Heat Pumps in Upstate South Carolina
In areas with mild winters, heat pumps are an excellent, energy-efficient option for year-round comfort. This heating method has been gaining popularity across upstate South Carolina, and it’s not hard to see why. Since they both heat and cool your home, heat pumps offer a convenient, all-in-one comfort solution. At Waldrop Plumbing, Heating & Air, we offer full heat pump services and can repair, replace, or maintain your heat pump for optimal comfort and energy efficiency.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is an innovative unit that both heats and cools your home. Instead of creating heat by combusting natural gas or heating up electric elements, a heat pump simply moves heat from one place to another. In the winter, they gather heat from outside and move it into your home. In the summer, they draw heat from your home and move it outside, leaving your home nice and cool. At Waldrop, we can help you choose the best solution for your home from these types of heat pumps:
- Air source heat pumps – This type of heat pump absorbs heat from the outside air to heat your home. They can extract heat from the air as long as the outside temperatures is no lower than 5°F.
- Geothermal heat pumps – Also called ground source heat pumps, these units draw heat from deep underground. They are extremely energy efficient and can reduce your heating and cooling bills by 70% or more.
- Mini-split heat pumps – Mini-split heat pumps provide a duct-free solution for heating and cooling. This is ideal if you’re building an addition onto your home or converting a basement, garage, or attic into a livable space.
Heat Pumps Advantages and Disadvantages
Like any heating or cooling system, heat pumps come with advantages and disadvantages that must be weighed carefully when choosing whether to switch to this method.
Advantages of Heat Pumps
The number one advantage of heat pumps is their energy efficiency. Compared to air conditioners and furnaces, they are far cheaper to run and will save you money on energy. Because they don’t combust fuel, they’re also safer and less of a fire risk. As both a heating and cooling systems, heat pumps have the unique advantage of being an all-in-one solution for your home comfort.
Disadvantages of Heat Pumps
While heat pumps are very efficient, that efficiency drops as temperatures get close to and below freezing, making it harder for the heat pump to draw heat from outside. If the outside temperature regularly drops below freezing, your heat pump may need a backup heating method to keep your home warm. They also have a higher upfront cost than a furnace or central air conditioner, since they cost more to purchase and install. Finally, while they will keep your home comfortable, they produce a less intense heat than a furnace.
Heat Pump Manufacturers
There are many American companies that manufacture and sell high-quality heat pumps. Buying an American brand means that parts will be easier to replace, making repairs cheaper. The top manufacturers of heat pumps in the US are:
- Goodman, who also makes top-shelf heat pumps under the name Amana
- Day & Night, which is owned by the same parent company as Carrier and Bryant
- American Standard
Heat Pump Services in Upstate South Carolina
We offer comprehensive heat pump services, including:
Heat Pump Installation
Whether you’re making the switch to a heat pump or replacing your old one, the professionals at Waldrop can help. We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of each type of heat pump, ensuring that you end up with the best option for your home and budget. Our heating experts will evaluate your home to size your heat pump so that you get the ideal balance of performance and efficiency. We’ll install your new heat pump and calibrate it for your home, testing it thoroughly before we leave.
Heat Pump Repair
When your heat pump stops working, call in the NATE-certified technicians at Waldrop for high quality heat pump repair. We’ll be there quickly to diagnose the problem and restore comfort to your home. Don’t wait for your heat pump to break down to call for repair – reach out to us if you notice that it’s acting strange or isn’t performing as well as normal. These signs often occur right before a heat pump stops working altogether, so having your heat pump repaired before that happens can prevent the hassle and expense of a total breakdown.
Heat Pump Maintenance
Your heat pump works hard year round, doing the job of both a furnace and an air conditioner. Routine heat pump maintenance is essential to keep it running well and prevent major problems. Maintenance will also extend the life of your heat pump to give you extra years out of your investment. Your heat pump needs maintenance once per year if it is a supplemental system, and twice per year if it is your primary HVAC system. At Waldrop, we offer multiple maintenance plans to save you money and make heat pump maintenance as easy as possible.
Heat Pump FAQs
How long do heat pumps last?
With proper maintenance, a heat pump can be expected to last about 15 years. Your heat pump’s actual service life will depend on the demands placed on it throughout its life.
What do SEER and HSPF mean for heat pumps?
Since a heat pump both heats and cools, it needs two ratings. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) measures the efficiency of a heat pump in cooling mode, while HSPF (Heating Season Performance Factor) measures its efficiency in heating mode. The higher these numbers, the more efficient the heat pump is.
What is the emergency or auxiliary heat setting on a heat pump?
Emergency and auxiliary heating are two different options for when a heat pump is unable to heat your home sufficiently. Emergency heat mode is manually activated from the thermostat in the event of a malfunction, and it provides 100% of the heat using electric coils. Auxiliary heat kicks in automatically to support the heat pump when outside temperatures are too low for it to draw all the heat it needs.
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