Heat Pump Services in Monroe
Efficient Heating & Cooling for Your Ann Arbor Home
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.
If you’re looking for heat pump services in Monroe, MI, look no further than Iceberg Heating & Cooling. Our heat pump repair, installation, and maintenance services are professional and on budget with our upfront pricing and payment plans. With 24-hour emergency service, and a 5-year, 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products and services, your home and heat pump are protected, day and night, and all year round.
What Is A Heat Pump and How Does It Work?
A heat pump is an outdoor device that mechanically moves heat in and out of your house for optimized heating and cooling. Heat pumps actively increase efficiency, and uniquely create warm and cool airflow, 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 airflow.
Heat pumps use refrigerant to transfer heat through a cycle of evaporation and condensation. A compressor moves the refrigerant between two heat exchanger coils. One coil evaporates the refrigerant at low pressure and absorbs heat from its surroundings. The refrigerant is then compressed en route to the other coil, where it condenses at high pressure. At this point, it releases the heat it absorbed earlier in the cycle.
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
- 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 Pump 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.
Heat Pump FAQs
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.
How long should heat pumps last?
The average heat pump lasts around 15 years. Many factors go into how long the unit actually lasts, factors such as maintenance, size, and environment. Much like other heaters and ACs, regularly maintained heat pumps last longer. Some of the newer models being manufactured also have extended lifespans.
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.
Are heat pumps noisy?
Heat pumps do make some noise while in use. It’s inevitable, given the way heat passes through the evaporator coils. But the unit isn’t noisier than other heating and cooling systems. If you do hear strange sounds coming from your heat pump, it might be time for maintenance or repairs.
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 changed 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 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.
Helping to Heat Your Home
At Iceberg Heating & Cooling, 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, and whether a “Dual Fuel” option is right for you. “Dual Fuel” combines the technologies of heat pumps and natural gas furnaces to get the energy efficiency you want at a cheaper rate.