Heating And Air Conditioning

Written by Patricia Skinner
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In areas of the country where both heating and air conditioning are required, homeowners are increasingly looking towards installing systems that provide both heat and cool air according to what's required. Such a system is great for areas that don't get too much bad weather in the winter. For areas where it gets really cold though, you're probably better off either getting a dual fuel heat pump or a separate system for your winter heating, particularly in areas where electricity is expensive.

The most common type of system for homeowners who want heat in the winter and cooling in the summer is a heat pump. These work by reverse cycle to produce whichever is needed. For areas where the temperature really drops in winter, you can also get dual fuel heat pumps that work on electricity and gas.

Securing Expert Installation

The most important thing to do when installing heating or air conditioning equipment is to make absolutely sure that you have an expert technician to install it for you. There are several associations that certify their members. There's the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. There's also the Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.

While these are major players in the field, there are other organizations to which an engineer could belong. Check to see if your contractor is affiliated to any of these associations, or to some other association. Under no circumstances should anyone hire an air conditioning or heating engineer who does not come highly recommended and have a spotless record. Having someone botch your equipment installation will not only cost you a lot of money, it could even be dangerous.


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