You may be taken aback by the number of options available to you if you are currently entering the market for a new air conditioning system. Package/Split/Mini or SEER/COP/AFUE/EEF. The list goes on and on. While you may be tempted to stick with a traditional central air conditioner simply because this is what you know, we advise you to weigh your options carefully. Traditional central ACs are great, but there are have been huge advancement in other systems out there which may suit your needs even better. There may not be a perfect AC out there, after all, but there is surely one that is optimal for you unique needs and preferences. Consider, for instance, the benefits of using a heat pump in Hampton Roads, VA. If you want more information to see if a heat pump may be right for you, give House Call Company a call toady.
How Heat Pumps Work
If you really want to decide if a heat pump is right for you, you must first have an idea of how it is that heat pumps work. The good news is, the concept is quite simple. In fact, during the summer season, a heat pump acts just like your trusty central AC system. Refrigerant absorbs heat from the air in your home. That heat is dispersed outdoors, and the cooled air is then redistributed throughout your house. The process repeats until your home is as cool as you like it. Why, you may ask, consider a heat pump, then, if it acts just like an AC? Well, during the winter season, you can actually reverse the operation of a heat pump. Herein lies the key of its benefits.
Benefits of Using a Heat Pump
The reversing valve in a heat pump allows it to reverse the flow of its refrigerant. This means that your heat pump can pull heat from the air outside in the winter – the air is cold, but there is still thermal energy to be had – and use that heat to warm your home. The refrigerant that absorbs the ambient heat is compressed in the compressor, and is then used to heat air for distribution throughout the house. This means that you can heat your home very efficiently with the very same equipment that you use to cool your home in the summer.
Solar Heat Pumps?
Couple the energy savings you can get in the winter by operating a heat pump rather then electric strip heaters, boiler or furnace. With the POWER of the SUN, and you got a winning combination. The House Call Company is one of the very few HVAC contractors in Hampton Roads that is qualified to install a SOLAR HEAT PUMP. That is right, when the sun shines it powers the heat pump, and better yet. When the heat pump is not on and the sun is shining, it powers your home!!! In some cases you can even unwind your power meter and save a ton on your electrical bills. With the properly designed system, and a home that is operated efficiently. You could reduce your power bill to almost nothing. Now ask yourself, why did someone not think about this sooner? Using the Sun to power the Heat Pump to condition your home. Brilliant!