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How Can A Ductless Heat Pump Save You Money?

Although not a new technology, ductless heat pumps are rapidly gaining popularity in the U.S., and why not?

Ductless cooling and heating systems can save 30-40 percent off the energy costs of a forced air system. They are the go-to choice for newly constructed houses and additions, as well as those houses with no existing ductwork and which rely upon radiator or electric baseboard heating. If this describes your home, here are some ways the ductless heat pump system can drive your energy costs down.

The Same Unit Delivers Both Cooling and Heating

If you are in an older house with an old boiler delivering radiated heat, and you want to add cooling, switching to a ductless heat pump system can kill two birds with one stone, bringing both cooling and heating in one system. An air conditioner works by transferring the heat from inside to outside. A heat pump is an air conditioner that simply reverses the flow of refrigerant. Combining the functions means one less system to worry about. And newer hyper-heating systems provide reliable heat even when it’s below freezing outside.

Ease of Installation and Simplicity of Use

A basic ductless cooling and heating system consists of two units, one indoors and one outdoors, which is why the system is often called a split-ductless system. Together, they take up considerably less space than equivalent traditional home comfort systems.

The refrigerant lines deliver the heating and cooling energy to the space much more efficiently than air ducting can. Forced air systems lose as much as 30 percent of its energy pushing dense, cold air up big, wide ducts through an entire house. Ductless systems in turn rely on thin refrigerant piping to deliver the heating and cooling energy to compact indoor units delivering air to the space much more easily.

Zone-based Cooling and Heating

Split-ductless systems can use up to eight separate indoor air-handling units for each outdoor unit. In this way, you can have eight separate rooms or zones, each with its own controller. You can save a lot of money by sending less heat into lesser-used areas of your home. For larger homes, you might consider purchasing two ductless multi-room outdoor units in order to boost your indoor cooling and heating to the entire house. The extra costs will be more than compensated for through eventual energy savings.

The “Greener” the House, the Better The Savings

In order to maximize your savings, you want to secure your building “envelope”. You need to make sure you have adequate insulation, and that all window, door and attic air leaks are sealed. It wouldn’t make much sense to purchase and install a new cooling and heating system, only to have the savings it brings go seeping out of your house. This is especially true in colder climates, where the ductless heat pump needs to work harder to maintain heat in the winter.

If you’re smart enough to use this modern technology, you need to be smart enough to keep your house as environmentally sound as possible in order to get the most out of it.

 

SOURCES:

ENERGY.gov: Ductless, Mini-Split Heat Pumps(link is external)

BuildingGreen:7 Tips to Get More from Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Colder Climates(link is external)


This article and its content are originally posted by Mitsubishi Comfort: http://www.mitsubishicomfort.com/articles/ductless/mini-split/how-a-ductless-heat-pump-can-save-you-money.

Video: Mini-Split Installation Customer Success Story

Ranck, Inc and our Sales Representative, Jamie Brubaker were honored to be featured in a Mitsubishi Electric Customer Success Story video.

This video focused on a mini-split system we installed for one of our customers. The benefits of this system for this homeowner was that they could easily adapt as they renovate and build an addition in the future, can heat and cool their existing addition, and have individual controls for each room with quiet operation.

Mitsubishi-LogoIn this Success Story, Ranck installed 8 tons of total connected capacity, with no line sets on the outside of the house and using all gravity drains. As a Diamond contractor Ranck was able to provide the homeowner an additional equipment warranty, on top of the quality workmanship customers have come to know and expect.

Our Top 5 Tips for Spring

Spring is officially one month away which excites many homeowners but also means that it’s time to prepare for the warm weather ahead.  Maintenance is key when getting ready for spring and summer days.  Read our top five tips to help you transition into the spring season with ease.

  1. Clean Your Gutters – This is a good idea to do at least twice a year. So when the snow is seeing its last days, check your gutters for any signs that your roof may need replacing if you find pieces of asphalt in the gutter bottoms.  But also clear them out of any debris so water can flow easily through.cleaning gutters
  2. Lookout For Termites – In the spring, termites swarm to find wood to burrow in.  If you see a bunch of winged insects flying around exterior wood this could be a sign of termites and you should call a pest control professional right away to avoid an expensive problem later on.
  3. Check Sprinklers and Hoses – Make sure none of the heads of hoses are broken or damaged and check to see if water is flowing easily through after a few minutes.  If not, there could be a blockage in the system that needs to be unclogged.
  4. Schedule an Air Conditioning Service – Just because your air conditioner is cooling down the house, it doesn’t mean it’s working efficiently.  Hire a licensed professional to service your AC unit before the summer and make sure to change air filters each season. backyard
  5. Get Your Soil Ready – Spring is the time to prepare your grounds for summer nights with family friends.  Clean off any benches, chairs, the deck, and outdoor entertainment equipment to welcome guests over.  Also rake beds of leftover winter debris so that your lawn is in tip top shape for warm weather!

With these 5 tips for outdoor spring maintenance, you will be ahead of the game when summer rolls around!  Call us today to schedule an appointment for tune-ups or repairs!

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5 Benefits of Installing a Water Conditioning System

We use water everyday in our homes.  From washing clothes and cleaning dishes to using it for showering or drinking.  Water has so many important uses in our homes so it’s crucial that it is safe and void of any impurities.  A water conditioning system makes sure your home’s water is safe for every day use and cleansed of any metals that contribute to “hard water.”  Before installing a water conditioning system homeowners can notice a weird taste, funky smell and inefficient water supply.  Here are top five benefits of adding a water conditioning treatment system to your home water supply.washing machine

  1. Cleaner Clothes: With a water conditioning system, clothes become softer since hard minerals trapped in the fabric are sifted out.  Fabrics end up lasting longer and whites stay whiter without the hard water making them gray.
  2. Extend Appliance Life: any appliances that use water such as dishwashers, coffee makers, ice makers, etc. will last longer with a water conditioning system, helping you in the long run avoid purchasing new appliances.
  3. Better Looking Dishware: If you notice hard water marks on glasses, dishes that aren’t completely clean or dirty silverware, a water conditioning system can be the solution.  By sifting out impurities in your water supply, you will see a major difference in shinier silverware, cleaner dishes and no water marks on glasses. 
  4. Safer Water: It’s no secret that tap water can contain some scary things.  Chemicals, bacteria and microorganisms can live in tap water unfiltered.  A water conditioning system install does the job to ensure any impurities are filtered out, leaving just pure, clean water that tastes better.
  5. Hair and Skin Benefits: Hard water rinses out the natural oils in your skin and hard, leaving both dry and brittle.  Just like using a moisturizer or conditioner, a water conditioning system provides “softer” water that coats skin and hair instead of stripping away necessary oils and minerals.

These are just some benefits of the many associated with installing a water conditioning system.  Make the switch by calling Ranck and setting up an appointment today!

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Fall is the Time to Check Your Heating System

A woman adjusts her thermostat to check her heating systemAs the weather begins to cool down, you can open the windows to save on your electric bill. A good way to invest the money you save in the fall is to get a heating system tune-up. The small amount you pay for the tune-up can mean big savings on the repair bills you won’t have in the winter. Just like a vehicle, your heating system needs to be inspected and maintained to prevent larger repairs down the road.

Each type of heating system has a different set of elements that need to be checked and maintained throughout the year. You can learn about our Priority YOU service on the Ranck Maintenance page, but we have included some of the key issues that should be inspected for each system.

Gas Heating Systems
Gas furnaces and boilers are the most common heating system in the older homes of Berks, Lancaster and York Counties. Natural gas systems are very efficient and can be an economic way to heat your house. Still, like every other system there are components that need to be maintained and cleaned every year to keep your system working correctly and efficiently.

Cleaning
Build-up, after a winter of burning, can clog and decrease the efficiency of your system. It is important to clean the flue pipes and base at the chimney to make sure the airway does not have dangerous blockage. The exhaust and burner assembly also need to be cleaned.

System Checks
Like any fine tuned machine, different elements need to be checked and adjusted to ensure they do not compromise the rest of the system. These parts range from the gas line, ignition and combustion systems, to specific components like the pilot burner, heat exchanger, relief valve, and belt tension. This ensures that the complete system is running at maximum efficiency from the thermostat to the heat in your home.

Oil Heating Systems
Oil heating systems have become much more efficient than they were in the last century and gallon-for-gallon oil produces more heat than gas. However, oil prices have been much higher than natural gas in recent years. There are many similarities in maintaining oil heating systems, as well as a few key differences.

Cleaning
Like the gas systems, it is very important to clean the flue pipes and base of the chimney to make sure the airway is not blocked. The internal thermostat also has to be cleaned. Unlike gas systems, there is an oil filter that needs to be changed and the old one needs to be disposed of, according to hazardous waste rules. The oil nozzle atomizes the fuel before it ignites. These tend to get clogged with build-up from impurities in the fuel. There are many nozzle types, so it is important that the company servicing your system replaces it with one that will maintain or improve your heating efficiency.

System Checks
Oil systems have different stages that turn the oil into heat. Each stage needs to be tested to make sure it is functioning correctly. These stages include the transformer, oil blowers and motors, oil pump pressure, combustion chamber, relief valve, expansion tank, and heat exchanger

Heat Pump Systems
Like oil, electrical heat pump systems have become much more efficient in recent decades. The efficiency of a heat pump depends on the ease of airflow and the effectiveness of the machine pumping the air through the house. Since the same system is often used to cool the house, it is being used in both summer and winter, and should be checked twice a year.

Cleaning
The most important part of cleaning for the heat pump is the air filters, since a dirty air filter can restrict airflow and efficiency. The ducts should also be cleaned as a separate service at least every three years.

System Checks
Heat pump systems have many moving parts and smaller systems within the unit. System checks require lubricating all moving parts and examining the multiple components of the electrical, evaporator, pressure, blower, and condenser systems.

Many people wonder if it really is necessary to service your system every year. The answer is yes. For older systems, it is vital to replace older parts that can fail or reduce efficiency. Likewise, it’s important to have regular inspections of newer systems to prevent issues and catch problems before they become an expensive repair.

If you have not scheduled your annual check-up with Ranck, give us a call at 888-997-2625 or schedule an appointment. You can also sign up for Preventative Maintenance Service and have peace-of-mind throughout the year.