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What Is a Heat Pump, and Why Should You Have One?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

If you are in the market for a new air conditioning system, you actually have more options than you may think. It’s not just a matter of choosing between different brands and efficiency ratings. You can also find air conditioners with variable speed settings, advanced programming options, or even units that can heat or cool your home. This latter type of unit is called a heat pump, and we’ll explain how it works here. Consider a heat pump for your next air conditioning installation, especially if you are located in the Atlanta area.

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3 Reasons to Get a Heat Pump for Your AC Replacement in Atlanta

Monday, April 13th, 2015

You have a lot of options when it comes to replacing your older air conditioning system, one of which can both cool and heat a home efficiently and with just as much power as any other forced-air AC or heating system: the heat pump. Heat pumps are essentially air conditioners that can run in reverse. While conventional air conditioners only remove heat from the home and move it outside, heat pumps can move heat indoors as well. Here are 3 great reasons to consider these very effective units for your next AC (and heating) installation or replacement.

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How Does Heat Pump Installation Differ from Centralized AC Installation?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

If you are trying to choose between installing a centralized air conditioner or a heat pump for your home’s comfort, then you probably already know that a heat pump offers both heating and cooling using the same method of heat exchange. But perhaps your budget sways you more toward a standard AC and then installing a separate system for heating. You might wonder what other differences there are between heat pumps and ACs; for example, what differences are there in installing the two units?

Whether you want central air conditioning or heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA, you can entrust the work to the team that has kept houses cooled and heated just right since 1995: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We can also help you decide between a heat pump and an air conditioner if you are still in doubt about which one will best serve your needs.

The differences in heat pump and central AC installation

Because heat pumps and air conditioners work on the same principle—circulating refrigerant between an indoor and outdoor unit and set of coils to shift air from one location to the other—there are not many differences when it comes to installation. Heat pumps are a bit larger, but for the most part they resemble their AC counterparts.

The reversing valve is the key component difference between heat pumps and ACs; this valve allows the heat pump to switch between heating and cooling modes. However, this valve doesn’t make installation any different, since it is already installed inside the unit that the installers will fit outside your home.

One area of difference for installation is the condensate drainage. In an air conditioner, the system only needs to remove excess condensation moisture from the indoor coil, where heat and moisture are absorbed from the air inside the house. For a heat pump, condensation will also occur along the outdoor coil during heating mode, and therefore condensation moisture must be removed from the outdoor unit as well. During installation, the technicians will need to connect the outdoor cabinet to a drainage system.

Call professionals for proper installation

Although there is not much difference between installing an AC and a heat pump, the performance for your home may be extremely different. You need to know that you are choosing the correct system for your comfort needs and budget. Once they’ve assisted you with the best choice, they will handle the work of installing it so it operates at its best… and will keep doing so for many years to come.

Contact Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. and talk to our specialists about whether you should have AC or heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA for your home.

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SEER Ratings and Heat Pump Efficiency

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Can a heat pump help you save money this summer? You might be surprised by the high energy efficiency and cooling power of heat pumps. Heat pumps work best in warmer climates, and, in Atlanta, you tend to turn on your air conditioning unit more than you use a heater. Because of this, a heat pump is a great choice for both cooling and heating your home. If you’re looking for a new AC unit, consider a heat pump installation service.

As with other central air conditioners, a heat pump cools by moving heat from the inside of your home to the outside. However, a heat pump can also reverse this process, moving heat from the outside to the inside. In areas with harsh winters, a heat pump may be unable to pull heat from the air, but an Atlanta winter will rarely cause issues for your heat pump.

You can determine the energy efficiency of a heat pump during the cooling season by looking at the SEER located on the EnergyGuide label. The SEER number represents a cooling system’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio. A system with a higher SEER will likely cost more, but it will save you a lot more money on your energy bill every month.

All air conditioning units sold in the U.S. must have a SEER of 13 or higher. If you have purchased a heat pump in the past, you may not realize that standards for efficiency are much higher than what they were several years ago. For higher efficiency, look for a heat pump with a SEER between 14 and 18.

During winter, the measure of a heat pump’s efficiency changes. The HSPF (heating season performance factor) determines a system’s heating efficiency. The HSPF of any heating system must be 7.7 or higher. While you may choose to look at this number as well, the SEER is probably a more important number to look at for heat pump installation in Atlanta.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. can help you choose an energy efficient heat pump with a high SEER rating. For quality Atlanta heat pump installation, call today!

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Heat Pump Question 1: What is a Heat Pump and How Does it Work?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

If you are looking for a highly efficient, environmentally friendly way to both heat and cool your Atlanta home, a heat pump may be the best choice for you. Heat pumps have grown in popularity over the years, and more and more homeowners are taking advantage the quality performance and energy savings they offer. Here is some basic information about heat pumps for you consider. If this sounds like a home comfort system option you are interested in, contact Air Conditioning Experts for more information.

Unlike traditional home heating and air conditioning systems, a heat pump does not consume a fuel source in order to create heat or to cool down your home. Heat pumps work on the same basic principle, regardless of what type of heat pump you are using. This is the principle of heat transfer.

Heat pumps are so efficient because they use just a small amount of electricity to transfer existing heat into or out of your home. By transferring readily available heat they are able to greatly reduce the amount of energy it takes to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home. Heat can be taken from the environment surrounding your home in the winter and transferred inside to warm it up. When it is hot inside the heat pump’s operation can be reversed to remove the unwanted heat from your home.

While all heat pumps use the same basic heat transfer process there are a few ways in which they gather the energy needed to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. The most common heat pump models are air-source heat pumps. As the name suggests, they draw heat from the air for use in your home. Geothermal heat pump systems, on the other hand, draw heat from the ground around your home or are submerged in a water source on your property and take heat from there.

There are a lot of factors that must be considered before deciding to use a heat pump in your Atlanta home. The environment around your living space, land availability and the demand you put on your heating and cooling system must all be considered. Only a trained professional can help decide if a heat pump is the right heating and air conditioning option for you, so call Air Conditioning Experts for the advice you need to make the best decision for your comfort.

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