Heat PumpIf you live in a moderate climate, then heat pump installation can provide you with a highly efficient means to heat and cool your home. If you’re considering an update, we provide heat pump installation services in the Frederick and Loudoun counties of Virginia.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps are geothermal and work by taking heat and transferring it from one area to another. For instance, during warm summer months the heat in your home can be transported outside to make it cooler, and in winter months, be extracted from outdoors and transferred into your home. The way this works is by compressing and then expanding air whilst using refrigerants. This is very similar to how your fridge works (if you notice there is always warm air at the back of your fridge), as well as regular air conditioners.

Advantages of Heat Pump Installation

There are many advantages of using a heat pump over other systems to heat and cool your home. Firstly, a heat pump can perform both tasks and as such works as an air conditioner and central heating system in one. Also, since the system works by transferring heat from one location to another, it doesn’t produce heat by burning fuels. In fact, it produces around three or four units of energy for every one unit of energy used. This makes it one third as cheap as gas heating, and one quarter the price of electric heating. Last and not least, adding a heat pump to your home can significantly increase its value.

Considerations to Keep in Mind

Cost – these systems are more expensive than other heating and cooling systems, although because they are highly efficient and durable, the investment will be recovered after a short period through savings.

Energy Rating – the Department of Energy requires that all air conditioning and heating equipment are evaluated with an energy efficiency rating. This is in the form of SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). The higher these numbers, the better.

Exterior Features – make sure the condensing unit is protected with a louvered, galvanized steel cabinet, and the cabinet is powder-painted with a quality enamel. This improves appearance and durability by protecting it from the elements.

Types – Heat pumps come in a variety of types so it’s a good idea to speak to one of our professionals to learn more about which type will best suit your property based on the surrounding landscape, and your budget. For instance, systems can use nearby water sources (such as rivers and lakes) to extract heat from, as well as air or even by running pipes underground. In addition to this, there are split systems (good for one room), multi-split systems (multiple rooms), duct systems (whole house), and internal unit systems.

To learn more about heat pump installation and to receive an accurate quote, please take a moment to fill out our free estimate form. Alternatively, please call us on (540) 665-2722 or email us on office@rcsheatingair.com.