SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for October, 2014

Things to Consider for New Furnace Installation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Installing a new furnace is a great opportunity to increase your comfort, as well as the energy efficiency and reliability of your hating system. With so many types of systems and fuels to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to deciding upon a new heating installation in Woodbury. There are some initial steps to take before choosing a new heating system, and we’ll outline a couple of these below. It’s important to remember that trained professionals aren’t just available for help with your installation; they also have expertise that can help you choose an excellent heating system for your home. For over 20 years, SPS Mechanical Inc., has helped multiple customers with new heating installations, so if you are ready for a new heating system, call us today.

Energy Efficiency

Today’s furnaces are very energy efficient, but to best understand how energy efficient a particular furnace will be is to check its AFUE rating. AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency and is the measure of a furnace’s efficiency in converting fuel to energy. For example, a furnace with an AFUE of 85% means that 85% of the fuel the furnace consumes is used to heat your home; the other 15% turns into exhaust that is vented out the flue. The AFUE rating can help you determine just how energy efficient a unit you need and want for your home, so it’s important to review the AFUE rating of any new furnace before purchasing.

Sizing

Having a system that isn’t correctly sized, whether it’s too big or small, can cause problems and compromise your comfort. To avoid this, it’s important to properly calculate the correct heating load of your home. The following factors should be included:

  • Floor plan
  • Number of occupants
  • Number of rooms
  • Types and number of windows and doors
  • Square footage
  • Orientation of your home
  • Insulation levels

Installing a new heating system for your home in Woodbury can help improve your comfort and energy efficiency, but only when you have the right help. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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How Heat Pumps Provide Warmth for the Winter

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Heat pumps are great devices, providing both heating and cooling for your home. However, understanding how they work can be a bit confusing. These systems can offer your home several benefits, including the ability to both heat and cool your home. Professional heat pump installation is a must when it comes to heat pumps as they are complex devices and require expert knowledge and experience. SPS Mechanical Inc., has been installing heating systems since 1987, and our technicians have the expertise needed for any heating system you may have. If you are ready for a new heating system, call us today.

How a Heat Pump Works

Heat pumps, with the help of refrigerant, transfer heat from one location to another. In the summer months, the refrigerant in the heat pump absorbs the heat from the inside of your home and transfers it outside; during the winter, the refrigerant in the heat pump absorbs the heat surrounding it, concentrates it in the heat exchanger, and distributes it into your home. Heat pumps use a small amount of electricity to do this and no fossil fuels at all.

The reason heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling is due to a component called a reversing valve. This valve allows the heat pump to change the direction of the refrigerant flow, which allows the device to both heat and cool your home.

Benefits of a Heat Pump System

  • High energy efficiency – as stated above, a heat pump only needs a small amount of electricity to operate – approximately 25% of what a whole-home air conditioner uses.
  • Comfortable heating and cooling – a heat pump provides air on in a low volume, continuous flow, which can feel very comfortable to some people.
  • Long lifespan of equipment – the average lifespan for a heat pump averages 20-25 years. When compared to the lifespans of an air conditioner, which is 10-12 years, and a gas furnace, which is 15-20 years, you can see a fairly significant difference.

If you’ve wanted the convenience of a 2-in-1 device, a heat pump in Cherry Hill, NJ may be just what you’ve been looking for. Call SPS Mechanical Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our heat pump installation experts.

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When a Boiler is Your Best Choice for Heating

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

As we move into the winter season, a lot of homeowners are thinking about installing new heating system. It is certainly a good idea to upgrade or replace your heating system in the fall, to ensure that you’re well-prepared for the winter months. There are a lot of choices to be made regarding which system will best fit your home, however. Let’s have a look at when a boiler is your best choice for heating.

Radiant Heating vs Forced Air

The primary reason to choose a boiler over a furnace or heat pump is the heating system it uses. A boiler forms the core of radiant heating systems, which distribute heat by circulating hot water instead of air. Pipes are installed throughout the house, usually through the floor or inside the walls. These pipes can have external parts, like baseboard heaters or radiators. As the boiler heats water, it distributes it through these pipes. Heat from the water radiates through the pipes, or the external radiators, and into the room.

Radiant heating provides a number of advantages over forced air systems. One of these advantages is that radiant systems heat a room much more evenly than forced air systems. Warm air naturally rises to the top of a room, where it is of little use to those who need it. Since radiant systems transmit heat through solid objects instead of through the air, the heat stays near the floor of the room where it is most needed.

Another advantage is energy efficiency. Forced air systems lose approximately 30% of their heat to duct leaks on average. Water is a much more efficient thermal conductor than air is, allowing radiant systems to deliver more heat to the house without losing a large percentage to a duct system.

There are a couple of considerations to make before choosing a boiler, though. The first is time. Installing a boiler-based system can be more labor intensive than forced air systems, so make sure you are willing to invest the time. Radiant systems require more of an upfront investment, though they eventually pay for themselves in savings on your heating bill.

If you are interested in installing a new boiler system this fall, call SPS Mechanical Inc. We install boilers all over Deptford Township.

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Tank or Tankless: Which Type of Water Heater Is Better?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

If you need to replace your older water heater, you may have considered upgrading your older unit to a more effective and efficient system. And if you currently own a storage tank water heater, you may have heard that tankless water heaters could offer greater performance and efficiency. But is this really true?

For the most part, choosing the right water heater depends on your budgetary needs and how much hot water you use. For some homeowners, a tankless water heater may be the most efficient way to heat the water in their home. For others, however, a traditional storage tank water heater is still a great choice.

To talk to an expert about a new water heater installation in Glassboro, be sure to call an expert at SPS Mechanical Inc. But if you want to know more about the benefits of each of these systems, we’ve provided this quick guide.

Storage Tank Water Heaters

Even with all of the talk about tankless water heaters, conventional storage tank water heaters remain the most common type of unit found in homes. These units heat water through a natural heat rising process. Water enters the top of the tank through a dip tube that leads to the bottom. At the bottom of the tank, there is a gas or electric heating element that heats water, which then rises to the top where it leaves through another pipe. Most homeowners choose storage tank water heaters because of the relatively low cost of installation.

Tankless Water Heater

However, many storage tank water heater users complain that it cannot heat water fast enough to meet high demands in some homes. Plus, there is a lot of standby energy loss because water is heated throughout the day. Tankless water heaters do not need a tank because water is heated instantly when a hot water tap is turned on, which means they use a lot less energy. However, tankless units cannot operate as effectively if multiple hot water taps are used at once. If this is the case in your house, you may need to install multiple units.

A tankless water heater may be a better option for some homeowners. However, if you haven’t had problems with energy efficiency with your current tank, you may choose to replace it with a similar system. For installation or more information about any type of water heater in Glassboro, contact an expert at SPS Mechanical Inc. today!

 

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The Advantages of Radiant Heating

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

If you’re looking into a new heating system, the best time to call an HVAC technician is now, before the season starts to get any colder. And one system that has gained a lot of popularity is radiant floor heating. With radiant heating, you’ll feel warmer throughout the day in any area of the home.

You use radiant heat every day when you step outside to absorb the radiant energy of the sun’s rays. Radiant heating systems differ in that they transfer radiant energy through a heat source and an object such as the floor. Underfloor radiant heating systems are one of the most efficient ways to keep family members comfortable day and night. Here are some of the advantages you’ll notice right away when you schedule radiant heating installation today.

No Ducts

Forced-air heating systems, such as furnaces and heat pumps, generally have filters that keep some pollutants out of your home. But as fans distribute air to your home via the ducts, you can still expect these systems to move some dust and allergens around in your home, which could trigger respiratory problems. Radiant heating does not rely on ductwork, which can not only prevent health issues, but also decreases energy loss.

Energy Savings

Ducts may account for more than 30% of energy lost during heating. Radiant heating systems won’t ever have to deal with this loss, and most are extremely efficient, saving homeowners up to 40% on their bills over older forced-air systems.

Comfort

One of the key reasons homeowners love radiant floor heating is that these systems provide even heating for maximum comfort throughout the day. An underfloor radiant system heats up every surface it comes in contact with, including your bed and the other furniture in your home. Unlike forced-air systems, which may not heat an entire room with ease, floor systems distribute heat evenly, which means you’ll feel radiant energy as soon as you step onto the floor.

Consider replacing an older inefficient heating system by calling an HVAC contractor today. If you’re thinking about radiant heating, talk to one of our experts about whether this efficient, practical heating system is the right choice for your home. Call the friendly professionals at SPS Mechanical Inc. today for the answers to all of your questions about heating services in Sewell, NJ!

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