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New Home Addition? Try a Ductless System | Hartman Bros.When your home was built, odds are that a lot of careful through went into the ductwork design. A central HVAC system needs to carefully regulate the pressure in the ducts to deliver the right amount of air to every part of your home. If you're adding onto your home, amending this careful balancing can become a challenge — but you don't want to exclude your new addition from your heating and cooling considerations. In this case, a ductless system may be the answer.

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Heating and Cooling Loads: Learn the 3 TypesA properly sized cooling and heating system will deliver better energy efficiency and performance than a system that's over- or undersized. An essential aspect of sizing A/Cs, furnaces and heat pumps is calculating the heating and cooling loads (requirements) of the home. Here's a review of the three types of heating and cooling loads for individual homes.

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Keep Your Heat Pump in Prime Condition with Regular MaintenanceAre you getting the most out of your heat pump? If you haven’t scheduled preventative maintenance yet this year, the answer to this question is probably no. Maintenance keeps your heat pump in prime condition by ensuring optimal performance in a comfortable home. Consider the various ways you can take care of your heat pump throughout the season and why a professional tune-up is so important.

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Heat Pump or Furnace? Make the Best Decision for Your New Haven HomeThere are many factors to weigh when shopping for a new heating system. The energy source, for one, must be available. Additionally, system size and heat output should adequately meet, but not exceed your home’s load. In some instances, you may also consider additional services when applicable, such as home cooling and water heating.

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Get Your Heat Pump Ready for Fall By Changing ModesPreparing your heat pump for the heating season requires more than switching it from A/C mode to Heat mode on your thermostat. When you take the time to prepare and maintain your heat pump before the cold weather arrives, you help maximize its performance and catch small problems before they become unwanted expensive headaches during a heating contractor’s busiest season.

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Issues With the Heat Pump A/C? Tips for TroubleshootingKeeping your Fort Wayne area home's heat pump A/C working properly is critical for maintaining a comfortable home in the hot summer months. If your heat pump won't cool your home, you will want it working correctly as soon as possible. Try these quick troubleshooting tips to help get your heat pump A/C back on track:

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Regional HVAC System Efficiency Standards Are Going to RiseFor more than two years, there has been a legal battle between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and several HVAC trade organizations over regional HVAC system efficiency standards. The long-running dispute has come to a close with a recent court decision that accepted a joint settlement agreement that was filed on March 11.

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When You Go Air Filter Shopping, Do You Know What to Buy?An effective HVAC air filter is essential to good indoor air quality and the operating efficiency of your home’s forced-air heating and cooling system. A dirty air filter will reduce the energy efficiency of HVAC equipment, and also contribute to poor indoor air quality.

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Three Types of Indoor Air Pollutants to Guard AgainstIndoor air pollutants make our homes less safe for you and your family, contribute to allergy problems and otherwise threaten your health. Sometimes these problems may be lessened by simply solutions such as houseplants that help remove or neutralize pollutants. For serious indoor air quality concerns, more professional solutions are needed. In some cases, indoor air pollutants may be caused by inefficient or improperly maintained HVAC systems.

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The Energy Star Most Efficient Label Points to High-Efficiency HVAC OptionsWant to save money on your utility bill and keep your home comfortable all year? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency manages the Energy Star program to guide consumers in the purchase of a variety of energy-using electronics and appliances, including residential heating and cooling systems. In the last year or so, the EPA realized that so many products were qualifying for the Energy Star that it had lost its edge when it comes to singling out the best of the best. That's why the federal agency developed the Energy Star Most Efficient program. When you purchase a central A/C, heat pump or furnace that's marked as Most Efficient, you know you have a product that will begin saving you immediately on energy bills, and keep saving throughout its service life.

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Pay Attention to MERV Ratings When Picking Up Your Next Air Filter ReplacementDo you know which air filter MERV ratings are right for your needs? If not, or if you're not quite sure what MERV means, chances are you're using an inefficient air filter for your A/C, heat pump or furnace. Choosing a filter with the right MERV rating can help you stay more comfortable and save money despite the Fort Wayne area's challenging continental climate.

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Purchasing a New HVAC System? Learn the Terms AFUE, SEER, and HSPF Before You BuyIf you are considering purchasing a new HVAC system, you will want to know the terms AFUE, SEER, HSPF, among others. These acronyms refer to different methods for measuring the efficiency of central heating and cooling systems.

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Maintenance Tips to Make Sure that Your Heat Pump is Working CorrectlyAn inefficient heat pump can greatly affect how much you pay for your heating and cooling costs. Taking the time to make sure that your heat pump is working as well as possible can not only save you money on heating and cooling costs, it can extend the life of the heat pump. Below are a few valuable tips to help you keep your heat pump working as efficiently as possible.

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Programming Your Heat Pump's Thermostat: It's DifferentIn homes heated by a furnace, setting the temperature back at night ensures energy savings. That’s not necessarily the case with a heat pump, however. In order to avoid turning on the backup electric resistance heat during the recovery period (when the unit is working to get back to your comfort temperature), the heat pump's thermostat needs to work in a special way.

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