Minnesota Heat Pump Systems Minneapolis MN

A heat pump is an air conditioning system that both heats and cools. It uses electric energy to move the heat that already exists. During the winter, the heat pump extracts the heat present in cold winter air and pumps the heat into your home. (Even in the coldest weather there’s heat in the air.) In the summertime, it functions as a conventional air conditioner, pulling the heat out of your home and releasing it outside.

A heat pump also filters and dehumidifies. When the heat pump circulates air, it also filters it. And since the heat pump is an air conditioner, it extracts excess moisture from the home, to help control humidity in hot summer months.

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 Pump Sizing

Sizing
Decisions regarding the sizing of a heat-pump-based system require an accurate evaluation of heating requirements: overestimation, with an oversized heat pump, entails an increase in system costs and consequently a reduction in the economic benefits which derive from its use. It is wise, therefore, to have a qualified Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor evaluate the appropriate dimensions.

Maintenance

A heat pump is not a household appliance. It’s a self-contained system that requires professional maintenance and repair. That’s why attempts at “do-it-yourself” repairs on an in-warranty unit may void the remainder of your warranty. Other than performing the simple maintenance recommended in this manual, you should not attempt to make any adjustments to your heat pump system. Your dealer will be able to take care of any questions or problems you may have.

 

Heat Pump

A heat pump system should be inspected regularly by a properly trained HVAC technician. The inspection (preferably twice each year, but at least once a year) should include the following:

  • Routine inspection of air filter(s). Replacement or cleaning as required.
  • Inspection and cleaning of the blower wheel, housing, and motor as required.
  • Inspection and, if required, cleaning of indoor and outdoor coils.
  • Inspection of the indoor coil drain pan, plus the primary and secondary drain lines. If supplied, the auxiliary drain pan and line should be inspected at this time. Service should include cleaning, if required.

How Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning Work

It is important to know just how air conditioners and heat pumps operate, before making any final decisions. Howstuffworks.com provides a concise walkthrough for the basics of air conditioner and heat pump operation. By following these links, you’ll find that both products have inherent benefits, but the obvious difference is that you gain additional warming options by installing a heat pump.

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