Pump Really Provide Whole Home Heating?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

One of the more common concerns we hear from homeowners considering a heat pump HVAC system is whether or not the system can heat enough when we need it. The concern typically stems from basic information about heat pumps and that this type of system can struggle to meet heating needs. While certain types of heat pumps may not be suitable for heating a home in the chilly Northeast, they are great for heating homes in Long Beach, CA.

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Why Is There Ice on My Heat Pump?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Odds are you’ve had your ductless cooling system running pretty consistently the last few months, which means it has been pretty busy. Wear and tear is natural when your heat pump system is on consistent operation, but one thing that is never a part of normal operation with your heat pump is ice build-up. It may seem like this could potentially be normal due to the heat outside, but what it is really indicative of is a problem that is creating an imbalance with the heat release/cooling process.

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Ways in Which a Heat Pump Is Energy Efficient

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Today’s homeowners have a lot of choices when it comes to cooling their homes, but with a 2-in-1 device like a heat pump, a homeowner can also heat his or her home as well. You may have heard the term “heat pump,” but this name can be a little confusing for those who don’t understand exactly how these devices work. It’s important to understand the basics of heat pump operation because that is part of the reason these systems are so energy efficient.

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Should You Consider a Heat Pump for Your Cooling This Summer?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Although the presence of the word “heat” would seem to indicate that a heat pump is anything but ideal to keep you cool during the summer, the truth is quite the opposite. When you are considering replacing your old air conditioning to ensure that you have a pleasant warm season with efficient cooling power, you should place a heat pump high on your list of possibilities.

Don’t make the decision regarding new air conditioning system installation without assistance from HVAC professionals. Despite the advantages, a heat pump isn’t the best choice for every home and budget. Call the expert installers at Command A/C today and talk to one of our AC specialists to get started with finding your ideal cooling solution.

Why Heat Pumps Are a Good Choice for Cooling?

  • Powerful Cooling: A heat pump is essentially an air conditioning system. It works in the same way: circulating refrigerant in order to move heat from one place to another. In cooling mode, a heat pump has the same level of cooling power as a standard air conditioner of comparable size. You won’t notice any difference—until it’s time to turn the heat on in the fall and winter…
  • Efficient Heating: …because heat pumps also functions as heating systems. The way they differ from air conditioners is that they can reverse the direction they move heat, and instead of absorbing heat from indoors and moving it outdoors, they absorb heat from outdoors and move it indoors. Heat pumps can sometimes struggle in climates that experience below-freezing temperatures; for Southern California winters, they are more than enough to keep a home warm.
  • Energy Savings: There’s another advantage to the heating function, which is that a heat pump does not use as much energy to provide heat than a furnace or a boiler. Heat pumps do not burn a fuel source to generate heat. Instead, they use electrical power to run components that move heat from one place to another. A 2011 government study found that a family of four can save 30% from their heating bills by switching from a furnace to a heat pump.

So should you make immediate plans to junk your old furnace as well as the old air conditioning and move in a heat pump? As tempting as a heat pump to replace an AC may sound, it isn’t necessarily the best system to have installed in your house. Some homeowners find that going with a standard air conditioner works better with their budget plans. Other houses with low levels of insulation may not benefit from the heating mode of a heat pump.

Call Command A/C today and we can assist you with professional air conditioning installation in Brea, CA that will deliver not only the best system for you, but also the necessary skill to install it so that it works for many years.

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Benefits of Heat Pumps as Air Conditioning in Long Beach

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Long Beach enjoys one of the most pleasant winter seasons people can imagine in the U.S. Our combination of sun-filled Southern California temperatures with the cool coming off the ocean makes us the envy of many parts of the world. Yet a cool ocean breeze won’t solve all problems with keeping away the heat, and you’ll need air conditioning in Long Beach, CA to help you through many days of summer.

Or perhaps an air conditioner isn’t the best option. What about a heat pump? Despite the word “heat” in their name, heat pumps are dual function systems that act as both heaters and air conditioners. If you are planning in the near future (or now) to scrap your old heating system, you should consider replacing your heater and AC for a new heat pump.

Command A/C can help you find the right model and size of heat pump to make you comfortable all through the year. Call us to set up an appointment.

Advantages of a heat pump working as your air conditioner

Here is the critical thing to know about heat pumps: they are air conditioners. The only important difference is that a heat pump can change the direction it moves heat, but otherwise the process is exactly the same: refrigerant cycles through the indoor and outdoor unit, removing heat from the inside of your home to cool it down and then releasing the heat to the outdoors. In terms of performance, a heat pump has the same level of cooling power that an air conditioner of the same size has.

You won’t drain any extra power for a heat pump as an air conditioner, either. The only component required to create the heating mode is the reversing valve, which shifts the direction the refrigerant flows. The refrigerant will pass through the reversing valve no matter what mode it is in. You won’t have to worry about the heating mode at all during warm days.

Of course, the major benefit of a heat pump as an air conditioner is that you also have your needs for heat taken care of as well without needing requiring a separate system. Although the heating mode for a heat pump is less efficient than its cooling mode, it’s more than sufficient for a Southern California winter. A heat pump also uses less power than gas or electrical furnace, making it a bargain in our warmer climate.

Make sure a heat pump is right for you

You should always consult with HVAC experts before you decide on a new installation for a heat pump or air conditioning in Long Beach, CA. It requires the knowledge of skilled technicians to determine if your house is suited for a heat pump, and how large the heat pump should be. The technician will also need to do the installation work.

Command A/C has all the skills necessary to find and install the right heat pump for your comfort every month of the year.

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Why a Heat Pump Works Best for Long Beach, CA Heating

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Long Beach has one of the most pleasant climates in the United States, enjoying resort-like conditions much of the year. Because of the warm seasons, heating our homes presents a tricky situation. Heating is necessary—it won’t be sunny and 72°F every day of the year—but that heating shouldn’t be a large energy drain when we turn it on. For this reason, homeowners are often reluctant to invest in a large system such as a gas furnace.

Gas furnaces do work well, and for some large homes they can be ideal. But the system that we find works best for Long Beach, CA heating is the heat pump. We’ll list a few reasons why the heat pump is one of the best options for your comfort.

To learn more about your choices for heat pump installation, call Command A/C today and talk to our Long Beach heating system experts.

What makes a heat pump a great choice for Long Beach

  • Heating and cooling in one: A heat pump isn’t just a heater. It’s also an air conditioner. Essentially, a heat pump is an AC that can reverse the direction it moves heat so that instead of taking the heat outside, it brings it inside. Since an effective air conditioner is your first priority for Long Beach, a heat pump has you covered for most of the year. Think of the heating as a bonus!
  • Energy-efficiency: Furnaces, whether electric or gas-powered, must use their energy to directly create heat. A heat pump, however, does not create heat at all; it moves it from one place to another. The only energy it needs to do this is the electrical power required to operate its mechanics. This is significantly less than what a furnace uses. U.S. government studies found that a family of four can save as much as 30% off their annual heating bills when switching to a heat pump.
  • Effective heating: In cooling mode, heat pumps can compete with standalone AC models for the amount of comfort they provide. They are not as effective at providing heat, however, when the outdoor temperature drops too low, and for this reason heat pumps often need a backup system in colder climates. But none of this applies to a heat pump in Long Beach: you will get the right level of comfort that you need, and your heat pump will never have to struggle with sub-freezing temperatures.

Double-check: Is a heat pump your best choice?

Although we just spent most of this post talking up the heat pump, there is no such thing as a heating system that is always the best choice for every home. Schedule an appointment with the heating specialists at Command A/C for knowledgeable advice about the best way to keep your home warm without spending a fortune on energy costs. We have your concerns about heating in Long Beach, CA covered.

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