G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump’

How a Heat Pump Can Benefit You

Monday, February 11th, 2019

woman-operating-systemIf you’ve found yourself in the market for a new heater this winter, consider a heat pump! A heat pump works as a singular alternative to the traditional heater and air conditioner combination, allowing for year-round comfort with just one system. Homeowners across the country are making the switch, recognizing the heat pump for its many benefits.

Of course, only an experienced and well-qualified HVAC professional can determine which heating system will best meet your home’s specific needs, as heat pumps are not suitable for every home. Be sure to contact a heating and cooling professional before you make any final decisions. In this weeks post, we will be outlining some of the advantages that a heat pump has to offer. Keep reading below to learn more. 

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Why Did My Heat Pump Freeze Up?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Winter weather can be plenty cold here in the Pacific Northwest. That being said, we don’t really deal with the subzero temperatures or icy tundra conditions that other states in the union do. So why is it that your heat pump in Lake Stevens froze up when last you were using it to heat your home on a very chilly night?

The development of ice on a heat pump is definitely an alarming situation for homeowners new to the phenomenon. However, it is not exactly an uncommon occurrence. In fact, icing up is something that your heat pump manufacturer has already taken into account!

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Heat Pump FAQ: Isn’t Electric Heating Expensive?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Electric resistance heating is certainly nothing new. Many homeowners use electric space heaters to warm a single room — while paying careful attention to safe usage practices, we hope — while whole homes may be heated with electric furnaces or electric radiant heating. Now, electric resistance heating is 100% efficient in that no thermal energy is wasted to flue gases or incomplete combustion. However, the relatively high price of electricity still means that electric heating will usually cost more than using a gas heater.

So why all the buzz around heat pumps? Well, heat pumps are incredibly efficient. However, they also operate affordably. In order to better understand how a heat pump is able to perform this balancing act, you must understand how it is that a heat pump generates heat. Here’s a hint: it doesn’t.

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Why Does a Heat Pump Need Refrigerant?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

If you’re familiar with the term “refrigerant,” then you probably associate it with air conditioning. After all, it is the evaporation of refrigerant in the evaporator coil that allows your air conditioner to remove heat from the air in your home. However, refrigerant is also integral to the heating process if you heat your home with a heat pump, as many homeowners in this area do.

The easiest way to explain the way in which a heat pump operates in its heating mode is to describe it as an air conditioner in reverse. Allow us to explain in a bit more detail below. First, let us remind you that we are here to handle any heating services that you may need in Lake Stevens, WA.

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Why Is There Ice on My Heat Pump?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The last thing that you want to see on your heating system is ice, right? Well, the development of ice on a heat pump in the winter is actually not as serious of a problem as you may think it is. It is also not at all uncommon.

In fact, heat pumps feature a defrost cycle in order to deal with this very situation. Even so, very frequent development of ice on the system, or ice that encases the entire outdoor unit, can indicate more serious issues. Read on to learn a bit more about ice on your heat pump in North Seattle, WA, and when you should be concerned.

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Consider Replacing Your Heater with a Heat Pump

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Just because winters in our area are not as severe as in the Northeast or a place line Minnesota doesn’t mean that you can overlook the importance of your heating system. It does mean, however, that a heat pump is a great option to consider. Moderate climates such as ours are actually ideal for the use of heat pump technology.

Think back to the previous heating season? Were you completely satisfied with the performance of your heater? Did it function both reliably and efficiently? If not, a replacement may be in order. If so, consider replacing your existing system with a heat pump in Everett, WA.

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Some Pros and Cons of Forced Air Heating

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Forced air heating systems are very common, with the furnace ranking as probably the most popular of all home heating systems (though the heat pump is also very popular in our geographic region). While there are a lot of benefits that you’ll enjoy when using a furnace or a heat pump in Everett, WA, there are also a few cons to using forced air heating systems.

Don’t let this dissuade you immediately, though, as every heater has its own unique pros and cons. Read on, and let us know if you are ready to schedule heating services of any kind.

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Need a New AC? Have You Considered a Heat Pump?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Okay, we are officially in the summer season. That means that now is the time to really get on that air conditioning installation or replacement project that you’ve been putting off. Waiting any longer to get your new air conditioner in place could result in some pretty serious discomfort over the coming weeks and months. Whether investing in a brand new air conditioner for a brand new home, or you just want to replace an old, ailing, or broken down air conditioner on your property, you should give some serious thought to the use of a heat pump in Everett, WA. Read on to learn more.

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Does My Heat Pump Need Repairs?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

A lot of people in this area choose to use heat pumps in order to keep their properties comfortable throughout the year. The fact that a heat pump can both heat and cool a home is, of course, a major benefit. Using one system to achieve year round comfort may sound too good to be true, but the heat pump makes this luxury a very viable option. Plus, our relatively mild winter weather leaves us perfectly situation for heat pump use. Like any other HVAC system, of course, your heat pump will run into operational problems from time to time. If you have any reason at all to believe that you require heat pump repairs in Everett, WA, contact us immediately. G & S Heating Cooling & Electric will get your system back on track promptly.

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Seattle Heat Pump Tip: SEER vs. HSPF

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

When it comes buying a new Seattle heat pump, there are two different ratings you’ll often see – the SEER and the HSPF. So, what does each of them mean and which rating is more important when purchasing your new device? Here are a few things to consider:

 SEER

The acronym SEER is short for “seasonal energy efficiency rating” and is used most commonly to measure air conditioner efficiency or in this case, the cooling capacity of your Seattle heat pump.

 HSPF

The HSPF is short for “heating seasonal performance factor” and is a measurement of how efficient the heat pump is in producing heat during the cooler months of the year.

 The Difference Between the Two

Every heat pump will have both of these ratings, allowing you to see how efficient each is. This is important because you need to know for certain how well your heat pump will perform under certain situations – both in the winter and summer.

However, if you live in a colder climate where the summer rarely calls for air conditioner, your focus should be on the HSPF first. And if you live in a warmer climate where your heating needs are minimal, the SEER is most important. Another thing to consider is your supplemental heat. If the cost of your supplemental heating system is high, you’ll want an HSPF that is as low as possible to balance it out.

 Choosing an Efficient Heat Pump

Heat pump efficiency directly impacts the price of the device you purchase but is almost always worth the difference. The key is to find a device that provides what you need based on where you live. Keep in mind as well that, like most HVAC upgrades, you won’t immediately recoup the cost of the device in your energy savings, so if you plan on moving soon, you should purchase a more affordable device now and upgrade later.

Purchasing a heat pump is an important step in making your home more energy efficient. If you are unsure which rating you need or how to analyze their meanings, contact G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric to learn more.

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