St. George Heat Pump & Air Handler Services
Our Heating Professionals Have the Answers
At 24 Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, we want to provide you with all the information you need to make well-informed decisions. When it comes to heat pump and air handler services in St George, we can discuss with you in detail the reasons why this option can be a great choice for you, especially if you use electricity to heat your home. In mild and moderate climates, they are the most efficient form of electric heating and can provide up to two or three times more heating than the electricity they consume. In fact, they can save you as much as 40% of the electricity you usually use for heating.
Mild and moderate climates, where the winter temperature doesn’t generally drop below 30˚F. The most efficient choices are ground source, or geothermal, heat pumps, especially in climates where the heating and cooling loads are fairly similar.
To learn more about heat pumps and our HVAC services in St. George, give us a call today at (435) 222-5335.
About Heat Pump Efficiency
There are three types of heat pumps that are generally available for residential customers:
- Air-to air
- Water source
- Ground source
These types of heat pumps work by collecting heat from the air, water, or ground outside of your home and concentrating it for indoor use. They work to cool your home by doing the reverse – collecting the heated air inside your home and exporting it out of your home.
These units have both cooling and heating ratings that indicate both their capacity and efficiency. The capacity ratings are often in British thermal units, or (Btu’s), per hour or per tons. Efficiency for air-source heat pumps is often indicated by the heating season performance factor (HSPF).
By moving energy from outside to inside your home (or vice versa for cooling), heat pumps can provide up to three times as much heat as it consumes in electricity. However, the efficiency of these units drops as the temperature of the air outside drops. That’s why these units are most efficient in warmer climates.
Helpful Tips for Choosing a New Heat Pump
Our St. George heat pump technicians at 24 Hour Air Conditioning & Heating want to make sure you get the best system for your home and your needs. Check out some of our helpful tips below:
- In order to work efficiently, it’s important that heat pumps are sized and installed in your home in a proper, professional manner. They will be sized to meet your heating and cooling demands. If you live in a climate that experiences long periods of freezing temperatures, these units won’t perform as well or as efficiently.
- Conventional air-source heat pumps may be less expensive to install, but they can also be less efficient and noisier than ground source heat pumps (GSHPs).
- Choose a heat pump that has a higher heating season performance factor (HSPF), as it will be more efficient.
- Look for a heat pump that has a demand-defrost control, as it will decrease heat pump energy usage.
- Select a unit that has an outdoor sound rating of 7.6 bels or lower. The lower this rating, the less noise the outdoor unit will make.
- Installing a heat pump in an existing home without a heat pump or AC? You may need to enlarge the ductwork to accommodate it. Heat pumps often require larger ducts than more traditional heating systems.
- Adding a heat pump to an electric furnace? For increased efficiency, place the heat pump coil on the cold (upstream) side of the unit.
- Because the fans and compressors on these units make noise, we recommend locating the unit away from windows or adjacent buildings. Consider choosing a model that offers quieter operation or mount your unit on a noise-absorbing base.
Advanced Features to Consider
There are a number of additional features you should consider when choosing a heat pump. For instance, two-speed compressors allow heat pumps to operate more efficiently and work better with zone control systems. Variable-speed and dual-speed motors are other features to consider if you want to maintain different temperatures in different rooms. Variable-speed motors can also reduce the noise from a blower when it’s running at full speed.
Other features to consider include:
- Desuperheaters, which decreases heat waste and uses it to heat water
- Scroll compressors, which can provide more warm air when in heating mode
- Back-up burners help heat pumps continue to deliver warm air even during cooler weather
Tips for Lowering Energy Usage
Lower energy usage will result in lower utility bills, so check out some of the tips below from our St George HVAC team:
- Change or clean the filters once a month, or as needed, to help ensure the system always operates efficiently and without any trouble
- Clean and lubricate the fan motor annually, which will ensure the necessary airflow is provided and the unit operates smoothly
- Protect your outdoor unit from high winds and other damaging weather elements. High winds could decrease your heat pump’s energy efficiency.
Operating & Maintaining Your Heat Pump
The best way to save energy and keep your utility bills low is with proper operation and maintenance of your heat pump. Here are some helpful tips for doing so:
- If setting back the thermostat causes the backup heating to come on, avoid doing so, as it causes the unit to be considerably more expensive to operate.
- Unless your unit has a high-efficiency, variable-speed motor, continuous indoor fan operation can decrease performance.
- Don’t ignore routine maintenance. Cleaning or changing filters and coils monthly can ensure proper airflow through your system. Maintenance can also catch problems before they become larger issues and can extend the life of your unit.
We also recommend that a technician services your unit annually. They will:
- Inspect filters, the blower, ducts, and the indoor coil for any dirt, grime, and other obstructions
- Locate and seal any duct leakage
- Measure airflow to verify adequacy
- Measure refrigerant charge and check for refrigerant leaks
- Clean and tighten connections, apply nonconductive coating, and inspect electrical terminals
- Inspect belts for wear and tightness and lubricate motors
- Check thermostat operation
- Verify correct electric control
There is a lot to know about heat pumps and air handlers. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our St. George HVAC team.