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Is the Time Right for a Heat Pump Installation?

heat-pump-outdoor-unitWe have plenty of winter left ahead of us, so hopefully your home heating system is still working away in an effective and efficient manner. That being said, now is a good time to take stock of your heating system and decide if the time has come for a heating replacement. If so, you may as well get it out of the way once the weather warms up. Of course, you may also be planning to replace your air conditioner before the weather gets too hot for the season. In either event, the time is right for a heat pump installation in Des Moines, IA.

Heat pumps are unique in that they are used to both heat and cool homes. We actually discussed precisely why the heat pump is so efficient not too long ago. With this in mind, let’s go over some of the reasons that you may choose a heat pump installation once we’re through the worst of the winter season.

You Want to Simplify Your HVAC System

If you already use a furnace to heat your home, but don’t have a central air conditioner in place, switching to a heat pump makes a lot of sense when the time for a heating replacement comes around. Conversely, you may have an old air conditioner and an old heating system that both need replacing. In any such event, you can use a heat pump to make use of existing ductwork while heating and cooling your home with great efficiency.

You Want to Go Ductless

It is important to remember that we are not just talking about heat pumps that use air ducts when we speak of heat pumps. Ductless mini split systems also utilize heat pump technology in order to both heat and cool homes. They do so with the added bonus of eliminating the need for ductwork. Why is this a bonus?

  • Efficiency. Heat pumps are already famously efficient. Eliminating the need for ductwork only makes them more so, as there is no risk of energy waste via leaky ductwork.
  • Zone control. You can have a ducted forced air system zoned, but zone heating and cooling is inherently a part of ductless mini splits. Each individual blower is controlled independently of the others.
  • Convenience. If you don’t have existing ductwork, but want to incorporate a whole-house heating/cooling system into your home, ductless mini splits really make a lot of sense. The installation will be less of a project than it would be with the need for new ductwork.

Twice the Work Means Twice the Maintenance

So there you have it. Whatever time of the year it may be, whatever season you’re heading into, it’s always a good time for a heat pump installation. Just remember that these systems are doing twice the work that a traditional heater or AC will be doing. That means that they require twice the maintenance in order to continue working at peak performance and efficiency levels. Make sure that you’re scheduling your heat pump maintenance once with heating in mind, and again for the cooling season.

Schedule your heat pump services with Schaal Heating and Cooling.


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