Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump’

3 Reasons to Schedule Spring Maintenance for Your Heat Pump

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Heat pumps are popular in part because they combine heating and air conditioning into one unit: meaning that you can use them all year ‘round. Here in Rockledge, that makes heat pumps a great choice for your home, though that same versatility may cause you to skip on much needed maintenance during certain parts of the year. With winter winding down, a service call on most types of heaters would be in order, but since heat pumps serve double-duty as air conditioners, home owners may be willing to skip that step and just keep going. That can be a big mistake. Here are 3 reasons to schedule spring maintenance for your heat pump.

  1. Higher efficiency. A maintenance session improves efficiency of your unit by cleaning off dust and dirt, tightening loose fittings and recharging refrigerant levels if they have dropped. All of that improves your heat pump’s efficiency, helping you save money on monthly bills before our hot and humid summers get started.
  2. Neither hot nor cold. The spring is one of the few times of the year when the need for either heating or air conditioning is fairly low. That allows you to schedule a session at your convenience and take care of it without rushing: something you may not be able to do when the temperatures rise later in the summer.
  3. A busy winter. Heat pumps are usually called into duty throughout the winter, which means that dust, dirt and wear and tear all go up. Dust increases friction on moving parts and other examples of strain can increase the chances of a major breakdown happening in the future. A maintenance visit can keep that risk to a minimum, ensuring that your heat pump functions as expected when you need it to.

When winter ends, you want to assess the effects and make sure everything is running smoothly. This is doubly true with heat pumps, which need to get ready for the summer even as they get a little TLC for the winter. For more reasons to schedule spring maintenance for your heat pump in Rockledge, FL or to schedule a service call today, the experts at Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning are standing by. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

Why Choose a Heat Pump

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

When it comes to heating your home, there are many different choices available to you. One of the most popular options for heating in Florida is the heat pump. A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can switch the direction it moves heat. In standard air conditioning mode, a heat pump removes the heat from inside a home and moves it outside. When it switches over to heating mode, the change of direction of the flow of refrigerant makes the heat pump remove heat from outside and bring it inside.

Why are heat pumps popular? We’ll go over the reasons that they are excellent choices for home comfort and should be on everyone’s shopping list for new HVAC system installation. For more information and to schedule installation for a heat pump in Merritt Island, FL, contact Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning today.

Reasons a heat pump may be the best way to go:

  • Two comfort solutions in one: The biggest advantage of having a heat pump is that it will take care of both your needs for heating and cooling. Heat pumps often have difficulty in extremely low temperatures at providing sufficient warmth, but for the climate in Florida they are ideal.
  • Heating savings: When it comes to energy savings during colder weather, heat pumps are one of the best choices on the market. A U.S. government study discovered that a family of four could save on average 30% off their heating bill annually by switching from an electric furnace to a heat pump. The reason that heat pumps offer such energy-efficient performances is that they only need to use a small amount of electricity to run their mechanical components to move heat, as opposed to creating it.
  • Hook up to existing ductwork: A heat pump might be able to use the ducts already installed in your home for a previous furnace or air conditioning system. This makes installing them a simple job for professionals.
  • Go ductless: However, you don’t need ducts at all. Heat pumps come in ductless mini split models that bypass ductwork entirely and instead use a series of individual blower units installed throughout a home.

Even with all these great advantages, a heat pump may not be the best choice for your home’s specific heating needs. To find out if a heat pump will work for you, call up professionals from the beginning of the installation process. They will help find out if a heat pump is your best choice, and then they will pick the model and size that will do the job.

Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning offers excellent heat pump installation services to Merritt Island, FL and the surrounding area. You can put your trust in us when it comes to your home comfort.