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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Although you may have had a heat pump in your home for years—maybe even throughout your whole life—you might still wonder how it works. Thankfully, the experts at Arctic Air Conditioning are here to explain just how a heat pump works and offer the best maintenance tips for keeping your heat pump in great shape for years to come.

How Heat Pumps Work

Though your initial assumption may be that a heat pump generates heat, it actually doesn’t. Rather, it simply moves heat around to the locations where it’s needed. Instead of using a lot of energy to create heat by themselves, heat pumps use electricity to pull heat from natural sources (such as the air or the ground), which saves a significant amount of energy. The fact that heat pumps do not need to burn fuel also makes them much more energy efficient than a gas-burning furnace.

Heat pumps not only have the ability to heat a home, but they can also be used for cooling. In the winter, heat pumps pull warm air from the outside and move it inside. In the summer, they pull warm air from the inside and move it outside. This allows you to use one heat pump instead of needing two separate systems for the purposes of heating and cooling your home. However, using a heat pump as a replacement for a standard HVAC system is typically recommended for households in more moderate climates.

Proper Heat Pump Operation

Operating your heat pump correctly is extremely important for preventing potential issues and saving money on energy costs over time. If setting back your thermostat causes your heat pump’s backup heating to come on, you may be wasting money and resources. Unless the system in your home uses a high-efficiency fan motor, continuous fan usage can negatively affect the performance of your heat pump. Installing a programmable thermostat or simply using the automatic fan setting can significantly reduce energy use. Enabling your heat pump to be as efficient as possible can reduce energy consumption anywhere between 10% to 25%.

Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

The key to helping your heat pump last as long as possible is to properly maintain it throughout the year. Regularly taking advantage of these maintenance tips will help keep it running smoothly:

  • Clean and/or change filters as needed, typically once a month
  • Remove debris from fans to prevent airflow reduction
  • Wipe down coils when they are dirty
  • Trim branches and vegetation around the outdoor unit
  • Dust supply and return registers

In addition to the steps that you can take on your own, you should also have a licensed HVAC technician complete a comprehensive tune-up twice a year—once before summer and once before winter. These inspections will help identify any problems that need to be addressed and prevent major concerns in the future. Your technician can also help you go over your options if it turns out you need to replace your heat pump system.

Heat Pump Maintenance & Installation Services in Central NJ

Whether you need a heat pump inspection, tune-up, or installation, Arctic Air Conditioning is happy to meet all of your HVAC needs with exceptional service at a price you can afford. We offer our comprehensive services throughout Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, Ocean, and Somerset Counties in New Jersey.

Need to schedule heat pump maintenance or installation in the Old Bridge, NJ, area? Contact us online or call (732) 455-9110 today to get a free estimate!

Testimonials
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”The workers were extremely pleasant. Job was done well and they cleaned up when they were done.”

- Ellen Frost
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”Mike was was a great technician. He was very pleasant and able to educate me about my heater. I was very guarded at first since my previous encounter with another…”

- Dennis Ladiana
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”When an HVAC company shows up at your house, after you receive and email and text with picture (and their background), they walk up with booties in hand and put…”

- Darek Hahn
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”Our technician Eric arrived on time and went over the maintenance check with me. I would highly recommend Arctic Air to anyone who is looking for someone to do an…”

- Christine Hedin
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”Wonderful company to work with came on time explain everything to me gave me quit right there and then set up appointment for next day should up on time next…”

- Paul Chapman
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”Artic Air 5 stars not only did they do a wonderful job at my place of business Greatway Carpet & Flooring in Manalapan . They just finished my home did…”

- Albert Maya
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”Referred by a neighbor. Excellent customer service from the first call. Text message to say they are en route with photo of service person, ETA, and background.Quality work, communication, professional…”

- Benita Mark
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”I used their website to contact them on Sunday about my a/c acting up. I heard from them first thing Monday morning. The tech was at my house that day…”

- Ron Ralph
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”As always, Artic Air was on time and the technician was courteous. The work was completed as quoted. Would highly recommend Artic Air.”

- Tara Tarrant Gunthner
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”Excellent and prompt service ...technician was a gentleman and extremely knowledgeable...”

- Joseph Guida
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”My unit was cooling but it felt wet in my house and the coils needed to be cleaned in order to diagnose the issue so I decided to replace it…”

- Arlene Fallon
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”The tech showed up as promised and troubleshoot problem. Very pleasant and professional and explained charges beforehand. Unfortunately they need to order a large part and will take time to…”

- Nobel Shelby
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”Had a furnace that was put in our home in 1962 ,so it was time to upgrade after the great job Artic Air did on installing an AC unit for…”

- Steve England
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”Great job diagnosing my issue and solving the same day. Kevin was outstanding- highly recommended!”

- Chuck Rothrock
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”When you have the technician who has great diagnostic skills to uncover your problem, it's a great feeling of satisfaction. Dan has the experience to know what to look for…”

- Steven Myers
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”Very professional, the team worked yesterday n installed a full new system with robotic precision, cleaned up meticulously ,,, full marks....will now check the efficiency of Lenox in the comming…”

- Allan Couto
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”The technician (Kyle Bowlin) knew exactly what the issue was from the description. Within half an hour he had the system working (and checked to make sure it was). The…”

- Jaime Krause
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”The technician (Kyle Bowlin) knew exactly what the issue was from the description. Within half an hour he had the system working (and checked to make sure it was). The…”

- Jaime Krause
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”the guys are professionals they know what they are doing ,polite,clean,great,i would definitely recommend arctic air.”

- Steve Flajsing
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”great job, professionalism ,clean,great, very happy.”

- steve flajsing
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”Wonderful service for my tenants and I felt very comfortable with their work. They came highly recommended from a friend too.”

- Surfnyolly
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”Kyle & John were very professional and courteous. They checked my A/C and explained the problem, then made the needed repair expeditiously. I was very pleased with their work.”

- Mary Guzy
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