Heat pumps are a great solution for your home comfort system because they work to provide both cooling and heating. Like air conditioners, heat pumps have SEER ratings and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) ratings for measuring heating efficiency. Higher SEER and HSPF ratings mean greater energy savings.
Heat pumps are a very efficient alternative to electric heat. A heat pump works the same as an air conditioner in the summer, but it runs in reverse in the winter to heat your home. The system will be matched with a backup heating source, most often electric heat for those extremely cold days of winter.
Just like our air conditioners, many of our heat pumps have advanced features, such as 2-stage compressors and variable speed fan operation. These features not only improve the comfort level of your home, but can provide additional energy savings as well.
Heat Pump Benefits
A big advantage to owning a heat pump is the versatility that it provides. With the ability to switch from cooling in the summer months to heating in the winter months, a heat pump has the whole package in one system.
For those of you who have made the switch to a heat pump, consistent checkups for your heat pump will keep your pump running as efficient as possible. By engaging in these yearly checkups, it can also increase the lifespan of your heat pump, increase the output and keep you comfortable year-round.
Just like our air conditioners, many heat pumps we install have advanced features, such as 2-stage compressors and variable speed fan operation. These features not only improve the comfort level of your home, but can provide additional energy savings as well.
Replacing a Heat Pump
We are often asked how to tell when a heat pump needs to be replaced. There are common signs that can lead you to believe that it is time to update. The first thing that you should consider is the age of your heat pump. If your pump is 10+ years old and issues start to occur, that is normally a sign that it may be time to look for a more efficient one. Other common signs are inconsistent temperatures, increased utility costs and frequent repairs. Instead of pouring more money into your old heat pump, contact us today to upgrade to a newer and more efficient heat pump for your home.
Evaporator coils are the heat pump components that make it possible for a heating system to complete the heat exchange process. A compressor fills evaporator coils, which are contained in the air handler or furnace, with chilled refrigerant. The refrigerant within the coil evaporates as it absorbs heat from the indoor air that passes over it.
A heat pump works in much the same way that an air conditioner operates in cooling mode. In the case of a heat pump, a reversing valve switches the direction of the refrigerant for either cooling or heating. Depending on the operating mode of the heat pump, the evaporator coils switch roles. When used for heating, the indoor evaporator coil becomes a condensing coil, and the outdoor coil becomes the evaporator coil.
To make sure that evaporator coils can function efficiently it is important that they are kept clean and air flow must be maintained. If the evaporator coils become dirty, the system will have to work harder, resulting in wasted energy and premature system failure.
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