Millbrook Heating Tip: Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace and Heat Pump?

January 14th, 2013

When your heating system starts to give you trouble, it can be hard to know whether or not to just repair the problem or replace the entire unit. At Hans Heating and Air, we have years of experience offering heating services in Millbrook. We thought it would be helpful if we put together a quick guide on how to know whether you need to just repair your heating system or if you need to replace it. If you have any questions, just give the Millbrook furnace experts at Hans Heating and Air a call today.

When to Replace Your Furnace

Furnaces are one of the most popular heating systems in the U.S. However, like everything else they eventually wear out. Sometimes, we see homeowners who wait too long to replace their furnace and their home’s comfort and safety is compromised. Here are a few signs that you should replace your furnace.

  • Frequent repairs – Generally, if you’ve had a furnace repair in the last 2 years it could mean that your furnace is on its last leg. Normally, furnaces experience the most repairs in the final 2 years of their life. Additionally, if you have to wait to get replacement parts, it could mean that your furnace needs to be replaced.
  • Flickering flame or yellow flame – Check the flame on your furnace’s burner. If you notice that the flames are dancing or flickering or if they’re yellow instead of blue, it could be a very serious problem. It could indicate that your furnace is leaking the poisonous gas carbon monoxide. You should turn your furnace off immediately and call your heating contractor.
  • Age and Efficiency – If your furnace is 10 or more years old, you may be using more energy to heat your home than you need to. New furnaces have much higher efficiency ratings that old units and offer many other attractive benefits.

When to Replace Your Heat Pump

Here are some of the signs that you may need to replace your heat pump.

  • Unusual noises – Typically heat pumps are virtually silent. The only noise they really make is from the fan. But if your heat pumps starts to make strange noises it could just mean that you need to repair it. However, if you start having more frequent repairs, it could be time to replace it.
  • Age – If your heat pump is more than 10 years old, you should seriously consider replacing it any time that it breaks down. It might make more financial sense to just get a new system rather than spend money fixing one that may not be working well.
  • Humidity and heat pockets – If you notice that your home is more humid than normal or if there are hot or cold pockets in your home, these are serious signs that your heat pump isn’t working well. You should call for the services of a heating contractor who can help you figure out what’s going on and if it makes sense to replace your system.

If you’re having any problems with your furnace or heat pump, call the experts at Hans Heating and Air. Our trained technicians can help you with any kind of heating repair in Millbrook. Call us today!

Montgomery AL Heating Tip: The Importance of Proper Heater Operation

January 7th, 2013

A high quality home heating system will provide you with years of comfort when you schedule a professional installation and regular maintenance service. In addition to fulfilling these needs for professional services, though, you must also be conscientious when operating your heating system. Failure to do so properly can not only reduce the efficiency with which your heater works but may also lead to dangerous situations in your home. If you have any questions about the proper operation of the heater in your home, contact the Montgomery AL heating experts at Hans Heating & Air today.

Getting the most efficient performance possible out of your heater takes more than just great service. You must familiarize yourself with your heater to ensure that you are operating it properly. If, for instance, you use a forced air heating system you should know how to maximize air flow through your ducts and registers by keeping them clear of blockages. You should not crank up the heater when you get home only to turn it right back down when you overheat. Doing reduces efficiency and can damage your heater.

Getting to know your thermostat is one of the best ways you can operate your heater in a more efficient, effective manner. A good programmable thermostat is not much good if you do not know how to operate it properly. Read your manuals and be sure to ask questions so that you can make the most of the features your thermostat has to offer. Use it to maintain mild, moderate temperatures throughout the day and program it to kick into higher gear shortly before you arrive home. By doing so you can lower energy costs while maintaining a comfortable environment to come home to.

Failure to operate your heater properly can lead to such serious issues as fires or carbon monoxide leaks. Make sure that the components of your home heating system are free of clutter and have enough space to work properly. Reduce wear and tear by maintaining and adjusting temperatures as needed rather than trying to heat your home quickly and causing your system to short cycle. Do not let improper use of your heater lead to damages.

For more information about proper heater operation or for tips specific to your home heating system model, call Hans Heating & Air. We have all the information you may need. Let us help you get the most out of your heater.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

December 31st, 2012

Everyone at Hans Heating & Air wants to wish you a very happy New Year! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in the New Year!

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to make your home more environmentally-friendly next year? Upgrading your heating and air conditioning system can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation and sealing any air leaks. A greener home is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money by reducing your utility bills. Contact Hans Heating & Air to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.

Have a Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from your Montgomery Heating and Cooling Specialists!

December 21st, 2012

Everyone at Hans Heating & Air wishes you a very happy holiday! We would like to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers who make it possible for our business to thrive. We look forward to working with you in the New Year. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

As a quick reminder, if you haven’t yet scheduled your heating maintenance yet, you could be losing money this winter. Annual maintenance will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your home’s heating system is running as efficiently as possible, which lowers utility bills. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from Hans Heating & Air!

Which Heat Pump System is Right for My Home?

December 17th, 2012

Finding the right heating and air conditioning system for your home and personal heating habits can be a big project. Even when you make your decision you may find that there are further choices to refine your heating and cooling system in Montgomery AL. You may have decided, for instance, that heat pump is the right choice for your home. They allow for both heating and cooling performance and boast great efficiency levels. This makes them affordable to operate and environmentally friendly. However, there are different types of heat pump systems. Let Hans Heating & Air help you decide which is right for your home.

Air-Source Heat Pumps

The most common heat pump design is the air-source heat pump. Air-source heat pumps transfer heat from the air outside into your home. They are also very efficient at dehumidifying air. They depend on a ductwork system to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your home.

Mini Split Heat Pumps

If your home cannot accommodate the installation of a bulky ductwork system you may want consider a mini split heat pump for installation in your home.  They can be retrofitted to houses that do not use ductwork to distribute heated and cooled air but rather use hydronic heating systems or other non-ducted heating and cooling options. They are also not susceptible the heat loss associated with ductwork.

Reverse Cycle Chillers

Yet another heat pump option is a sort of specialized air-source heat pump called a reverse cycle chiller. This type of heat pump generates hot or cold water instead of air. This allows it to be used with radiant heating systems to heat your home.

For more information about all the heat pump systems out there call Hans Heating & Air. It is important that you understand your heating and cooling options in Montgomery AL. We’ll help you make the right decision for your home.

Montgomery Heating Tip: Comparing Heat Pumps and High-Efficiency Furnaces

December 10th, 2012

If you are looking for the most efficient heating system for your Montgomery area home, call the heating experts at Hans Heating & Air to help you out. Last week, we talked about getting more efficient heat in the winter. So this week we want to compare heat pumps and high-efficiency furnaces so that you feel confident that you are making the right decision.

First, you want to consider whether this is a new heating system or if you are replacing an older one. When one of our technicians performs a tune-up on any existing system, the technician will test the efficiency levels and let you know about any performance issues. We’ll also assess your overall home performance for proper insulation and weatherization. Insulating and sealing is an important part of preparing an older home for a more efficient system.

For new home constructions, ask your contractor about moisture control, ventilation, and whether or not there’s room for ductwork. If you have a smaller home, you may want to consider a ductless mini split since there’s no need for duct installation. A forced air furnace or air source heat pump will require ductwork.

Keep in mind that heat pumps will provide heating and air conditioning, and that is one advantage over a furnace that many homeowners like. However, you may find that a high-efficiency gas furnace is the way to go, but this will depend on the cost of electricity and other factors.

Call the Montgomery heating specialists at Hans to help you go over your options and help you choose between a heat pump or high-efficiency furnace.

Millbrook AL Home Energy Tips: 5 Hidden Energy Savers

December 3rd, 2012

Are you looking for more ways to save energy this winter in your Millbrook AL home? At Hans Heating & Air, we want to help our customers lower their heating bills and save energy. Here are some important tips on ways to save energy when heating your home this winter.

Use Ceiling Fans in the Winter

Did you know that changing the direction of your ceiling fans in the winter can help heat your home? Reversing the direction pushes the warm air back down and helps distribute the heat inside your home with more air circulation.

Upgrade Your Heating System

By upgrading to a more efficient heating system, you can save energy and money over time. With the energy-saving features on the new models, your investment will pay off in just a few short seasons.

Install Double-Paned Windows

Before you upgrade your heating system, make sure your home is ready for a new high-efficiency system. Installing double-paned windows, storm doors, and adding insulation can all help to lower energy costs and help you get the most out of your new system.

Call Hans for a Duct Sealing Service

Leaky ducts account for a lot of energy waste in the average home. At Hans, we offer duct sealing services to customers throughout the area. This will help save energy by preventing air loss through leaky ductwork.

Just give the Millbrook AL heating experts at Hans Heating & Air a call if you would like more tips on saving energy this winter. Contact Hans Heating & Air today!

Why Do I Need Custom Ductwork For a Heating Upgrade?

November 26th, 2012

If you’ve ever put a piece of one-size-fits-all clothing then you probably know that one size doesn’t always fit everyone. The same is true with the ducts in your Prattville home. Ductwork normally comes in standard sizes. While most of the time this works, it doesn’t work in every situation. If you’re getting ready to upgrade your heating system, it’s probably a good time to think about have custom ductwork fabricated for your home. At Hans Heating and Air, we thought it would be helpful for our customers in the Prattville area if we put together some reasons why it might be smart to think about custom ductwork.

Common Problems with Standard Ductwork

Ductwork comes in standard sizes. But that doesn’t mean that it’s the right size for your home. Here are some common problems with ductwork.

  • Too small – If your ductwork is too small, your heating system will have to work extra hard to push the air through it. This can lead to a decrease in efficiency and extra wear on your system.
  • Too big – If the ducts are too big for your system, the heated air won’t get to your rooms as well. This is also inefficient and can lead to hot and cold spots in your house.
  • Unnecessary pinches and turns – When you have standard ductwork in your home, there might be turns or bends in it that aren’t needed. This can hinder the flow of air through your system.
  • Increased efficiency – One of the great potential benefits of custom ductwork is that it is perfectly sized for your heating system. This means that your system won’t have to work extra hard to push the air through ducts that are too small or too big. It also means that there won’t be unnecessary pinches or turns in the ducting because they will have been specifically designed to the specifications of your home.
  • Reduced repairs and increased equipment life – Ducts that are too small or too big can actually put quite a toll on your heating system. Over time, this can do serious damage to your system. It can potentially increase the cost of repairs that will be needed on your system. It might also lead to a premature replacement being needed in your home.

Benefits of Custom Ductwork

If you’d like to talk with a Prattville heating professional about the ducts in your home, contact the experts at Hans Heating and Cooling. We have years of experience offering high quality heating services in Prattville. We would love to talk with you so give us a call today!

Montgomery Heating Tip: Warning Signs of a Broken Heater

November 19th, 2012

Many homeowners neglect to get repairs for the heating system in their Montgomery area home simply because they aren’t aware that perhaps the heater needs a repair or check-up. Routine maintenance and taking care of repair needs ASAP will help to prevent breakdowns and ensure safe and efficient operation. Call the HVAC experts at Hans Heating & Air Conditioning if you think you may need a repair for your heater.

Here are some warning signs and potential problems with a heat pump or furnace.

Noisy Heat Pump Compressor

The compressor in your heat pump is an important component of your entire heating system. When an air-source heat pump is on heating mode during the winter, the compressor’s job is to compress the cool air outside and heat it to the desired temperature before it’s distributed throughout your home. The compressor also reverses the flow of the refrigerant to defrost the outdoor coils during the defrost cycle, and it needs adequate airflow to perform both of these tasks. This is why changing air filters and keeping the outdoor unit clear of debris is an important maintenance task.

If the airflow is restricted, or there’s another issue with the compressor, it may make a loud or unusual noise. While all heat pumps make some noise, excessive noise is not normal. You should call a heating contractor if you start to hear any loud or strange noises coming from the compressor of your heat pump. Letting a noisy compressor go for too long could cause damage to the compressor and potentially damage other major components of your heating system.

Increased Utility Bills

When the compressor or other parts of the heat pump are damaged, it reduces the efficiency and performance levels.  You can usually tell by increased utility bills that occur suddenly. Another sign is the heat pump not heating your home as adequately as it used to. Call a heating technician if you notice any of these changes. Increased bills and lack of heat are also signs that your gas or electric furnace may need repairs.

Call the Montgomery heating professionals at Hans Heating & Air Conditioning any time you need a repair for your heater. Call us today!

What You Should Know About Duct Cleaning in Prattville?

November 12th, 2012

Be honest, when was the last time that you seriously thought about the duct work in your Prattville home? The ducting in your home is critical to your comfort in your home. Your ducts are like the veins of your heating and air conditioning system. They deliver the hot or cold air to the rooms in your house. Like most pieces of equipment that are in your home, they need regular maintenance. Some people aren’t sure if they actually need duct cleaning. We thought it would be helpful for our customers in Prattville if we put together some useful information about duct cleaning.

Why Get Your Ducts Cleaned

  • Air Quality – The air in my home is clean, that means that the ducts are clean, right? This isn’t always the case. In fact, the air in your home may not be as clean as you think. According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality is one of the top five leading threats to respiratory health in the United States. Sometimes, the ducts in your home can get dirty and allow dust or other contaminants to get into your air supply.
  • Efficiency – Another reason to have your ducts cleaned is for efficiency. When dust or debris builds up in your ducts, it can actually restrict the flow of air. This makes your heating and air conditioning system have to work harder to push the air through them. When you get your ducts thoroughly cleaned, it can open them up and allow for the free flow of air.

Heat Retention

As the air flows through the ducts in your house, it can start to leak out through holes or cracks in the duct work. Not only does this allow new contaminants in, it can also waste energy by letting all that heated air escape. When you have your ducts regularly cleaned and inspected, your technician can spot these issues early. At Hans Heating and Air, we also provide complete duct sealing services as well. This can increase the efficiency of your home and keep unwanted contaminated air out of your home.

Eliminate Duct Pinches

Over time, your ducting can shift and form unnecessary bends or pinches. With regular inspection and cleaning, your technician can adjust these inefficiencies.

If you’re interested in having the ducts in your home in Prattville cleaned, call the duct cleaning experts at Hans Heating and Air. We would love to talk with you about how we can make your home more comfortable and efficient. Call us today!