You never want to completely overhaul your heating or cooling system because it’s a big project to take on. But with each passing year, you get closer to needing a new heater installation. After all, heating and cooling systems are only designed to last for so long. Is this the year for a new heating installation in your home?
If you’re wondering if the time is right for a heat pump installation, we can help. Ideally, you want to install a new heat pump before winter sets in, so fall is a great time. You still have a couple of months before the cold really sets in, so be sure to give us a call sooner rather than later. In the meantime, learn more about the benefits of a heat pump system.
What is a Heat Pump
A heat pump has a very similar design to an air conditioner. The biggest difference between the two is the fact that a heat pump has a reversing valve. This valve allows the system to heat or cool on demand, depending on what your needs are.
The reversing valve does just want it sounds like, it reverses the flow of refrigerant in the system depending on whether you want heating or cooling. When you have your heat pump set to cooling, your indoor unit absorbs heat in the air and pushes it outside. When you have your heat pump set to heating, the outdoor unit absorbs heat from the air around it and then blows it inside your home.
Pros of Using a Heat Pump
Heat pumps are very convenient because the eliminate the need for separate heating and cooling systems. You get temperature control year round all in one place. This solution offers space efficiency as well as energy efficiency. The first and most obvious advantage to using a heat pump is that of convenience.
Your unit is most notably more efficient during the winter compared to other options. That’s because a heat pump doesn’t use any type of combustion to generate heat. The only time a heat pump may be less desirable is in temperatures that drop and stay below freezing. Otherwise, this type of system is more than adequate to keep your home both warm and cool.
Heat Pump Maintenance
There is one thing worth noting in regards to having a heat pump. Experts recommend once-per-year maintenance for a standard HVAC system. Heat pumps need maintenance twice per year. This is because the system is working equally hard to heat and cool all year long. It can take on wear and tear faster than other types of systems.
Maintenance in the spring and fall ensure that your heat pump stays in the best shape for each new season – whether heating or cooling. With regular maintenance, a heat pump will easily last as long as any other type of HVAC system you might consider. It really comes down to your preferences and what works in your home.
Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for Chicagoland area home services. Contact us today!