Many local businesses in the greater Northern Virginia area find that the best solution for keeping facilities cool in the summer and warm during the cold months of winter is to install a heat pump instead of a standard furnace and air conditioning system. However, when you take your heat pump for granted, you might find yourself surprised when it stops working efficiently or even malfunctions just when you need it the most.
A heat pump is often ideal for businesses in Virginia, since they can be more efficient at keeping building warm during our moderate winters than a standard boiler or furnace. Heat pumps work differently than ordinary furnaces and air conditioning equipment. A heat pump vents hot air outside during the summer and brings heat into the building during the winter. Yes, it is true that even when it is below 40 F outside, a heat pump can still extract heat from outdoors and bring it inside your company’s building.
Rather than inconveniencing your customers and clients and making your employees feel miserable when the heat pump finally goes out of commission, it would be prudent to arrange for regular inspections, preferably before the rush each winter when all businesses seem to realize that their heating equipment needs a tune-up as soon as possible.
Is it Time for an Inspection?
Go over your service records and make a note of the last service call or inspection. If it’s been more than a year, you should do two things.
First, call for an appointment to have a professional go over the equipment before the weather grows even colder. Second, make an entry in your calendar now to remind you to arrange for another maintenance and inspection visit for next year. Remember that the deeper we get into winter, the more pressed for time technicians will be as they respond to emergency service calls all across the eastern seaboard.
Getting a Tune-Up
A number of components make up a heat pump and it’s important to have a qualified professional perform tune-ups on a regular basis.
A technician will come to your premises and check the thermostat, making sure it is properly calibrated and adjusting it as needed. Then it is time to clean the evaporator coil, see if the condensate drain is clear as well as verify that the motors and other moving parts are working properly, making sure to clean and lubricate them.
You can rest assured that after professionals from AirPlus give your system a tune-up, it will deliver you more years of reliable service.
Ready for an Upgrade
Is your company’s heat pump several years old? If so, you should keep in mind that newer models of heat pumps operate more efficiently. This means that by upgrading now, you can save your business money in utility bills while also doing your part by being a good corporate citizen and reducing your carbon footprint.
If your facilities manager hasn’t been able to budget much time to do comparisons of the latest heat pumps now available on the market, the professionals at AirPlus will be happy to consult on what brand and model options would be the most beneficial to install.
What’s more, we stay on top of industry and government rebates and will be happy to find out if you will be eligible for a cash incentive by having a more environmentally friendly model installed.
At AirPlus, our knowledgeable professionals have plenty of experience installing, maintaining, inspecting and upgrading heat pumps to keep businesses comfortable all year round in the greater Northern Virginia area and beyond. For details on keeping your heat pump functioning as efficiently as possible or to learn more about our inspection and installation services, please contact the heating experts at AirPlus today.