Many people think of heat pumps as equipment for heating their homes, however they’re actually solutions for both heating and cooling your home. As trusted Hayward HVAC professionals, we want to help Bay Area homeowners understand the basics of heat pumps, how long they typically last, and environmental factors.
How heat pumps work
Heat pumps basically move heat from one area to another using a small amount of energy. In winter months, heat pumps pull heat from the ground or from the air to heat your home. In warmer months, they essentially work in reverse – heat is absorbed from inside your home and pumped out. The direction in which the refrigerant flows is reversed via a reversing valve. In moderate climates such as San Francisco enjoys, where temperatures don’t fluctuate dramatically between seasons, a heat pump is ideal.
If you have a Bay Area HVAC contractor install a heat pump, how long can you expect it to last?
This really depends on the type of heat pump you choose. There are three types which include air-source, water-source, and ground-source. In general, ground- and water-source heat pumps are more expensive to install and are not solutions for some homeowners who do not have a large ground surface or access to a water source such as a well or pond. Air-source heat pumps are the most commonly used, and generally function to heat and cool a home for about 15 years. If you do choose a water- or ground-source heat pump, it could potentially last 20 or 30 years.
There are certain factors that may affect the lifespan of your heat pump. For instance, a home that is well insulated results in a reduced load on the equipment, which means you may enjoy a longer lifespan and enhanced performance. Because outdoor temperatures affect how efficiently the heat energy is transferred, areas with only moderate temperature fluctuations, such as the Bay Area, benefit most from using heat pumps for cooling and heating a home.
If you do choose a heat pump to cool and heat your Bay Area home, be sure to have it serviced on a regular basis to ensure outstanding performance, and an increased lifespan! Contact Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning for all of your home comfort needs.