Heat Pumps Save 40 To 60% On Energy Costs
Compared To Other Solutions
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Heat pumps are a great way to keep your home warm for a lot less money compared to other home heating options.
Since heat pumps only transfer heat rather than create it, they cost much less to run than if you are burning oil or gas to heat your home. They have been shown to save an average of 40% to 60% of energy costs, which means they give a great return on investment in a shorter amount of time than other options.
Of course, this also means a heat pump will reduce your dependency on fuel. First, you don’t have to wait on fuel deliveries, which can be unreliable during peak times because of weather conditions. Fuel prices are also often unstable (particularly oil), so you can end up spending more than you want to for heating your home.
Would you like to be less reliant on fuel and enjoy big energy savings? Contact us for a heat pump consultation in Northern California to learn more.
Did you know that a heat pump can also work for air conditioning your home? It’s true. It does not generate the same energy savings as it does for heating, but it is still a great solution for both heating and cooling your home.
We offer heat pump repair services in Northern California. If you are unsure about what is wrong with your heat pump, always call a certified technician to diagnose and fix the problem properly.
More Information About Heat Pumps
What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are devices that transfer heat energy from a heat source to a heat sink – an electronic device that has a fan or some other cooling device such as a Peltier device that keeps a hot component cool. They are made in such a way that thermal energy is moved in the direction opposite to that of heat flow. This is achieved by absorbing heat from a cool place and transferring it to a warm place, a task that requires some external power.
Common examples of places where heat pumps are used include air conditioners and freezers. For instance, a heat pump can be part of the air conditioning system in a home where it uses the air outside to either cool or heat the home as the case may be. In this case, there will be two parts of this heat pump air conditioner system: an indoor unit referred to as an air handler, and the outdoor unit which is the heat pump. However, heat pumps are also found in various heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) devices used for cooling or heating a space.
How a Heat Pump Works
Mechanical heat pumps function using a fluid known as a refrigerant. This is a volatile fluid that evaporates and condenses rapidly thereby absorbing and releasing heat as it travels through the heat pump.
In gaseous form, the refrigerant is pressurized, heated and moved through the system by a component called a compressor, to its discharge side. Here, the hot vaporized refrigerant is cooled by releasing the heat in a heat exchanger referred to as a condenser, until it returns to a liquid state. Still highly pressurized, the now liquid refrigerant is moved further through a metering device such as an expansion valve or turbine to lower its pressure. The low-pressure liquid refrigerant then moves to the evaporator where it absorbs heat until it becomes gaseous, then goes back to the compressor and repeats the entire cycle.
Types of Heat Pump
There are basically two types of heat pump systems:
- Compression heat pumps, which are mechanical and run on electricity
- Absorption heat pumps, which can be fueled by electricity and flammable fuels such as natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.
Heat Pump troubleshooting
If your heat pump is giving you trouble, there are a few things you can check before calling in the handyman. First, check if the thermostat is on and set to ‘heat’. If it is already on the heat mode, adjust the temperature upwards by 4 degrees, and then switch the fan on.
If the fan isn’t working, check the fuse and circuit breakers as they may need replacing. If they look alright, your wiring may be the problem so call in an electrician to repair that. On the other hand, if your fan works it is bringing in cold air, see if warm air is coming from the vents when you put the thermostat to emergency heat. This could mean that your outdoor unit has a problem. However, if the air isn’t warm, the thermostat may be the problem.
When in doubt as to what the problem is, always call in a certified technician to identify and handle your heat pump problems safely and effectively.