A heat pump uses a relatively small amount of energy in order to move heat from one place to another. The pump itself pulls heat out of the air or the ground to provide heat in the home but this process can also be reversed in order to cool a home in the warm summer months. Basically, warm air is moved by a heat pump and the season determines where that air goes. If you need to heat your home, it’s used inside your home while in the summer months you move heat out of the home to keep the rooms cool.
Like any other appliance a heat pump goes through wear and tear and will need to be replaced just as a furnace would. Also as time goes on a unit can become less efficient. A heat pump efficiency is rated on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio scale or SEER. This number equates to the actual cooling output during a certain season and this is based off the energy input of a certain unit. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit is. Upgrading from a heat pump with a rating of 9 to a rating of 13 can save upwards of $300 per year. Considering an upgrade replacement of your existing unit can not only play for itself in a short amount of time but save you a great deal of money over the lifetime of the unit. Your average heat pump is designed to last between 10 to 15 years according to the United States Department of Energy.
Some signs heat pump installation replacement is in your future:
-Higher than normal energy bills
-Inconsistent temperatures throughout the home
-Your heat pump is over 10 years of age
-You notice noises or damage to your heat pump
Heat pumps are a bit more ‘green’ then say an entire HVAC unit. Instead of burning fuel to heat or cool your home this pump uses what’s in the ground to keep you comfortable. Ideally, a heat pump works best in a climate that doesn’t have extreme heat or extreme cold. Northwood Heating is experienced with installing and replacing heat pumps all over the Spokane, Washington area. Whether you are looking to install a new unit or replace your current heat pump, our professional and knowledgeable staff can help you keep your home comfortable while minimizing your heating and cooling costs. We offer efficient heat pump units with impressive warranties.
By contacting Precision Air Services a heating & air conditioning company, the greater Federal Way, Kent, Tukwila and Tacoma home owner has access to the professional technicians who have been providing quality, on time customer service since 1993. Inspections, repairs, evaluations for additional or different equipment and suggestions about saving energy costs, along with a new furnace installation for the comfort every home owner needs is just a phone call away.