Call the Atlanta Air Conditioning Repair experts to repair your existing heat pump equipment or quote you on an upgrade installation. A lot of Atlantans are switching to heat pumps because they are less expensive to run, especially in the winter for heating. Furnaces must burn natural gas to produce heat, but heat pumps move heat from one area (outside) to another (inside).
Heat Pumps are Energy Efficient
They actually make more heat in the winter than the electricity they consume. That is one of the reasons the government has offered a tax credit for Energy Star rated equipment. With up to $1500 in tax credits, Atlanta heat pumps make more sence than ever. They can save you thousands on utility bills over the next decade.
How Atlanta Heat Pumps Work
They work just like a regular air conditioner during the summer. They even look just like a regular a/c unit. They cool your home on the hottest summer day in Georgia. Then the fall and winter comes. A valve in the equipment reverses the flow of the refrigerant, usually R-410a, and the house is heated by the same unit. It’s just running backwards. It removes heat from the outside air (yes, even cold air has heat in it) and pumps it inside.
A heat pump has an advantage over a furnace in that it doesn’t have to burn some type of fuel to produce heat. Any time you are burning a fuel, there is a loss of efficiency and a higher cost. Atlanta heat pumps only use a small amount of energy to transfer heat from one area to another.
Some of the older heating systems had an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of 68%-72%. This means that 28%-32% of fuel was lost in the conversion to heat.
Heat Pump Efficiency
More recent heat pumps have become highly efficient. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), which measures cooling effectiveness, has risen significantly above the rating of 14. Some heat pumps available on the market having a SEER rating of 19. While the higher rated heat pumps cost more at first, the long-term energy savings cost more than repay the investment.
The real advantage of heat pumps is the HSPF (Heating Season Performance Factor). Because an Atlanta heat pump only uses energy to transfer heat, not to produce it, the heat output is very high when compared to the small consumption of energy. Heat pumps generally receive very high Energy Star ratings.
Federal Tax Credits and Utility Company Rebates Lower Equipment Costs
In addition to achieving annual savings in utility costs, a heat pump is also eligible for a federal tax credit. This credit is available for existing homeowners.
On top of the federal tax credit, many local utilities have rebate programs when more energy-efficient systems are installed. It is necessary to contact your local utility companies to determine if they are offering these types of rebates.
We service the top brands of heat pumps including Trane, Carrier, Goodman, Amana, Lennox, Bryant, Rheem, Ruud and more.
Call anytime you have heating and air questions.