Both your air conditioning and heating system no longer perform the way you’d like them to. You know it’s time for replacement, but you’re not sure if you want to go through the trouble of replacing both systems. This is the situation that leads many homeowners to decide to purchase a heat pump. A heat pump is a heating and air conditioning system all in one that works perfectly in the Yucaipa weather. In fact, heat pumps are one of the most efficient types of systems available on the market today. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of using a heat pump for heating.
Heat pumps generally work like air conditioners, with both an indoor and outdoor unit. Refrigerant cycles through both the inside and outside portion of the AC, absorbing heat from the air in your home as a fan blows over an indoor coil and refrigerant converts into a gas. Heat is dispersed from the refrigerant as it condenses at the outdoor coil. In the winter, this system works in reverse. Refrigerant flows in the opposite direction, absorbing any heat from the outdoor air and moving it into your home. This is the distinguishing feature of a heat pump. And while a heat pump may struggle in some harsher climates, it works just as well as any other forced-air heating system here in Yucaipa.
A key reason homeowners choose a heat pump for heating is the energy efficiency. Heat pumps are certainly efficient for cooling as well, with extremely high SEERs (seasonal energy efficiency ratios). But few systems can beat the heating efficiency of a heat pump. This is because heat pumps move heat from one place to another, which require far less energy than heat production.
Finally, a heat pump may actually have a longer lifespan than some other types of heating and cooling systems. While a standard air conditioner tends to have a lifespan of 10-15 years, a heat pump may last longer, especially with proper care and maintenance. Be sure to change the air filter every month (more or less, depending on usage), and schedule heat pump maintenance every year. During maintenance, a technician inspects, cleans, and adjusts components of your system which can help keep it running in top shape for years to come.
Call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning to hear more about your options for heating in Yucaipa.