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Geothermal Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Installation Plano, TX

Daniel Reichert - Friday, April 07, 2017

For those who are dedicated to the highest energy efficiency possible, and who are considering the purchase of a geothermal heat pump, read on to learn more about the system. The geothermal heat pump uses the Earth’s fairly consistent underground temperature to provide efficient heating and air conditioning in Plano, TX. Below the ground surface, at approximately  4-6 feet deep, the temperature remains an average of 52-55 degrees F year round. This factor enables a geothermal heat pump to yield up to 4 kilowatts of heat for every 1 kilowatt of electricity consumed. Furthermore, it can save you up to 70% on the cost of heating and 40% on the cost of cooling your home. In addition, on average the system will pay for itself within 5-10 years. The system lifespan averages 25 years with routine maintenance on the heat pump, and approximately 50 years on the ground loop system. Customer satisfaction ratings are high with the system when properly installed by a qualified contractor. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for  heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX.

The Field Loop

The geothermal field loop, also called a ground heat exchanger, is comprised of pipes buried beneath the ground. The pipes are designed to be either a horizontal or vertical field loop, depending on the land available and its characteristics.  An additional option is an “open loop” system if a water source, such as a pond is available. The pipes of the field loop are filled with water, antifreeze or other liquid medium. This medium is preconditioned below ground and is either heated up or cooled down in the heat pump, depending on the time of the year. By using a medium with a preconditioned temperature, you gain greater energy efficiency in any weather.

Maintenance on the  ground loops consists of the technician checking for a leak. If a leak occurs, repair will be required. Without repair the system will not perform effectively or efficiently. However, leaks are unlikely in a proper installation. However, the heat pump will require routine maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer. Our technicians can provide geothermal maintenance, repair and heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX.

The dynamics and installation of a geothermal system differ from a typical heat pump installation. Using a qualified installer ensures mistakes will not be made that affects the performance, your comfort and the lifespan of the system. As with any HVAC system, the geothermal heat pump requires accurate sizing for your home. However, unlike other types of HVAC systems, the geothermal system also requires proper design and  installation of the field loop. Not all HVAC professionals  are properly trained or experienced in geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to ensure a professional and reliable installation for your home.

An Investment in the Future

The geothermal heat pump heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX  is an investment in energy efficiency that continues to give throughout the system's lifespan. While the initial investment is higher than a conventional heat pump, the energy saved can pay for the system over a reasonable period of time, in some situations, as little as five years.

How a Geothermal Heat Pump Affects the Environment

       The number of geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX continues to grow. This means  geothermal systems currently installed have eliminated the use of upwards of 40 trillion BTU's of fossil fuels have been eliminated from our environment, each year.

       The amount of carbon going into the atmosphere has been reduced by 1.6 million metric tons, and carbon monoxide by 5.8 million metric tons  each year.

       The production of electricity has been reduced by 8 million kWh of power each year.

       More than 60,000 geothermal units are installed each year, with an expected growth rate of 20%. Currently, existing units are the equivalent of planting more than 385 million trees, and removing 1,300,000 automobiles from the road.

Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule a consultation with our NATE certified technicians for answers to your questions, and/or to schedule  geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX. You can rely on the expertise of our technicians to meet and/or exceed the industry standards for geothermal heating and air conditioning installation in Plano, TX. When you contact us to provide installation and maintenance, you are assured of receiving the expected performance, and life span of the geothermal heat pump. Our expert HVAC technicians serve Plano, Dallas and the surrounding areas. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.    

Air Quality | Heating and Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Monday, April 03, 2017

Home's built today are more tightly constructed than even a decade ago. Energy efficiency is almost everyone's goal and tight construction is one way of achieving it. Unfortunately, saving energy with a tightly sealed home has the unfortunate effect of poor indoor air quality. Just how bad it is can be surprising. According to the EPA, the air inside modern homes may be five to one hundred times more polluted with harmful substances, than the air outdoors. If you're concerned about air quality, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can help you in improving your home's indoor air quality. We can assist you in the solution through HEPA filters with approved systems, or the installation of an air purifying system used in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX.  In addition, the following tips to improve indoor air quality may assist you:

The Causes

One of the reasons of poor indoor air quality is a lack of air exchange between the indoors and outdoor air. Older home's have air leaks, although you may be unaware of it. These leaks allow outdoor air in, and indoor air out. The exchange reduces levels of pollutants in the home.  The sources of bad indoor air may surprise you, and include:

       The materials used to construct your home

       Pressed wood products such as furniture or cabinets

       Carpeting and potentially other flooring products

       Air fresheners

       Dirty air filters in your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX

       Unvented gas or kerosene heaters, and not using the ventilation exhaust fan with a gas stove

       Some paints, always choose paint that says it contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

       Personal care products


       Chlorine gas from showering

       Pesticide treatments

Polluted indoor air can cause illness, exacerbate allergies, asthma and chronic lung conditions, and may even cause cancer. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can improve your indoor air. Give our NATE certified technicians  a call to schedule a consultation about a whole house air purifying system for your home.

Other Ways to Help Reduce Dangerous Pollution

Every day, Americans across the nation unknowingly use harmful products in their homes.  Always check the label, and select those which say no VOCs,. Avoid spraying pesticides, use only all natural cleaners, and make your own air freshener. Check for products that state they contain low or zero VOCs, or use natural products.

Newer homes should have heating and air conditioning systems with air-to-air heat exchangers, which bring outdoor air into the home without wasting energy or affecting its energy efficiency. Ensuring annual heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TXmaintenance is provided will ensure peak performance, and the longest possible lifespan, and that it remains clean. With maintenance and routine air filter changes, the air in your home will be cleaner and healthier for you.

One of the best things you can do to allow polluted air put, and fresh air in is to open windows and doors, allowing fresh air in. In addition, always use bath and kitchen exhaust fans when showering or cooking, especially on a gas stove. If you don't use the exhaust fan, when you cook with gas carbon monoxide is being emitted in your kitchen. You can also turn these fans on intermittently to reduce the level of bad indoor air. After showering or bathing allow the bathroom exhaust fan to run for at least twenty minutes. This will ensure the removal of moisture and drying of damp surfaces such as walls.

Filter Quality

Use the best quality air filter your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX can tolerate. HEPA filters do a fantastic job, but if your system isn't designed for HEPA, it can damage the system. You can always consider a system engineered for using HEPA filters when it is time to replace your homes heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Although not as effective as a HEPA, quality pleated filters do a good job of removing contaminants from the air. Most heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX can tolerate the pleated filter, but to be on the safe side contact the manufacturer or your Garland Heating and Air Conditioning HVAC technician. Low cost fiberglass filter will not help the air quality in your home at all.

Controlling humidity will help improve the air quality. Dust mites, mold and mildew have a hard time developing with a humidity of 30 to 60 percent. Lower humidity  can cause sore throats, and make you vulnerable to colds, flu and other illness. Our technicians can install a whole house humidifier for use in the winter, and a dehumidifier for summer use. Both devices are integrated in your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. You will be more comfortable, and should experience less illness.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technicians professionals have the expertise to provide your home with reliable installation of heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX, maintenance and repair. Contact us to receive the cleanest indoor air quality possible. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

HVAC-The Decision to Repair or Replace Garland Heating and AC Services in Dallas, Texas

Daniel Reichert - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

With the rising cost of energy you may want to consider a new heating and cooling system in Dallas, Texas. The following information can help you decide whether to upgrade to a new system, or correct problems that affect your current system.

First, if your system is more than 10 years old consider a new one. Newer models will have much improved energy efficiency and new features to increase your comfort. Consider the following when making your decision:

Your equipment needs frequent repairs: age can affect efficiency and age can cause more frequent break downs.

You leave your thermostat set at one temperature: Consider a new programmable thermostat. You can program temperature changes when they are needed. For example, program your thermostat to 65 at bedtime in the winter, and when the occupants are all gone. Multiple changes can be programmed, ultimately saving you money.

Some rooms are too hot or too cold: Problems with your ducts, inadequate insulation, or inadequate sealing may be the cause. Check ducts for joints being sealed and the ductwork for being insulated. Check any location where wire, pipes or duct exits the walls, basement or foundation. With the exception of a hot flue use latex expanding foam or caulk to seal holes. Duct problems and inadequate sealing cause your system to overwork.

Excessive Dust or high humidity: Your equipment may be poorly operating; the wrong size system or leaky duct work can all cause these problems. Dirty ducts can cause an excess of dust as well. Have duct cleaned every 10 years or more often as needed. Change your filter every month.

Know the energy star rating of your equipment: If your equipment rating is less than 5 replace it. Go to www.energystar.gov for an analysis of your home. The higher the rating the more efficient it is.

Your best defense against high energy cost is a new energy efficient model coupled with a well-insulated and sealed house. The money you save will pay for your new system. An energy efficient central air unit can save you as much as 75% when compared to a 20 year old model. Reducing our carbon footprint goes hand in hand with energy efficiency.

Choose the correct sized equipment: Having a bigger system won’t save you money. It may cost you more. A bigger unit will cycle more often, never reaching its peak efficiency. It will be unable to remove humidity from the air. Remember, humidity makes it feel warmer.

Your tonnage need may be different than your old system. If you have added insulation, new energy star windows, and sealed air leaks, your system needs may be smaller. Your old equipment may have been too large in the beginning. Also, if you have a new addition, this will change your system needs. Your contractor will need to gather the following information about your house: floor area, level of insulation and type and size of windows.  He will do this by performing the following:

  • Measure the square footage of your home noting the direction it faces
  • Measure the square footage of windows and doors and note the direction they face
  • Look in the attic to estimate the value of the insulation
  • Look in basement or crawl space to estimate the value of the insulation
  • If possible, look into the walls to estimate the value of the insulation
  • Look at the duct system for leaks and estimate insulation value
  • Note the number of appliances
  • Note the presence of any leakage from a fireplace
  • Note the number of bedrooms for fresh air needs
  • Note the temperature you plan to keep your home

A professional will calculate these things, so be careful that your contractor is licensed, and insured. Sizing is the most common mistake according to national surveys. Many installers simply replace the same size as your old system without considering changes made to your home or the increased efficiency of new systems. Your contractor can use an ACCA/ANSI Manual or the equivalent sizing tool that takes all the above and other factors into consideration including proper size duct. Computer software is also available to contractors to calculate your home’s needs.

Choose a high efficiency Energy Star rated system for the best value and the least impact upon the environment.

If your system is not ten years old or older, you may want to beef up your home by sealing it, installing energy efficient windows and doors, and adding insulation. Even sun blocking window films or awnings can help.  Reflective blinds and drapes can also assist your wallet. Open the curtains on sunny windows in the winter and close them to the sun in the summer.  Consider installing a programmable thermostat, lower it to 68 degrees during winter days and wear a sweater. Raise it to 78 degrees in the summer and turn on ceiling fans and other fans. Using a humidifier in the winter can make it feel warmer. Rugs on cold floors can make you more comfortable in the winter.

Certainly, have your system checked and serviced every year. The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure certainly does apply to your homes heating and cooling. Clean coils make for a more efficient system.

If you’re still in doubt, your HVAC contractor can advise you on whether you should correct any problems with your old system, or invest in a new energy efficient system for your home.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.