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Heat Pumps | Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

Daniel Molina - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Heat Pumps | Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

Heat Pump vs. Geothermal Heat Pumps

A heat pump system is an energy efficient alternative for your home’s heating and air conditioning needs. Our Carrier heat pumps provide efficient air conditioning in Dallas, TX in the summer, and heating in the winter. While heat pump options include electricity and gas, electric heat pump systems are more common for residential needs.

With the new federal standards effective for 2015, heat pumps are even more energy efficient than last year’s model. However, energy efficiency is not the only benefit of a heat pump system, the additional benefits include:

  • Environmentally Friendly – During the heating season, heat pumps save energy and do not pollute the environment with harmful exhaust gases. Other systems, which rely on fossil fuels, exhaust carbon monoxide and other byproducts of combustion. 

During the cooling season, the heat pump performs as the finely tuned machine it is. Providing greater than ever humidity control, and optional variable speed technology, air conditioning in Dallas, TX has never before achieved the precise control available today. By ensuring your home’s HVAC system produces no more, or less than the cooling and dehumidification it requires for ideal comfort, you save money.

  • Increases the Home’s Value - The benefits provided by a heat pump add to the overall value of your home, and increase its potential to sell when you list your home.
  • Provide Increased Comfort – Heat pumps offer improved comfort for your home and office. By taking advantage of advanced technologies, such as variable speed fans, and variable speed compressors, heat pumps offer reduced energy consumption, and greater control over humidity, temperature, and energy usage of your heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX.

The energy efficiency, comfort features, and proven reliability are all factors responsible for the growing popularity of the heat pump. Once considered a system only for mild weather regions, the new environmentally friendly refrigerant utilized in newer heat pumps provides a heat pump more tolerant and capable of performing in colder temperatures than ever before. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can provide your home with a professional installation for efficient heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX.

Heat pumps are available in a variety of types with the conventional heat pump being the most frequently sold. The geothermal heat pump is also seeing an increase in sales, and a growing popularity.

Geothermal Heat Pump

The geothermal heat pump takes advantage of the mild temperatures underground, being both cooler during the summer and warmer in the winter, than the outdoor air temperature. The ground temperature remains a consistent 50 to 60 degrees just 4 - 6 feet below the surface. This provides an ideal environment for the system’s loop to sink heat into the ground or draw heat, providing your home with a system that is superior for energy efficient heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX

How the Loop Works

Fluid circulates through a series of pipes buried within the ground. These pipes comprise the loop and are a closed system. The geothermal system is also available as an open system where the pipes are located within a pond or lake. Being located underground, or underwater where the temperature is mild compared to the outdoor air temperature, the loop allows the heat pump to produce heat or air conditioning in Dallas, TX with less effort, reducing the need for energy, along with wear and tear on the system.  

Lower Bills

Because geothermal systems consume half as much energy as a conventional heat pump, they can save up to 50 percent on energy costs. While the cost of a geothermal system is higher than a conventional heat pump (primarily due to the excavation and installation of the loop), the long life of the system, and its incredible energy savings can mean a return on your investment in as little as 3 years depending on your climate and use.

Furthermore, tax credits and rebates from federal, state, local, and utility sources can lower the cost of installation and the time required for the return of your investment. Currently the federal credit is 30% of the cost with no upper limit. If you plan to invest in a geothermal heat pump, there is no better time to invest than now. However, the credit expires December 31, 2016, so do not delay or the credit will be gone.

The long lifespan of the geothermal system is an additional reason a growing number of homeowners are investing in the technology for their home’s heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. The heat pump component averages a lifespan of 20 years, while the loop can have an incredible lifespan of as much as 50 years. Once your investment has paid for itself, the energy savings is like free money in your wallet.

If you would like further information on the various heat pump systems, and additional benefits, contact our licensed, NATE certified HVAC specialists at Garland Heating and Air Conditioning. We specialize in high efficiency heating and air conditioning.

Contact a Garland Heating and Air Conditioning certified professional for additional information about our Carrier heat pumps. Our HVAC technicians are available to assist you in selecting the heat pump system right for your home’s heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX needs and budget. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Our dedicated technicians offer convenient 24-hour emergency HVAC service, and are only a phone call away.

Improving Energy Efficiency | Heating and Air Conditioning

Daniel Molina - Friday, November 20, 2015

Improving Energy Efficiency | Heating and Air Conditioning

There are several reasons homeowner’s seek ways for improving energy efficiency. Many consider reducing their home’s carbon footprint to be important, along with saving on the cost of energy. In the following, we look at ways to improve energy efficiency on a variety of budgets. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning, for the installation of an energy efficient Carrier heating and Air Conditioning system.

Energy Efficiency Improvements on $100 -$150

  1. The cost of replacing light bulbs will depend upon the number required and the type selected. LED light bulbs offer the best energy efficiency, and the longest lifespan. Select LED for the most used lighting, and the hardest to reach, while using compact fluorescents for the remainder to save on cost. Ensure you choose Energy Star approved bulbs, which use up to 90% less energy.
  2. Inspect your home for air leaks. Potential locations include, missing window caulking, damaged door sweeps and seals, cracks and gaps in the foundation, points of entry for wires, cable, and pipes. Not only are gaps a source of air intrusion, but also an entry for pests. Use steel wool to deter rodents, leaving space to seal with expanding foam. When sealing is required around ventilation pipes serving heating or gas water heaters, ensure to use a high heat tolerance sealant designed for this purpose.
  3. A programmable thermostat offers greater accuracy, and the ability to program a schedule for heating and air conditioning. Reducing the heat when all occupants are away, and increasing the temperature to prevent unnecessary operation of the air conditioning while the home is unoccupied, will conserve energy, and greatly reduce your cost. A Garland heating and air conditioning technician can provide the installation for you.
  4. Install window film to block heat and damaging UV rays. Begin with west and southerly facing windows to assist in maintaining a cooler home during the summer. 
  5. Purchase thermally insulated drapes to make your home warmer on winter nights. Open the drapes during the day to allow sunshine to assist in heating your home, and close them at sunset to keep out the chill. Properly sealed windows should not allow drafts in. 
  6. Inspect the seals over joints in the HVAC ductwork. As much as 30% of the cost to operate the heating and air conditioning system can be lost in faulty ducts. Metal tape is the proper sealant for joints.

Energy Efficiency Improvements for $500

  1. The cost of materials will vary depending on your location, and the home's square footage. However, the average home can upgrade its attic insulation for about $500. If the insulation has settled exposing the ceiling joists, it is a sure sign of the need for additional insulation. 
  2. Replace a poorly insulated door with an Energy Star approved model. You will not be able to buy the double doors and transom you would like for a front door replacement on a $500 budget, but you should be able to replace the standard back door. Shop around for doors on sale to save money. 

Energy Efficiency Improvements on $1,000 - $2,000

A budget of $1,000 -$2,000 cannot provide all new Energy Star appliances. However, it will replace one or two. Watch the sales, and you may save enough to claim the extra appliance. If you are buying a new refrigerator, look for Energy Star certification. 

Furthermore, purchasing a new washer that spins laundry nearly dry will save you significantly on the cost of operating the dryer. With older machines, simply allow the laundry to spin longer to achieve similar results. You can also air dry clothes by using a clothesline in the summer and an indoor drying rack during the winter. 

The conventional water heater is a home's second highest consumer of energy. With this in mind, a tankless water heater may offer convenience and energy savings. While costs vary greatly between brands and in different regions, compare the price of a gas tankless water heater, and installation among various plumbers. If you already have the correct size gas line, and an approved ventilation pipe for tankless models, you can save money on the cost of installation. 

Energy Efficiency Improvements on $5,000 - $9,000

Heating and air conditioning systems are the homes largest consumer of energy. The logic is simple, replace an aging system with an Energy Star approved system saves both energy and money. The cost of a new heating and air conditioning system, and its installation varies widely between brands, models, and regions. Building code requirements, the size and other factors of your home, such as the quality of insulation, can increase costs, or decrease them. Contact a Garland representative to receive an estimate of the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system.

Furthermore, the features you select for new heating and air conditioning may affect the cost. However, you should consider the energy efficient features will provide a return in a reasonable amount of time. Examples of features that can increase costs, but save significantly on energy consumption include the variable speed AC compressor and variable speed fans.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s experienced and certified technicians’ install the top rated HVAC product, Carrier heating and air conditioning systems. If you are seeking ways for improving energy efficiency, give us a call. We have a system to fit almost any budget, and our technicians possess the expertise to assure a professional installation. We serve Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Installation

Daniel Molina - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Installation

Room additions add valuable living space and value to a home, but they also add extra square footage requiring heating and air conditioning. When planning an addition, a ductless mini-split heat pump heating and air conditioning installation may be the solution for your addition’s needs. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s professionals will be glad to assist you, and ensure you receive the necessary information to make an informed decision in selecting the proper heating and air conditioning installation right for your home and budget.

The ductless system offers a number of advantages for homeowners looking for an efficient HVAC system. However, if your home already has ducts, the ductless system may not be right for you. When you need a new heating and air conditioning installation read on to discover more about this efficient system.

Ductless Heat Pump Advantages

The mini-split system allows you to provide individual temperatures in different parts of the home. This means you can provide heating or cooling to the room’s you need it in, without providing conditioned air to all of the rooms. This adds up to money saved on energy costs. In fact, for even greater savings, Energy Star qualified units are available.

A mini-split system requires only requires a three-inch hole in an exterior wall to connect the indoor and outdoor components. Furthermore, their compact size makes them ideal for small spaces, and they operate quietly.

A ductless heating and air conditioning installation can be provide typically within a day. The sleek indoor air handling unit (AHU) can be mounted to a wall or ceiling. When space allows, the AHU can be concealed.

Indoor Air Quality

The ductwork in conventional forced air systems can be a source of indoor air pollution, dispersing contaminants throughout the home. Ductless mini-split systems use high efficiency air filtration to eliminate odors, germs and the causes of allergies in each zone. In fact, some models remove as much as 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and other pollutants providing improved air quality. A Garland Heating and Air Conditioning certified technician can provide you with additional information.

Easy Maintenance

Mini-split heat pumps only require minimal maintenance, with a routine filter change/cleaning, and periodic maintenance from your Garland heating and air conditioning technician to maintain performance and provide a long lifespan.

Who Can Benefit

Zoning works well for homes with difficulty controlling temperature, including:

  • Homes with multiple levels 
  • Areas with hot and cold spots
  • Homes with high ceilings
  • Rooms with large, expansive windows 
  • Homes with one or more rooms that are seldom used
  • Residents who have different preferences or needs in temperature

Zoned systems are ideal for homes with one or more levels, as hot air rises. Homes with large windows facing south or west increase heat gain in the summer, and can be colder during the winter. A conventional HVAC system is unable to satisfy the needs of all areas with a single thermostat.

How it Works

A ductless mini-split system is a heat pump system. It provides the benefits of a heat pump, including energy efficiency, clean operation, reliability, and comfort. A mini-split heat pump system contains two main components, the indoor air-handling unit, and the outdoor unit. 

A ductless mini-split heat pump utilizes motorized ductwork dampers that open and close based on the thermostat settings for that area. Each thermostat connects to a central control panel. When the thermostat signals the need for heat or cooling, the system starts and the damper for the affected zone opens allowing conditioned air to enter the zone. 

Carrier’s ductless systems offer energy saving features not offered on all systems. Components such as an inverter compressor, that operates at the speed required, rather than the single full speed most heat pumps provide. In addition, Carrier ductless systems feature the latest technology by continuing to perform in cold temperatures at 80% capacity. On the other end of the spectrum, our ductless systems cool with 100% capacity even at an outdoor temperature of 130° F.

Ductless mini-split heat pumps can provide greater energy efficiency than conventional heat pumps, and with homeowner’s looking for ways to save on energy, this is one of the top reasons for their increasing popularity in heating and air conditioning installation.


Proper installation by a qualified and experienced technician is essential for achieving the stated efficiency and performance of all HVAC systems. By using a qualified HVAC contractor to provide heating and air conditioning installation, you can avoid the problems associated with an improperly sized or poorly installed system, such as short cycling, improper humidity issues, a reduced lifespan of the system, and increased energy consumption, for example.

Rebates, credits, and other incentives are determined by the federal, state, local governments, and energy providers, and vary from year to year. When rebates are available, you receive cash or credits back for your energy efficient heating and air conditioning installation. However, remember that purchasing an Energy Star qualified system will consistently save you money on energy.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified HVAC professionals are dedicated to providing quality HVAC services for all of your heating and air conditioning needs in the Dallas and Plano regions. If you are considering the installation of a ductless mini-split heat pump, have questions, or would like an estimate for heating and air conditioning installation, give our reliable experts at Garland a call.