Why Heat Pumps Are a Smart Choice

Heating in Redlands, CA is largely a winter affair, when our desert nights get cold and you want a furnace to help keep warm. In the summer, when temperatures climb into the triple digits, the focus is on air conditioning instead of heating. In light of that, heat pumps make a very smart option for homeowners in the area. The technology uses the basic system of most air conditioners to both heat and cool your home. In the summer, it brings in cold air, while in the winter, the same process creates warm air for your home. The Redlands area is an almost ideal spot to install one in your home. Here’s a brief rundown on why heat pumps are a smart choice:

  • Lower monthly bills. Heat pumps use much less energy than other kinds of heating since they basically transfer energy from the refrigerant to the air outside: they don’t have to create any from scratch. That means that monthly heating and cooling bills tend to me much lower than they would be with other systems.
  • Versatility. Heat pumps don’t require a separate heater or air conditioner. Everything is contained in a single unit, making it versatile and simplifying your options immensely.
  • Region appropriateness. Heat pumps work best when temperatures stay about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Not so good back east, but here in Redlands, the conditions are ideal for their use.
  • Resale value. Because heat pumps are so efficient, they make an active selling point when the time comes to sell your house. In some cases, it may even be enough to offset the cost of installation, depending upon the specifics.

For more on why heat pumps are a smart choice, or to schedule an installation session, contact the Redlands heating system experts at Russell’s Heading and Air Conditioning. We understand the benefits of a good heat pump and can talk with you about your options before performing the installation with professionalism and care.  We also handle all manner of issues with heating in Redlands, from repair and maintenance calls to upgrades and new system specs. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment!

Advantages to Installing a Package Unit for Heating

Here in Redlands, heating services often have to handle package units, which combine traditional heaters with air conditioning systems. Heat pumps – which function as heaters in the winter and air conditioners in the summer – and similar systems make a lot of sense in desert communities like ours. If you’re looking at installing a new heating system, you might want to consider some version of a package unit. Here are some advantages to installing a package unit for heating:

  • It’s efficient. Heat pumps are prized for their ability to warm and cool the air while using much less energy (and costing much less money in monthly bills) than gas furnaces. That efficiency drops when the temperature goes below 40 degrees, but that’s not a huge concern in towns like Redlands, and if it is, you can include a smaller electric furnace as part of your package unit to make up the difference. Even then, the monthly cost of running the system is less than you might pay with a more traditional system.
  •  It’s space friendly. Package units don’t need a lot of extra space: combining everything into one box that can be easily placed in an appropriate nook or out-of-the-way spot such as an attic. That frees up space for additional storage, which both private homes and businesses can always use more of.
  • It improves the resale value of your home. Once it’s installed, a package system makes your home more attractive to buyers adding to its resale value. Depending on the circumstances, it make even be enough to offset the cost of installation.

The advantages to installing a package unit for heating are numerous, but it still entails an up-front investment, which means you need to consider your options carefully. The Redlands, CA heating service technicians at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning can provide solid advice on the kind of system that works best for your home. When you’re ready, we’ll perform the installation with professionalism and care. We’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction in all aspects of the operation. Call us today to schedule an appointment, and let us show you what we can do!

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning working at Salvation Army!

We recently completed a service on the Salvation Army’s San Bernardino Men’s residence building for the HVAC systems. Our techs went out and performed full preventative maintenance tune ups on multiple rooftop systems, including Fujitsu split systems. We are proud to provide service work within the local community. Take a look at the pics below to see our techs; Johnny, Paul, Chris and Ricky, working away to help prolong the life of these units!

Remember to call us today for all of your heating and air conditioning service and installation needs!

Can I Put Radiant Heating in My Home?

Radiant heating is a unique form of heating that involves warming your home through the floor. It offers a number of advantages over traditional heating systems and here in Palm Springs, CA heating trends tend to favor its use over other systems. “Can I put radiant heating in my home?” you ask. The answer is almost always “yes,” though obviously there will be some specifics involved.

As with any other type of heater, you first need to properly size your home. Heating output is measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units. You basically need 50 BTUs for every square foot of space in your home, with modifications made based on factors like sunlight exposure in your home and the amount of insulation in your attic. A qualified professional can inspect your home and make a determination of how much heat you need your system to generate. (This is important in more ways than one: heaters that are too small won’t do the job, while heaters that are too large will cycle on and off rapidly, costing you money.)

From there, you need to move to specifics about the radiant heating system: which rooms you want to install it in, what steps that might take and how much of the house that will cover. It may incorporate additional considerations, like whether you have an existing heating system and how much (or more likely how little) you might use it once the radiant heating system is installed. Finally, you need to determine the exact schedule of the installation, how long it will take and what kind of preparations you need to make (like moving furniture out of the rooms in question).

If you’re asking yourself “can I put radiant heating in my home?” then the Palm Springs, CA heating service experts at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help. We can explain your options with radiant heating and let you determine which one works best for you. Heating benefits from efficient systems like radiant heating, saving you money when the desert nights get chilly. Call us today and let us help you choose the right system for you!

Some Ladder Safety Tips for Safe Holiday Decorating

Safety during the winter holiday season in Southern California presents a number of different challenges than it does in many other parts of the country. After all, “winter” is a relative term in the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. We’ll experience some cooler days and perhaps cold nights, as well as some rain, and wearing light jackets outside might be necessary. But since we don’t receive snow and freezing cold days, we don’t have many concerns about dangers from slick roads and pavements, or worries about letting our pets outside.

Actually, our #1 safety concern during the holidays is ladder safety! Each year, more than 164,000 people in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms because of improper use of a ladder. Unless you’re someone who uses a ladder a part of your regular job, you probably only use the ladder extensively around the holidays for interior and exterior decorating. Our HVAC team is experienced with ladder use, so here are some tips for using your ladder safely. That way you’ll spend your holidays at home with your family, and not at the hospital!

  • Face the ladder when climbing: Don’t back up on a ladder, as this is one of the easiest ways to lose your balance.
  • Don’t step on the top step or the bucket shelf: There is a good reason that these are marked as “not a step.” Take heed to that warning.
  • Make decorating a two-person job: It’s much more fun to decorate the outside of a house in pairs, but it’s also much safer. Have another person steady the ladder whenever you climb it.
  • Always place the ladder on level ground: When you’re setting the ladder in place, test it to see if it rocks back and forth on its feet. If it does, move it to another spot where it’s stable.
  • Inspect the ladder before using it: If you have an older ladder, make sure that it doesn’t have loose screws, broken hinges, or rust.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Call us for heating service in Calimesa, CA and the surrounding areas.