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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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”Technician Scott made sure all was ok before he left. Always satisfied with Arctic and Scott’s service”

- Gary Stahl
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”It is a pleasure dealing with Arctic Air Conditioning. They are professional, communicate and show up when they say they will. The technician was knowledgeable and thorough. He explained the…”

- Petunia Mom
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”We have used Arctic Air since 2017 when we installed a new HVAC system. Today we had Alex Demauro come out for our yearly fall maintenance. After a not so…”

- Brielle Calvert
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”An excellent family owned and operated business local to Old Bridge residents. Mike B. from Sales is very honest and only sells you what you need. Howard and Ross, the…”

- Armin K.
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”The technician was very professional. He answered all of our questions regarding the air purification system”

- Kathleen Allen
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”Highly recommend! Alex D who came and serviced our heat was great and very professional.”

- Mandy D
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”Excellent people to rely upon. For many years I have been getting their services with full satisfaction. I recommend Arctic Air over any bigger company around Central Jersey”

- Ikram Rumana Huq
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”Yet another great experience with these guys! The lady on the phone to Greg coming in and fixing my heat explaining everything ! Thanks !!”

- Jessica Pires
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”I delt with Allison in the office and Eric Reed was my technician two very highly professional people extremely helpful and solved my ongoing problem Iwill always recommend Artic air…”

- Martina Wunder
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”Very thorough and reasonably priced.”

- Bill Devery
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”Frank was an excellent mechanic. Knew his stuff and respected my home. He installed what was in the provided kits. This unit was installed by Artic and I expected them…”

- Michael Stuart
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”Alex was great. Highly recommend them for both air conditioning and heating.”

- Jacqui Melman
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”They replaced both our heater, filter and ac unit. These guys were great. Very polite and got the job done without issues. The work they did was clean and organized.…”

- Brian Appleby
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”Great job cleaning an older HVAC system. On time, fast, efficient and charged reasonable fee.”

- Russell Einbinder
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”They replaced both our heater, filter and ac unit. They showed up on time in masks and gloves, and got right to work. These guys were great. Very polite and…”

- Brian A.
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”Excellent service and price”

- Marconi Cap
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”Professional and with very friendly staff all around from the scheduling people in the office, to the sales associates, to the technicians.”

- Jaclyn Spoleti
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”We were extremely satisfied with the spring air conditioning tune up provided to us by Frank Santarpia of Artic Air. He went above and and beyond to answer any questions…”

- Gail Cohen
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”My reason for contacting Artic Air was to assist in my HVAC inspection for my CCO Application. I felt from my initial contact to inspection it was a seamless and…”

- Jamie Lynne
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”During the maintenance, they found that my upstairs valve was not working... They fixed it. Job well done.”

- Shaati Chattopadhyay
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