Your heat pump works year-round to keep you comfortable in your Boulder home. So, when you’re having difficulty getting the correct temperature, you may want to look at problems with the heat pump as the cause. At Canyon Plumbing & Heating, our experts have served the Boulder, CO, area for years, and we’re one of the most trusted heat pump contractors in the area. If you suspect that your heat pump is failing or not doing its job, contact us for help.
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What are Heat Pumps?
Many people confuse heat pumps with air conditioners and assume they work the same way. While it’s true that both systems pull heat out of the air in cooling mode, air conditioners don’t provide heat, which is why they’re often paired with furnaces.
A heat pump transfers heat from one area to another, unlike a furnace, which creates heat. Heat pumps absorb heat from the cold outside air and transfer it indoors. Heat pumps offer many benefits over traditional furnace/AC setups in that they require less maintenance and are less expensive to operate.
If you’re ready to replace your AC or furnace, contact us and determine if a heat pump is the better option for you.
Heat Pump Benefits
As mentioned, heat pumps and furnaces heat your home, although in different manners. But, which system is right for you? Check out the following benefits of heat pumps, and then call us for more information.
- Installation Cost: It’s often cheaper to install a gas furnace than a heat pump. However, if you also need a system for cooling your home, you’ll have to pair the furnace with an air conditioner, while a heat pump does both jobs.
- They’re More Efficient: Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than furnaces because it’s easier to transfer heat rather than producing it the way furnaces do. In the best conditions, the heat pump can transfer 300 percent more energy than it consumes, while a high-efficiency gas furnace is only about 90 percent efficient.
- Better Air Quality: Since heat pumps don’t burn fuel, such as gas, it has a lower carbon footprint and is better for the environment.
- Lifespan: The average lifespan of a heat pump is much longer than a furnace. In comparison, the average furnace lasts about 15-20. years, a heat pump can last up to 50 years if properly maintained.
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Heat Pump Maintenance
One of the most significant advantages that heat pumps have over furnaces and air conditioners is their longevity. However, you must perform routine maintenance if you want to get the longest lifespan out of this system.
- During winter, check for snow and ice buildup so it doesn’t restrict airflow.
- Trim back shrubs and foliage at least 18 inches away from the heat pump on all sides.
- Clean or change the filters every month.
- Clean outdoor coils when they get dirty.
- Call a heat pump repair service and ask about their maintenance service.