Heat Pumps Promote Energy Efficient Home Heating
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When measuring energy efficiency and cost benefit, a heat pump can’t be beat. Although primarily used for heating in the winter, heat pumps can also cool your home in the summer making it one of the most energy efficient heating and cooling systems available on the market. This alternative form of power, depending on the model, doesn’t use ozone-depleting refrigerants, and has limited harmful emissions. Owning a heat pump can protect you from dangerous electrical waste, blackouts, and power surges.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is an outdoor device that mechanically moves heat in and out of your house for optimized heating and cooling. Of the many variations of heat pumps, there are two primary types: Air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps, also known as geothermal heat pumps. Heat pumps actively increase efficiency, and uniquely create warm and cool air flow, by transferring hot air inside during the winter and outside during the summer. A heat pump works with your natural environment to create a comfortable atmosphere that utilizes organic air flow.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
Air-Source heat pumps use outside air which, despite cold temperatures, still contains heat. Because of this, heat pumps provide low cost heating and cooling, with up to four times as much heat as electric heaters that use the same amount of energy.
Heating and cooling your home with an air-source heat pump provides multiple benefits including:
- Long lasting (20+ years)
- Low Maintenance
- For every unit of electricity consumed a heat pump produces 3 units of heat
- Energy-Efficiency Tax Credit
Ground-Source/Geothermal Heat Pumps
A ground-source heat pump, also called a geothermal heat pump, is a central heating and air conditioning system that uses underground earth temperatures as either heat or coolant. This geothermal heat pump exchanges heat with the ground and is extremely energy efficient as underground temperatures remain relatively stable over time. Much like a cave, underground temperatures are cool during the summer and warm during the winter providing optimum heat and air levels all year long.
There are many benefits to heating and cooling your home with a geothermal heat pump which include:
- Reduction of operational costs, lowers bills up to 70%
- A 30% government geothermal tax credit
- Recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool a home
- Cuts carbon footprint up to 50%
- Does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gases
- Long lasting (15+ years)
- Can heat home’s water
- Offers a 400% efficiency rating
Heat Pumps Repairs
Heat pump failures are often caused by thermostat malfunctions. Make sure you test your thermostat before looking into replacing the thermostat or moving onto other reason that your heat pump may have malfunctioned. Other issues that could contribute to a faulty heat pump include: damaged ductwork, condenser problems, or even something more serious. Call Iceberg’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today if you think your heat pump may need repairs. Don’t wait until you wake up to a cold house.
Heat Pumps Replacement
According to the US Department of Energy, the typical lifespan of a heat pump is between 10-15 years. If you keep up with routine maintenance, it’s possible to get more life out of a unit but you should be making plans to replace your heat pump soon. The benefit of investing in a new heat pump is that a newer model with be more energy efficient and save you up to 20% on your future utility bills. If you think you may need to replace your heat pump, start by having it serviced by Iceberg’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. Let us know that you’re interested in getting an assessment of the remaining life in the unit.
Heat Pumps Maintenance
It’s important to keep an eye on your heat pump’s maintenance routine according to the manufacturer’s manual. That’s because reduced airflow decreases system performance and can damage your system's compressor. This can occur when you have dirty filters, coils, and fans reduce airflow through the heat pump system. If you’re noticing issues with your heat pump, schedule a time for one of our experienced technicians to come out and service your heat pump and take care of any issues before they become larger problems.
Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Whether you’re purchasing a heat pump for a new home or considering an upgrade, you should take the time to explore energy efficient heat pumps. Heat pumps can be extremely energy efficient, because they do not manufacture the heat that they distribute. Heat pumps simply move the warm air throughout your home.
The right heat pump can easily save homeowners up to 30% on their monthly heating bills. You may compare these savings to those of a gas furnace. A high-efficiency heat pump can provide continuous comfort at any time of the year. By properly caring for a new heat pump, you can enjoy the savings and efficiency for years to come. Our technicians can work with you directly to ensure that your energy efficient heat pump functions properly.
Heat Pumps Installation
Homeowners who are concerned about minimizing environmental pollution should consider heat pumps. A heat pump is an environmentally-friendly option that will cut down on heating costs every month. Of course, all heat pumps need to be properly installed. Without a professional installation, a heat pump may not work as efficiently as possible.
We offer heat pump installation for residents looking to upgrade to a new heating system. Whether you’re replacing an old model or simply want something new, our heat pump installation experts will ensure your home remains warm and comfortable. Our reputation for professional heat pump installations speaks for itself. We perform exceptional installation service each time we’re called. We are committed to customer satisfaction, and consistently provide easy and affordable services.
Helping Heat Your Home
At Iceberg’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge when it comes to heat pump installation and heat pump repair. We’ll help you with the big details like which brand and type of heat pump to choose, as well as details you may not have thought of like what size heat pump to purchase, as well as a “dual fuel” option. “Dual Fuel” combines the technologies of heat pumps and natural gas furnaces to get the energy efficiency you want at a cheaper rate.
Where is the best location for my heat pump?
First of all, every house is different, so it will depend on your specific circumstances. For outdoor units, the primary consideration is clean airflow through the unit, impeded airflow can cause serious problems, so avoid putting your heat pump under decking, stairs, or in any area that restricts airflow.When placing a unit indoors, make sure to keep in mind the flow of indoor air so that heat will be evenly distributed.
Why does my heat pump stop heating every now and then when it’s frosty
Believe it or not, your heat pump may be “defrosting” when this happens. It doesn't happen all that often, but it's a fact of life when you're trying to extract heat from cold, outdoor air. Sometimes the outdoor coil goes below the dew point, and frost results. If you’re concerned about the length of time your heat pump is stopping, give us a call and we’ll be happy to come out and make sure things are functioning properly.
What kind of maintenance does a ductless heat pump require?
Ductless systems require basic maintenance to make sure they operate at peak performance throughout their lifespan. Periodic professional servicing of your ductless heat pump is recommended in order to make sure any issues that arise are taken care of as quickly and efficiently as possible. You can be proactive by making sure that filters are changes when needed and that coils are kept clean.
What size heat pump will I need for my home?
Ductless heat pump systems are sized to meet the heating and cooling needs of the individual zones in your home. For example, one indoor unit can provide between ¾ - 2 ½ tons of heating/cooling depending on its BTU capacity rating. The most common capacities for indoor units are 9k, 12k, 18k, 24k, and 30k BTU. Outdoor units are sized to meet the the needs of both heating/cooling zones in your home. More than one outdoor unit may be necessary for multi-zone systems. Ducted heat pumps are designed to meet the needs of heating your whole home. The ducts are sized to ensure efficient heat distribution throughout. Give us a call and we will measure the BTU capacity of your home and help you choose accordingly.