Heat Pump Installation, Repair, and Maintenance Company
Call today if you are interested in installing a brand new heat pump for your home.
Whether you need a new heat pump installed, or need your heat pump repaired, Hilliside’s HVAC technicians have the training, certifications, and knowledge to repair these cooling systems.
If your air conditioning system has stopped working, call us at 302-738-4144 (DE&PA) or 410-398-2146 (MD). We’ll come to your home and give you an HONEST & FREE ESTIMATE for any Heat Pump Installation.
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What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is the all-in-one cooling and heating system that keeps your paws comfy year-round.
Because of New Castle, Delaware, Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Cecil County, Maryland’s moderate climate, heat pumps provide an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioners and furnaces.
It’s quiet, customizable temperatures, and has humidity controls that offer homeowners a great choice for year-long comfort. Call us at 302-738-4144 (DE&PA) or 410-398-2146 (MD). We’ll come to your home and give you an HONEST & FREE ESTIMATE for any Heat Pump Repair, Heat Pump Service, or new Heat Pump Installation.
How do heat pumps work?
A heat pump uses the outside air to both heat and cool your home. In heating mode, the heat pump extracts outside heat and transfers into your home. In cooling mode, the directions are reversed by removing heat from your home and performing like a traditional air conditioner. Heat pump only moves heat rather than generating heat.
It consists of two main components: an indoor air handler and an outdoor heat pump, which is similar to a central air-conditioning unit.
Cooling Mode: When you want to get cool on hot days, the heat pump operates much like a central air-conditioner, absorbing heat from inside your home and expelling it outdoors.
Heating Mode: When you want to get warm on cold days, the process reverses and the pump absorbs heat from the outside air and delivers it indoors to heat your home. A heat pump can be coupled with a gas furnace, something known as a dual-fuel system.
The Physics: Heat energy is absorbed in the outdoor unit by the cool liquid refrigerant, turning it into cold gas. The pressure is then applied to the cold gas, turning it to hot gas. The hot gas is cooled in the indoor unit by passing air, heating the air and condensing the gas to warm liquid. The warm liquid is relieved of pressure as it enters the outdoor unit, turning it to cool liquid and renewing the cycle.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEAT PUMP AND A FURNACE?
The main difference between the two is how they create heat. A heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. A furnace burns fuel to create heat.
COMBINE A HEAT PUMP AND A FURNACE!
Heat pumps aren’t as effective when temperatures drop below 30 degrees. The pump will struggle to extract heat, causing it to run much less efficiently. You can improve your HVAC heat pump efficiency by pairing a heat pump with a furnace. Furnaces spread even heating from room to room. Combine that with a durable American Standard heat pump and you’ve got a hybrid system that keeps your family comfortable and, potentially, saves you energy.
With this dual-fuel option, the two systems share the heating load, but never function at the same time. Each system operates when it is most cost effective. The heat pump will be the primary heating and cooling system. However, when the temperature drops below the heat pump’s ability to operate as efficiently as the gas furnace, the gas furnace will take over until the temperature rises enough for the heat pump to operate more efficiently.
To learn if a dual-fuel system is right for your home, contact Jerry from Hillside.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEAT PUMP AND AN AIR CONDITIONER?
While essentially identical in cooling mode, heating mode is a completely different story. Air conditioners do not provide heating, but heat pumps do. Thanks to a reversing valve in the outdoor unit, a heat pump can absorb heat energy from outside air, even in extremely cold temperatures, and transfer the heat inside the home, where it releases the heat into the air. A heat pump can heat and cool, but an air conditioner cannot, which is the primary difference between the two HVAC systems. An air conditioner is typically paired with a furnace to provide heat during the cold months. Together, an air conditioner and furnace are a complete heating and cooling system.
How long does a heat pump last?
Hillside properly installs heat pumps in DE, PA, and MD that last an average of 15 years. Please note, there are a number of factors that can impact the life of your heat pump—heat pump make and model, heat pump usage rate, and whether or nor your heat pump has been maintained. Hillside’s HVAC professionals can extend the life of your heat pump (or air conditioning system) with our annual tune-ups.
How much does a heat pump cost?
Heat pump pricing depends on several factors like the size of your home, model, installation requirements (e.g. existing or non-existing ducts). An indoor unit heat pump system does offer lower costs. However, the outdoor unit can come with a higher upfront investment compared to the typical air conditioner. It’s important to consider and understand the total costs to install a system that can both heat and cool your home properly.
The Hillside Maintenance Plans
Keeping Your Paws Comfy All Year Round
The Hillside Maintenance Plans are designed to prevent minor problems from turning into major issues! Extend the life of your equipment, reduce the need for costly repairs, and increase the performance of your heating and cooling systems while lowering your utility bills.