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Planning on Installing a Heat Pump? Here’s What to Expect

ductless-heat-pumpHm? What’s that? It’s been a bit colder here in the Midwest, lately? Sorry, but I hardly noticed! I guess now that you mention it, it does feel a bit more like home …

Anyways, I’m sure you’re wondering what helpful tips Comfort Bear has for you this week. I’ve realized that some first-time heat pump owners may be a bit surprised with how their systems are operating—especially if they’ve been using a furnace their whole life.

So, for this post, I want those thinking about installing a heat pump to know what they’re getting into. Here are 5 things you should keep in mind:

1. Heating Cycle

When furnaces start up, they’re quite intense. They’re loud, and you can feel the warm air blowing on you when you walk past the air register. For a furnace owner, those things are just a sign that the furnace is working as it should.

With a heat pump, you’ll need to keep in mind that they have more gradual heating cycles. This might make it seem like the heat pump is underperforming or running longer than it should, but do rest assured that it’s all normal.

2. Defrost Cycle

With the weather as low as it is right now, your heat pump’s outdoor unit may be at risk of freezing over. When it does, the heat pump will enter a defrost cycle. That means the warm air may shut off for about 15 minutes as it works to melt away the ice. If you’re not expecting it, it can certainly be alarming the first time it happens.

3. Auxiliary Heating Mode

Your standard heat pump may have trouble running efficiently in excessively cold temperatures. When that happens, it will activate a set of electrical heating strips that work as a supplement along with the normal heating. Since auxiliary heating relies on electrical resistance rather than heat transference, it can raise your heating bill if used consistently.

4. Inverter Technology vs Dual Fuel

If auxiliary heating isn’t enough for your needs, you can solve the issue either with inverter heat pump technology or with a dual fuel system.

Inverter technology is only available in some brands of heat pumps. This can boost the performance of the heat pump so that it can supply heated air in temperatures as low as -13°F before auxiliary heating turns on.

However, others prefer the dual fuel system approach. Essentially, this system is a heat pump with a gas furnace attached. When the weather gets cold enough, the gas furnace-half of the system automatically turns on and gets to work. By trading the work at the appropriate times, you can balance efficiency and comfort.

5. Emergency Heating Mode

If your heat pump is not able to function properly, but you still need heat while you wait for heater repairs in Independence, MO, you can substitute with the emergency heating mode. This is a manual function that switches all of the heat pump’s heating over to the electrical heat strips. Just be careful not to use this function at any time other than an emergency.

Contact Climate Control Heating & Cooling today for any questions about heat pumps. Comfort & Care from the Team with the Bear.

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