Looking for an HVAC company specializing in heat pump repairs or installations in Newtown, PA, Levittown, PA, or anywhere else throughout Bucks County, PA, or Montgomery County, PA? You can have confidence in knowing that each of our certified technicians here at One Hour has the training and industry knowledge necessary to install a new heat pump, and in turn, improve the comfort of your home!
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
Heat pumps are able to transfer heat from one room to another by circulating refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation. Refrigerant is pumped between two heat exchanger coils by a compressor. In the first coil, the refrigerant evaporates at a low pressure and absorbs heat from its immediate surroundings. The exact same refrigerant then undergoes compression at high pressures and moves to a second coil where it condenses. The heat absorbed earlier in the cycle is then released into the home.
A refrigerator is a perfect example of a heat pump functioning only in the cooling mode. A refrigerator is essentially an insulated box with a heat pump system connected to it. The heat pump cycle is completely reversible; therefore, heat pumps can provide heating during the winter and dehumidification/cooling in the summer.
What Types of Problems Can Arise with a Heat Pump?
There are a number of things that can go wrong with a heat pump. Fortunately, One Hour has the certified technicians, trucks and the proper tools to get yours up and running. It’s important to keep in mind that heat pumps don’t heat air to the same temperatures as gas furnaces. Since heat pumps function as supplemental devices to your central heating unit, the variations in the temperature of the air coming out of the vents can be confusing at first. Our technicians will examine your thermometers and let you know whether or not the air is being heated.
If you feel like your heat pump in your Bucks County or Montgomery County home is no longer working properly, our team can run a thorough system of diagnosis to pinpoint the root of the problem. Restricted refrigerant flow, faulty compressor valves, low levels of refrigerant or debris can all lead to the malfunctioning of your heat pump.
How About Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps?
Ductless mini-split heat pumps are great supplements for those homes with hydronic or electric resistance baseboard heating. These systems require wall-mounted units that can be installed in multiple places throughout your home and are designed to deliver regulated air directly into different zones. Ductless mini-split systems consist of a simple, less invasive installation and work to improve a home’s energy efficiency and air quality, as well as allow people to enjoy a more direct distribution of air.
A new heat pump can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your Newtown or Levittown home. Not only does it take gas heating out the equation, but it also takes up to 30% less electricity than traditional air conditioners. As a result, this system is better for the environment and especially your budget.
Overall, a heat pump is also a lot more effective at equalizing the temperature of your home -- no more air conditioner struggling to fend off the heat or chilly mornings regardless of how high the thermostat is set for the gas heat in the winter.
In most Bucks County and Montgomery County homes, heating and cooling units are separate, which means you might spend a significant amount of time and possibly money twice a year switching out your air conditioners and making sure the furnace is prepared for the winter. However, this is not the case with heat pumps. Rather, this equipment heats and cools, so you don’t have to do anything when the seasons change besides flip a switch.
How Do I Choose a New Heat Pump for My Home?
If you’re interested in installing a heat pump in your Newtown or Levittown home, there are two important ratings to consider. The first is the HSPF, or heating seasonal performance, which rates the heating efficiency of the pump. Usually, you don't want to buy anything lower than an eight.
The second rating to watch for is the SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency: This refers to the cooling side, or heat removal. Essentially, this rating measures the energy consumption in watts. The higher ratings will be more expensive, but they'll save you money on utility bills in the long run. With this, you want a rating of somewhere between 14 and 18. Also, just like any other large utility purchase, you want to ensure there’s an Energy Star label.
A heat pump is a wonderful investment if you live in a mild climate. The equipment will save you time and money, and improve the comfort of your home more than traditional heating and cooling methods. So, before the change of seasons arrives, consider all the advantages of installing a heat pump at your home. Whether you live in Glenside, Elkins Park, Churchville, Richboro, Villanova, Newtown, Levittown or anywhere else throughout Bucks County or Montgomery County, PA, give us a call to schedule an appointment today!