Compared to traditional HVAC components, heat pumps do double-duty. In the hottest months, they extract heat from the home and transfer it outside. When the weather turns cold, the process reverses and the heat pump pulls heat from the outdoors and transfers it to the home’s interior.
Heat pumps can be installed either as a complement to gas furnaces and electric heaters or, in some climates, replace them entirely. They are much more efficient than stand-alone heaters and air conditioners, which helps to make up for the higher cost associated with their production and installation.
Homeowners have a few options when it comes to choosing the right heat pump. They include solar heat pumps, split heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and air-source heat pumps.
This type of heat pump can be installed in just about any region of the United States. They use electricity to move liquid refrigerant from outside coils to inside coils, and vice versa.
When it’s cold outside, the refrigerant extracts heat from the air and turns it into gas. The gas is moved to the indoor coils, where it is released from the refrigerant as it condenses, raising the temperature. In the summer, the process can be reversed, causing it to act like an air conditioner instead.
Solar heat pumps are air-source pumps that run on solar power. Since they don’t rely on electricity or gas, they cost less than heating a home using a traditional air-source heat pump. Most homeowners still tie their solar heat pumps into the grid, powering them with the sun and selling excess credits in the summer and using electricity from the grid to run them in the winter.
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the consistent temperatures of the earth as a means of heating and cooling the home. They’re less dependent on the outside air temperature for efficiency and come in several styles to suit different homeowners’ needs. They’re more expensive than air-source heat pumps, but they pay for themselves relatively quickly in energy savings.
Unlike air-source heat pumps, which typically heat and cool entire homes, split heat pumps are best for providing climate control in individual rooms or zones. They’re ductless, so there’s no need to worry about maintaining air ducts or the energy losses associated with central air, and come in-ceiling- or wall-hung models and floor-standing models.
Like any climate control system, all heat pumps require regular maintenance to run at optimal efficiency and avoid premature failures. The filters must be changed, the thermostat must be recalibrated occasionally, the ducts and coils must be cleaned, and the system must be evaluated to identify potential problems at least once per year. The technicians who work for Heat Pump Services in Twin Falls, Idaho can help.
Don’t wait until the heat pump stops working entirely to call for repairs. Keep an eye out for these common signs of trouble:
Bear in mind that not all HVAC technicians have specialized training, tools, and experience to resolve these problems quickly and efficiently. Work with a company that installs, repairs, and maintains all four main types of heat pumps described above, even when the system just needs minor repairs. It will ensure that if something goes seriously wrong in the future, homeowners will know who to call.
Most heat pump companies also work on traditional HVAC systems. Make sure their technicians are trained, licensed, and insured and the company has been around for long enough to develop a reputation for itself. It’s the best way for homeowners to protect themselves from fraud, damage, and even lawsuits.
Want to switch to a heat pump system for home heating and cooling, or need maintenance or repairs for an existing system? Home Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. has been around for long enough to know how to tackle just about any repair or installation. Give us a call at (208) 732-1211 to schedule an appointment today.
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