Many people don’t have a clear understanding of what a heat pump actually does – or how it operates. A heat pump is a versatile device that acts as both a heating and cooling system; one that doesn’t require intricate ductwork. They provide an efficient, cost-effective alternative to expensive central air systems. Heat pumps are easily installed and can heat and cool homes at a fraction of the cost of baseboards and wall heaters. If you are considering installing a heat pump in your home, the experts at J.A. Bertsch can offer complete service – from unit selection to annual maintenance.
Heat pumps (also referred to as ductless heat pumps) are more efficient and quieter than traditional central air systems. They are ideal for homes without ductwork as they only require a three-inch opening in a wall or ceiling. The installation is simple and can be accomplished in a few hours. The process includes mounting the indoor and outdoor units, connecting the refrigerant lines and making a few electrical connections. The noninvasive installation process and quick turnaround time are a just a few of the reasons heat pumps have become a popular alternative to traditional central air.
In the most basic terms, a heat pump extracts heat from a cold area and transfers it to another. When it’s cold outside, it will extract the outside warmth and transfer it into your home. When it’s hot outside it simply reverses this process; removing the inside heat and transferring it outside. The technical term for a heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system, but we prefer the less complicated description. The basic components are just as uncomplicated: an indoor unit called an air handler – and an outside unit that works similar to an air conditioner. A big advantage of using a heat pump is that instead of generating heat, it simply moves it; allowing for more energy efficiency. It is also powered by electricity, helping to cut down on fuel consumption.
J.A. Bertsch Heating & Cooling offers professional residential heat pump installation & repair services throughout Kootenai County. Our licensed heat pump technicians cover all of Northern Idaho and our neighboring cities. Experience superior, award-winning service 24/7 in the cities listed below.
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