Heat Pump – St. Louis, MO
If you are looking for an alternative heating and cooling method for your St. Louis home that is cost effective, consider adding a heat pump to your HVAC system.
These simple devices are able to draw heat into or out of the house, drastically reducing the cost of running your existing heating and cooling systems.
What is a Heat Pump?
In the most basic sense, a heat pump is a combination of an air conditioning unit and furnace. It has the ability to cool your home in the summer and heat it during the winter months. The major difference is that instead of creating cool or hot air to be circulated through your home, it simply moves heated air either to the outside to cool things off in your living environment, or inside to warm things up.
In cooling mode, the heat pump is taking the hot air that is inside of your home and forcing it back outside, leaving behind a refreshingly cool indoor climate. In the heating mode, it works in reverse, drawing warm air from outside, compressing it to make it even warmer and then pushing it through your heating system and out of the vents. The primary cost of running your HVAC system comes from the process of heating or cooling the air before distribution. When we install a heat pump, that energy draining process is eliminated, drastically cutting back on your monthly utility bills.
The Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump Into Your St. Louis Home
For the Missouri home owner that is using a furnace to warm up their home, having us install a heat pump will provide you with multiple benefits:
- With the use of a heat pump there is no fuel combustion, therefore very little emission of greenhouse gasses.
- An operational savings of up to 40% on your home heating and cooling costs.
- A heat pump is an extremely quiet HVAC component.
- The cost of maintaining a heat pump is minimal in comparison to the more complex furnace and air conditioning units. Plus, with regular maintenance, a heat pump should last a St. Louis home owner up to 15 years.
- With tax credits and savings on energy consumption, the cost of a heat pump will be recouped in around 5 years or less.
Because of the cold winter climate in Missouri, most home owners find that they still need their furnace as a back-up system, especially during the night when there is a minimal amount of warm air to be found outside. Yet once the sun comes back up, the furnace is used sparingly as the heat pump finds warm air outside and brings it into your home.
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
A heat pump is similar to the cooling system of an automobile. A special refrigerant is used that is able to absorb heat and then release it under the right conditions. Depending on which cycle your home’s heat pump is in will determine if that heat is transferred outside or released into your home.
When in heating mode, the refrigerant is pumped into an evaporator where the transfer of heat is encouraged. This forces the refrigerant to turn into a vapor that gets pumped into a compressor where it is heated further from pressure. It is then moved indoors and into your venting system where it is distributed as warm air.
Ground Source or Air Source Heat Pumps For Your St Louis Home
A ground source heat pump – or geothermal – is more consistent as it is drawing heat from the interior of the earth. This is a more expensive option upfront, but one that will provide your home with tremendous savings in the cost of keeping it at an optimal temperature. The temperature below the earth’s surface is at an approximate 65 degrees all year round, while the outside air temperature in Missouri varies greatly and often goes below freezing in the winter. This makes the geothermal heat pump a more efficient method of heating your home.
It is the creation of heated and cooled air that makes your typical HVAC system so expensive to operate. A heat pump eliminates that cost by simply moving hot air to where you want it, either leaving behind a cooled down space, or introducing warm air into it. This is the most cost effective way for a St. Louis home owner to maintain a comfortable temperature inside of the house.
St. Louis Heat Pump Installation
Since 1969, the our heating and cooling contractors have been on the cutting edge of the latest and most efficient advances in HVAC technology. We are certified heat pump installation specialists, who will not only help you in choosing the right unit for your home, but will ensure that you are getting the best benefits in cost and efficiency possible.