Many more people in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Vail, CO are discovering the value and versatility of air source heat pumps. They are without a doubt the most efficient form of electric heat and are a great choice if you don’t have natural gas service. During the summer, a reversing valve turns heat pumps into central air conditioners, so you really have a furnace and AC in one unit.
Are Heat Pumps Reliable?
As they become more prevalent, more and more people are asking questions like, “How often do heat pumps break?” Climate Control Company wants to be very clear, the technology used in heat pumps has been around for decades and is extraordinarily reliable. It works exactly the same as an air conditioner by transferring heat from one location to another. It’s just that during winter the system is squeezing hot air from the outside air and transferring it into your home.
Rain, Wind, Heat & Snow
It’s true that, on average, a heat pump won’t last as long as a furnace. That’s mainly because this type of system is exposed to the elements every day of the year. Air conditioners are shut down for six to eight months and in some cases are covered to protect them from the elements when not in use. That’s not the case with heat pumps and the extra wear and tear does affect longevity.
Things You Can do to Help
The best way to fight back against the effects of mother nature is with regular maintenance by our Climate Control technicians. Some reasons why maintenance is so important:
- Because of exposure to the elements, regular cleaning is vital to increasing lifespan.
- Electrical components must be inspected regularly and replaced as needed.
- Correct refrigerant level is important not only for summer cooling but for winter heating.
- As with standalone furnaces and air conditioners, filters must be changed regularly.
Since your heat pump provides heating and cooling it should receive regular maintenance twice a year. Once before the cold weather arrives and another before the heat of summer.
Call to Learn More
Isn’t it time for you to take advantage of the rapid improvement in heat pump technology? Call Climate Control Company to schedule a no-obligation appointment to learn more about using heat pumps to heat and cool your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home and/or business. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great HVAC information like this.