What is a heat pump? And how do heat pumps work?
A heat pump is a system for heating and cooling your home. A heat pump system can move warmth throughout your house or building, depending on if you want to warm it up or cool it down. For example, if you are too cold, you can use a heat pump to move heat into the room. If you’re too hot, you can do the opposite. This is an efficient system of heating and cooling, which you can use throughout the year. There are also different types of heat pumps. For example, ductless heat pumps may be more efficient than other types.
Heat Pumps vs Air Conditioners
One of the primary differences between pump systems and air conditioners is that an air conditioner cannot provide heating, unless you have a type of central air and heating system. However, pump systems can both warm and cool your home. This makes them more versatile than simply using air conditioning for your climate control.
If you want a single system that you can use both for heating and cooling, pumps are arguably a better option. In addition to being quieter than air conditioners, they do not make the air dry, which can be unpleasant during long periods. Also, air conditioners create a lot of background noise, which may be irritating to some. By comparison, heat pumps are quieter, more efficient, and give you more bang for your buck.
Below is a great infographic describing the benefits between heat pumps vs A.C. units provided by Washington Energy Services
What kind of heat pump can I get?
There are different kinds of heat pumps brands available. The SEER Scale (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) explains how different heat pump systems work, based on how efficient they are and describes how much energy a given system uses during the summer, for cooling your house. The HSPF scale stands for Heating Season Performance Factor, and is essentially an equivalent for the winter months, when you are going to use your heat pump system for heating.
How efficient a pump system is depends on how it works. For example, some pump systems use boilers for their energy. You can also get a gas heat pump. A ductless heat pump system is going to be more efficient than one that uses a boiler, and it therefore should have better SEER and HSPF ratings. High efficient heat pumps are also available and have better SEER and HSPF ratings.
How Much Is The Cost Of Heat Pump Installation?
The cost associated with heat pump installation depends on how much of your home you want the new system to cover. For example, a system for a single room may cost around $500, while house units can cost anywhere between $2000-$8000. This depends on other factors, like the size of your house. If you are wondering about heat pumps installation costs for your home, the best thing to do would be to get in touch with someone who provides heat pumps service to discuss.
Common Heat Pump Issues
Here are heat pump issues that every homeowner should keep an eye out for:
Your Home Isn’t Heating Up Well
Imagine coming home from a cold commute, craving a hot cup of cocoa and a toasty bowl of soup, just to find your home is frigid. No one wants to have to wear their parka inside their own home.
When you have an HVAC system, you expect your home to stay cold in the summer and warm in the winter. However, heat pump issues may reduce the effectiveness of your entire system, leading to an uncomfortable temperature within your home. Call Clean Air Heating & Cooling to have a professional diagnose your failing heating system.
Outdoor Unit Iced Over
In the colder months, it is very common for the heat pump’s outdoor coil to collect a thin layer of frost. Typically, your heat pump will run a defrost cycle to melt this ice buildup. However, sometimes heat pumps do not defrost themselves, and the buildup of ice will block the system from releasing heat. This will cause many issues and can even destroy the entire HVAC system.
If your home isn’t heating up in the winter and you notice your outdoor coil is frosted over, call a Clean Air Heating & Cooling technician immediately. We’ll head out there and get your home toasty warm as soon as possible!
Noisy HVAC System
Most HVAC systems aren’t completely silent. However, new or particularly loud noises may be an indication that your heat pump is struggling to keep up with the rest of your system. Sounds such as rattling, growling, shivering, or groaning are often concerning. You may need to repair your current system or upgrade to a new heat pump entirely.
Fortunately, Clean Air Heating & Cooling’s experienced technicians can save your current system or install a new heat pump for you.
Soaring Utility Bills
As gas is becoming more expensive across the country, you may be thankful to have an electric-run heat pump installed in your HVAC system. But if your utility bill makes you do a double-take, then you may be having issues with your heat pump.
When your heat pump isn’t working properly, it may be inefficient, causing skyrocketing electricity costs. Clean Air Heating & Cooling is here to get your heat pump in tip-top shape, saving you money in the long run. In fact, we offer a 25 percent utility savings guarantee!
Your HVAC system should turn itself on and off when it gets to the temperature set on your thermostat. However, when your heat pump is struggling, your system may run in a shorter cycle, never hitting the temperature you desire. How frustrating!
Contact Clean Air Heating & Cooling to have a skilled technician check out the problem and get your home feeling great again. Our top priority is your comfort.
Unlike fuel-powered furnaces, your heat pump uses electricity to power the HVAC system’s compressor and fan motors. This means a simple electrical failure is often the culprit for heat pump issues. But a simple electrical failure isn’t always an easy fix.
If you need these faulty electrical components replaced, you’ll need a trained professional. Fortunately, Clean Air Heating & Cooling is here to help!
Your heat pump uses the flow of refrigerant to transfer heat from one place to another. This is what keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. When the flow of refrigerant is interrupted by a pesky leak, your heat pump won’t work properly.
A professional is needed to work with most types of residential HVAC refrigerants. That’s why you’ll need to call a Clean Air Heating & Cooling technician if you suspect your heat pump is leaking refrigerant.
Should You Attempt to Repair Your Heat Pump Yourself?
With the availability of free YouTube videos and WikiHow articles, many homeowners feel confident in their abilities to fix their own heat pump issues. However, working on your own HVAC system without proper licensing and training is dangerous.
Attempting to fix your own heat pump can expose you to electric shocks, chemical injuries from refrigerants, or other hazards. DIYing your repair can even destroy your entire HVAC system, costing you even more money than what the original repair would have cost! Fortunately, Clean Air Heating & Cooling offers a free estimate. So, what do you have to lose?
How Can Clean Air Heating & Cooling Help?
Heat pump issues are complicated and can overwhelm even the savviest homeowner. Our technicians at Clean Air value honesty and transparency, and we enjoy educating our customers on what’s happening in their units. You’ll never be left guessing about what’s wrong with your HVAC system’s heat pump.
Clean Air Heating & Cooling is Northwest Washington’s fastest-growing HVAC company. Our friendly, trained technicians treat our customers like family. Our top priority is to serve you with a smile.
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