Minnesota Heat Pump Systems Repair & Installation

Heat pumps efficiently heat your home in winter and cool your home in summer. During winter, an electric or gas furnace supplements your heat pump by providing the additional heat needed to keep you comfortable when outside temperatures are low.

As your heating system ages, it can lose efficiency or stop working altogether. With the cost of home heating fuel constantly on the rise, there’s never been a better time to explore alternative means of controlling temperature in your home.

Heat and Cool Your Home Efficiently

Heat pumps have been now increasingly used as an efficient, convenient and cost effective alternative to heat and cool indoors from a single unit. In fact, the installation of a heat pump is a long term investment. It is therefore vital to undertake a thorough research, prior to its purchase. These are some important factors that should be taken into account while purchasing a heat pump.

First, compare the efficiency ratings such as SEER and HSPF of different heat pumps now available in the market. The higher the SEER and HSPF ratings, the more efficient the functioning of your heat pump will be. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is used to rate its cooling efficiency while the HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) serves as a way to measure the efficiency of heat pump’s compressor. A reliable heat pump will usually have a SEER rating ranging from 14 to 19. When it comes to HSPF, it will be mostly between 8 and 10.

Another important factor that should be considered for the right selection of heat pump is to check whether it is environmental friendly. For best results, opt for a heat pump with ozone friendly refrigerant, R410a. Equally important is to review its unique features. It would be a good option to choose a heat pump with features like two stage compressors as well as motors, and scroll compressor that help for its quieter performance. Further, make sure that your chosen heat pump is covered by excellent warranty options.

  • The EPA has mandated that manufacturers stop making R-22 equipment (that is most likely the refrigerant your current system uses).  This means that if you make a major repair to your existing system, you have made an investment in a piece of equipment that is no longer going to be manufactured after 2009.
  • New systems are installed with R-410a, which is the new refrigerant being used by manufacturers.  This refrigerant is more environmentally friendly than R-22, its predecessor.

Because these units provide both heating and cooling, it is even more important that you have the proper size. The wrong size unit will steal money from your pocket the whole year long. That can add up in a hurry!

A heat pump’s heating and cooling capacity should match your home’s heating and cooling demands to work most efficiently. An undersized system won’t adequately cool your home, while an oversized one won’t dehumidify properly and can make the house feel drafty in the winter. Ask a licensed Minnesota heating and air conditioning contractor for a heating and cooling load system analysis.

With any major repair on your furnace and air conditioner that is older than eight years, you investing money into an old system, there are no guarantees that something else won’t fail in the near future.