Resicon LLC Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Myths About Ductless Heat Pumps—Here’s the Truth

Monday, February 10th, 2020

ductless-heat-pump-mitsubishiWe love helping customers discover the usefulness of ductless heat pumps in Tacoma, WA. We know the numerous benefits that ductless heating and cooling can offer homeowners, especially for people who never thought they could enjoy central heating and cooling in their homes without having to make extensive and expensive remodeling changes.

However, ductless heat pumps are still not widespread enough that they can overcome several myths people have about them. Ductless systems have conquered Europe and Japan, but in the US they still have to deal with misunderstandings that often stop homeowners who would otherwise benefit from making the change.

We want to put to rest the biggest of these myths …

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Why You Should Consider a Heat Pump

Monday, November 18th, 2019

house-hot-coldWe love helping our customers, and sometimes they help us back. Recently, one of our repeat customers who has sent referrals our way brought our attention to this article from the New York Times. It’s not often you see important HVAC discussions happening in a newspaper, let alone the Paper of Record. The article addresses a topic that’s important to us: the usefulness of a heat pump.

We often encourage customers to look into a heat pump as an alternative to the standard AC-and-furnace model. A heat pump works as both a cooling system and heating system in one, which is a great convenience. But there’s more to it than that. The NYT article is accurate about some of the tremendous benefits of a heat pump and why most homeowners should consider one. We’ll go over some of these points in detail because heat pumps truly are as good, or even better, than they sound.

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The Powerful Ductless Combo: Ductless Heating/Ductless HRV

Monday, October 21st, 2019

ductless-heat-pump-mitsubishiAt Resicon, we’re focused on helping homes enjoy the best possible ventilation. This is a challenge because modern residential buildings have tight construction that permits little circulation of fresh outside air. Opening the windows of the house is rarely a beneficial choice, especially during the cold and rainy Washington winters. The house may receive fresh air, but it rapidly loses indoor heat.

There are options for better ventilation for homes with standard ducted HVAC systems, such as air purifiers, air filters, and heat recovery ventilators. But what about homes that don’t have space for ductwork? Some homes use boilers for heating and don’t have ductwork or an AC system, and others have no central HVAC system at all and use space heaters for winter.

There are options for these situations: ductless systems like ductless mini split heat pumps and ductless HRV systems.

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How Can a Heat Pump Provide Heat in Winter?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeWe are big proponents of heat pumps for our customers’ homes. These HVAC systems are a fantastic two-in-one way to enjoy comfort around the year. During the summer, a heat pump operates just like an air conditioner: refrigerant circulates to remove heat from the house and then release it outdoors. Then, with just an adjustment on the thermostat, the heat pump changes into a heater. Now the refrigerant moves heat from outside the home and brings it inside. Presto! Warmth for the winter.

“Wait a second …” we can hear you saying. “It makes sense that a heat pump can remove heat from indoors on a summer. But how is it drawing heat from outdoors during the winter? It’s cold out there!”

Without a doubt, this is the number one fact about heat pumps customers find confusing. But believe it or not, heat pumps can provide enough heat for a home in Tacoma to enjoy a cozy winter every day and night. We’ll explain this minor miracle of comfort technology.

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How to Tell It’s Time for Heat Pump Replacement

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

ac-unitYour average heat pump should last about 15 to 20 years. So, if it’s finally time for you to replace yours, then we have good news for you:

Heat pump technology has changed a lot over the decades. You’ll be able to get a much more efficient replacement unit!

But before we get ahead of ourselves, we should find out if you actually need AC replacement in Puyallup, WA. There’s no reason to replace your heat pump too early. Likewise, replacing it too late means having to incur some unnecessary expenses.

Here are some signs that you need heat pump replacement:

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Heat Pump?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

blue-question-markHeat pumps are remarkable in that their expected lifespan can be as long as 20 years, if not more. That’s a whole two decades using the same system! Not only that, but they’re used throughout both the heating and cooling seasons—they don’t get a break for half of the year like a standard central AC or furnace would.

So, when the time finally does come for your heat pump to retire, it might catch you off guard. But don’t let it stop you—replacing your heat pump at the perfect time will help you save hundreds of dollars. Here’s how:

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The Sanden CO2 Heat Pump Water Heater or “SANCO2”. The Alternative to Electric Water Heaters

Monday, January 14th, 2019

sanden-sanco2-heat-pump-water-heaterAfter heating and cooling, the water heater makes up the second largest use of energy in your home. It’s hard to believe that so much of our money must go toward a basic necessity. Imagine how much you could save if heating water simply cost less.

Fortunately, Sanden is making that dream a reality with their heat pump water heaters. The SANCO₂ heat pump water heater will allow you to use 70% less electricity than you would with a regular electric water heater.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Heat Pumps

Monday, January 14th, 2019

ductless-heat-pumpHeat pumps aren’t new technology, but they’ve been growing in popularity in the US for some years now. Many people know that heat pumps have cooling and heating features, improved efficiency, and a substantial life expectancy. Even so, we still get plenty of questions about them. Here are just a few of them answered for you:

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3 of Your Ductless Heat Pump Questions Answered

Monday, December 31st, 2018

mitsubishi-ductless-systemWhen you provide HVAC services in Tacoma for as long as we have, you start hearing the same questions get asked. Many of them are about ductless heat pumps. Although growing in popularity since the 2000s, people still have many questions about how these devices work and what makes them special. In this post, we’ll go over just three of them.

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Why Are Homeowners Switching to Heat Pumps?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

ductless-heatpump-outdoor-unitThere are various heaters out on the market, from furnaces, to boilers, to infrared heaters, and so much more. Each has its own methods of operating, and they come with unique pros and cons. Even with all of those pros and cons factored in, however, HVAC seems to be culminating toward one system in particular:

The ductless heat pump.

After all, they’ve been long-time favorites in countries like Japan and Europe. Now, we see more and more new homeowners in Tacoma, WA relying on heat pumps. We’ll explain some of the reasons why down below.

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