Heat Pump Services West Milford, NJ
We are certainly not lacking for options when it comes to the ways in which we both heat and cool our homes today. There are plenty of residential heating and cooling systems out there, including boilers, furnaces, central ACs, hybrid heating systems and other old standbys. Did you know, though, that there are systems that actually allow you to both heat and cool your home?
They’re called heat pumps, and they are an excellent option to consider if you are in the market for a new heating or air conditioning system. Contact a member of the Mark Lindsay and Son Plumbing & Heating Inc staff if you have any questions regarding heat pumps, or if you need any heat pump services. We are happy to help you get the most from your heat pump in West Milford and Northern New Jersey.
How Does a Heat Pump System Work?
You may find it a bit boggling to understand how a system can both heat and cool a home, but the process is actually rather straightforward. During the summer season, a heat pump acts just like a central air conditioner. Heat is drawn out of the air in the home as is passes over the evaporator coil, where refrigerant is evaporated as it absorbs heat. That heat is then vented outdoors.
Unlike central AC, though, a heat pump can reverse its refrigerant cycle, thanks to a component called the reversing valve. This allows it to draw heat out of the air in the winter. The warmed refrigerant is compressed, boosting its thermal energy, and that heat is used to heat the house. It’s quite an efficient process, as heat is transferred into the home, rather than generated. Heat pumps are becoming a popular option, and if you’d like to learn more about one, contact us today.
Benefits of Using a Heat Pump
When you opt for professional heat pump installation, you’ll enjoy a few great benefits unique to such systems. Just remember that you need to hire trained professionals in order to get the most from your heat pump. Only then will you enjoy its full benefits, including:
- Outstanding Efficiency: Heat pumps don’t consume fuel in order to generate heat, but rather use a heat transfer process to warm homes. This is remarkably efficient.
- Great Versatility: With a heat pump, you get a heat and an air conditioner in one system. That versatility is a major draw for homeowners looking to simplify their systems.
- Environmentally Sound: With a heat pump, you use only a small amount of electricity to heat your home. This allows you to reduce your reliance upon fossil fuels.
Heat Pump Repair, Installation & More
If you hope to enjoy the best that your heat pump has to offer, you must schedule your heat pump installation or replacement with a trained professional. That way, your system will be appropriately sized for your home, as well as installed properly. This will help you to get and outstanding performance from the system all year long.
Routine heat pump maintenance is an incredibly important service. These systems operate year round, and should be maintained prior to or following both the heating and cooling seasons. This will help to keep the system up and running at peak efficiency and performance levels. If and when you do require heat pump repairs, remember that scheduling those repairs promptly will help to minimize the risk of serious, costly damages to your system.
Hybrid Heat Pump System
With a traditional heating and cooling system, if you wanted to save more, you had to use less. But a Hybrid Heat system combines the benefits of intelligent control for both gas and electric heating to create an intuitive system that can actually react to changing conditions.
No matter what the temperature is outside, a hybrid heat pump system will automatically select the fuel source most efficient for your home, which means you’ll stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer and save money all year long.
To design a Hybrid Heat system for your home, we professionally match one of our heat pump units with a natural gas furnace. Contact us to see how much energy you can save over your existing system.
What’s the Difference Between R-22 and R-410A? And why is R-410A the future?
One of the hottest discussions (pardon the pun) within the air conditioning and heating industry is the difference between the two refrigerants R-22 and R-410A. As a homeowner considering a purchase, it’s important that you understand the difference so you can make the best decision for your system. We’ve outlined below the main differences and why they matter.
- Often referred to by a brand name like Freon®
- As of 2010, R-22 was discontinued for use in new air conditioning systems
- R-22 is a hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which contributes to ozone depletion
- Often referred to by a brand name like Puron®
- Has been approved for use in new residential air conditioners
- Is a hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) which does not contribute to ozone depletion
- Will become the new standard for U.S. residential air conditioning systems in 2015
Newer air conditioning models are designed to be used with R-410A for reliable and more efficient operation. Because R-410A can absorb and release more heat than R-22, your air conditioning compressor can run cooler, reducing the risk of compressor burnout due to overheating.
R-410A also functions at a higher pressure than R-22, so new compressors are built to withstand greater stresses, reducing the chance for cracking. If you were to put R-410A refrigerant into a system designed for R-22, the pressure would be too much and the unit would break.
All air conditioners use an oil to keep the compressor lubricated during operation. R-22 air conditioners use mineral oil and R-410A systems use synthetic oil. The synthetic oil is generally more soluble with R-410A than mineral oil is with R-22. This means the R-410A system operates more efficiently reducing wear and tear on the compressor.
While R-22 was outlawed in 2010 for use in new units, some companies are taking advantage of the law by producing what’s known as ‘dry charge’ units. These are new units that don’t have the refrigerant installed at the factory. Instead, a technician is required to come out to your home and install the R-22 refrigerant. While this practice is technically legal, this isn’t the best option for the following reasons:
- There is a limited supply of R-22 and its price will increase as supplies diminish
- R-410A offers greater efficiency, saving you in energy costs, and is much better for the environment
- Dry charged units typically offer much shorter warranty periods
West Milford Heat Pump Pros
Regardless of what kind of heat pump service in West Milford you may need, trust the professionals at Mark Lindsay & Son. We’ll assess your needs and be there quickly to help with heat pump repair, replacement and more. Reach out to us today!