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Here’s Why You Need a Heat Pump

Monday, August 26th, 2019


So you’ve fallen out of love with your air conditioning system and it’s time for a new one—what system are you going to choose? Choosing a new air conditioning system can be a bit of a task. We understand the struggle of the process. You’ve probably had the current air conditioner in your home for at least a decade and you’re familiar with this system. It’s always easiest to just run out and purchase a system that’s a newer version of the one that you currently have.

We understand this sentiment, but don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone for better home cooling. If you’re interested in heat pump installation in Lake Jackson, TX, you can contact the professionals on our team. We know what it takes to keep your system cool and we’ll help you do it with ease!

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Heating Ratings You Absolutely Need to Know About

Monday, February 13th, 2017

thermometerIf you’re looking for a new heating system this late in the season, we’re going to guess you might be in a bit of a hurry. Either you’re moving into a new home that doesn’t have one yet, or your current system decided to die on you earlier than you thought it would. One way or the other, it’s important that you know a few things before you rush out and get a new heating system. Knowing how to read heating ratings is important regardless of what type of system you’re looking for.

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Do I Need to Replace My Heat Pump?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Heat pumps can last quite a while, with proper care and maintenance. However, they do not last forever. Sooner or later, your heat pump will need to be replaced. It’s important that you be able to recognize the signs that you need a new heat pump, especially during winter when the stress on your old heat pump is greater. You don’t want to have your system break down on you in the middle of one of the coldest months of the year, after all. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need a new heat pump.

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Is a Heat Pump in Freeport Sufficient for Winter Weather?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Being so close to the beach, we don’t like to think about winter very much. But, it does cool down here in Freeport, TX even if we don’t like to think about it, but many people have a great system for both heating and cooling their homes: a heat pump. However, there can be some concern over whether a heat pump in Freeport, TX is sufficient for winter weather. Where does the concern come from? We’ll explain more below.

Heating with a Heat Pump

When a heat pump is in heating mode, it doesn’t generate heat; as it does in cooling mode, it transfers heat from one location to another, with the help of refrigerant. During the winter months, the heat pump absorbs the heat that surrounds it, concentrates it, then disperses it to your living areas. However, as the temperature drops, the amount of available heat decreases. Where this can become a concern is when the temperature drops below 32 degrees for a steady time period. We don’t get that cold in our area, so to answer the question above, our technicians say this: yes, a heat pump is very sufficient for our winter weather. Here are some other reasons to consider installing a heat pump:

  • Great energy efficiency – heat pumps don’t use any fossil fuels and only a small amount of electricity to operate; this makes them very energy efficient. If you use a heat pump with a ductless systems, you get the added energy efficiency of not losing air to faulty ductwork.
  • Comfortable heating – heat pumps blow air into your home continually, but in a low-volume way; this is very different from more traditional forced-air systems where the air can sometimes feel like a hot blast.
  • Very versatile – heat pumps can be used with ducted systems, ductless systems and geothermal systems.
  • Long lifespan – heat pumps have an average lifespan of 20-25 years versus combustion heating systems, which have an average lifespan of 15-20 years.

If you have questions about using a heat pump to heat your home in Freeport, TX, call Switzerland Air today. You can schedule an appointment with one of our experts for professional heat pump installation anytime.

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How Does a Heat Pump Heat My Home?

Friday, November 1st, 2013

It’s often difficult to explain to homeowners how something called a heat pump can provide them with cool air during the summer. We don’t run into the same initial confusion when talking about heat pumps providing heat for homes. However, people remain curious about these devices that can function as air conditioners one day, and switch over to function as heaters the next day. If a heat pump can cool down your home so effectively, how can it also heat it?

We’ll answer that question in this post. If you have further questions about heat pumps, or if you need repairs on the heat pump in your home, contact Switzerland Air. We serve Clute, TX with heat pump installation, repair, and maintenance.

How a heat pump brings you heat

Explaining how a heat pump warms your home actually requires first explaining how an air conditioner cools down your home. Because a heat pump basically is an air conditioner—except it can reverse the direction in which it moves heat.

An air conditioner works through “heat exchange”: it shifts heat from inside your home and moves it outside. Refrigerant moves through a closed loop inside the AC, starting first in a compressor as a hot gas that moves to an outdoor condenser unit. There it releases heat and moves indoors to an evaporator coil, where it absorbs heat from the indoor air, giving people a sense of cooling. The refrigerant then returns to the compressor where the process starts again.

A heat pump uses this identical operation, except it includes an extra compressor and a reversing valve to move the refrigerant in the opposite direction. In this case, the refrigerant starts in the second compressor and goes to the indoor coil. Now the indoor coil acts as the condenser, releasing heat indoors. The cooled down refrigerant moves to the outdoor coil, which now acts as the evaporator, absorbing heat from outdoors before moving back to the compressor.

Heat pumps works especially well in places with mild winters, since they often struggle removing heat from the outdoors when the temperature dips below freezing. Heat pumps are ideal for Texas temperatures, so we often suggest them to our clients as “two-in-one” solutions for the summer and winter. Heat pumps also have high energy efficiency: the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a heat pump will save the average household 30%-40% on its heating bill each year.

Heat pumps won’t work for every home, so make sure you get professional advice when you’re thinking about having one installed. Switzerland Air offers a 100% guarantee on all the work we do, so if you are interested in a heat pump in Clute, TX for the coming year, you’ll feel secure hiring us to take care of the installation.

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