How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Curious about what a heat pump is? Despite what the name suggests, this HVAC unit is capable of providing spaces with both cool and warm air, allowing it to be of use all year long. By extracting warmth from outside, the unit can either gather or pump out heat. This function allows your spaces to stay at your preferred temperature all year long. Durable, practical, and multipurpose, heat pumps also happen to be eco-friendly.
There are two different types of heat pumps: geothermal and air-source.
Geothermal heat pumps harness warmth from the ground to produce heat, and are the cheapest and most efficient form of HVAC systems. Although they are usually more expensive to purchase and install, they are inexpensive to use and last for decades, making them a worthwhile investment.
Air-source pumps do not use fuel while generating their warmth. They depend on the temperatures outside to warm and cool a home. Due to their ability to distribute both hot and cold air, they can double as a central air conditioner as well as a furnace.
What is The Difference Between a Heat Pump & a Furnace?
One of the key differences which set a furnace apart is its dependency on a burner, whereas a heat pump only needs its fuel from outside temperatures. During warmer months, furnaces are rarely used, sometimes lying dormant for months. A heat pump, however, is capable of being used year-round and can change its needs based on the seasons. Another function setting heat pumps apart is their ability to lower humidity levels, a function that can come in handy during the hot Virginian months.
Heat Pump Installation
The timing for installation tends to vary based on the unit. Air-source pumps are similar to installing an air conditioner and can take as little as an afternoon to properly set up. Geothermal units, on the other hand, can take more time due to their dependency on groundwork. Before installation, an Aire Serv professional will have to examine the plot of land and subsoil. Whichever type of unit you have, we’ll take care to see it properly installed and ready to be of use.
Heat Pump Replacement
Our service professionals are up for the task of replacing an old, outdated unit. Not only can we replace your current system, but we can arrive fully stocked and ready to change out individual parts. For filters, valves, or refrigerants, we’ll switch them out in no time.
Residential Heat Pump Troubleshooting:
Are you having trouble with your heat pump? It could be time for a replacement if:
- Your HVAC system is 10 years or older.
- You notice any strange or uncommon sounds.
- The heating or cooling is inconsistent throughout your home.
- You’ve had frequent, or very costly, repairs.
- Your utility bill has increased significantly.
Why Aire Serv?
Call Aire Serv of the Shenandoah Valley for all your heating and cooling needs! We offer excellent HVAC services for an upfront price. Our 24/7 emergency customer service allows us to set up appointments throughout all hours of the day. When you’re in need, we’ll be there.
Our wide range of services, years of experience, and great performance make Aire Serv of Shenandoah Valley a company you can depend on. Call us today.