Air Source Heat Pumps
If you’re looking for an efficient and cost-effective way to heat and cool a home, an air source heat pump is the way to go. Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. sells and maintains Bryant units, along with servicing and maintaining many other brands.
How An Air Source Heat Pump Works
In the summer, the unit acts as an air conditioner that draws heat from your home and transfers it outside. In the winter the system’s direction is reversed and the unit extracts heat from the outside air and moves it into the home. It works with refrigerant and an indoor coil to do the task of heating or cooling.
Most air source heat pumps are split-systems with the condenser (compressor) outside and the air handler distributing air indoors. The outdoor unit looks like an air conditioner and the entire system is rated by a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and a heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). The higher the SEER and HSPF, the more efficient the unit 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 these units more energy efficient for heating and cooling. When the temperature drops, the 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 similar to baseboard heating. If the 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 pump to work at variable speeds throughout the year. The variable speed increases energy efficiency and reduces utility costs. This means the home can be heated 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. They're a great alternative to geothermal when there is not enough room for an earth loop.
Annual Maintenance Means Fewer 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 the system runs efficiently year-round.
Summer & Cooling Season
Getting the unit ready for 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 there's an emergency.
Winter & Heating Season
After a summer’s worth of diligent work, give the system 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, we make the following repairs on a regular basis.
If the airflow falls below a specific level, the efficiency and performance of air source heat pumps declines. A Hoveln technician will determine what’s causing airflow issues and make necessary repairs, including to the ductwork.
Leaks in a home’s air ducts cause the 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 will be.
Incorrect Refrigerant Charge
Split-system 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.