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Frequently Asked Questions

I am concerned about mold growth, what should I do?

by Chapman | Posted on: August 5, 2015 |

When humid air passes over chilled cooling coils, water condenses and drips through the coils into a collection pan, from which it continuously drains. Problems with these systems may occur when this water collects and becomes stagnant when it becomes blocked, either on the coils or in…

What does SEER, AFUE, and HSPF ratings mean to me?

by Chapman | Posted on: August 3, 2015 |

SEER, AFUE and HSPF are all measures of energy efficiency. Air conditioners may look similar, but their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) can vary widely. Higher SEER numbers save more money spent on electricity. A 13 SEER air conditioner, the EPA "current minimum standard", uses 23% less…

Why is a system with matched components so important?

by Chapman | Posted on: July 31, 2015 |

A matched system is important for a variety of reasons. One is comfort. When all your components are properly sized to your home, you can control exactly how much heating or cooling you need so you can relax. Also, a properly sized matched system enables every component…

Will a bigger sized system perform better?

by Chapman | Posted on: July 29, 2015 |

No, you don't want your air conditioner to be too big. Air conditioners control the comfort level in your home by cooling the air and by removing humidity. An oversized air conditioner will cool your home faster, but it will use more energy and will not remove…

How does a heat pump work?

by Chapman | Posted on: April 20, 2015 | ,

[audio mp3="https://chapmanheating.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/How-a-heat-pump-works.mp3"][/audio] Heat pumps are a great solution for your home comfort system when you don't have fossil fuel available and electric heat is the only option.  The compressors and refrigerant cycle of the heat pump will compound the productivity of your electric heat in the winter…

Can I just replace the outdoor unit on an older system to save money?

by Chapman | Posted on: January 7, 2015 | , , ,

No. Replacing only the outdoor unit will lower the efficiency of the unit. In fact, you can lose up to 15% of the unit's efficiency! Even worse, your system may fail sooner than normal and most manufacturers' warranties will be voided. You should always replace the indoor…

What is a Heat Pump?

by Chapman | Posted on: February 24, 2014 | ,

Heat pumps are a great solution for your home comfort system because they work to provide both heating and cooling.  Heat pumps have SEER ratings like air conditioners and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) ratings for measuring heating efficiency. Higher SEER and HSPF ratings mean greater energy…

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