If you’re the type of person who admires simplicity and efficiency in the products you rely on for your home, you may be in the market for one installation of equipment that will reliably keep your family warm in the winter and cool during the summer.
Instead of installing two separate heating and cooling systems, as is the case in a typical heating, ventilation and air conditioning or HVAC setup, you can put in a one-system heat pump that takes care of maintaining cold and warm temperatures as needed each season. If you’ve been on the fence about what type of system would be best to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, read on to learn more about heat pumps and their benefits.
Heat Pump Basics
It’s good to keep in mind that heat pumps are best for homes in areas where the weather tends to be moderate. As indicated by its name, a heat pump pumps heat outside when it is too warm inside your home and it pumps heat inside your home when it gets too cold inside.
In a nutshell, a heat pump is designed to transfer heat from one location to another. There is always heat energy outside, even in winter, that the pump extracts from the surrounding air or ground and delivers to the interior of your home.
Refrigerant runs through internal and external coils. When the refrigerant compresses, it becomes hotter, and then it gives off heat when entering expansion coils. The indoor coil expands refrigerant when heating is called for, and switches operation when it’s time to cool the building.
A heat pump therefore transfers heat rather than generating it, making it an energy efficient solution that many homeowners find quite appealing. In fact, going with a heat pump is a good idea when you are trying to cope with rising utility costs. Installing a heat pump will lower your carbon footprint since you are using less energy to keep your home comfortable all year round.
Go with Professionals for Your Heat Pump Installation
Not every air conditioning and heating company will have the same level of experience and skill when it comes to sizing up a home for a heat pump. It’s best to go with seasoned professionals who have done this kind of job for multiple families over the years in a variety of home settings. A technician will calculate the particular load requirements of your house to determine the most appropriate option for the new equipment to be installed.
You’ll want to check reviews in your service area to find a company that is licensed, bonded and insured and that follows industry best practices for heat pump setup and installation.
Remember that if you are replacing an older HVAC system, you may be eligible to reduce the total cost of ownership if there are tax incentives, rebates or other discounts available through industry or government programs for installing more energy-efficient equipment. Speak with your technician to learn what options are currently available.
Homeowners in the greater Northern Virginia area and beyond have come to find that they can rely on the friendly professionals at AirPlus to handle all their heating and cooling needs. If you and your family are interested in putting in a heat pump instead of a traditional HVAC system, you may have additional questions before getting started. For more information about our heat pump installation services or to make an appointment for a consultation, please feel free to contact the experts at AirPlus today.