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Heat Pump Installation and Replacement Vancouver

Heat Pump Installation

Having a heat pump installed in your home as your  year-round heating and cooling system can significantly cut your energy costs if you already have a separate air conditioner and furnace/boiler system or you want to add an air conditioner to your home. High-efficiency heat pumps also do a better job of dehumidifying your Metro Vancouver home than other typical air conditioners. This results in using less energy (savings on your energy bill) and more comfortable cooling during the hot summer months.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump system is composed of two (2) parts, an outside unit called a heat pump and an inside unit called an air handler.  A heat pump is constantly moving warm air from one place to another, to where its needed to where it is not needed, depending on the season. Heat pumps have the ability to transfer the heat from inside your home where you want it to be cooler during the summer and release it outside leaving your room/home cooler. Conversely the heat pump has the ability to take the heat from the outside air and move the warm air inside to heat your Vancouver area home. Heat pumps are suited for moderate climates and our mild Metro Vancouver weather is perfectly suited for this equipment. One of the advantages to installing a heat pump is that you get both heating and cooling and you do not have to install two separate systems to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it. This makes them greener than a gas-burning furnace for heating your home.

Heating Mode

When the heat pump is in heating mode the outdoor coil acts as an evaporator, while the indoor component acts as a condenser. The refrigerant flowing from the evaporator (outdoor coil) carries the warm energy from outside air indoors, after the refrigerant fluid’s temperature has been augmented by compressing it. The indoor coil then transfers thermal energy (including energy generated from the compression) to the indoor air, which is then moved around the inside of the building by an air handler.

 Cooling Mode

When the heat pump system is in cooling mode the cycle is similar, but the outdoor coil is now acting like the condenser and the indoor coil (which reaches a lower temperature) is the evaporator. This is the familiar mode in which air conditioners operate and moves the hot air from inside your home to the outside leaving your home feeling cooler.

Heat Pump Life Expectancy

Heat pumps normally have a life expectancy between 10-15 years, slightly longer lifespan than a furnace. But it is important to have an annual maintenance to keep the system and controls operating efficiently to have it last longer. It is not unheard of to hear of some people having to replace their heat pump or furnace every 5-7 years as they are no properly maintaining the equipment that they are using regularly. To qualify for warranty coverage, some manufacturers require that you are able to provide records of properly maintaining the heat pump such as having an annual maintenance done.

Ashton Service Group does offer extended warranties for those homeowners who wish to have more coverage and peace of mind. Please inquire with our residential advisors.

If you are interested in getting a heat pump installed in your home in Metro Vancouver, please call our office at 604-283-2383 to schedule an appointment with our residential team.

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