Newsflash: Your air conditioning is probably more than half of your total electric bill.  Studies show that cooling your home can account for up to 70% of your total energy costs during the summer. With that much at stake, it’s important that you do everything you can to make sure you aren’t overspending. Did you know that you probably are spending too much on energy? Or (and this is worse) that you might be damaging your system? You could be staring down the barrel of some very expensive HVAC repair invoices. Still, how do you know if you’re in trouble if you’re not an expert? Sure, HVAC contractors try to give you some good general advice, and there’s that thick owner’s manual you may or may not have made time to read, but are you getting all the information you need? We’ve gotten a pretty manageable list together, and it’s of the common mistakes that most homeowners are guilty of making at one point or another. Except these problems are real system-killers – the kind of thing you can’t recover from if you let them go too far. In this article, we’re going to spend some time talking about errors that a lot of you might be making, and more importantly, we’re going to help you correct or avoid them. So if saving money and keeping your system in optimal condition sounds like fun to you, read on!​

greencastle - here's 4 smart ways to decide if you should repair or replaCe your heating and cooling system   

  Repair or replace?  It’s one of the most common dilemmas facing Greencastle and Indiana area homeowners. Is your heating and cooling system malfunctioning or performing poorly? Is it just old? It’s a lot to stress over, because AC repair bills and energy costs can skyrocket when your equipment starts to run into trouble, but a new air conditioning installation isn’t exactly cheap. What’s a homeowner to do?  Take a deep breath, and read on to find out. It doesn’t have to be a dilemma. There are half a dozen tried-and-true ways to help make your decision easier. If you like, you can think of it as your guide to making the ultimate Pros and Cons list for your home’s heating and cooling system. Many times, we tell customers facing this question, “There are no simple answers.” And while that’s true, there are simple ways to help bring you closer to the answer that is right for you.  So we’ll encourage you to take a little time to think. If you’re not facing an air conditioning repair emergency, then you’re able to, step away in your mind and contemplate what we’ll be discussing in this article. That, plus a little dose of good advice, will help you decide whether it’s time to call the air conditioner repair experts, or whether it’s time to scrap your current AC and start over​

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greencastle heat pump - 6 smart ways to decide if a heat pump system is right for your home  

Be honest with me: Does the idea of replacing your central air conditioner and heating system alarm you? I’m not surprised, it’s a pretty expensive proposition, and one not many Greencastle homeowners look forward to. However, I think you should look at it as an opportunity. Instead of focusing on how a new furnace, heat pump or air conditioning installation will damage your bottom line, focus on the opportunity to save money long-term by investing in a more efficient system that will reduce your operating costs. HVAC contractors make a living out of helping our customers make the right decision. Trust capital is our stock in trade, because our systems last for years – so it is in our best interest to give our customers the best advice we know how. In recent years, that has meant a lot of discussion of heat pumps. As the technology has advanced, it has overcome the initial shortcomings (which we will discuss) that made it a questionable choice in a cold climate like Indiana. The frigid winters here in Greencastle meant that for most people, the only option was a traditional ac installation, and pairing that central air conditioner with an entirely separate heating system. It doesn’t have to be that way anymore. With increasing frequency, our customers are asking about modern heat pumps and whether they are the right choice for an Indiana home. In this article, we will go over six well-thought-out benefits of heat pumps, and how or why they may impact your decision regarding a new HVAC solution for your home. Ready? Let’s begin. ​

7 Proven Ways to get the Most Life From your Central AC System

  No matter where you live or what you do … … HVAC equipment is a pretty big investment. Companies compete with one another to offer the best prices – and we think we’ve managed to make things pretty darned affordable – but at the end of the day, it’s an enormous piece of complex machinery with a baseline price that can make a homeowner wince. So when you’re shopping for an HVAC system, looking at a new AC installation, researching a heat pump price, or even just pricing out AC repair, price is often the deciding factor in earning your business. We have a better idea. Instead of panicking over prices or waiting for the perfect sale, let’s focus on keeping your existing central air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace working for as long as we can. With these scientifically tested and proven techniques, you can coax better performance, higher efficiency, and a longer lifespan out of whatever heating and cooling equipment your home is using. Now that we’ve got your attention … Let’s talk specifics. ​

The Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heat Pumps in the Greencastle Indiana Market 

   If you’re considering a geothermal heating and cooling system (also called a ground source or water source heat pump) you’ve probably heard some of the key points that are floating around in cyberspace. They’re still a minor blip in the HVAC world – only about 50,000 installations per year, as opposed to over 1,000,000 of the more common HVAC systems like air-sourced heat pumps and central air conditioners – but growing in popularity very quickly. As potential owners learn about the dramatically increased performance, efficiency, and eco-friendliness of geothermal heating and cooliong, the companies who sell and install these systems are fielding more and more questions. A geothermal heat pump uses a “ground loop,” which is a substantial loop of pipe filled with liquid. It uses the fact that below the surface of the earth, the ground remains a fairly constant temperature. That makes the temperature exchange by which a heat pump cools or heats your home much less strenuous to effect. Because of the growing interest in geothermal energy, customer inquiries are common. In the interest of transparency, we are assembling here a Pros and Cons list for people who only want the full story. Fair warning, though – the Cons list is going to be a lot shorter than the Pros list, and probably very situational. Geothermal heating is uncommonly good technology, and finding points against it requires a little creative thought. Without further ado, let’s begin. The Pros Environmentally friendly. Particularly compared to existing heaters such as gas or oil furnaces, a geothermal heat pump is an ecologically sound investment. They do not use any non-renewable resources or burn fossil fuels to produce heat. They emit far, far fewer greenhouse gasses. They also do not produce carbon monoxide. It has been estimated that over a period of 20 years, using geothermal heating reduces greenhouse gas emissions with staggering results. To equal that reduction, 58,000 cars would have to be retired from American highways, or someone would have to plant nearly 200 square miles of new forest. Even when you take into account their electricity usage and the associated power plant emissions, it’s hard to find a greener way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Energy efficient. Geothermal heating uses electricity very wisely. It is much easier to move heat around than it is to generate it, and that is the principle all heat pumps work on. However, unlike air-sourced heat pumps, a geothermal heat pump isn’t hamstrung by temperature extremes. They are twice as effective as an air-sourced heat pump on a hot day, and anywhere from 50%-300% more efficient than the best furnaces on the market. That efficiency translates to less usage, and we’ll get to that in a little bit. Minimal disturbance of your landscaping. While the installation process is pretty dramatic, once the ground loop is installed, there really isn’t much to see. The bulk of the geothermal heat pump apparatus is buried beneath the ground. There is no outdoor unit like you’d find with an air-sourced heat pump or central air conditioner. Safe to operate. The main ingredient in a geothermal system is the liquid flowing through your loop of pipes below the earth. The earth naturally maintains that liquid at approximately fifty degrees Fahrenheit. The heat pump draws on that heat in the winter and sends it into your home, or removes heat from your home and directs it into the loop in the summer. Because it isn’t using fossil fuels or any kind of combustion to heat, you have zero risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or the other hazards of furnaces. And because there is no outdoor unit exposed to the elements, the risk of weathering or damage to the system is minimal. Less expensive to operate. The annual cost of operation for a geothermal heat pump is distinctly less than conventional heating and cool systems. They free you entirely from a gas bill unless you use a gas-powered stove or water heater. On average, you’re looking at a 30-60% reduction in your heating costs and a 25-50% reduction in your cooling costs. Imagine that!  The ConsWe had to get to these, of course, and we’re not going to pretend that there is nothing about a geothermal heat pump that might dissuade some folks from choosing to purchase one. However, we believe that most or all of the items mentioned below are surmountable, or may not apply to your situation. The elephant in the room is high installation costs. This is the biggest “con” anyone will be able to bring up. There is no getting around the fact that geothermal heat pumps are pricier than their air-sourced cousins. Part of that is because the installation is very involved. It typically requires excavation of trenches to bury the pipe for the ground loop of liquid, and a longer installation process than a more conventional product. Less suitable for older homes. Older homes and historic homes might be unwilling to allow the kind of digging required for a geothermal heat pump. They’re most easily installed during a new home build. Installing a geothermal unit after the fact will necessitate some landscaping expenses. More difficult to find. There is less demand for geothermal heat pumps than for air-sourced heat pumps and central air conditioners. Because of that, it can sometimes be tricky to track down a qualified and reputable installer. It also means that there is less competition to drive down prices, and so there are companies out there who charge excessive prices, knowing their customers have little choice. (Fortunately, you’re on our website already, and you don’t have to deal with a company like that!) Give us a call today at 765-653-8802 and ask whether a ground source heat pump is right for your home. ROYAL COMFORT HEATING & AIR SERVES GREENCASTLE, DANVILLE, BAINBRIDGE, CLOVERDALE, FILLMORE, COATSVILLE, PLAINFIELD, AVON, MONROVIA & STILESVILLE. ​


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