Many homeowners in the typically moderate climate of Hampton Roads choose to heat their homes with heat pumps.The pump uses a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system – “basically an air conditioner in reverse” – to move heat from the outdoors inside, said Mark Flanary, HVAC division manager for Miller’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Norfolk. Generally it’s up to four times less expensive than an electric furnace, he said.The catch? Heat pumps aren’t built for weather like this.When temperatures drop – lows are expected to hit close to 10 degrees this weekend – heat pumps stop working normally.“The problem is, when it’s cold out, there’s not enough heat in the outdoor air for the heat pump alone to provide heat, so it has an electrical backup,” Flanary said. Those backups, which use heated coils, get expensive but are still cheaper over the long term.Miller’s is seeing triple its usual volume … [Read more...] about Hampton Roads loves heat pumps, but heat pumps hate the cold. Here’s what you should know.
Will the Miami Heat make it to the playoffs? The next five games, beginning Wednesday night vs. the Hornets, will make the difference between going home early and extending the season.RELATED: SEE ALL OUR CELEBRITY PHOTOS AT MIAMI HEAT GAMES But win or lose, there is one thing you can always count on: Courtside celebrities. From the future prez to rappers, everybody wants to check out a game. Especially if you can get the choice seats. TEAM TRUMP: In 2005, the future president Donald Trump and future first lady Melania took in a game between the Heat and the Lakers. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)RELATED: COMPLETE POST COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP DUDE CAN ACCESSORIZE: Check out the Heat hat on Justin Bieber, courtside at a Heat-Pacers game in 2013. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post) RELATED: Justin Bieber’s wild Miami Beach weekend JENNY ON THE COURT: Jennifer Lopez and Ingrid Cesares enjoy the Heat. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) RELATED PHOTOS: J.LO ON PALM BEACH MOVIE … [Read more...] about Celebrity photos, Miami Heat: Donald Trump, J.Lo, Bieber, Madonna
The Legal Aid Society has issued an ultimatum to the New York City Housing Authority: Give rent abatements to tenants who were without heat during a recent cold snap, or face litigation. The nonprofit, which provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers, said NYCHA did not issue refunds to tenants who didn’t have heat or hot water between Dec. 27, 2017, and Jan. 16, 2018, when the temperature dipped dangerously low for several consecutive days. “Between late December and early January of this year, New York City experienced record-breaking, devastating cold weather conditions — with the most number of days in a row 32 degrees or lower since 1961,” Lucy Newman, staff attorney of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society, wrote in the letter to NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye dated Feb. 9. “In the middle of this prolonged freeze, tens of thousands of NYCHA households experienced heat outages and/or hot water outages . . . residents were forced to … [Read more...] about Legal Aid Society threatens suit over NYCHA heating issues
Audio clip: Listen to audio clip. Comedians Joe DeVito and Kevin Brennan discuss the most important stories of the day including ... we need more gun laws to prevent the next school shooting. Tom tries to keep things under control as Kevin gets heated explaining why we need to get rid of the AR15s... Download, enjoy and please give us a review! And remember to listen to The Show Shillue Show LIVE Monday through Friday 3-6 pm Eastern! Find out more at TomShillueShow.com … [Read more...] about Joe DeVito, Kevin Brennan: Things Get Heated Over Guns …
Another day, another record — or so it seems as North Texas’ infernal heat wave drags on toward September. Friday’s high temperature of 107 not only set a record for the date but pushed the insufferable summer of 2011 to third place on the list of most 100-degree days with 53.Second place will probably come Monday — 56 triple-digit days would tie the summer of 1998. And given the forecast, with highs of 100-plus expected through next Thursday, edging out 1998 seems certain.But what about the big daddy, 1980, the summer that makes all others seem only warmish by comparison? That year, the temperature reached the century mark 69 times, and Dallas recorded its hottest temperatures ever — back-to-back readings of 113 on June 26 and 27.Could we top that?Well, probably not, said Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.The U.S. Climate Prediction Center expects September to be warmer and drier than usual across much of Texas, … [Read more...] about Dallas temperatures soar toward all-time record as heat wave continues