Air Care Heating & Cooling is experienced in the service, repair, and installation of heat pumps in San Jose, CA, and its surrounding area. A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from indoors to outdoors or from outdoors to indoors. For homes with no access to natural gas, heat pumps offer an efficient and reliable solution for heating and cooling. Heat pumps also work well as a supplemental heating source when active solar heating systems cannot supply adequate space heating.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
In the winter, a heat pump works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the summer, the process reverses, and it will remove heat from your home and transfer it outside like an air conditioner. Heat pumps do this so well that many people in warmer climates exclusively rely on a heat pump for year-round comfort. For those living in colder climates, they use electric-powered heat pumps in conjunction with their gas or oil furnace resulting in lower heating costs.
Heat pumps work with a series of coils drawing energy from air, water, or the ground. In this way, they are very environmentally friendly and are the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it. This makes them a greener alternative to traditional gas or oil furnaces. Though you may think you’re unfamiliar with them, they traditionally heat swimming pools and hot tubs, so you most likely have come in contact with them and not even known it.
Different Types of Heat Pumps
There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. As mentioned above, they collect their heat from the air, water, and outside-your-home ground and concentrate it for use. Call Air Care Heating & Cooling to discuss the basic differences between these types and which one would work best for you and your home.
Are Heat Pumps Expensive?
Installation costs of heat pumps are higher than with a traditional furnace or air conditioner, but the savings over time in annual energy costs make up for the difference in five to ten years. Performing proper operation and maintenance of your heat pump will also save you money, as you’ll use less energy, thus resulting in less cost. Be sure to ask your HVAC professional for the proper thermostat setting and the indoor pump’s fan operation. Not following the recommended guidelines can inhibit the maximized running of the pump and can degrade the unit itself. Regular maintenance can prevent degradation as well. Consistent filter changing or cleaning is necessary for a well-running heat pump. Seasonal cleaning of coils and fans go a long way in preventing poor energy efficiency that can end up costing you more money. The energy difference between a well-maintained system and a neglected one can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.
To determine the appropriate type of heat pump for you, which can be contingent upon the geography and climate around your San Jose, CA or surrounding-area home or office space, or to discuss any of these topics, call us today at 408.317.2950 or request service online for an evaluation.
Heat Pump Installation in Palo Alto, CA 94303
Heat Pump Installation in Berkeley, CA 94707
“AirCare did a major project for us in our home in Berkeley. Replaced the old furnace and water heater with a novel super-high efficiency heating heat pump/water tank solution that also allows for thermal energy storage (using the new technology developed by Harvest Thermal, https://www.harvest-thermal.com/). We were extremely satisfied with our install crew: Moses, Francisco, and Will were super capable, cordial, and reliable. Also, they were adept at communicating with us clients, in terms of schedule, plans, necessary decision making and so forth. All in all a great experience.”
Heat Pump Installation in Berkeley, CA 94709-1315
“Moses was courteous, professional, and careful to make sure I had the opportunity to ask questions during the process of installation of my Harvest Thermal system. He faced several challenges resulting from doing the work in a 1927 house.
There are a few loose ends, which he assured me he or another employee would return to deal with —suspension of a duct that’s laying on the floor, materials remaining, moving a sheet of plywood that had been stored where the system was put in, and removing more of the gas duct that served the old water heater (I’ve not yet replaced my gas stove). There’s a large air filter I don’t know where should go, and I need to be reminded how to turn on the evening outdoor air flow.”
Heat Pump Installation in Sunnyvale, CA 94087
“Will set things up perfectly so he, Moses, and Javier could complete the job. Especially Moses, who put in an 11 hour day finishing off with a good explanation of the thermostat. I’m ready for the rebates!”
Heat Pump Installation in San Jose, CA 95126
“It was a pleasure working with Kintroy and his team on our Mitsubishi heat pump installation. Our house is 130 years old and he worked within our requirements to make sure the visible elements were hidden as well as possible, and the impacts to the historic structure were minimized.”
Heat Pump Repair in San Jose, CA 95113
“Awesome experience, Brian is really professional, always on time and very knowledgeable”