There are many types of heating systems on the market, but few people think of heat pumps as an option. However, heat pumps are one of the most efficient systems available, especially since they allow you to maintain a cool temperature in the summer as well as stay warm in the winter.
If you’d like to learn more about how a heat pump can revolutionize your home comfort system, contact Boehmer Heating & Cooling today. Our Pittsburgh area heat pump technicians will help you learn more about how a heat pump works and whether this unique technology can be effective in your home. If you do choose a heat pump for your home comfort needs, we provide a full range of installation, maintenance, and repair services for. So whether you’re looking for a company to put your new heat pump in place or you’re looking to have your existing system serviced, we have the experience and knowledge to get the job done right and as quickly as possible.
If you are thinking about getting a new heat pump, you should consider getting an ENERGY STAR qualified model. They have both a higher SEER rating and HSPF rating than standard new models, and they are an average of 9 percent more efficient. And an ENERGY STAR rated heat pump could be 20 percent more energy efficient than your old heat pump! That will save you a lot of energy, which is a difference you will see on your monthly bills!
How a Heat Pump Works
Heat pumps are actually quite simple and have been around for many years. In fact, your air conditioner is a heat pump, pulling warm air out of your house. The same technology works in reverse during the winter months, allowing your home to draw warm air from outside and heat the indoor air to keep you comfortable. You may not think there’s warmth hidden in all of the cold winter air, but there is, and heat pumps are designed specifically for capturing it and transferring it to your home.
In effect, all air has energy in it, even when the temperature is very cold. A heat pump works by drawing the energy from that air and exchanging it through condensers into another environment – in this case the air in your home. Heated air is then circulated through your house via a series of ducts.
The best part about a heat pump is that it works during the summer to draw the warm air out of your house, effectively cooling your indoor air. No other home comfort system provides both heating and cooling simultaneously.
Heat Pump Installation
A heat pump requires a series of ducts in your home, so if you don’t already have ductwork from an existing furnace, it will need to be installed. Additionally, if you live in a particularly cold environment, heat pumps are not as efficient when the temperature gets too low. They will work to a very low temperature, but eventually there just is not much warmth to draw from. That’s why a small gas furnace is a good supplement to your heat pump, providing backup heat during the coldest days of winter.
Heat Pump Maintenance
Because your heat pump will be used all year, it must be maintained rigorously. That means routine checkups of all filters, both disposable and permanent. With regular maintenance, you can expect your heat pump to provide comfortable indoor temperatures for years to come with minimal repairs necessary.
If repairs are necessary, however, we offer a full range of services to quickly get your system back in working order. From duct patching and repair to replacement of parts in your heat pump, we strive to get your system back online in no time.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Traditional heat pumps work using the heat in the air. However, a geothermal heat pump offers the same benefits of a standard model with a more reliable energy source – the earth. Because the ground beneath your home is filled with warmth, the water circulating through a geothermal heat pump system is more reliable, even during the coldest months of winter. And a geothermal heat pump will offer similar cooling benefits during the hottest days of summer, when the temperature below ground is colder than above.
If a heat pump sounds like a good fit for your home or if you already have one and need routine maintenance or repairs performed, call Boehmer today. Our Pittsburgh area heat pump experts can help you determine which heat pump is best suited for your home or, if you already have a system, they can provide professional maintenance and repair services as they’re needed.