There are many variations of heat pumps, but they all operate through heat transfer. This means rather than burning fuel to create heat, a heat pump moves heat from one place to another. This occurs with airflow that naturally flows downhill so it pulls heat from a location with a high temperature to a location with a lower temperature.
A heat pump can both heat and cool your home while using a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. If you are familiar with how an air conditioning unit works, you already know how a heat pump works because heat pumps operate in a very similar way that air conditioners do.
Have Questions About heat pumps?
A heat pump, as part of a central heating and cooling system, uses the outside air to both heat a home in the winter and cool it in summer.
Installation of heat pump systems typically includes both an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner but referred to as a heat pump.
A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units. One advantage of a heat pump is that it moves heat instead of
generating heat, giving you more energy efficiency. One of the biggest advantages of a heat pump is there is no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home. For ultimate efficiency, you also have a dual fuel option called a Hybrid Heat Pump System. This system combines an electric heat pump with a variable speed gas or oil furnace giving you the
flexibility of two fuels. This system can actually optimize your energy use by switching back and forth to whichever source is most efficient for your comfort.
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If you use your heat pump on a regular basis, we recommend changing the filter about once a month to reduce the potential for repairs. Our qualified technicians can provide repair services on all brands of heat pumps to make sure your system is running smoothly and efficiently. Our staff is comprised of specialists in every area of service and we take pride in identifying and resolving problems before they escalate. Remember, to help keep your system working properly schedule a regular maintenance and service cleaning on your system.
What do I look for when installing or replacing a heat pump system?
There are a few things you need to look for. First, manufacturers rate the efficiency of most heat pumps with a SEER and an HSFP rating. A higher SEER and HSFP rating indicates a more energy efficient unit.
What is the difference between a heat pump SEER and a HSPF rating?
A SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) is a ratio of how much energy (measured in BTUs) is forced outside in cooling mode divided by the electricity used (in watts) for cooling. You should look for a SEER rating between 14 and 18.
HSFP (heating seasonal performance factor) calculates the ratio of energy pumped indoors for heating to energy used for heating. This is a more complicated equation than the SEER rating because it takes into account supplemental heating needs and the energy used to defrost the unit. You should look for an HSFP rating between 8 and 10.
How long should a heat pump last?
A heat pump system can last anywhere between 15 to 20 years. This is all dependent on the type of heat pump system you have in place. Keep in mind that with the continued growth in technologies and as safer, more energy efficient heat pump systems become readily available, we suggest staying educated as to when you should consider an upgrade.
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