Beat the predicted high heating prices
with a heat pump added to your oil or gas furnace.
Updated October 2005: The 2 hurricanes in the Gulf Coast have not done the prices of energy any favors. Not only is the price of oil close to the price of electricity but the price of natural gas has also gone through the roof.
By G&S Mechanical Services Of Maryland.
The winter of 2005-2006 has unprecedented oil prices, heating oil prices which could double current fuel bills especially in January through March when the coldest part of the winter hits. The price of kerosene and propane usually follows the price of oil.
In previous years Natural gas which has been very inexpensive has suddenly be come less attractive.
So far we have had some severe winter weather that can lead to a sudden increase in the price of fuel.
By adding or changing your air conditioning system to a heat pump you will be able to avoid the crunch of high heating oil prices.
While many major cities now have natural gas service there are many places that still have oil especially rural areas and large installations in cities until some other source of fuel is discovered oil heat will be with us for a while.
The cost of electricity at 10c a Kilowatt Hour is 2.92 or $3.00 per Therm (100,000 BTUs) oil has 144,000 BTUs per Gallon and less when you figure in efficiency. If a Heat Pump gives a 3 to 4 times return on your electricity then a heat pump can cost for example $.50 to $1.00 per Therm. More to come.
Places like Long Island New York where electricity is 25c/KHW cannot readily benefit from a heat pump since at its highest price oil is still competitive. But that may change.
A heat pump has the advantage over oil in that the cost of electricity is regulated and rarely changes with demand while the price of oil changes drastically with supply and demand.
A heat pump can be added to any forced air oil furnace where there is enough room to add a refrigerant coil. If you all ready have central air conditioning on you oil furnace it is just a simple matter to change the indoor coil or add some valves.
The outdoor unit will have to be changed from a straight air conditioning system to a heat pump. The cost of doing this can pay for itself in just a few years of high oil prices. Then if the price of oil comes way down just don't use the heat pump for heating.
In addition to saving money during a crunch if you should run out of oil during a major snow storm and can not get deliveries. A heat pump can save your family and your house from freezing because it will continue to work even when it is very cold out even in snow as long as you have electricity.
For a price to install or change your system to a heat pump contact us by email or Typical prices are from $2000 to $3000 depending on what needs to be done. Most other contractors will want twice that and insist on replacing all equipment rather than what is needed. The system should pay for itself very quickly if the price of fuel remains high.
There are literally thousands of heat pump service and repair companies in the county; unfortunately most repair your equipment by telling you that you need to replace it and how much money you will save by replacing your heat pump unit whether it works or not.
We here at G&S mechanical believe that the customer is entitled to have their Air conditioning unit repaired unless it is just not cost effective to have it done or if the unit is really damaged. Many of the larger companies including local utilities will take advantage of simple problems like burned off wires or bad contactors that can be repaired at a nominal fee.
We have seen many cases where a system is leaking refrigerant 22 for many years and the leak is obvious and can be fixed easily instead of adding refrigerant constantly.
We have seen situations were several different companies will simply keep adding refrigerant and charging the customer for it until the compressor is ruined. Contrary to popular belief an air conditioner only needs the correct amount of freon 22; adding more will make the system work harder and not cool or heat as well if a heat pump.
If your outdoor unit turns to a block of ice in the heating mode read this.
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York, (Frasier Johnson/Borg Warner Luxair) and others.
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Written By: Scott Meenen
G&S MECHANICAL SERVICES.
Specializing in Mechanical, Controls and Electrical Modifications Of
Heating, air conditioning, Refrigeration, Cold storage,
Ice Production and Food preservation.
Anything having to do with Heat and Energy.
Serving MD, DC, and Northern VA