Are you looking for a more energy-efficient way to heat your home during the winter? Instead of replacing your furnace, a heat pump might be a better option. Many San Antonio homeowners believe that heat pumps are only used for heating a home, but these units provide much more for your family.
What Is a Heat Pump?
Despite the name, a heat pump actually offers heating and cooling for your home. The unit works by extracting heat from the outdoor air, soil, or water. During the winter, the extracted heat is pushed into your home to keep your family warm. In the summer, the heat pump removes heat from the air inside your home and recirculates it.
Benefits of a Heat Pump
If you are interested in learning more about heat pumps, call the experts at MD Air Conditioning & Heating. Some of the benefits of these compact units are:
- Lower cost of operation
- Less maintenance compared to standalone furnaces and air conditioners
- Safer than natural gas units
- Environmentally friendly
- Provides heating and cooling in a single unit
- Lasts longer than other types of HVAC equipment
Best Conditions for Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are recommended for moderate climates, such as the San Antonio area. You may pay more upfront for the unit compared to a new furnace, but you see a return on your investment through reduced energy costs each month, better reliability, less maintenance, and a longer lifetime. Heat pumps do require expertise with installing the units, so you should rely on the professionals at MD Air Conditioning & Heating.
Types of Heat Pumps
There are three types of heat pumps—air-source, ground-source, and water-source. The most common is air-source, and ground-source, also known as geothermal heat pumps, are becoming more popular in the San Antonio area. Choosing the best type for your home depends on the characteristics of your property. For example, if you do not have an existing water source, this is not a good option. Ground-source heat pumps require part of the system to be buried underground, so you will need to have the right type of property for this option. Air-source heat pumps are the easiest to install, so this option can save you money on labor costs.
Do Heat Pumps Replace Other HVAC Equipment?
You can replace your furnace and air conditioner with a heat pump. Doing so maximizes the savings in energy costs, and simplifies maintenance and repairs. If you only want to replace your furnace or AC for now, that is a valid option, but we do recommend that you replace both units to get the most out of your new heat pump.
Energy Efficiency of Heat Pumps
When you are looking for new HVAC equipment for your San Antonio home, one measure to consider is how much energy is used by the unit compared to how much it produces. Heat pumps excel in this area by producing approximately 300 times the energy versus what they require to operate. This means that a heat pump is 100% energy efficient, whereas the best furnaces and air conditioners are about 95% energy efficient. Heat pumps only rely on electricity, so you don’t need a natural gas line.
How to Choose a Heat Pump
Choosing a heat pump is much like choosing a new furnace or AC unit for your home. You need to consider square footage, layout, heating/cooling needs, and other factors. This can be quite complex for a layperson, but the experts at MD Air Conditioning & Heating make the process of buying a heat pump very easy for you!
Maintenance for a Heat Pump
Routine maintenance of your new heat pump keeps it running efficiently and ensures that you enjoy the pump for the expected lifetime. MD Air Conditioning & Heating offers affordable routine maintenance for heat pumps, and we recommend that you have the unit serviced twice each year, preferably in the spring and fall. We can also help with any repairs for your heat pump, including 24×7 emergency repairs. Our routine maintenance service for heat pumps includes:
- Changing filters
- Checking air flow
- Inspecting electrical components, lubricants, and refrigerants
Learn More About Heat Pumps From the Experts
MD Air Conditioning & Heating is locally owned and operated, so we understand the needs of San Antonio families. All our technicians are certified through the state, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give us a call today to learn more about heat pumps. Be sure to ask about our other heating and air conditioning services, including installation, repairs, and maintenance.Tags: Energy Efficiency, Heat Pumps