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What Does A Heat Pump Do?

February 28, 2022 | Blog

What Does A Heat Pump Do?

When deciding on a heat and AC system, most homeowners stick to the traditional heating and cooling split system. This consists of your traditional air conditioner unit and heater connected through ductwork. However, if your system is working less efficiently than before and you’re considering replacing it entirely, then you have a few options.

One of those includes heat pumpsa modern, energy-saving alternative to standard air conditioners and heaters. Below, Absolute Comfort Air explains what a heat pump is, how they work and why many people are installing them today.

What is a Heat Pump?

HVAC systems use two different types of technology: central air conditioning or heat pumps. Traditional (or central) ac systems use an air conditioner to cool and a heater to heat your home. On the other hand, heat pumps use advanced technology to perform both jobs in one unit. Therefore, heat pumps offer an alternative to the traditional ac system you see in most homes.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Heat pumps work almost the same way as refrigerators: they use electricity to transfer heat from one location to another. A refrigerator absorbs heat from the freezer or evaporator and discards this heat outside the refrigerator. Similarly, a heat pump absorbs heat from inside your home and sends it outside during hotter months, and absorbs heat from outside and sends it inside during cooler months.

Traditional ac systems cool homes in the exact same way as a heat pump – by removing heat from indoors and transferring that heat outdoors to your condenser unit. Where heat pumps and air conditioners differ, however, is in how they heat your home.

Central AC requires a heater to perform this job. This is a separate unit of its own that generates heat through combustion. But, as suggested, heat pumps can perform both tasks in one unit through heat transfer.

Advantages of a Heat Pump

Because a heat pump performs both heating and cooling functions in one unit, they require less energy than traditional heating and cooling systems. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, many homeowners can save $1,000 per year by switching to a heat pump.

And while heat pumps are more expensive to install upfront, they recover these costs in the long run. Not only can they drastically reduce your monthly energy bill, but their preventative maintenance costs are also much lower than other types of heating and cooling systems on average.

Disadvantages of a Heat Pump

While heat pumps are a great, energy-saving alternative for HVAC systems, they’re not for everyone. For example, if you live in an area with particularly harsh winters, then a heat pump won’t be enough to warm your home entirely. If the outdoors are extremely cold, a heat pump will require more energy to maintain warm temperatures inside your home.

As a solution, most heat pump systems also have an auxiliary electric heater added to the indoor unit to supply extra heat when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. However, if electric auxiliary heating is still not enough to keep your home warm, you can also add a furnace to your heat pump. This creates a system that relies on the heat pump as the primary heat source but automatically switches to the furnace when necessary.

Choose Absolute Comfort Air!

Are you interested in making a switch to heat pumps for your HVAC system? Or do you have a question regarding heat pumps in general? Absolute Comfort Air is ready to help! Along with being certified as ​an Accredited Business with Better Business Bureau with an A-plus rating, Absolute also holds several other industry licenses, such as the Factory Certified Heat Pump Dealer certification. Whether it’s heat pumps installation, replacement or preventative maintenance, Absolute can assist with all your heat pump questions or concerns.

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Had Us Up and Running in a Couple of Hours

Tanner was our service tech. Our heat quit on a Friday night and I called Absolute Comfort Air on Saturday morning. Tanner came to our home about an hour and a half after my phone call and diagnose the problem, explained the circumstances, and gave me a detailed quote. He then proceeded to make the repair.  He worked steadily and had us up and running in a couple of hours. Tanner was very polite, explained things in detail, and answered my questions very patiently. Thank you for a job well done.

Bob B.

Simply The Best!

I’ve been without heat since Saturday when my heat pump went out. I called Absolute Comfort and Alex came out and confirmed that after 19 years it had died. Kevin came out yesterday morning and he and Mark came this morning to check on things. Wayne and D.J. installed my new system. My house is warmer than it’s been in years and I wanted to thank you all for the fast, courteous and efficient manner you took care of my problem. Y’all are simply the best!!

Jennell H.

Polite, Thorough and Professional

Alex not only got my HVAC back up and running he also checked the outside unit. Alex is polite, thorough and professional. I sure hope if I am in need of HVAC work to be done Alex Vang is the tech that is assigned to me again.

Diane C.

Took the Time to Explain

Wanted to tell you that your Rep Tanner who serviced my home on 1/5/22, and I give him a 5 Star review. He was very courteous, professional, and took the time to explain all of what he did. If I can’t have Devin, I’ll take Tanner anytime.

Richard K.

Explained Everything to Me

I had a service technician by the name of Tanner visit my house today and go through a check list of all the components of my HVAC and found everything to be good and working at it’s best. He was very professional, courteous, and explained everything to me when he completed his work so I could understand it all. I would recommend Tanner to preform any and all maintenance required to anyone’s system.

Jerry A.

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Devin was very precise doing his job very pleasant personality he explained everything. Thanks

Raymond C.

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Tanner is courteous, helpful, informative, knowledgeable, and polite. He has completed 3 seasonal HVAC inspections and 1 motor replacement. He thoroughly explains what he did, what he’s looking for, and reasoning for his justifications. He is always on time and even remembers unique cases related to my system. I highly recommend Tanner and absolute comfort air!

Brandon H.

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Called on a Saturday morning. Very friendly on-call tech (Stephen) already had 3 service calls booked but offered to call me back if he could work me in. He called, he came, he resurrected my air!! Very meticulous about diagnosis, very professional about the repair, and very pleasant towards the customer (me)!
Thank you Absolute Comfort Air!!

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