Air Source Heat Pumps
If you’re looking for an efficient and cost-effective way to heat and cool your Thomasboro, IL home, an air source heat pump is the way to go. Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. sells and maintains Bryant air source heat pumps, along with servicing and maintaining many other brands.
How an Air Source Heat Pump Works
In the summer the air source heat pump acts as an air conditioner (A/C) that draws heat from your home and transfers it outside. In the winter the system’s direction is reversed and the heat pump extracts heat from the outside air and moves it into your home. It works with refrigerant and an indoor coil to do the task of heating or cooling your home.
Most air source heat pumps in Central Illinois are split-systems with the condenser (compressor) outside and the air handler distributing air indoors. The outdoor unit looks like an air conditioner. Heat pumps are rated by seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). The higher the SEER and HSPF, the more efficient the heat pump is. Variable speed (Inverter) heat pumps have ratings as high as 20.5 SEER and an HSPF rating of 13!
Benefits of an Air Source Heat Pump
Technology has advanced in recent years making the heat pump energy efficient in heating and cooling. When the temperature drops, the heat pump works harder to extract heat from the air. Supplemental heat strips are installed to lessen their work. This is sometimes called electric resistance heat and works like baseboard heating. If your unit is properly sized, the need for resistance heat should be minimal.
Inverter technology has helped make heat pumps cost and energy efficient year-round. An inverter changes the alternating current to a direct current, allowing the heat pump to work at variable speeds throughout the year. The variable speed increases energy efficiency and reduces utility costs for the heat pump. This means the heat pump can heat your home when the outdoor temperature is much colder. The Bryant inverter heat pump has 80 percent of its capacity to heat at 5 degrees Fahrenheit. There is little supplemental heat used compared to older models.
Heat pumps not only reduce energy costs, they can also cut the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Air source heat pumps are a great alternative to geothermal when there is not enough room for an earth loop.
Annual Maintenance Means Less Air Source Heat Pump Repairs
The great part of having Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. perform annual maintenance is being able to fix any small issue before it becomes a big problem. Since Central Illinois is geographically located to experience hot summers and cold winters, we recommend semi-annual maintenance to make sure your air source heat pump runs efficiently year-round.
Summer & Cooling Season
Getting your air source heat pump ready for Illinois summers is key for relishing a cool and comfortable home throughout the season. A summer air source heat pump maintenance check from us includes cleaning the outdoor coil; looking at discharge air temperatures; and listening to the unit when it’s working. Most potential issues come with unusual sounds. This way we can troubleshoot and repair before you have an air source heat pump emergency.
Winter & Heating Season
After a summer’s worth of diligent work, give your air source heat pump some TLC with a winter maintenance check. A Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. technician looks for the same things during a winter check, but also looks over the insulation around all lines and hoses, especially those outside of the home.
Common Repairs To Your Home’s Air Source Heat Pump
While annual maintenance cuts down on spur-of-the-moment repairs to your home’s air source heat pump, we make the follow repairs on a regular basis.
If the airflow falls below a specific level, the efficiency and performance of air source heat pumps in Central Illinois declines. A Hoveln technician will determine what’s causing airflow issues and make necessary repairs, including to the ductwork.
Leaks in your home’s ducts cause the air source heat pump to work more, costing more in utility bills each month. Our technicians have equipment and training to test for air leaks and determine what the best solution for your home will be.
Incorrect refrigerant charge
Split-system air source heat pumps are charged on-site during installation instead of at the factory. Sometimes they wind up with too little or too much refrigerant charge, lowering the pump’s efficiency and performance. When you call Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. for routine air source heat pump maintenance, we check the charge levels and adjust them as necessary.
Experts For Air Source Heat Pumps in Central Illinois
Living in a region with all four seasons, we also enjoy coming home to a comfortable home each day. If your home has an air source heat pump, you already appreciate the lower utility costs that come with its energy efficiency. Whether your current heat pump needs a little TLC through annual maintenance or you’re ready to upgrade from an older, less efficient system, Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help. Our NATE-certified technicians work with you to find an air source heat pump solution which best fits your home and lifestyle. Call us today to schedule a maintenance check or to learn more about air source heat pumps in Central Illinois!