Depew Heat Pump Services
Everyone wants to be able to save more money on everyday activities. Here in Western New York we have unforgiving winters that can go from beautiful to severe within an hour. On the coldest of nights you’ll be relying on your heating unit in order to keep you warm, but you won’t want to have to spend a fortune on your energy bill. If you’re looking for easier ways to more efficiently warm your home, and save money doing it, call the experts that can provide your Depew, NY home with heat pump services.
How do heat pumps work?
Heat pumps are devices that move heat from one location to another, while only using a small amount of energy. They are typically used to heat homes or office buildings, but they can also be used to cool those same places. Generally speaking, heat pumps work in ways quite similar to an air conditioner; they pull air from an external source, typically the ground or air, and transfer that energy to make a living or working space more comfortable. There are three types of heat pumps: air-source, geothermal (ground-source or water-source), and gas-fired. An air-source heat pump is the most common type of heat pump that is used.
What benefits can you expect to see from using these units?
- One of the biggest advantages of heat pumps is that you don’t have to install separate systems to heat and cool your home like you would have to with a standard heating, ventilating, and cooling (heating and cooling) unit.
- Heat pumps tend to have a longer life expectancy when compared to that of more conventional units.
- Heat pumps are eco-friendly, causing virtually no carbon emissions, other than a very small amount from the electrical energy that is used to run the compressor.
- Heat pumps reduce running costs. Ground source heat pumps provide an annual savings of over 60%, and air source heat pumps provide savings of over 40%.
What are some energy efficient features?
The primary energy efficient feature of heat pumps is that instead of burning fuel to create energy, they simply move it from one place to another. This makes heat pumps a little more environmentally friendly than a gas-burning furnace. Heat pumps are also currently the most cost-effective form of heating that uses electricity.
What common problems can you expect to see?
- The efficiency of heat pumps is hampered in areas where the temperature drops below freezing in the winter. As a result of the cold temperature, the system has to take more time and more energy to get itself warm before it can transfer energy throughout a home or office building. This problem causes users to feel the need to back up the heating and cooling unit.
- Heat pumps sometimes release cool air through the vents during the cool seasons instead of warm air like they are supposed to. Such a problem is typically caused by a defective reversing valve that will need to be serviced.
- Malfunctions in the defrost cycle occur frequently in heat pumps. This problem is indicated by ice on the coils. As time goes on the ice gets thicker and will cause the unit to eventually breakdown.