Bel Red Energy Blog
As is the case in many new home purchasers, the Platt’s of Bothell, WA acquired an outdated furnace with his new house. The furnace that was heating the house was a 30-year-old gas furnace that was low on efficiency and high on operating cost. John knew he needed to replace the furnace upon moving into the house, so he called in a team from Bel Red to get the work done right away.
On Mr. Platt’s wish list was a combination of greater efficiency and more comfort than the old furnace could provide. He also wanted something that could fit within his new home budget. The solution was a Rheem Prestige Series variable speed 80% gas furnace. This furnace with a 2-stage gas valve provides quiet operation and ensures comfortable temperatures throughout the home with more precise heating output and gentle mixing of the air. The last thing a homebuyer wants is fluctuating temperatures and uncomfortable air in their new house. Fortunately, the Platt’s won’t have to deal with that after this Rheem furnace upgrade. The Rheem Prestige Series 80% furnace also comes with Rheem’s trademarked Comfort Control System, which automatically detects certain problems with the furnace and alerts the homeowner when service is required.
Old furnace (left) replaced by Rheem Prestige Series (right)
To complement the new gas furnace and to improve overall comfort, the Bel Red team also installed a new base-can and rebuilt the old plenums. The new plenums were sealed and insulated to ensure maximum efficiency with the new system. A new return duct was also installed so that air could be mixed from both levels of the home, rather than just the upstairs.
The Hendersons, of Kirkland, WA, were recently faced with a big decision when it came to their home heating system. Their electric furnace had died and required extensive repairs to get it up and running again. Rather than spend a large amount of money repairing a system that wasn’t very cost efficient, they opted to have a new Trane heat pump and air handler installed.
Old electric furnace replaced by new Trane Air Handler
The Hendersons enlisted the Bel Red installation team to install a Trane XL16i Heat Pump and a Trane Hyperion XL Air Handler – both top-level solutions. The Trane XL16i Heat Pump offers an extremely efficient home heating and cooling system. Its two-stage cooling and heating technology offers the ability to manage temperatures in all rooms of the house very easily and efficiently. In fact, the XL16i is one of the most efficient heat pumps on the market. The Trane Hyperion XL Air Handler will work in conjunction with the Henderson’s new heat pump to help circulate air more evenly throughout their home. Its unique design is unlike anything else on the market today. With its double-walled cabinet design and embedded insulation, it is actually built much like a high-end refrigerator. This technology not only maximizes comfort and efficiency, but also ensures the system runs extremely quietly while it is improving the comfort in the home.
Like hybrid vehicles that combine the best of both gas and electric engines, and provide real benefits to their owners, hybrid water heaters can offer real benefits to their users as well. While the “hybrid” methods used in these water heaters don’t use gas and electric combinations like the vehicles do, they can provide big savings and other benefits for their owners.
A hybrid water heater provides the best traits of a tankless water heater without most of their drawbacks. This includes:
- Huge supply of hot water
- Great energy efficiency
In fact, unlike tankless water heaters, hybrid water heaters:
- Work in a power outage (except power vent models)
- Have no additional wait time for hot water
- Do not have issues with flow rate
- Can be used with recirculation pumps for even faster response time
- Usually don’t require expensive gas piping, venting, or gas meter/supply line upgrades
- Fit the same footprint as most 40-gallon traditional tanks
We’re pleased to announce that Bel Red is now offering Rheem heating and cooling systems. Rheem is an industry leader for total heating, cooling and water heating solutions. All Rheem heating, cooling and water heating products are frequently tested and certified by various government and third-party testing labs to ensure quality standards. In fact, Rheem heating and cooling systems are consistently ranked as one of most reliable brands available by a leading consumer publication, which is just one factor that makes their products a perfect fit for the Bel Red line of offerings.
When the heat exchangers failed on their existing furnace, the Heywoods in Woodinville, WA were left with a dangerous situation that could introduce deadly carbon monoxide into their home. Faced with a choice of repairing the old furnace, or upgrading to a more comfortable and more energy efficient system, they chose to upgrade. The Heywoods selected a hybrid heating and cooling system featuring a York modulating gas furnace and heat pump. They also chose to proactively replace their aging water heater at the same time - receiving a better value by doing it all at once.