Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for March, 2014

When Is a Hybrid System a Better Choice Than a Standard Heat Pump?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

There can be a certain amount of confusion when it comes to heat pumps and hybrid heating systems. Sometimes, it feels like the two terms are completely interchangeable, which isn’t exactly the case.  A heat pump is a part of a hybrid system, but it can exist as a stand-alone system as well. Hybrid heating systems are more common in the Hartford area than heat pumps alone, for many different reasons.

When is a hybrid system a better choice than a standard heat pump?

Stand-alone heat pumps operate according to the same principles as air conditioning systems: circulating refrigerant through a series of coils to heat and cool the air. The cycle starts when the refrigerant moves into a compressor, which subjects it to a great deal of pressure. It then moves into a condenser coil, which dissipates the heat off into the surrounding air and reverts it to a liquid state. The liquid refrigerant moves from there into an expansion valve, which releases a set amount of it into the evaporator coil. The liquid evaporates back into a gas, which absorbs heat from the surrounding air. The gas then moves back to the beginning of the loop to start the process anew.

That results both in warm air (from the condenser coil) and cool air (from the evaporator coil), which can then be blown into your home. Heat pumps contain an indoor coil and an outdoor coil, whose functions can be switched depending on the need. In the summer, the indoor coil serves as the evaporator and in the winter, it serves as the condenser: delivering either hot or cold air (depending on what you need), which can then be blown into your home via a fan.

Because heat pumps don’t actually generate heat – they merely transfer it – it makes heat pumps much more effective than some other forms of heating. They cost much less to operate and can save you a great deal of money in monthly costs. With one exception. Heat pumps struggle when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, which is often here in Connecticut. That’s when a hybrid system becomes more desirable: adding a furnace into the system to help the heat pump make up the difference. The furnace will only switch on when needed, which means you will still use only the heat pump during the more mild winter days.

If you need more advice on when a hybrid system is a better choice than a standard heat pump, or to make concrete plans for heating in Hartford, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning to help. We’re ready to use our knowledge and experience to provide the best heating and cooling solutions for your situation!

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Reasons You May Want to Go with an Electric Furnace

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The furnace type that you find most often in homes is the natural gas-powered furnace. They are popular for some excellent reasons: high efficiency combined with the more economical price of natural gas; powerful heating ability; and reliability.

By comparison, the electrical-powered furnace often seems like the inferior option. But this isn’t actually the case; there are many situations where an electric furnace makes more sense than a gas-powered one. Let’s take a look at reasons why electric might be your best pick for a furnace in Hartford, CT.

To help you select the right furnace for your home, and for the installation that will keep it working for many years, contact Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today.

A few reasons to install an electric furnace:

  • Availability of fuel: Gas furnaces need to have a natural gas line connection to a municipal supply. Although it’s possible to have a new gas line installed that runs from the local supply to your home (if there even is one), it can be expensive. A electric furnace, however, can work in any home.
  • Longevity: Gas furnaces may have powerful heating, but they also do not last as long as electric furnaces because of the long-term effects of combustion gas on their components. On average, and electric furnace will last 5 years beyond a comparable gas furnace.
  • Safety: Today’s gas furnaces are built with safety uppermost, but they still can pose risks from carbon monoxide leaks and explosions. An electric furnace doesn’t use gas and has few safety issues to worry about.

Something to keep in mind about the gas furnace “advantages”

Although electric furnaces won’t function during a power outage, please keep in mind that neither will gas furnaces because they rely today on electronic ignition and blower motors. So gas furnaces have no advantages over electric ones in this area.

Professionals will help you choose

Avoid making a snap decision about whether you will install a gas or an electric furnace. This is where you will need trained installers to assess your home’s heat load and take account of your budget needs in order to select and size the right furnace for you.

When you need a new furnace in Hartford, CT, contact Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning and our dependable and trained staff. We can help you with all of your residential heating needs, including furnace and heating repairs in Hartford, CT.

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Fireplace Options for Heating

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

In Hartford, people use a variety of different heating systems, from forced-air furnaces to geothermal systems that tap into the heat of the earth itself. But for all the heating options we have, sometimes the old-fashioned ways are still the best. A fireplace provides romantic atmosphere and inexpensive heat, as well as making an excellent gathering place for your family on a cold winter’s night.  You may not think a traditional fireplace is possible, especially if your home can’t support a large chimney. Luckily, there are alternate fireplace options for heating in Hartford, CT.

One of the best is a wood-burning stove, which actually provides a more efficient heating option than classic fireplaces. Wood-burning stoves are self-contained, which keeps the heat focused, and with the exception of a small, easily installed venting chimney, they don’t need a lot of significant alterations to your home. Some types of stove burn pellets instead of wood, with an eye on more efficient heating. But the romanticism one associates with fireplaces remains fully intact, and can provide a reliable source of comfort as well as inexpensive heating.

If wood-burning stoves don’t work, you can also consider an electric or gas fireplace. Both require minimal adjustment to your house, and while they also require a gas line or electrical connection to provide energy, they’re still strong alternatives to more traditional fireplace models.

The bad news is that not every home can utilize every fireplace option. The good news is that a trained service technician can inspect the unique contours of your home, and provide a recommendation based on your needs and wishes. If you’re looking for a fireplace, then the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll sit down and discuss your options with you before performing an installation with professionalism and care. Give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Hartford, CT

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Living in an urban environment like Hartford, CT can often make indoor air quality a priority for homeowners sensitive to allergens, or those who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems. But no matter what your location, it’s important to consider your indoor air quality year round. Poor indoor air quality is more than just about comfort, it’s also about health and cleanliness. While modern home construction has done a good job of keeping our homes warm and cool, it often leads to trapping contaminants inside, and a lack of fresh airflow. In this post, we’d like to show you some easy ways to improve your indoor air quality. For comprehensive air quality services in Hartford, CT, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

Here are some easy ways to improve your indoor air quality:

  • Replace your air filter. While it’s important to consult with a professional about the right air filter for your heating and cooling system, replacing your air filter is usually a relatively simple process. Because your air filter is the most important built-in air quality device in your system, it’s important to make sure it’s clean at all time, and to replace it on a regular basis, even more frequently during times of peak heating and cooling.
  • Enrolling in a maintenance program. This will not only help you reduce energy costs by making your system more efficient, it will also help you improve your air quality. By inspecting and cleaning the various parts of your heating and cooling system, you can ensure that you reduce dust and debris to a minimum.
  • Install an air cleaner. Adding an air cleaner to your existing heating and cooling system is a great way to ensure that you indoor air is free of pollutants. Whether your problem is dust, dander, or pollen, an air cleaner can dramatically improve the comfort of your home.

We hope you found these easy ways to improve air quality helpful. For more information, or to schedule HVAC service in Hartford, CT, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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