June 4, 2020 Uncategorized

When we think of ways to combat the sweltering heat of summer, air conditioners usually are the first ones that pop out of our minds. But we all know that air conditioners are not the most energy-efficient cooling systems. That title is reserved for heat pumps.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted HVAC company in Coon Rapids MN. We offer a complete line of home comfort systems, including an array of energy-efficient heat pumps.

Heat Pumps 101

For starters, a heat pump is a system that uses a small amount of energy to transfer heat from one place to another. It usually pulls heat out of the air or ground to heat a home, but the process is reversible to cool a building or a home.

In some ways, a heat pump works the same as a regular air conditioner.

They both use a special phase-changing refrigerant to collect the heat from the air through a set of coils, and then release it through another set of coils located somewhere else. An AC takes away the heat from your home and moves it outside, cooling your home’s interior.

A heat pump can do that too, plus more. It can reverse its function so it can provide heating when you need it. During the cold months, a heat pump absorbs heat from the outdoor air (there’s still hot air from the ground or air even on a snowy night) and releases it inside. However, a heat pump can reverse the flow of the refrigerant through a special valve. This allows it to work like an air conditioner during the hot months. It’s basically having two systems in one machine.

Heat Pumps for Cooling

Let’s go back to our original question: Is a heat pump enough to get me through the summer? And the answer is yes. A heat pump can be as efficient as an air conditioner. A unit rated at 16 SEER will cool your home just as a 16 SEER AC would. In regions where temperatures are milder, a heat pump can be an efficient way to heat a home during winter and cool it down during summer.

Benefits of Using a Heat Pump

The advantages of using heat pumps are too significant to ignore, one of which is energy efficiency. Heat pumps have high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER), making them an environment-friendly way of establishing a comfortable home environment. According to the Department of Energy, modern heat pumps can reduce your electricity use for heating or cooling by as much as 50 percent.

High-efficiency heat pumps are also known to dehumidify homes better than air conditioners. This results in less energy usage and more cooling comfort during the hot months.

Heat pumps don’t burn fossil fuels, which significantly lowers your carbon footprint as you use them. In other words, heat pumps are environment-friendly HVAC systems. Not only does a heat pump lower your electricity usage, but it also helps the environment in the process.

Heat pumps are quiet and convenient to operate. The compressor is typically installed outside the home and helps to keep noise levels to a minimum. This promotes a good night’s sleep and everybody would want that.

In terms of durability, heat pumps cannot be left behind. With proper maintenance and care, a heat pump can last anywhere between 15 and 20 years. With the help of an HVAC professional who will periodically maintain your unit, you can rely on your heat pump for many years.

Certain heat pump models offer advanced features to better meet your needs. A heat pump with a two-speed compressor enables you to control the capacity at which the device is working. As a result, your energy consumption is greatly minimized. Other models can also take back waste heat from the heat pump’s cooling mode and use it to heat water.

Looking for a Heat Pump? Call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning

If you’re in the process of choosing the right heat pump for your home, give us a call. We have extensive knowledge of all HVAC systems, including heat pumps. We can address your concerns and respond with appropriate suggestions. For over 40 years, we have been your reliable Andover heating and air conditioning company.