Here’s your quick primer on hybrid HVAC systems and how they work

Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature can be a hefty expense, particularly during the hottest and coldest times of the year. Air conditioners and furnaces are among the most demanding appliances many households depend on, which highlights the benefits of today’s hybrid HVAC systems.

Hybrid HVAC systems can help reduce your energy spending, so you can keep your home more comfortable this winter.

Hybrid HVAC systems can help reduce your energy spending, so you can keep your home more comfortable this winter.

By employing a multifaceted approach to home heating and cooling, you can save energy, save money, and even reduce your family’s carbon footprint.

For more about hybrid HVAC systems, contact your friendly heating technicians here at Reimer!

Defining the technologies

Understanding the ins-and-outs of hybrid heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems starts with understanding these basic technologies:

  • Combustion furnaces are the most common appliances used to heat American homes—especially here in the Northeast. They burn oil or natural gas in order to create heat, which is then distributed by fans and ducts.
  • Heat pumps are electrical systems designed to move heat, rather than produce it. They circulate refrigerant, which absorbs and transfers heat as needed—out of the home during warm weather, or indoors when temperatures are cooler. On their own, these systems are most common in milder winter climates, such as those in the Sun Belt.
  • Hybrid systems employ a combination of these two technologies, switching automatically to the more efficient method of output based on the outdoor temperature. For example, during chilly—but not truly “cold”—nights here in Buffalo, the heat pump can efficiently heat your home. But, when the blizzard rolls in, the furnace is also there to help.

In short, a heat pump is more efficient for cooling and heating in more temperate climates. When there isn’t enough heat outside to pump indoors, however, a traditional furnace is preferable. Hybrid HVAC systems strike the ideal balance by making both technologies available and adjusting on the fly.

The pros and cons

A hybrid—also known as “dual-fuel”—setup offers the distinct advantage of greater energy-efficiency, with estimated savings up to 50 percent for residences in some areas. Furthermore, the climate control is often found to be more even and consistent, creating a more comfortable environment for you and your family. Less power usage also means more eco-friendly performance, reducing your household’s environmental impact.

Be advised that installing a new hybrid system will generally cost you a little more upfront compared to traditional HVAC configurations. Utility savings help to offset this cost difference, and in the long run, many hybrid systems pay for themselves completely.

For a free in-home estimate, call Reimer!

Don’t take chances with your HVAC when the weather’s at its worst. Reimer Home Services provides professional results for Western New York residents, from new installations to tune-ups and repairs of existing systems. Get started today by contacting us and we’ll gladly respond at our earliest availability.

Here are some of the warning signs of frozen pipes this winter

Winter weather can give homeowners a headache and cause a whole host of problems. From shoveling snow to de-icing walkways, there are extra steps homeowners must take in the winter to care for their property. Another potential headache that can occur is frozen pipes, and this can be a big problem. In this blog, we review some of the big warning signs of frozen pipes, and what to do if you suspect your pipes have frozen.

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One of the warning signs of frozen pipes in your home is low water pressure from the faucet.

One of the warning signs of frozen pipes in your home is low water pressure from the faucet.

Things that cause pipes to freeze

Temperatures often drop below freezing in the winter, particularly at night. Water that is left sitting in the pipes after use can freeze, causing it to expand. Because pipes contain limited space, the expanding water puts enormous pressure on them and can cause them to burst.

Warning signs of frozen pipes

If you are concerned that your pipes might freeze this winter, here are some signs you can look out for. If you notice any of these, you should call us to have one of our professional plumbers intervene before the pipe bursts.

  • Low or no running water: If you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out—or the water pressure is significantly lower than usual—the pipe leading to that faucet could be frozen or have even burst.
  • Frost on the pipes: If you can visibly see frost on an exposed pipe, it is an indication that your pipe is frozen.
  • Strange odors: If a pipe is frozen, it can cause a blockage, which can also cause your drains to start backing up. This backup can then cause an odd odor, alerting you to a possible problem.

Things to do if your pipes freeze

If you have a frozen pipe, you should call a professional for help to resolve the issue before using the water source. In the meantime, turn off the main water supply and turn on the faucet. This will help reduce the pressure in the pipe and decrease the likelihood of rupture.

Contact us today

If you notice any of these signs and think your pipes may be frozen or may have burst, call Reimer Home Services right away to schedule a technician to come and assist you. We even offer 24/7 service for emergencies. You can also use our online contact form, and we will respond as soon as possible.