Heat PumpsRather than burning fuel, heat pumps collect ambient outdoor heat and use it to warm your house. Since you're only using energy to operate the pump instead of creating heat, heat pumps use less energy and have lower operating costs than a furnace. Since a heat pump is an air conditioner that can operate in reverse, it will also cool your house in the summer.
During the coldest days of winter, however, a heat pump cannot meet the demand for warmth. A hybrid system uses a heat pump during mild cold, supplementing with a traditional furnace to cover the coldest periods. Using the best option at any given time, a hybrid system will reduce your energy utilization—green for both the environment and your bank account. Although it may seem odd to invest in two disparate heating systems, if you're already thinking about a central air system, a heat pump is a nominal increase in price—a very cost-effective idea when considering the reduction in heating bills it will return.
ServiceThe best way to keep your system running is regular servicing. The outdoor portion of your heat pump system is subject to an uncontrolled environment—dust, critters and insects, temperature extremes and more. Servicing involves cleaning it out and lubricating fan motors to ensure it operates well. We also check the system's refrigerant levels. Proper servicing ensures that you'll get many years out of the appliance, and keeps it at peak efficiency to hold operating costs down.
RefrigerantPer the Montreal Protocol, R-22 refrigerant use is being phased out. All new equipment we install will use alternative refrigerants, most commonly R-410A, ensuring your new system will not become obsolete as R-22 is discontinued. For the time being, R-22 is still available for servicing your existing A/C system or heat pump.
Existing R-22 systems will not need to be replaced immediately, but the discontinuation of R-22 altogether in 2020 means it eventually will need to be. It won't be an entire loss: Recent advances in motor design mean today's A/C and heat pump systems can operate with much less electricity than older generations, so your operating costs will drop after upgrading your system.