Heating System Replacement
"The Most Important Day In The Life Of Your Heating & Air Conditioning System Is The Day It's Installed."
Take Advantage Of Apple Comfort's Free Home Engineering Survey and Analysis Before Purchasing Your New Home Comfort System To Ensure Your System Is Properly Sized To Maximize Your Comfort AND Save You Money.
Our Analysis Ensures Your New Comfort System Fits The Homes Unique Needs And Solves All Your Comfort Concerns. Many Residents In Bucks And Montgomery Counties Are Finding Their Current Heating Systems Are Too Large For Their Homes, Increasing Operating Costs And Decreasing The Life Of The Unit. Ensure Your Furnace, Boiler or Heat Pump Is Sized TO FIT YOUR HOME Before You Buy!
My home system doesn't seem to work quite right.
For heat pump installation and replacement, you can be sure that One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® will exceed your expectations. A heat pump is a device that moves heat from one location to another location using a mechanical means. There are two common types of heat pumps: air-source heat pumps and ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps, with variations on both. Both can keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. An air-source heat pump pulls its heat indoors from the outdoor air in the winter and from the indoor air in the summer. A geothermal heat pump extracts heat from the indoor air when it's hot outside, but when it's cold outside, it draws heat into a home from the ground.
A heat pump's refrigeration system consists of a compressor, and two coils made of copper tubing, which are surrounded by aluminum fins to aid heat transfer. The coils look much like the radiator in your car. Like in a refrigerator or air-conditioner, refrigerant flows continuously through pipes, back and forth from the outdoor coils. In the heating mode, liquid refrigerant extracts heat from the outside coils and air, and moves it inside as it evaporates into a gas. The indoor coils transfer heat from the refrigerant as it condenses back into a liquid. A reversing valve, near the compressor, can change the direction of the refrigerant flow for cooling, as well as, for defrosting the outdoor coils in winter.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home compared to the electrical energy it consumes. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel, by exploiting the physical properties of the refrigerant.
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
A ground-source heat pump system is a central heating and/or air conditioning system that actively pumps heat to or from the shallow ground. It uses the earth as either a source of heat in the winter, or as a coolant in the summer. This design takes advantage of moderate temperatures in the shallow ground to boost efficiency and reduce operational costs.
But unlike an air-source heat pump a ground-source heat pump exchanges heat with the ground. This is usually more energy-efficient because underground temperatures are relatively stable through the year. Like a cave, the shallow ground temperature is warmer than the air above during the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. A ground-source heat pump extracts that ground heat in the winter (heating) and exhausts heat back into the ground in the summer (cooling).
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Absorption Heat Pumps
Absorption heat pumps are essentially air-source heat pumps driven not by electricity, but by a heat source such as natural gas, propane, solar-heated water, or geothermal-heated water. Because natural gas is the most common heat source for absorption heat pumps, they are also referred to as gas-fired heat pumps. There are also absorption coolers available that work on the same principal, but are not reversible and cannot serve as a heat source. These are also called gas-fired coolers.
A refrigerant is a compound used in a heat cycle that undergoes a phase change from a gas to a liquid and back, thus giving off heat or absorbing it. The two main uses of refrigerants are refrigerators/freezers and air conditioners. Since it was discovered in the 1980s that the most widely used refrigerants were major causes of ozone depletion, a worldwide phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants has been undertaken. These are being replaced with "ozone-friendly" refrigerants.
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New gas furnaces offer some of the best and efficient technology for heating your home or business. Whether using propane or natural gas they can boast as high as 96% AFUE rating, along with variable speed blowers for ‘Quiet Comfort’.
Oil furnaces can offer 86% AFUE ratings along with variable speed blowers for ‘Quiet Comfort’. It is important that your furnace is sized for the heating load of the house in order to control your fuel usage.
What's up with the cold draft in my home?
When it comes to repairing and providing maintenance for furnaces, you can rest assured that your investment will be protected when you use Apple Comfort's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®.
A home furnace is a major appliance that is permanently installed to provide heat to an interior space through intermediary fluid movement, which may be air, steam, or hot water. The most common fuel source for modern combustion furnaces in the United States is natural gas; other common fuel sources include propane (LP), fuel oil, coal or wood. In some cases electric resistance heating is used as the source of heat, especially where the cost of electricity is low. Combustion furnaces always need to be vented to the outside. Traditionally, this is through a flue, which expels heat along with the exhaust.
Central Warm-Air Furnace: A central warm-air furnace is a type of space-heating equipment in which a central combustor or resistance unit--generally using gas, fuel oil, or electricity--provides warm air that circulates through ducts leading to the various rooms.
- A forced-air furnace is one in which a fan is used to force the air through the ducts.
- In a gravity furnace, air is circulated by gravity, relying on the natural flow of warm air up and cold air down; the warm air rises through ducts and the cold air falls through ducts that return it to the furnace to be reheated, thus completing the circulation cycle.
The furnace typically is divided into three primary components:
- The burner (includes the heat exchanger, draft inducer and venting) - The flame originates at the burners and is drawn into the heat exchanger by the negative pressure produced by the draft inducer. The hot gasses produced by the combustion of the flame pass through the chambers of the heat exchanger and heat the metal walls of the heat exchanger. The gasses cool as they transfer the heat to the heat exchanger and are at about 120 degrees as they exit on a high efficiency furnace. The cooled gasses then enter the draft inducer blower and are pushed into the venting pipes. The exhaust gasses then are directed out of the house through the vent pipes.
- The blower and air movement - The blower creates a negative pressure on the intake side which draws air into the ductwork return air system and blows the air out through the heat exchanger and then into supply air ductwork to distribute throughout the home.
- Controls and Safety Devices - The controls include a gas valve, ignition control, ignitor, flame sensor, transformer, limit control, blower control board, and flame roll out switch. A limit control is a safety device that will open the electrical circuit to the ignition control and stop the gas flow if the furnace over heats. The flame roll out switch does the same thing if the flame was rolling out of the heat exchanger instead of being completely induced into it by the draft inducer.
Apple Comfort's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® can help you make the best decision on which furnace maintenance service or plan is best for you.
Gas boilers offer standard and high efficiency solution for heating with how water. Units with 95%AFUE ratings that can modulate water temperature according to outside temperature are the most efficient solutions. There are still conventional systems for replacement units- make sure it is sized right for your home.
Oil- fired equipment has improved with new technology such as better burners and reduced firing rates. Today’s equipment is clean and quiet- make sure it is sized right for your home.
Indirect Water Heaters
Indirect water heaters use the high efficiency of the new boilers to heat domestic hot water, without having to maintain temperature constantly. They provide abundant hot water while saving money on fuel.
Conventional Central Air
Conventional air conditioning systems utilize ductwork attached to your furnace or air handler to distribute cool air throughout the house. New systems offer higher efficiency and variable speed blowers which provide ‘Quiet Comfort’ while saving on utility bills.
High Velocity Systems
High Velocity Systems utilize small ductwork which can be useful in conditioning homes with less space available than conventional systems. These systems work extremely well in controlling humidity and supplying cool air to the home while being discrete, aesthetically- a good choice for older homes.
Ductless systems or Mini Splits are great choices for additions or whole house applications. They offer some of the highest efficiencies available with today’s technology. The systems we offer can be zoned for individual rooms, offer remote control, they are quiet and reliable.
Apple Comforts One Hour Heating and Air provides quality heating system replacement in Pennsylvania's Bucks & Montgomery Counties. We service Buckingham, Carversville, Center Valley, Coopersburg, Doylestown, Dublin, Erwinna, Ferndale, Fountainville, Furlong, Harleysville, Hilltown, Holicong, Jamison, Kitnersville, Lahaska, Lumberville, Mechanicsville, New Hope, Newtown, Norristown, Ottsville, Penns Park, Perkasie, Pineville, Pipersville, Quakertown, Revere, Richboro, Richlandtown, Sellersville, Silverdale, Solebury, Souderton, Southampton, Telford, Trumbauersville, Upper Black Eddy, Warminster, Washington Crossing, Wycombe as well as the surrounding areas.
Lubricate the condenser fan motor once a year if it has oil ports. (They're usually plugged with rubber or metal caps). Use non-detergent lightweight SAE 20 oil and add no more than 10 drops per port.