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A Little info on Heat Pumps

Are heat pumps really a cost effective investment in the home? Do heat pumps really double as air conditioning units?  Among residential homeowners, an assortment of fallacies surrounds the heat pump. An understanding the benefits and functions of the heat pump enables the savvy consumer to make an informed decision. A premier west metro Atlanta HVAC company debunks myths behind the heat pump.

MYTH: Heat pumps emit hot air, only.

Heat pumps work like heating and cooling system. During warmer temperatures, the heat pump emits hot air outside, reversing the transfer of cold air outdoors in the winter. Heat pumps do not work well for temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. However, these heating and cooling systems conserve energy as the heat pump generates up to three times more heat than the energy it actually consumes.

MYTH: Switching over to a heat pump guarantees a definite energy savings.

Upgrading an HVAC system to a heat pump does not guarantee an automatic savings.  Wilson Air Conditioning Service, Inc. asserts that four factors are attributable to a heat pump’s efficiency: Climate combined with the electricity rate, fuel efficiency of both the heat pump and HVAC system – all influence overall energy savings.

MYTH: New heat pumps and air conditioners are not any more energy efficient than older models.

On the contrary, newer heat pumps and air conditioners offer substantial efficiency to outmoded models. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures the cooling efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. A higher SEER rating affords better efficiency. Units more than 8 years old generally have a SEER rating of 7.0 or less. Meanwhile, a 16.0 SEER is a common feature among high efficiency models.

MYTH:  All Atlanta HVAC contractors provide the same caliber of heat pump installation and maintenance service.

Spanning more than four decades, Wilson Air Conditioning Service has been providing a full menu of heating and cooling services in the west metro Atlanta area. From designing to maintaining heat pumps, furnaces, condensers, air conditioners and other Heating and cooling components, Wilson Air Conditioning Service, Inc. is synonymous with the best Atlanta HVAC company, serving:  Powder Springs, Marietta, Hiram, Dallas, and all of the west Atlanta area.

Contact us today for a free estimate 770-943-1613


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Winter/Heating Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Colder winter weather increases the likelihood of heating related fires.  These fires are the second leading cause of fire deaths among adults.  Keep your home safe and warm all year long with these safety tips.

Heating Safety

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, space heater, fireplace or wood stove.

Use products only for their intended purposes.  Cooking stoves should not be used for heating the home, and space heaters are not for drying wet clothes.

Have your heating system inspected by a qualified service professional at least once a year.

Make sure all fuel-burning heating equipment is vented to the outside.

Keep intake and output vents clean and clear of debris and dust.

Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.

Space Heaters

Purchase space heaters that have the certification label of a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use.  If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.

Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces, but never place on cabinets, tables or other furniture.

Keep space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.

Plug portable space heaters directly into an outlet; do not use an extension cord.

Do not use a space heater in wet or damp areas unless it is specifically designed for use in wet locations such as bathrooms.

Never leave a space heater unattended.  Turn it off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

Have your chimney or wood stove inspected annually.

Always use a sturdy fireplace screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.

Never leave an open flame unattended, including a fire in the fireplace.

Call today and we’ll be happy to help you make sure your heat is ready for the coming cooler months. 770-943-1613

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