In the Myrtle Beach area, a heat pump is one of the crucial parts of your home’s HVAC system.  The heat pump is responsible for the transference of heat and is an integral part of your air conditioning system as well.  Think of it this way, without a heat pump your air conditioning unit would simply be a very expensive fan and the systems that keep your home at a comfortable temperature in the winter would fail. You would have to rely on sweaters, blankets and comforters.

Over the past few decades, heat pump technology has come a long way.  If you have a home that is more than fifteen years old, it may be time to start researching which heat pump is right for you.

Is there one type of heat pump that is the best?

According to Kevin Wade with Grand Strand Heating And Cooling, the surprising answer is no.  Think of your heat pump as you would any other major appliance in your home.  As a consumer there are several factors you need to take into consideration and which type of heat pump technology will work best for you.  Be careful to evaluate efficiency and cost preferences and to take into consideration the size of your home and your location as it relates to the local climate.  In most cases, you will want to seek the advice of an HVAC specialist before making your final decision.

Grand Strand Heating And Cooling would like to provide an overview today’s of heat pump technology.

The major heat pump technologies can be broken into three groups:

  • Air Source pumps
  • Ground Source Pumps
  • Absorption Pumps

One of the primary advantages of the air source pump is a long-standing record for a steady performance.  This technology has been around for years and works on a simple process which harnesses heat from the outdoors in the winter months and from the inside heat in the summer months.  When this heat pump is properly configured, it is a high efficiency system and can be very economical in a warmer climate like Myrtle Beach.  This solution is not suitable for those living in cooler areas.

A ground source heat pump retains its heat from the earth and thus the significance of the name.  This technology is also referred to as geothermal.  The ground source for the pump uses manually drilled holes that go deep into the ground for natural warmth.  Although this is not the least expensive alternative, it is the most cost effective over the long haul.

Absorption heat pumps are actually a subset of air source heat pumps.  This technology is dependent on an alternative fuel source, other than electricity, to operate.  Like the air source, absorption heat pumps draw the head from outdoor and indoor air sources.

Luckily, heat pumps as a general rule last a long time.  If they are properly serviced, the average heat pump should last between fifteen and twenty years.  When the time comes to replace your heat pump, be sure and call on your local heating and cooling specialists.

Proper maintenance is the key to saving the expense of replacing your heat pump.  The fall of the year is a great time to have your heat pump checked and services.  Give Grand Strand Heating And Cooling a call 843-293-8534 to schedule your service before the winter months are in full swing.

Grand Strand Heating And Cooling are your HVAC and heat pump experts.

Grand Strand Heating And Cooling
Myrtle Beach, SC
843-491-6400
http://www.hvacmyrtlebeach.com/

 

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