Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog

Heat Pump Energy Efficiency Explained

November 11th, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverWhen you’re looking around for a new heating option for your house before winter arrives, one of the key bits of information you’ll want to know about a heater is its energy efficiency. Residential heating systems have higher efficiency than ever before, and the standards for a heater to receive the ENERGY STAR label have increased.

Simply purchasing a high-efficiency system is not a guarantee of savings. If the heater isn’t the right type or size for your house, the efficiency rating won’t matter. You need to have a Marlton, NJ, HVAC contractor take care of the installation as well as help guide you to the ideal system. However, it’s worthwhile to know the basics of efficiency ratings. In this post, we’ll look at the efficiency ratings of heat pumps, which are a bit tricky because they have two different ones.

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How a High Efficiency Furnace Gets Such Great “Mileage”

October 28th, 2019

green-houseEfficiency is one of the big words in today’s consumer products. People are always looking for appliances and vehicles and other devices with improved energy efficiency. Government labels like ENERGY STAR make it easier than ever for customers to find appliances that meet the standards for efficient operation.

Because a large amount of the energy consumed in your house during the winter goes to your gas furnace, finding one with a high efficiency rating can mean a significant difference in your utility bills. Older furnaces have AFUE ratings between 60% and 80% (meaning they lose about 20% to 40% of their fuel source to exhaust). New special efficiency furnaces have AFUE ratings of more than 90%. These high-efficiency furnaces cost more than mid-efficiency models, but they often pay for themselves in a few years.

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Low Humidity and a Furnace: Is This a Thing?

October 14th, 2019

inside-gas-furnaceYou may have heard that a natural gas furnace, although one of the most powerful and reliable ways to provide heat to a home, has a major drawback—it dries out the air in a house. Since dry air during cold weather makes low temperatures feel worse, this can be a big issue. At least it is if there’s any truth to it. So … is there?

The answer is “yes and no.” A gas furnace can lead to a drop in humidity levels in a house, but the furnace doesn’t “dry out” the air itself. And not all gas furnace types have this effect. We’ll let our Cherry Hill, NJ, HVAC experts explain further.

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Did You Know About These Benefits of Heating Maintenance?

September 30th, 2019

hand-check-markingFall is when we make sure our customers know that it’s time for heating maintenance. This is an essential home service for heating in Cherry Hill, NJ, and it’s important not to skip it, much the same way you shouldn’t skip regular oil changes and tune-ups for vehicles.

We have plenty to say about the amazing ways heating maintenance benefits a home. We’re going to look at some of the benefits our customers are often unaware of. Sure, most people know that professional maintenance for a furnace or other heating system makes it less likely the heater will breakdown and leave them in the cold during the middle of winter. But they often don’t know about these other benefits…

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Deciding on Whether to Replace the Air Conditioning System

September 16th, 2019

Air-conditioner-recyclingThe best time to have a new air conditioning system installed is during the lulls between the extreme weather seasons. In spring and fall, you need to rely on the AC, and it’s easier to schedule the service with professionals because they have fewer emergency heating and cooling calls. So if you’re considering replacing your home’s old central air conditioner, right now is an excellent time to call our technicians to schedule it.

But wait … what if you’re unsure about whether it’s time to send the air conditioner to the scrapyard? The decision is easy if the AC has completely busted down and the cost to fix it is too high. But what about borderline cases?

We can help you make this tricky choice. We’re honest with our customers, and we can help you narrow down the options for your current AC and help you decide whether to repair it or replace it.

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Ramping Down the AC, Planning for Fall

September 2nd, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeWe’re still enjoying summer weather in Cherry Hill, and we can expect a few more weeks of it—the hot weather usually carries through September. However, when the calendar says September on it and kids are heading back to school, it means the fall weather isn’t far off. This month is a good time to start making plans for the switch from the days of air conditioning to the days (and nights) of heating.

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The AC Compressor—The Heart of Your Home’s Cooling

August 19th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitYou don’t need to understand all the workings of your home’s air conditioning system to enjoy the comfort it brings to your house, just how you don’t need to understand the construction of a computer to be able to benefit from one. But a bit of knowledge can go a long way when it comes to the cooling and heating in your home, since you’ll have a better understanding of when you need AC repair services in Cherry Hill, NJ, what to expect from repairs, and when it’s best to have a replacement AC.

With that introduction out of the way, we’re going to look at the component of the air conditioner that is at the (literal) heart of the cooling in your house: the compressor.

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Why the Upper Floor of Your House Is Too Hot

August 5th, 2019

thermometer-going-redWhen you run the central air conditioning system in your house, you expect it to provide cool comfort all around the rooms. The rooms on the upper floor may be a bit warmer than the rest, which is a natural result of heat rising. But for the most part, an effective and professionally installed HVAC system will keep even cooling through the home.

But what if it doesn’t? There are situations where you may discover the second floor of your house is overheating, even when the air conditioning system is on. There are a few possibilities for why this happens, and you may need to schedule air conditioning repair in Burlington, NJ from our professionals to fix it and get all parts of your home cool once more. Below we’ll look at some reasons you may have a second floor temperature problem.

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The Power of the Energy Recovery Ventilator in Summer

July 22nd, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeHere’s a conundrum when it comes to cooling down a house during the summer: a house that’s closed up tightly will enjoy much better air conditioning and energy efficiency, but it will also suffer from poor indoor air quality because no fresh currents blow through from the outside. Opening the window to bring in fresh air also means letting the heat in. So you either have to settle for having cool air or fresh air.

Except you don’t have to choose one or the other! You can have both thanks to a device called the energy recovery ventilator (ERV) installed into the HVAC system. An ERV is beneficial for both summer and winter weather, but in this pose we’re going to focus on the most immediate benefit, which is helping with our extremely high summer temperatures.

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Prevent AC Problems with a Fresh Air Filter

July 8th, 2019

man-with-filterWe’d love to tell you that there is a way to keep your home cooling system operating properly 100% of the time. As is the case with any mechanical system, though, this is simply not possible. You are going to need AC repair in Moorestown, NJ, from time to time. When that time arrives, the best thing that you can do is to schedule repairs promptly. The longer that you run a compromised system, the more likely it becomes that you’ll face expensive and extensive problems.

Remember too that routine maintenance is, bar none, the most effective way in which to minimize the frequency with which problems develop.  Remember too that there is one vital maintenance task that falls squarely on your shoulders.  That is changing your air filter regularly. Changing the filter is simple, and the filters themselves are very affordable. This one easy task can save you a whole lot of trouble with your home cooling system. Read on to learn more.

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