heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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June 2, 2011

Dual-Fuel Systems Get High Rankings For Efficiency

In today’s economy, saving energy is more important than ever before. One way to increase energy and money savings is to upgrade your current heating and cooling equipment to a more efficient system. Dual-fuel systems offer improved energy efficiency over other types of heating and cooling equipment; if you are thinking of upgrading, consider this type of system as you explore your options.

For heating, dual-fuel systems work by using one fuel source when temperatures are more moderate, then switching to the other fuel source when temperatures drop and more heat is required. The equipment senses when one fuel source will be more economical than the other and automatically switches between them to help keep your monthly costs low.

The combined furnace and heat pump offers warmer heating temperatures than a heat pump alone, so you will have optimum home comfort all winter long. The built-in heat pump also provides efficient cooling, so you can meet all your home comfort needs with one system.
Most systems also have a seven-day programmability feature, allowing you to maximize energy efficiency with settings based on your family’s schedule.

Professional installation is essential for dual-fuel systems because the equipment must be calibrated with the appropriate balance point. When the balance point is reached, the system will switch from electric heat pump operation to fuel-powered furnace operation, and vice versa. When utility costs in northwest Arkansas change, your contractor can adjust the balance point to ensure that you are getting the most savings possible.

The professionals at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal can help you evaluate your heating and cooling needs and determine if dual-fuel systems are right for your home. Professional installation and regular maintenance will keep your equipment operating efficiently, and periodic adjustments in settings will help keep your monthly utility costs low.

Contact us today to learn more about dual fuel systems and how they can help you improve energy efficiency and reduce monthly utility bills, while keeping your home comfortable all year long.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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