B&B Air Conditioning & Heating Service Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Can a Heat Pump in My House Handle the Winter?

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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Heat pumps are becoming an increasingly popular option for home comfort, with more people each year discovering the convenience and energy-saving potential of these systems. Heat pumps work similarly to air conditioners: they circulate refrigerant to absorb heat from one place and release it in another. An air conditioner can only remove heat indoors and release it outdoors, while a heat pump can do that plus change the direction of refrigerant circulation so that it moves heat from outdoors to indoors. It’s a great heating-and-cooling combination in a single installation.

If you read that, you may have had doubts spring up in your mind; or you might have already heard that heat pumps can struggle in winter. We understand that thinking, because the idea of a heating system that draws its heat source from outdoors during the winter doesn’t make much sense.

Yet, heat pumps are popular, so many people must find them worthwhile installations. Can a heat pump in Fairfax, VA, help your house through our local winters?

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Is a Heat Pump as Effective at Cooling as an Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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If you’ve never used a heat pump for home comfort before, you’ll likely have many questions about them. Most people in our area grew up in homes that used a combination of a furnace (gas or electric) and an air conditioner, usually housed in the same cabinet and using the same blower fan. A heat pump replaces both the air conditioner and furnace, working as a home’s combined cooling and heating system. It’s a great convenience, and if installed properly a heat pump can be a money-saving addition to a house. 

But can a heat pump do as effective a job at heating and cooling as either a furnace or an air conditioner? Does the two-in-one functionality mean sacrificing power? Since summer is coming up, we’ll address the question of cooling first (and we will have a little to say about heating at the end).

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Heat Pumps: Do They Really Save You Money?

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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If you’re considering making a change to your HVAC system this year, one option you’ll probably consider is a heat pump. A heat pump has the huge advantage of working as both an air conditioning and heating system, able to change from one mode to the other with only an adjustment on the thermostat. Heat pumps also have a reputation for helping to reduce energy bills for homes. 

But when you’re looking for a new air conditioning and heating system in Rockville, MD, you’ll want more definitive information about a heat pump. Will it really save you money?

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