If you’re using a heat pump to keep your home warm this winter, you may notice ice building up on the outside coil of your system. If you do, don’t be alarmed. Heat pump ice is to be expected during especially cold days, and is not automatically a problem. However, it may become an issue if other parts of your heat pump stop working correctly. Let’s take a look at where heat pump ice comes from, and why you should keep an eye on it.
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As we get deeper into the heating season, you are going to start relying on your heating system more and more. No matter what heating system you have, you need to be aware of the different issues that can affect it over time. If you have a ductless heating system installed in your home, keep an eye out for signs of different problems. Let’s go over a couple of those problems now, and the symptoms that they cause.
Geothermal heat pumps are often cited as some of the most energy-efficient climate control systems on the market. Though we have recommended them in many cases on this blog, we haven’t really gotten into how they work in a while. In order to understand just how energy efficient geothermal systems are, it helps to understand how they actually work. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how geothermal systems operate.
We’ve posted a lot about the advantages of using a heat pump to cool your home. While a heat pump is one of the best options for home climate control, there is not just one type of heat pump. One of the types that are not discussed as frequently are geothermal heat pumps. These are one of the best heat pump types for actually cooling your home, and are among the most energy efficient climate control systems in existence. Let’s take a closer look at how using a geothermal system can benefit you.
As we move out of the winter season and into spring, people are starting to think less about their heating systems and more about their air conditioners. While it is totally understandable to become more focused on staying cool as the days get warmer, there is a way to address both heating and cooling concerns at once: installing a heat pump in your home. Let’s have a look at 3 of the ways that installing a heat pump can benefit you.
Heating and Cooling Modes
All heat pumps are capable of working in both heating and cooling modes. This is due to the way they operate, which involves evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. In heating mode, the heat pump will absorb thermal energy from the outside air and bring it inside to heat the home. In cooling mode, the heat pump reverses the flow of refrigerant to absorb heat from inside and release it outside. By installing a heat pump, you are saving thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on separate heating and cooling systems.
Because a heat pump simply moves preexisting heat from one space to another, it has no need to burn any sort of fuel. This makes it one of the most energy-efficient heating systems on the market. A heat pump will pay for itself in savings within a few years of installation, after which any money saved on your heating bill goes directly into your pocket. If you’re looking for a way to lower your home’s operating costs, a heat pump is a great option.
Any combustion-based system, especially one that uses natural gas, is going to create a number of byproducts that are then vented into the atmosphere during operation. These include the deadly gas carbon monoxide. A heat pump does not produce any of these gases, making it safe both for you and the environment.
If you would like to know more about heat pumps, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We provide heat pump services throughout Chicago, IL.