If your home’s HVAC set-up includes a heat pump, you know what it’s like to save energy while enjoying even, comfortable temperatures. But heat pumps are not just for cooler months. They also provide high-efficiency cooling when the weather warms up—and they control indoor humidity for optimal year-round comfort. Trust Parrish Services to install, replace, repair or maintain your high-efficiency VA heat pump.
Unlike furnaces and traditional HVAC equipment, heat pumps don’t burn fuel to generate heat. Instead, they use refrigeration technology to achieve your climate goals. In warm weather, circulating refrigerant captures indoor heat and exhausts it outside. During winter, the process is reversed. Heat is extracted from outdoor air and used to warm your home.
Cooling efficiency is measured with seasonal energy efficiency ratios (SEER). In climates where heat pumps are used mostly for cooling, higher SEER ratings are preferred. For cold weather use, a higher heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) is recommended. Heat pumps work best in temperate climates without drastic temperature swings, but many Northern VA residents find these devices quite effective for supplemental heating.
Heat pumps with an ENERGY STAR rating have a SEER of 18 to 27.5 and an HSPF of 8.5 to 12.5. While these units cost more upfront than other heating devices, their superior efficiency is often worth the expense. For economy and value, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends buying a heat pump with a SEER of 15 or greater and a minimum HSPF of 8.5.
Air-Source Heat Pumps: This type of heat pump consists of two components: an indoor air handler and outdoor compressor. Conditioned air is distributed through the home’s existing ductwork. In more extreme climates, heat pumps may supplement traditional HVAC equipment, allowing residents to achieve precision temperature management.
Ductless Mini-Splits: A second type of heat pump is gaining popularity and is commonly used for room additions or non-ducted homes. Mini-split heat pumps do not require ducts for air delivery. Instead, the air handler is mounted high on an interior wall and connected to an outdoor condenser/compressor. Each air handler has its own thermostat, which is adjusted using a remote control or wall-mounted device.
Follow these tips to get the best heat pump performance:
Dirty filters spell disaster for heat pump efficiency and longevity, so it’s best to keep extra filters on hand. Parrish Services partners with a reputable filter supplier for simple, affordable product delivery. Purchase heat pump, furnace or central air filters online; then sign up for a Parrish Priority Plan. Plan members receive dependable HVAC maintenance, priority scheduling, exclusive discounts and other perks.
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