Buying a new heat pump? Here’s what to consider before you buy

Are you thinking of buying a new heat pump? Whether it’s time to replace your old unit, or it’s just time for an upgrade, Air Control can help you find the new heat pump that’s right for your home.

There are multiple types of heat pumps, each with their own installation requirements, sizing, and energy-efficiency standards. It’s hard to keep all that straight! In this blog post, we’ll review the most important things to consider when deciding on a new heat pump.

For more advice, or to schedule your in-home estimate, contact us at Air Control Home Services.

3 things to consider when buying a new heat pump

Pictured: When buying a new heat pump, consider the energy-efficiency

If you’re in the market for a new heat pump here in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, Kingman, or other parts of Mohave County, read through our tips before you buy:

1. Select the right type of heat pump for your needs

Keep in mind that there are different types of heat pumps. The common type of heat pumps include:

  • split ductless
  • air source
  • geothermal

Let’s review each and which are right for your home.

Split ductless heat pumps

Split ductless heat pumps consist of two units: an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor. The indoor air handler is generally installed on the ceiling, and is controlled using a remote control. The heat is delivered through multiple air handlers in different rooms.

These types of systems are ideal for large homes, where four or more air handlers can distribute consistent heat throughout the house. This is also the right kind of heat pump for a home without existing ductwork.

Air source heat pumps

An air source heat pump is the most common type of heat pump in the United States. Similar to a split ductless system, it consists of two parts: an indoor air handler and outdoor unit. It is different than the split ductless system in that the heat is delivered to the entire house centrally through a single air handler and air ducts.

This is the most standard type of heat pump and it’s ideal for multiple home types and sizes. Ductwork is required for this type of system.

Geothermal heat pumps

Geothermal heat pumps generate heat by moving a water solution through a series of pipes that are buried horizontally or vertically in loops outdoors. The water is warmed by the constant 50℉ to 60℉ temperature of the pool, ground, or well, and is circulated inside the house. (Here’s how these systems work)

There are a lot of factors that go into having a home that’s right for a geothermal heat pump system. Give Air Control a call to discuss your options and what kind of system would be right for your home.

Getting the right system

The type of heat pump you select will depend on your budget and home heating needs. An experienced technician from Air Control can guide you through the process of selecting the best type of heat pump for your house.

2. Consider your energy-efficiency needs

Another important factor to consider when buying a new heat pump is the energy- efficiency. The efficiency of ductless split systems, as well as air source heat pumps, is measured by Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy suggests buying a heat pump with HSPF of at least 8.5.

A geothermal heat pump’s heating efficiency is measured by Coefficient of Performance (COP). It is recommended that you buy a heat pump with a COP of at least 4.1.

No matter what type of heat pump you have Air Control install, a higher heating efficiency translates into more savings on your monthly energy bills.

3. Make sure you get the right-sized heat pump

As with traditional air conditioners and furnaces, the size of the heat pump matters, and can impact both your comfort and your system’s energy-efficiency. Buying an oversized or undersized heat pump will result in inefficient heating and poor comfort. It can even increase the wear-and-tear on the system!

So, how do you get the right heat pump for your home? That’s where we come in. Give Air Control a call to schedule an in-home estimate. Our expert technician will take measurements of your home and match you to the right heat pump for you and your family’s needs.

Call Air Control for heat pump installation in Mohave County

Air Control is the premier heating, cooling, and home services company serving Lake Havasu City and the surrounding communities in Mohave County. If you’re buying a new heat pump, start by giving us a call to schedule an in-home estimate. Contact us or give us a call at (928) 680-0600.

Here’s how you can make an energy-efficient home

Everyone wants to make their home more energy efficient. Besides being better for the environment, a home that uses less energy means lower bills for you and your family. Over the course of years to come, those savings can really add up. Maybe you’ll use that extra cash to take a vacation, or to buy a new boat. Either way, making an energy-efficient home can really pay off.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the various ways that Air Control can help you turn your home into an energy-saving machine that saves you money every month.

Start with an energy audit

There’s a lot that goes into making your home more energy efficient, and it’s sometimes a ton of small things that add up to make a big difference. That’s why Air Control offers a home energy audit service.

Our Building Performance Institute-certified technicians will inspect your home and—using advanced technology—detect air leaks, places of inefficiency, and areas where you’re losing energy. They’ll then sit down with you to talk through the results of our thorough inspection. This isn’t just us pointing out problems and then leaving. Instead, we give you actual solutions that you can take to solve these inefficiency issues.

If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, an energy audit is a great place to start. Air Control can provide you with a roadmap on how to proceed. Some of the items on that plan are things you can do yourself, such as weatherstripping doors and windows. However, for others like attic insulation and duct sealing, you’ll want to hire the professionals at Air Control.

Energy-Efficient Home Lake Havasu City

We offer attic insulation service in Lake Havasu City.

Adding attic insulation

We offer attic insulation service in Lake Havasu City. You may not realize it, but most of the cooled or heated air in your home escapes by rising through your ceiling, through your attic, and through your roof. As it does so, your air conditioner or furnace (depending on the season, of course) needs to work harder to replace that air, costing your more and more energy. However, there’s a way to trap the cooled or heated air and prevent it from escaping.

By applying blown-in fiberglass insulation in your attic, the professionals at Air Control can significantly cut down on your energy costs. According to Energy Star, fiberglass insulation in the attic is one of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient. Our blown-in method allows us to cover the entire attic, avoiding leakage spots. It’s completely safe and not messy, and it can really make a difference on your cooling and heating bills.

To learn more about attic insulation, visit our page or check out this helpful guide from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Aeroseal for your air ducts

Besides your attic, one of the main places of energy leakage is your home’s air ducts. All year long, your air conditioner or furnace is pushing cooled (or heated) air through your ducts. Over time, however, your home’s settling and natural movement can cause tiny cracks and fractures to form, through which this air can leak into the roof. This means that the air never arrives in your living space or to your thermostat, which signals your HVAC system to try again. This can lead to serious energy costs.

Don’t worry. We offer Aeroseal for just this problem. Aeroseal is an advanced material and process straight out of science fiction. Invented by scientists at Berkeley, Aeroseal works by sending small sealant particles into your vents, where they’re attracted to the leaks and “stick” to the opening. From there, the sealant builds up until the leak is sealed, and then the particles are attracted to the next leak. This is a proven way to seal air duct leaks that requires no home renovation.

By sealing your home’s air ducts, you can save up to 30-40% off your energy bills.

Energy-Efficient Home Duct Sealing

Aeroseal is one of the best ways to save money on your energy bills.

Sign up for Club Air Control

Now that you have an insulated attic, sealed air ducts, and have made small energy improvements throughout the home, the last step toward an energy-efficient home is to keep your air conditioner and furnace in their most efficient shape with regular maintenance. Our Club Air Control program puts you on the calendar for annual cooling and heating tune-ups from our NATE-certified technicians, and you get a whole range of other perks, including priority service, lifetime parts warranty, no overtime charges, and much more!

Even if you’re not ready to sign up for our maintenance program, we strongly recommend scheduling spring air conditioning maintenance and fall heating maintenance with us. It’s one of the best ways to save money on energy throughout the year and turn your house into an energy-efficient home.

Get started on your energy-efficient home

Are you ready to make your home more energy efficient? Air Control can help, and the first step is to give us a call to schedule service. Get in contact with us to learn more about how our certified technicians can turn your home into a lean, green machine!

Here’s why you should get your air ducts sealed with Aeroseal

Lake Havasu AZ Aeroseal Air Ducts Sealing ServiceIn most cases, your home’s air ducts are hidden from sight, behind walls and inside walls and attics. For this reason, most homeowners tend to forget about them. This might be why—when it comes time to think about energy efficiency—most people think about having their air conditioner or furnace looked at by a trained professional. While that’s not a bad idea, it’s also important to consider the space through which cooled and heated air reaches your home: your air ducts.

If your air ducts have leaks, cracks, or fractures, you could be looking at significantly lower energy efficiency numbers for your air conditioner and furnace. That’s why Air Control is an Aeroseal certified dealer. Aeroseal is a revolutionary technology that allows one of our technicians to apply sealant to tiny air leaks from the inside of your ducts, eliminating the need for expensive renovations to get at the ducts from the outside. When we apply this treatment, you’ll see your energy bills drop by as much as 30 to 40 percent.

How does Aeroseal work?

Developed by scientists at the University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the mid-90s, Aeroseal is a technology that uses physics to seal air leaks from within air ducts. First, the Air Control technician seals all the vents to your ducts, including taking steps to protect the vents leading to your furnace and air conditioner. Then, we hook a tube to the duct entry, through which air is blown. Since all the other ends are sealed, the only way the air can escape is through the duct leaks.

From here, our technician adds the sealant. Completely non-toxic, the sealant particles travel through the ducts until they reach the point of the breach. From there, they hit the leak, colliding with one another until the hole is patched and the leak is sealed. Once no air can pass through the gap, the sealant travels to the next point of exit, until the ducts are completely sealed. The sealant air drys, and then the ductwork has been successfully sealed and is now ready to be used again.

Overall, the process only uses 1-2 ounces of sealant, and can patch leaks that are up to 5/8ths of an inch wide. The new seals will last for 40 years or more in most homes, and Aeroseal guarantees the material for 10 years.

What are some of the benefits of sealing your air ducts?

First and foremost, Aeroseal can save you some serious money on your monthly cooling and heating bills. Many homeowners report their bills dropping by up to 40% after the sealant is applied. This is because the escape of cooled or heated air before it reaches its destination is effectively wasted. These savings are significant because, unlike with maintenance specific to one system or another, Aeroseal fixes problems with the ducts used year round in your home. So, you’ll be saving 40% every month on your energy bills, potentially every month of the year. Here in Arizona, you’ll save more in the summer, of course.

Another benefit of Aeroseal is that it helps eliminate cold and hot spots in your home, giving you more consistently comfort throughout your house and in every room. If you’ve noticed that your thermostat says one temperature, but you feel that your bedroom and kitchen are on the opposite ends of a spectrum, Aeroseal might be able to help.

There are many other benefits to having the Aeroseal process used to seal your home’s air ducts, including an improvement in indoor air quality that comes about as a reduction in pollutants, allergens, and dust that can enter your household through duct leaks. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the Air Control team!

Air Control’s technicians are your Aeroseal experts

At Air Control, our team knows Aeroseal. We’ve been using this product in homes all of western Arizona for longer than any other HVAC company in the region, and our technicians have the training and experienced needed to properly apply the treatment to your air ducts. If you’re considering Aeroseal, give us a call. We’ll be happy to fill you in on the details.