The most efficient heating system is going to be solar, because outside of the initial hardware costs, solar energy is free. Of course the downside is you might not live in an area with a lot of sunlight, which means you’ll need to compliment your solar power with other energy sources, like fuel or electricity, when solar power runs low. Wood stoves are the next most efficient, but you’ll need to  buy wood and make a fire every day. Gas is the next most efficient, especially when gas prices are low, but they tend to fluctuate during peak usage times of the year. For pure efficiency, solar is the way to go. Regardless of what system you choose, make sure to have the proper insulation in your house to maximize heat (or cold) retention.
Check to see if your air filter needs to be replaced. When is the last time you examined your air filter? It can quickly accumulate dirt and particles (especially if you have pets) that make your machine work harder than it is designed, which can lead to system malfunction. Make note of the size (typically height x width in inches) when you order replacement filters. It’s often a good idea to have a set of back up filters on hand.  
It isn’t unusual for a heat pump to ice-up in really cold weather, but it’s defrost cycle should kick on periodically to melt the ice. If the condenser unit of the heat pump is frozen up and the defrost cycle doesn’t melt the ice, turn it off. Make sure none of the return-air registers are blocked, and check the filter to make sure it isn’t clogged. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem with air flow to the unit, see more information at Heat Pump Cold Weather Problems or call an HVAC service professional.

At A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we are well accustomed heating and air conditioning, which is why we back up our work with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee*. Not only does it demonstrate our confidence that you’ll be happy with the furnace repair we have finished, it holds us to a higher standard, making certain that we continue to provide you with exceptional service without fail. When it’s time to address any heating and cooling question or concern you have, know that you can trust the experts at A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning regardless of what the Waldorf weather tosses our way.
A heat pump is an appliance used to provide heating and cooling services in moderate climates. These pumps don't generate heat; instead, they move heat from one place to the next, and in so doing, they're able to heat and cool your home at a lower cost. Air-source heat pumps are the most commonly used models on the market. Other choices include water-source and geothermal heat pumps.
Air conditioners can create a lot of water because they remove moisture from the air. To get rid of this, they have a [usually plastic] drain pipe that comes out of the side of the air handler. Over time, algae can block this pipe and, when it does, the AC won’t work. In fact, some condensate drains have a float switch that won’t let the AC run if water backs-up. Water can also puddle around the unit or flood the area. To deal with condensate problems, please see Air Conditioner Leaks Water, below.
The most efficient heating system is going to be solar, because outside of the initial hardware costs, solar energy is free. Of course the downside is you might not live in an area with a lot of sunlight, which means you’ll need to compliment your solar power with other energy sources, like fuel or electricity, when solar power runs low. Wood stoves are the next most efficient, but you’ll need to  buy wood and make a fire every day. Gas is the next most efficient, especially when gas prices are low, but they tend to fluctuate during peak usage times of the year. For pure efficiency, solar is the way to go. Regardless of what system you choose, make sure to have the proper insulation in your house to maximize heat (or cold) retention.
HVAC repair technicians are properly qualified to take care of anything that relates to installing, maintaining or repairing your heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Our professionals have gone through rigorous training and certification and all our technicians and equipment installers are NATE-certified, which involves demanding testing and indicates a solid understanding of the industry.
Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling Grand Rapids employs more than 80 people who are proud to work under the Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling banner. Each team member shares our company values for service excellence. All of our employees are intensely screened and background checked so that you have peace of mind when they enter your home. Moreover, our technicians are certified to work in the HVAC industry and provide the level of expertise that our customers expect from Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling. We back our technicians’ work and continue to make training a priority so that all of our techs are familiar with the latest HVAC models and advances. Our customers deserve the best, so the best is what we deliver to each and every job.
Having a company looking out for all your heating and cooling needs shouldn’t mean that you’re stuck with any run-of-the-mill shop who cuts corners. Heating and cooling has been our excitement since 1962, and it’s evident in the work we provide to our customers. We’re committed to providing you the very greatest when it comes to all things HVAC, whether it’s service, maintenance or heating and cooling systems.
Check the thermostat to see if the Fan switch has been turned on. If it has, turn it to OFF or to Auto. If it is set to OFF or Auto already, the heat pump’s limit switch needs to be adjusted. Call a heat pump repair technician to make the adjustment or, if you are handy with this type of repair, follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to reset the pointers on the fan side of the limit control. The lower pointer should be set to about 90 degrees F. and the upper one should be at about 115 degrees F.
​ Our air conditioning service, air conditioning repair, heating service in Bedford have set prices that depend on the job, not the time we invest into it. As soon as your heating system or air conditioner is diagnosed, you will be informed on the rate it will cost for the repair, before the repair has begun. We will honor that price, regardless of how long the repair takes.
In addition to the information below, see these two articles for the general care and maintenance of your air conditioner: Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer and How to Replace Furnace & AC Filters. Most noteworthy, you should replace the filters at least twice a year, before the heating and cooling seasons. For information on furnace problems, please see Furnace Not Working.

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