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Ready for a New AC? Then Definitely Consider a Heat Pump!

red-therrmometerWashington is not necessarily known for intensely hot summer weather, but it doesn’t have to regular hit the triple digits to mean that it is uncomfortably hot outside. Even here in the PNW, a great air conditioning system is a must for homeowners looking to live comfortably throughout the entire year. The good news is that the pros on our staff are here to outfit your home with a quality air conditioning system, either as a brand new installation in a new property or as a replacement for your older system.

Before you rush into buying a new central air conditioner, however, we recommend that you take a few moments to really familiarize yourself with the options out there. You may just find that there is a system that suits your needs and personal user preferences even better than the tried and true central AC. While these are obviously great systems, using a heat pump in Snohomish, WA is also something that you should seriously consider. Heat pumps have a couple of added benefits that you’d be remiss to overlook.

With a Heat Pump, You Get Heating and Cooling in One!

Okay, so here is the major benefit of investing in a heat pump. You’re not just purchasing a new air conditioning system. You are getting a powerful air conditioner, along with a (highly efficient) heating system. How is this possible? Thanks to the heat transfer method of both heating and cooling. What does that mean, you may ask?

Yes, I Do Ask—What Does That Mean?

It’s actually not as complicated as it sounds. An air conditioner doesn’t magically generate “coolness” the way that a furnace generates heat by consuming a fuel or using electricity. Instead, it relies on the refrigerant cycle in order to remove heat from the air in your home. This is possible thanks to the evaporation of refrigerant, which draws heat out of the air as it evaporates. Then, it goes out to the condenser coil, where it releases its heat before repeating the cycle until the desired temperature is met in your home.

Okay, but What’s That Got to Do with Heating?

A heat pump doesn’t generate coolness, either—but it also doesn’t really generate heat. Instead, the heat pump reverses the aforementioned heat transfer process. Now, the heat pump evaporates refrigerant in the outdoor coil, allowing it to draw heat out of the air outside. That refrigerant is then compressed, boosting its thermal energy.

The refrigerant then goes indoors to be condensed, releasing its heat in order to warm up your home. Because no new heat is generated, this is among the most efficient of all heating options available today. If you are really serious about optimizing energy efficiency, then you may want to consider a ductless heat pump, too: all the benefits of a heat pump, with none of the drawbacks of air ducts!

When you are ready to install a new air conditioning system, G & S Heating Cooling & Electric is the company to call.

 

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