Testimonial from Mel and Dr. Ethel Lindauer Oroville, Wa
Geothermal Florida Heat Pump Installation
Our heat pump was installed by
Phil Barker of THERMAL AIR during the summer of 2002 & it has certainly improved
1) Comfort: Even & constant heat & cooling throughout the house. Prior to
Phil’s installing our heat pump system [Florida Heat Pump, model FHP-GT-036
Water to Air Heat Pump], we had a small air-conditioner in the living room & it
worked well, but it was noisy &, when turned on, it took quite awhile to cool
off the entire room. Now we set the indoor temperature as we choose & the heat
pump keeps it at that temperature year round.
2) Both of us had stuffy noses
when we awoke in the morning for years & that has been almost entirely
eliminated due to the electronic air cleaner that Phil installed. This is also a
boon to our visitors with sinus problems & allergies!
3) Quiet! Phil is super at installing quiet heating & cooling
systems!!!!! You really have to pay attention to detect whether or not the
system is running. If you have ever stayed overnight in someone else’ home or
even a nice motel, you will really appreciate this as most heating & cooling
systems are noisy!!!!!
4) House inspection: Prior
to installing the system, Phil inspected our home to make certain that the
insulation was as good as possible. This meant that once the system was in place
& operational, it would function well & without problems--& it still is 5 years
later. He also inspected the foundation of the house & let us know about any
potential problems in that area.
5) Heating & cooling for less money than the cost of heating! Once the
system was installed we had both heating & cooling year-round & for less money
than the heating bill ever was with electricity & wood & so much cleaner!
6) Cleaner home: Anyone who cleans house will appreciate the reduced
amount of dusting once the system is installed! It took about two months to
really appreciate the reduction in dust on windowsills & shelves. Of course,
with a husband who is always building something, we still have some dust (often
sawdust!) in the house, but the reduction is substantial & really improves life
for those of us with sinus &/or allergy problems! Another plus to this system is
that the house never smells stale—or like yesterday’s dinner!!!!! The electronic
air cleaner takes care of these problems.
OK, you are probably wondering what maintenance the system requires once it is
installed & running. Well, once a month I clean the electrodes as Phil
instructed & Mel changes the intake filters every three months.
Cleaning the electrodes is a
simple process & requires removing them, spraying them with 409 or
Simple Green, letting them stand (over a sink to drain) & then rinsing them
off with water. Then I put them on a couple of old bath towels on top of the
washing machine to air-dry—which usually takes about an hour. If you perform
these two tasks regularly, the system works great!
If you decide to install this system you do have to have a well to make the heat
pump work. The water from the well runs through the system & then goes right
back into the water table via a drywell (ours is under a flower bed!). The water
is simply “borrowed” for a short time during the cycle.
If you are thinking about putting in this system we would highly recommend you
talk to Phil Barker about it.
The initial expense is more than many home heating-cooling systems, BUT once the
system is in place it doesn’t take many years to recover the initial expense &
we know at least one family that had a heat pump put in over 40 years ago& it is
still working fine. The new systems are much improved from the old ones, &
savings on heating & cooling continue
to the present.
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