A heat pump is probably the most common type of heating and cooling system for this area of the country.
(They look a lot alike so you really won’t be able to give it a quick glance and know the difference. We can’t even do that!) Since the weather is fairly mild around here year-round except for a few days in the winter, it is an efficient way to heat and cool a home in the Mid-Atlantic. It works by using refrigerant to transfer heat from inside your house to the outside during the summer and vice versa in the winter. Even when it’s 35 degrees outside a heat pump is still capable of pulling in the heat it needs to warm your home. But if it gets much colder than that, a backup heat source is needed. This is usually electric strip heat, a very expensive way to heat a home, located inside the unit. (Another option uses gas as the backup heat source. See dual fuel for more information about that kind of system.)
Technically, the heat pump is the outdoor piece of your heating and cooling system and is also called the compressor. It works with an indoor piece of equipment called the air handler. As the name implies, the air handler moves the air through your ductwork. In order to get the best performance out of a system, manufacturers carefully design these two components to work together. When one piece of the system has outlived its useful life and will cost more to repair than it’s worth, the entire system is replaced.Need a Quote? Click here. It’s so important that they be matched that it’s a requirement of the NC Building Code and is usually a requirement to keep the warranty valid.