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3 Things I Need to Know Before Installing a Heat Pump

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Heat pumps are excellent year-round choices for heating and cooling a home. A heat pump works similar to an air conditioner, except that it can change the direction that it moves heat, so instead of removing heat from inside a home, it draws heat from outside and moves it into a home.

Because heat pumps work as well as a standalone air conditioner of the same size when it comes to cooling power, homeowners often use them as replacements for ACs. If you are thinking of swapping out your air conditioner for a heat pump to prepare for summer, call the experts at Bell Home Solutions today. We can handle your heat pump installation in Englewood, CO and provide you with the necessary repairs and maintenance to keep it running for many years.

Here 3 things you should know about heat pumps before you have one installed:

1. You should probably retire your heating system as well

Heat pumps work as both air conditioners and heaters, and if you plan to only use your heat pump as an air conditioner, you might as well just stick to installing another air conditioner. The heat pump in your home can take over the job of your central AC and heater, so you should plan on removing your old furnace or boiler as well.

2. A heat pump might not be enough for winter

However, there is one caveat to getting rid of your old heater: heat pumps can have difficulty with low temperatures and begin to lose their efficiency when the thermometer goes below freezing. (The actual point where efficiency is affected depends on the dew point.) For some homes, this will not make a large difference, but for others a heat pump is not the best option to deal with winter temperatures.

3. You don’t need ductwork

Heat pumps can be installed as ductless mini splits: in fact, this is one of the most popular options. If you are looking to remodel your home, add on a new room, or simply wish to bypass using ductwork to increase your indoor air quality, installing a ductless mini split heat pump is a great option.

Make sure that a heat pump is the right choice for your home and consult with HVAC specialists at the beginning of the installation process.

At Bell Home Solutions, we have almost 90 years of experience with heating and cooling homes, so you can trust us for heat pump installation in Englewood, CO.

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