Justice Incorporated Blog : Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Some Heat Pump Behavior You Might See in Winter

Monday, December 26th, 2016

If this is the first winter that you’ve had a heat pump, either because you had one installed during the earlier parts of the year, or you’ve moved into a house that has a heat pump in place, then you might be surprised at how it operates in winter. In fact, you might think that the heat pump is malfunctioning and needs to have professional repairs.

However, some of this behavior is perfectly normal for a heat pump. It’s just that you aren’t used to it and the signs can seem alarming. There are two in particular that we’d like to draw your attention to… (more…)

Why Won’t My Heat Pump Send Out Cool Air?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

As the weather starts to warm up, heat pumps will switch over to air conditioning mode—and they’ll soon settle in for the long summer of cooling down homes. It’s important to schedule regular maintenance for your home’s heat pump at this time of year to prepare it for the heavy workload ahead. You should also pay close attention to anything the might seem amiss with it, so you can have the repairs done immediately.

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Is It a Good Idea to Leave My Heat Pump Running All Night?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Heat pumps have developed to become one of the best ways to provide comfort for a house throughout the year. Older heat pump models often struggled when they were in heating mode because they were extracting thermal energy from the outdoors during cold weather. But current heat pumps can maintain high levels of energy efficiency during even the chilliest winter days and nights. With our relative mild winters here in Corpus Christi, a heat pump should never bump up against serious efficiency issues during the winter. (more…)

Proper Clearance for the Outdoor Cabinet of Your Heat Pump

Monday, February 1st, 2016

A heat pump is an excellent way to provide your home with comfort all around the year. They are especially well-suited to our Texas climate, since they can maintain high energy-efficiency during our mild winters. However, you have to make sure that your heat pump receives regular maintenance as well as repairs when needed in order to keep it working at its best.

Something to look out for during this winter season is that the area around the outdoor unit of your heat pump is clear of obstructions, such as fences, bushes, leaves, etc. (more…)

Should the Pilot Light Flame Be a Color Other Than Blue?

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Gas furnaces are still the predominant way that homes stay warm through cooler weather. Many gas furnaces no longer use a standing pilot light to ignite the burners that create hot combustion gas. Instead, they rely on intermittent pilot lights (which turn on only as needed thanks to an electric spark) and hot-surface electronic ignition systems (which operate entirely on electricity, no pilot light needed). (more…)

Does a Heat Pump Provide Sufficient Heat for Winter?

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Heat pumps work in the same way as standard air conditioners, except they can move heat in two directions, rather than one. An air conditioner can only absorb heat from inside a home, lowering the temperature, and then exhaust the heat outside. But a heat pump can also absorb heat from outside a home and then exhaust it indoors, raising the temperature.

But this immediately brings up a question: How effectively can a heat pump work during cold weather if it takes heat from outside while in heating mode?

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The Special Component That Makes a Heat Pump a Heat Pump

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A heat pump is one of the most useful ways of providing comfort for a home in a place with hot summers and mild winters. A heat pump works like an air conditioner, except it can change the direction that it moves heat so that instead of moving heat out of a home, it can also move heat into a home. This makes a heat pump an excellent summer air conditioner and an efficient winter heater. (more…)

How Well Does a Heat Pump Work for the Summer?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A heat pump is a common type of home comfort system that becomes more popular each year. The main advantage a heat pump offers a household is its dual heating/cooling function. Operating similar to an air conditioner, a heat pump uses the evaporation and condensation of chemical refrigerant to absorb heat from one location and release it in the other. Where an air conditioner can only move refrigerant one direction, a heat pump can move it both directions, enabling it to switch between cooling the inside of a house (removing heat) and warming it (releasing heat). (more…)