Many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient in order to save money and help the environment. If it’s time to replace your HVAC system, and you’re wondering what to do with that hefty income tax refund, one way to maximize your energy efficiency and savings is to invest in a heat pump.
Heat pumps can seem a bit mysterious to the average homeowner. How can the same system provide both warm and cold air? And how can it provide more usable energy (in the form of heat) than it consumes in electrical energy?
Buying a furnace online can be tempting. Online retailers have lower overhead costs and eliminate the middle man, which allows them to offer you a discount on the price you’d pay for the same furnace from most conventional retailers. However, in many cases, these savings are illusory; whatever price discount you might enjoy can quickly evaporate when it comes to shipping and installation costs. Moreover, buying a furnace online means you risk limiting or even invalidating the unit’s factory warranty.
If your furnace receives a red tag during a maintenance call or utility inspection, you’re suddenly facing not only an abrupt loss of residential heating but also a serious threat to the health and lives of everyone in your home. A red-tagged furnace means that an HVAC expert or utility company inspector has found a critical safety problem with the unit, usually a cracked or damaged heat exchanger, and the furnace must be shut down until the damage is repaired or the furnace replaced.
At this time of year, many Connecticut homeowners who are looking for ways to reduce their heating bills are turning to heat pumps – an energy-efficient alternative to conventional furnace heating.