Whether you’re planning to switch to a more efficient heating system or simply need to replace your old comfort equipment, one of the options you may want to consider is a heat pump.
However, looking into heat pump systems on your own may seem complicated with all the conflicting information. Investing in a new heat pump is undoubtedly expensive! That’s why most homeowners want to be armed with information before buying the unit. Let Blue Air One help clear up a few things up so you can have an informed buying decision.
Here are the top ten frequently asked questions about heat pump units:
What is a heat pump, and how does it work?
A heat pump is an equipment that moves the air from one place to another to heat a space. The unit moves the hot air from the outside into the inside of the house. This process is done with the help of a refrigerant that is pumped by the compressor through indoor and outdoor coils.
How is it possible that there’s hot air outside during the winter?
This thing may come as a surprise, but zero degrees outside air contains over 80% heat, and the same amount is found at 100 degrees temperature. There are complicated physics laws that make this heat exchange possible. Your heat pump has a state-of-the-art technology that extracts the available heat coming from the outside and transfers it inside your home.
What maintenance tasks are needed for a heat pump?
There is very simple up keep you can do to keep the system running in peak performance, such as changing the filter and cleaning the parts. However, it is always advised to bring in an expert technician to provide professional maintenance service to your system annually.
How many types of heat pumps are available today, and what are they?
Currently, there are two types of heat pump units available—the air source and the ground source heat pumps. As their names suggest, the air source units take the heat from the air while the ground source units extract the heat from the ground.
What is a ductless heat pump?
A ductless heat pump is a type of system that doesn’t have ductwork or pipe to transfer heat. It contains an outdoor unit and indoor components called heads that are fixed in the wall. Each split can work independently and can be turned on and off without affecting the other split operations.
How to select the right heat pump size for my home?
To identify the right size of a heat pump for your space, you need to look into a variety of factors first. It could be useful to consider the amount of insulation in your home, the climate, the number of occupants, the overall size of your home, and many more. A professional contractor can help you with these matters.
Can a heat pump be run 24 hours a day?
Just like other heating systems, a heat pump also consumes a considerable amount of energy. It would be too costly to run the unit all day long. Instead, turn it on whenever you need the heat. One of the best ways to keep the heat in your home is to beef up your insulation. This way, you only need a few hours to run the heat pump as the heat stays in your space.
Read this blog to know more efficient ways to heat your home.
How much time is required to install a heat pump?
Most technicians typically finish the installation process within three days since there are outdoor and indoor components involved. For ductless systems, the installation is often completed in one day. Ground source heat pumps, on the other hand, take longer to install, especially when digging of a borehole is involved.
How often should I clean a heat pump?
We suggest cleaning the unit regularly. The more frequent you clean and maintain it, the better it performs and the more efficient it becomes. Make sure also that the outdoor unit is free from dust, leaves, and other debris.
Do I need a backup heating system for my heat pump?
Heat pumps provide effective heating during winter, but we advise you to have other heating sources in your home when the temperature outside drops below zero.
We hope that these FAQs answered your questions about heat pump units. If you’re still looking to learn more about heat pumps and other heating systems, feel free to talk to us at Blue Air One, Inc. Contact us today!