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Your home’s HVAC system is responsible for keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and when it comes time to have a new system installed, there are many options for you to consider. At SSI, we are proud to work with only the best furnace, heat pump, and air conditioner brands, so you have the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing that your newly installed system will run smoothly and efficiently for years to come.
First, let’s take a look at how a furnace operates. When you set your home’s thermostat to your desired indoor temperature, it’s the job of the furnace to heat up when the temperature drops below your desired temp. When this happens, the gas is delivered to the burner, the flame is ignited inside the combustion chamber, and soon, the furnace fan pulls air through the furnace filter, past the heat exchanger, and blows the freshly-warmed air into the home’s duct system, which is distributed throughout your house.
As an older furnace starts to fail, it may begin costing you an arm and a leg to keep it running. At that point, you can safely assume that a new, energy-efficient unit will not only prevent the hassle and expense of repairs and break downs, but it will also save you money on your heating bills because it will use less fuel. Heating costs in Northern VA tend to be high, so any savings you can get is worthwhile!
Just as older furnaces sometimes fail and begin costing more than they’re worth to maintain, the same can happen with your AC unit. Consider how air conditioning works:
Central cooling systems are typically a split system. An outdoor unit contains a condenser coil and compressor, and inside, usually installed on top of the furnace or air-handler system, is an evaporator coil. Cooling refrigerant is pumped through the system by a compressor.
When the warm air from inside blows across the evaporator coil, the heated energy is transferred to the refrigerant contained in the coil, which cools the air. The continuous cycle moves heat into the compressor and outside the home. The process also condenses humid air, leaving your home dry and comfortable.
If your air conditioning unit is no longer able to perform these functions, we can get you set up with a new, energy-efficient model. Our experts can recommend and install a top-of-the-line AC system that will keep your home cool no matter what Northern Virginia’s summers bring.
If you want to perform a major upgrade on your heating and cooling systems, you may want to consider having our experts install a heat pump system in your house. Unlike a furnace or air conditioning unit, a heat pump acts as both a heater and a cooling agent depending on the temperature.
Using an energy-efficient electrical system that requires no fuel, this HVAC system simply moves heat, instead of generating it. Heat pumps can help keep your energy bills low while keeping you comfortable indoors through all four of Virginia’s seasons.
Unlike fuel-burning systems, heat pumps work by managing the heat energy that exists in the air, no matter what the weather. A heat pump works like a heat juggler – extracting heat energy from the outside air and moving it indoors during the cold winter months and extracting heat energy from inside your house and moving it outdoors during the warm summer months.
Ideal for moderate temperature climates, heat pumps offer an extremely energy-efficient way of maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures.
Heat pump systems are dependable, cost-effective, and easy to maintain. At SSI, we offer a full line of high quality residential heat pumps. Call SSI today to see which model will best suit your comfort needs.