Month: February 2015

Properly Sizing HVAC Equipment | Heating and Air Conditioning

In our blog you have often read about the importance of properly sizing HVAC Equipment. Today’s blog will attempt a more in depth explanation as to why it is important, and how accurate sizing for your home of office heating and air conditioning is determined. Problems in sizing isn’t necessarily due to your home’s characteristics, it may also be the contractor who is installing it.

Why Sizing is Important?

You will have heard this before on our blog, and it is necessary to repeat it for new readers and to lay the groundwork in our explanation.

Oversized heating and air conditioning systems cost more, waste energy, can provide reduced comfort levels and may create additional problems such as mold and mildew related to excessive humidity. This is due to the system’s short cycling. It doesn’t run long enough to properly remove adequate humidity from the indoor air. The elevated humidity makes it feel hotter than it really is during the cooling season, and lays the basis for mold and mildew to develop.

Undersized systems, on the other hand, will struggle to keep up with the demand, resulting in a heating and air conditioning system that runs too often, increasing energy use, increasing wear and tear on the system and resulting in premature failure. In addition, undersizing may cause overheating and can result in a house fire.

There are a number of factors that must be considered for “right sizing” a system. There are guidelines in place, (for example manual J and S). These guides are available as software for the contractor. You want to ensure that you hire an HVAC contractor who utilizes these guidelines to assist in sizing the system your home requires. The guidelines do allow some flexibility for the contractor when assessing your home’s unique properties, though this is not reason for a contractor to discount the guides altogether.

Each home is unique, and may have variable factors. For example, deciduous trees for shade on a southern exposure, a tree line providing a windbreak from cold north winds, UV windows, even the location of the system itself can affect the home’s needs.

A contractor who provides you with a bid and bases his sizing on the home’s square footage alone is not using the modern guidelines of the industry. Ensure you ask each contractor how they determined the proposed size of your system. If they base your 3 ton system on the fact you already have a 3 ton system, steer away from them, as well as the contractor who bases the size on square footage alone. Having a 3 ton system does not mean you need a 3 ton system. It may have been improperly sized during the original installation!

Furthermore, if you have upgraded insulation, windows or other, the required size HVAC may be smaller. As stated, there are a number of factors, as well as variables that must be considered; and a professional HVAC contractor will calculate these into sizing calculations for new or replacement heating and air conditioning.

The professionals of Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning utilize certified training; attend seminars and continuing education classes to ensure we are informed on the latest technology and up to date on improvements in our industry, and have a solid basis of education behind the principals of the HVAC industry. This enables us to provide you with the best service, and the greatest satisfaction possible.

Ductwork Sizing is Essential to System Performance

Right sizing must also include the ductwork. Duct work is comprised of the supply and return. Supply is the duct and registers that deliver conditioned air to each zone of the home. The return is attached to the inlet of the system and pulls air out of the conditioned spaces. The filter is located in the return system. The correct sizing of the ductwork, including the return, is essential for the distribution of the proper amount of air and the heating and air conditioning system’s performance and efficiency.

HVAC equipment SEER is based on the manufacturer’s efficiency rating which does not factor in the resistance of the duct system. An improperly designed and rated duct system will cause the system to work harder and less efficiently.

The Consortium for Energy recently stated that “most residential central air conditioning systems are not sized properly”. This reduces comfort, increases energy use and peak demand for electricity. The areas the group identified as major problems affecting a home’s comfort and efficiency were:

  • Oversized HVAC equipment – 47% •
  • Inadequate airflow – 70%
  • Improper refrigerant charge – 44% The increase in peak energy demand resulted in a 14% increase in existing homes and 25% in newly constructed homes. The improvement in the homeowner’s energy costs with properly installed systems and routine maintenance were 24% in existing homes and 35% in new construction. The results speak plainly, proper installation pays off.

Furthermore, when considering duct installation, you have the choice of flex duct, sheet metal or fiberglass board. Flex duct is low cost, fast to install and provides a solution for homes with no room for rigid duct. However, a problem occurs when improperly installed. A bad installation of flex duct increases friction and resistance due to bends, their degree and sag seriously reducing the system’s performance. Flex should be installed fully extended, removing excess length without compression of the duct.

When flex is installed improperly, the system has to run longer to reach the desired comfort level, increasing energy costs. The complexities of ducts, including a properly sized air return, require a thoroughly trained and knowledgeable HVAC professional. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning provides the professionals with the expertise you require for all of the aspects of the heating and air conditioning industry.

The Air Return

Every central heating and air conditioning system require an air return capable of accommodating the same volume of air return that the system puts out. In addition, each interior door requires sufficient space beneath it to allow the return of the same amount of air flow that is delivered to it. The space beneath doors shouldn’t be blocked to achieve the proper performance and of the system.

By now it is apparent to you that replacing an HVAC system isn’t as simple as buying the same size and installing it. There are numerous considerations for achieving the right system for your home, and ensuring the proper duct system. This can be assured by hiring a qualified HVAC contractor, such as the professionals of Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning who are trained and knowledgeable, up-to-date and experienced, as well as dedicated to both your satisfaction and comfort.

Contact us for your HVAC replacement, new installation, HVAC repair, maintenance and other heating and air conditioning needs. When you use a Cypress professional you can be assured of our properly sizing HVAC equipment for your home or office. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Heat Pumps | Heating and Air Conditioning

Heat pumps provide for both the heating and air conditioning needs of a home or office. When compared to other HVAC systems heat pumps are more efficient.

Of the various types of heat pumps, air source heat pumps are the most common. This heat pump uses electricity to generate heating and air conditioning rather than fossil fuels in the generation of heat. Today’s heat pump is far more efficient than those of 20 or even 10 years ago. In fact, they are so efficient that they generate up to 4 times more energy than they consume, reducing electrical consumption by as much as 40%.

The energy efficiency of heat pumps isn’t the only benefit, they provide a clean source of conditioned air for persons with allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions. In addition, when combined with a compatible HEPA filter or other air purifying system, its cleaner air benefits are further enhanced.

When properly installed, a heat pump can provide exceptionally efficient heating and air conditioning for homes and offices, especially if the local climate is warm or moderate. However, when selecting a new system for purchase homeowner’s should be aware that the efficiency of the heating mode of most air-source heat pumps drops dramatically during extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures, generally rendering them unsuitable for cold climates. However, for those wanting to take advantage of their superior efficiency can select a model with gas heating as a backup for the occasional dip in temperature.

As the technology for energy efficient systems expands, heat pumps are utilizing the resources to improve their efficiency and performance. For example, standard compressors operated at full capacity, and two speed compressors enable the system to provide what is needed, rather than full capacity. The same technology of multi-speed operation is being used on fan motors, allowing the fan to operate at lowers speed when needed, and reducing the noise while saving on the cost of electricity.

The scroll compressor is an additional feature providing improvement in the HVAC industry. When compared with piston compressors, scroll compressors have a longer service life and operate quieter and use less electricity.

Today’s Energy Star qualified equipment is significantly more energy efficient than a ten year old system. Improved energy efficiency and increased reliability will save on the cost of energy, assists the environment, and maintains a comfortable home.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump

Proper operation and maintenance of the heat pump is essential for efficiency and performance. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges from 10%–25%.

  • Do not set the thermostat back if it causes the backup heating to come on. Backup heating systems are usually more costly to operate.
  • Continuous indoor fan operation can degrade heat pump performance. Keep the thermostat setting on the “auto” fan setting.
  • Clean or change filters once a month or as recommended by the manufacturer. Dirty filters can result in dirty coils and fans, reducing the airflow through the system and diminishing the system’s performance.
  • Schedule a professional service and tune-up at least once a year to maintain peak operation, efficiency, reliability and extend the system’s lifespan.

If you are considering the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system, we will be happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate system correct for your home, based on the home’s unique characteristics affecting energy costs, your budget and goals.

Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning offers a full line of HVAC systems, including a variety of quality heat pumps for almost every budget. Our certified HVAC technicians provide exceptional service and are dedicated to your satisfaction. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s professionals offer repair, service, and the installation of quality heating and air conditioning. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Air Filter | Heating and Air Conditioning

Keeping your heating and air conditioning equipment operating properly provides for both optimum comfort and minimal energy bills throughout both the heating and cooling seasons. Changing the filter is one of the simplest tasks in keeping HVAC equipment clean and problem free. Changing the air filter on a routine basis will also improve the indoor air quality. A clean air filter plays an essential role in a heating and air conditioning system, along with annual maintenance and timely repair.

You depend upon your home’s heating and air conditioning, and the purpose of the air filter is to protect the HVAC system from dust and dirt, which creates friction. Dirt and debris can build on coils and heat exchangers, inhibiting efficient energy transfer. This increases the system’s workload, decreasing its lifespan and increasing the risk of a system malfunction. In addition, efficiency and performance will suffer, resulting in increased energy costs.

There are a number of different types of filters available, though regardless of type, all filters should be checked, maintained and changed to assist in maintaining the system’s proper performance and safety.

Using the appropriate filter for your heating and air conditioning system is essential to prevent damage. There are various grades of air filters, and a superior filter may be denser than your system can draw air through. If this occurs, your system can be damaged due to the strain placed upon it in its efforts to draw air through the filter. This results in overheating, and potential damage or even a fire. If you are uncertain of the appropriate filter to use in your heating and air conditioning system, contact the manufacturer or give us a call.

Once the filter has an excess of dust and debris airflow can be blocked, causing extensive damage to the system. Routine filter changes ensure the longevity of your system, and potentially prevent costly repair and replacement charges. Dirt and the neglect of maintenance are one of the leading causes of heating and air conditioning systems failing, and with filter changes and annual maintenance it is completely avoidable.

Changing the air filter also ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air, a benefit for everyone, though especially for those with allergies and/or asthma. While it should be understood that an HVAC only helps to clean air, and can’t clean it in the way a dedicated air purification system will, it does clean the dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles in the circulating air.

Finally, a dirty air filter causes the system to use more energy for both, heating and air conditioning, up to 15% in fact. Changing your HVAC system’s air filter is beneficial in a number of ways, economically, health-wise and environmentally.

The frequency of filter changes will depend upon the type of filter used and the manufacturer’s recommendation. In general, the cheap fiberglass filters should be changed monthly. Pleated filters may be as little as every three months. Choose a day, such as the 1st for example, for filter check day. If any of the following affect your household more frequent changes may be required:

  • A family member has allergies, asthma, COPD or other respiratory condition.
  • There are pets in the household.
  • A fireplace or wood heater is used.
  • The presence of excessive dust and/or pollen.
  • There is a smoker in the home.

If any of these conditions are relevant to your home, check the filter every 2 weeks and change as required, but no less than once per month for the best performance and the protection of your heating and air conditioning system.

Don’t clean disposable filters, dispose of them once they are soiled, or if they become wet. A wet filter in the air return indicates a problem. Contact your Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning technician for diagnosis and repair of the heating and air conditioning system. Only permanent filters can be cleaned. Do not risk mold forming within the HVAC system by inserting a wet or damp permanent filter, allow them to dry completely before inserting.

The second step you can take to ensure the longevity, performance and efficiency of the HVAC system is to provide annual heating and air conditioning service by a qualified HVAC technician.

Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule service for issues with your heating and air conditioning . Our certified technicians offer experience and expertise for providing maintenance, heating and air conditioning installation, and heating and air conditioning repair in Katy. If you have questions regarding your systems air filter give us a call. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

HVAC Safety | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

The safety of your home’s HVAC equipment is essential for protecting your home and family from the hazards of fire. The annual inspections provided by qualified HVAC technicians during maintenance not only keep them operating optimally for greater comfort and efficiency, they assist in maintaining HVAC safety. To identify and prevent malfunctions, HVAC equipment should be cleaned and tuned-up by an HVAC professional each year. This service will eliminate debris, and diagnose any malfunctions that could start fires, enabling heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX before a larger problem, or a fire can occur.

Gas furnaces should be inspected annually to ensure the safety of all components. Leaking fuel lines or cracks in the furnace’s heat exchanger can cause dangerous carbon monoxide gas to enter the home. Safety switches should be tested and combustion requirements checked to ensure the furnace is working safely. When problems are detected, timely heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX is essential.

Electric heating systems also require annual inspections. During a tune-up, the HVAC technician will check for loose electrical connections which can result in increased electrical use, and burnt wires. In addition to the inspection of wires and connections, safety switches and relays within the system will also be checked to ensure your safety. While fires in the system are relatively rare, prevention with routine maintenance, and heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX when required is the best policy for ensuring your family’s safety.

While you probably understand the association of heat with fires, you may find it surprising that the air conditioner can also cause fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are approximately 2,500 fires in the U.S. each year involving central and room air conditioners, compared to 500 fires per year for heat pumps.

The leading factor in residential air conditioning fires are mechanical or electrical failures. One-third of the fires began in the wire or cable insulation. Heavy use with a lack of routine maintenance can result in malfunctions of any type of system, with the potential for a fire to occur. Heavy use can also cause your air conditioning unit to overheat, especially when it is undersized for your home. Undersized HVAC systems are a common occurrence and underscore the importance of using a qualified and experienced HVAC contractor for heating and air conditioning installation, and heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

Furnace Odors and Fire Prevention

Dusty and Burnt Odors

Dusty, burnt odors are normal after the system has been unused for several months. The odor originates from accumulated dust and/or perhaps a little lubrication when the system is started up. It will often stop within an hour or so, but may persist for a few days. However, if the odor persists, it can indicate a larger issue requiring heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX and should be checked by a professional HVAC technician.

Natural Gas or Fuel Odor

If you detect the odor of rotten eggs, it is likely that you have a gas leak. If the odor is strong, leave your house, go to a neighbor’s home and call 911. Notify the gas utility company. They will turn off the gas supply and locate the source of the leak. If it is determined the leak is inside your furnace, a professional HVAC contractor will need to check it before you can use the furnace to ensure it is safe to operate.

Damp or Musty Odors

Homes can experience a buildup of mold inside ductwork or the equipment producing a musty, moldy odor. If the odor appears to be strongest at the registers, have the furnace and ducts inspected. During the summer, as the air conditioning coil extracts moisture in the air, a stopped up condensing drain, or a coil in need of professional cleaning, can result in excess moisture in the condensation pan, and an increase in moisture within the ducts, potentially resulting in mold formation.

Furthermore, an excess of condensate may result in water infiltrating electrical components, resulting in a short. If you note water running from the system on floors contact your technician for air conditioning repair in Plano, TX. Doing so can prevent damage to your home from water, as well as damage to components. An additional potential source of the odor can be ducts in need of sealing. This can result in the HVAC system drawing in odors from a crawlspace, attic or basement depending upon where the ducts are located.

Burning Wire Odor

The acrid odor of burning electrical wire can indicate a malfunction in the systems components, including wiring. If you detect electrical odors coming from the system, have your equipment inspected a.s.a.p. to prevent further issues and damage, and a potential fire. If you are familiar with the odor of electrical wire burning, shut off your system and call your technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

Remember to change your filters as recommended, and schedule annual system maintenance and inspection to maintain peak operation and HVAC safety. When your HVAC system is experiencing a problem, contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning for quality heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX. Our certified and skilled technicians will identify the issue and provide the service necessary to ensure the proper operation and safety of your system. We serve Plano, Katy and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Repair or Replace | AC Repair Katy

A functional HVAC is fundamental to your home’s comfort. In the cold of winter, having heat isn’t simply a comfort measure, when the temperatures are deeply cold, heat can be fundamental to survival. Unfortunately, like any other mechanical device, the heating and air conditioning system will eventually wear out. With winter currently fully involved, if you’re experiencing furnace problems, you may be wondering whether it’s in your best interest to repair or replace it. With age, the system’s efficiency will deteriorate, and when repetitive furnace or AC repair in Katy affects both its reliability and your budget, it is time to consider replacement. The decision isn’t always this clear cut.

Your HVAC technician can assess your HVAC system, and determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the ideal solution.

When Repair Is Best

In most cases, furnace problems can be repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. When the furnace is less than 10 years old, repair will typically resolve its issues. In addition, if the furnace is still heating efficiently, repair is likely the logical choice. From the homeowner’s perspective, a continuing increase in the energy bill and uneven heating indicates the furnace is not performing efficiently.

Generally, when furnace repairs cost one-third of the cost of a new heating system, and your furnace in the first half of its predicted lifetime, repair is likely your best choice. For example, if a ten year old HVAC system required repairs for the past two years and is in need of heating or AC repair in Katy again, consider the previous charges plus the current cost of repair. If the three repairs equal one-third of the cost of a new system, purchasing a new system is the optimal choice.

In addition, keep in mind that other factors may be affecting the system’s performance and efficiency. The thermostat may need to be replaced if the system is operating irregularly, and the ductwork may need resealing. A Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning professional is your best source for determining the condition of your home’s current HVAC system, its condition, and the advisability of whether to repair or replace.

When Replacement Is Best

The expected lifespan of a well maintained HVAC system is 15-20 years. Keep in mind your system operates year round. As age and use create wear on components, an increased frequency in heating and AC repair in Katy will eventually occur. It stands to reason when a 15 year old system is experiencing increased repairs due to worn out components, it is time for replacement.

Homeowners need to be aware that the quality of installation and proper sizing of the HVAC system is crucial to its longevity and performance. Perhaps your system is fairly new, and is experiencing repetitive heating and AC repair in Katy.

Setting a new unit based on the home’s square footage isn’t the only consideration. There are a number of factors the installer must equate into accurately configuring the system your home needs. For example, the number and size of windows, the direction they face, and their insulating ability is one factor. How well insulated the home is, and a number of other factors must be considered. Otherwise, you may end up with a system that is undersized, and therefore overworked, resulting in a system that wears out quickly, and breaks down often requiring consistent heating and AC repair in Katy.

If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you should consider replacing the system in order to receive proper operation and maximum efficiency, and less wear and tear resulting in frequent heating and AC repair in Katy. Ensure that you hire a qualified HVAC company to avoid these issues. For professional assistance in your repair or replace decision of your home’s furnace or HVAC system, contact Cypress Heating & Air Conditioning today. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Energy Efficiency Tips | Heating and Air Conditioning

With increasingly cold winters, and the need to save on energy costs, homeowner’s look for additional ways to save money, while reducing the global effects of climate change. The following energy efficiency tips can assist you in keeping your home warm this winter, while saving on the cost of energy, and ensuring your heating and air conditioning system’s safety.

  • Ensuring the heating and air conditioning system is serviced each year by a qualified HVAC technician will ensure the safe operation and peak energy efficiency of the system, while extending its service life.
  • Replacing or cleaning (if applicable) the filter each month maintains the proper performance, and prevents dirty coils and fans which can reduce the airflow throughout the system. This would adversely affect your comfort and the air quality of your home, while potentially causing damage to the heating and air conditioning system.
  • The seals on duct work can loosen, allowing air leaks or even separation of pipes. Seal leaky ducts with mastic, metal backed tape or aerosol sealant. Pipes that have separated should be reconnected and sealed. Cypress’s heating and air conditioning professionals can provide the repair that you need.
  • Set the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees during the day when the home is occupied. Overnight, set the temperature at least 5 degrees cooler. When away from home for more than a few hours, set your thermostat on 55 degrees for maximum energy savings.
  • A programmable thermostat will enable you to regulate your heating and air conditioning system to conform to your schedule, saving you up to 20% on energy costs.
  • Use caution when utilizing ventilation fans, and close the fireplace flue as they both of these pull conditioned air from the home.
  • Do not block registers or the air supply with furniture or other objects. You want to maintain adequate air supply to the heating and air conditioning system. Proper air circulation to the system ensures maximum efficiency and ensures the proper delivery of conditioned air to the home, while preventing damage to the HVAC system.
  • Humidified air makes the home feel warmer, reducing the amount of heat needed and enabling you to set the thermostat lower. Consider a whole house humidification system for the greatest comfort and reduced symptoms of dry air, such as dry skin and a runny nose.
  • Inside doors that tend to be closed frequently should allow for adequate ventilation. The doors require a specific gap at their bottom to ensure adequate ventilation and proper operation of the system.
  • Open the drapes & shades located on south–facing windows, and allow sunlight to enter the home; close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows. The use of thick or thermal drapes can reduce drafts and the work load on your home’s HVAC system. Seal draft gaps around windows and doors to prevent drafty air intrusions.
  • Consider a new energy efficient heating and air conditioning system. Today’s high efficiency equipment can save you significantly on your utility bill. Check with your local utility and electric company to see if the purchase of an Energy Star approved system can earn a rebate or tax credit, reducing your initial investment.
  • Do not store or use combustible materials such as paper, chemicals, paint, rags or cleaning products near any heat source, including the furnace.
  • Gas furnace flues and the chimney should be inspected annually by professionals to ensure no blockage is present. Blockage can result in devastating consequences when toxic carbon monoxide fills the home.
  • If your home has gas heat or gas appliances (including the hot water heater), install carbon monoxide detectors, and change the batteries every 6 months.

Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning offers certified and experienced HVAC technicians. Our technicians provide heating and air conditioning repair, installation and maintenance with the expertise to meet or exceed the industry’s recommendations. Each year, HVAC installations are provided by inexperienced technicians who inaccurately configure the system required for a home’s individual characteristics, such as number, quality, and directional facing of windows. Our installations are accurately configured for your home’s requirements.

Our certified professionals are dedicated to providing quality HVAC services that meet or exceed the heating and air conditioning industry standards, as well as ensuring your comfort, safety and satisfaction. Our technicians are NATE certified, background checked and drug tested. We hope you found our energy efficiency tips useful. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas. We provide emergency HVAC service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for your convenience. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Geothermal Heat Pumps | Air Conditioning Katy, Texas

Geothermal heat pumps tap into the consistent temperatures that are located in the ground beneath the lawn. The consistent temperatures in the soil offer a valuable energy source that can significantly decrease your electrical costs each month. This system runs on electricity and utilizes the earth’s thermal energy to pre-condition the refrigerant used for heating and air conditioning in Katy, Texas. Carrier’s popular Hybrid Heat® system will efficiently heat and air condition your home all year long with a geothermal heat pump.

Lower Operating Costs

The most efficient gas furnace on the market can average only one fourth of the efficiency provided by a geothermal heat pump. Geothermal systems accomplish it with the heat pump technology of transferring heat, not creating it. This system can result in significant savings on your cost of heating and air conditioning in Katy, Texas, while reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

Quiet Operation

Unlike traditional air conditioners or heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps run smoothly and are quiet in operation. This is especially an advantage when the outdoor HVAC system is located near bedrooms, and is a feature your neighbor will also appreciate.

Environmental Impact

The EPA and U.S. Department of Energy recognize geothermal heat pumps as an environmentally friendly means of providing heating and air conditioning in Katy, Texas, while saving on energy costs. Given the costs and environmental impact of other energy sources such as oil, the EPA encourages the installation of energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system alternatives.

Clean and Safe

Unlike gas heat, there is no combustion process in an electric heat pump, and this includes the geothermal unit. Electric heat operates cleanly, meaning there is no deadly carbon monoxide produced to endanger you and your loved ones.

Superior Life Span

With proper maintenance, a geothermal heat pump will typically last for 25 years, while the underground components have an expected lifespan of 50 years under normal conditions.

An Investment That Continues to Give

A geothermal heat pump is an investment. It is applicable for retrofit applications and new home construction projects. The energy savings can offset the costs of the installation over a reasonable period of time. With tax credits and rebates, the return on your investment can potentially be in as little as 3-5 years.

Disadvantages

The geothermal heat pump system installation is priced higher than air source heat pumps, because of the need to install a ground heat exchanger. This connection beneath the ground is what enables this system to yield up to 4 kilowatts of heat for every 1 kilowatt of electricity.

You will want to ensure that you are hiring an HVAC technician with ample experience with geothermal installation. Problems can arise if the design and installation of the ground heat exchanger are provided by an installer who is not proficient in the installation of these systems. Experience and knowledge is essential to your satisfaction and the performance of geothermal heating and air conditioning in Katy, Texas.

If you are considering having this system installed, contact us and we will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision on the purchase of a geothermal heating and air conditioning in Katy, Texas vs. other HVAC alternatives. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified and experienced HVAC technicians offer the expertise required for the proper installation of a geothermal heat pump system, as well as other installations, repair and maintenance. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.

Ductless Mini-Split System | Air Conditioning Installation

If your home already has a duct system installed, a ductless mini-split system may not be the optimal HVAC system for your home. However, those who have a new addition, are planning to build a new home or live in a small apartment or an older home that lacks ducts, the ductless mini-split system may provide the heating and air conditioning that you need and want for year round comfort and efficiency. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s professionals can provide the heating and air conditioning installation of a mini-split system for you.

A ductless mini-split system is a heat pump system. It has the same heat pump benefits of energy efficiency, reliability and comfort. Mini-splits contain two main components, the indoor air handling unit and the outdoor condensing unit.

Energy Efficient

A ductless air conditioning system is more energy efficient than a central system. According to the EPA, you can save approximately 30% on energy costs by installing an Energy Star certified ductless system. The mini-split is an energy efficient system, partially due to the fact that there are no ducts to cool down or heat up with the resulting energy loss through ducts. The ductless mini-split heat pump is more energy efficient than conventional heat pumps, one reason for their growing popularity in heating and air conditioning installation.

Energy Star Rated

Energy Star ductless mini-split heat pumps are available. Rebates are determined by the federal, state and local governments and availability varies from year to year. The purchase of an Energy Star qualified model will save you money by reducing your energy usage. When rebates are available, you can save even more money on your investment in energy efficient heating and air conditioning installation for your home.

Easy to Operate

The mini-split system can provide custom temperature control for each room containing an air handler. You don’t have to heat or cool unused rooms, and this will be reflected in significant savings on energy costs. A remote control enables you to adjust the temperature.

Indoor Air Quality

The ductwork in forced air systems can be a source of indoor air pollution by dispersing contaminants throughout the home. The interior components of a ductless mini-split systems on the other hand, uses advanced filtration to purify the air leaving the air handling unit in each zone. Some models can claim up to 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and other pollutants can be eliminated from the air moving through the unit providing improved air quality.

Easy Installation

To install a traditional forced air system in a new construction, older homes, or other locations lacking heating and cooling, requires a duct system installation with holes to cut in walls, floors or ceilings. A mini-split system only requires a three-inch hole in an exterior wall to connect the indoor and outdoor components. The mini-split requires less materials and labor for heating and air conditioning installation, reducing installation cost.

Easy Maintenance

Mini-splits require minimal maintenance, only requiring a filter change, and periodic maintenance from your heating and air conditioning technician to maintain performance and provide an extended service life.

Compact Size

The compact size of a ductless system makes them ideal for small spaces or individual rooms. A variety of interior design options are possible. The indoor air handlers are sleek and trim, and can be installed on the wall or in the ceiling.

Quiet Operation

Ductless systems operate quieter than other options. An important factor when HVAC must be located near bedrooms, and one appreciated by your neighbors.

Temperature Consistency

If you have rooms that tend to be colder or hotter than other rooms, a ductless system can provide the solution for a consistent temperature. When using a ductless system for zoned heating and cooling, you have control over the temperature of each zone. This feature can result in money saved on the cost of energy.

Proper installation is essential for system efficiency and performance, and this isn’t only for ductless mini-splits but applicable for all heating and air conditioning installation. Use a qualified HVAC contractor to provide installation in order to avoid the problems associated with an improperly sized or poorly installed system.

With accurate sizing and installation, ductless mini-split heat pumps can provide greater comfort, cleaner air, enhanced efficiency, the intended performance and a quieter home environment.

For additional information on a ductless mini-split System or ductless heating and/or air conditioning installation, Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s HVAC professionals will provide the information you need to make an informed decision. You can count on the expertise of our HVAC certified specialists to provide professional heating and air conditioning installation for your home. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas.

Smart Thermostats | Heating and Air Conditioning

Smart thermostat technology has evolved to new heights with the introduction of Carrier’s new smart Cor thermostat. The Cor incorporates the convenience of smart device remote access with improved HVAC system efficiency. Homeowners will be glad to know, the Cor Thermostat is easier to program than some smart thermostats, by providing a straightforward on screen interface, and the ability to guide the user in setting up a heating and air conditioning schedule for their home.

Featuring a 3.5-inch, full-color touch screen, the advanced thermostat provides greater efficiency and superior comfort with an average reduction in energy costs of 20%.

Through guided programming options, homeowners can maintain control of their home comfort system, or allow the Cor thermostat to update itself by learning the ideal settings adapting to the home the system’s capabilities. To maximize energy efficiency, the thermostat offers the advanced features of smart setback, which automatically determines the optimal temperature for home comfort and energy savings, and Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing remote access to the Cor thermostat from virtually any location.

Homeowners can control home temperatures through a smart phone app and tablet apps. A comprehensive analysis of the home’s energy consumption is available through the online web portal. For those who want a closer look at the factors affecting a specific time frame during energy usage, Cor Insights can provide the minute to minute detail of the temperature, humidity, thermostat settings and the heating and air conditioning cycle.

The Cor thermostat provides detailed energy reports, with system performance data available from the installation date. Each report includes interactive energy-efficiency tips, enabling homeowners with the ability to instantly modify settings to maximize energy savings.

Furthermore, the month-to-month energy report enables you to examine how your energy usage differs from your neighbors who also use the Cor thermostat.

The Cor thermostat provides the flexibility to work with almost any brand of home comfort system. When installed by a trained Carrier professional the thermostat will function accurately with existing heating and air conditioning equipment. Once installed, the thermostat automatically downloads the latest software via Wi-Fi, so the thermostat is always up-to-date on home comfort technology. The Cor thermostat is backed by a five-year limited warranty.

The Cor is more than just a smart thermostat, its intelligent software goes beyond your manual programming and adapts for greater efficiency, while maintaining ideal comfort levels. It accomplishes this with its intelligent software by understanding the home and system characteristics.

The Cor thermostat offers the latest in home comfort. The Cor thermostat is more than an update; it offers the opportunity for increased comfort, control and efficiency of your current system with the touch of a finger, with the convenience of access from any location and a smart phone app or web portal.

Features of Cor

The Cor Thermostat offers a number of benefits, in the following we look at some of the features:

  • Remote access via web portal or smartphone app
  • Energy Reports and customized savings tips
  • Intelligent software adapts beyond manual programming for greater efficiency, while meeting ideal comfort levels by understanding home and system characteristics
  • Heating/Cooling Smart Setback
  • Super Dehumidification, Cool to Dehumidify
  • Comfort Heat Pump System™ Feature
  • Auxiliary Heat During Defrost
  • Fan Optimization Air Circulation
  • 7-day programmability with Guided Scheduling, Comfort Profiles, and Touch-N-Go Feature
  • Vacation Hold Programming
  • Smartphone style, color touch screen
  • Indoor humidity sense and display
  • Local 4-day weather forecast
  • Heating and air conditioning system alerts and maintenance reminders display dealer contact information

Carrier recommends that a professional heating and air conditioning expert install the Cor technology thermostat to avoid the risk of burning out the electronics. For installation, support after installation or further information, contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning.

For further information on Carrier’s Cor smart thermostats, contact the professionals at Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer certified and experienced HVAC technicians for all of your heating and air conditioning needs. Our technicians provide HVAC repair, installation and maintenance. Our certified technicians have the expertise to meet or exceed the industry’s standards, assuring you of receiving quality HVAC services. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas.

Furnace Repair | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

With the winter season upon us, a broken furnace is the last thing any homeowner wants. When it occurs, you need prompt furnace repair, and Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning can provide you with it. Quite often, a furnace simply quits without the homeowner being aware of any impending problems. The ability to recognize the signs of furnace problems before they become full blown failure enables the homeowner to schedule a repair before being left in the cold. Our HVAC professionals offer emergency heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX 24/7 for your convenience.

Maintaining the HVAC System

The provision of annual heating and air conditioning service to your home’s HVAC system is the best way to reduce the need for repairs, while ensuring the system operates efficiently, effectively and safely. Worn parts won’t operate efficiently and may cause safety issues within the system. All of these are good reasons for having the system inspected and cleaned each year, as well as providing any repairs that are needed.

The major benefits for an annual inspection and cleaning of the heating and air conditioning system are:

  1. The identification of worn components provides the opportunity for furnace and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX before the part fails on a winters coldest night. Worn electrical components have the potential to start a fire.
  2. The inspection provided during a tune-up will identify the development of dangerous holes or cracks to gas burning chambers. A chamber in this condition is a serious threat to your family’s safety and must be replaced promptly, or a new furnace installed.
  3. All fossil fuels produces deadly carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion. The flue of a gas operated furnace exhausts CO and other byproducts of combustion to the outside of the home. The annual tune-up will include an inspection of the flue and cleaning if required.
  4. Properly maintained heating and air conditioning equipment will last longer, and by identifying problems early, can prevent more costly repairs, and dangerous conditions from developing later.
  5. Properly maintained heating and air conditioning systems run more efficiently and last longer.
  6. Manufacturers typically require annual maintenance to maintain the factory warranty.

Furnace Issues and Warning Signs

Unfortunately, the signs of furnace problems aren’t always clear cut, and easy for a homeowner to identify. The signs that a homeowner can be aware of and observe for include:

  1. A pure blue flame is a normal ignition flame in a gas furnace. If the flame appears yellow, orange or red, contact your HVAC technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX . The pure blue color indicates the furnace is receiving the correct mixture of oxygen and gas.
  2. Unusual sounds are a warning, and may indicate the need for repair. Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning for heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.
  3. Unusual odors can be a warning in gas or electrical furnaces. Some odor is expected when a furnace has been unused for some time due to dust on the burner. Examples of unusual odors to be aware of include the smell of burning wire and oil. If these odors occur, shut the furnace off and contact your HVAC technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX .
  4. Unexplained elevated energy bills can be an indication of poor performance. There are a number of potential causes. Have your technician inspect the system and provide heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX .
  5. Aging HVAC equipment is more vulnerable to frequent breakdown and complete failure than when it was newer. Routine maintenance can help to extend its service life, but eventually replacement will be required. When your aging system requires frequent heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX , consider investing in a new energy efficient and reliable HVAC system.
  6. Thermostats will eventually wear out and perform improperly or not at all. Signs of thermostat issues are a system that runs too often, or not often enough.
  7. When ice dams on roofs and colder indoor temperature occur it’s easy to assume the furnace requires replacement. Before requesting HVAC service, check the insulation in the attic. If the rafters are visible additional insulation is required. Ice dams can also be due to clogged gutters, downspouts or a roofing problem.

Don’t forget to inspect the filter often and change the filter monthly, or as recommended to ensure proper operation and efficiency.

Our certified and experienced HVAC technicians can provide prompt furnace repair as well as the air conditioning repair in Plano, TX that you need. In addition, our qualified professionals provide heating and air conditioning installation, maintenance and other services for your home’s HVAC system. Cypress’s certified professionals serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas.

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