What are Heat Pumps?
Heat pumps are one of the alternatives that we offer to our customers who are concerned about energy efficiency and their carbon footprint on the environment. These mechanical devices work by extracting heat from the outside environment when it is cold and transferring it inside. When it’s cold, the reverse happens as a heat pump will act like an air conditioner to remove heat from the interior of a building. A refrigerator is a type of heat pump that uses circulating fluid to move air. Heat pumps are used in homes and commercial buildings to aid HVAC systems.
Purchasing a Heat Pump
One of the biggest advantages of heat pumps is that they simply move air and don’t generate any heat in the process. That makes them more energy efficient than other types of HVAC equipment. If you’re like most consumers, however, you probably have no idea how to buy one. As with other types of HVAC equipment, you should have a professional size your building first to determine the unit that will best fit your needs. At Gilbert Home Comfort Inc., we will correctly size your building, recommend heat pump options for your home or business, calculate the payback period of the equipment and answer all of your questions before making sure that it is properly installed.
Factors to Consider
Many different types of heat pumps are on the market made by a variety of manufacturers. Once we recommend the proper size, you’ll want to look at efficiency ratings and other options such as zoned heating and cooling, two-speed compressors, variable speed motors and type of refrigerants.
It’s also important to have a professional regularly service your heat pump to keep it in optimal condition. Gilbert has provided reliable HVAC service to customers in southern Iowa and northern Missouri for over 30 years. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.