When you have been in the HVAC sales, service and repair business for as long as we have you start to notice a few trends. One of those is the questions that people seem to ask over and over. We thought we would share a few of those with you in case they were HVAC questions that you might just have been thinking about too. Here are a few of those:
Question: I bought a new home last year that has a quirky setup as far as heat is concerned. I have a heat pump that I use to heat my home but I have to supplement it with a wood stove when it gets really cold because the heat pump will shut itself off. I noticed a switch that says emergency heat on the heat pump. Will this get me the heat I need so I don’t have to use the wood stove supplemental heating?
A: Most likely this will not help you because the emergency heat switch on your heat pump just bypasses the shutoff mechanism that stops your heat pump from working when it’s running very inefficiently. Heat pumps work great and will save you a lot of money on heating bills but they have one major drawback; they don’t work very well when the temperature gets down toward freezing. This is why many people who like heat pumps but live in cold weather areas chose geothermal heat pumps. The air lines that feed geothermal heat pumps run underground where the temperature is more constant and warmer so they will then work no matter how cold it gets outside.
Question: My family is growing and I need all of the room I can get. I have a large basement that ½ is nicely finished and the other ½ is dominated by my forced air furnace. I don’t have it in my budget at the moment to buy a bigger house or expand the one I have. If I had that other half of my basement I could easily add two bedrooms there. Do you have any suggestions about how I can make the furnace take up less room?
A: There is one thing we can think of and that is installing what is known as a split HVAC system. This is where many of your components of your HVAC system are placed outside of your home instead of inside it. It may be an affordable solution to your dilemma.
Question: I have a forced air furnace and the air in my home seems very dry. If I leave out a bowl of water in a room it will literally be gone in half a day. Is there anything I can do about this?
A: You are in luck because you are not the only person that has experienced this type of problem. You can most likely add a specially made humidifier near the burner unit itself or located in the return air ductwork. This should take care of your dry air situation no problem.