Barron Heating AC Electrical & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

Home Sustainability: How Solar Panels and Heat Pumps Work Together

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Solar cuts your ongoing electrical costs, heat pumps lower your energy bills, and they can work together to compound those effects. When you power your heat pump with solar energy, you’re supercharging your home sustainability, and this is why it works.

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Daikin FIT Enhanced – Qualifies for the 25c Tax Credit

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Homeowners like yourself are always on the lookout for major home savings in any capacity that they can receive. The 25c Tax Credit is exactly what you’re looking for, and with Daikin, you can take full advantage of it.

Daikin’s FIT Enhanced heat pump comes with numerous benefits, but we’re not talking about product features here–we’re talking about serious savings with the 25c tax credit that began in 2023.

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New Year New SEER

Monday, February 27th, 2023

2023 has brought some changes to the HVAC industry and with those changes are details and vocabulary every homeowner should know about. Previously, the industry has used something called seasonal energy efficiency rating system, often known as SEER.

SEER measures air conditioner and heat pump cooling efficiency, by taking the cooling output for a typical cooling season and dividing it by the total electric energy input during the same time frame.

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Heat Pumps: How They Heat and Cool Your Home

Monday, February 13th, 2023
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Heat pumps are the highly energy-efficient alternative to central air conditioning, boilers, and gas furnaces. But do they actually replace all of those different HVAC units at once?

Yes and no. There are some operating restrictions, such as extreme temperatures, but heat pumps really can do the job of both a furnace and air conditioner.

They work differently than you’d expect. Let’s start right from the beginning.

Heat Pumps Transfer from Sources

There are two types of heat pumps. The first one is air source heat pumps, which move air from inside your home to the outside of your home. They don’t actually generate new heat; they move or “pump” it from one area to another.

Then you have ground source heat pumps, sometimes referenced as geothermal heat pumps. These use a closed loop system that’s either filled with water or refrigerant. It moves through pipes that go into the ground outside.

When it’s cold out, water or refrigerant actually heats up as it travels through the underground pipe. When it comes back to the surface, the heat that it generates is then pumped into your home.

They’re Also Air Conditioners

Take that as literally as you want–heat pumps have identical functions to air conditioners. They use refrigerant and pull hot air from inside your home, releasing it outdoors, and pushing cool air into your living space.

There’s no distinct difference in the operational capabilities of heat pumps over air conditioners for cooling your home. Both are effective solutions, but only one doubles as a heater.

We Need to Talk About Efficiency

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, but this changes based on the temperature. In extreme cold, heat pumps have a hard time because they’re not actually generating new heat.

The amount of energy your heat pump will use to heat your home increases as the outside temperature drops. In most climates in the US, heat pumps will work effectively and extreme ranges shouldn’t be a major issue if you’re considering switching to a heat pump.

Our team of Home Performance Experts has served the I-5 corridor from Blaine to Marysville, Oak Harbor to Concrete, and the San Juan Islands since 1972 with a mission of Improving Lives™. We look forward to serving you too! Contact Barron Heating & Air Conditioning today for heat pump installation.

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