A dual-fuel or hybrid system is the combination of an electric heat pump and a natural gas furnace. This system uses the heat pump’s outdoor condensing unit to heat your home using only electricity. The gas furnace comes into play when temperatures are below 35 degrees. ...continue reading
MENLO PARK − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re thinking about switching to solar power in your home, you should also consider installing a heat pump for your HVAC system. Today we’re in Menlo Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Rebholtz of Alternative Heating & Conditioning Solutions to learn more.
Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Rebholtz: I’m here today to talk about heat pumps. A lot of people are questioning, you know, what is a heat pump? What do they do? How will it heat my home? Does it air condition well? Is it efficient? And I really start talking to people about heat pumps when we’re talking about if they have solar and they want to start getting off the grid or if they’re on propane and they don’t want to use propane to heat their home. They want to use electricity. So, when we heat and cool on a heat pump, we’re doing it with electricity.
They’ve become very efficient. They’ve become a lot more – they produce a lot more heat than they used to. We’ve gone from an R22 refrigerant to a 410A refrigerant, which means that it could produce six to ten degrees more heat than they ever used to. Efficiencies have gotten much better. They’ve gone to variable-speed compressors, which are very efficient. And they don’t pull a lot of energy off the grid immediately. They just gradually come up. And so we find that heat pumps have a really good place here in the Peninsula with a lot of people that are doing solar.
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Heat Pumps use the outside air to heat a home in winter and cool it in the summer. Sounds pretty simple, but, it is a complex, technologically advanced system. Two trends are helping to make heat pump systems and rooftop solar cost effective and even less expensive to operate, ...continue reading
We’ve experienced higher than normal humidity the past couple of years. As temperatures climb and humidity increases you often hear the expression “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. Most of us can stay fairly comfortable on warm…even hot days when the humidity is low. ...continue reading
The museum was in need for renovation and improvements and in 2015, the decision was made to replace to the 60 year-old boiler, radiant heating system with an upgrade to a system that was more energy efficient and with a sophisticated energy management system.
Selecting an HVAC Contractor can sometimes be confusing and frustrating. Here are some tips that Mike Rebholtz and his team at Alternative HVAC Solutions would like you to consider when selecting an HVAC Dealer/Contractor: ...continue reading
Simple solutions to attempt before calling Alternative HVAC Solutions. Before calling us, here are a few simple solutions you can attempt to solve your HVAC issues.
Gas Furnace Equipment
- Check to make sure that your thermostat is set in the "heat" position
- Make sure that the temperature setting on ...continue reading
If your home's furnace ducts are more than 30 years old, it might be time to consider getting them replaced. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mike Rebholtz of Alternative HVAC Solutions explains more:
A two-stage 95% efficient furnace has a sealed combustion chamber that reduces burner operation to a very quiet running level. Perfect for hallway installations or any interior home location ...continue reading
As far as home improvement gear goes, furnace filters are admittedly among the least, um… exciting. There’s none of the danger and raw efficacy of power tools, none of the visual impact of perfectly mitered crown molding, ...continue reading