There are many ways to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Furnaces, boilers and air conditioners can all provide energy-efficient comfort control. However, one of the most popular home comfort solutions in recent years is the heat pump – a device that can both heat and cool your home.
Because heat pumps are designed for both winter and summer comfort, there are many factors to consider when choosing one for your home. You need to find a heat pump with the right capacity for the size of your home. You’ll want it to have durability, as it will be used year–round, and efficiency, to minimize the amount of energy you use.
What makes a heat pump so unique? It starts with how the heat pump provides warmth to your home. With a traditional heating system, air or water is heated using gas, oil, or electricity. Heated air is circulated through ductwork to vents while heated water is circulated through pipes to radiators.
A heat pump draws its energy from a different source – the air outside your home. Instead of actively heating air as a furnace would, a heat pump draws energy from outdoor air and transfers it to the air in your home through a heat exchanger. The air is then cycled through your house via a series of ducts and vents. It might be surprising to learn, but there is heat hidden in the outdoor air during the winter months and heat pumps are designed to isolate it and transfer it to your home.
The best part about a heat pump is that it works in the summer to provide cooling as well. Because a heat pump consists of a heat exchanger, it draws the heat out of your home, keeping you nice and cool. In fact, almost all air conditioners are some form of heat pump, drawing warmth from your home to cool your family.
There are many things to consider when installing a new heat pump. First, you need to know whether it will provide enough heat in the middle of winter. While a heat pump draws sufficient heat from the air in most climates, if the temperature gets significantly below freezing, efficiency drops quite a bit. In this case, a supplemental furnace is recommended.
Once the heat pump is installed, regular maintenance is a great way to keep it running properly and as efficiently as possible. Heat pumps often operate almost every day of the year for more than a decade. Without regular filter changes, equipment checkups and ductwork maintenance, your heat pump won’t last nearly as long as it should. Replacement costs can certainly add up if your heat pump breaks in less than 10 years.
If you notice a problem with your heat pump such as uneven heating in your home, higher than normal energy bills, or strange sounds coming from the heat pump itself, call Standard Plumbing right away. Our team of highly trained heat pump repair technicians will immediately inspect and diagnose your system, and then make the necessary repairs to get your home back to the comfort levels you’ve come to expect.
Whether you’ve noticed a problem with your heat pump or want to add one to your home, call us today to discuss your options.