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Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump | Heating and Air Conditioning

Daniel Reichert - Monday, November 07, 2016

While the furnace is the most popular heating system, it is not the only option available. A ductless mini split system is a heat pump that uses air handlers instead of ducts to circulate conditioned air. A ductless mini split heat pump system consists of numerous air handlers, one in each room with its own thermostat, allowing to be controlled separately from the others. Each air handler runs off of a single outdoor heat pump and is capable of providing a different temperature for each room. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can provide the installation, repair or maintenance you need for your home's heating and air conditioning.

As a heat pump, the system provides both heating and air conditioning for your home.  A ductless mini split heat pump is an energy efficient way to provide for your comfort, while offering the ability to provide conditioned air or not, to each individual room. 

The Benefits 

With fall well underway, it is time to start preparing for the colder months of the year. If you’re in the market for a new home heating and air conditioning system, there are numerous options, including the ductless system. Ductless systems offer the energy efficiency of a heat pump, and allow you to heat or cool just the rooms you choose.  With a traditional centralized heater, you can either warm all of your home or none of it. With a ductless system, you can select the temperature for each area in your home. 

The Importance of Maintenance

Preventive HVAC maintenance is an essential and effective means of maintaining any HVAC system in good condition. Far too many people wait until there is a problem and call for repairs. The problem with this method is that preventative maintenance is likely to have prevented the need for repair in the first place. In addition, a lack of maintenance can shorten the lifespan of the HVAC system, the consequence of which, is the need for early replacement of the existing system. Preventive maintenance enables the HVAC technician to catch many problems early, before they damage the system. Routine maintenance can save thousands of dollars in repair costs over the life of the system and ensures peak operation and efficiency.

Bi-Annual Maintenance

Normally, preventive maintenance is scheduled once a year for a heating and air conditioning system. However, maintenance for any type of heat pump should be scheduled bi-annually, in the spring and fall. Because heat pumps are designed to act as both heating and air conditioning systems, they experience twice as much wear and tear from year round use.

Are Hot/Cold Rooms are Problem?

If rooms that are overly hot in the summer and cold in the winter are a problem in your home, a zoning system may offer a solution. Featuring its own individual thermostat, these rooms can achieve the temperature you want, and the comfort that is needed.

Considering a conventional heating and air conditioning system conditions the entire home at once, it is likely that energy is being wasted, especially when you typically are in a single room, or just a few for the majority of the day. By concentrating conditioned air in only the rooms that are occupied, your HVAC system will not run as much. This saves money and improve your comfort level, and also results in less wear and tear on the HVAC system.

For more expert advice about a ductless mini split heat pump and zoning systems, or other questions related to your home comfort, contact the friendly professionals at Garland Heating and Air Conditioning. We care about your comfort, and are available 24/7 for your emergencies. Our NATE certified technicians offer the expertise for your heating and air conditioning needs you can count on, and guarantee your satisfaction. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

Daniel Reichert - Friday, November 04, 2016

For the average homeowner, the repair of a heating and air conditioning system is beyond their ability, and shouldn't be attempted due to the hazards of gas and/or electricity. HVAC repair requires training, knowledge, experience and specialized equipment and tools. The HVAC system is an investment that you rely on to provide heating and air conditioning. Some minor issues are related to a lack of homeowner provided maintenance and caution, and these issues you can resolve without danger or the risk of creating worse problems,. Most problems will require a certified HVAC technician to resolve. The following discusses the signs of a problem, and whether or not you should schedule a repair. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for professional  heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX. 

Heating and Air Conditioning problems may include:

  • Poor airflow can lead to discomfort in your home. The problem may result from a variety of problems. First check the air filter, as a dirty one can hamper the air flow and cause damage to the system, and the same can be said about the grilled air return, ensure it isn't clogged with lint. Next check the registers, which is where the air comes out of the ducts, and ensure they haven't been closed off. Otherwise, you’ll need to contact your HVAC technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.
  • When the home heating system blows cold air the cause is most likely going to require a technician to provide heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.  Before you call for help, check the outdoor system for ice on the unit or the coil  when the temperatures are below freezing. Contact Garland Heating and Air conditioning for HVAC repair.
  • Refrigerant leaks in heat pumps are not likely to be recognized by the average homeowner, unless you hear the gas escaping. Declining performance may indicate a leak. Refrigerant can only be handled by a certified HVAC technician. Furthermore, specialized equipment may be required to evacuate air from the system after the leak is repaired and before recharging with refrigerant. Contact us today to schedule heating and  air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.
  • A tripped circuit breaker may be the result of a transient power surge, or the result of a serious problem in the heating and air conditioning system, such as a short, for example. Contact your technician for diagnosis of repeated tripped breakers and heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.
  • As the central control of your heating and air conditioning system, the thermostat may be at fault for problems. First, ensure it is on the proper settings of Heat and Auto for the fan. If your thermostat requires batteries, check the status and look for a low warning that can cause issues. Furthermore, if battery changes are required have your technician check for loose connections. Otherwise, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for heating and heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

The best means of avoiding common HVAC problems is to schedule annual maintenance each year. However, a heat pump should be serviced each spring and fall, due its year round operation. Maintenance includes comprehensive testing  and inspection of the system to identify problems early before additional problems can result. In addition, your technician will also provide cleaning, and the required oiling and adjustments of the system to ensure it provides peak performance, efficiency and operates reliably. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers NATE certified technicians for the highest level of quality and expertise available. We also offer 24 hour emergency service, installation, heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX for residential and commercial applications. We offer service in Plano, Dallas and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Whole House Humidifier | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

Daniel Reichert - Friday, October 28, 2016

A humidifier helps prevent low humidity problems such as chapped, dry skin, sinus problems, sore throats and static electricity, and they can also improve your comfort while reducing your energy bill. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can provide a solution for your home's dry winter air with  the installation of a humidifier. Our NATE certified technicians offer HVAC installation, maintenance, heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas. Contact us today for additional information, or to schedule the installation of a whole house humidifier in your heating and air conditioning system. 

Relative Humidity 

Relative humidity is the measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air. Humidity is higher in the summer when the combination of heat with increased relative humidity makes us uncomfortable. Humidity makes the temperature feel hotter than it actually is, because an increased humidity prevents perspiration from evaporating efficiently. 

Humidity is lower during the winter, and the drier air evaporates perspiration more quickly, leaving us feeling cooler than it actually is. In general, optimal humidity is in the range of 30-50 percent. Within this range mold and mildew are less likely to form, woof products are less likely to crack, and you will be more comfortable. Maintaining an ideal humidity enables the thermostat to be lowered, saving you money on energy costs. In addition,  lowering the temperature reduces wear on the HVAC system, enabling the system to last longer and reducing the need for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas.

How They Work

Installed to work with the heating system, furnace humidifiers produce moisture. As the furnace heats the air moving through the system and releases it through the  ducts, the humidifier moisturizes the conditioned air and disperses it throughout the home’s entire living space. Portable humidifiers typically require monitoring for the need to refill, and are only capable of increasing the humidity in the room they are in. 

A whole house humidifier frees you from the need to monitor and refill. They also offer the following advantages throughout your home:

  • Maintenance of the humidifier can be provided during the annual heating and air conditioning maintenance service call, so there is no need for an extra service call unless a problem occurs.  If you need heating or air conditioning repair in Dallas, give us a call.
  • Humidified air helps to prevent illness by maintaining moist mucous membranes. Dried membranes, leave you vulnerable to colds, sinus infections, influenza, sore throats and other respiratory problems. 
  • Moisturized air prevents the painful zaps of static electricity. The electrical charges are not completely harmless, they can damage sensitive electronics.  A humidifier solves the problems.
  • Dry air doesn’t just impact your health. It causes problems for the wood products in your home. Dry air can cause damage to wood floors, and woodwork.
  • The ability to turn the thermostat down during the winter saves approximately 1% on energy costs for each degree you adjust it. With a humidifier you can turn the thermostat down and save money. Moisturized air makes you feel warmer at a reduced temperature, enabling you to lower the thermostat, save money and reduce the need for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas.

If you would like a comfortable, and healthier home, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our  NATE certified professionals offer the expertise you can rely on for for whole house humidifier installation. In addition, our HVAC technicians offer a wide range of HVAC services, including heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, maintenance, or the installation of heating and air conditioning. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.