Spokane Heat Pumps
High-Quality Heat Pump Installations in Spokane & the Surrounding Areas
For those who prioritize efficiency but want to keep their homes comfortable and cozy, heat pumps are a desirable option. To the surprise of many, heat pumps actually have the ability to heat a home as well as cool it. Heat pumps are efficient systems and work by transferring heat energy from the air to the refrigerant. The heat pump then circulates heat energy in the refrigerant to a condenser coil, where the air is released. Simultaneously, a fan blows air across the coil.
For all intents and purposes, a heat pump is a reverse air conditioner. This is because with a heat pump, air is absorbed from the outside and warmed before circulating throughout the home. Some of the benefits that those who choose this equipment for their home can experience include:
- Lower energy bills
Fortunately for those who choose this piece of equipment, switching to a heat pump can also mean a lower heating bill. Heat pumps use less electricity than a standard electric furnace, so they are about three times as efficient as electric resistance heating.
- Simple maintenance
If you want to get the most out of your heat pump, there are a few simple steps that can be taken for maximum efficiency. If you maintain your heat pump properly, it can make a difference of 10-25% in terms of efficiency. The good news is that heat pump maintenance is fairly simple. The filters need to be changed roughly once a month, or at least checked at least once a month to see what condition they are in. If the filters are dirty, the system’s airflow will not be as strong. Most experts also recommend having a heat pump serviced professionally at least once a year.
Heat pumps do not burn fuel in order to produce heat. Rather, they work by moving heat from one place to another. Because heat pumps do not utilize natural gas, which tends to leak, they are safer than other heating alternatives.
Modern heat pumps are more efficient than gas furnaces. This is true even in cold climates. Overall, a heat pump has lower carbon emissions than a gas furnace over a 15-year appliance lifetime. Plus, heat pumps deliver two to four times more heating energy than the electricity they consume. This is all cited in a study conducted by New Rocky Mountain Institute that examined home heating in 48 states.
The average lifetime of a heat pump is 15 years, but some heat pumps last as long as 20-25 years with regular maintenance and proper upkeep.
Heat Pump Installation: Trust Our Team for a Smooth Process
To install a heat pump, we will need to make intricate wire connections and attachments to the duct system. It is important to consult with professionals like Epic Electric, Heating & Cooling because a variety of issues can arise along the way. For example, we might encounter faulty duct systems that need to be replaced, and a trained professional is the best bet when it comes to noticing these issues.
We will also be able to handle the refrigerant for the heat pump and install it to the unit. This is an important step because if it is done incorrectly, your heat pump might break down in the future. When some homeowners choose to install their heat pumps on their own, they end up making grave mistakes like installing the wrong size. This puts them right back where they started, and they usually wish they had sought professional help from the beginning.
Typically, a heat pump installation takes between four and six hours. Lots of essential steps will be taken during this time. To start, we will choose the most ideal location for the unit. This is typically a location that shares an outside wall and is free from obstacles, like a thermostat or plants. In that location, we will set up a foundation to support the heat pump.
The next step will usually be to drill holes in the walls that run refrigerant lines and connectors between the inside and outside of the unit. After that point, we will install the indoor component of the unit and insulate the lines that run through openings in the wall. Lastly, we will secure the unit to the foundation and connect the lines, making sure all the parts are the correct size. Before activating the unit, we will equalize the pressure in a gradual manner, making sure the refrigerant gas is charged fully.