Implementing a Heat Pump to Your HVAC System
Last month, we discussed the differences between a heat pump and an air conditioner. Now that it’s getting chilly, it’s time to think about switching gears and using your heat pump to heat your home.
Right off the bat, we hope you notice the efficiency of using a heat pump for both heating and cooling purposes. By running your heat pump instead of using a furnace or fuel-based heating equipment, you can save on fuel costs while maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. The only thing spooky about the fall should be your Halloween plans, not your heating bill!
The HVAC technicians at Childers Enterprises are here to help you decide if a heat pump is the right fit for your heating needs. Located in Beckley, WV, we are available to residential and commercial customers throughout West Virginia and Virginia.
Will a Heat Pump Provide Adequate Heat to My Home or Business?
You may be wondering, why would I need a heat pump if I already have a furnace? Will it actually heat my home on its own? The answer? It truly depends on the climate where you live. Heat pumps use the air from outside and converts it into warm or cool air, and can work in temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now you’re wondering why a heat pump would benefit your home, especially in those crisp, cold West Virginia winters, right? Well, there are a few good reasons as to why a heat pump is still a nice addition to your heating system, including:
Efficiency. Like we mentioned above, heat pumps can help to lessen the need for fuel-burning heating equipment. This will help to cut energy costs, too, saving you money in the long run.
Maintenance. Heat pumps require less maintenance than other heating equipment, pushing back costs and the need for constant furnace maintenance.
Warmth and cooling options. We all know how fall can be – cold one day, and scorching the next. Heat pumps provide both warm and cool air, so there’s no need to worry about wasting oil or fuel when the furnace is running.
Ductless options. Heat pumps are also available in ductless options for those without existing ductwork. Ductless mini split systems are perfect to cool small spaces and provide both air conditioning and heating options.
Types of Heat Pumps to Choose From
When choosing to include a heat pump into your heating system, it’s important to know what types are available. Different types of heat pumps move air in different ways, making them more or less compatible, depending on where you live. Energy.gov also provides information on the main types of heat pumps, including:
Air-source heat pumps move air from inside to outside, or outside to inside in order to keep the space comfortable. They come in ducted and ductless, multi- and single-zone, and split or packaged options.
Geothermal heat pumps pull heat from the ground, making them an efficient and energy-saving way to heat your home or business. Geothermal systems can pull heat from underground, regardless of the outside temperature, making them a great alternative in cold climates.
Absorption heat pumps are similar to air-source, but they use fuel instead of electricity to move heat or cool air throughout the space.
The HVAC technicians at Childers Enterprises can help you to determine what type of heat pump works best for your space. We use quality equipment from trusted brands like Trane and Carrier, and we have years of experience in heat pump installation.
Ductless Mini Split Systems Can Keep Spaces Warm, Too
If you’re thinking of downsizing or do not want to waste fuel on rooms that you don’t use, a ductless mini split can help. Ductless systems can be easily installed into any space, providing both warm and cool air as needed. Ductless mini splits are perfect for homeowners looking to heat specific areas, like bedrooms or living areas, or want to add additional heat sources to their home.
Heat Pump Repairs Can be Complicated – Call on Childers
While maintenance is not as crucial for heat pumps as it is for heating equipment like furnaces or gas stoves, there is always room for routine checkups. Heat pump repair can be tricky, and routine maintenance can help to catch any minor issues before they become major, costly problems. Childers Enterprises is here to perform any small or big heat pump repair job in West Virginia or parts of Virginia. A quick call to us means that your heat pump will be back to normal in no time.
It’s Getting Colder… What Will You Choose?
Whether you are upgrading your heating system, or just want to look for new ways to save on heating costs this fall and winter season, talk to Childers about heat pump installation. We can work with you to find the best option for your home or business, along with providing professional maintenance on your existing heating equipment.
If a heat pump isn’t for you, check back this winter for more information on furnaces that we offer at Childers Enterprises. Our goal is your comfort – call us today for more information.