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Ductless Heating: How Does It Work?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Some older homes do not have space in them for ductwork installation. Newer homes are often designed without ductwork in order to free up space and allow for greater design options. In these situations, the homes can still receive central heating from a forced-air heater using a ductless mini split heat pump. These ductless heating systems are effective and energy efficient, and professionals can install them in a short time for any home that might benefit from them.

If you think ductless heating is an excellent option for your home, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today. We offer many choices for cooling and heating in Elk Grove, CA, and provide quality installation services.

How ductless heating operates

Ductless heating systems are types of heat pumps, which means they will also provide cooling during the summer. But unlike the standard heat pump that has an indoor unit connected to a network of ducts, a ductless system uses multiple smaller indoor blower units that are placed in different rooms of the house. These air handler units are usually mounted high on the wall, and each one contains a fan and a refrigerant coil. The units have power and refrigerant lines that go through holes in the walls behind them and connect to the single outdoor unit.

When the heat pump is set in heating mode, the outdoor unit absorbs heat from the air and moves it to the coils in the indoor air handlers, where the heat is released and the fans blow the warmed air directly into the rooms, without needing to use any ducts.

Aside from their space-saving properties, ductless heating systems have some other advantages. They offer zone control, since each air handler can be manipulated separately from the other. They help with indoor air quality because they do not pick up dust and dirt from inside ductwork. And they work with high energy efficiency because they will not lose heat through the walls of ducts.

Ductless mini split heat pumps are not suitable for all homes. Houses that already have a ventilation network of ducts will probably be better served with a standard heat pump. But if you are remodeling, planning an add-on room, building a new home, or simply don’t have any space in your current home for ductwork, you should give ductless heating and cooling serious consideration for your next installment.

To have all your questions regarding ductless mini splits answered, give Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air a call, and let us take care of your heating in Elk Grove, CA.

Does Rust on a Furnace Mean It’s Time for Repair?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Rusting is a term that describes the effect of a chemical process in which water, oxygen, and iron or an iron alloy like steel react to form iron oxide. If your furnace begins to rust over time, it’s never a good sign. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes cause to replace the entire furnace. But at other times, rust is to be expected over time, and replacing a single component may just solve the problem. Read about when a rusty heating component must be replaced and why it’s sometimes best to say goodbye to the entire unit in today’s guide.

The Problem with Rust

The issue with rust on any metal is that rust leads to corrosion. Rust essentially eats away at the iron alloy it covers, to the point that the strong metal becomes more of a flaky powder that chips away and allows the metal to develop holes. It also makes it more difficult for moving metal parts to turn, as they get stuck when they move up against one another. Rust is particularly problematic for a component like the heat exchanger, where holes in the metal could allow for a carbon monoxide leak into the home.

Are Repairs Still Possible?

While it’s not feasible to clean off a rusty spot or try to patch it up, there are some circumstances under which only a single part needs replacement. One common example of this is if the flue pipe rusts. It’s actually quite normal for the flue pipe to become rusty over time, and a homeowner shouldn’t have to replace this pipe very often. Flue pipes rust because of the combustion process. The gases that form as a result of combustion include water vapor, and when this come into contact with the pipe that vents combustion gases to the outdoors, it can cause corrosion in the pipe.

Other times, however, the furnace unit itself will need immediate replacement, particularly if there is a looming safety issue. But it makes more sense to replace a unit with a little bit of rust on it now than to wait for a safety hazard to occur or for parts of your unit to break away and create a mess for your home.

At Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air, our experts can detect rust during a routine maintenance. When you notice problems with your furnace, call for our heating repair service in Elk Grove. Call our experts today!

How Does a Whole-Home Humidifier Work?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Nobody likes high humidity, especially in their own homes. If humidity is high enough, you start to feel clammy and sweaty. It’s harder for you to stay cool, and it can even make it hard for you to breathe. Dehumidifiers solve this problem by removing moisture from the air to make the home more comfortable. What about a lack of humidity, though?

Air that’s too dry is almost as bad as air that’s too moist. If there isn’t enough humidity in the air, it can cause damage to materials like wood and paper. Wood warps and cracks, while paper becomes brittle and fragile. In addition to damaging inanimate materials, dry air can have a deleterious effect on humans as well. Inside your nose is mucus that is almost entirely composed of water. When the air around you is too dry, that mucus dries up. This makes it easier for viruses and bacteria to enter your system and cause illness. That’s where a whole-home humidifier comes in.

What is a Whole-Home Humidifier?

A whole-home humidifier is a device designed to maintain a comfortable and healthy humidity level in a home. The most common type of humidifier uses steam to accomplish this. The humidifier is hooked up to the central air handler, as well as the home’s water line. As the air handler operates, circulating air throughout the house, the humidifier runs water through an evaporator coil to convert it to steam. The steam rises into the air stream, both warming it and increasing its humidity. This is the easiest way to increase the humidity in a home’s air supply. There are a few considerations to be made before installing a humidifier, though.

As the humidifier is perpetually exposed to water vapor, it can start to grow mold if it isn’t properly cleaned and maintained. Always follow the instructions of the professional that installs the system for you. He or she will know how to best maintain and use the humidifier.

If you are interested in installing a whole-home humidifier, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air to schedule an appointment. We install quality humidifiers in the Elk Grove area.