S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Is a Heat Pump Your Perfect Spring HVAC Installation?

Monday, April 8th, 2019

heat-pump-cabinetIf you’re reading this, it’s likely that you have plans to make big changes to your home’s HVAC system this spring. It’s a great season for heating and air conditioning improvements, since it comes in between the hottest and coldest times of the year. You’ll have an opportunity to think through your options, work with professionals who don’t have a hundred emergency calls on their plate, and have the new installation finished before the first heat wave arrives.

A heat pump is almost certainly on your list for a possible new installation. But is a heat pump in Bellevue, WA the right choice for your home? Let’s dive deeper into that question…

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Is a Heat Pump Always a Better Choice Than an AC?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

air-conditioner-unitYou’re thinking about getting a new cooling system installed for your home. It might be a new house getting its first cooling system, or it be might a replacement for an AC system you’ve had for years. Whatever the case, you’ll face a few important choices. One of those is whether you should have a standard air conditioner installed or a heat pump. A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can switch the direction it works so it can change over to heating a home as well.

“That’s neat,” you might say. “I’ll get the heat pump!”

Heat pumps are great, but it isn’t always as simple as that. Let’s delve deeper into the choice between a standard air conditioning system and a heat pump system.

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How Are Heat Pumps Different from Standard Central ACs?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe best way to describe a heat pump to somebody who is unfamiliar with them is to explain that a heat pump is similar to an air conditioner—with the important difference that a heat pump can switch the direction it works so that it will also heat the interior of a house. An air conditioner operates by evaporating refrigerant indoors to absorb heat and then condensing the refrigerant outdoors to release heat. A heat pump can do that, but it can also reverse the process so it releases heat inside.

That’s the difference in how the two operate. But what is the difference in the actual systems? What allows a heat pump to be able to change the direction it runs with only a single adjustment on the thermostat? We’ll go into those details below.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Cooling Mode?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

heating-and-cooling-housesThe weather is still cool and rainy in Washington, but soon you’re going to switch your heat pump over to cooling mode for the warm middle of the year. What if that first hot day arrives and you find you aren’t getting cooling from the heat pump when you turn it on? Don’t worry, we’ll go through some of the possible reasons for this, and what to do about them. We’re here to help with any heat pump services in Bellevue, WA and the surrounding areas.

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Heat Pumps Need Maintenance Twice a Year

Monday, April 9th, 2018

service-markerSpring is the time when we encourage homeowners to schedule their annual maintenance for their cooling systems. This is a season when HVAC technicians have less crowded schedules because they’re responding to fewer emergency calls for busted furnaces and air conditioners. It’s therefore easier to schedule a convenient appointment for technicians to come to your house and take care of all the necessary inspections, cleaning, and adjustments to ensure your air conditioner is ready for the summer heat.

But if you have a heat pump for your home comfort, and it was professionally maintained back in the fall, is it necessary to have the service again?

The answer is “absolutely!”

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