If it’s time for a new heating system in your home, a heat pump is definitely something you should consider. These systems are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and can supply you with a comfortable indoor environment all year long. In fact, most people don’t realize it, but heat pumps are capable of not only heating your home during the winter, but cooling it during the summer.
If you’d like to learn more about these great systems, give Polar Bear Air Conditioning a call today. Our Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area heat pump experts will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the products and services we offer and schedule an appointment to visit your home. We install heat pumps in homes all over the region, and we provide full repair and maintenance services to keep them running smoothly for years.
Did you know that a heat pump that receives annual maintenance can be up to 25 percent more efficient than a heat pump that receives no maintenance? It will also last longer and need fewer repairs over its lifetime. Annual maintenance will also help you save money on your utility bills because your heat pump will need less energy to keep your home comfortable. Remember that changing your air filters once a month is a way that every homeowner can help keep their heat pump working effectively.
How Heat Pumps Work
As their name implies, heat pumps move heat from one area to another. Of course, so do most other home heating and cooling systems, so what makes heat pumps so special? Unlike furnaces that take in fuel and burn it to create heat, heat pumps don’t generate their own heat. Instead they extract it. In the winter they take heat from the air outside and transfer it to the indoor air, which is then circulated through your home.
In the summer, the process is reversed, and your heat pump can remove heat from your indoor air and send it outside to keep the indoors cool and comfortable. So rather than installing a separate heating and cooling system, the heat pump provides both functions in one compact, affordable system.
Heat Pump Sizing & Efficiency
Once you understand how heat pumps work, it’s easy to see why they’re so much more energy efficient than many other home heating and cooling systems. But heat pumps come in a variety of sizes and with varying efficiency ratings, so you want to make sure you evaluate the specifications of all of the systems you’re pricing before you make your selection.
You should also make sure that the heat pump unit you choose is the right size for your home. Even if you choose the most energy efficient model on the market, you won’t get optimal results if the unit is too small or too large for your home. Paying more for a larger unit than you need is certainly a waste of money, as you won’t be taking advantage of the extra capacity you’re paying for.
And if you purchase a unit that’s too small, you’ll never really attain that level of indoor comfort you’re looking for. You’ll also be negating whatever energy efficiency that smaller unit had because it must work constantly to try and get the temperature to the point you desire. Taking on this excess workload means that your heat pump will use more energy than necessary to heat and cool your home and it will likely wear out and need repairs or replacement more quickly.
Heat Pump Installation, Maintenance & Repairs
If you decide a heat pump is the right home heating and cooling solution for you, call Polar Bear for professional installation in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area. We offer a full range of heat pump installation, maintenance and repair services so you never need to worry about how to care for your system or what to do in case something goes wrong.