Heat Pump Installation, Repair & Replacement
Are you interested in installing a heat pump in your home? Or do you need to repair an existing heat pump? Count on GAC Services for quality installation and repair of your heat pump in the Rockville, Maryland area.
We offer the following heat pump services to Rockville homeowners:
Contact us today for a heat pump replacement estimate or to schedule heat pump repair in Rockville today.
What Is a Heat Pump?
When you think about cooling a home or any other building for that matter, the words “heat pump” probably don’t come to mind. However, a heat pump can both heat and cool your home!
A heat pump is a device that uses smaller amounts of energy to move heat from one location to another. Typically, heat pumps are used to pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a building. At the same time, heat pumps can be used in reverse to cool a building by pulling hot air out of a building.
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Why Install a Heat Pump in Rockville?
The biggest advantage of a heat pump over standard HVAC units is that you only need one system to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps are also very efficient. They use energy to transfer heat rather than burn fuel to create it. Heat pumps are also great dehumidifiers and work better than your regular air conditioner at dehumidifying your home. And in the winter, they won’t dry out your air like a furnace does.
Heat Pump vs. Air Conditioner
An air conditioner works by absorbing heat from the air that passes over the coils. The cool air is then moved through your air conditioning ducts and into your home. The air that is collected in this process is dispersed through your system’s exhaust.
The main advantage of a heat pump is that it can both heat and cool, as opposed to an air conditioner which only offers cooling. Also, since the heat pump uses less energy, you can save money on your utility bills.
Heat Pump vs. Furnace
The main difference between a heat pump and a furnace is how they generate heat. Furnaces use flames to heat the air and then use a fan to push the heat throughout your home or building. Meanwhile, heat pumps actually pump heat from the outside air rather than heating up the air. Heat pumps can generate heat from the air or the ground depending on your unit.
Furnaces can be powered by oil, natural gas, or electricity. Heat pumps are run solely off of electricity and are usually the better choice for efficiency, though the price of oil or gas in Rockville should be considered when deciding how to heat your home cost-effectively.
Are Heat Pumps an Effective Option in Rockville?
Modern heat pump systems are designed to take on a very wide temperature range, meaning they’re effective in most climates. Here in the Rockville area, you can expect your pump to work effectively at any temperature above 20 degrees, and beyond that, the auxiliary heat supply will take care of the rest.
While Rockville residents like yourself generally can expect a mild winter, our state can experience some extremely low temperatures during the winter months (the never-ending winter of 2013-2014 comes to mind!).
For extreme cold, we recommend combining the strengths of gas and electric heat sources with a hybrid heating system. This system comprises a gas furnace and heat pump. When the temperature changes, the system automatically switches to the most cost-effective fuel source for the present conditions.
Though it is worth noting that the initial cost of a heat pump is slightly higher than some alternatives, a heat pump offers year-round comfort, is an exceptionally cost-efficient to operate, and on average, only takes a day or two to install.
If you’re worried about fuel consumption, a hybrid heating system is a great solution. Contact us today for an estimate.
What Is Required for Heat Pump Maintenance?
You should keep up with replacing the air filter frequently (every other month is the best overall), but otherwise, the only maintenance requirement is to keep up-to-date with professional seasonal maintenance. Keep in mind that heat pumps need to be maintained by a professional twice a year to cover both heating and cooling. Because a replacement can be quite expensive, it’s not a cost you want to encounter too early.
Heat Pump Services in Rockville, MD
GAC Services provides heat pump installation, heat pump replacement, and heat pump repair services in the Rockville, Maryland area. If you are interested in learning more about our Rockville heat pump services or would like an estimate for a heat pump replacement or installation, contact us today.