Heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient HVAC systems available since they work to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. TopNotch Heating & Air provides a full range of heat pump installation, maintenance, and repair services throughout Pittsburgh and surrounding suburbs. Whether you need service on an existing heat pump or you need to figure out if a heat pump system fits your home’s heating and cooling needs, our technicians are here to help.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is basically a central air conditioning unit that runs in reverse in the wintertime. It uses outside air to both heat and cool your home. This is done through a compressor that circulates refrigerant to transport warm air from one place to another.
When it’s cold outside, the heat pump pulls warm air from the outside and circulates it through your home’s ductwork to help heat your home. When it’s hot outside, this process is reversed and the heat inside your home is released outdoors to help cool your home.
What Are the Benefits of a Pittsburgh Heat Pump System?
Safe & Clean Energy – Unlike a gas furnace or oil furnace, a heat pump doesn’t burn fuel. A high-efficiency gas furnace is about 95% efficient at burning gas to deliver heat throughout your home. A heat pump is more than 100% efficient since there’s no gas or oil combustion needed to produce heat.
Uniform Temperature – Heat pumps will produce a uniform temperature throughout your home for optimal comfort.
Healthier Environment – Unlike traditional heaters, a heat pump won’t dry out the air inside your home. High-efficiency heat pumps are also better than standard central air conditioners when it comes to dehumidifying the air in your home.
Year-Round Comfort – No other HVAC system provides this kind of simultaneous heating and cooling.
We Provide the Following Pittsburgh Heat Pump Services:
Heat Pump Installation – Our Pittsburgh heat pump specialists will recommend the ideal heat pump system for your home or commercial property and handle all aspects of system installation. One important part of installation is determining whether or not the structure’s existing ductwork is sufficient for a heat pump. If it isn’t, new ductwork will have to be installed.
Heat Pump Maintenance – Your heat pump never really gets a break since it runs year-round. Therefore, rigorous heat pump maintenance will be needed. This includes routine checkups of all filters and parts. The more stringent you are with year-to year maintenance, the more years you’ll get from your heat pump system.
Ductless Heat Pump – A ductless heating and cooling system doesn’t require the use of air ducts. Ductwork can be responsible for losing up to 20% of a home’s heating and cooling efficiency. Significant money can be saved on your heating and cooling bills by removing energy-wasting ducts from the process.
A ductless heat pump system is comprised of a single outdoor compressor/condenser unit paired with one or more interior air-handling units known as “heads.” A dedicated refrigerant line sits behind these wall or ceiling mounted indoor heads. This refrigerant line connects to a quiet and compact outdoor unit to essentially replace ductwork. Ductless heat pumps are ideal for an energy-efficient new home construction, new additions, or an upgrade from an older and less efficient baseboard heating system.
Geothermal Heat Pumps – A geothermal (ground-source) heat pump uses the fairly consistent temperature of the ground and underground pipes filled with water to cool or heat your home. Geothermal heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular in Pittsburgh since ground temperature remains around 50 to 65 degrees year-round while air temperature fluctuates from below freezing to 90 degrees or more. This consistently warm ground temperature means you can rely on a geothermal heat pump system to keep you warm even in the midst of a chilly Pittsburgh winter.
While the cost of installing a geothermal system is higher than other conventional HVAC systems, it can cut energy usage costs by as much as 45% in the first year alone. This means a geothermal heat pump in Pittsburgh can practically pay for itself within two to three years of installation through utility bill savings. Tax credits can also lessen the blow of the initial installation cost.
Heat Pump Pricing – The cost of installing a heat pump system varies based on multiple factors. Heat pump price is generally higher than installing a new gas furnace or central air conditioner; however, energy savings over time must be factored in. A heat pump will cost less per hour of use than these individual HVAC systems that go unused for part of the year.
Our technicians will assess your situation and provide you with cost comparisons for various heat pump makes and models. Additionally, we’ll determine if a high-efficiency gas furnace will also be needed for supplemental heat when it’s too cold outside. A high-efficiency air source heat pump is typically effective down to a temperature of 38 degrees. Given Pittsburgh’s frigid winter temperatures, there will be a need to discuss supplemental heat if an air source heat pump is expected to heat your own home.
Ready to Save Energy and Money With a Pittsburgh Heat Pump System?
Call us at 412-381-0598 to schedule a free home inspection to evaluate your home for heat pump installation. We are also available for Pittsburgh heat pump repair or maintenance services. TopNotch Heating & Cooling services the entire Pittsburgh region – from city neighborhoods like Squirrel Hill and Shadyside to the suburbs of Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon.