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Answers to Common Heat Pump Questions

Heating and air conditioning systems might seem simple at first, but there's a lot that goes into them. Most general consumers don’t really need to know every little thing about heat pumps, but there are some things that would be helpful to know if you are in the market for a new HVAC unit.

Here are some important things to know about heat pumps in order to help you decide if this heating and cooling system is right for your home.

1. What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner. It keeps your house warm during colder months, but it can also keep your house cool during warmer months. However, in contrast to a standard HVAC unit, heat pumps move heat instead of generating it.

When it's cold outside, a heat pump takes outdoor heat and moves it inside. When it's warm outside, it reverses these directions and acts as a standard air conditioner, removing heat from your home and cooling it down.

2. Do I Need a Heat Pump?

Depending on where you live, a heat pump may be a better investment than an air conditioner. It essentially comes down to the climate. If you experience both warm and cool weather throughout the year, it's better to have a heat pump since you'll be covered whether it's cold or hot.

3. What are SEER and HSPF?

These are efficiency ratings that determine how well a heat pump works. SEER refers to Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is what determines the efficiency of a heat pump when it is cooling. HSPF refers to the Heating Season Performance Factor, which determines heating efficiency.

4. What Problems Can I Expect with My Heat Pump?

There are a few things to keep in mind if your heat pump appears to act irregularly.

If it seems to be turning off and on repeatedly in a short time span, it could be that the air filter needs to be changed or cleaned.

If you hear any harsh grinding sounds coming from the heat pump, it is highly recommended to turn the heater off and get it serviced. The last thing you want is to have your heat pump damaged.

If have any other questions, feel free to contact our team here at Rescue Air Heating and Cooling. Your comfort is our top priority, and we will work with you to install the best heating and cooling unit in your home. (972) 201-3253